2017-10-11 / Front Page

Family Engineering Challenge celebrates Vilas Bridge

Fundraising efforts and community events continue in support of the Rockingham Library’s acquisition of this painting of the Vilas Bridge by Jerry Pfohl.  — COURTESY PHOTOFundraising efforts and community events continue in support of the Rockingham Library’s acquisition of this painting of the Vilas Bridge by Jerry Pfohl. — COURTESY PHOTOBELLOWS FALLS — The Friends of the Rockingham Library sponsored a series of programs this summer celebrating the Vilas Bridge’s significance to the region. The final event will be “Bridge Building: Family Engineering Challenge, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 14, when each family participating will design, build and test their own bridge.

The Friends of the Rockingham Library thank all community members who have given generously to its fundraising campaign to purchase the painting "Vilas Bridge" by Jerry Pohl for the Rockingham Library's permanent collection. The painting is currently on display above the fireplace in the Biography Room of the Library.

The Friends are very close to reaching their fundraising goal of $12,500, and they invite those who have considered donating, but not have done so yet, to stop by the Library or go online to rockinghamlibrary.org/vilas to make a donation, according to a press release. Expecting to reach their goal, the Friends invite the community to celebrate the acquisition of the painting with a ribbon cutting at the Library’s Annual Holiday Community Party.

Pfohl (1929-2010), a nationally-recognized painter, lived and worked in the Greater Falls Region for decades, including a stint teaching art at the Putney School, and often used the Bellows Falls area as subject matter for his extraordinary, neo-precisionist paintings. This epic portrait of the Vilas Bridge, measuring 6 feet square, exemplifies his work, according to the library.

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