Sandglass is holding a fundraising crankie celebration!

Sandglass is looking forward and in the process of implementing a strategic plan to create a sustainable organization that can continue to serve this community, create new work, and build bridges in our own culture and abroad. We now need your help! We promise to make it fun! This years annual appeal aims for a fundraising goal of $20,000. The crankie event is a wonderful way to contribute and enjoy the Sandglass community spirit at the same time.

A crankie is an old storytelling art form that has recently become a craze. A long illustrated scroll is wound around two spools and set into a box with a viewing window. The scroll is hand cranked, the unfolding story narrated, sung or just accompanied by music.



A crankie is a wonderful way to bring the family together for songs, stories and beautiful art.

Pieces for auction include crankies by Donald Saaf, Julia Zanes, Finn Campman, Ines Zeller Bass, Jana Zeller, David Rohn, Linda Rubinstein, Dave Regan, Alice Freeman and Michele Ratté.  

Place your bid on a hand-built crankie by one of our area’s esteemed artists during the crankie auction, open for bidding online, November 18th – December 10th and receive your artisan crankie before the holidays. They also make beautiful gifts.

Thanks to Nick Keil and Chip Greenberg for the donation of wood for crankie building.
Check back here to place your bid on November 18th when the online auction goes live!  Starting bids are $150.



Crankies for Auction

DonaldSaafHave You Seen But A Wild Lily Grow (poem)
by Donald Saaf

Donald Saaf’s paintings are inspired by his family and immediate surroundings. His work has an innocent look, reminiscent of folk art painting in which figures are simplified characters and vary from tiny to oversized in the world that Donald creates. Birds and moths become mythical, and exotic animals cavort with children. Working in oil, gouache, and collage, Saaf’s work features vibrant colors that make each painting a tantalizing environment with an oddly curious feel. Donald Saaf is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and has been shows nationally. His work has been reviewed in The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and Art New England. In addition to being an important American painter, Saaf is the author of numerous award winning children”s books a musician and puppeteer.

Julia ZanesMy Mother, the Whore (From the fairy tale, The Juniper Tree)
by Julia Zanes

Julia Zanes studied film at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been a practicing artist, a mother, and a part time teacher ever since.  Her work can be seen at The Clark Gallery, The George Marshall Store Gallery, The Rice Pollock Gallery, and The Emblem Museum, and in collections throughout New England.   She recently built a giant flower puppet which made its debut at The Kennedy Center.


FinnCampmanFog (writing by Carl Sandburg)
by Finn Campman

Finn Campman is a puppeteer and teacher, a painter, and a poet. He was a member of Sandglass Theater for many years and still imagines himself in some ways part of the Sandglass family. He is Artistic Director of Company of Strangers and is currently performing his solo show Of Bread and Paper.


InesYou Are My Sunshine

y Ines Zeller Bass

Ines Zeller Bass, Co-founding Artistic Director of Sandglass, has been performing with puppets since 1968. In the last two years she has shifted her interest more to designing and building puppets and to drawing her whimsical puppet like characters. She is a big fan of the crankie with its moving images.


Warm SpoonsJanaZeller
y Jana Zeller

Jana has been living as a free lance artist for over 20 years. She worked for many years as a painter before making a transition into being a puppeteer. Her art forms have embraced oil painting, set painting, puppet construction, creating puppet shows, and performing. Her puppet work has been presented in the US, Canada, Mexico, Germany and India. She lives with her family in Brattleboro, VT.


IMG_0706From a Notebook (writing by Katha Pollitt)
by David Rohn

Born Chicago, 1934, David Rohn grew op on the east shore of Michigan with sailboats and horses, went to a military school (cartooning and more horses) and the University of Michigan (cartooning and finally, painting).  After two years in New York City he came to Putney at age 29 to be the art professor at struggling Windham College.  The college bloomed, then suddenly faded with the end of the “baby boom”.  In 1976 David returned to New York City, taught as an adjunct in various universities and threw himself into painting and exhibiting.  He had group and solo shows, finally settling on a twenty year connection with an uptown gallery.  He is now represented by Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro, VT.  He has received awards, fellowships, ect.  His home and studio are in the woods in Westmisnster, Vermont.


LindaRubenstienWhat’s For Lunch? An Elephants Tale
by Linda Rubinstein

Dummerston based artist, Linda Rubinstein, works in several media including one-of-a-kind hand-made books, word-and-image journals, and maps. On her far-flung travels with her husband, Chip Greenberg, her muse stays ignited by capturing their experiences in detailed travel journals that often turn artist books at home.


DaveReganThe Lemon Tree
by Dave Regan

Dave Regan is a lifelong dabbler.  For the past 25 years, he has dabbled
almost exclusively in the theater, particularly puppet theater.  Though he
has sometimes been cranky, this is his first time dabbling in crankies.
The experience has made him feel, well.. the opposite of cranky.


AliceFreemanLittle Long Dog Day
by Alice Freeman

Alice Freeman grew up in Williamstown, MA and moved to Vermont in 1972. Her work includes watercolors, oil paintings, pen and ink, mixed media, maps, papier-mache, painted furniture, quilts, and colorful jewelry. She is a sometime cartoonist and a full time dog lover. She lives in Newfane with her husband Castle Freeman and their disorderly dachshund, Freddy.



MicheleRatteDon’t Hit the Fly (based on a haiku by Issa Kobayashi)
by Michele Ratté

Michele Ratté lives in Saxtons River, Vermont and works in a former chicken coop with a terrace she has transformed into a Mediterranean garden. Ratté’s interest in and collaboration with the natural world, infuses her sculpture and printmaking.  She is currently working on a project devoted to themes of deep geologic time and biological evolution, involution, and transformation.




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