It wasn’t a steering wheel, but a potter’s wheel that mentees and mentors were driving at Shelburne Art Center’s monthly Dinner and Art for mentor pairs.  The class was small enough that clay artist (and teacher extraordinaire) Rik Rolla felt comfortable giving a brief demonstration, then giving each mentor and mentee a turn at the wheel.

Johara, from Spectrum, makes a pot with help of teacher Rik Rolla.

Johara, my mentee through the Spectrum Mentoring program, went first.  She threw the clay in the middle of the wheel and she centered it with a little help from Rik.  In no time at all she had formed a very nice pot.

“That looked pretty easy!”  I thought.  One at a time we each took our turn.  Johara’s younger sister, Muna, was next, then Nikki from HowardCenter’s Community Friends Mentoring, then her mentor Sheila, and then me.  It turns out it wasn’t as easy as it looked, but we all had a great time.  With Rik’s help (a lot of help) we each created a pot that we will be proud of.

Pots ready for the kiln.

It turns out that Johara made it look easy because she seems to have a natural feel for the wheel.  So much so that Rik took notice and arranged to get a scholarship for Johara to be part of his wheel class in May.  Little sister, Muna, was excited for Johara, but also hoped to attend with her, but the last scholarship available went to Johara.  A very kind donor to Shelburne Art Center was so moved when she learned about the girls, that she has offered to pay Muna’s tuition for the class.

When Johara learned about the scholarship offer, she lit up like a spring flower on a warm day.  In a New American family of six children, she doesn’t get to feel special very often.  She has talent!  She beamed with excitement!

Johara and Rik at the wheel.

The Shelburne Art Center has supported mentoring with the free Dinner and Art program since the fall.  Whether a mentee comes just once and has a good time making something, or if they come every month like Johara and Muna, those moments of fun and accomplishment make a huge difference in their lives.  Thank you, Rik, Sage, and everyone at Shelburne Art Center!

The April Dinner and Art was the last one at Shelburne Art Center.  In May, going back to its roots, the Shelburne Art Center will become the Shelburne Craft School, which was the original name of the organization, dating back to 1938.   The first Dinner and Art for mentor pairs at the Shelburne Craft School will be May 21st.  Come join in on the fun!

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Events on January 1, 2015
  • Twinfield Together Mentoring Benefit at Positive Pie 11:30 am to 9:00 pm Location: Positive Pie, 69 Main Street, Plainfield, VT 05667, United States More details...
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Events on January 6, 2015
  • Mobius American Flatbread Celebration 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm Location: American Flatbread Burlington Hearth, 115 Saint Paul Street, Burlington, VT 05401, United States More details...
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Events on January 8, 2015
  • I Am A Mentor Day 12:00 am to 12:00 am Location: More details...
  • Twinfield Together Mentoring Benefit at Positive Pie 11:30 am to 9:00 pm Location: Positive Pie, 69 Main Street, Plainfield, VT 05667, United States More details...
  • Chittenden County Mentoring Network Meeting 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Location: 31 Elmwood Ave, Burlington, VT 05401, USA More details...
  • EverybodyWins! Vermont Concert 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm Location: Shelburne Vineyard, 6308 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT 05482, United States More details...
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Events on January 9, 2015
  • King Street Center Benefit Concert 6:00 pm to 11:30 pm Location: 100 Library Ln, Williston, VT 05495, USA More details...
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Events on January 12, 2015
  • Dinner Series for Milton Mentors 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm Location: Elementary School, Milton, VT 05468, United States More details...
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Events on January 13, 2015
  • Girls/Boyz First Mentoring Benefit Dinner 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm Location: Sarducci's, 3 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602, United States More details...
  • Dinner Series for Milton Mentors 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm Location: Elementary School, Milton, VT 05468, United States More details...
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Events on January 14, 2015
  • Twinfield Together Mentoring Benefit at Rainbow Sweets 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Location: Rainbow Sweets, 1689 U.S. 2, Marshfield, VT 05658, United States More details...
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Events on January 15, 2015
  • Thank Your Mentor Day 12:00 am to 12:00 am Location: Nationwide More details...
  • Twinfield Together Mentoring Benefit at Positive Pie 11:30 am to 9:00 pm Location: Positive Pie, 69 Main Street, Plainfield, VT 05667, United States More details...
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Events on January 17, 2015
  • SB Mentoring Winter Gala Dinner & Silent Auction 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm Location: 500 Dorset St, South Burlington, VT 05403, USA More details...
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Events on January 19, 2015
  • Twinfield Together Mentoring Benefit at Maple Valley Café 6:30 am to 3:00 pm Location: 2nd St, Barre, VT 05641, USA More details...
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Events on January 20, 2015
  • Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley’s 2015 Mentor Appreciation Dinner 6:00 pm to 11:30 pm Location: 164 Main St, Bradford, VT 05033, USA More details...
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Events on January 22, 2015
  • 2015 Mentoring Celebration at the Vermont Statehouse 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Location: Vermont State House, 115 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633, United States More details...
  • Twinfield Together Mentoring Benefit at Positive Pie 11:30 am to 9:00 pm Location: Positive Pie, 69 Main Street, Plainfield, VT 05667, United States More details...
  • Twinfield Together Mentoring Mentor Appreciation Dinner 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Location: Twinfield Union School, 106 Nasmith Brook Road, Plainfield, VT 05667, United States More details...
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Events on January 23, 2015
  • Twinfield Together Mentoring Benefit at Plainfield Co-op 9:00 am to 8:30 pm Location: Plainfield Food Coop and Community Center - Everyone Welcome!, 153 Main Street, Plainfield, VT 05667, United States More details...
  • SB Mentoring Barnes and Noble Book Fair and Artists' Reception 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Location: Barnes & Noble, 102 Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT 05403, United States More details...
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Events on January 24, 2015
  • The Annual Mentor Connector Bowl 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm Location: Rutland Bowlerama Inc, 158 South Main Street #2, Rutland, VT 05701, United States More details...
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Events on January 27, 2015
  • BBBS of Bennington Mentor Appreciation Dinner 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Location: West Mountain Inn Road, Arlington, VT 05250, United States More details...
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Events on January 28, 2015
  • 2015 National Mentoring Summit 12:00 am to 12:00 am Location: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC, United States More details...
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Events on January 29, 2015
  • Twinfield Together Mentoring Benefit at Positive Pie 11:30 am to 9:00 pm Location: Positive Pie, 69 Main Street, Plainfield, VT 05667, United States More details...
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Events on January 31, 2015
  • 10th Annual Everybody Wins! Vermont Read-A-Thon 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm Location: More details...
 

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