Monday, August 07, 2006

Treasures of Cambridge #20 Treasures of Cambridge #20

Carol Bollinger Green pictured in front of the vault in the former Bean Head’s Coffee House has lived in the Cambridge area since 1979.

Carol was born and raised in Pulaski, N.Y. She met her husband at Syracuse and after tying the knot, his work as a natural resources pilot brought them to the area. They moved to South Easton because it was close enough to Albany for him to commute to work, while giving them a life in a rural farming community; a fine place to raise their two daughters.

Carol loves living in the area, "it is wonderful being so close to nature, and in a place where people are so open and friendly." She also loves being close to a large wilderness area like the Adirondacks and yet within easy access to cities as well. "To have the best of both worlds."

Carol is an artist and teacher; she gives classes in basic drawing and watercolor for adults of all skill levels. "I like working with adults and helping them find their own way of painting and drawing so they can enjoy using that for their own creative expressions. It is really great to watch people open up and blossom in their abilities, to express what they see or experience in their minds eye." She teaches all over the capital region, including such places as our own Hubbard Hall, Hudson Valley Community College, and the Troy Arts Center in downtown Troy.

Carol’s prop is her Mother’s Adirondack pack basket, which she inherited. Carol has fond memories of hiking in the mountains with her Mom, seeing her with that basket. Now, Carol uses the pack to carry her art making supplies to the classes she teaches. "It reminds me of her everyday, and is also very useful for my work."

Carol would like to be remembered as, "someone who helped people find a way to express what is in their heart; if that might be accomplished through drawing or painting."


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