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Frank Howard’s “The Bank,” 2000 (now the home of The Left Bank, North Bennington).

Left Bank exhibition features works by Frank Howard. Shaftsbury artist Frank Howard (1924-2013) rarely painted far from home. Over his 60-year career, from his house on a bluff overlooking old Route 7, and his converted vegetable stand, dubbed the Howard Art Museum, he created a body of work ranging from studies of figures and trees, to compositions echoing classical art, to a wide variety of local portraits and scenes.

In recent years known for religious and mythical works executed in a loose personal style, Howard was at heart a traditional artist.

The current exhibition at the Left Bank Gallery, “Frank Howard: Paintings and Drawings,” aims to show the variety and quality of his early work and the training he gave himself to achieve it, especially through his many drawings. An article in the current issue of Vermont Magazine further outlines the story of Howard and his career. The exhibit, organized by The Left Bank and Blue Rider Events, with assistance from the family of Frank Howard, runs through June 10.

Notes on the newly redesigned website of The Fund for North Bennington, Inc. This website was completely redesigned this past winter, and updated with lots of new content. The site is now fully accessible to mobile devices.

There is much fresh material in the photo galleries, particularly those showing parades and historic streetscapes. There are new stories from Burton Bromley of village life around 1900, and of working at the Cushman factory for 56 years. An historic series of detailed maps (the Sanborn maps) of the village from a century ago is now available courtesy of the Library of Congress. And there are many new contemporary photos of North Bennington.

Nearly 40 percent of the visitors to this site arrive by mobile devices or tablets. The original site — first uploaded in 2008 — was not mobile friendly. The new design should work very well for those of you who rely on your phones — although the photos still look best when seen on a big screen.

We hope to develop this page for sharing news and views about North Bennington. It is not going to be a traditional calendar — more of a forum for ideas and news of special items. Please be in touch if you would like to contribute or have suggestions! And please explore this site, even if you have done so many times before. There is a lot to discover here about the Village of North Bennington.