Artists in the Country started in 2001, when Ann, Michelle and Lauren
decided to use their land to host artists, and raise money for children with
autism to attend camp at Eden Institute's Camp in Chaplin CT. From 2001 to 2008,
money was raised for the camp, and about 18 children with autism from CT received
scholarships to enable them to attend one week of overnight camp. About $35,000
was raised for Eden Institute Camp in Chaplin, CT.
in 2009 until 2015 monies have been raised for Camp Quinebaug in Killingly,
CT. This local day camp for children with autism and other special needs has
received about $5,000 from the silent auctions and raffles at the show.
"Artists in the Country
has hosted 4 musical showcases with bands playing in OCT, as well as Open
studios for several years. For the last 12 years Artists in the Country has
hosted a Spring Collaborative for artists to show their work in a gallery type
setting for four weekends in the Spring."
"A Day of Music for Victoria Soto Scholarship fund at Eastern CT State
University was held in June, 2013 and raised 1700+ for the scholarship fund.
Victoria Soto was a first grade teacher who was killed in the Newtown CT tragedy
on 12-14-12. The scholarship fund was set up for her at
Eastern Connecticut State University, Willlimantic, CT, where she went to
college to become a teacher."
Ann, Michelle, & Lauren
the Chuk Family
Ann Chuk: the creator of Artists in the Country, has been a
Speech Pathologist for the public schools since 1972. Ann has worked for many
years towards including children with special needs into regular classroom
environments and to build their communication skills with their peers. Ann has
her 6th year in the field of Assistive Technology, which builds on her ability
to help children learn in the regular educational classroom through the use of
assistive technology tools when needed for learning to communicate. Ann has done
workshops and consultations for families and teachers. In 2010, Ann retired from
full time teaching in 2010, then worked part as a Speech Language Pathologist in
Ashford, CT and Norwich CT for a year. She presently works
part time in E. Hampton, CT. at Center School.
Michelle is working in the field of Public Health in Washington, DC. She
presently also sings with the Congressional Chorus in DC and also has loved and
been involved in “the arts” since childhood.
sang and acted in many shows throughout elementary school and through high
school. She played flute in her school orchestras. In college, she participated
in several choirs and acapella singing groups. After graduation, when living in
a new city, and missing singing and playing the flute, she co-organized an
acapella group called Vocal Therapy which sang in the D.C. area for two years.
She is a valuable asset to the Artists in the Country family endeavor.
Lauren is a teacher and basketball coach in Worcester, MA. She plays a vital
role in the success of Artists in the Country.
Her contributions include, but are not limited to the creation of the program
guide, landscaping of the barn, and many hours of preparation. Throughout high
school, although mainly spending her time on the athletic
fields for basketball, soccer and softball, she also showed interest in the
played saxophone, and continued with art classes in high school. As a
senior project, she did a wall mural in the music hallway of her high
school, which still can be seen today and
she continues to make murals on walls in
VA, and Worcester, MA.
Woodstock is only 50
min. from Hartford/ Providence, 90 min. from Boston, and 25 minutes from
Sturbridge/Worcester. Woodstock is a great place
to discover during every season, ESPECIALLY in the fall. Bring your sketchbooks,
and stroll around the pond and barn. Bring your picnic lunches, friends, and
family and enjoy a beautiful day! Ann, Michelle, & Lauren welcome you.
We were on the radio on 9/20/10, check it out