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Cabot Arts and Music Festival
The Labyrinth - Joe Godwin
Local creator of Labyrinths, Joe Godwin will construct a temporary labyrinth for the Cabot Arts and Music Festival. Joe has created beautiful labyrinth's throughout Vermont, notably at the United Community Church in St. Johnsbury, and in East Hardwick behind Hardwick Chiropractic.
A labyrinth is not a maze. It has no blind alleys or dead ends as mazes have. It is unicursal (one line), meaning there is only one path to the center and back out. The path twists and turns back on itself many times before reaching the center. Once at the center, there is only one way back out.
There is no set time for how long it takes to walk a labyrinth since each one is unique. Some may take only 5 minutes, while others may be significantly longer.
Patterns range from simple to complex, and sizes of labyrinths vary. Walking a labyrinth requires you to merely follow the pattern, with no puzzle to figure out. This lets your mind focus on your meditation or prayer.
The labyrinth symbolizes a journey to a predetermined destination (such as a pilgrimage to a holy site) or the journey through life from birth to spiritual awakening to death. Labyrinths can be made of stone, wood, plants (such as hedges), or other materials. They may even be painted on a floor.
Time of the Signs! - Janet VanFleet
Cabot resident and mixed-media artist Janet Van Fleet makes three-dimensional objects with found and manipulated materials. For The Cabot Arts and Music Festival this year, Janet has created eight sign-carrying people to help inform and orient participants to all the festival has to offer.
Janet is a founder of Studio Place Arts, an art center in Barre, Vermont where she has her studio. Van Fleet's work often makes reference to political, environmental, and social issues.
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