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Uncut Diamonds Fundraising Dinner

Posted: Feb 14 2014

Brilliance Through Innovative Education

Uncut diamond pendant, 3.77 carats, 18k gold setting, with chain. Jaime was highly inspired by the work of Cubist artist Georges Braque and wanted to use a similar approach, but with his own spin. “I decided to paint a skull because I loved how many ways the white skull reflected the different colors around it,” Jaime reveals. “The ‘Blobs of Reflection’ around the skull are illusions and reflections, which show the skull in different angles and positions, similar to how Braque painted objects.” “My main motive in this painting was to create a geometric abstraction utilizing bright and bold colors,” explains Emmeline, who was inspired by the paintings of Piet Mondrian. “Mondrian’s paintings explore the relationship between color and line; as I was creating this piece, I was inspired by his subtle simplicity.” This painting went through many trials from conception to execution. “It was an almost maddening process,” says Abigail, “but as soon as I decided to stop second-guessing myself, and trust more, the painting led the way.” She was inspired by the work of Destiny Palmer, a New England artist whose paintings were included in the exhibition No Country For Old Men, recently on view in Landmark College’s Fine Arts Gallery. A second-semester student from Litchfield, Conn., Tyler hopes to pursue a career as a ceramicist, and chose Landmark over other colleges based on its ceramics program. Kate hails from Glen Ridge, N.J., and will graduate this spring. She fell in love with ceramics this term and spends many hours in the studio outside class. This piece was inspired by her pet rats, which, she says with a smile, have Now in her third semester at Landmark, Samantha is a gifted ceramicist from Bedford, N.H. In creating the angel piece, she was trying to capture the sense of hopelessness many students feel when they arrive at Landmark College, thinking This teapot and creamer were inspired by Samantha’s mother and Jessica, a student leader from upstate New York, will be graduating this spring. This piece was made as part of an independent study she is doing in sculptural ceramics this semester. Geoff graduated from Landmark in 2013 and is now attending Beloit College. David will graduate from Landmark this spring and plans to major in engineering. A gifted woodworker, he is from Amherst, Mass., where he has a woodshop. This maple relief was carved from sugartime, purple heart, and cherry woods. Mac attended Landmark from 2008 – 2010 and went on to attend Southern Connecticut State. A former player for the Connecticut Yankees Men’s Rugby team, Mac coaches a youth rugby program. He decided to return to Landmark to pursue his bachelor’s degree and plans to graduate in Fall 2015. One of his hobbies is carving decoys. The smaller piece is made out of driftwood from Hurricane Sandy.

"When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure."

--Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the U.S. Senate (1947-49)

The Board of Trustees and President Peter Eden of Landmark College invite you to join them in New York City for an unforgettable dinner to celebrate the promise of our students--Landmark's hidden gems.

Help us create Landmark's new Science, Technology and Innovation Center and build success for students who learn differently.

  • The occasion: An intimate dinner among friends celebrating the brilliance of Landmark's students and the power of innovative education
  • Special guest: Whoopi Goldberg
  • The setting: ROBERT, Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, New York City
  • The date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
  • The time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cocktail attire

RSVP by April 15, 2014

  • Cost: $500.00 per Ticket. Register online (Under donation type, select Event)
  • Event chair: Nan Strauch
  • Event co-chairs: Helen Lobrano & Robert Lewis

Special thanks to auctioneer Simon Teakle of Simon Teakle Fine Jewelry & Objects

For additional details or event sponsorship information, please call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 802.387.6734 or email