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devoted herself to sculpture in the Old World
tradition — and is getting recognition for it.
“So many are rebelling and finding new ways
of doing things,” Bedard says, “but I prefer to
go back to the past and help make classicism
She credits her Vermont childhood with
starting her on her career path. Bedard used
to draw the cows and chickens around the
family’s small farm in Milton. Her mother, a
kindergarten teacher, encouraged her inter-
est in art — when the Minnie Mouse sticker
peeled off her daughter’s plastic lunchbox,
she replaced it with a picture of a Monet
painting. At 15, Bedard starting tagging along
when her aunt and uncle, both artists, went to
watercolor workshops on Monhegan Island in
Maine. When it came time to consider college,
Bedard toured only art schools.
After Cooper Union in New York turned
her down — “they weren’t interested in my
representational style” — she chose the Lyme
Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme,