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Veronica Terrillion, Sculptor
, Indian River

Veronica shows us sculptures in her garden and explains how she created them. Watch (QuickTime video 3:18)

Veronica describes her first sculptures. Listen (Real 0:50)

Veronica talks about her construction methods. Listen (Real 1:02)

Veronica Terrillion was the subject of this February 14, 2000 profile jointly produced for radio by Traditional Arts in Upstate New York and North Country Public Radio. Listen (Real 5:26)

For over 40 years, Veronica Terrillion created a remarkable thing, a total environment of sculpture on her three-acre homestead in Lewis County. When she bought the land in 1952, her first project was to construct a log house. Next she dredged a pond and eventually added two islands. Most notable to travelers of Route 812, she began filling her yard with large concrete sculptures which she creates herself. She made her first sculpture in 1954, a statue of the Virgin Mary, and placed it by the roadside. Since then she has added numerous animals (like a zebra and Adirondack whitetail deer), religious images (a nativity scene and St. Francis of Assisi), and representations of her family members. In all, there are over 400 figures. During her last few winters, she did oil paintings based on memories of her childhood and family. Veronica attributed her accomplishments as an artist to her faith and her "God-given abilities." Veronica Terrillion passed away in 2003.

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