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NewsMarlboro Dedicated New Studio Honoring Gib Taylor

Non-traditional ribbon cutting at new studioMarlboro VT (Sept. 25, 2006)- Marlboro College just opened a new metalwork and welding studio in honor of long-time professor and well-known artist Gilbert “Gib” Taylor.

Taylor, who taught woodworking and sculpture at Marlboro College from 1969 until 1999, passed away from a heart attack last May. He was 76.

Monday afternoon Taylor’s family, friends and co-workers gathered for the ribbon cutting on the new studio. 

Wolf Kahn, a Marlboro College trustee and an old friend of Gib’s remarked, “We were very fond of Gib.  I was especially admiring of him because he was also a painter.  In addition to that, he knew how to make ancient instruments and I have great admiration for him.”

Jon Taylor, Gib’s son said, ”I was of course blown away by the thought of this being built in his name  Seeing welding again at Marlboro is just a wonderful thing.”

The 720 square foot cement room has three walls and is open on one end to allow for natural ventilation.  It is attached to the Perrine building, which opened in 1969 and was among the reasons Taylor left California to teach here.

Alex Taylor, Gib’s other son recalled, “My earliest memories are coming down the hill to see our dad.  I am glad Gib’s memory is going to be so prominent and inspiring.”

Gifts of $67,500 to fund the project were received from the Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation, The Crosby Foundation, Inc. of Brattleboro, and friends of the college John McFadden and Lisa Kabnick.

 

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