James Teuscher has been developing Watergate, a 54 acre woodlot off the grid for half a century. A combination of solar and hydro power energize the pace. A 14 foot overshot water wheel is available for mechanical power of the brook that divides the property. Materials recycled from the railroad, farms, and churches as well as lumber produced from the woodlot have resulted in seven buildings, three of which provide low income housing. Teuscher has taught black smithing out of his shop for the past 35 years to interested individuals as well as to students from various schools and colleges in the area.
A secondary endeavor these last 15 years has been the development of White Water Gallery in the village of East Hardwick by the river. Recently, due to the Plague, the gallery has suspended shows of established regional artists. The Annex at White Water Gallery, which is upstairs, is currently featuring Out of the Closet & Hung: paintings and sculpture from Teuscher’s permanent collection. All proceeds from the gallery are donated to Jeudevine Library, NEKarts at the Hardwick Town House, and Grace ARTS. Art supporting art is the intention at White Water Gallery. Go to http://whitewatergallery.blogspot.com/ to schedule a visit.