Known well by fellow hikers for my characteristic abrupt stops along the trail, I am a believer that the journey is as important as the destination. In our everyday lives, how often do we pass by objects, scenes, or patterns of beauty or potential interest with nary a notice? Through my visual work, I hope to both share and foster an interest in such “pauses of awareness.” I consider my photographs “found scenes” – the often-passed-by extraordinary embedded in the ordinary around us.
A resident of the town of Milton since 2008, Milton Marasch – affectionately referred to as “Milton from Milton” by friends and acquaintances – joined the Milton Artists’ Guild in 2020.
No stranger to the arts, Milton partly funded his college education by working for his mother Nancy Marasch as her studio’s mat cutter. He would later train under her in her technique of abstract ink and watercolor painting. He attributes his eye to composition to the influence of Wisconsin photographer, Michael Vanevenhoven.
Exposure to the arts was furthered in the mid-1990s with Milton’s involvement in the Jamestown Fine Arts Association – a non-profit bringing the arts to the people and schools of rural North Dakota. While there, he exhibited his photography in the annual member show and served on the board of directors.
Milton’s artistic inclinations extend to the performing arts as well. He has acting experience in various community theater productions in Plattsburgh and dance experience including training and performing with the Poughkeepsie Ballet Theater, Minneapolis’s Loon on a Log Dance Company, and the North Dakota Ballet Company. He is also a Lindy hop and blues dance aficionado who has been known to cut the proverbial rug at social dance venues in the Burlington area and beyond.
By day, Milton is a practicing psychologist-doctorate in Chittenden County. In this role, he has been known to work with artist patients to address the psychological obstacles to reaching their aspirations.