Garner’s artwork on display in community room

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

Elizabeth Garner with her dog, Alvin. Elizabth Garner’s pencil sketches of Vermont scenes are on the walls on the Williston Police Department community room. (Courtesy photo)

Sketches of classic Vermont scenes—nostalgic sugarhouses, narrow wintry roads and serene lakesides— are decorating the walls of the community room at the Williston Police Department.

The pencil drawings are the work of Essex artist Elizabeth Garner, the latest in a series of artists to exhibit work in the town building.

“They’re all things that you would just see driving down the street,” Garner said of the sketches. “I like to take things that are meaningful for me or somebody else and draw them.”

Millie Whitcomb, executive assistant to the police chief, organizes the displays. Garner is the sixth artist to hang his or her work there since last fall.

“I personally think it’s gorgeous,” Whitcomb said of Garner’s work. “She does some really wonderful depictions of Vermont life… a part of Vermont that you don’t see a lot of anymore.”

Whitcomb said she was so impressed with the work, she even bought one of Garner’s drawings—a sketch of a farmer walking away across a field that Whitcomb said reminded her of her dad.

“It’s very simple, but it really touched me,” Whitcomb said. “I was very impressed with her stuff, and I love having it there.”

Garner is a dispatcher for the Vermont State Police, but has been sketching for several years.

“It’s something I like to do when I come home at night,” she said. “It’s very relaxing for me to just sit down and draw and do something fun.”

The community room, located in the police station, is open to the public. Garner’s art is scheduled to be on display until mid-August.

For more information about displaying art, contact Whitcomb at