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Theater & art

Frame by Frame

Nautical figure at Vermont museum is lovable, if a little lost

SHELBURNE, Vt. — I feel I know this rotund and anxious man. His name is Jack Tar. Without his boxy stand, he’s 3 feet 6 inches tall. His circumference at his widest point (that includes those brusquely jutting elbows) is a more than respectable 5 feet 10 inches.

Jack — maker unknown — is on display at the marvelous Shelburne Museum of Art in Vermont. I met him there in August, and have felt on friendly terms with him since.

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