Vermont Open Studio Weekend – Central Vermont Artists
Vermont’s 24th Spring Open Studio Weekend is on the horizon – this coming Memorial Day Weekend, May 28 & 29.
Open Studio Weekend is a statewide celebration of the visual arts and creative process, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to meet a wide variety of artists and craftspeople in their studios, some of which are only open to the public during this event.
I can’t believe that this is my 11th year participating in the event! In honor of the occasion, perhaps I should treat myself to the traditional 11th anniversary gift of steel – this stainless steel Kelm folder by Shanna Leino would be so heavenly!
If you’re planning on visiting my studio (oh, yeah!), you can add on visits to other great artists within a 1/2 hour drive of here.
The central region of Vermont, including Washington and Caledonia counties, is offering twenty-one locations this year, including galleries and artists working with a variety of media.
In the lists below, I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the green 2016 Spring Event & Resource Guide. There are several ways to get your hands on a map:
- Pick up a copy at the Artisans Hand Craft Gallery in Montpelier, the Blinking Light Gallery in Plainfield, or the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild in St. Johnsbury (they’re official Regional Information Centers).
- Print out a full copy (warning – this is a big, fat pdf).
- View a detailed map of the Central Region of Vermont on the Vermont Crafts Council website.
Here’s the rundown of who’s who (click on the links to learn more about specific artists):
- #46 – Sanderson’s Wooden Bowls/Sam and Weeza Sanderson: Bowl turning.
- #47 – Vermont Glass Workshop/Harry and Wendy Besett: Functional and decorative handblown glass.
- #48 – Lucian Avery Blacksmith: Thumb latches, hinges, fire tools, gates.
- #49 – Charuby Studios/Ruby Leslie: Handwoven scarves, shawls, and woven commissions. Ken Leslie: Artist’s books and paintings.
- #50 – Joe’s Pond Craft Shop: Showing the work of area artists.
- #51 – Patricia de Gogorza: Paintings, sculpture, carving in stone and wood.
- #74 – Hillcrest Adirondack Furniture/Richard Ducharme: Adirondack furniture, chairs, gliders, loveseats and porch swings.
- #75 – Vermont Floorcloths and Fiber Arts/Sandy Ducharme: Handpainted canvas rugs, hooked wool rugs.
- #76 – Fred Varney: Stained glass windows, lighting.
- #77 – Blackthorne Forge/Steven Bronstein: Functional and sculptural, contemporary ironwork.
- #78 – SFC Woodcarving/Scott Crocker: Woodcarving, sculpture, wildlife, furniture.
- #79 – Leslie Koehler Pottery: Majolica glazed terracotta earthenware.
- #80 – Elm Harris/Erin Meharg Harris: Custom and one-of-a-kind silver jewelry.
- #81 – Green Mountain Hooked Rugs/Stephanie Krauss: Traditional hand hooked rugs.
- #82 – Susan Bull Riley: Classical paintings, oils and watercolors of botanicals, birds, and landscapes.
- #83 – Blue Roof Designs/Elissa Campbell: Handmade books (that’s me!)
- #84 – Artisans Hand, Vermont State Craft Center: Contemporary Vermont crafts, jewelry, photography.
- #85 – Annie Tiberio Cameron Photography: Photography, botanicals, abstracts, nature, wilderness.
- #86 – Calza, Goodwin Studio/Susan Calza: Mixed media, installation painting and works on paper.
- #87 – Studio Place Arts: Galleries, studios, sculptures.
If you’re wondering why the studio numbers are different colors, that’s because they correspond with the marker colors on the map I created to help you plan your travels. Behold – the Google Map!
If you plan on coming to the Montpelier area, let me know and I can recommend some local restaurants for your munching pleasure.
I hope to see you!