Open Studio Weekend – central Vermont artisans
Vermont’s Fall Open Studio Weekend is coming up this weekend, October 5 & 6! Artists across the state are madly cleaning their studios just for your visit. That’s right – they want to see you!
Most Vermont craftspeople work in studios located in or close to their residences. These are places of production and inspiration located in downtowns as well as at the ends of dirt roads. They are exciting places to visit because they reflect the dynamic yet organized process that is used to produce the finished work of art.
The studio itself is enormously informative because you can see at a glance how the artist works. Buying or ordering work during an Open Studio sale is a unique experience because you have the opportunity to speak to the artist directly.
Here’s the postcard I sent out to invite folks to my studio (if you’d like to be added to my snail mail list, just let me know):
There are more than 20 studios and exhibits you can visit in Washington County alone, but you should stop at my studio first. Yes, I’m bossy like that. I would love nothing more than to share my work with you so come on over!
I’ll have super-yummy Cabot cheese (nope, not getting paid to say that) and maple kettle corn for your snacking pleasure. How could that not motivate you?
There are eight studios/exhibits within a short-ish drive of me and each is well worth a visit. I’ve listed these local studios below, where I’m referring to them by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the gold 2019 Fall Event & Resource Guide. There are several ways to get your hands on a guide:
- Pick up a copy at our local information center, Artisans Hand Craft Gallery in Montpelier.
- Print out a full copy (warning – this is a big, fat pdf).
- View a detailed map of Washington County on the Vermont Crafts Council website.
Here’s the rundown of who’s who (click on the links to learn more about specific artists/exhibits):
- #72 – The Garage Cultural Center – Jody Kelly: Visual exhibits of sculpture and ceramics, performance.
- #73 – Robinson Whistles/Delia Robinson: Clay whistles, narrative art and music.
- #74 – May Day Studio/Kelly McMahon: Quirky paper goods, letterpress, bookbinding.
- #75 – Blue Roof Designs/Elissa Campbell: Handmade books (that’s me!)
- #76 – Art at the Kent – reVision, a group art exhibit: Vermont artists stretch the limits of ordinary perception.
- #77 – Blackthorne Forge/Steven C. Bronstein: Functional and sculptural, contemporary ironwork.
- #78 – Cabot Artisans Gallery: Art, wood sculpture, paintings, quilts, hooked rugs.
- #79 – Roosevelt Fine Art – Michael Roosevelt: Limited edition prints, antiques, paintings.
Note: If you’re wondering why the 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’d be happy to recommend some local restaurants for your dining pleasure.
I hope to see you at the studio!