Vermont’s 27th Spring Open Studio Weekend is coming up this Memorial Day weekend, May 25 & 26! Artists across the state are busy creating work and cleaning their studios just for 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.
I send out a postcard every time I participate in Open Studio Weekend (yep, people still use mail). Check out the snazzy postcard that went out this time:
If you’d like to be added to my snail mail list, just let me know. I love stamping postcards!
My studio is an obvious first stop on your tour. Books are my thang and I will talk your ear off if you let me. In a good way, I promise.
Once you’ve had your fill of book talk and Cabot cheese, you can easily visit five other artists within a 15 minute drive of my studio. Montpelier and Worcester offer sweet little gems for your studio hopping pleasure.
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 yellow 2019 Spring 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):
- #124 – Kingfisher Forge/Chris Eaton: Blacksmith studio and hardware shop.
- #125 – Annie Tiberio Photography/Annie Tiberio: Photography, botanicals, abstracts, nature, wilderness.
- #126 – Robinson Whistles/Delia Robinson: Clay whistles, narrative art and music.
- #127 – May Day Studio/Kelly McMahon: Quirky paper goods, letterpress, bookbinding.
- #128 – Blue Roof Designs/Elissa Campbell: Handmade books (that’s me!)
- #129 – Green Mountain Hooked Rugs/Stephanie Allen-Krauss: Traditional hand hooked rugs.
Note: 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 do 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!