Memorial Day Weekend: 150+ Vermont Artists Host “Open Studios”
Of all the places I have seen or imagined of late, I would be most happy living in painter Liz Le Serviget’s Conservatoire, (photo, top.) But I digress . . .
Fancy a road trip through Vermont this Memorial Day Weekend? Click here, then tap your finger on the map to choose one or more of fourteen “loops” that will carry you through a self-guided tour of artists at work. More than 150 Vermont artists and galleries will be participating.
The 30th Annual Vermont Spring Open Studio Weekend, is held during Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, May 28 & 29 from 10 – 5 each day. It gives shoppers, visitors and collectors the opportunity to plan a tour that brings them through the small towns of Vermont to studios where they can purchase beautiful well-made things and talk with the artist that made them.
Open Studio Weekend is a celebration of the creation of craft and artwork and the work life of Vermont artists. With a focus on the studio, including work space and materials, the event aims to illustrate both that creating art requires an investment of time, specialized tools and equipment, and that the process is accessible and rewarding. (press release)
While I may be in Montpelier to check out, among others, Liz Le Serviget’s paintings and the prints of Lyna Lou Nordstrom at the Center for Arts and Learning, you can also participate closer to home in the Upper Valley. Our local loop (White River, Woodstock, Randolph route on the map) includes:
In Bethel: Day Breaks Glass; Grace and Evan Pottery
In Randolph: White River Craft Center (also home to James Beard nominated chef at the Thai restaurant Saap)
In Sharon: Allen Hill Press
In Quechee: Willowbank Studios: Book and Paper Arts
In Strafford: Jeffrey Gale Traditional Basketmaker
In Woodstock: Katie Roberts Studio; Collective—The Art of the Craft
In White River Junction: Two Rivers Printmaking Studio
General info about Open Studios is here. For brief descriptions of each participating studio or gallery in the Upper Valley, click here.
(Photo, top, Conservatoire, by Liz Le Serviget, courtesy of the artist who adds this note: “It’s a painting of the greenhouse at Longwood Gardens in PA”)
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Susan B. Apel shuttered a lifelong career as a law professor to continue an interest (since kindergarten) in writing. Her freelance business, The Next Word, includes literary and feature writing; her work has appeared in a variety of lit mags and other publications including Art New England, The Woven Tale Press, The Arts Fuse, and Persimmon Tree. She connects with her neighbors through Artful, her blog about arts and culture in the Upper Valley. She’s in love with the written word.