On May 24, 2018

Spring Open Studio celebrates 26 years

Saturday & Sunday, May 26-27—VERMONT—Bright yellow signs compete with a multitude of greens along Vermont’s roads enticing visitors to the studios of craftspeople and other artists across Vermont during the 2018 Spring Open Studio Weekend taking place May 26-27, over Memorial Day weekend.

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 local artists and craftspeople in their studios, and purchase

Courtesy Karen Deets Studio
Courtesy Karen Deets Studio

high quality, hand made artwork.

The self-guided Open Studio tour features the work of glassblowers, jewelers, printmakers, potters, furniture makers, weavers, ironworkers, painters, sculptors, quilt makers and wood carvers. Many participating galleries will host gallery talks and feature special exhibits in conjunction with this event.

This year visit over 220 artists at 179 sites across Vermont.

The Vermont Crafts Council publishes a free map booklet with directions to participating sites. The Vermont Open Studio Guide is available throughout the state at Tourist Information Centers, galleries and studios. Request a map on the VCC website, vermontcrafts.com/OSW/springmap.php or by calling 802-223-3380.

Just a few examples of studios open throughout the region include Karen Deets Stained Glass located at 728 Moscow Road, Fair Haven, who will have doors open with her colorful glass creations. DaVallia, at 39 North St., Chester, will be open celebrating its nine-year anniversary, and invites the public to experience its Artful Living concept and philosophy. The Roy Egg Shop, in the village of West Pawlet, will be open, introducing a new collection, “Celebration of Crows.” The town of Brandon will have many studios open, with an impressive per-capita gallery representation, including Brandon Artists Guild at 7 Center Street, Judith Reilly Studio at 24 Conant Square, Caleb Kenna Photography at 40 Old Farm Road, among others. Jeannie Podolak will be exhibiting her printmaking at 24 Lazy Acres Road, North Chittenden and at The Alley Gallery Center Street in Downtown Rutland.

The Vermont Crafts Council premiered Open Studio Weekend in 1993 to increase the visibility of artists and craftspeople in Vermont and to foster an appreciation for the creative process and the role that artists and craftspeople play in the vitality of Vermont’s communities.

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More than 220 artists at 179 sites across Vermont will be featured in Vermont Open Studio weekend.

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