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Chaffee invites community to its Member Exhibit & Holiday Shoppe opening reception

Friday, Nov. 13 from 5-7 p.m. —RUTLAND—The Chaffee Art Center invites the community to its annual Member Exhibit & Holiday Shoppe opening reception on Friday, Nov. 13 from 5-7 p.m. This is an all-member show celebrating the talented artists in our communities whose works will be on display and for sale throughout the 1890s mansion until Jan. 8.

An RSVP is required to attend.  A limited number will be allowed at one time in the mansion.  Reserve your half hour time slot:  5 p.m.; 5:30 p.m.; 6 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. Call 802-775-0356 or email [email protected]  All attendees to the opening will receive a special Ann Clark Ltd. gingerbread house cookie cutter customized especially for the Chaffee.

There is no charge for admittance. A donation would be greatly appreciated.  In the spirit of the season of giving, we hope you can bring a non-perishable food item donation.

The mansion will be beautifully decorated in holiday splendor by the Rutland Garden Club including all four fireplace mantels and grand staircase!  Visitors will experience the beauty of the arts and the one-of-a-kind handmade treasures for giving this holiday season. There will be wall(s) of smalls, a wonderful array of small pieces of fine art perfect for that special gift to someone or yourself!  Plus, a variety of other small gift items for those on your holiday list.

Mark your calendars:  As part of the holiday celebration, the Gingerbread Contest Open House will be on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 12-2 p.m.  All are invited to submit their imaginative creations with drop-off on Dec. 2 and 3. Entrants will receive an Ann Clark Ltd. gingerbread house cookie cutter Kit.  The gingerbread creations will be on display for visitors to vote for their favorite entry until Jan. 8.

Plus, don’t miss the Rutland Garden Club Holiday Boutique and Greens Sale that will also be happening on Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If interested in showing work in the Annual Member Exhibit & Holiday Shoppe, please email [email protected] or go to

As the Chaffee celebrates 59 years as an art center in the Rutland Community, they also invite you to join as an artist, single or family member to help the Chaffee to continue to inspire and cultivate creativity, while positively impacting the vitality of our community through the arts.

Visit the Chaffee during open hours to experience the beauty of the historic building and the wonderful works of art throughout, plus the new Gallery Shoppe!  While here, picture your next event, bridal shower, wedding, meeting or retreat being held in the beautiful 1890s mansion, fondly known by its first owners as “Sunny Gables.”

Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday 12-4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Check out and the Chaffee Art Center Facebook page for updates, call 802-775-0356, [email protected], or stop in to the Chaffee Art Center at 16 South Main St.  in Rutland.

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