Open Studios

Tour Open Studios: Artists at work, Art for Sale

May 28-29 Vermont Open Studio Weekend vt1crafts@aol.com  Open Studio Weekend, a statewide arts celebration over Memorial Day Weekend. 300 artists and artisans participate. Many of the artists belong to local guilds or associations that organize more open studio tours at various times of the year. Look for a second state-wide tour in the fall.

May 28-29 Artisans of Southern Vermont’s Third Annual Open Studio Tour features a tour of artists living in the Southwest corner of Vermont. Artisansvt.com

July 16-17 The 19th Annual Rock River Artist Tour features eighteen professional artists who open their homes, gardens and studios during this enchanting self-guided tour. Wander Southern Vermont’s picturesque back roads and be greeted like an old friend at the homes of successful painters, print makers, sculptors, metal and woodworkers, potters and more. Many are featured in museumcollections from Manhattan to Chicago to Portland and abroad. Start at the historic Old Schoolhouse in South Newfane to view artists’ work and pick up a map. Gourmet delights are available mid-tour in Newfane and Williamsville. Rockriverartists.com

July 16-17 Open Studios of Washington County, NY. 10-5p. Visit 15 professional artists in their studios tucked away in farm houses, barns, and old factories throughout Salem, Cambridge, Greenwich, Eagle Bridge, and Hartford.  http://www.StudioTour.org

September 24-25 Brattleboro-West Arts Studio Tour 10-5p both days. 15 or so of possibly the most eclectic group of artists ever to share a six-mile radius. Where else can you watch a weathervane maker, a rug braider, a wood carver and a stone mason practice their craft alongside artists who work with hand-dyed silks, colored porcelain, blown and fused glass, and locally harvested hardwoods? And that’s before you get to the landscape artists, portraitists and abstract painters. The artists all live along the Whetstone Brook watershed, in the villages of West Brattleboro and Marlboro. Brattleboro-westarts.com

November 25-27 Putney Craft Tour. 10-5p. In 1978, the First Putney Artisan Festival was held spurred by local artist Margo Torrey. The idea of a self-guided tour of artists’ studios was a unique idea at the time and served as a model for craft tours by other organizations in the future. The goal was to create an event for area craftspeople to sell their works locally by drawing visitors from near and far. This year’s tour features 25 studios in the Putney area, putneycrafts.com

November 25-27 Walpole Artisan Tour sponsored by Walpole Artisans Cooperative. Artists demonstrations take place in Walpole and Alstead, N.H. and Bellows Falls, Vermont, 603 756-3020. The Walpole Artisans Cooperative is located at 52 Main Street, Walpole, N.H. Hours: Open Wed-Sat 10a-5p & Sun 11a-3p, walpoleartisans.org

Early December Cherry Street Artisans Holiday Sale 44 Cherry Street, Brattleboro, Cherry Street Artisans Open House and Café is a show of twelve artisans’ work in beautiful Victorian home which is transformed into a fine craft show and café. Participating artisans offer fine hand-crafted items; the kitchen becomes a café offering delicious food and amazing desserts. 802 254-3530, cherrystreetartisans.com

Early December 3-Day Cotton Mill Open Studio and Holiday Sale  The Cotton Mill is 3-story 145,000 renovated mill building in Brattleboro that has been converted into studio space for artist and performers. The first weekend in December the Cotton Mill opens to the public with demonstrations and art for sale, just in time to pick up some great holiday gifts. You’ll see potters, glass blowers, circus performers, musicians, painters, candle makers, jam makers, jewelers, booksellers, dancers and more all under one roof.

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