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Artisans Prepare for Open Studio Weekend October 6 & 7
Photo courtesy Vermont Craft
Susan Farrow puts the finishing touch on a piece of her metal
art in her studio in Castleton. See Susan's gallery, and 118 more,
during Vermont's Fall Open Studio Weekend statewide tour, as 131
artisans and 119 locations open their studios to the public on
Columbus Day weekend.
Artistic creativity and the brilliant colors of Vermont autumn go
hand-in-hand on October 6 and 7 as a statewide network of
craftspeople and artists open their studios to the public for
Vermont Fall Open Studio Weekend.
This is the second year that the Vermont Crafts Council is
presenting an Open Studio tour in the fall, although the spring
studio tour has been offered since 1993. VCC Director Martha Fitch
points out that unlike last fall when the state was dealing with
the aftermath of road damage from Tropical Storm Irene, this year
the traveling is easy as Vermont roads are smooth and bridges have
been fully repaired.
"It's a rare invitation to go behind the craft shows and
exhibits to view the creative work environment and speak with the
artist," says Fitch. "You can explore straight or winding, paved or
dirt roads, and be treated to brilliant scenic vistas, classic
Vermont villages, and warm welcomes from artists whose studios are
normally private spaces."
Where to start? The Crafts Council publishes a free map booklet
available at Vermont welcome centers and galleries that gives
people an easy way to plan an individualized tour route. Some
people begin by choosing a section of the state that they have
always wanted to visit, or seeking out specific medium like pottery
or furniture or watercolors. Some just follow the yellow signs
directing people to studio locations. Regional information centers
are highlighted in the guide as places to give studio explorers an
overview of a particular area.
Vermont Fall Open Studio Weekend is a statewide celebration of
the visual arts and the creative process in which Vermont artists
and craftspeople invite the public to visit them in their studios.
The event's goal is to foster an appreciation for the creative
process and the role that artists and craftspeople play in the
vitality of Vermont's communities.
For more information, www.vermontcrafts.com or 802-223-3380.