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Studio Tour & Fall Foliage combine for an exceptional Vermont experience
Artisans Prepare for Open Studio Weekend October 6 & 7

Photo courtesy Vermont Craft Council
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.