Vermont Celebrates 19th Annual Open Studio Weekend May 28-29
Erica Houskeeper, Erica.Houskeeper@state.vt.us
Vermont’s natural scenic beauty is enhanced each spring when the work of Vermont artists and craftspeople can be seen firsthand during Vermont’s Open Studio Weekend on May 28-29.
Open Studio Weekend is an annual statewide celebration of the visual arts when Vermont artists and craftspeople invite the public to visit their studios during Memorial Day Weekend. More than 226 sites will be open during this event, with more than 300 artists and artisans participating.
“Vermont is fortunate to have such a talented community of local artists and craftspeople,” said Governor Peter Shumlin. “What makes Open Studio Weekend so unique is that visitors can meet a variety of artists and learn more about their tremendous range of creativity.”
The event features the work of glass blowers, jewelers, printmakers, potters, furniture makers, weavers, ironworkers, painters, sculptors, quilt makers and wood carvers. Many galleries will host gallery talks and feature special exhibits in conjunction with this event.
The Vermont Crafts Council publishes a free map booklet with directions to participating sites, which is available at Vermont Information Centers, and at individual studios and galleries, or by request.
Open Studio Weekend was established 19 years ago by the Vermont Crafts Council 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.
Open Studio Weekend is supported by the farmers who own Cabot Creamery, The Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing.
For more information, visit www.vermontcrafts.com or call the Vermont Crafts Council at 802-223-3380.
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