Spring Open Studio Weekend May 27-28
BRATTLEBORO, Vt.: This Memorial Day weekend, the Vermont Crafts Council will present its 31st annual Spring Open Studio Weekend, which spotlights the multitude of professional artists and craftspeople who live and create throughout the state.
In Brattleboro and neighboring Marlboro and Dummerston alone, tour attendees will have the chance to visit 14 artists in eight studios, plus three galleries, during the event on May 27 and 28.
Of those artists, 11 are members of Brattleboro-West Arts, a group of more than two dozen artisans and crafters who have worked together since 2008 to support one another and increase the visibility of local art in the community.
Participating sites will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with many studios offering demonstrations as well as the opportunity to purchase art and talk to the artists who made it.
During the tour hours, follow the yellow signs from Exit 2 of Interstate 91 and elsewhere around town to find participating studios and galleries. Guidebooks and other information to help you navigate the tour will be available at each location.
Here is the complete lineup of tour stops in the Brattleboro area, listed according to their site numbers on the statewide tour. Artists showing at the studios marked with * are members of Brattleboro-West Arts.
65. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2 (tour information center), pottery, art, glass, jewelry and wood: 106 Main St., Brattleboro.
*66. Beth Armour, porcelain wheel-thrown clay vessels: 17 Greenhill Parkway, Brattleboro
*67. Orchard Street Pottery, wood-fired, salt-glazed pottery featuring branch handles by Walter Slowinski: 658 Orchard St., Brattleboro.
Guest Gene Parulis show his photography, digital art and archival prints at Orchard Street Pottery
68. Leopard Frog Art Gallery, Vermont art and gifts: 257 Marlboro Road, Brattleboro.
*69. Applewoods Woodworking Studio and Gallery, live-edge hardwood furniture and burl vessels by David and Michelle Holzapfel: 2802 Rt. 9 Marlboro.
Guest Jess Weitz will show her paintings and ceramics with handmade pigments at Applewoods.
*70. Chris Lann Designs, contemporary handcrafted fine jewelry: 1420 Sunset Lake Road, Brattleboro.
*71. JMB Glass, functional and decorative handmade glass by Josh and Marta Bernbaum: 119 Hescock Road, Brattleboro.
Guest Laughing Lizard Studio will show encaustics and alcohol ink paintings by Jen Wiechers at JMB Glass.
*72. Matthew Tell Pottery, wood-fired pottery with earth tones and overlays: 163 Potters Hill Road, Marlboro.
73. Carol Violanda Art, abstract and representational paintings: 1868 Stickney Brook Road, Dummerston.
74. Lost Mile Designs, rustic furniture and fiber art by Pam Bullock and Tim Hayes: 51 Lost Mile Road, Brattleboro.
Click here for an interactive Google Map of the Brattleboro-area tour locations.
Beyond the Brattleboro area, other southern Vermont studios will be open a short drive away in Townshend to the north and Whitingham and Readsboro to the west. For a complete list and maps of tour stops statewide, visit www.vermontcrafts.com.