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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Vermont Crafts Council’s Fall Open Studio Weekend

Encaustic by Jen Wiechers of Laughing Lizard Studio

WHAT: Brattleboro area studios take part in statewide Open Studio Tour
WHEN: Oct. 13-14, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Brattleboro, Vermont

With 18 art studios and one gallery just a short drive from Interstate 91, visitors to the Vermont Crafts Council’s Fall Open Studio Weekend Oct. 13-14 will find an entire weekend’s worth of fine art and craft in Brattleboro and its neighboring towns.

Studios will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with many sites offering demonstrations as well as the opportunity to purchase art and craft and talk with the professional artists and artisans who made them.

Poised at the southern gateway to the Vermont, the Brattleboro area offers the highest concentration of sites on the VCC’s statewide studio tour.

Members of two local arts groups will be well-represented on the tour. Of 19 participating artists and crafters, nine are members of Brattleboro-West Arts (brattleboro-west-arts.com), a group of about three dozen artists who create their art and make their homes within the watershed of the Whetstone Brook. Additionally, four participants this fall are members of Rock River Artists (rockriverartists.com), a collective of professional artists residing around the Rock River basin in Southern Vermont that holds its own studio tour each summer. Potter Matthew Tell is a member of both groups.

The weekend coincides with American Craft Week (americancraftweek.com), a nationwide effort to celebrate art and craft events happening from Oct. 5-14. For the past several years, BWA has organized its members and other local artists to make Brattleboro a prime destination on the VCC tours, which are held each fall and spring. In 2017, BWA received an award naming Brattleboro’s fall tour as American Craft Week’s Best Collaborating Artist Event.

Following is the lineup of local tour stops, listed according to their site numbers on the statewide tour. The studios marked with * are those of Brattleboro-West Arts members, and those marked with † are Rock River Artists members.

37. Vermont Artisan Designs, gallery and tour information center: 106 Main St., Brattleboro.  (vtart.com)

38. Vitriesse Glass Studio, Lucy Bergamini: 122 Birge St., No. 21, Brattleboro. (vitriesse.com)

39 Colorquilts, dyed fabric, quilts and wooden jigsaw puzzles, Carlene Raper: 62 Spruce St., Brattleboro. (colorquilts.com)

40 Zak Grace Glass, blown glass: 446 Williams St., West Brattleboro. (zakgraceglass.com)

*41. Lesley Heathcote, pastels of animals and nature: 32 Larkin St., West Brattleboro. (lesleyheathcote.com)

*42. Orchard Street Pottery, wood-fired pottery, paintings and encaustics by Walter Slowinski: 658 Orchard St., West Brattleboro. (walterslowinskipottery.weebly.com)

*43 Naomi Lindenfeld Colored Clay pottery: 330 Meadowbrook Road, West Brattleboro. (naomilindenfeld.com)

*44 Center for Digital Art, projections and “motionpaintings” by Michel Moyse: 81 Pleasant Valley Road, West Brattleboro. (michelmoyseart.com)

*45 Greg Moschetti, landscape paintings: 623 Kelly Road, Dummerston. (gregmoschettipainter.com)

*46. Chris Lann Designs, handmade silver, gold and gemstone jewelry: 1420 Sunset Lake Road, West Brattleboro. (chrislanndesigns.com)

*47. JMB Glass, blown and flameworked glass by Josh and Marta Bernbaum: 119 Hescock Road, West Brattleboro. (jmbglass.com)

*48. Laughing Lizard Studio, encaustic and acrylic paintings and silver jewelry by Jen Wiechers: showing at JMB Glass, 119 Hescock Road, West Brattleboro. (facebook.com/laughing.lizard.studio)

*† 49. Matthew Tell Pottery: Potters Hill Road, Marlboro. (matthewtellpottery.com)

† 50. Rock River Studio, pinhole photography by Christine Triebert: 362 Dover Road, South Newfane. (rockriver-studio.com)

51. R.U.S.T., Repurposed assemblage from wood and metal by Darlene Eisenhuth. 911 Dover Road, South Newfane. (darlene.eisenhuth@yahoo.com)

† 52. Caryn King Studio, paintings of animals, mixed media, giclees: 16 Miller Lane, South Newfane. (carynking.com)

† 53. Roger Sandes, figurative paintings with symbols of life, fertility and repose: 157 Grimes Hill Road, Williamsville. (rogersandes.com)

54. Diane Echlin Ceramics, stoneware pottery, jewelry: 428 S. Wardsboro Road, Newfane. (diane.echlin@gmail.com)

96. Namaya Productions – Art Rat Studio, peace and Vermont art by T Namaya: 773 Guilford St., Brattleboro. (namayaproductions.com)

Visitors should look for the yellow signs around these towns during the event or visit brattleboro-west-arts.com/osw, where you can find an interactive map to guide you on the tour, as well as links to information about the artists.

For directions and maps to tour stops throughout the rest of Vermont, visit vermontcrafts.com.

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