BRATTLEBORO >> The Vermont Craft Council's Spring Open Studio on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28 and 29, will include eight artists in seven studios and one gallery in Brattleboro, West Brattleboro and Marlboro. Of those studios, six are affiliated with Brattleboro-West Arts.
Participating 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. It is a great opportunity to talk to the professional artists and gain insight into the creative process.
Art and craft work being produced in the studios of this southeast segment of the statewide tour can be previewed in a current display at the Vermont Welcome Center on Interstate 91 in nearby Guilford, Vt. The display features work by the artists listed below and continues through May.
Here is the complete lineup of tour stops in the Brattleboro area, listed according to their site numbers on the statewide tour. The studios marked with * are those of Brattleboro-West Arts members:
130. Vermont Artisan Designs (Tour information center); 106 Main St., Brattleboro; BuyVermontArt.com
131. Laughing Lizard Studio – encaustic paintings and jewelry by Jen Wiechers; 25 Highlawn Road, Brattleboro; facebook.com/laughing.lizard.studio
132. Lesley Heathcote pastels of animals and nature; 32 Larkin St., Brattleboro; email@example.com
134. Orchard Street Pottery - Walter Slowinski; 658 Orchard St., Brattleboro; walterslowinskipottery.weebly.com
133. Jason Breen Fine and Custom Woodworking; 1197 Bonnyvale Road, Brattleboro; jasonebreen.com
135. Chris Lann Designs silver jewelry; 1420 Sunset Lake Road, Brattleboro; chrislanndesigns.com
136. Matthew Tell Pottery; Potters Hill Road, Marlboro; matthewtellpottery.com
137. Applewoods Woodworking Studio and Gallery - David and Michelle Holzapfel; 2802 Rt. 9 Marlboro; holzapfelwoodworking.com
You can download a map that includes all these participating artists here: www.brattleboro-west-arts.com/VCCmap.pdf. There are enough stops to fill an entire weekend. But if you still have time, there are more studios in nearby Dover, Newfane and Townshend to the north and Wilmington to the west. For a complete list of tour stops statewide, visit www.vermontcrafts.com.
Brattleboro-West Arts is a group of about three dozen artists who create their art and make their homes within the watershed of the Whetstone Brook. Since 2009, BWA has hosted its own open studio tour at the end of September. In addition, it joins forces with the Vermont Craft Council for its established statewide tour on Memorial Day Weekend.
For details about Brattleboro-West Arts, including profiles of member artists and information about this and other events, visit www.brattleboro-west-arts.com.