Art event: Holiday Open Studio
Area artisans come together at Guilford Holiday Open Studio
GUILFORD — It was a good summer for John Dimick. His painting "Ice on the Ledge" earned him the Outstanding Vermont Artist award at the Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition. Dimick's paintings will be on view at the 18th Annual Guilford Holiday Open Studio, which takes place on Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov.18.
For many area residents, an annual trip to the Green River Road marks the beginning of the holiday season. Friends and neighbors, as well as people from afar, mingle and enjoy tasty treats while looking over the myriad beautiful, locally created products.
New to the event, Hanako Jones' Whimsy Soaps will provide a nice olfactory addition to the work of returning craftspeople, farmers, and artists. Hanako started making personal care products because she "always loved smells." She strives to create soap that is "pleasing to the eye, nose, and touch."
Vicki Houghton makes hand-knotted bead necklaces, a skill she learned many years ago while working in a jewelry store. Everything about the craft delights her. There are so many combinations, shapes and colors to work with, and they are completed with a magnetic catch, which makes putting them off and on a breeze!
Susan Rosano is a mosaic artist living in Guilford. She creates one of a kind mosaic pieces using hand-cut stained glass, ceramic tiles, old jewelry, and found objects that are cemented, grouted and waterproofed. Her pieces are functional and consist of mosaic jewelry, flowerpots, slates, framed mirrors, angels on bricks and other types of wall pieces.
Dennis Waring is an ethnomusicologist, instrument maker, educator and performer. He has built traditional and ethnic musical instruments of all types since 1975. Comfortable with all styles of music, Dennis performs throughout the northeast with various music groups. For this year's Holiday Open Studio, Waring will be selling and playing various instruments including cigar box guitars, folk harps, dulcimers, psalteries and thumb pianos.
Nancy Detra and Margaret Dale Barrand are returning with a variety of their handmade puppets featuring recycled materials.
Lois Pancake will debut her beautiful 2018 photo calendars.
Once again, Mary Ellen Franklin comes to the sale with maple products from the family farm on Weatherhead Hollow Road. Their sugar house features an energy efficient, clean-burning system which produces good old-fashioned delicious syrup!
Carol Schnabel, who hosts the event at her lovely Green River Road studio, will have a wide array of handwoven bamboo, rayon and tencel scarves and shawls in luscious colors. Schnabel recently participated in an exhibit at the League of NH Craftsmen headquarters.
The Holiday Open Studio runs from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 410 Green River Road in Guilford. For information or directions, call Carol Schnabel at 802-257-1894 or go to carolschnabelhandweaving.wordpress.com. Delicious sweet and savory refreshments will be served. The studio is not handicapped-accessible.
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