This weekend, May 23rd & 24th, I will be opening the doors to my home and studio for Vermont Craft Council’s Spring Open Studio Weekend. Open Studio Weekend is a statewide celebration of the visual arts and creative process, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to meet a wide variety of artists and craftspeople in their studios. Many studios, including mine, are only open to the public during this event.
The self-guided Open Studio tour features the work of glassblowers, 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.
There are several sites for Open Studio Weekend in the Rutland, VT area including:
#82 – Shattuck Studio and Gallery – Carolyn Shattuck. Book arts, printmaking and collage. 193 Patricia Ln, Rutland VT 05701. (802) 775-6661. Coming from west or south, take Rte 4 towards Rutland to Rte 7N. Turn right at Woodstock Ave/Rte 4. Travel 0.8 mile and turn left onto Hillside Ave, cross stop sign at North St Ext. and continue to the end. Jog right, then left and take a right onto Patricia Ln. Number 193 will be the last house on your left.
#83 –Ann McFarren. Original Vermont scenes, oil, watercolors. 56 Terrill St, Rutland VT 05701. (802) 773-2197. In Rutland driving west on Rte 4, (Woodstock Ave) turn left onto Lafayette St by Beauchamp and O’Rourke Pharmacy and go two blocks. Turn right onto Terrill St and find me at the first house on the left with gallery sign on the porch. From Rte 7, take a right onto Rte 4E and go to the next light. Turn right by Beauchamp and O’Rourke Pharmacy and go two blocks. Turn right onto Terrill St and find me at the first house on the left.
#84 – Stacie Mincher Designs – Stacie Mincher. Recycled zipper art and jewelry. 7 Kingsley Court, Rutland VT 05701. (802) 989-6655. On Main St (Rte 7 and Rte 4) in Rutland, headed south, turn right onto West Street. Turn right onto Pine St and follow until Kingsley Court. Turn left onto Kingsley Court, across from Maple Village. Go past the apartment buildings on the right and I am in the gray house with the front porch
And my studio, #85 Sara Longworth – Torn paper collage, needle felting. 118 Lincoln Ave, Rutland VT 05701. (802) 683-7110. From Rte 7 in Rutland, turn onto Crescent St and travel to a stop sign. Turn right onto Lincoln Ave and drive past Rutland Christian School. Mine is the light green house on the right.
Just follow these directions and look for the yellow signs along the way! They will be labeled with the artist’s site number. You can see the full map and directions to all 212 open studios on the Vermont Craft Council’s website. Paper maps are also available at Vermont Visitor Information Centers and at the artists’ studios.
Hope to meet you this weekend!