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May 22, 2013

Glimpse Behind the Scenes at 250 Vermont Artisans’ Studios this Memorial Day Weekend

The 21st Spring Open Studio Weekend is May 25-26

Vermont’s venerable Open Studio Weekend features nearly 250 craftspeople and fine artists across Vermont who will open their studios to greet visitors for conversation and shopping during the 2013 Open Studio Tour on May 25 and 26.

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, some of which are only open to the public during this event.

This year's tour features a number of artists new to the tour, giving long-time Open Studio visitors some fresh destinations to explore. There are also some new clusters of studios in Lincoln, Wilmington, Chittenden, Middlesex and Greensboro. Many visitors plan to head to their favorite studios to see what new art works await them.

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.

This May, the Vermont Crafts Council which organizes the event, is honoring four studios that have reached their 20th year of participating in Spring Open Studio Weekend:

• William Laberge, William Laberge Cabinetmaker near Dorset

• Marion Waldo McChesney, The Pawlet Potter near Pawlet

• Fred and Judi Danforth, Danforth Pewter in Middlebury

• Robert Compton, Robert Compton Pottery near Bristol

Martha Fitch, the Executive Director of the Vermont Crafts Council, says the allure of the Open Studio tour is that "it takes you to some of Vermont’s most talented craft artisans and visual artists. It’s your opportunity to meet nationally collected craftspeople who make Vermont their home.”

The Vermont Crafts Council (VCC) publishes a free map booklet with directions to participating sites. The Vermont Open Studio Guide is available throughout the state at Tourist Information Centers, galleries and studios.

Open Studio Weekend takes place annually, on both Memorial Day and Columbus Day weekends. For suggested itineraries and tips for planning your tour, visit

VCC launched Open Studio Weekend in 1993 to increase the visibility of artists and craftspeople in Vermont and to foster an appreciation for the creative process and the role that artists and craftspeople play in the vitality of Vermont's communities.

The Vermont Crafts Council is a non-profit organization serving the Vermont visual arts community. Open Studio Weekend is supported by the galleries of Vermont State Craft Centers and by the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing.

Find additional information or request a guide at, or call the Vermont Crafts Council at 802-223-3380.

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: May 22, 2013 08:08:43