Artists open their doors for visitors
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DEERFIELD VALLEY- It must be Open Studio Weekend when bright yellow signs appear along Vermont’s roads over Memorial Day weekend, guiding visitors to studios of 242 craftspeople and fine artists across Vermont 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.

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.

Don’t miss the chance to meet and talk with artists and craftspeople, view their work, watch demonstrations, and have the opportunity to purchase exquisite Vermont-made art and crafts. Visitors can find their way to studios by following the bright yellow signs or by using Vermont Studio Tour Guide Maps. These are available free online at and at the Mount Snow Chamber of Commerce and local businesses.

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.

For local information about the open studios in the Deerfield Valley contact any of the artists. All studios will be open on Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, from 10 am to 5 pm. Information can be found at or by calling (802) 223-3380.

Gallery shows printmaking process

WILMINGTON- Gallery Wright and The Studio will be open and participating in Vermont’s Open Studio Weekend this Memorial Day. Mary Wright will be at her press and demonstrating monoprinting both Saturday and Sunday. Stop in and see how the printmaking process works. Come enjoy the new Gallery Wright space and as always the wonderful collection of regional artists whose work is displayed. Gallery Wright Studio is at 103 West Main Street. Visit for more information.

Violette opens the barn doors to her studio in Medburyville

WILMINGTON- Local glass artist Jen Violette and her husband John Gerding will be having their annual open studio Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, from 10 am to 5 pm. It is part of the Vermont Open Studio Weekend. All are welcome.

Violette has had a busy and successful year creating numerous commissioned sculptures for clients’ homes and was featured in several prominent art gallery shows and fine craft shows. Locally her work is shown at Gallery Wright in Wilmington.

Also featured this year will be a collection of Violette’s new acrylic paintings inspired by living in rural Vermont. Violette was a painter before she began working with glass and has just recently started painting again.

The couple’s studio is located in their restored 100-year-old barn surrounded by perennial gardens in Medburyville, 2.8 miles west of the Wilmington Village traffic light on Route 9. Turn left onto Woods Road, cross the bridge, and take a right onto New England Power Road. The studio is located at the first house on the left in the back barn. Follow the yellow “Open Studio” signs.

Call (802) 464-5206 for more information or visit

Taft Hill gallery to welcome visitors during Open Studio Weekend

TOWNSHEND- Robert DuGrenier and Jim Jackson are celebrating spring and the 21st annual Vermont Crafts Council Open Studio Weekend with exuberant and colorful collaborations of blown glass and paintings. Come meet the artists on Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, from 10 am to 5 pm. DuGrenier will be demonstrating the magical art of blowing glass and Jackson will be available for discussing his multimedia artwork.

Artists DuGrenier and Jackson are both residents of West Townshend, and both work in a variety of mediums. DuGrenier creates both small- and large-scale sculptural glass pieces. Jackson shapes canvases and experiments with painting on new materials with new techniques.

Recently, they worked together to incorporate DuGrenier’s glass in Jackson’s compositions; several of these pieces will first be shown in the gallery during Open Studio Weekend.

Taft Hill Glass Art Gallery is located at 1096 VT Route 30, one mile south of the village center.

In addition to hand-blown bowls, shells, and sculptures, the shop features Crest Studios hand-painted glassware and china, as well as an eclectic mix of gifts and accessories for the home and garden. Regular shop hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Glassblowing demonstrations planned

READSBORO- Local artists Mary Angus and Bill LeQuier of Readsboro Glassworks will be participating in the 21st annual Vermont Spring Open Studio Weekend, Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26 ,from 10 am to 5 pm. The public is invited to stop in to see the latest work and watch one of the glassblowing demonstrations ongoing throughout the weekend. Look for the bright yellow signs directing visitors to the studio.

Readsboro Glassworks is located at 6954 Main Street (lower level). For more information call Angus or LeQuier at (802) 423-7706 or Additional information about the Vermont Craft Council’s Spring Open Studio Weekend can be found at The Vermont Studio Map and Tour Guide is available locally and at

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