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 using Vermont Studio Tour guide maps available free at www.vermontcrafts.com and at the Mount Snow Chamber of Commerce and local businesses.
Here in the region these following 11 artists in seven galleries/studios will welcome the public to their studios.
Studio # 23. The Art of Humor Gallery. A collection of “seriously funny fine art,” features hundreds of originals and limited edition giclee prints by cartoonist Skip Morrow, a New York Times best-selling author. Morrow has illustrated numerous books, greetings cards, magazine articles, and advertisements for major publishers and corporations. On a large screen monitor in the gallery, Morrow will be demonstrating his approach to illustration using a Macintosh computer. 30 Not-A Road, Wilmington. (802) 464-5523.
Studio #24. Stone Puddles. Master stone mason Frank Sprague creates birdbaths, benches, tables, and original sculptures from natural stone. 22 Stowe Hill Road in Wilmington. Visit www.stonepuddles.com or call (802) 380-4398.
Studio # 25. Green Mountain Pressed Flowers. Ellie Roden’s pressed flower creations, including original framed pieces, cards, prints, and bookmarks, feature the flowers of southern Vermont. Her pressed flower art has been exhibited at shows and in galleries throughout New England. Roden will be demonstrating microwave flower pressing and sharing tips for creating with pressed flowers in her home studio at 32 Ray Hill Road in Wilmington. Call (802) 464-5265 or visit www.vtpressedflowers.com.
Studio #26. Eric Sprenger Fine Woodwork. Sprenger has been creating original, contemporary furniture and furnishings for over 30 years. These uniquely sculpted pieces have been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally. He will be demonstrating and displaying his work in his studio at 72 Castle Hill Road in Wilmington. Visit www.ericsprenger.com.
Studio #27. Town Hill Pottery. Todd Wahlstrom and Aysha Peltz are nationally recognized potters. They have work in many public and private collections including museums and kitchen cabinets across the United States and beyond. They both work primarily on the potters wheel making functional and decorative pieces in both stoneware and porcelain. Wahlstrom’s pots are made from either dark stoneware clay or white porcelain-like clay and have richly patterned and glazed surfaces. Peltz’s pots are porcelain. They are wheel-thrown and altered while the clay is wet, imparting a soft, fluid quality to the finished pieces. Town Hill Pottery is located at 726 Town Hill, Road, Whitingham. Call (802) 368-2807, or visit www.townhillpottery.com.
Studio # 28. Readsboro Glassworks. Mary Angus and K. William LeQuier of Readsboro Glassworks have been creating hand blown glass and glass sculpture in their Readsboro studio since 1983. Their glass is exhibited in many galleries and juried shows nationwide and is included in numerous museum and private collections. On display during Open Studio Weekend will be carved glass sculptures by LeQuier, and Angus’ hand-blown and sandblast carved perfume bottles, as well as the unique glass candy cane and icicle ornaments that the couple create together. Glassblowing demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the weekend. Readsboro Glassworks is located at 6954 Main Street (lower level), Readsboro. Call (802) 423-7706 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org, www.maryangusglass.com, and www.kwilliamlequier.com
Studio #29. Fiddlehead at Four Corners, 338 Main Street, Bennington. Call (802) 447-1000.
For local information about the open studios in the Bennington, Readsboro, Whitingham, and Wilmington area contact any of the artists or visit www.vermontcrafts.com. All studios will be open on Saturday and Sunday October 5 and 6, from 10 am to 5 pm.