Vermont is home to a wonderful variety of artists, from painters to sculptors to glass blowers, and famous Vermont artists of the likes of Norman Rockwell and Woody Jackson (the man behind the Ben and Jerry's cows). From the rugged beauty of the natural landscapes to the historic covered bridges that dot the state's waterways, Vermont artists find inspiration throughout the Green Mountains. One of the best ways to experience the Vermont art world for yourself is with an art studio tour through the creative spaces of Vermont's many artists.
An art studio tour is a very different experience from the glossy world of big-city galleries and large museums. It's an intimate look inside the creative process of an artist, where visitors can see and interact with the space in which art is made. Through these tours, Vermont artists welcome visitors directly into their studios and even offer demonstrations, making their art accessible and far more tangible than in a gallery or museum.
Local artist associations often organize weekend studio tours, an easy way to visit several Vermont art studios. Some of the best options for visitors are the Open Studio Weekends from the Vermont Crafts Council and the Rock River Artists studio tours.
The VCC's Open Studio weekends happen twice a year, in spring and fall, giving visitors the chance to enter the studios of artists working in a huge variety of mediums and styles. A number of the artists are right here in Wilmington, including Eric Sprenger's woodworking studio and Jen Violette's glass art. These are just two of the literally dozens of artists that open their workspaces during Open Studio weekends, a must for any fan of Vermont art and artists.
Another option for art-lovers is the excellent art studio tour weekend set up by Rock River Artists. A smaller collective between the towns of Brattleboro and Newfane, the members of RRA open their doors to visitors annually in order to share their work and involve people in their process. Tour dates and a detailed map of the furniture makers, potters, painters and other artists in the Mount Snow area are on their website.
An art studio tour is also opportunity to buy pieces directly from the artist, supporting the Vermont art community. Not only can you find pieces from artists that you might otherwise not have heard of, you'll have unique art with a great story.
If you are considering an art studio tour for your next Vermont vacation, why not stay close to the action in a short-term or long-term rental home? You'll be nearby, and you'll have lots of extra space to keep your new purchases in, too!