OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND, OCTOBER 4TH AND 5TH
Open Studio Weekend, statewide, is a celebration of the creative process and the workspaces of Vermont artists. Fall is prime time to explore Vermont roads, seeking out the many visual artists living in our area. The Vermont Crafts Council (VCC) prepares the comprehensive map/booklets that list the sites of and directions to 108 craftspeople, artists, and galleries.
The Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) is a main information center where a touring visitor, besides obtaining the VCC map, can enjoy the artwork of 53 artists: painters, sculptors, jewelers, ceramic and stained-glass artists, furniture makers and other woodworkers, as well as a featured-artist exhibition, in this instance Warren Kimble’s exciting new wood assemblages.
Using the Guild as a jump-off point, one can move on to other art venues in town and take in the fine shops and restaurants of Brandon.
Nearby artist studios on the VCC map:
Susan Smith-Hunter will feature new hand-built wall planters, eclectic ceramic sculpture, and some experimental warm glass plaques. Her mosaics are of the pique-assiette type — using broken crockery to form patterns and designs. She reports that she’ll be working on a one-of-a-kind wall planter, in order to explain her process. The reclaiming of dry clay will be in the works, and “there is probability of a greeting cat.”
In walking distance between Smith-Hunter and the Guild, the art of Joan Curtis fills five rooms of her house including two studio spaces. Art-in-process for a future show can be seen, and Curtis is also glad to show visitors how she makes small papier-mache figures — being prepared for the holiday season.
Directly north of town on Rte 7, Medana Gabbard, well-known for her colorful folk art paintings, will show a selection of glass mosaics depicting shimmering Vermont autumn trees. She says, “I am looking forward to Open Studio Weekend to meet new people and share my newest inspirations from my Vermont surroundings.” Gabbard’s gallery space includes contemporary art and metal sculpture by artist Edward Galda.
An extra bonus: Devotees of the statewide self-tour are fortunate to find in Brandon two superb art shows: Warren Kimble’s House of Cards (mentioned above; www.brandonartistsguild.org/events); and, at Compass Music & Arts Center, ArtFULL Vermont — a multi-media group exhibit, displaying the work of sixteen artists from other areas of Vermont.
Again, Open Studio Weekend starts with a stop at the BAG, for the statewide Vermont Crafts Council map. Brandon Artists Guild, 7 Center Street, Brandon, VT. Hours: Daily: 10 to 5.
Open Studio Weekend, Fall 2014, October 4th and 5th (Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM.)iCal Import
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