October 2-3 marks the 10th annual Vermont Open Studios Fall Weekend. A few years ago, a second Open Studio Weekend was added in June, making self-guided tours statewide a biannual event. Sixty-eight studios and exhibitions across the state will participate this fall, including jewelry makers, metalworkers, glassblowers, potters and more.
Open Studio locations in the Mad River Valley include the Moosewalk Studios and Galleries in Warren, featuring paintings by Gary Eckhart and digitized photographs by Roarke Sharlow; Mad Women in the Attic in Moretown, featuring metal and stained glass from Elga Gemst; and Sprout Industry Designs, showcasing Kelly O’Hearn’s block prints on paper and clothing, also in Moretown. Studio enthusiasts can gain insight into artists’ processes and purchase original artwork directly from artists.
Studios statewide will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3. The studios will adhere to COVID-19 guidelines outlined by the Vermont Department of Health. Studios will likely require indoor masking and may limit visitors to small groups at a time.
The map with the 68 sites can be found at vermontcrafts.com and at the Craftsmen Gallery on Bridge Street in Waitsfield. Studios will be marked with yellow Open Studio signs.
“Take advantage of a visit to the studio to see the foliage on the roads along the Mad River. Take the Appalachian Gap Trail and find studios in Starksboro and Bristol. You won’t be disappointed to take a look behind the scenes in the professional lives of artists, ”said Martha Fitch, Executive Director of the Montpellier-based Vermont Crafts Council.
Open Studio Weekend is supported by the Vermont Arts Council, National Life Insurance and Point Radio.