Vermont Open Studio weekend celebrates its 20th year
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Art by Todd Wahlstrom
Art by Todd Wahlstrom
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DEERFIELD VALLEY- Yellow signs will once again dot the Vermont landscape over Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, leading locals and tourists alike to the workspaces of 259 artists and craftspeople who will open their studios for Vermont Open Studio Weekend’s landmark 20th year.

Don’t miss the chance to meet and talk with artists and craftspeople, view their work, watch demonstrations, and have the opportunity to purchase 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 Deerfield Valley the following 14 artists in Wilmington, Whitingham, and Readsboro will welcome the public to their studios.

Studio # 42- 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. Located at 30 Not-A-Road, Wilmington. Call (802) 464-5523 for more information.

Studio # 43- Nicki Steel Photography. Steel is a photographer whose pictures reveal a unique sense of place and celebrate rural life and nature. She will have a selection of enlargements and photo notecards and will be featuring her Hearts in Nature series, but note that only cash or personal checks can be accepted. Also available will be a map showing some of her favorite scenic spots. Her home is located at 117 White’s Road, Wilmington. For more information call (802) 464-5277 or visit www.nickisteel.com.

Studio # 44- 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, Wilmington. For more information call (802) 464-5265 or visit www.vtpressedflowers.com.

Studio #45- Jen Violette Designs. Violette creates mixed media sculptures composed of detailed blown glass pieces, stainless steel, and wood. She has been working with molten glass for over 19 years. Violette has won numerous awards for her artwork and exhibits her pieces in many fine art galleries nationwide, including Gallery Wright in Wilmington. Her studio is located in a 100-year-old post and beam barn in Wilmington that was completely restored by her husband. Visit Violette’s studio at 12 New England Power Road, Wilmington. For more information call (802) 464-5206 or visit www.jenviolette.com.

Studio #46- 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. Sprenger will be demonstrating and displaying his work in his studio at 72 Castle Hill Road, Wilmington. For more information visit www.ericsprenger.com.

Studio #47- Town Hill Pottery. Aysha Peltz and Todd Wahlstrom are studio potters living and working in Whitingham. Together they operate Town Hill Pottery, each pursuing their own work and exhibiting it locally as well as internationally. 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. For more information call (802) 368-2807.

Studio # 48- Bill Matuszeski and Mary Procter. The Vermont studio of husband and wife painters is in their second home, called Witch Hobble, in Whitingham. They spend much of their time creating plein air paintings of the ponds and lakes, the barns and woods of Windham County. Both Procter and Matuszeski work in acrylic paint on canvas. They also create small watercolors while on painting trips in Greece, Spain, Italy, and Eastern Europe. Procter and Matuszeski’s acrylic paintings have been selected for juried shows from Washington, DC, to New England. Their address is 488 Faulkner Road. For more information call (802) 368-7750.

Studio #49- Corner House Creations. Jane May Jones will be demonstrating watercolor techniques in her studio at 1693 Branch Hill Road in Readsboro all weekend and her gallery will be open. Jones paints the colors of life realistically, including some of the things she is passionate about: flowers, nature, the ocean, barns, and other architectural elements with a dash of color. Original watercolors, reproductions, and note cards will be available for sale, Visa and Mastercard accepted. Prices range from $2.75 to $700. For more information call (802) 423-5095, email jane@janemayjones.com or visit www.janemayjones.com.

Studio # 50- 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. For more information call (802) 423-7706, email angleq@myfairpoint.net or visit www.maryangusglass.com and www.kwilliamlequier.com.

Also at studio #50 will be Norma Abel. Abel is a fiber artist who makes mostly contemporary quilts in the form of wall hangings. She will be showing framed pieces and some bags in addition to her wall hangings. She will be at Readsboro Glassworks.

Studio # 51- Coombs Criddle Associates. British stained glass artist Debora Coombs has spent half her working life in Readsboro. Her commissions include two 25-foot windows at Marble Church on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, NY, and 20 windows for St Mary’s Cathedral in Portland, OR. Coombs also makes custom hand-painted stained glass for private homes and buildings such as the North Adams Library and exhibits her work internationally. She will have panels on display and for sale during Open Studio, and visitors will be able to watch videos, learn about glass-painting, and see a window being assembled. Coombs is located at 359 Rue Madeline, Readsboro. For more information visit www.coombscriddle.com or call (802) 423-5640.

For local information about the open studios in the Readsboro, Whitingham, and Wilmington area contact any of the artists. All studios will be open on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, from 10 am to 5 pm, throoughout the valley.
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