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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Martha Fitch, Director
Vermont Crafts Council
802-223-3380
vt1crafts@aol.com

FALL OPEN STUDIO WITH TWO WEEKENDS IN 2016
BOTH OCTOBER 1 & 2, AND OCTOBER 8 & 9

Combine fall foliage viewing and harvest activities with purchases from local artists across Vermont.

Bright yellow signs compete with oranges and reds of October along Vermont's roads enticing visitors to the studios of craftspeople and fine artists across Vermont during the 2016 Fall Open Studio Tour over October 1 & 2, and October 8 & 9, Columbus Day Weekend. The Vermont Crafts Council is offering two weekends this year in conjunction with American Craft Week, a national celebration of craftwork, taking place from October 1 through October 16. Different groups of artists will open their studios on the two weekends.

Open Studio Weekend is a statewide celebration of the visual arts and creative process, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to meet a wide variety of local artists and craftspeople in their studios, and purchase high quality, hand made artwork.

The self-guided Open Studio tour features the work of glassblowers, jewelers, printmakers, potters, furniture makers, weavers, ironworkers, painters, sculptors, quilt makers and wood carvers. Many participating galleries will host gallery talks and feature special exhibits in conjunction with this event.

The Vermont Crafts Council publishes a free map booklet with directions to participating sites. The Vermont Open Studio Guide is available throughout the state at Tourist Information Centers, galleries and studios. It will also available on the VCC website starting mid August 2016, http://www.vermontcrafts.com. or by calling 802-223-3380.

The Vermont Crafts Council launched Open Studio Weekend in 1993 to increase the visibility of artists and craftspeople in Vermont and to foster an appreciation for the creative process and the role that artists and craftspeople play in the vitality of Vermont's communities.

The Vermont Crafts Council is a non-profit organization serving the Vermont visual arts community. Open Studio Weekend is supported by the Vermont Arts Council and by the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing.