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Contact: Martha Fitch, Director
Vermont Crafts Council

Visitors Discover Vermont Art During Fall Open Studio Tour

Safely Tour Artists’ Studios Throughout the State over October 2 & 3

Open Studio Weekend is a statewide celebration of the visual arts and creative process, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to meet a variety of artists and craftspeople in their studios, some of whom are only open to the public during this event. Those who experience Open Studio gain an appreciation for the creative process and the role that artists and craftspeople play in the vitality of Vermont's communities. Participating small galleries and art centers show the work of local artists.

Twice a year the self-guided tour features both long time participants and those new to the tour, giving faithful Open Studio visitors new destinations. The studio tour brings visitors to historic Vermont villages and along back roads with spectacular vistas.

Martha Fitch, the director of the Vermont Crafts Council that organizes the event, says the allure of the Open Studio tour is that "it takes you through small towns and backroads, with the yellow Open Studio signs and the Vermont Studio Tour map easily guiding visitors to the studio location." This year's tour includes the work of glassblowers, jewelers, printmakers, potters, furniture makers, weavers, metal workers, painters, sculptors, and fiber artists working with silk and felt.

The free Vermont Studio Tour booklet contains maps and directions. The maps, along with the yellow wayfinder signs placed along the roads, guide visitors to arts sites. Pick up a tour guide from Vermont Welcome Centers, galleries, and studios, or download a pdf from the website Studios and galleries participating in Open Studio Weekend, will follow the Covid-19 recommendations of the Vermont Department of Health. It is likely that masks will be required at the studios.

The Vermont Crafts Council is a non-profit organization, founded in 1990, serving the Vermont visual arts community. Open Studio Weekend is supported by the Vermont Arts Council, National Life Insurance and the Point Radio.