Fall 2014 Open Studio Registration Progress

This page has been created to allow those registering for Fall Open Studio 2014 to see who else has completed registration.

Vermont Glass Pumpkins

Vermont Glass Workshop pumpkins


Creative Space – Vergennes

Art on Main – Bristol

John Chiles – Orwell

Kit Clark Furniture – N. Ferrisburgh

JH Clarke – Starksboro

Robert Compton Pottery – Bristol

John Filan Woodworking – Weybridge

True Water Gallery – Molly Hawley, Ripton

Dale Helms – Bristol

ArtSight Studio and Galleries – Lily Hinrichsen, Bristol

Mike Mayone – Middlebury

Norma Jean Rollet – Middlebury

Yinglei Zhang – Middlebury


Readsboro Glassworks – Bill LeQuier and Mary Angus, Readsboro

Battenkill River Pottery – Jessica Putnam-Phillips, Arlington

Epoch – 18 Artisans – Manchester


Sam and Weeza Sanderson – East Burke


Joan Mackenzie – Essex

Huntington Smithy – Huntington

Stephen Beattie – Burlington

Emile A. Gruppe Gallery – Jericho

Ginny Joyner – Colchester

Ye Old Sign Shoppe – Bill and Jen Kaigle – Milton

Meinhardt Design – Jean Meinhardt, Richmond

The Artful Pauper – Howard Riley

George Scatchard – Underhill

Dianne Shullenberger – Jericho

Gerald Stoner – Underhill

Daryl Storrs Artworks – Huntington

Shelburne Craft School – Shelburne


Cold Hollow Sculpture Park – David Stromeyer, Enosburg Falls

Red Cottage Studio – Joan Terese Hayes, South Hero


Thea Alvin – Morrisville

JH Forge – Jim Hurlburt, Stowe

Wind’s Edge Studio – Marion Philipsen-Seasholtz, Morrisville

Seasholtz Glass Design – Matt Seasholtz, Morrisville


White River Craft Center – Randolph


Louise Arnold – Greensboro

Mill Village Pottery – Lynn Flory, Craftsbury Common

Jennifer Ranz – Greensboro


Brandon Artists Guild – Brandon

Stacie Mincher – Rutland

Joan Curtis – Brandon

Rising Meadow Pottery – Middletown Springs

Vermont Harvest Folk Art – Doreen Frost, West Pawlet

Medana Gabbard – Brandon

Heidi Hammell – West Pawlet

Tom Merwin – Castleton

Smith-Hunter Studio – Brandon

Stephanie Stouffer Studio – Belmont

Bob Gasperetti – Mt Tabor


Torrey Caroll Smith – Waterbury

Gaelic McTigue – Waitsfield

Kent Museum – Maple Corner

Jeremy Ayers – Waterbury

Steven Bronstein – Marshfield

Elissa Campbell – Montpelier

Alice Cheney – Warren

Hillcrest Adirondack Furniture – Richard Ducharme, Marshfield

Vermont Floorcloths and Fiber Arts – Sandy Ducharme, Marshfield

Moosewalk Studios – Gary Eckhart, Warren

Elga Gemst – Moretown

Jo Mackenzie Watercolors – Adamant

Kate Taylor – East Montpelier

Flint Brook Pottery – Deborah Van Ness, Worcester


Stephen Procter – Brattleboro

Saxtons River Gallery – Clare Adams, Saxtons River

Green Mountain Pressed Flowers – Ellie Roden, Wilmington

Eric Sprenger – Wilmington

Vermont Artisan Designs – Greg Worden, Brattleboro


Kenny Hamblin – Hartland

Deborah Falls – Hartland

Collective – The Art of Craft – Woodstock

Sage Jewelry – Michele Bargfrede, Chester

Rich DeTrano – Ludlow

Rockledge Farm – Scott Duffy, Weathersfield

Stone Revival – Julian Isaacson – Pittsfield

Naught Hill Pottery – Bethel

Gallery at the Vault – Springfield

Robert O’Brien – Perkinsville

ArtisTree Community Arts Center and Gallery – Woodstock

Frog Song Designs – Andrea Trzakos – Bethel

Bonnie’s Bundles Dolls – Bonnie Watters, Chester

Two Potters: Becca and Nathan Webb, Bethel



Artists vs. Time Management

As an artist, something I constantly struggle with is making the most of my time. How much time should I spend in the studio vs. working on business stuff? How do I balance my professional and personal lives? Even with large blocks of free time, it can be difficult to prioritize the many things on my to-do list (and it’s big).

Dee Boyle-Clapp recently presented on Time Management for Creatives for the Vermont Arts Council. She started by talking about the many time traps that people fall into. Several of them were technology-related – Email, texting, and social media. I don’t know about you, but it’s way too easy for me to fall down that Facebook rabbit hole.

In addition, she mentioned other time traps that I could easily identify with – attempting too much, inadequate planning, and the inability to say no. As I said before, my to-do list is huge and the aforementioned time traps aren’t helping me any.

clock faces

I think that many artists share my struggle. We try to be everything to everyone. If we work from home, we don’t value our time or space enough to postpone or refuse other responsibilities. For me, it’s really hard to ignore my home life when I’m working because my studio is in my home. Time to walk the dog, answer the phone, did I empty the dishwasher?

Dee offered some great suggestions on how to best manage your time. Start the day early. Check your Email once a day at a specified time. Set time limits for tasks – know how long it takes to do something and when time is up, you stop doing it.

Do the most important stuff first. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the task will be the fastest or the easiest. In addition, figure out when your most productive time is – it may be first thing in the morning or later in the day. Whenever that period of time is, that’s when you do the important stuff. I know that I function best in the morning, so that’s when I try to schedule my studio time. If I have a deadline for something, then I work on it in the morning.

Another tip – use your calendar. If you have things that need to get done, block out time in your date book and make an appointment for yourself – take yourself and your time seriously. Your studio time is just as important as getting to a medical appointment.


Use a timer. This can be especially useful for those tasks you’ve been putting off. If you need to clean your studio, set a timer for ½ hour chunks and when the timer goes off, you’re done for the day. It’s much easier to tackle ½ hour cleanup sessions than to look at cleaning your studio as a whole.

Create systems for tackling tasks you perform on a regular basis. If you sell items online, create a process for how you ship – keep shipping supplies in one place so you never have to waste time looking for them. Choose specific days for shipping so that you can process sales in batches.

Most importantly – take time off. You can’t go on endlessly without recharging your batteries. This can be as easy as having coffee with a friend or taking a class (it doesn’t have to be craft-related). I try to take attend at least one bookbinding workshop per year, just to keep my brain churning. Usually these involve travel, which is another great way to recharge.

I heard something recently that rang true for me – you can’t find time, you have time. Make the most of the time you have by employing strategies to help you manage it.

What strategies to you find helpful with time management? We’d love to hear your experiences!


Spring 2014 Open Studio Registration Progress


MAY 24 & 25

This is probably the final list of people who have completed registration for Spring Open Studio Weekend. Last Updated 2/20/14.

photoThis is the scene from inside the office!

Register for Spring Open Studio (must be a member of the Vermont Crafts Council).


Rita Agyemang – Bristol

Art on Main – Bristol

Victoria Blewer – Lincoln

Judith Bryant – Lincoln

Anne Cady – Bristol

Kit Clark – N. Ferrisburgh

Bob Compton and Chris Homer - Bristol

Creative Space Gallery – Vergennes

Fred and Judi Danforth – Middlebury

Barbara Ekedahl - Lincoln

Jim Geier - Starksboro

Molly Hawley – Ripton

Dale Helms – Bristol

Deborah Holmes – Middlebury

Tom Homann – Middlebury

Ironwood Building and Design – Bristol

Rory Jackson – Bristol

Mike Mayone - Middlebury

Outerlands Gallery – Vergennes

Catherine Palmer – New Haven

Norma Rollet - Middlebury

Stacey Stanhope - Orwell


Readsboro Glassworks – Mary Angus and K William Lequier – Readsboro

Shelli DuBoff – Bennington

Epoch – 18 Artisans – Manchester Ctr

Lucille Festa - Pawlet

Steve Holman – Dorset

Jane May Jones – Readsboro

Sara Gay Klebanoff - Manchester

William LaBerge – Dorset

Dan and Kit Mosheim – Dorset

Jessica Putnam – Phillips – Arlington


Lucian Avery - Hardwick

Harry and Wendy Besett – Hardwick

Ellen Chase – Newark

Valerie Chase Ormiston – Newark

Ruby and Ken Leslie - Hardwick

Trenny Robb and Bob Michaud – Sutton

Sam and Weeza Sanderson – East Burke

Tara Lynn Scheidet – Sutton

Joe’s Pond Craft Shop – Danville


Harald Aksdal - Underhill

Julie Y Baker Albright - Essex

John Clarke – Huntington

Chris Cleary – Jericho

Emile Gruppe Gallery – Jericho

Russ Fellows – Jericho

Jim Fecteau – Huntington

Fiona Cooper Fenwick – Hinesburg

Ted Fink - Shelburne

Toby Fulwiler – Jericho

Dennis Grage – Underhill

Mary Hill – Underhill

Northeast Fiber Arts Center – Williston

Marianna Holzer – Hinesberg

Huntington Valley Arts – Huntington

Ginny Joyner - Colchester

Ann LaBerge – Essex Jct

Irene LaCroix – Jericho

Jean Meinhardt – Richmond

Carl Newton – Jericho

Lyna Lou Nordstrom – Shelburne

Joe O’Leary – Richmond

Lynn Ann Powers – Underhill

Kristin Richland – Underhill

Howard Nelson Riley – Colchester

Marcia Rosberg – Jericho

George Scatchard – Underhill

Kim Senior – Shelburne

Shelburne Pond Studios – Shelburne

Dianne Shullenberger - Jericho

michael (smith) – Underhill

Nancy Stone – Williston

Gerry Stoner – Underhill

Laurel Fulton Waters – Charlotte

Marion Willmott – Hinesburg

Lori Yarrow – Hinesburg


Marcia Hagwood – St Albans

Liz Reardon – St Albans Bay

Meta Strick - Sheldon


Grand Isle Artworks – Grand Isle


Thea Alvin – Morrisville

Matt Seasholtz – Morrisville

Marion Philipsen-Seasholtz – Morrisville

Christine Vandeberg – Morrisville


Robert Chapla – Newbury

David Hurwitz – Randolph

Ikuzi Teraki and Jean Bisson - Washington

Third Branch Pottery – Randolph

Holly Walker – Randolph

White River Craft Center – Randolph


Louise Arnold – Greensboro

David Brown - Craftsbury

Devin Burgess and Jerilyn Virden – Greensboro

Vanessa Compton – Greensboro

Judy Dales - Greensboro

Lynn Flory - Craftsbury Common

Phyllis Hammond – Newport Center

Lorraine Manley – Greensboro

Miller’s Thumb – Greensboro

Jennifer Ranz - Greensboro

Kristin Urie – Craftsbury Common


Michael Amsden – W. Rutland

Bonnie Baird – Chittenden

Althea Bilodeau – Chittenden

Fran Bull - Brandon

Roz Compain - Pawlet

Joan Curtis - Brandon

Karen Deets – Fair Haven

Linda Durkee – Danby

Madeleine Fay – Belmont

Bob Gasperetti – Mt Tabor

Lee Greenewalt - Brandon

Heidi Hammell – West Pawlet

Anne Havel – Pawlet

Caren Helm - Fair Haven

M. Elizabeth Holland – Chittenden

Nancy Jewett – Brandon

Caleb Kenna – Brandon

Jill Listzwan – Brandon

Gerry Martin – Shrewsbury

Marion Mcchesney - Pawlet

Gabrielle McDermit – Chittenden

Ann McFarren – Rutland

Kathryn Milillo – Chittenden

Stacey Mincher - Rutland

Jeannie Podolak – Chittenden

Kim Zoe Potter – Brandon

Lynn Pratt – Pawlet

Judith Reilly - Brandon

Laura Rideout – Brandon

Nick Seidner and Diane Rosenmiller – Middletown Springs

Erika Schmidt - Pawlet

Patty Sgrecci – Brandon

Carolyn Shattuck - Rutland

Susan Smith-Hunter – Brandon

David Stone – Cuttingsville

Stone Valley Arts – Poultney

Stephanie Stouffer – Belmont

Dick and Nancy Weis – Poultney

Maya Zelkin - Shrewsbury


Clare Adams – Warren

Kathy Alyce - Plainfield

Josh Axelrod – Roxbury

Jeremy Ayers – Waterbury

Steve Bronstein – Marshfield

Ray Brown – Montpelier

Elissa Campbell – Montpelier

Alice Cheney – Warren

Sandy DuCharme - Marshfield

Richard DuCharme - Marshfield

Gary Eckhart and Roarke Sharlow – Warren

Luke Iannuzzi – Waitsfield

Leslie Koehler – Plainfield

Stephanie Krauss - Montpelier

Alexis Kyriak – Northfield

Loretta Languet – Waitsfield

David and Melanie Leppla - Waitsfield

Ann Lovald – Middlesex

Jo Mackenzie - Adamant

Linda Maney – Roxbury

Chris Miller – Calais

Anne Schaller - Roxbury

Beverly Shevis – Barre

Jayne Shoup – Middlesex

Studio Place Arts – Barre

Michael Sullivan - Middlesex

Annie Tiberio Cameron – Montpelier

Fred Varney – Marshfield

Janice Walrafen – E. Montpelier

Glenn Ziemke – Waterbury


Bobbi Angell – Wilmington

Josh and Marta Bernbaum – Marlboro

Jason Breen – Brattleboro

Adrienne Ginter – Brattleboro

Irma Hawkins – Wilmington

David and Michelle Holzapfel – Marlboro

Cameron Howard - Townshend

Anne Kantor – Kellett – Wilmington

Ron Karpius – Brattleboro

Chris Lann - Brattleboro

Naomi Lindenfeld – Brattleboro

Carol Mandracchia – Jacksonville

Bill Matuszeski and Mary Proctor - Whitingham

Skip Morrow - Wilmington

Mountain Painters and Artisans - Londonderry

Michel Moyse – West Brattleboro

Stephen Procter - Brattleboro

Ellie Roden - Wilmington

Walter Slowinski – Brattleboro

Frank Sprague – Wilmington

Eric Sprenger – Wilmington

Jeanette Staley - North Westminster

Nicki Steel - Wilmington

Matthew Tell – Marlboro

Town Hill Pottery – Todd Wahlstrom and Aysha Peltz – Whitingham

Vermont Artisan Designs – Brattleboro

Jen Violette – Wilmington

Jen Wiechers – Brattleboro

Gallery Wright – Wilmington

Kim Eng Yeo – Townshend


Jeanne Amato – South Royalton

Diane Bell – Weston

Collective – The Art of Craft – Woodstock

The DaVallia – Chester

Rich Detrano – Ludlow

Scott Duffy – Weathersfield

Janie Dumas – Ludlow

Deborah Falls - Hartland

Fletcher Farm School – Ludlow

Kenny Hamblin  - Hartland

Brent Karner - Ludlow

Nancy Lent Lanoue – West Windsor

Martha Nichols - Andover

Robert O’Brien – Perkinsville

Robert Sydorowich – Andover

Marilyn Syme – S. Royalton

Lynn Vannatta – Brownsville

Bonnie Watters - Chester

Becca and Nathan Webb – Bethel

Grace Pejouhy and Evan Williams – Bethel

Computer Fail – A Cautionary Tale





By Elissa Campbell

I recently suffered one of the most devastating losses one can endure as the owner of a small business. My computer crashed and I lost almost all of my data. While I do still have everything prior to January 2012, losing 1.5 years’ worth of data is heartbreaking.


And this loss is especially embarrassing because I work part time as a computer consultant! Why, oh why, did I not have a functioning backup system in place?


The fact is that I should have known better. It’s so easy to go through life assuming that nothing bad is going to happen to you. I never thought that everything would be gone in a blink. That I’d be scrambling to recover my inventory files or that I’d be rebuilding the structure of all of the new classes I developed in the last year.


One can consider computer backups as a kind of business insurance. You make copies of everything just in case. You hope you never need it, but it’s there like a security blanket.

An excellent source for specific information about safeguarding your computer files can be found here on the CERF+ website.

You know what else is like business insurance? Business insurance! I’ve mentioned before how important it is to think about the many different types of insurance coverage to consider for your business: property, liability, health, inland marine (away from business location), and worker’s compensation, among others. Another great resource section on the CERF+ website is here and lists different types of insurance and even carriers. This should be your first stop for insurance shopping.



Something you may not know, is that your insurance policy may have data recovery coverage. I discovered this possibility while having a conversation with a friend, (but you should not assume that your homeowner’s insurance has that). I found that my insurance policy offered $10,000 in data recovery coverage – this meant that I could send my drive out to a professional to see if anything could be salvaged from my crashed hard drive.

Unfortunately, nothing could be salvaged from my drive, but I still feel better knowing that I have the option to get professional help when necessary.

What’s your data worth to you? As much, if not more than your inventory? Read your policy. Call your insurer. For your own knowledge, find out if you have data recovery coverage included in your plan. The peace of mind is worth it.


Where To Pick Up A Map??

Fall Open Studio is here!

If you have somehow missed emailing or calling to get a Vermont Studio Tour Map, have no fear!

We printed 20,000 copies of these and they are all floating around Vermont.

View Where to Pick Up a Map – Fall Open Studio 2013 in a larger map

These seventeen galleries not only feature a varied mix of Vermont artwork, they have also pledged to hand out maps.

A. Grand Isle Art Works - 259 Rte 2, Grand Isle VT 05458. (802) 378-4591.

B. Frog Hollow Gallery - 85 Church St, Burlington VT 05401. (802) 863-6458. A Vermont State Craft Gallery

C. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery - 22 Barber Farm Rd, Jericho VT 05465. (802) 899-3211

D. Art on Main - 25 Main St, Bristol VT 05443. (802) 453-4032.

E. Brandon Artists Guild - 7 Center St. (Rte 7), Brandon VT 05733. (802) 247-4956.

F. Chaffee Art Center -16 South Main St., Rutland VT 05701. (802) 775-0356.

G. Epoch – 18 Vermont Artisans - 4927 Main St, Manchester Center VT 05255. (802) 768-9711.

H. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2 - 106 Main St, Brattleboro VT 05301. (802) 257-7044.

I. River Arts - 74 Pleasant St, Morrisville VT 05661, (802) 888-1261

J. Gallery at the VAULT - 68 Main St., Springfield VT 05156. (802) 885-7111. A Vermont State Craft Gallery

K. Collective – The Art of Craft - 47 Central St, Woodstock VT 05091. (802) 457-1298.

L. White River Craft Center - 50 Randolph Ave, Randolph VT 05060. (802) 728-8912.

M. Artisan’s Gallery – 20 Bridge St, Waitsfield VT 05673. (802) 496-6256

N. Artisans Hand – 89 Main St, Montpelier VT 05602. (802) 229-9492. A Vermont State Craft Gallery.

O. Blinking Light Gallery – 16 Main St, Plainfield VT 05667. (802) 454-0141

P. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild - 430 Railroad St, St Johnsbury VT 05819. (802) 748-0158

Q. Miller’s Thumb - 14 Breezy Ave, Greensboro VT 05841. (802) 533-2045.

Also, every studio will have maps, so you should be able to pick one up at your first stop.

Every rest area/tourist information center on I-89 or I-91 should also have maps. (If they don’t, we’d like to know about it.)

Daryl Storrs, Huntington printmaker,  readies her signs for the weekend.

Daryl Storrs, Huntington printmaker, readies her signs for the weekend.

A Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Handmade leather journals by Elissa Campbell

By Elissa R. Campbell, Fall 2013

As a book artist myself, I have a particular interest in those participating in Open Studio Weekend. I created the Google map below, which includes all of the studios to help you plan your travels. Unfortunately, the book arts studios aren’t very close to each other, but definitely worth the drive.

I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the Vermont Studio Tour Guide. The colors of the studio numbers in this post match the colored markers in the Google map below.

There are several ways to get your hands on a map:

First stop on the book arts tour is #70, Lyna Lou Nordstrom. She is a wonderful printmaker, focusing her work on the painterly aspects of monoprinting. And if you stop by her studio, you’ll have the opportunity to make your own free jello print – they’re so much fun to make!

Next is #93 Meta Strick. Meta really is a Jackie of all trades. She does wonderful mixed media work, including dolls that have a book component. It’s quite wonderful to read the “history” of each doll. She has a great philosophy that you can make anything into a book. Meta has lots of fans, so don’t be surprised if you get to her studio and it’s mobbed. Perhaps pick up some coffee and a snack before you head on over?

Amy Cook #83 is the next stop. Not only does Amy make books, but she’s also a sculptor, painter, curator, and interior designer. And if that’s not interesting enough, she’s the first American woman to receive a PhD in Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. A visit with Amy is certainly going to offer you fascinating conversation about her work.

Stop #110 is Ken Leslie. Ken primarily creates books in a circular format – a practice that developed out of his dissatisfaction with rectangular painting shapes. His themes often focus on natural cycles, such as day and night. The size of his work ranges from miniature to really ginormous – you can walk through some of his books when they’re open.

The last stop is studio #124, Elissa Campbell (that’s me!). Most of my work includes blank journals and photo albums, but I also create one-of-a-kind and editioned works. I have a strange sense of humor and my artists’ books reflect that. How could one resist the idea of seeing a small book in the shape of a tushie?

So book on over to one of these studios during Open Studio Weekend. You’ll be glad you did!

Make that Book Arts Tour map bigger!

Ten Ways to Plan Your Spring Open Studio Tour

One of the best things about Open Studio is that you can easily put together a tour to match the interests of you and your companions. Here are 10 ideas to help you create a great studio tour experience and that brings you through the clean and beautiful Vermont landscape. Don’t forget to look for the Yellow Open Studio signs!


David Hurwitz’s tools in his Randolph woodworking studio.

1. Pick A Place! Let Open Studio Weekend be the spark to get out and explore places in Vermont that you have always wanted to visit. Check the guide for studios in that area and hit the road! Also check the Vermont Studio Tour map here.

2. Visit A Village! Choose a classic Vermont village as your destination and combine studio visits with a stop at the General Store, the Creemee stand, the local diner, or the historical society.

Leave time for lunch at an eatery serving local foods. Above, Bristol Bakery where an intrepid Open Studio family plans the next leg of the tour.

3. Drive on Dirt! Some of the most beautiful places in Vermont are at the end of dirt roads, which is why artists choose to live there. Be adventurous. Let the yellow signs guide you to the out-of-the-way spots and experience the real Vermont classic New England farmhouses and barns, hidden villages, stonewalls, streams, waterfalls and spectacular gardens.

4. Ask An Artist! While visiting a studio, ask for suggestions of places to eat, the best roads to take, and other local events that you won’t want to miss.

5. Meet Your Medium! Have you always dreamed of being an artist? Seek out specific mediums like woodworking, watercolors or jewelry.

6. Choose a Cluster! Have a couple of hours? Check the map for a high-density cluster of studios and see as many as you are able.

7. Keep It Local! Visit studios close to your home or vacation spot. Artists are EVERYWHERE in Vermont, even right around the corner. Your next-door neighbor just might be a world-famous artist!

8. Find the Familiar! Visit artists whose work you know and love. Seeing their workplace, watching them work, and talking with them will give you new insight and appreciation for their work. Fall Open Studio is a great time to plan ahead to the holiday season and purchase early. Your family will appreciate receiving a gift made in Vermont that has a wonderful story attached to it. Can’t take it with you? Have it shipped later. Place a special order now to have it in time for the holidays.

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Todd Wahlstrom trims a bowl in his Whitingham studio.

9. Notice the New! Visit artists who are new to you but whose work sounds intriguing. Explore mediums and techniques you know nothing about.

10. Go With The Guide! Study the map and the listings. Explore the possibilities. Let inspiration strike! Go where your heart leads!

Look for the 2014 Spring Open Studio guides at Vermont rest stops, tourist information areas and galleries across the state. Or contact the Vermont Crafts Council at 802-223-3380 or vt1crafts@aol.com. An online version of the guide can be found at vermontcrafts.com.

The Vermont Crafts Council is a non-profit organization serving the Vermont visual arts community. VCC 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.

Daryl's signs

Daryl Storrs, Huntington printmaker, readies her signs for the weekend.

Open Studio Weekend is supported by the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketingand the Point Radio Station. picture credits, top, Anne Majusiak.


By Anne Majusiak, Fall 2013

I admit it.  I’m a bit obsessed with rocks.

Whenever I walk my dog by the New Haven River near my house, I inevitably come back with another beauty that has been polished and washed up by the water.  My eye seems to be particularly drawn to heart-shaped rocks, and my found treasures are perched on the stonewall my husband built.  Did I tell you he is obsessed with rocks too?

#1 Pumpkins & Heart Rocks Low Res

So imagine how thrilled I am to learn that during this Fall Open Studio Weekend on October 5-6 is featuring not one, not two, but FOUR studios of stone carvers and sculptors!

They are:

My planning for this year’s tour is going to be easy!

To be clear, I won’t ONLY be seeing rock-carving studios during Fall Open Studio Weekend, but it’s easy for me to create my tour starting with a medium I love.

During last year’s Fall Open Studio tour, I fueled my rock obsession when I explored eastern Vermont and stopped in at the studio of Ken Hamblin and Vermont Stone Cross in Hartland off Interstate 91 near Windsor.  It was one of those Fall Open Studio peak experiences for me… literally.  To get to the Hamblin studio, you turn off the main road and drive up, up, up (2.5 miles worth of up!) on Hamblin Hill Road.  With incredible views and immersed in shimmering fall foliage along the way, it was a breathtaking experience!

But more thrills awaited me. Turning in at the stone pillar carved with “Hamblin”, I followed the road as it wound up even further until, around the last bend, I found myself at an extraordinary artist’s studio.

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Not surprisingly, Vermont Stone Cross studio was a Quonset style building faced in stone.  But to my delight, the studio door had a real porthole with an iconic Long Trail beer sign hung on it!  I had a feeling this was going to be one of those studios with lots of surprises.

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Passing through that door was a revelation!  There were interesting tools and drawings and a workbench, but also an environment to spark imagination, from the bleached skull above the door to the old pastel-colored bike hiking from the rafters.

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#5_bicycleFather and son, the Hamblins are amiable and interesting folks. They have been working with stone for 25 years, and the clearing surrounding their studio is filled with one-of-a-kind stone benches, birdbaths, and their signature stone crosses, while inside the studio were rustic home furnishings and stone vases, trays and lamps.

Kenny Hamblin birdbath

This year, I may stick closer to home and check out the Jericho studio of stone-carver Christopher Cleary.   This photo from his website has intrigued me both as a gardener and stone-lover!  His home-based studio is in historic Jericho center, a classic Vermont village, and there is a great cluster of studios to visit there.

#7 OnTheRocks

Cleary is a 4th generation Vermonter who began exploring stone as a child while accompanying his father on stone masonry projects. Cleary uses a process called sand carving along with traditional stone carving to create designs in stone.  I can’t wait to see how he does it!

He learned his techniques while training at the The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland. Although not part of the Fall Open Studio tour, this is another place I hope to stop by to see while I am out and about!

Also close to home is Julian Isaacson’s Stone Revival studio and gallery in Stockbridge.  He is right on Route 100, which is always a pretty drive, especially along the Mad River Valley and especially during fall foliage!  Isaacson has some amazing sculptures on his website.  I especially love his work in bas-relief.  This artist is both talented and multifaceted!

#8 bas-relief

Last, but not least, is Stone Puddles in Wilmington where Frank Sprague, a master stonemason and welder, makes one-of-a-kind birdbaths, benches, garden art and wood chimes.  The Wilmington/Readsboro/Whitingham area has a sweet cluster of studios and it is always well worth it for me to drive to Southern Vermont to check them out.

#9 Stone Puddles

If you haven’t got your Fall Open Studio map yet, stop in at galleries or information centers throughout Vermont or check out the online maps and directions here.

Vermont State Craft Center Network – Recent Activity

Review of Three Vermont State Craft Center Galleries Has Been Completed

Among the tasks of the Standards Group members of the Vermont State Craft Center Overview Commission is to review existing Vermont State Craft Centers. All three state craft center galleries were reviewed in 2013.


Outside of Frog Hollow, a Vermont State Craft Gallery, looking in on renovations to the space.

The review included a site visit by a jury composed of SG members and other volunteers, a survey of state craft center exhibitors, and the completion, by the centers, of a report on their overall operation.

Frog Hollow site visit team, from left, Kathy Murphy, Anne Majusiak, Rob Hunter, Mags Bonham, and Susan Bayer-Fishman.

Frog Hollow site visit team, from left, Kathy Murphy, Anne Majusiak, Rob Hunter, Mags Bonham, and Susan Bayer-Fishman.

After the juries were completed, the Standards Group met to discuss their experiences. At a meeting of the full Vermont State Craft Center Overview Commission, the Standards Group presented their findings and made recommendations. The VSCCOC then voted on the recommendations.

In Springfield, Gallery at the VAULT is located in a former bank. The vault is used for display.

In Springfield, Gallery at the VAULT is located in a former bank. The vault is used for display.

It was very important to the Vermont State Craft Center Overview Commission and to the Standards Group, that individual state craft centers be allowed to be quite diverse in contrast to what is found in a “franchise” situation. The Vermont State Craft Center galleries each represent a distinct local identity and show a different mix of art work.

Artisans Hand in Montpelier is a cooperatively owned and artist managed gallery in its 35th year. Above, Steve Noyes, an owner manager and metalsmith.

Artisans Hand in Montpelier is a cooperatively owned and artist managed gallery in its 35th year. Above, Steve Noyes, an owner manager and metalsmith.

Vermont State Craft galleries must provide craft education to the public but may meet this requirement in a number of ways besides direct instruction, such as maintaining a list of area craft classes, or creating educational displays showing construction processes. Frog Hollow has partnered with area college students to create video profiles of some of its artists.

Gallery at the Vault offers hands on classes to children and adults.

Gallery at the Vault offers hands on classes to children and adults.

The vision for the Vermont State Craft Centers is that more sites will be designated, creating a diverse network of high quality galleries that can coordinate marketing, and can share information toward raising the profile of Vermont craft artists and their work in the view of the public.

View from inside Artisans Hand in Montpelier.

View from inside Artisans Hand in Montpelier.

The Standards Group has openings for two volunteer members whose terms will begin in September. Please consider volunteering for this important work (see previous post for more information.)

Vermont State Craft Center Overview Commission Seeks Standards Group Members

Standards Group Has Openings for Two Members

Montpelier, Vt. – The Vermont State Craft Center Overview Commission (VSCCOC) is seeking new volunteer representatives from the Vermont crafts community to develop, administer and review applications for State Craft Center or State Craft Education Center designation.

Working with the Overview Commission, the Standards Group promotes crafts and craftspeople throughout Vermont and helps to grow and nurture the network of Vermont State Craft Centers statewide.

“Whether a gallery or an education center, Vermont State Craft Centers deepen the public’s understanding of the connection between the process of making something by hand and the beauty of the finished product through craft education. Galleries that have been designated as Vermont State Craft Centers demonstrate a commitment to quality Vermont made crafts while Vermont State Craft Schools provide a hands-on craft educational experience,” said Anne Majusiak, Chair of the Standards Group.

Vermont State Craft Centers and State Craft Schools that promote broader participation in crafts and raise the visibility of Vermont’s craft artists through education and exhibition may receive Vermont State Craft Center or State Craft School designation through an application process. The Standards Group facilitates the application process for designations and the annual review of designated State Craft Centers and State Craft Schools, and makes specific recommendations to the Overview Commission.

Standards Group committee members will:

Have knowledge of the Vermont crafts community

Attend routine Standards Group meetings

Attend subcommittee meetings as needed

Complete follow-up work between meetings as needed

Facilitate/organize at least one jury per year

Review jury committee recommendations

Present jury recommendations to the VSCCOC

Members must be comfortable working collaboratively both in person and online. Members of the Standards Group are reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their functions to the extent funds are available.

Please consider contributing your experience and leadership to serve the Vermont crafts community. Contact Martha Fitch at Vt1crafts@aol.com or complete the online Standards Group member questionnaire at: http://vermontcraftcenters.com/volunteer.html.