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 during the weekend!
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 map booklet for studios in that area and hit the road!
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.
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. Artists will also be able to point you to the shortcuts to the next studio and may have local maps for you as well.
5. Meet Your Medium! Have you always dreamed of being an artist? Seek out specific mediums like woodworking, watercolors or jewelry. Many artists are also teachers and may be open to providing lessons.
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. Now you don’t have to feel guilty for stopping in to talk to your neighbor the glassblower.
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 artwork. Would you like to purchase but can’t take it with you? Have it shipped later.
9. Notice the New! Visit artists who are new to you but whose work sounds intriguing (plan to visit this blog in a couple of weeks as we will profile newcomers to Open Studio). Explore mediums and techniques you know nothing about.
10. Go With The Tour Guide! Study the map and the listings. Explore the possibilities. Let inspiration strike! Go where your heart leads! For inspiration, check out our Facebook page and our Pinterest boards as we will be posting lots of images between now and Open Studio.
For more tips and information, including artist profiles and suggested tours, plan to visit our blog again soon!
Look for the 2015 Open Studio Tour guides at Vermont rest stops, tourist information areas and galleries across the state. Or contact the Vermont Crafts Council at 802-223-3380 or firstname.lastname@example.org. An online version of the guide can be found at vermontcrafts.com. Click Maps and Directions.
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.
Open Studio Weekend is supported by the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, the Point Radio Station, Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, National Life Insurance Company, and the Vermont State Employees Credit Union.