Give in to Your Animal Instincts During Open Studio Weekend!

Artists and Animals – A Sampling for Fall Open Studio

by Elissa Campbell

NOTE: Studio numbers correspond to numbers on our free Vermont Studio Tour Map. See it online at this link (link: 

The artists participating in Open Studio Weekend work in a wide variety of mediums and settings. It can be hard to figure out where to start your journey. This tour features artists inspired by the animal kingdom.


Studio #1: NEW ARTIST Winters can be tough for dogs – not all breeds are equipped to deal with cold environments. Janet Dooley of Vermont Canine Countrywear  has you covered! In her Milton studio, Janet creates functional and stylish coats and snowsuits for your canine companions.

Jane Dooley

Dog coat for a medium sized dog by Janet Dooley.

Studio #12: NEW ART SITE Could you imagine a museum tucked away in rural Huntington whose mission is to present education about birds and their habitat using wood carving? Yes, there is such an organization and you can visit during Open Studio Weekend.

This carved wooden hummingbird is on display at the Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington.

This carved wooden hummingbird is on display at the Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington.

Studio #16: NEW ARTIST If you’re looking for a fully immersive animal experience, look no further than Elysabethe James of Bryn Meadow Farm Studio. This studio is part of a farm that raises heritage animals, including turkeys, sheep, and chickens. Elysabethe’s watercolors focus on the life that surrounds her on the farm.

Brynn Meadow Farm

A colorful hen and chicks by Libby James.

Studio #48: Caryn King loves animals and it shows in her work. In her studio in South Newfane, you can find paintings of cows, chickens, rabbits, and more. Her portraits really capture the personality of her animal subjects.

Caryn King

Painting by Caryn King

Studio #64: NEW ART SITE The Great Hall, in Springfield, an historic, renovated factory building located on the Black River, will present Fur and Feathers –  Open 11:00 to 4:00 Saturday & Sunday. Saturday, 12:00 Meet the artists. On hand will not just be art and artists but live subject matter also – Raptor Program Saturday only, 1:00.

Great Hall Owl

Barn Owl – photo by Jennifer MaHarry

Studio #66: NEW ARTIST Are horses more your style? Visit Suzanne Nielsen of Equine Art in Chester. Suzanne is an accomplished horse rider and trainer and has a deep love for the subjects of her paintings and drawings.

Janet Nielsen

A dramatic painting of a horse by Janet Nielsen.

Studio #73: In Hartland, you can find Vermont Stone Design, the studio of Kenny Hamblin. He makes gorgeous bird baths out of locally sourced stone. A stonemason for twelve years, Kenny was trained by his father.

One of Kenny's stone birdbaths, perfect for your garden.

One of Kenny’s stone birdbaths, perfect for your garden.

Studio #86 NEW ARTIST Red House Studio, photographer Linda Bryan captures details of rural life in Vermont, with her photographs. Located in picturesque Newbury, Linda’s studio will surely treat you to many beautiful views.

Linda Bryan

Cows follow the farmer down a rural road in a photograph by Linda Bryan

These studios offer a wonderful slice of the life and work of Vermont artists. Might we suggest that you follow up this tour with a vegetarian meal?