Ten Ways to Plan Your Open Studio Tour

Ten Ways to Plan Your Open Studio Tour

One of the best things about Open Studio is that you can easily put together a tour to match your interest and that of  your companions.  Here are ten ideas to help you create a great studio tour experience.  And don’t forget to look for the Yellow Open Studio signs!

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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 guide, 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.


Coffee stop at Bristol Bakery

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.

Shown here are buildings that house the Craft Barn in the village of Newark. See many artists and artisans in one spot.

Yellow signs dot the landscape. Let them lead you to a studio.

4. Ask An Artist! While visiting a studio, ask for suggestions of special things to see and do in the area. Locals ALWAYS know the best places.

David Stone Studio

Potter, David Stone, of Cuttingsville, will give you advice about where to go next.


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

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A sleigh bed by Brookside Woodworking.

6. More Studios in Less Time!  Have a couple of hours? Check the map for a high-density cluster of studios and see as many as you are able.

The best place to see many studios is Brandon VT. Shown here is a mobile by Patty Sgrecci.

The best place to see many studios is Brandon VT. Shown here is a mobile by Patty Sgrecci.

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!

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Blown glass by Gabriel Cole.

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.

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Elm Harris, jewelry design. Shown here, pet reliquaries.

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

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Quilt by Ruth Brown of Morrisville.

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

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Freud’s Wall – by Galen Cheney of Middlesex

Look for the 2016 Vermont 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.  On online version of the guide can be found at vermontcrafts.com.

Box of Maps