Fall Open Studio With a Twist

by Elissa Campbell

Just when you thought you knew Open Studio Weekend, we went and threw in a twist!

This year, the Fall Open Studio Tour will take place over two weekends РOctober 1 & 2, and October 8 & 9. The event is being held in conjunction with American Craft Week , a national celebration of handmade craft and the creative process. Different groups of artists will be participating during each weekend.

Thankfully, you’ve got the Vermont Open Studio Guide to help you figure out your plan of attack.

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While the outside of the guide may look familiar, the inside features a few changes. We want to help you understand these changes better. Here’s what to look for:

MAP SIDE:

  1. If you look in the bottom left-hand corner of the guide, you’ll see symbols that will tell you what studios are open each weekend.

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  • A black square indicates that a studio is only open during October 1 & 2.
  • An orange square indicates that a studio is only open during October 8 & 9.
  • A black and orange oval indicates that a studio is open during both weekends, October 1 & 2 and October 8 & 9.

You can find these symbols on locations marked on the Vermont map, just above the key.

  1. Another change on the map side of the guide is how the Artisan Index is organized. There are now two indexes, with each one listing the artists participating during each weekend.

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At the top of each index, you’re given a reminder of what color symbol represents which weekend for each studio on the map.

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You’ll also notice that there are artists listed in both indexes – this indicates that they are participating during both weekends.

Now that we’ve looked at the map side of the guide, let’s flip it over and see what’s new there.

STUDIO LISTING SIDE:

  1. There are three studio lists in the guide, with each one indicating the dates during which a particular studio will be open. Each one is topped with the symbols listed on the map side of the guide.
  • At the top of the list of studios participating during the weekend of October 1 & 2, you’ll see a strip of black squares.

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  • At the top of the list of studios participating during the weekend of October 8 & 9, you’ll see a strip of orange squares.

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  • At the top of the list of studios participating during both weekends, October 1 & 2 and October 8 & 9, you’ll see a strip of black and orange ovals.

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The numbers in each of the studio lists corresponds to the symbol assigned to that weekend.

  • Studios participating during the weekend of October 1 & 2 are numbered in black.

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  • Studios participating during the weekend of October 8 & 9 are numbered in orange.

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  • You’ll notice that the numbers in these two lists skip numbers – that’s because the missing numbers are included in the listing of those studios participating during both weekends, October 1 & 2 and October 8 & 9.

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For example, the list for October 1 & 2 is missing studio #7 (black) and the list for October 8 & 9 is missing studio #4 (orange). The studio that has been assigned those numbers for each weekend can be found in the listing of those studios participating during both weekends.

Check it out – there’s Meinhardt Design:

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Jean Meinhardt’s ¬†porcelain bowls with luster glazes.

We know that these changes are a lot to digest and we hope that this post has been helpful in deciphering the new tour guide. If you have further questions, feel free to contact us at vt1crafts@aol.com or 802-223-3380.

Also find online maps and directions with more info at this link.

Order your own hardcopy map at this link.

Happy touring!

Here’s a little more information about Open Studio if you are new to the event.

Combine fall foliage viewing and harvest activities with purchases from local artists across Vermont.

Bright yellow signs compete with oranges and reds of October along Vermont’s roads enticing visitors to the studios of craftspeople and fine artists across Vermont during the 2016 Fall Open Studio Tour over October 1 & 2, and October 8 & 9, Columbus Day Weekend. The Vermont Crafts Council is offering two weekends this year in conjunction with American Craft Week, a national celebration of craftwork, taking place from October 1 through October 16. Different groups of artists will open their studios on the two weekends.

Open Studio Weekend is a statewide celebration of the visual arts and creative process, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to meet a wide variety of local artists and craftspeople in their studios, and purchase high quality, hand made artwork.

The self-guided Open Studio tour features the work of glassblowers, jewelers, printmakers, potters, furniture makers, weavers, ironworkers, painters, sculptors, quilt makers and wood carvers. Many participating galleries will host gallery talks and feature special exhibits in conjunction with this event.