Ten Ways to Plan Your Fall Open Studio Tour
83 Sites are Participating!
Open Studio is the opposite of a art fair where artists are all located in the same place. Instead, you have to plan your tour. But with the Open Studio map and website, you can easily put together a tour to match the your interests. Here are 10 ideas to help you create a great studio tour experience. Always look for the Yellow Open Studio signs!
1. Pick A Place! Let Open Studio Weekend be a reason 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! In Franklin County there are two sites for Open Studio, so enjoy a lovely drive to visit #1 Carol Crawford, hand weaver, and #2 Claire Payne Studios, & 3, Mylissa Kowalski Davis.
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. One example of this would be the tour that begins in Moretown with Elga Gemst’s studio, right next to the Moretown Village Store. Next travel through Waitsfield, stopping at Mad River Glass Gallery, and Noel Bailey Ceramics. Then travel on to Warren and the Warren Store, and Moosewalk Studios, and the Luminous Moose.
3. Drive Dirt Roads! 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 special things to see and do in the area. Locals always know the best places.
5. Meet Your Medium! Have you always wanted to be an artist? Seek out specific mediums like woodworking, watercolors or jewelry. Do you already have a career in art – find colleagues in your field and talk shop.
6. Choose a Cluster! Check the map for a group of studios that are near each other and see as many as you are able. Areas with clusters include the Brattleboro area, the Montpelier to Worcester route, Huntington, Hinesburg and Charlotte, Middlebury, Greensboro and Craftsbury, and many others. Check the map.
7. Discover Local Artists! Visit studios close to your home or vacation spot. Artists are everywhere in Vermont, even right around the corner. A benefit to Open Studio is that you don’t need to worry about whether you are interrupting an artist at work as they have set aside this time for you to visit.
8. Follow the Familiar! Visit artists whose work you admire. Seeing their workplace, watching them work, and talking with them will give you new insight and appreciation for their art. Let Open Studio be a reason to drop into a friend’s studio and make a purchase or place an order for the upcoming holidays.
9. Meet New Artists! Visit artists who are new to you but whose work sounds intriguing. Explore mediums and techniques you know nothing about. There are 20 new-to-Open-Studio artists or sites on the Fall Tour. Look at the google map at the link below, to see who is new.
10. Consult the Map! We have two maps, a paper map and a google map. View our Google map of participating sites. Each participant has a link to their personal website. Start with a studio that piques your curiosity.
Look for the 2017 Fall Vermont Open Studio paper maps at Vermont rest stops, tourist information areas and galleries across the state. Or contact us at 802-223-3380. To order a hard copy of the map, go to this link. where you can also download pdfs of the map.