RUTLAND - The Chaffee Arts Center, located at 16 South Main Street in Rutland, will now offer open studio space to member and non-member artists, starting Dec. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is only $7 for non-members and members enter for free. Operated by the Rutland Area Art Association for nearly 50 years, the Chaffee Arts Center is one of the longest-running community arts organizations in Vermont.
"Chaffee started the 'open studio' program a few months ago and it has been growing with popularity each month," Executive Director Mary Mitiguy stated in a recent interview. "We are currently working on promoting our open studio and membership campaign, with letters and brochures available very soon.
"Whether you are interested in oil painting or pastels, printmaking or digital mediums, each week will feature a different medium to explore. The open studio helps create a constructive environment with other artists, as you explore these various mediums in a professional, creative environment."
Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Chaffee Arts Center, continuing the tradition of one of the oldest and most respected art organizations in the state. There are very creative and ambitious plans in the new year including college student exhibits, art education programs, artist exhibits and of course, the continued 'open studio" program.
The Chaffee Arts Center houses over 150 juried artists and continues to be an interracial part of the arts educational scene throughout the state. The open studio hours are every Thursday night from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information call 775-0356 or visit their web site at www.chaffeeartcenter.org.
Executive Director Mary Mitiguy at the Chaffee Arts Center