Open Studio Weekend, May 29-30

Vermont's statewide Open Studio Weekend, May 29 and 30, includes many area studios, such as Chris Sherwin's glass blowing studion in Bellows Falls, pictured here.

Vermont Open Studio Weekend is one of the Top Ten Events in Vermont and includes 236 guided studio tours throughout the state.

The Vermont Studio Tour Guides 2010 are widely available throughout the state, but a few area artist highlights include the following artists.

Register to win a free 2-day class at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts on Route 103 in Ludlow, or purchase a raffle ticket to win a beautiful King size quilt .

Stop in and pick up a Vermont Open Studio Map at the School Office or at the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce on Route 103 North in Ludlow.

Visitors to Bellows Falls 3rd Annual Open Studio will have the opportunity to visit with over fifteen artists and artisans as they stroll around stroll around the downtown square, www.ramp-vt.org.

If you are not familiar with downtown Bellows Falls start at the Project 9 pace located at 9 Canal Street in the Exner Block, a building that was renovated 10 years ago in order to provide ten affordable live/work spaces and six retail spaces with a focus on the arts . Brochures including maps and listings of local eateries and businesses will be available. Look for yellow balloons and placards that mark the venues. There is plenty of all-day parking down by the railroad station and a pleasant two block walk into the downtown square.

The Exner Block on Canal Street, a unique building circa 1905, note the pressed tin exterior. Is home to ten artist's residents, the Project 9 Space. Artist exhobinmting at the Exner Block are Barrie Elliott, Julia Jandrisits, Anne Y, Shawna Ingbar, and Jacque Fabrizi. Impoprted African woven textiles by Amie Walter and hand painted glassworks by Kathy Tretler in her new shop, Dellamano Glassworks add to the charm of this historic building.

For information call RAMP at 463-3252 or email: ramp@sover.net www.ramp-vt.org.

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