Vermont artists welcome fall visitors

Leaf peepers love Vermont in autumn. While looking for peak foliage, however, they also can take advantage of many special events during their stay, one of which is the Vermont Fall Open Studio Weekend.

On Oct. 5 and 6 from 10 am-5 pm, 130 craftspeople and artists at 127 sites in every region of Vermont, including Open Pond Studio artist Lyna Lou Nordstrom, will open their studios to the public. Iconic, bright yellow “Open Studio” signs are posted along the roads as a guide. Visitors are offered a behind-the-scenes look at the workspaces of glassblowers, weavers, sculptors, potters, woodworkers, printmakers, jewelers, furniture makers, painters, quilters, and other makers.

The Vermont Crafts Council, which organizes the event, publishes a free map booklet available at Vermont welcome centers, galleries, and community centers. Each studio is numbered with the location shown on the Open Studio map/guide. Directions, addresses, and contact information are also listed. Regional information centers are highlighted in the guide as places to give studio explorers an overview of a particular area.

The Vermont Crafts Council launched Open Studio Weekend as a way to increase the visibility of artists and craftspeople in Vermont. The event’s goal is to foster an appreciation for the creative process and the role that artists and craftspeople play in the vitality of Vermont’s communities.

Shelburne Pond Studios is located at 1260 Pond Road in Shelburne. For more information, visit www.shelburnepondstudios.wordpress.com. For a copy of the map booklet or for additional information, visit www.vermontcrafts.com. Maps can also be obtained by calling 223-3380 or emailing vt1crafts@aol.com.

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