Local artists participate in annual Open Studio Weekend

“Bear,” a honey calcite and wood carving size 10” x 7” x 2.5” by artist Katharine Stockman.
“Bear,” a honey calcite and wood carving size 10” x 7” x 2.5” by artist Katharine Stockman.

Late May can be one of the most rewarding times of the year to explore Vermont, and the spring Open Studio Tour over Memorial Day weekend offers a great way for locals and visitors alike to do so. Bright yellow signs are placed along Vermont’s roads to mark the way to studios of craftspeople and fine artists during the self-guided tours on May 24 and 25 at a time when the landscape is fresh and inviting and without the crowds of summer and fall.

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 artists and craftspeople in their studios, some of which are only open to the public during this event.

Those who experience Open Studio gain an appreciation for the creative process and the role that artists and craftspeople play in the vitality of Vermont’s communities.

Participants of Vermont’s Open Studio Weekend this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm in Shelburne include Ted Fink, an artistic, functional woodturner and 17-time Vermont Woodworking Design Competition award winner at 136 Davis Ave.; Kim Senior of Kim Senior Arts, an accomplished artist of murals, landscapes, and fine decorative painting who will offer an ongoing demonstration (work in progress and recent plein air paintings and sketches will be on display) at her studio at 5224 Shelburne Road, the side entrance of the Tracy House; and Shelburne Pond Studios.

This year, Shelburne Pond Studios will host a large community art, music, and food event in collaboration with Open Studio weekend. Participating Shelburne Pond Studio artists Katharine Stockman, Stephanie Bush, Lyna Lou Nordstrom, Jill Abilock, Jenn Cullen and Cheryl Summa welcome guest artists Kimberly Bombard, Susan Alden, Adam Vindigni,
Debba Pearce, Marna Ehrech, and Vicky Tama. A special Shelburne Community School student art exhibit will on display for the first time ever. Musical entertainment will be provided by Dawna Hammers and the Mystic Party Band and food from Cucina Antica and Palmer’s Sugar House will be available for purchase.

The free Open Studio guide contains maps and directions to studios and studio addresses that can be entered into GPS systems. The maps, along with the yellow signs placed along the roads, ensure that visitors will easily find the studios. The Open Studio guide is available throughout the state at Vermont Welcome Centers, galleries and studios, at www.vermontcrafts.com or by calling 223-3380.