Local artists open their doors for Open Studio Weekend

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Hinesburg artist Fiona Cooper Fenwick’s oil painting, “Woodard Farm Evening.” Fennick’s studio is open this weekend.

This weekend is the 26th Spring Open Studio Weekend with more than 200 artists across Vermont opening their doors to visitors. Chittenden County will have more than two dozen locations.

Look for bright yellow signs marking locations of visual artists and craftspeople participating including glassblowers, jewelers, printmakers, potters, furniture makers, weavers, ironworkers, painters, sculptors, quilt makers, wood carvers and more.

The Vermont Crafts Council publishes a free map booklet with directions to participating sites available at Tourist Information Centers, galleries and studios, online at vermontcrafts.com or by calling 223-3380.
Several local studios participating include:

• Vermont Clay Guild. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 45 Mount Philo Road, Shelburne, (#42 on the Vermont Craft Council Open Studio Map) at the pottery studio of Barbara Murphy. Meet guild members, see live demonstrations on the potter’s wheel, learn about firing methods including wood, salt, saggar, and raku. New work for sale from Patricia Ferreira, Susan Freeman, Kileh Friedman, Barbara Murphy, Martha Penzer, Sarah Powell, Donna Rock, Trice Stratmann, and Mary Sweeney.

• Roadhouse Studios, 207 Webster Road, Shelburne. (#40 on the map) Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Resident artists Bob Arns, Hope Johnson, Kim Senior and Sherry Senior will be joined by visiting artists Kathleen Caraher Grant, Mary Hill, and Johanne Durocher Yordan. The Roadhouse artists work in acrylic, watercolor, oil, quilting, jewelry, mixed media and decorative arts. Light refreshments. roadhousestudiosvt.com.

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Bee items: Hope Johnson’s Vermont Quilt Bee honeycomb patterned art quilts, linens and greeting cards featuring the honey bee along with ceramic honey pots by B.J. Naple of Honey Harvest Pottery will be available at Roadhouse Studios on Webster Road in Shelburne as part of this weekend’s Vermont Crafts Council Open Studio event

• In Hinesburg, artists Fiona Cooper Fenwick, Jean Carlson Masseau and Russell Spies invite visitors to their studios. Fenwick’s oil and pastel paintings will be on display in her studio at 1008 Hayden Hill Road West, (#34 on the map); 793-4758. At Masseau’s studio and Little Barn Gallery at 54 Windrow Lane off Silver Street (#36 on the map), visitors will see original watercolor and gouache paintings, drawings, limited edition prints, color and sepia photography; 482-2407. Spies workshop at 766 Mechanicsville Road (#35 on the map) will have reproduction 18th-century pewter and wrought metal items; 482-3563.

• Shelburne Pond Studios and Sculpture Exhibit features glass, book arts, sculpture, paintings, prints. 1260 Pond Road (#37 on the map) between Route 116 and Dorset Street. Large sculptures are set into the field next to the road. 999-4394

• Jessica Scriver Studio in Charlotte offers unique satellite, map and biomorphic explorations at 2206 Greenbush Road (#44 on the map) 318-3228.

• In Bristol, Art on Main will feature demonstrations both days. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Theresa Somerset of Precision Studio will demonstrate the intricate art of pysanky, Ukrainian egg painting.  On Sunday, Valerie Dearing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will invite visitors to join her in the meditative arts of mandala drawing and Sumi painting, the art of drawing Chinese characters. 25 Main St. 453-4032 or artonmain.net.

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