The 75-year-old community staple, the Shelburne Craft School, opened up its campus on Harbor Road Aug. 15 and hosted an evening of community celebration. The event featured local food, craft demos, live music, campus tours, an art sale, artist in residence open studios and kids’ crafts.
Executive Director Claire Gear echoed the sentiment of founder Lyn Smith, “Education is the process of opening doors and keeping them open. We are grateful to the countless crafters and community members whose passion and support have kept our doors open for all these years, helping the Craft School evolve into the dynamic and beloved organization that it is today.”
The non-profit organization has been offering hands-on education in artisanal crafts since 1945.
Board member, parent and Shelburne resident Andrew Everett said, “I love that the Shelburne Craft School has been a home away from home for my 14-year-old daughter, Tess. She has had amazing mentor teachers who have taught her technical skills along with problem solving, perseverance and creativity. It has helped build her self-confidence and given her a creative outlet. And she has amazing pieces she and we are so proud of.”
Through programming, partnerships and events such as Community Night, the school helps individuals experience the joys of making, while cultivating confidence, character, and community.
“The event has something for everyone. And it has a great small-town community vibe that makes me proud to live in Shelburne. It is a lovely way to spend a summer evening,” said Alison Novak of Shelburne.