Two hundred and forty two Vermont fine artists and craftspeople will open their studio doors to the public over Memorial Day weekend – May 25 & 26, 2013, as part of the Vermont Open Studio Weekend, a statewide celebration of the visual arts and creative process. I always look forward to the weekend and try to visit a number of studios each year.
I target an area with the free map distributed by the Vermont Craft Council (also on their website) and plan my route – usually by bike. Finding the studios is always an adventure on roads I’ve never ridden before. It’s difficult to get lost as all studio locations are marked with bright yellow signs.
Meeting painters, printers and potters, catching a glimpse of how and where they work, and being able to ask them questions about their art always energizes me. Artist’s studios by nature are inspirational and I love seeing work in progress. There is always the opportunity to purchase or commission art. Not being able to tuck a piece of art into my jersey pocket and pedaling home with it buys me time to ponder a purchase. If I still really want the piece by the end of my ride, I can always pick it up in my car.