Not-for-Profit, Award-Winning Community News and Views for Windham County, Vermont • Since 2006
Town and Village

Statewide Vermont studio tour goes virtual this weekend

BRATTLEBORO— For the past 27 Memorial Day Weekends, artists throughout the state have welcomed visitors from across New England and beyond to visit their studios to purchase handmade art and crafts at the source.

This year, in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 throughout the state, the Vermont Crafts Council has decided to shift to offering a Virtual Spring Open Studio Weekend Tour.

Starting on May 23, visitors to will be able to view photos and videos of participating artists’ work. There will also be a window into a behind-the-scenes look at their studios and creative processes that make the open studio experience unique.

Visitors who would like to see more and make purchases will also find links to the artists’ respective websites and social-media offerings. The videos will be viewable during the traditional weekend span of the tour, but the photos and links will be available through June.

At the time of this writing, three local studios and galleries are set to participate in the virtual tour: Ceramicist Diane Echlin of Newfane and pastel artist Lesley Heathcote of Brattleboro will be listed.

In addition to the online presence, Brattleboro gallery Vermont Artisan Designs is set to open for in-person visits in a limited capacity, with plans to spotlight local artists May 23 and 24. Visit for more information about visiting the gallery.

Heathcote is a member of Brattleboro-West Arts, an organization of dozens of artists and and crafters that typically coordinates and promotes the annual tour locally.

While other BWA members are not participating in the virtual event, profiles of its artists, along with examples of their work and links to their websites, are viewable online as always at

Like what we do? Help us keep doing it!

We rely on the donations and financial support of our readers to help make The Commons available to all. Please join us today.

What do you think? Leave us a comment

Editor’s note: Our terms of service require you to use your real names. We will remove anonymous or pseudonymous comments that come to our attention. We rely on our readers’ personal integrity to stand behind what they say; please do not write anything to someone that you wouldn’t say to his or her face without your needing to wear a ski mask while saying it. Thanks for doing your part to make your responses forceful, thoughtful, provocative, and civil. We also consider your comments for the letters column in the print newspaper.


We are currently reconfiguring our comments software. Please check back if you’d like to read or leave comments on this story. —The editors

Originally published in The Commons issue #562 (Wednesday, May 20, 2020).

Share this story


Related stories