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Windham County artisans participate in Vermont Crafts Council Open Studio Weekend

Visitors should prepare to wear masks indoors where requested. Please contact individual venues for details. For profiles of participating artists, as well as links to interactive maps and other resources to help you enjoy the weekend around Brattleboro, visit brattleboro-west-arts.com/osw. For more information about May, Art Month in Bellows Falls, go to facebook.com/ArtinBellowsFalls.

This Memorial Day weekend, Windham County artists and artisans will celebrate the 30th year of their Spring Open Studio Weekend on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29.

In Brattleboro and neighboring West Brattleboro and Marlboro alone, tour-goers will have the chance to visit 15 artists in seven studios and one gallery.

Of those artists, 14 are members of Brattleboro-West Arts, a group of about two dozen artists and crafters who have worked together since 2008 to support one another and increase the visibility of local art in the community.

This year’s spring tour will feature a collection of works by seven BWA members under one roof in the open-air pavilion adjacent to Orchard Street Pottery, the studio of Brattleboro-West Arts Coordinator Walter Slowinski.

Here is the complete lineup of tour stops in the Brattleboro area, listed according to their site numbers on the statewide tour.

• 66. Applewoods Woodworking Studio and Gallery, David and Michelle Holzapfel (holzapfelwoodworking.com): 2802 Route 9, Marlboro.

• 67. Matthew Tell Pottery (matthewtellpottery.com): 163 Potters Hill Road, Marlboro.

• 68. Greg Moschetti (gregmoschettipainter.com), landscapes in oil paint: 623 Kelly Rd., Dummerston.

• 69. Chris Lann Designs (chrislanndesigns.com), silver jewelry: 1420 Sunset Lake Road, Brattleboro.

• 70. Orchard Street Pottery (main studio), Walter Slowinski (walterslowinskipottery.weebly.com): 658 Orchard Street, Brattleboro . In the outdoor pavilion: Bobbi Angell (bobbiangell.com), botanical etchings ; Maisie Crowther (brattleboro-west-arts.com/maisie-crowther), watercolors and cards; Naomi Lindenfeld (naomilindenfeld.com), colored clay pottery and tea art ; Kris McDermet (krismcdermetrugs.com), textiles of silk and wool; Sharon Myers (sharonmyersarts.com), fine art quilts; Gene Parulis(geneparulisphotography.com), photographic prints and cards; and Jen Wiechers (jenwiechersart.com), encaustics and jewelry.

• 71. Beth Armour (betharmour.com), porcelain vessels: 17 Greenhill Parkway, Brattleboro.

• 72. Lesley Heathcote (lesleyheathcote.com), pastels of animals and nature: 32 Larkin Street, Brattleboro.

• 73. Vermont Artisan Designs gallery (tour information center; vtart.com): 106 Main Street, Brattleboro.(1)

West River Valley artists

Here is the complete lineup of tour stops in the West River Valley:

• 74. Kim Eng Yeo (kimengyeo.com), Floral, still life and landscape watercolors: 628 Peaked Mountain Rd., Townshend.

• 75. Robert Du Grenier Glass Art Gallery (dugrenier.com); hand-blown glass, sculpture, drinkware, decor: 1096 Rt. 30, Townshend.

• 76. Jim Jackson Artist (jimjacksonart.com); paintings, sculpture, digital, rot-gardening: 329 Windham Hill Rd., West Townshend.

• 77. Darlin Companion — Heather Bartels (darlincompanion.bigcartel.com); leatherwork, handbags, satchels, apparel: 807 Rt. 30, Jamaica.

• 78. Elkaart Designs — Elinor Katz; mosaic and jewelry designs using broken dishware. 70 Hunter Lane, Jamaica.

• 79. ClayShare — Jessica Putnam-Phillips (clayshare.com); ceramics, bowls, vases, jewelry: 122 Middletown Rd., South Londonderry.

Bellows Falls area artists

The 30th Anniversary of Vermont Open Studio celebration kicks off in Bellows Falls at the official info center at 33 Bridge St.

Visitors will find a mix of seven artists exhibiting there — an artisan co-op that will also have music and food during the weekend. Look for the yellow signs to find more studios open around the downtown Square, a short walk from 33 Bridge Street.

Bellows Falls is partnering with nearby Main Street Arts in Saxtons River with its own Open Studio Info Center for the weekend. Events will include several craft vendors, the core being organized by regional homeschoolers and other children, and include work done by crafters who may not have another venue to display their work.

Also, parallel events include a tag sale, plant sale, fire pit, snacks and drinks, music, and creative community work, coordinated by Main Street Arts.

Here is the complete lineup of tour stops in the Bellows Falls area:

• 80. Main Street Arts (mainstreetarts.org). Workshops, performances, community gallery: 35 Main St., Saxtons River.

• 81. McBride & Rosser Studios. Phyllis Rosser (phyllisrosser.com) creates dynamic abstract sculptures that invite contemplation; Robert McBride (robertamcbride.wordpress.com) creates dynamic abstract paintings: 17 Rockingham St., Bellows Falls.

• 82. Ornaglyphology — Mindy Fisher. (mindyfisher.com). Colorful gouache paintings: 11 Canal St., Bellows Falls.

• 83. River Artisans Cooperative Gallery (riverartisanscooperative.com). Pottery, quilts, wood, jewelry: 28 Village Square, Bellows Falls.

• 84. 33 Bridge St. Artisan Co-op. Gallery exhibit, art center. Pop-up gallery of diverse artisans: 33 Bridge St., Bellows Falls.

• 85. Tsuga Studios — Nicholas Kekic (tsugastudios.com). Decorative and functional blown glass: 33 Bridge St., Bellows Falls.

• 86. WaterMusicArt Studios — Scott J. Morgan (scottjmorganart.com). Abstract painting on canvas and guitars: 33 Bridge St., Bellows Falls.

• 87. Clare Adams Art (clareadamsart.com). Prints and painted glass. Studio in Grafton; exhibiting at 33 Bridge St., Bellows Falls.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #665 (Wednesday, May 25, 2022). This story appeared on page B7.

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