Over the recent decades, Vermont has emerged as the epicenter of the crafts revival in America. We are fortunate here at the October Country Inn (check us out) to be well placed within close proximity to many in this arts and crafts community. Clear Lake Furniture produces hand-crafted heirloom quality hardwood furniture in a large barn in nearby Ludlow. Walk to White Raven Drum Works in Bridgewater Corners for a wooden drum, flute, or didjeridu. The Woodstock Collective, a twelve member cooperative craft gallery, features wearable, decorative and functional items. Take home a white line woodcut by Hartland artist Marilyn Syme.
Each Spring, the Vermont Crafts Council, with over 400 members, organizes a state-wide open studio weekend. The 2015 Open Studio Weekend is scheduled for May 23 and 24.
Some local studios that are open include:
- Deborah Falls for botanical paintings on silk.
- Vermont Stone Design for benches, birdbaths, vases, lamps, and frames.
- VanNatta Gallery for plein air oil paintings.
- Rockledge Farm Woodworks for furniture and home accessories.
- Robert O’Brien Watercolors for paintings and prints.
- Tsuga Studios for decorative and functional blown glass.
If you’re more of a hands-on kind of person, you might want to check out the Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts in nearby Ludlow.
The oldest arts and crafts school in Vermont, the Fletcher Farm School is operated by the Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen and committed to providing a quality arts and crafts education to keep old traditions alive as well as teach new techniques.
In any case, Spring has come to Vermont. The grass is green, the trees are in leaf and blossom. Enjoy Spring. Come to the Woodstock Killington area and tour the work of local artists and artisans. Time spent in Vermont, at the October Country Inn, is never wasted.