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OPEN STUDIO 2021: Artists open their creative spaces this weekend

Ashley Wolff's studio on Lake Dunmore is one of the many artist studios that will be open to the public this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Vermont Open Studios Weekend.

Ever wonder: “how did they do that?” when looking at a piece of art?

Well now’s your chance to get answers.

On June 19th and 20th, Addison County artists and several members of the Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) will be answering that question when they invite visitors into their studios for Open Studio Weekend, a bi-annual statewide event sponsored by the Vermont Crafts Council.  Artists will be welcoming the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

See information on all Central Vermont Artists open studios here.

In the Brandon village center, the Brandon Artists Guild, a well-loved and established art venue, features the works of over 30 members. Two special exhibits can be explored while visiting the BAG. In “Signs of Life,” printmaker Jeannie Podolak and painter Dan Brett, join forces in expressing their inspirations during a pandemic. “2020 VISION: Reflecting on a World-Changing Year” displays the work of member artists participating in this statewide exhibition sponsored by the Vermont Curators Group.  Each artist shares their thoughts and artwork created during quarantine. 

Seven Guild artists will be opening their own studios to the public for a rare look into their individual creative worlds. The Judith Reilly Gallery and studio will showcase her ever-evolving catawampus fabric art style. Her rambling 200-year-old home makes exploring her diverse art offerings a fascinating adventure.

“Welcoming guests into my gallery and studio is such a delight.” Reilly said. “I love the look on their faces when they first set eyes on my studio space! Color just explodes from every corner.”

In Brandon’s Vermont Folk Art Gallery, three popular artists, Warren Kimble, Robin Kent and Medana Gabbard have joined together and share a studio space. Each brings their distinct folk-art style and vision to create a charming center for viewing their whimsical and thoughtful works.

Ashley Wolff, well-known and delightful painter, children’s book author and illustrator, will open her new Lake Dunmore ArtBarn Studio to the public for the first time, a not-to-miss treat for children of all ages. Driving north, fine art painter Mike Mayone will share some of the magical secrets to his photo-realist paintings in his East Middlebury studio.

At Twin Elms Studio in Pittsford, vitreous painted glass artist Hallie Monroe will dazzle you with her extraordinary art glass techniques.  Across the state in Northfield, woodcarver Bill Barnard will open his creative space to demonstrate his incredible skills for producing realistic carved fish, birds and animals.

Over 70 Vermont artists will be participating in this two-day event. Maps can be found at the BAG or online through the Vermont Crafts Council website (vermontcrafts.com). Download a map, jump in the car, and take a journey to explore the art and marvel at all that is going on in Brandon’s newly renovated village. The talented artists who make up the Brandon Artists Guild will make it worth the trip.

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