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Annual Holiday Exhibit and Shoppe Opening Reception

November 17, 2023 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A staircase going up to the second floor, next to a Christmas tree

The Chaffee Art Center invites the community to our Annual Holiday Exhibit & Shoppe Opening Reception on Friday, November 17th from 5pm to 7pm. Enjoy holiday music, wine, hot cocoa bar and holiday sweets while you explore the one-of-a-kind handmade treasures that are perfect for gifting this holiday season.

Please plan on joining us to experience the beauty of the arts. Perfect time to start holiday shopping and to mingle with the artists and the community. This is an all-member show celebrating the talented artists in our communities whose works will be on display throughout our historic 1890s mansion until early January. There is no charge for admittance.

And there’s lots more holiday festivities happening at the Chaffee, including our Annual Gingerbread Contest that is coming up! All interested bakers, schools, organizations, businesses, families, individuals, and young people are invited to submit their imaginative gingerbread creations. Entries should pre-register. All entries must be delivered to the Chaffee Art Center on either Wednesday, December 6th (3pm to 5pm) OR Thursday, December 7th (10am to Noon)…or by appointment. The gingerbread creations will be on display in our historic 1890s mansion from the Gingerbread Showcase Reception on December 9th from Noon to 2pm until December 30th. We will award “People’s Choice” in various categories; visitors can vote for their favorite entry until December 30th. Complete details and entry form can be found on our website.

As we celebrate 62 years as an art center in the Rutland Community, we also invite you to join as an artist, single or family member to help the Chaffee to continue to inspire and cultivate creativity, while positively impacting the vitality of our community through the arts.

Holiday Shopping Hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10-6pm; Saturday 10am to 3pm. Private appointments available by request.


November 17, 2023
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Chaffee Art Center
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Chaffee Art Center
16 S Main Street, Rutland VT 05701
Rutland, VT, VT 05701 United States
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