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Arts Excursions

Artisan Park in Windsor, Vermont

Artisan Park along the Connecticut River in Windsor, Vermont.

Vermont invites exploration — on foot, pedaling, driving, or riding. From the far reaches of the Champlain Islands to the southern border regions, there is always something new to discover. There is always art to discover.

Take time to explore. Find an event in the Vermont Arts Calendar; linger on the Green in Danville; look for art on Vermont's Scenic Byways; take the Barre Art Stroll; visit the State Craft Centers; investigate Granite, Marble and Slate in the Green Mountain State; dig into Granite from the He(art) of Vermont. In Vermont you can find Excursions for Every Season.

Enjoy our curated list of excursions, updated monthly.

Near Sugarbush Resort is Waitsfield and Valley Arts, a community arts organization that regularly exhibits work and promotes the Mad River Valley’s creative sector. Fluid Expressions, an exhibition of new watercolor styles and techniques, will be on view in Valley Arts' gallery from Oct. 22 through Dec. 17. In the heart of Waitsfield’s historic village is Artisan’s Gallery, which represents over 150 Vermont crafters and is open Thursday through Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. In nearby Warren, Art in the Village’s gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., next door to the famous Warren Store.

At Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe, check out the current exhibition Exploring Earth, through October 2021. Exploring Earth reflects on the intersection of spirituality and art, celebrating earth magic, spirits in nature, animals, plants, and transcendence. The group exhibition features work by artists Jennifer Herrera Condry, Will Kasso Condry, Amy Hook-Therrien, Gilbran and Harlan Mack.

In Rutland you can see fine art displayed in windowfronts throughout town thanks to the Rutland Art Ramble. A collaboration between area arts organizations and local businesses, the Ramble features painting, photography, sculpture, and more, and new exhibits are added throughout the year. An interactive map of exhibits is available on the Ramble's website.

On Route 4 are Quechee, home of the famous Quechee Gorge, and picturesque Woodstock. On Quechee's Main Street is Glenn Suokko Gallery, a contemporary art space in a historic building that was once the village general store and post office. Right across from Glenn Suokko Gallery is the world-famous Simon Pearce glassworks and restaurant. Tours of the glass workshop are closed due to Covid-19, but the restuarant, voted one of "America's Most Romantic Restaurants" by Travel and Leisure, is open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Woodstock is home to a variety of galleries including Gallery On The GreenThe Woodstock GalleryCollective - The Art of Craft, and more.

In Southern Vermont, overlooking the Connecticut River, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) features eight exhibits. Through November 2021 is Scott Boyd: Endangered Alphabets. On view until Feb. 13, 2022, are an exhibit by the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers, paper pulp paintings by Natalie Frank, and puppet art by B. Lynch. Showing until March 5, 2022, are an exhibit by the Vermont Glass Guild, a sculpture installation by William Ransom, and an immersive painting installation by Michael Abrams. Through May 2022 is Delita Martin: Between Worlds, a set of large-scale prints in the museum facade's bay windows.

In the village of North Bennington, in the southwestern corner of the state, the 24th North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show is on view until Nov. 7. Dozens of sculptures by over 50 internationally recognized and emerging regional artists are featured throughout the historic village of North Bennington, at the Hiland Hall Gardens, and on the 10-acre campus of Bennington Museum in Old Bennington.

For more ideas, check out Vermont’s creative zones and the Arts Calendar.