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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.

Vermont is beginning to reopen as more people are vaccinated and restrictions are eased. We welcome the warmer months ahead and renewed opportunities to explore Vermont’s vibrant arts and culture scene. Masks and physical distancing are still required when in the presence of those outside your household.

Enjoy our curated list of excursions, updated monthly.

In Burlington, visit Burlington City Arts, whose Church Street galleries are exhibiting two shows until May 15, 2021. Megan Lipke: In the Making features work by Chatham, NY, artist Lipke over the past five years, colorful abstractions on shapen canvases and cloth that jump from the walls. Pivotal Moments: Select Works by Diane Gabriel features the expressive imagery of one of Vermont’s most celebrated artists and educators, Diane Gabriel (1947-2017).

Near Sugarbush Resort is Waitsfield and Valley Arts, a community arts organization that regularly exhibits work and promote the Mad River Valley’s creative sector through its annual Valley Arts GuideART FORMS: an exploration will be on view in Valley Arts' gallery from April 11 through May 21. 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.

In Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom (NEK) is Saint Johnsbury, home of Catamount Arts and a thriving creative community. Now showing in downtown storefront windows through May 28 is “StJ Art on the Street: Evoking Spring,” a public art project featuring works from a selection of Northeast Kingdom artists. At 166 Eastern Ave., you’ll find the 16-panel “Musaic Project” depicting four genres of music along with the seasons. The mural was created by artist Tara Goreau in collaboration students at St. Johnsbury School, Concord School, Newark Street School, and Walden School, and sponsored by Catamount Arts. On display at 142 Eastern Ave. is the Community COVID Discovery Quilt, with 16 “quilting” squares submitted and assembled by community members of all ages who answered the question, “What have you discovered or learned while staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, something that brought you joy, inspired you, something you may pursue after life goes back to ‘normal’?”

In Rutland, visit the Chaffee Art Center whose exhibit the Art of Technology, through April 16, features the animation and art of Peter Wallis in two of the first-floor galleries. Also included are the photography of Robert Gold, the kinetic art of Robert Waldo Brunelle Jr., and student art work and a unique light display from Castleton University Art Department. Current hours are 12-4 p.m., Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturdays. The Chaffee Art Center is located on Route 7 at 16 South Main Street in Rutland, Vermont across from Main Street Park.

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 five exhibits until June 13. Children of the Sun is a collection of prints by artist Jennifer Mack-Watkins, and Palm Oil, Rum, Honey Yellow Flowers a collection of drawings by Kenny Rivero. On Reflection is an installation of undulating shapes by Adria Arch, and All Flowers Keep the Light is a group exhibition exploring loss and crisis through flowers. GLASSTASTIC 2021 is the tenth annual exhibit like no other in which K-6 students from across the country draw imaginary creatures, and professional artists turn their visions into glass sculptures. Out of 800 submissions, 27 creatures were selected and created for the exhibition.

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