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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.

Cold Hollow Sculpture Park in Enosburg Falls is open to the public through Oct. 11, noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and on holidays. The park is hosting five events throughout the season on the theme of "Why We Make Things." On Sept. 18 is a talk by poet Baron Wormser, and on Oct. 9 featured sculpture artist David Stromeyer will lead a walk through the park fields.

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. Th Bill Brauer Retrospective will be on view in Valley Arts' gallery from Aug. 13 through Oct. 11. 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 five exhibits from June 19 until Oct. 11. Novelties presents two bodies of work on love, family, and tradition by Delano Dunn. EXPEDITION is a group show featuring 17 painters depciting "aspects of venturing into unknown lands and territories." Double Take is an immersive exhibit of paintings and street photography by New York City-based artist Erick Johnson. Sequences: Ode to Minor White is a group exhibit of artists inspired by the late modernist American photographer Minor White. Semaphore is an exhibit of paintings of railroad signals and gates by New Hampshire artist Charlie Hunter.

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.