Four-County Arts Excursions | Fall 2020
The Four-County region (Franklin, Lamoille, Grand Isle, and Washington Counties) curls from the Mad River Valley in central Vermont up to the islands of Lake Champlain in the far northwest.
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 Guide. Valley Arts’ galleries are closed until 2021 due to Covid. 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.
Travel north along the Mad River and you’ll reach the heart of Washington County, a corridor of the Winooski River connecting towns like Waterbury, Montpelier, and Barre.
Montpelier’s newest gallery is The Front, an artist-run cooperative open Friday through Sunday or by appointment. The Front’s current show is untitled, new work by Ned Richardson. Down Barre Street is the T.W. Wood Gallery, open by appointment, which has shown works by local Vermont artists since 1895. On Main Street is Artisans Hand, an award-winning Vermont State Craft Center gallery and shop open daily.
Neighboring Barre’s Studio Place Arts offers three stories of visual arts, and an outdoor show that extends throughout the town as Barre's annual fall and winter Art Stroll, complete with downloadable map. Studio Place Arts is currently closed to install three new exhibits and will reopen on Jan. 26.
For more outdoor sculpture head into the hills of nearby Calais, where The Kent Museum has taken their usual exhibition outdoors. Visitors are welcome during daylight hours to tour the grounds, where the work of several sculpture artists and the poet Megan Buchanan are on display. Check out our First Person experience of the Kent’s 20/20 Hindsight outdoor sculptures exhibit, and read about 2020 Creation Grant recipient Otto Muller's upcoming hybrid performance at Kents Corner.
North of the capital region, in Vermont’s dramatic Lamoille Valley, is the ski town of Stowe. For glassworks, visit Little River Hotglass Studio, or Ziemke Glassblowing Studio in nearby Waterbury Center. On Mountain Road in Stowe is Robert Paul Galleries, which shows artists from around the world in a wide range of styles and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 571 Projects on Park Street is exhibiting still point: sky scapes by Berta Burr from Nov. 12 until Jan. 29 as part of the Vermont Curators Group's 2020 Vision series. Another 2020 Vision partner in Stowe is Spruce Peak Arts, where Looking Outward, their first exhibit since the Covid-19 pandemic began, is showing from Nov. 5 to Feb. 28. Looking Outward is a mixed media group exhibit and features work by three members of the Arts Council community—staff member Dominique Gustin, board member Sean Clute, and 2020 Creation Grantee Otto Muller. The exhibit is on view outdoors in the windows and grounds of the gallery, and by appointment indoors.
Up the river in Morrisville, River Arts is exhibiting Screentime, a group exhibition that is part of the “2020 Vision: Seeing the World through Technology” Vermont Curator’s Group project, in the upstairs gallery until Jan. 15, 2021. River Arts also has two exhibits around the town of Morrisville. At the Morrisville Town Offices is Morrisville Mosaics, a community project from over 60 Vermont artists of all ages and abilties. At the Morrisville Post Office is an exhibit of figure drawigns from River Arts' Online Open Studio Figure Drawing group, which moved online due to Covid.
Last updated January 4, 2021.