Despite the snowfall this week, it's officially spring!! The sap is flowing here in Vermont and it's easy to spot steam coming out of the sugarhouses as the sap is boiled to make our state's famous maple syrup. And, if you're fortunate, you may still see teams of horses being used to help collect the sap from buckets hung on the trees.  


This Month's Exhibition  


Here at the Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery you can see nearly 100 3-D works (pottery, sculpture and books) by area high school students as part of the 33rd annual Student Art Month. Th e show, which runs through the end of March, is under the auspices of the Arts Council of Windham County. We love to offer gallery space to these upcoming young artists.


And, when you visit, you'll also find some of that tasty maple syrup at our sister store, Kitchen Sync.






New Display at Guilford Welcome Center on I-91


Five of the Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery painters have works on display at the I-91 Welcome Center through March. Paintings by Charlie Hunter, Deborah Lazar, Paul G. Stone, Charles Townsend and Carol Gobin adorn several walls in the center, possibly the nicest rest stop in the United States. You should make it a point to stop by when you're coming into Vermont - whether visiting or coming home. The staff is welcoming and knowledgeable about activities and events throughout the state. There are new exhibits every month, so don't hesitate to drop in and see what's new.


And, then remember that you're invited to stop and visit us in downtown Brattleboro - the first or second exits after the Welcome Center are the most direct.



Featured Artists at the Gallery in April


You won't want to miss the April Gallery Walk on Friday, April 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. Young pianist Jon Matthew will be playing the gallery's Yamaha baby grand from 6 to 8. As usual, there will be openings at more than 30 venues throughout town that night. Gallery Walk guidebooks will be available at Vermont Artisan Designs.

Our featured artist in April is Norton Latourelle, who along with his wife, Marlene, has owned and operated Norton's Gallery up in Shoreham for a number of years.  




Norton carves and paints a menagerie of dogs, cats, birds and other creatures in his workshop overlooking the convergence of two rivers and Lake Champlain. I went up to pick up a specially ordered dog from Norton and came back with several new carved dogs - in varying sizes, including a 60-inch-tall bloodhound that now resides at the Vermont Welcome Center on I-91 in Guilford - some birds, and a 41-inch-tall penguin bank! You'll enjoy seeing the collection here at the gallery. We've got black and yellow Labrador retrievers, a Dalmatian, a bloodhound, a corgi, a Jack Russell Terrier, two Airedales, an Irish Setter and a baby penguin.


This April the gallery also features new small oil paintings by Juan Jr. Ramirez, paintings of spring lambs by Mary Iselin, egg tempera paintings by Barbara Coburn, acrylic paintings by Jeanette Staley, and watercolors by Megan Cafferata.


Other new works at the gallery include a great selection of blown glass by Simon Pearce, award-winning jewelry designs by Ed Levin Inc. and hand-turned and finished salad bowls by Al Stirt. Many of these will be on our continually growing Vermont Artisans Designs website.






Special Recognition


The Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce recently honored Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery in celebration of the gallery's 40th birthday. And, the gallery was featured in Niche Magazine's economic forecast for 2013, as well. We're optimistic about the year ahead and look forward to sharing the reasons for our enthusiasm with you.  


Looking Ahead!




In May, Vermont Artisan Designs will once again be an information center for the annual Open Studio Weekend held over Memorial Day. More than 100 artisan studios will be open to the public throughout the state. We'll have maps to get you there as well as samples of work by regional artists and craftspeople. June brings the annual Strolling of the Heifers and a special showing of paintings of area farms.

We'll look forward to seeing you and showing you what's new in the world of Vermont Artisan Designs. And, let us know what you'd like to see! You can drop an e-mail to [email protected] or, better yet, stop in.




Student Art Month 3-D work at Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery Through March
Student Art Month 3-D work at Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery Through March
Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery is open seven days a week with extended hours on Fridays and during the holidays. 
Our new web site has hundreds of items displayed from paintings of Vermont artists to blown glass and everything in between.  All items can be purchased through our ultra secure online store.
You can watch a video tour of our gallery here. E-mail us at [email protected], visit us on Facebook or Google+.


We look forward to seeing you!    

Best wishes,

Greg Worden
Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery
106 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 802 257 7044