FOLLOW THE YELLOW SIGNS TO OPEN STUDIOS
DEERFIELD VALLEY- Yellow signs will once again dot the Vermont landscape over Memorial Day Weekend, leading visitors to the workspaces of craftspeople and artists who will open their studios for the Vermont Craft Council’s 27th annual Spring Open Studio Weekend.
Open Studio Weekend is a statewide celebration of the visual arts and creative process, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to meet a wide variety of craftspeople and artists in their studios. In all 153 studios are open statewide.
Six artists in Readsboro, Whitingham, Jacksonville, and Wilmington will welcome the public to their studios on Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26, from 10 am to 5 pm. Take a mini tour and come meet the artists in the Deerfield Valley.
Studio #69, Readsboro Glassworks: Mary Angus and K. William LeQuier of Readsboro Glassworks have been creating hand blown glass and glass sculpture in their studio since 1983. Working together in the glass studio they built in a 100-year-old mill building in the village center, Angus and LeQuier each create their own distinctive work. LeQuier’s complex glass sculptures are both powerful and fluid, capturing the harmonious and erratic forces found in nature, while Angus creates exquisite blown glass vessels with graceful forms and soft colors. Their glass is exhibited in many galleries and juried shows nationwide and is included in numerous museum and private collections. On display during Open Studio Weekend will be carved glass sculptures by LeQuier and Angus’s handblown and sandblast carved perfume bottles and bud vases. Angus and LeQuier will be welcoming visitors to their studio on Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26, from 10 am to 5 pm. Glassblowing demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the weekend with hand blown glass by Angus and glass sculpture by LeQuier on display and for sale. Also on display will be the unique glass candy cane, icicle, and snowflake ornaments that the couple create together. Readsboro Glassworks is at 6954 Main Street (lower level), Readsboro. For more information about Readsboro Glassworks call (802) 423-7706 or visit www. maryangusglass.com and www.kwilliamlequier.com.
Studio #70, Bill Matuszeski and Mary Procter: The Vermont studio of husband and wife painters Bill Matuszeski and Mary Procter is in their second home, called Witch Hobble, in Whitingham. They spend much of their time in Vermont creating plein-air paintings of ponds, lakes, barns, and woods. Both work in acrylic paint on canvas. They also create small watercolors while on painting trips in Greece, Spain, Italy, and Eastern Europe. Their paintings have been selected for juried shows from Washington, DC, to New England. Their address is 488 Faulkner Road, Whitingham. (802) 368-7750.
Studio #71, Kate Follett: Follett creates landscape paintings that evoke the scale and stillness of nature. She has traveled all around the world, and creates oil paintings on canvas that capture wild deserts, mountains, forests, oceans, as well as the details of the woods, fields, and waterways of her Vermont home. She has recently begun experimenting in watercolor. She has exhibited in Salem, MA, Wilmington, and Shelburne Falls, MA. Her studio is at 3375 Route 100, Jacksonville. For more information call (802) 368-7670.
Studio #72, Jen Violette: Violette creates unique glass sculptures and landscape paintings. She has been a full-time artist since 1996, and has been working with molten glass for the past 28 years. Violette and her work were recently featured in a five-page article in ‘Glass Art Magazine,’ which gives an overview of her history in glass and her glassblowing techniques. She was also featured in a recent podcast by Glass Art Magazine, which is available online. Violette was thrilled to be invited to the Corning Museum of Glass last April for a guest artist residency. Locally her work is shown at Gallery Wright in Wilmington and DaVallia Gallery in Chester. She is known for her colorful garden-inspired glass sculptures, often incorporating metal and wood. Violette received her BFA with honors from Alfred University in 1994. The open studio will feature many of Violette’s unique still-life wall sculptures which incorporate blown glass fruits or vegetables on a distressed stainless steel background, along with several new glass fern sculptures created during her residency. Also on display will be a large collection of Violette’s expressive Vermont landscape paintings. A wide range of Violette’s brightly colored blown glass pieces including garden balls, vases, pitchers, and seconds will also be on display. Visit her studio at 12 New England Power Road, Wilmington. For more information call (802) 464-5206 or visit www.jenviolette.com.
For information about the open studios in the Readsboro, Whitingham, Jacksonville and Wilmington area contact any of the artists.
Visitors can find their way to studios by following the bright yellow signs or by using the Vermont Open Studio Guide Maps. These are available free online at http://vermontcrafts.com/OSW/springmap.php and locally at the Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Chamber of Commerce, area businesses, and participating studios.