Spoil you and your loved ones this holiday season with some of Vermont’s finest home goods.
‘Tis the season! You’ve probably been spending a lot of time hunting down the best deals online and circling mall parking lots for a free space but I’ve come up with a way to avoid that. My 2016 Holiday Gift Guide showcases products made here in Vermont that are built to last a lifetime.
When traveling through Vermont or New England, you can’t help but notice old, dilapidated barns and buildings along the twisting and turning roads. Over 200 years of harsh New England weather have left these antique treasures in desperate need of rebirth.
How much do you love Christmas shopping? Are you someone who keeps an eye open all year long for just the right gift for each person on your list? Or do you wait till the last minute because you’d rather have a root canal than shop? Probably you’re somewhere in between but either way I submit to you that everyone loves to receive a beautiful, handcrafted gift for the holidays. So why not start (or finish) your holiday shopping at the 1st Annual Vernon Artisan Market? It’s a new and exciting local shopping event organized by artists and craftspeople throughout the town of Vernon.
Handmade Christmas Gifts
Many of the artisans will be set up in the Vernon Town Hall and others are inviting you into their studios to see how their handmade gifts are crafted. You’ll find a map of the studio tour on the Vernon town website. Artists include potter Bronna Zlochiver, jeweller/painter/graphic designer Margaret Shipman, floral designer Nancy Renaud of Barn Door Wreaths, artist/jeweller/painter Donna Scully, basket maker Sandy Harris, quilter Jean Carr, artist Barbara Emery Moseley and baker Carol Hammond. Vermont Woods Studios is on the tour too so come visit us at Stonehurst and start crossing off those names on your Christmas list!
The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center BMAC is currently hosting an innovative new exhibit, showcasing the beauty and value of Vermont’s sustainable working forest. Local painter, Kathleen Kolb shares her view of the Green Mountain state’s forest industry through various works of art she’s been creating over the past couple decades. Kathleen’s artwork is enhanced by poetry and prose contributed by Guilford artist, Verandah Porche. Verandah interviewed loggers, and their family members. The resulting stories are rich with emotion expressing the bond these Vermonters have with the forest.
BMAC Schedule of Events
The forestry exhibit started October 2, 2015 and it will run until January 3, 2016. This Thursday the museum (October 22, Thursday, 7 p.m) is hosting a panel discussion: Turning Local Wood Into Local Good. I will be joining other representatives of forestry-related businesses in Vermont to discuss the importance of sustainable forests products to Vermont’s economy. Please stop by and join us for a lively discussion!
Vermont’s premier arts & history venue, the Shelburne Museum is unveiling it’s newest exhibit today, Rich and Tasty: Vermont Furniture to 1850.Frequent readers, customers and visitors to Stonehurst are well aware of Vermont’s current reputation as the Fine Furniture Capital of America. Now you can learn about the history of Vermont made furniture and see the incredible craftsmanship that VT woodworkers began developing as far back as the 1700s.
The Rich and Tasty exhibit “dramatically expands popular understanding of Vermont high style furniture. It reveals the exquisite craftsmanship of individual forms and encourages a wide audience to learn about regional tastes and economics that help define Vermont furniture’s stylistic features and unexpected aesthetic innovations in the early decades of the nineteenth century. Approximately 40 documented pieces will be displayed, the majority of which have never been on view before. In addition to showcasing pieces from Shelburne Museum’s extensive permanent collection, public and private collections contributing pieces in the Northeast will include: the Vermont Historical Society, the Collection of the Woodstock Historical Society, Fleming Museum of Art, The University of Vermont, Historic Deerfield, Inc., the Collection of J. Brooks Buxton, the Collection of Norman and Mary Gronning, the Collection of the Fowler Family, and other private collections.”
Some of the furniture in the exhibit was recently sold at a Skinner auction in Marlborough, Mass. Pieces ranged in price from a few thousand dollars for a mahogany sofa to $65,175 for a maple, mahogany and birch dresser. We’ll be checking those out today and look forward to sharing more details and photos with you.
If you’re in the Burlington area, stop by the Museum. It’s a beautiful place set on 45 acres along Lake Champlain. You can easily spend the whole day browsing through their 150,000 works which are displayed in 38 buildings, 25 of which are historic. In addition to Rich and Tasty, you’ll find great concurrent exhibits including:
The Unknown Rockwell: A Portrait Of Two American Families. This includes personal memoirs of James “Buddy” Edgerton, Norman Rockwell’s neighbor in West Arlington, Vermont, for 14 years, and a frequent Rockwell model, as well as best friend with the Rockwell sons.
American Moderns, 1910-1960: From Okeeffe to Rockwell. 50 artworks from the Brooklyn Museum’s collection in a variety of styles that explore the depth and range of specifically American and thoroughly modern art.
I hope to see you there, in the new Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education where Vermont’s furniture making history will be on display until Nov 11. Take some photos and share them on our Facebook!