If you've traveled through Vermont, you've no doubt noticed that the Green Mountain State has no billboards. None. Not a single one. They're illegal here. It's true.
So the way many Vermont businesses reach out to visitors and customers is through our Information and Welcome Centers. These respites are strategically located along our most traveled roads, particularly routes I-89 and I-91. I'll post some photos of their unique Vermont architecture another day but today I wanted to show you something on the inside: Art Galleries!
I took this picture at the I-91 Welcome Center just north of the Massachusetts line in Guilford, VT. It's part of a collection of paintings by Caryn King of Newfane, VT. You can't help but smile at Caryn's paintings of farm animals– so much personality shines through. She also does breath-taking floral paintings and commissions of your favorite pets. Her blog, A Chicken Painting Every Day is a cheerful way to start the day!
Vermont's information and welcome centers also offer tons of information and brochures on local, regional and state-wide events, activities, hotels, inns, restaurants, ski areas, outdoor recreation, shopping, sight-seeing and much more. Stop by and have a look!
What do you think about replacing billboards with Welcome Centers? Let us know below or on our Facebook.
Peggy Farabaugh owns Vermont Woods Studios Fine Furniture. She travels around the Green Mountain State collaborating with woodworkers and feeling very lucky to live and work in a place where nature and creativity are flourishing.
Vermont art lovers, take note: this is your big chance to acquire an original painting by our friend, neighbor and renowned Vermont artist Donna Scully.
Donna is cleaning out her studio to make room for new inspirations and new artwork. So lucky for us, all of her inventory is on sale at prices you won't be able to resist. I stopped by Donna's studio yesterday and found this beautiful iris painting ready for sale. I snapped it up and it's hanging in our showroom today.
Here's a link to Donna's Facebook where you can see examples of some of her work. Many of you have taken painting lessons from Donna and followed her world travels as she's shared her talents with fans all over the country and the globe. For those new to Donna's work, I can say that she is an extraordinary artist who's very approachable and a joy to work with. Looking for something special for a particular place in your home? Commission Donna to paint exactly what you want. It's a luxury you can afford and one you'll enjoy always.