Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery Plans Special Events for the Holidays: New Website Launched; Ed Levin Trunk Show; Gallery Walk Featuring Small Works; Annual Menorah Show

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In preparation for the upcoming holidays, Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery has launched a new website, and has lined up a number of special events that will feature many of our artists as well as gifts for the season.

And, the community is pulling together to help make the season special in Brattleboro.

“On Friday, Nov. 30, Brattleboro’s holiday tree will be lighted at 5:30 p.m. at Pliny Park on Main Street. There will be music, too, and all of the store windows will be decorated. It’s a great time to bring the family to town,” said Greg Worden, a gallery director.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery will host the owner and lead studio designer of Ed Levin Jewelry with a special presentation of gold and silver jewelry just in time for the holidays. Shoppers are invited to sign up for a chance to win a $98 pair of silver and faceted garnet earrings from the Ed Levin collection. (No purchase is necessary. The winning name will be drawn and notified on Dec. 2.)

“We’re pleased to host this Ed Levin event. We’ve carried Ed’s jewelry for at least 25 years. And, we’re happy that the Ed Levin tradition continues. As a special incentive for shoppers, the first 25 people who purchase $200 worth of Ed Levin jewelry on that Saturday will receive a free pair of $94 “Petite Elliptical” silver earrings,” said Worden.

Ed Levin began creative innovative and distinctively original jewelry in 1950. Individually handcrafted with skilled artistry from the finest metals and stones, each piece is formed by studio artists less than an hour from here. Ed Levin designer jewelry is widely recognized as the classic daily accessory, never out of style.

Also on Dec. 1, the 42nd annual Messiah Sing will take place at Centre Congregational Church on Main Street starting at 1 p.m. It is open to the public and singers are encouraged to bring music to sing along.

The monthly Gallery Walk in Brattleboro is slated for Friday, Dec. 7. Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery will be featuring the paintings of Jim Murphy, William E. Roberts Jr. and Carol Gobin as well as a variety of small paintings by our gallery artists. Those artists include Adrien Yellow, Susan Parmenter, Deborah Lazar, Deborah Randall, Rick Hearn, Sabra Field, Walt Cudnohufsky, Elaine Hahn, Jon Olsen, Jeanette Staley, Mark Nutt, Juan Jr. Ramirez and Ellen Grandpré. Music for the holidays will be performed by Jon Matthew on the gallery’s piano starting at 6 p.m. A portion of sales of work by featured artists will be donated to the Brattleboro Area Drop-in Center’s food shelf.

Friday the seventh is also the kick-off for the two-and-a-half-day Holly Days extravaganza in town. Shoppers will find discounts at a number of stores and shops in Brattleboro that weekend.

Hanukkah starts on Dec. 8 this year. And, as usual, the gallery’s annual menorah show and sale will continue through this Jewish festival.

The following Friday, Dec. 14, will see Windham Hill Records founder and Grammy-award-winning guitarist Will Ackerman greeting visitors and fans from 6 to 8 p.m. at Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery.

Ackerman has produced 25 gold and platinum albums in the US and overseas during his career. He has compiled a new collection of 22 songs performed by “a new generation of musicians” whose work he has produced. “The Gathering” has been #1 for two months on the ZMR radio charts with the highest rating of any recording in the 22-year history of the charts.

Ackerman will be signing copies of his CDs throughout the evening and he will perform several songs from his Grammy-award-winning “Returning” CD around 7 p.m. at the gallery.

Throughout the rest of the holiday season, Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery will be observing extended holiday hours. (visit our web site for more details.)

Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery is open seven days a week at 106 Main St. in Brattleboro, a town consistently cited as being one of the best small towns in America.

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