Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery Offers New Paintings and Pottery; Celebrates American Craft Week; Welcomes Visitors to Annual October Literary Festival

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Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery announces its October exhibition. In addition to the fine art and contemporary American craft of more than 350 artisans, the gallery will feature the block prints of Vermont artist Sabra Field, the pastels of local artist Deedee Jones and the oil paintings of Janis Sanders. The opening is on Friday, Oct. 5, during the monthly Gallery Walk in Brattleboro.

The gallery also is serving as an information center for the Vermont Craft Council’s Fall Open Studio Weekend. Maps to direct visitors to the more than 140 art and craft studios open to the public on Oct. 6 and 7 will be available at Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery.

“This new show is our way of celebrating American Craft Week (ACW), a celebration of American-made art and craft throughout the country, from Oct. 5-14,” said Greg Worden, who has been part of the steering committee for the national project since its inception three years ago. “This year, Vermont became the first state to sponsor ACW. In addition, the governor has proclaimed October as American Craft Month, a tribute to the many artists and craftspeople who help make Vermont a visitor’s destination or place to live.” (visit to see the participants from Vermont.)

On Friday Oct. 5, from 5:30 to 7:30, the featured artists will be on hand at Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery to greet visitors. Sabra Field, whose colorful, iconic block prints have captured the essence of Vermont for many years, will be on hand to autograph copies of her book, In Sight. Deedee Jones, whose pastels depict memories of her trip to France earlier this year, will be upstairs in Gallery 2 along with Janis Sanders, whose new palette knife oil paintings feature an array of Vermont barns. Music on the gallery baby grand will be provided by pianist Jon Matthew from 6 to 8 p.m. A portion of sales will continue to go the the Brattleboro Drop In Center’s food shelf.

Other new work upstairs includes paintings by Steven Hileman, Susan Parmenter, Kim Eng Yeo, Deborah Randall, Dane Tilghman, Barbara Coburn, Elaine Hahn McIntyre and Ingrid Ross. On the Main Street level, new pottery has arrived from Matthew Tell and Elizabeth Saslaw; new glasswork by Tony Faith; jewelry by Ed Levin and Jan Gjaltema; and photo words by Michelle Rzepa.

Over the next few weeks, visitors to Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery will be introduced to or re-acquainted with an exceptional collection of fine art and contemporary American craft.

Owners Susan and Greg Worden invite you to visit when you’re in Southeastern Vermont and see first-hand the quality of the workmanship on display. Whether it be oil paintings, watercolors, egg temperas, acrylics, jewelry, pottery, blown glass, wrought iron, clocks, pewter, turned wooden bowls, hand-crafted furniture including a comfortable rocking chair that conforms to whoever sits in it, paintings, photographs, sculpture, lamps, scarves and fiber arts, or hand-fashioned wedding and commitment rings, Vermont Artisan Designs is a gallery not to be missed.

Vermont Artisan Designs is open seven days a week at 106 Main St. in Brattleboro, a town recently voted No. 3 in’s Top 10 Best Small Towns list; No. 11 best small town in America by Smithsonian Magazine; and voted in the Top 25 best arts towns with populations under 100,000 by readers of American Style Magazine.

In addition to the monthly first Friday Gallery Walks, Brattleboro hosts numerous concerts and activities including the annual Brattleboro Literary Festival. This year the three-day festival is slated for Oct. 12-14, in various locations downtown. All events, including readings by the more than 30 authors, are free to the public.

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