February at Vermont Artisan Designs
It’s hard to believe that it’s 2014 – and nearing Valentine’s Day already!! Did the groundhog see his shadow? Will this winter continue? No matter. Spring is on its way and we at Vermont Artisan Designs are grateful for it.
By the time you read this, we’ll have had a makeover to the Main Street entrance and north front window. It’s brighter and more inviting, but not something we had planned. A sprinkler head above the front window froze and burst a week before Christmas, sending a cascade of water over the entrance and into the basement. We’re grateful to the local fire department, whose quick action helped salvage numerous paintings. And, to all of the timely aid of so many, including our staff and GPI Construction, in helping to clean up and reconstruct the front end of the gallery.HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
To share the love, we’ve stocked up on Valentine’s Day gifts for one and all: Beautiful sterling and other earrings, a variety of bracelets, silk scarves, beeswax candles and mirrors for her; belts and billfolds from recycled bicycle tires, puzzle boxes and whimsical metal and wooden sculpture for him; and custom designed metal timepieces by Watchcraft for either. For everyone who purchases items totaling $10 or more on Feb. 13 or Feb. 14, we’ll give you a special pewter heart to carry with you and remind you that every day is a special one.
The February Gallery Walk at Vermont Artisan Designs features still life oil paintings by Deborah Lazar; acrylic paintings that tell a story by Dane Tilghman; floral watercolor paintings by Kim Eng Yeo; and a month-long show and sale of limited edition metal watches by Eduardo Milieris, the founder of Watchcraft. The opening reception will be held at the gallery from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, with piano jazz by Franz Robert on the gallery’s baby grand. A portion of sales will go to the Brattleboro Heat Fund, which has been especially needed this winter.IN THE GALLERY
And, during your visit, you can still see one of 100 photogravure images of a Michael McDermott photograph of J.D. Salinger which was featured in the PBS American Masters segment in January. Other work on display in the gallery includes that of Steven Hileman, Charlie Hunter, Mary Iselin, the indomitable Warren Kimble, Den Poitras, Walt Cudnohufsky, Alistair McCallum, Barbara Coburn, Paul G. Stone, Jim Murphy, Sabra Field, Ed Branson, Jim Ebersole, Jon Olsen and more.
We’re always glad to see you on your visits to town. And this month there are plenty of reasons to come to Brattleboro! For one thing, you can monitor the impressive and colorful reconstruction of the Brooks House complex as it unfolds on Main Street and in the Harmony Lot.AROUND TOWN
Besides being Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 also marks the start of the 58th Annual Brattleboro Winter Carnival.--nine days filled with events for all ages including Junior Olympics, a pancake breakfast, children's cooking classes, an adult comedy show, a figure skating show, Grand Day at the Senior Center, a children's show, a two-night variety show, queen's and princess pageants and chili cook-off, just to name a few.
And, on Feb. 15 and 16, Brattleboro’s annual ski jumping competition at the Olympic-sized 90-meter Harris Hill -- within walking distance of downtown -- will feature an impressive field of 40 national and international jumpers. It’s a chance to celebrate an Olympic-quality event here in Vermont! Of the recently announced members of the U.S. Olympic ski jumping team all have competed at Harris Hill. This includes Nick Alexander, Nick Fairall, Peter Frenette and Anders Johnson. This year’s event presented by Pepsi will not only feature the Pepsi Challenge and the Fred Harris Memorial Tournament, but will also be the only domestic stop in a nine-event International Skiing Federation FIS Cup Series, and will also serve as a stop on the USA Ski Jumping US Cup series.
We’re hoping that you’ll get a chance to see us in February and to participate in some of the exciting winter events in Vermont! Until next time, thanks for taking time to see what’s going on in Brattleboro and at Vermont Artisan Designs.