June at Vermont Artisan Designs
The Magic of Summer in Vermont!
Memorial Day is behind us and it’s now supposed to be safe to plant the garden! But, with the slow spring we’ve had, it may be prudent to continue to watch the weather.
On the other hand, even though it’s been slow in coming, the roller-coaster change from winter to spring has been beautiful here in Vermont. And, it’s always fun to look forward to summer and all of the activities it brings!
Here at Vermont Artisan Designs, June also means Strolling of the Heifers weekend. For 13 years, the Stroll has focused attention on the family farm, the need to support local agriculture and the joy and satisfaction that comes from knowing the source of your food.
We’re pleased to be a supporter of the Stroll, the highlight of which is a parade on Saturday, June 7, featuring 100 young cows and their handlers parading up Main Street. This is followed by a festival throughout the town, on the Common and at the Brattleboro Retreat grounds. It’s an art in itself to see community working together to pull off an event that has been annually ranked as one of the Top Summer Events in Vermont! You’re invited!
On the Friday preceding the parade, the monthly Gallery Walk takes on a super-sized stature. Main Street will host a wide variety of outdoor activities including music, food and dancing. Here at Vermont Artisan Designs, we’re featuring the new works of several artists including paintings by Kate Spencer, Paul G. Stone, Mary Iselin and Barbara Coburn as well as garden sculpture by David Wade.
News at the gallery. We received a nice pick-me-up a few weeks ago. Vermont Artisan Designs was named one of the Top 10 contemporary art galleries in Vermont by London-based www.culturetrip.com. According to one of their editors, the Culture Trip “showcases the best art, food, culture and travel for every country in the world.” Brattleboro got triple-duty from this posting as the Vermont Center for Photography was also listed in the Top 10 and Gallery Walk was mentioned in our write-up. Other galleries from Burlington, Middlebury, Rutland, Stowe, Jeffersonville, Chester and Rochester were also listed in the Top 10. The Culture Trip has more than 160,000 followers on Facebook and its website gets more than 250,000 hits a month.
New jewelry at the gallery includes beautiful silver work by Bruce Baker, wire-wrapped rings by Amy Harrison, sparkly earrings and hair ornaments by Adrienne Ginter, organic jewelry by Lochlin Smith, colorful dichroic glass earrings by DeVeer, fun and funky hand-worked earrings, bracelets and pins by Linda Whitney as well as new designs by Ed Levin and Ann D. Klein.
If you haven’t been downtown for awhile, you’ll be amazed at the progress being made at the Brooks House renovation. Scaffolding is slated to be down by early this month and the opening is slated for August! Other new storefronts are popping up here and there. It’s an exciting time to be in Brattleboro. Come on down!