Thursday, June 10, 2010

Vermont Open Studios

Over Memorial Day weekend, the girls and I went to Vermont to enjoy the clean air and check out some artist's studios.  It was also the "at long-last" grand opening of my brother's studio.  

He had a successful weekend, made lots of friends and connections, and some money as well!  He did demonstrations on the pottery wheel, so I *finally* got to see him throw a pot after all these years!!  I love his work, and he gets better all the time!  If you are ever in the Rutland area, make sure you stop by and check out his stuff! 

Pit-fired hand-burnished pots


On our journey we saw tons of pottery and jewelry, some painter/printmakers, a couple of galleries, a wonderful woodworker, and a lady who was as cute as a button named Nancy Benoit . She makes beautiful shoes by hand in a cute little tiny workshop.  

There was also a woman who painted and sold Equine art, so you KNOW C and I had to check her out.  Her name is Terry LindseyShe not only paints and sculpts horses but its also a dealer for some wonderful Equine artists.

Racing Dreams -  Oils

A new one I discovered was Katie Upton  I couldn't afford one of her prints or paintings, but I bought a calendar you can use every year.  Her art is great!
White Horse # 40  

Our last visit was at the Torak Studios.  They are the nicest couple, they both are very talented and successful painters, they make their own paint! I felt I could of sat down with a bottle of wine and talked to them all night.  They were so enthusiastic, and very encouraging. It was the highlight of our trip.  

                          Sunny Side up  -  Oil on linen   Elizabeth Torak 

                         Silent Symphony - Oil on linen  Thomas Torak

We did manage to enjoy the gorgeous outdoors as well, we hiked "White Rocks" in Wallingford, quite the hike up, but what a view! 

It was a great weekend, I've been inspired to pick up my brush again and start one of my "waiting list" paintings.  Also, a big thanks to my friend C who drove us all over creation and back again!