Southeast Vermont Celebrates Art & Craft
By Arlene Distler
Daylilies, roses, hollyhocks and delphiniums are in bloom — it’s deep summer in the hills of southern Vermont, colors bursting in the July sunlight, a perfect time to celebrate the beauty of fine art and crafts produced in this southeast region of the state. Congregating in the towns of Williamsville and Newfane, some of the most accomplished artists and artisans in New England create their work here.
This year’s Rock River Open Studio Tour allows access to the working studios of 14 painters, photographers, potters, woodworkers, fabric artists and collagists: Rob Cartelli, Kim Hartman Colligan, Robert Cramp, Dan DeWalt, Richard Foye, Rich Gillis, Caryn King, Leonard Ragouzeos, Georgie Runkle, Roger Sandes, Deidre Scherer, Matt Tell, Christine Triebert and Mary Welsh. Studios are adjacent to, or in, homes, so this tends to be a very casual and friendly affair. In some cases garden tours are part of the mix.
This spring, I got a sneak preview from five artists who will be on the Tour.