A state-wide Vermont exhibition of art in five different locations began in September and continues on through the fall. "Of Land and Local" is a multidisciplinary exhibition designed to initiate a dialogue about the Vermont landscape. Featuring works from over 40 international and Vermont-based artists, the projects explore the notion that culture helps define place, but also that place plays a significant role in establishing culture.
The Burlington Center of Art (BCA) converted the ground floor of the former firehouse building into an art gallery, and it has blossomed into Vermont's premiere location for contemporary art. Two floors of contemporary art, a vermont-centric gallery on the fourth floor, and music, film and other performances take place here. www.bcacentervt.org.
Shelburne Farms Coach Barn , a working farm on the shores of Lake Champlain n Shelburne, Vermont, is open from October 4 through October 20.
Vermont Carving & Sculpture Center in Rutland with a sculpture park will showcase nine selected artists working around the theme "Historical Markers," through October 27.
Fair Haven Welcome Center is open to visitors through November 8 and serves as an important planning resource for Vermont tourists in a state absent of billboards. bgs.vermont.gov/information_centers/fairhaven.
Gallery 2: Vermont Artisan Designs Gallery in Brattleboro is a fine art and contemporary American craft gallery celebrating a wide variety of artists and artisans primarily from Vermont and other parts of New England. It exhibits both functional and decorative eork: paintings, sculpture in bronze, wood, paper, wire, mixed medioa, stone, steel and blown glass., through Halloween. www.vtart.com/.
Among the artists involved in the project are Brian Collier, who works in a wide variety of media and is founder and president of The Society for a Re-Natral Environment. For this fall's project he will introduce an Eat Local Invasives, a project focused on finding ways to eat Vermont's edible invasive plant species.
Meara McGinniss explores the intersection of cloth, landscape, memory and home. Her current work uses cloth as structure and metaphor to explore intimacy, work, and identity, especially in the context of industrialization and the American quest for utopia.
Jean Luc Dushime is a storyteller and photographer. He will produce a series of photographs capturing the stories of New American's farming in Vermont for this project.
Meanwhile, you don't need to travel to Munich for a delicious Oktoberfest when you have what the Huffington Post recently called the Best Craft Brew State. Vermont offers a new Beer Lovers Getaways offering lodging packages, tasting tours, and transportation services to get to that local beer.
Beer overs Getaway offers beer tours in Okemo Valley with The Good Bus; a party bus with customizable beer tours in Mad River Valley on the Alpine imousine, My Daddy's Caddy based in Burlington, Vermont Backroad Tours based out of Walingford, a fall Beer & Wine Tasting Train aboard the Green Mountain Railroad departing from White River Junctiona, and annual brewfests across severak towns and resorts including Mount Snow Resort, Okemo Resort, Killington Resret, Smugglers Notch Resort, Mad River Glen and Montpelier.
If that isn't enough to pull you to Vermont, the 35th annual Putney Craft Tour, the oldest continuous crafts tour in the U.S., takes place Thanksgiving Weekend, November 29, 30 and December 1.
The Putney Craft Tour is a prototype for tours all over the country. The artists had been there, drawn into creative orbit in and around Putney in the late 1960's and early 70's because of the back-to-the-land movement, the rise of American craft and the powerful cluster of creative peope brought there by Windham College, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, the Putney School and the Experiment in International Living. There will be 26 artists on the tour, including one of the founders, Potter Ken Pick, who said "People are coming from all over the New England states, and some even from overseas."
Carol eiser, another of the original founders, says that "Artists and craftspeople open their studios to become part of the creative community, to provide people access to their craft." She creates vivid painted tiles and paintings of landscapes. Much f her work is of places where she has traveled, including Italy, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
Judy Hawkins, a landscape painter, has paintings at the Bluestone Gallery in Philadelphia, among others. Jeanne Bennett, who has been on the tour for over 10 years, says "It's nice to get the work out in public. I'm up in the woods and I love hearing everyone's feedback."
For detailed information on the craftspeople, a map, and links to accommodations and restaurants, go to puneycrafts.com.