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A weekend of fine arts: Annual Open Studio Weekend May 23-24

Contributed image Nancy Stone’s watercolor ‘Loon’ will be one of the pieces on display at her Williston studio during the upcoming Open Studio Weekend.
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Nancy Stone’s watercolor ‘Loon’ will be one of the pieces on display at her Williston studio during the upcoming Open Studio Weekend.

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
Hundreds of artists are throwing their studio doors open to the public during the 23rd annual Open Studio Weekend, set for May 23 and 24.
Bright yellow signs lead the way to the studios of glassblowers, jewelers, printmakers, potters, furniture makers, weavers, ironworkers, painters, sculptors, quilt makers and wood carvers. Many galleries will host gallery talks and feature special exhibits in conjunction with this event.
“Open Studio Weekend is a statewide celebration of the visual arts and creative process, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to meet a wide variety of artists and craftspeople in their studios, some of which are only open to the public during this event,” according to a press release.
Williston artist Nancy Stone will participate in this year’s event.
Located at 294 Old Creamery Road, Stone’s studio will display boldly colored paintings, collage, hand-made books and cards.
“Unlike visiting a gallery or museum, when people visit an artist’s studio, they hear personal stories and learn about the techniques, adding much more depth to the creation process. When artisans open their studios to the public, they get feedback, meet neighbors, and articulate their inspiration. Everybody wins!” Stone wrote in an email to the Observer.
To see all participating artists, visit www.vermontcrafts.com or call 223-3380. The Vermont Crafts Council also publishes a free map booklet with directions to participating sites.