LUDLOW, Vt. – Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts celebrates its 71st anniversary this summer, during our biannual Craft Festival. The picturesque Fletcher Farm campus lies along Route 103 in Vermont’s Black River Valley between Ludlow and Proctorsville. Since its inception the Fletcher Farm School has offered thousands of classes in traditional and emerging arts and crafts, many led by world-class artists.
As arts programs lose funding in the public educational system, the importance of a vital resource like the school increases. Fletcher Farm School is supported solely by donations and class registration fees. Besides providing the basic skills in the arts and crafts taught there, instructors provide historical background and strive to link that background to contemporary culture. Students are invited to explore their creativity and are given support in this endeavor by nationally renowned instructors.
One of those renowned instructors is Vermont’s own Susan Rockwell. Susan is active in the Vermont Weavers Guild and is past president of the New England Weavers Seminar – a conference for all New England guilds. Susan has been teaching weaving classes since 1987 at weaving guilds, regional weaving conferences and craft schools. She started teaching at the Fletcher Farm School since 1993. She has exhibited and won awards for her weaving at local, regional, and international exhibits. Susan has juried numerous weaving shows and organized and completed a 250-hour course for weaving instructors. You can learn more about Susan from a Vermont Craft Tour video on YouTube, www.youtu.be/KQ4Ouo4sojM.
On July 7, 2018, at noon, during the Craft Festival, Fletcher Farm School will present its Robert Frost Award for excellence in artistry and art education to Susan Rockwell. Robert Frost was an honored member of the original Board of Directors of the Fletcher Farm Foundation. Everyone is invited to join the festival and help us honor Susan.
The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Fletcher Farm Campus, July 7 during our 35th annual Craft Festival. Plan to spend the day with us, meet Susan Rockwell, and help us celebrate the arts and crafts in Vermont. Juried crafts include folk art, primitives, gold and silver jewelry, woodworking and woodcarving, photography, basketry, pottery, handmade soaps, party dips, and herbal products, maple syrup, quilts and fabric products, and a variety of other creations. There will be many of your favorite artisans returning as well as designs and quality products of new participants. Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts instructors will offer demonstrations, as well as will several of our festival artisans. Charles Dion shows us the art of chainsaw carving. Food concessions, lemonade, and ice cream will tempt your taste buds.
The Society Craft and Gift Shoppe will also be open. Here you will browse through a variety of items from participating members. Find out more about our classes and the benefits of membership in the Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen by visiting our website at www.fletcherfarm.org.