661 Main St., Weston, Vt.
Husband-and-wife owners Annie Bolognese Aft and Rob Aft opened the Village Green Gallery in 2015, taking it over from friends.
The gallery displays contemporary art and photography from local artists and photographers. The shop offers Vermont-made fine jewelry, glass, pottery and
woodenware and Christmas gift boxes.
Annie Bolognese Aft grew up next door in Landgrove, Vt., the daughter of professional author-illustrators Don and Elaine Bolognese. The Gallery includes a nonprofit initiative in memory of Annie’s mother to provide drawing classes for youth, called Elaine’s Art Club.
In addition to new art, the gallery carries signed prints from Elaine’s book illustrations and original acrylics and book illustrations by Don. Both have been compared to Edward Hopper, Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, and other Depression-era painters.
The gallery serves fair trade organic coffees, espresso drinks, artisan teas and offers free wifi. The Afts host local community meetings, drawing classes and theatre discussions for each new play at the Weston Playhouse, pop-up art shows and openings. They hope to offer musical salons. Check the website for news.
Village Green Gallery is open seasonally, between Memorial Day weekend through Christmas. Winter hours are now in effect: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.