197 Elm Street, Chester, Vt.
Williams River Gallery, in Chester, Vt., features American artists, primarily from the 20th century, with an emphasis on quintessential New England scenes. Owners John and Jo-Anne DeBenedetti have been collectors of artists like Andrew Wyeth and Eric Sloane for a long time with the original gallery functioning out of their house in the early 2000s. At the same time, they both worked with The Framery of Vermont when it was located in Bellows Falls.
In 2009, the couple bought The Framery of Vermont from the previous owners and moved it into their current location in Chester. At that time, they moved the Williams River Gallery into the same building. “The inventory was so large and content so appropriate for New England,” John explained as the reason for the move to a more public location.
Today, when you enter their storefront on Elm Street, The Framery of Vermont is located on the left and the Williams River Gallery on the right. Their expertise in custom framing and ensuring “the long life of your art by using the highest quality conservation materials and the latest archival methods” lends itself to the care and dedication to the prints you will find in the Williams River Gallery.
The gallery hosts signed limited editions, rare out-of-print, and open editions by Andrew Wyeth, Robert Todd, Eric Sloane, Frank McCarthy, Edward Gordon, and more. Occasionally, some originals may filter into the mix. Many of the pieces were originally created in the 1970s and ‘80s. The scenes capture rustic, classic Vermont from covered bridges to skiing. Andrew Wyeth pieces include reproductions of watercolors and temperas with landscapes including people and places. Robert Todd lived in Vermont in 1986 and produced oil paintings of seasonal images from maple sugaring season to snow-covered barns. Eric Sloane also created well-known scenes of barns and covered bridges, but he is also known for his rendering of skies, in particular his clouds. The gallery also sells many of the books that Sloane authored and illustrated. There is also a selection of Luigi Lucioni etchings and Asa Cheffetz wood engravings.
With a visit to Williams River Gallery, you will be completely immersed in artwork that captures the best imagery of Vermont life. Whether you are a local and proud Vermonter or a second homeowner who loves this state, these pieces will compliment your home or office.
The art prints are reasonably priced, and John’s passion and knowledge of the subject matter – and the framing and preservation process – ensures you’ll find what you’re looking for in Williams River Gallery. Stop in to take a look around. The gallery is open Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Other times by appointment.