VAULT’s Open Studio features Andrew Berends

Open Studio
Open Studio weekend is May 25 and 26. Photo provided

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – There’s a lot going on in the Springfield area over the statewide Vermont Open Studio Tour May 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery at the VAULT on 68 Main Street, exhibiting the work of 160 artists, is your information center.

Stop by to meet potter Andrew Berends who will be at VAULT Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. There will be a special seconds sale of his beautiful and unique raku pottery the entire Open Studio Weekend. Raku is a 16th century Japanese firing process originally intended to produce ceremonial tea ware. It involves firing a piece to 1850 degrees, pulling it out of the kiln with tongs, then placing it in combustibles such as straw or sawdust. Because of the unique raku process, no two pieces will be the same.

VAULT is right next door to the Copper Fox Restaurant, open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m., Wednesday through Monday, so that includes Open Studio Weekend.

Regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Stop in to pick up your free Open Studio booklet. For VAULT’s full range of classes and exhibits see www.galleryvault.org.

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. The Vermont Crafts Council is a nonprofit organization serving the Vermont visual arts community. Open Studio Weekend is supported by the Vermont Arts Council and by the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. For more information, go to www.vermontcrafts.com.

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