The Exner Block will host a group show of artists participating in the Memorial Day Open Studio Tour in Bellows Falls, V.
Memorial Day Weekend (May 24, 25th and 26, 2008)
As part of the Vermont Crafts Council's statewide Open Studio Weekends, over a dozen local Bellows Falls artists and craftspeople are planning to offer village-wide activities to enhance visitors' experience of the local arts scene.
"We're organizing a local effort in conjunction with this highly successful statewide event to draw attention to the unique artistic offerings to be found in Bellows Falls" said Rockingham Arts and Museum Project Executive Director Robert McBride. "We've spent over a decade developing and nurturing this gem of an arts community, and we want to show it off."
Across the state more than 264 sites will be open to the public, with more than 300 artists and artisans participating. A great variety of original work will be featured, including the work of glass blowers, jewelers, printmakers, potters, furniture makers, weavers, ironworkers, painters, sculptors, quilt makers and wood carvers. Many galleries will host educational forums and feature special exhibits in conjunction with this event.
In Bellows Falls, the epicenter of the weekend's activities will be located at the Exner Block on Canal Street, a refurbished downtown building which provides ten affordable live-work spaces, six retail spaces and exhibition space for artists. The Exner Block Gallery will showcase pieces by participating local artists, and visitors can pick up a downtown map highlighting the village artist's studios that will be open for visits during the weekend. Artists living and working in the Exner Block will also be opening their studios for the weekend.
"We hope that visitors to Bellows Falls on Memorial Day Weekend will make their first stop the Exner Block where they can get a taste of all the local arts offerings, then from there we can direct them out across the area to visit artists working in their studios," said McBride. "Folks should look for the yellow balloons that will mark studios and other venues that are welcoming visitors for the weekend."
Artists participating in the exhibition at the Exner Block Gallery include:
Sherwin Art Glass Glass blowing
10 - 5 on Saturday and Sunday.
Jackie Fehrenbach and Alexis Doshas: The Art of the Snapshot.
Snapshot 1, Jackie Fehrenback
Robert Mcbride and Phyllis Rosser, Painting and Sculpture
The Old Firehouse in the Square.
Neil Murray, Photographer, Exner Block, Studio C
Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Open studio from 10-1pm and 2 - 6pm.
Anne Y, Painter, Exner Block, Studio G
Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Open studio from 11-6pm
Ailyn Hoey, Charcoal Artist
Mark Goodenough, Sculptor, Exner Block, Studio D Saturday, 10-6pm Sunday, 10-12 Monday, closed
Ah the Rowen, Ailyn Hoey
MG Patience, Mark Goodenough
Dawn Russell, Jeweler, Exner Block, Studio F
Saturday, 11-6 Sunday, 11-1 Monday, Closed
Horsetail with Pearl
Rachel Bickel exhibiting at
HraefnWood CafÃ©, Canal Street
Sally Elliott, Painter, Exner Block
The Chittenden Bank gallery space will also be featuring the work of Chris Sherwin, glass artists and painter Linda Striedieck.
In addition to these artists and craftspeople, downtown merchants and restaurants will be holding special sales and welcoming visitors and locals to their shops and eateries to sample their wares. The Bellows Falls Farmer's market will be open on Friday at the Waypoint Center from 4 - 7 pm with live music.
"Downtown Bellows Falls is always a great place to visit, and on Memorial Day we're adding all these special activities to showcase what a vibrant and exciting place a revitalized downtown can be." said McBride. "We welcome everyone to enjoy our free parking at the Waypoint Center, stop in at the Exner Block Gallery for a taste of what studios are available to tour, wander through the Square and shop at our terrific sidewalk sales, grab a bite to eat at one of our cafes or restaurants, visit artists at work in their studios, drop in at 33 Bridge Street for a tour of the Great River Arts Institute and our locally owned and operated community radio station - WOOL-FM, enjoy a glass blowing demonstration, then check out the Fish Ladder which has just re-opened for the season or head up to the Chittenden Bank on Atkinson Street where they'll be hosting a kid's bike safety rodeo event with the police department - in short, it's going to be a jam-packed and festive weekend!"
Visitors are encouraged to park for free at the Waypoint Visitors Center and enjoy a stroll up Canal Street to the Exner Block where they can pick up a map of local open studios.