MANCHESTER >> A local artists group, launched last September through the social networking site, is scheduling monthly activities and resources for art makers. The "Manchester VT Artists Mid-Week Meetup" membership is open to all people inspired to create visual arts including jewelry, ceramics, fiber arts, woodworking, photography, stained glass etc. and painting, drawing, and graphics.

The Feb. 24 gathering is at 6:30 p.m. at the Manchester Art Studio & Gallery, 4479 Main Street to the rear of Rachel's/Pink Boot Farm. All those interested to join the group are invited to attend. Visit the "Manchester VT Artists Mid-Week Meetup" page on to become a member, discover more, and register for the event.

The group was founded by two local artists wanting to meet and network with neighbors who share a love of art and making it. Stacy Gates is a long-time arts instructor and co-owner of the new Manchester Arts Studio & Gallery, and Beth Whitaker has had an extensive career as a designer and recently reconnected with her love of painting.

The Meetup members, who live as far away as Brattleboro and West Pawlet, will show and discuss their work with the group during the Feb. 24 event.