Deerfield Valley Open Studios this weekend

Journal staff

Yellow signs will once again dot the Vermont landscape over Memorial Day Weekend, leading visitors to the workspaces of artists and craftspeople who will open their studios to the public for the Vermont Craft Council's 26th annual Spring Open Studio Weekend.

The weekend offers a chance to meet and talk with artists and craftspeople, view their work, watch demonstrations and have the opportunity to purchase Vermont-made artwork. Visitors can find their way to studios by following the bright yellow signs or by using the Vermont Open Studio Guide Maps. These are available free online at and locally at the Deerfield Valley Chamber of Commerce and area businesses.

The following artists in Readsboro, Whitingham and Wilmington will welcome the public to their studios on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday May 27, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.:

Studio #88, Readsboro Glassworks

Mary Angus and K. William LeQuier of Readsboro Glassworks have been creating hand-blown glass and glass sculpture in their Readsboro studio since 1983. Their glass is exhibited in many galleries and juried shows nationwide and is included in numerous museum and private collections. On display during Open Studio Weekend will be carved glass sculptures by LeQuier and Angus's hand-blown and sandblast carved perfume bottles and bud vases, as well as the unique glass candy cane, icicle and snowflake ornaments that the couple create together. Glassblowing demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the weekend. Readsboro Glassworks is located at 6954 Main Street (lower level), Readsboro. 802-423-7706, and

Studio #89, Bill Matuszeski, Mary Procter

The Vermont studio of husband and wife painters Bill Matuszeski and Mary Procter is in their second home, called Witch Hobble, in Whitingham. They spend much of their time creating plein air paintings of the ponds, lakes, barns and woods of Windham County. Both Mary and Bill work in acrylic paint on canvas. They also create small watercolors while on painting trips in Greece, Spain, Italy and Eastern Europe. Mary and Bill's paintings have been selected for juried shows from Washington, D.C. to New England. Their address is 488 Faulkner Road, Whitingham. 802-368-7750.

Studio #90, Jen Violette: Jen Violette creates unique glass sculptures and landscape paintings that often include Vermont barns. She has been a full-time artist since 1996, and has been working with molten glass for the past 27 years. She is known for her colorful garden inspired glass sculptures which often incorporate metal and wood. Violette received her BFA with Honors from Alfred University in 1994. Her work is shown in a number of fine art galleries across the country. Locally, her work can be found at Gallery Wright in Wilmington, Epoch Gallery in Manchester and Davallia Gallery in Chester. Visit Jen Violette's studio at 12 New England Power Road, Wilmington. 802-464-5206,

Studio #91, Eric Sprenger Fine Woodwork

Eric has been creating original, contemporary, furniture and furnishings for more than 30 years. These uniquely sculpted pieces have been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally. Eric will be demonstrating and displaying his work in his studio at 72 Castle Hill Road in Wilmington.

Studio #92, Vermont

Pressed Flowers

Ellie Roden's pressed flower creations, including original framed pieces, cards, prints and bookmarks, feature the flowers of southern Vermont. Her pressed flower art has been exhibited at shows and in galleries throughout New England and has been featured in national publications. Ellie will be demonstrating microwave flower pressing and sharing tips for creating with pressed flowers in her home studio at 32 Ray Hill Road in Wilmington. 802-464-5265,

Studio #92, Dalan Wells

Dalan Wells is an award-winning plein air oil painter who has just moved to Vermont from California. Wells will be exhibiting his work outdoors in front of Ellie Roden's Studio at 32 Ray Hill Road in Wilmington. Weather permitting, there will be ongoing painting demonstrations all day. More paintings and information at

All studios will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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