Wednesday, May 18, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Open Studio at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts in Ludlow

Join us for 27 Arts and Crafts Demonstrations at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts during Open Studio Weekend, May 27 & 28 from 10:00am-5:00pm both days (rain or shine). Vermont Open Studio Weekend, sponsored by the Vermont Crafts Council, is one of the Top Ten Events in VT and includes over 200 guided studio tours throughout the state. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Our barns are not filled with animals, hay or tractors... instead, we harvest the most unusual breeds of Arts and Crafts here at Fletcher Farm School. Meander through these historic barns and outbuildings where you will see up to 27 arts and crafts demonstrations, including: Painting, Stone Cutting/Lapidary Arts, Silversmithing, Painting and Drawing with Pen & Ink. Take a look at traditional New England crafts such as Quilting, Basket Weaving, Woodcarving, Punch Needle Hooking, Primitive Folk Art Stenciling, and Fabric and Paper Marbling.

Wander into the Rough Barn where Shane Chick will be demonstrating Reduction Woodblock Printing. Have you ever seen Wet Felting? Nancy Dorian will be playing with soapy water and wool fibers to create the most beautiful scarves imaginable.

Visit classes in session, including: Copper Bowls and Birdbaths with John Bieling. Bonnie Gale, who was recently on the Martha Stuart Show, will be teaching living Willow Sculptures, allowing students create a growing arbor or a living willow room … this is truly a GREEN class.

Many of the demonstrations are hands-on for our visitors. You can also purchase arts and crafts for sale from some of our artists and craftsmen during the Open Studio. Purchase raffle tickets to win a beautiful hooked rug or a necktie chair seat decorated with Primitive Stenciling by Sande Snyder.

Stop in and pick up a Vermont Open Studio Map at the School Office. For more information call 802-228-8770 or log onto the Vermont Crafts Council's website. Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts is located at 611 Route 103 South, Ludlow, VT. Visit our website at

Celebrating 64 years of "keeping the dream alive".
The Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts is operated by the Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen, Inc. The Society has leased the campus and buildings that house the school from the Fletcher Farm Foundation, Inc. since 1947. The Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) publicly supported organization.