For Art's Sake - Tour the Upper Valley

Spirits of Place, Newbury, Vermont copyright Jane Booth 2018

This weekend go somewhere new with a view of afar from a car!

The Vermont North by Hand Open Studio tour takes place this Saturday and Sunday, between 10 and 5 both days.  Head north to Newbury, a beauty of a village sited just above the Connecticut River.  While you gaze at the passing colors of fall, still keeping your eyes of the road, look for signs leading to the studios and gallery spaces of 20 upper valley artists -- fine art painters and photographers, woodworkers and weavers, jewelers and leatherworkers, potters and sculptors, and a stained glass artist too!

Copyright Judith Lerner 2018

The tour begins on a back road in Newbury at Robert Chapla's Hidden Springs Studio and Gallery on Fuller Road.  You can get there a number of ways but if you are arriving from the south we suggest heading up Bradford's Fairground Road which will take you into West Newbury where you will find  phenomenal views of the White and Presidential Mountains.  From West Newbury travel a bit on Tucker Mountain Road to North Road ... gorgeous old homes and barns, a historic one-room school house, and more views toward the mountains ... on you go until you get to the crossing of North Road with Fuller Road, follow the signs to the gallery. 

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I will be exhibiting a selection of evocative images from my newest project, Spirits of Place.  Frederick Wells' 1902 book History of Newbury, Vermont from the Discovery of the Coos County to Present Time, 1704-1902 has been my inspiration, his words bringing to life the challenge and hardship of developing the "howling wilderness" into "fruitful farms".  

They Came from the River copyright 2018 Jane Booth

Robert Chapla's paintings will naturally grace the walls of his historic sheep barn turned gallery.  He has a long history with the brush working in oil and watercolor and is known around the state not only for his painting on site, "plein air", but for his gentle teaching skills.  Whether he has caught the light with paint In the mountains of the west or the hills of Vermont, his colorful paintings are sure to delight.

Robert Chapla at work.


Robert has lots of artists friends who will also be sharing space at his gallery this weekend -- Chris Esten is exhibiting her beautiful cyanotypes, there will be paintings by Sarah Putnam and ceramics by Peggy Dupont.   We look forward to your visit at this beautiful quiet spot in the hills of Newbury!  

From Hidden Spring the tour continues into the village of Newbury via Scotch Hollow Road with more views toward the mountains of New Hampshire as the road drops down into town.   Watch for Vermont North by Hand (VBNH) signs leading you north on Route 5 to painter Robin Roberts' studio.  After you've visited with Robin and his mountain paintings you'll drive just a tad further to Judith Lerner's home studio, a sweet spot for a very imaginative artist.

From Newbury one takes Route 5 south into Bradford.  Be sure to stop at Four Corners Farm on your way, the views from the farm are stunning, you can see the village of Haverhill Corner with mountains as the backdrop -- one might say just as pretty as a picture!

You'll find a woodworking studio in Bradford and along Main Street places to refuel your tank and tummy -- coffee and a muffin, a sandwich or a pizza, you'll find it on Main.   If you haven't picked up a tour map do so now at Bliss Village Store.

From Bradford the tour takes a turn towards hidden studios in Corinth and multiple artists showing at Corinth Town Hall before traveling back to Route 5 along Bradford's South Road be on the lookout for more marvelous views and the studios of ceramic artist Bruce Murray and weaver, Christine Pratt.  Heading south on Route 5 stopping in Fairlee and North Thetford you will find four more artist studios with paintings to grace your walls.

Got lost?  Call one of the founders of Vermont North by Hand, potter Bruce Murray, 802-222-5798.

I hope I'll see you at Hidden Spring Studio and Gallery on Fuller Road in Newbury!

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