Vermont Arts: Amid Farms and Fields, World-Class Culture Flourishes

When conjuring a mental snapshot of Vermont, the pastoral landscape is often top of mind. Intrinsically tied to the land however, is an unassuming, and often unexpected wealth of inspired artisans and world-class arts venues. The Burlington, Lake Champlain and Green Mountain regions offer up a multitude of arts opportunities for every level of interest: from dabblers to pros, makers to collectors.

Today, Vermont’s downtowns and off-the-beaten-path arts hubs, shops and cafes offer a cultural immersion that is equal parts pride and pleasure. While Vermont is well known for its local beer and farm-to-plate offerings, it’s also home to a disproportionately high number of galleries, exhibition halls as well as unconventional venues and impromptu, pop-up arts offerings.

According to 2012 U.S. Census, Vermont ranks third in the nation for artists as a percentage of the workforce, second for fine artists and writers, and eighth for both musicians and photographers.

Both the breadth and depth of talented Vermont artists and the events that take place with the Green Mountains or Lake Champlain as their backdrops wholly enrich Vermont experiences.

Adding to the accolades, Vermont was recently named the “Artsiest State,” in the nation based on Artists Frame Service rankings of the state’s number of artists, museums and funding per capita. Even better yet, this wealth of talent is readily accessible! In Vermont, you can immerse yourself in the arts: learn directly from potters, painters, woodworkers and song-writers. There are hidden gems of live local music, galleries, museums and vintage art collections to explore as well as hands-on experiences and festivals.

The huge presence of the arts and artists are undeniably part of what has carved out this creative and welcoming, dance-to-your-own beat culture. The arts should – and arguably do – have the same allure as the state’s beloved landscape, its beer-food culture, its fall foliage and skiing.

Come see for yourself and be inspired to partake in Vermont arts!

Galleries

Brickhouse Studios
www.brickhousestudios.com
Burlington City Arts/Firehouse Center for Visual Arts
www.burlingtoncityarts.com
Island Arts
www.islandarts.org
Grand Isle Art Works & Zach’s Cafe at the Gallery
www.grandisleartworks.com

Theater

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
www.flynncenter.org
Lyric Theatre Company
www.lyrictheatrevt.org
Main Street Landing
www.mainstreetlanding.com
Saint Michael’s College Playhouse
www.smcvt.edu
University of Vermont Lane Series
www.uvm.edu
Vermont Shakespeare Company
www.vermontshakespeare.org
Vermont Stage Company
www.vermontstage.org

Museums & Arts Events Venues

Birds of Vermont Museum
www.birdsofvermont.org
Burlington Farmer’s Market
www.burlingtonfarmersmarket.org
Champlain Islands Farmers’ Market
www.champlainislandsfarmersmarket.com
ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center
www.echovermont.org
Ethan Allen Homestead Museum & Historic Site
www.ethanallenhomestead.org
Fleming Museum of Art
www.flemingmuseum.org
Islands Center for Art & Recreation
802.372.8400
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum at Basin Harbor
www.lcmm.org
New England Via Vermont
http://www.newenglandviavermont.net
Shelburne Museum
www.shelburnemuseum.org
Vermont Granite Museum
www.granitemuseum.org

Arts, “Made in Vermont” Tours & Attractions

Ben & Jerry’s – Ice Cream Factory Tour
www.benjerry.com
Breakaway Farm
www.breakaway-farm.com
Burlington Brew Tours
www.burlingtonbrewtours.com
Burlington Edible History Tour
www.burlingtonediblehistory.com
Keurig Green Mountain Coffee Visitors Center
www.gmcr.com
Lake Champlain Chocolates
www.lakechamplainchocolates.com
UVM Morgan Horse Farm
www.uvm.edu/morgan
Vermont Teddy Bear Company
www.vermontteddybear.com

Festivals & Performances

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
www.discoverjazz.com
First Night Burlington, New Year’s Eve celebration
www.firstnightburlington.com
Haunted Forest, Halloween theatre
www.thehauntedforest.org
Lake Champlain Maritime Festival
www.lcmfestival.com
Vermont International Film Foundation & Festival
www.vtiff.org
Vermont Maple Festival
www.vtmaplefestival.org
Vermont Quilt Festival
www.vqf.org

Gifts, Crafts & “Made in Vermont” Shopping

Anjou & The Little Pear
www.anjouvt.com
April Cornell
www.aprilcornell.com
AO Glass Works
www.aoglass.com
The Back Chamber
(802) 372-5544
Bennington Potters North
www.benningtonpotters.com
Bittner Antiques
www.bittnerantiques.com
Champlain Leather
www.champlainleather.com
Common Deer
www.commondeervt.com
Green Frog Gifts & Clothing
(802) 372-5031
The Green Life
www.thegreenlifevt.com
Hero’s Welcome General Store
www.heroswelcome.com
Johnson Woolen Mills
www.johnsonwoolenmills.com
Kiss the Cook
www.kissthecook.net
Lippa’s Jewelers
www.lippas.com
LOVERMONT 802
www.802clothing.bigcartel.com
Old Mill Craft Shop/Jericho Historical Society
www.snowflakebentley.com
Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry
www.perrywinkles.com
Sam’s Wood Furniture
www.samswoodfurniture.com
SCHIPS Treasure Resale Shop
www.schipstreasure.org
Silver by Tish Jewelry Design
(802) 372-5527
Spirit Dancer Books & Gifts/StarRoot Aromatherapy
www.spiritdancerbooksandgifts.com
Starboard Collection
www.starboardcollection.com
Tick Tock Jewelers
www.ticktockjewelers.com
Tinkers Barn Antiques
(802) 372-4754
Tradewinds Imports
www.tradewindsvt.com
Von Bargen’s Jewelry
www.vonbargens.com
Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace
www.vintageinspired.net
Other Arts Spaces
Artsriot– music space
www.artsriot.com
Burlington Paint and Sip Studio– paint studio
www.burlingtonpaintandsip.com
Higher Ground – concert venue
www.highergroundmusic.com
Nectar’s & Club Metronome – concert venue
www.liveatnectars.com
North Hero House  – dinner theater
www.northherohouse.com

Colleges & Universities Offering Live Entertainment & Arts Events

Castleton State College
www.csc.vsc.edu
Community College of Vermont
www.ccv.edu
Champlain College
www.champlain.edu
Lyndon State College
www.lyndonstate.edu
Middlebury College
www.middlebury.edu
Saint Michael’s College
www.smcvt.edu
University of Vermont
www.uvm.edu
Vermont Technical College
www.vtc.edu

 

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