Valley Arts in the MRV
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Written by John Bleh
If you really dig into the history of the Mad River Valley, yes you'll find a lot about farming and yes you'll find a lot about skiing. But intertwined through all of that is a deep culture of artistry and architecture. The architecture story is pretty fun, and it's covered way better by Peter Oliver in the Sugarbush Magazine that I could do here. It's absolutely worth a read.
But I'm going to focus more on art and that's because August in the Mad River Valley is when the artistry really comes alive. Valley Arts VT is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve the arts, artists, and artisans by producing, promoting, and encouraging participation in the arts. Each August, the organization hosts the Festival of the Arts, a month-long art celebration in the Valley, now in its 22nd year.
There are a ton of events all month long, from garden tours to art expos to workshops. It's a great opportunity to meet a number of amazing artists. My best advice is to check out the Valley Arts Guide for a full list of events from now through the fall. But if you're in need of some quick advice? Here are are some of the events that most intrigue me. That being said, check out the guide because there are a TON of events happening and these are just a snapshot.
The Art of the Garden - August 15th
A peek at numerous private gardens in the Mad River Valley. Learn what grows where and how to artistically arrange blooms for the best presentation. Includes a catered lunch. I'm a sucker for gardens and lunch, so sign me up.
Big Red Barn Art Show - Thursday - Sunday through September 2nd
Paintings, sculpture, glass, pottery, fabric arts, and photography in The Red Barn Galleries at Lareau Farm. Art is also available for purchase. You can get a little viewing in and then enjoy some flatbread. Plus the kids can play outside if they're not into checking out the art.
Knoll Farm Benefit Concert - August 10th
Pete and Anne Sibley will be in concert at Knoll Farm with banjo, fiddle, guitar, and vocal harmonies. There will also be local food vendors. My take? Any chance you can get to enjoy outdoor music in the Valley in the summer, you should take it.
Mad River Taste Week - August 3rd, August 10th
Featuring daily farm and facility tours, tasting events, and educational workshops. Touring the local cuisine is fun whenever you are but to get to do it with local food makers and farmers is a real treat.
Mad River Valley Craft Fair - August 31st, September 1st
Over 100 artists, 4 bands, food and drink, and kids activities. This will be a big, fun event. Plus for all you smartphone people (so pretty much everyone), they're doing workshops on how to take your photos to the next level. We'll cover this event in a future blog post, but I'd highly recommend it.