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Palettes of Franklin County, Vermont


      Vermont's fourteenth annual Open Studio Weekend begins Saturday, May 27, 2006, at 10 a.m. This statewide celebration puts Vermont artists and craftspeople "on exhibit" in their own studios. The event begins the summer season during Memorial Day Weekend each year.
      Some of the artists open their working studios to the public only during this weekend. It is an opportunity for them to talk about their work and to demonstrate the skill and processes used to make it. The participating artists plan to get work done as well as teach while visitors poke around.
      The World's Largest Palette, first painted by the community at the Maple Festival, will anchor the All Arts Council/St Albans for the Future Open Studio exhibit on Saturday only in Taylor Park. More than 500 people helped paint the community side of the giant palette.
      The Vermont Arts Council will bring a cargo of creative activities and a selection of statewide palettes to Taylor Park on Saturday as well.
      The Open Studio outdoor exhibit in Taylor Park will also include many of the Palettes of Franklin County, Vermont. Area artists who have painted palettes for the statewide event will exhibit, demonstrate, and sell their own work. The free exhibit will be open from 10-5.
      The World's Largest Palette will also participate in the Memorial Day parade
      Hundreds of other sites will be open with more than three hundred artists and artisans participating this year including many spaces in and around Franklin County. The statewide participants include furniture makers, glass blowers, ironworkers, jewelers, quilters painters, potters, printmakers, sculptors, weavers, and wood carvers. Many galleries will host gallery talks and feature special exhibits in conjunction with this event.
      The World's Largest Palette is sponsored by the Peoples Trust Company, R. J. Fournier, Sticks and Stuff, and Union Bank. It is a project of the All Arts Council and St Albans for the Future. The statewide project is sponsored by Chittenden Bank, Casella Waste Systems, and National Endowment on the Arts, Times Argus, NRG Systems, VermontVacation.com, and Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association, with promotional support from the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. The local project is sponsored by the All Arts Council and St Albans for the Future with considerable assistance from community partners including BFA-St. Albans, Rene J. Fournier Farm Equipment, Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce, New England Central Railroad, People's Trust Company, the St. Albans Historical Museum, Sticks & Stuff, and Union Bank.
Peoples Trust Rene J. Fournier Farm Equipment Sticks & Stuff



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