Middlebury Studio School

MIDDLEBURY — Art supplies, refurbished furniture, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor experience, home-and-lifestyle products, arts education and physical fitness are among the goods and services that will be offered by a half-dozen new enterprises setting up shop in Middlebury. All plan to open before the end of this year, thanks to an economic development incentive program spearheaded by the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP). The six new businesses will each be awarded a grant of $15,000-$20,000 — along with a wide range of support services — to occupy some of the Middlebury storefront...

THE MIDDLEBURY STUDIO School has hired its first-ever executive director, Sarah Briggs, and is searching for a downtown location to supplement its thriving space on Route 7 south.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Studio School, growing in popularity even through the coronavirus pandemic, has hired its first-ever executive director and is looking to expand programming into a downtown location. “We really want to have a presence in town and to be a part of an art community, and make Middlebury more of a destination for the arts,” said Mary Lower, president of the studio school’s board. The Middlebury Studio School was founded in 2009 by staff, instructors and friends of the former Frog Hollow Craft Center. George Dorsey acquired the former craft center space that same year...

THE MIDDLEBURY STUDIO School cautiously reopened its doors in July for socially-distanced ceramics classes, allowing both adults and youth to get back onto the studio.
MIDDLEBURY — When the pandemic closed Middlebury Studio School’s doors in March, like everyone else, the board and staff hoped for the best and started planning for the unknown. Planning included projects that could be safely done in the empty school. Kathy Clarke, studio manager and clay instructor, started cleaning and clearing out all the clutter that has accumulated over the past five years. Then she completed a long-wished-for project, sealing the Mexican tile floors in order to make mopping up clay dust easier. The board moved on some projects filed under “long-term plans” that they...
MIDDLEBURY — Want to know how to turn your clay pots into groceries? Come to the Middlebury Studio School’s new forum series for artists who want to sell their creations, on Friday, Feb. 28, from 6-8 p.m. The evening session is free and open to all. Panelists will include potters Stacey Stanhope, Su Shannon and Barbara Nelson. They will give tips on selling work at craft shows, getting started on Etsy, how to start your own shop and the ins and outs of customer service. For more info about the forum visit middleburystudioschool.org or email StudioSchool2377@gmail.com.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Studio School is hosting a discussion called “Turning Pots Into Groceries: A Forum for Artists Who Want to Sell Their Work” on Friday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. Three local professional potters — Su Shannon from Pittsford, Stacey Stanhope from Orwell, and Barbara Nelson from Ripton — will each provide an informal presentation and engage in an audience Q & A about their business and their craft. Areas of discussion will include how to get started with craft shows, how to sell using online venues, starting and running a gallery or shop and advice on how to interact with...

MIDDLEBURY STUDIO SCHOOL instructor and artist Kathy Clarke’s work hangs in the MSS new studio The Loouvre. It will soon be replaced by a Small Works Show on Friday. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. All welcome. Independent photo/Elsie Lynn Parini
MIDDLEBURY — On Nov. 22 the Middlebury Studio School will host an opening for their Small Works Show at its nonprofit pottery and visual arts school, on Route 7 South in Middlebury. The opening reception will be held from from 5-7 p.m. Nothing unusual about that. Except there is. When guests arrive to view the artwork they’ll be led straight into the bathroom. Yup, that’s right, the potty. The new gallery space is irreverently named “The Loouvre.” The Loouvre has had some informal shows since its inception last spring, but the Small Works Show marks the first time that the space is going...

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MIDDLEBURY — Next Friday, Aug. 23, an artist market will pop-up at Bundle on Main Street in Middlebury. The market will showcase the beautiful works of local artists, including Kristine Andrews (basketry), Kathy Clarke (pottery), Sean Dye (pastels), Danielle Gori-Montanelli (felt work), Catherine Manegold (pottery), Jane Ploughman (handbound books), Su Shannon (pottery), John Vincent (letterpress printer) and others. All proceeds will benefit Middlebury Studio School. Of special interest, Mary Lower, an accomplished artist, will be offering portraits in the open space next to Town Hall...
The Middlebury Studio School, on Route 7 South, will host a closing and opening art show reception for the community on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 5-7 p.m. Come meet the artists, see their work and explore MSS. The closing exhibition, “Expanding the Mind’s Eye,” in the school’s small gallery known as the “LOO-uvre” (ha! Can you guess why?) is of letterpress prints by John Vincent of Revolutionary Press. Vincent creates both visual and thought expanding word prints made with individual letters, inked and pressed into archival paper. He will bring a letterpress to the reception so you can create...

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