We recently made a trip to Burlington–Vermont’s bustling hub of business, art and culinary culture on the shore of Lake Champlain. And of course, we have a favorite stop! A trip to the city would be incomplete without a stroll down cobble-stoned Church Street and a visit to Frog Hollow. Founded nearly fifty years ago, it was designated as the nation’s first state craft center. Today it’s working as Vermont’s largest non-profit organization, supporting and promoting Vermont fine art and craft with gallery displays, permanent and traveling exhibits, educational outreach, workshops and event programming.
And what will you find at 85 Church Street? Juried work by over 200 Vermont artists, including several woodworkers, furniture makers and members of our Guild.
Frog Hollow has been a great partner to the Vermont Guild of Furniture Makers, calling for participation in exhibits and connecting our members with other great opportunities to place our handcrafted furniture on display. Last year a gallery exhibit called for pieces made from locally-sourced wood and thirteen of us submitted. The show ‘From Vermont’s Forests’ included benches, tables, chairs and cabinets in diverse styles and from a variety of native tree species. Pictured below, side by side, are Richard Bissell’s Vermont curly maple Tractor Seat Stool and Bob Gasperetti’s Live Edge Yellow Birch Burl Side Table; the Birch Burl sourced by permit from the National Forest near Gasperetti’s workshop in Mount Tabor.
Frog Hollow’s website features a quote from Senator Leahy, expressing his ‘continual amazement’ at the ‘generosity and talent displayed by Vermont artists and the works showcased’ at the Craft Center. Whether you live locally or are planning a visit to the Green Mountain State this fall, put Frog Hollow on your to-do list. They are open year round at the Church Street location with an active calendar of special events. If you can’t make it in person, take a trip to their website where there are number of unique and shippable wares available for purchase; or visit our Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers site for a look at the fine furniture pieces we create in our Vermont studios. The spirit of art and craft is alive and well in Vermont and with your support, this great community will continue to make and thrive while preserving the important cultural tradition of handcraft.