About Caspian Arts
was formed in 2010 as
part of the State of Craft
an extensive research project undertaken by the Vermont Craft Council. The
statewide project culminated in a summer filled with craft celebrations around
the state, including an exhibit of local art and craft at the historic Miller’s
Thumb building in Greensboro. It became apparent that the hills surrounding
Caspian Lake are brimming with talented and creative people. More than thirty
artists and craftspeople participated in the inaugural exhibit, which was
originally intended to be a weekend exhibit, but segued into a cooperative
gallery, which ran for the entire summer.
though the exhibit at the Miller’s Thumb had been a great success, Caspian Arts
decided in 2011 not to continue with the cooperative gallery model, and the
gallery was taken over by the owners of the building and gallery
director, Eve Passeltiner. Although Caspian Arts no longer manages the gallery,
member’s work is prominently displayed there, along with many other Vermont
experience of working together that first year forged strong bonds between the
participating artists and highlighted the need for an organization that would
support local artists, help with marketing and promotion, provide networking
opportunities and establish the Caspian Lake area as an art destination.
that end, a brochure was created featuring information and studio locations of
members, most of whom welcome visitors to their studios on a regular basis. The
Caspian Arts website features a page and
photographs of each member, and a Facebook Page offers news and event
information to interested followers.
2012, Caspian Arts premiered an event that aligns the organization with the
statewide “buy local” initiative. An Open Studio Tour was held at the peak of
the summer season with the intention of introducing local artists to both year
round and summer residents of Greensboro, Craftsbury, Hardwick and surrounding
tour came about because it had become increasingly apparent that local
residents were relatively unaware of the talent and creativity in the area.
There are several Caspian Arts members who regular exhibit and sell their work
in New York City galleries, but are relatively unknown here. A world famous
fiber artist whose work is owned by multinational corporations, three museums
and the prestigious White House Craft Collection, is known only as the local
quilter. Very few residents know that one of our members not only teaches the
ancient art of weaving, but offers tours of an intact 1790 settlement and a
Pioneer Day Camp for children in the summer.
The annual Caspian Arts Studio Tour
has become a
resounding success, providing entertainment and education to scores of
visitors. In 2017, the Caspian Arts Studio Tour
will be held
on July 23 and the following Tour’s
will feature Tour Prize Drawings of “art certificates”.
Read all about it on the events page
A visit to Judy Dales' studio will give you a glimpse of one of the world's largest fabric stashes! Judy began quilting in 1970 so her collection of fabric spans more than four decades and is an impressive sight!
Caspian Arts continues to add new members. Hugo Mesa, a nationally-known wood carver, will be participating in the July 23rd Studio Tour. Visiting Hugo's Craftsbury studio is a delight. As you watch him carve and listen to him talk about his work, it is obvious that he loves wood and a lifetime of carving has enabled him to establish a creative relationship with each piece that he carves.
Another new member, Ezra Ranz-Schleifercreates uses both painting and drawing to produce his extremely large images which he intends to be interesting and impactful. Karen Gowan creates unique fine art imagery, captured with her camera on treks through the Northeast Kingdom.