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About Caspian Arts

Caspian Arts was formed in 2010 as part of the State of Craft project, 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.   

Even 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 artists.  

The 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.     

To 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.  


In 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 communities.   





The 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 End Party 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.












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