SVAC Prepares for Member’s Winter Exhibition

SVAC Prepares for Member’s Winter Exhibition

SVAC Prepares for Member’s Winter Exhibition


Lesley Heathcote’s ‘Barred Owl’

On Saturday, January 9, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Southern Vermont Arts Center ushers in the New Year with the opening of the 2016 Winter Members’ Exhibition. The community is welcome to come up the hill to enjoy and support SVAC’s talented artist members. The Yester House galleries will showcase a variety of mediums such as photography, oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, silverpoint drawing, pastel and monoprint.

Southern Vermont Arts Center offers a dynamic year-round program of art, music and performance by nationally-recognized talent. For information about becoming one of our member artists or would like more information, call 802-362-1405 or email

The roots of the Southern Vermont Arts Center go back as far as 1922, when a small group of local artists gathered in the village of Dorset to sell their work and socialize. Naming themselves the Southern Vermont Artists, the group met regularly over the next several decades, their number growing to include Norman Rockwell, Italian-American painter Luigi Lucioni, Grandma Moses, and Ogden Pleissner, amongst hundreds of others. Together they fostered the desire to promote and support the arts in southwestern Vermont. These artists were able to take such desire and establish its successful execution which has never lapsed. In 1950, after looking to temporary exhibition spaces anywhere from the Dorset Green to Burr and Burton Seminary’s gym, the Southern Vermont Artists followed the advice and drive of Dean Fausett, a member and plein air painter, and purchased the former Webster Estate in order to give the Artists a permanent home for exhibitions and education. Through the years, the campus has allowed SVAC to establish itself as a leader in providing arts education as well as exhibition and performance space. The Arts Center has grown to include more than 1,700 members, a 400 seat auditorium, a state-of-the-art exhibition space and studios that can accommodate learning in all forms of the arts.

The Southern Vermont Arts Center is located off West Road in Manchester. For more information, call 802-362-1405 or visit


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