Southern Vermont Arts Center
Classic & Modern Art Galleries, Sculpture Gardens, and Performance
Since opening its doors in 1922, the Southern Vermont Arts Center has been enriching the community with first-class cultural, educational, and creative opportunities on their 100+ acres. With a rotating calendar of member and visiting exhibitions, the largest sculpture park in Vermont, and a busy schedule of dynamic classes for all ages, the Southern Vermont Arts Center has something for everyone.
A wide range of courses, from figure drawing to watercolors, are offered year round on campus in the Joan Hay Madeira and Carriage House studios. Programming is created for all ages and all skill levels. In the summer, the 400 seat Arkell Pavilion hosts performing arts events–from ballet to classical music to live theater. Those who come to Vermont for the outdoors will be able to enjoy the Boswell Botany Trail, as well as the many acres of woodland hiking when it’s warm and sculpture park snowshoeing or cross country skiing when it’s not.
If you go, make reservations at Cafe Sora. Incredible Japanese homestyle cuisine, champagne (and tea!) — all surrounded by Ikebana — artful flower arrangements.
"I highly recommend a visit to the Arts Center. Nestled on top of a hill you will find a charming center for the Arts. From the beautiful paintings displayed to the performance space where I saw Jim Brickman perform and many others... this is a can't miss. The buildings themselves and property have a charm themselves that make you feel like you are in a painting yourself. As if this weren't enough, there are even fun interactive things to do like paint night and the Halloween on the Hill festival where I got to make my own cookies!!! Nom nom! I visit this place when I'm in the area, and my schedule allows which isn't as often as I'd like but when I am there it's always a nice time. Check it out. You will thank me!"M C (source)