Announcing the 17th Annual Cotton Mill Open Studios & Holiday Sale!

Friday, December 4   —   4pm to 7pm
Saturday, December 5   —   10am to 5pm
Sunday, December 6   —   11am to 4pm

The 17th Annual Cotton Mill Open Studios and Holiday Sale will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 4-6, 2015. Artists and artisans will show and offer their work for purchase. Besides artists, musicians, bakers, performers, and craftspeople based at the Cotton Mill, talented artists and artisans from other studios in Brattleboro and nearby communities have been juried to participate. This festive event includes performances of music, dance, and circus acts; ceramics and fencing demonstrations; food and wine tastings; raffles and more. The range of creative offerings is remarkable, encompassing the decorative, the functional, the entertaining, and the delicious. In addition, there will be a display of artwork by K-8 students from the Putney Grammar School. All members of the family will find sights, sounds, tastes, and activities to stimulate and delight them—and it’s a terrific way to discover treasures for holiday giving. There will be a number of volunteers on hand to help guide you around the buildings and the three floors of the mill so you don’t miss anything.

Handicap accessible. Free admission.

Register for a free raffle food basket and purchase raffle tickets for additional products created by the participating artists and artisans.


Cotton Mill Artists and Artisans Include:

True North Granola – Franklin and Ingrid Chrisco  – Crunchy Gourmet Granola, Hearty Muesli, Delectable Granola Chocolate Chip Cookies & Cookie Mix, and Maple Mixed Nut or Macadamia Brittle  (Website)

New England Center for Circus Arts  – Elsie Smith  –  NECCA provides a safe, supportive, welcoming environment for students of all skill levels, ages, abilities and aspirations. (Website)

Stephen Procter Ceramics  –  Large, handmade ornamental vessels; smaller vases and tableware  (Website)

Iron Arts  –  James Takaki  -Forged steel sculpture, garden art & architectural metal work  (Website)

 Mutsu Crispin (Johnny DiGeorge)Film & Visual Art –Screening excerpt of independant film Redbelly, bouncy-ball art, & photography by Joshua Farr  (JD Website) (JF Website)

Zoe Tilley Poster Drawings – Original drawings and fine art prints of a richly imagined wild landscape (Website)

 Tavernier ChocolatesDar Tavernier-Singer and John Singer –Fresh handcrafted chocolates made with local ingredients (Website)

Greg Goodman Fine Woodworking  –  Custom furniture, interior design, fine arts (Website)

Sidehill Farm  –  Kelt and Kristina Naylor –  Jams & Toppings (Website)

SoBo  – Cyndal Ellis  –  A community dance and fitness center catering to (mostly) adults of all levels and abilities from beginner to professional –  SoBo offers weekly classes, studio rental, venue rental, and community performances and events. (Website)

Vermont Jazz Center  – Eugene Uman and Ginger Morawski –  Dedicated to creating and preserving jazz through the presentation of workshops, concerts and instruction  (Website)

T. Breeze Verdant  –  Marquetry and inlay jewelry and boxes  (Website)

Storymatic Studios  –Brian Mooney and Vaune Trachtman–  Home to the Storymatic family of creative prompts and games, including Rememory (Website)

The Royal Frog Ballet Sophie Wood and Chelsea Granger – Poems, postcards, moon calendars, ornaments, prints, paintings, lanterns, handmade quilts and more from a whimsical collective of artists.  (Website)

Ingrid Burrows – Skin care and wellness products, adornments, drinks, sweets, snacks, and ferments

Pro Lingua AssociatesArthur Burrows -ESL teaching materials and used book sale (Website)

Frabjous Fibers and Wonderland Yarns – Stephanie Shiman – Hand dyed yarns and fibers, exotic handspun yarns from women’s cooperatives in Nepal, creative kits, patterns, felt needle cases and notions bags (Website)


Outside Artists and Artisans Include:

Magbie Pottery –Carla Magbie  –  Wheel thrown functional pottery  (Website)

Common Scents Sachet  –  Flo Nestor  –  Sachets crafted from high quality fabrics ribbons, beads and vintage buttons; seasonal potpourri sachets; lavender and flax eye pillows; and decorative lavender scented pillows (Website)

Frog Pond Studio  –  Brad Dinwiddie  –  Functional wood turned products: shaving brushes and shavers, bowls, peppermills, pens, and more (Website)

Marble Meadows  –  Sue Carey  –  Needle felted wool sculptures of animals (Website)

Carol Schnabel Handweaving  –  Handwoven scarves and shawls,  as well as, pieces for the home (Website)

Sunmeadow Alpacas – Bonnie & Mark Kimball  –  Handmade alpaca clothing accessories: hats, scarves, mittens, and shawls (Website)

Rosie’s Wonders  –  Rosie Schulick  –  Whimsical card illustrations, eye-catching gemstone jewelry and striking nature- inspired wovens  (Website)

Big Picture Farm –Louisa Conrad & Lucas Farrell  –  Goat milk caramels and aged goat cheese (Website)

Robb Family Farm – Robb Family – Vermont maple syrup,  maple candy, maple cream, maple nut drizzle and handmade balsam wreaths (Website)

Caitlin Burch Glassworks  –  Hand blown glass and lampwork glass jewelry. (Website)

Lisa Flanders Studio – Handmade sterling silver, bronze and copper jewelry incorporating colorful gemstones, primitive tribal beads and rustic vintage and found objects. (Website)

Georgia Morgan JewelryArtisan earrings, bracelets, pendants, pins and necklaces, handcrafted of copper, sterling silver, bronze, gemstones, found objects and polymer. (Website)

Adrienne Ginter– Hand-cut paper pieces, unique hand made jewelry and greeting cards (Website)

The Olive Table – Dianne Hinaris – Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oilfrom the family groves in Messinia, Greece and Greek Raw All Natural Honey from the fir and pine forest (website)

Saxtons River Distillery Christian Stromberg and Sydney Bouchard – Unique small-batch spirits made in the Brattleboro distillery (Website)

Precision Valley Coffee Roasters Aram Polster – small batch, organic bean coffee (Website)

Pioneer Bean Company –Jeff LevineNew England heirloom bean, humus products (Website)

Vermont MosaicsSusan Rosano – Mosaic Garden Angels, Wee Faerie Houses, Mosaic Mirrors, Wall Art and Ornaments for your home and garden made of hand cut stained glass and ceramic tiles (Website)

Waring Music Dennis Waring – Ethnomusicologist, instrument maker, educator and performer offers the Waring Harp, the Three String Waring Cigar Box  Dulcitar and the Four String Cigar Box Guitar (Website)

Gatherings by Carol Schmedinghoff – Handcarved and painted birds in miniature (Website)

Vermont Quince Co- Nan Stefanik – Specialty quince condiments and preserves made in small batches  (Website)

Grace Glass  –  Zak Grace – Hand blown and formed glass sculpture and glassware including drinking glasses, ornaments and whimsical sculptural objects   (Website)

Whetstone CiderWorks –Jason and Lauren MacArthur – Producers of dry food-friendly hard ciders and perry from local cider and heirloom apples and pears. (Website)

Good Body Products Chris and Trish Thomas -Therapeutic, organic body care products (Website)

Eco Elements –Diane Miller – Handmade scarves, shawls, belts, scarf necklaces and watches made from recycled saris and vintage fabrics; and hanging glass orbs that are homes for air plants (Website)  (Website)

Lunalight Arts – Fiona Morehouse – Uniquely handcrafted functional and sculptural clay work.  (Website)

Entera   Tristan Toleno  – Food Vendor (Website)

Apex Whirl Winds – Jack Hinckley -Elegant, wind -driven, kinetic yard sculptures (Website)

Grace and Miss Mouse Soaps –Judy Lidie – Handcrafted and  deliciously scented cold-processed soaps (Website)

Bonny’s Beasts Bonny Hall – Handmade crocheted soft animals and toys (Website)

Brag BagsKathleen Kennedy –  High quality, handmade tote bags, handbags, laptop covers, cell phone cases, Christmas stockings, and ornaments

Rooted in ClayShana Brautigam – Hand-built, wood-fired pottery wit natural imprints (Website)