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:

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

Elsie Smith  –  New England Center for Circus Arts  –  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)

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

Johnny DiGeorge (Mutsu Crispin) – 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)

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

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

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

Cyndal Ellis  –  SoBo  –  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)

Eugene Umann and Ginger Morawski – Vermont Jazz Center  –  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)

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

Sophie Wood and Chelsea Granger – The Royal Frog Ballet -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

Arthur BurrowsPro Lingua Associates -ESL teaching materials and used book sale (Website)


Outside Artists and Artisans Include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robb Family Farm – 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))

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)

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

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

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

Susan Rosano – Vermont Mosaics – 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)

Dennis Waring – Waring Music – 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)

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

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

Cathy Tretler – Dellamano Glassware– Handpainted functional glassware (Website)

Chris Thomas –Good Body Products – Therapeutic, organic body care products (Website)

Diane Miller – Eco Elements – 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)

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

Tristan Toleno  – Entera   Food Vendor (Website)