Table by David and Michelle Holzapfel

"Working for the Good," a coffee table/bench by Michelle and David Holzapfel made from a tree harvested at an Ames Hill farm

Brattleboro-West Arts 2011 Open Studio Tour

The Whetstone Brook is important to the West Brattleboro community. The brook and its tributaries define the shape of the town and its roads. In the past it provided power to its craftsmen as today it provides inspiration to its artists. This year it provides a unified theme for the Brattleboro-West Arts Open Studio Tour, scheduled for 10 to 5 on September 24 and 25.

This year, 17 tour participants within a six-mile radius of West Brattleboro were asked to produce a piece as part of "Reflections on the Whetstone," a piece relating to the Whetstone Brook and its watershed, which many consider the single most important natural asset in the community.

Responding to the challenge, Walter Slowinski, a potter, created a "teapot fountain/waterfall" incorporating rocks and water from the Whetstone.... Josh Bernbaum produced a grouping of blown-glass forms shaped like rocks that are filled with small stones gathered from the watershed area.... Doug Cox is making a violin entirely of watershed wood and has commissioned a 15-minute chamber piece "Whetstone Waltz" by Ned Phoenix.... Ron Karpius produced a set of oil miniatures inspired by the brook, which he crosses by foot everyday to his cabin and studio.... Chris Lann designed silver jewelry made from Whetstone rocks and foliage.... Naomi Lindenfeld made a colored clay vase and two pinched and carved bowls inspired by the shapes, color, and texture of stones in the brook. Samples of these pieces, and more, will be in the window of Key Bank on Main Street in Brattleboro starting on Gallery Walk Friday, September 2.

The tour weekend also features landscape paintings, wood-fired stoneware, blown-glass flowers, fiber arts, fine jewelry, and layered colored porcelain, among other work incorporating natural materials or inspired by the bounty and beauty of nature in the area. For more information, visit

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