Vermont Is A Beaut

vabRarely does one get the chance to watch over an artist’s shoulder as she contemplates her next brushstroke, sparks a welding torch, or digs her fingers into a lump of fresh clay. During the annual Vermont Open Studio Weekend (May 24 and 25), visitors can do just that, taking self-guided tours of art studios across the state. For our trip, Burlington, a lively city on Lake Champlain, served as home base. From there, we explored studios in town and in the Mad River Valley, 70 miles to the southeast. Getting to each studio was half the fun: As we drove past hillside dairy farms, Colonial-era villages, and pristine waterfalls, it