Valley Arts supports the multiple interests of the Mad River Valley, Vermont by encouraging and promoting participation in the Arts. The Vermont Festival of the Arts is a month-long, 120+ event celebration of the Arts held each August. The goal of the Festival is to provide a platform for the myriad arts events that already exist and to encourage new events. From a simple pottery demo and workshop to a world-class musical performance, these events cross the boundaries of age, gender and occupation. Because this is a multi-dimensional, multi-media, multi-age series of events, there is truly something for everyone. We provide a wide array of family-friendly activities, including exhibits, demonstrations, concerts, and meet-the-artist opportunities. Events take place every day during the month of August and are perfect for all ages (children, youth, seniors, singles, families) and mid-week visitors, weekend guests, second-homeowner and local residents and Vermonters.
Valley Arts recognizes the importance of the Arts for everyone. People should have equal opportunities to experience and participate in the arts throughout their lives. The Festival provides multiple opportunities for people of all ages, genders and backgrounds to see, hear, touch and taste the arts – whether it be a concert, dance performance, painting demonstration, children’s workshop, or community painting project. These experiences enhance and instill a love of the arts and make our community vibrant and alive.
Although the summertime festival is a major focus, Valley Arts is expanding its offerings and filling the year with exhibits, workshops, and multiple monthly events. Our Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition, now in its sixth year, is held mid-June through mid-July in the Big Red Barn Galleries at Lareau Farm, Waitsfield. This juried exhibition is now nationally recognised and draws entrants from across North America.
Exhibits curated by Gary Eckhart are hung monthly at Valley Arts Festival Gallery, at the Bridges Resort and June through Columbus Day at the Big Red Barn.