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May 29, 2015

Shelburne Craft School Awarded Vermont State Designation

Newest Vermont State Craft Center Celebrates 70 Years with BBQ Birthday Bash

The State of Vermont has named the Shelburne Craft School the latest Vermont State Craft Center, a distinction designed to promote Vermont's high-quality craft galleries and craft schools, as well as its craftspeople.

The well-known Shelburne Craft School joins the Vermont Woodworking School in Fairfax and the Fletcher Farm School as Vermont's official State Craft Education Centers. Designated State Craft Center Galleries include Frog Hollow Craft Center in Burlington, Artisans Hand in Montpelier, the Gallery at the VAULT in Springfield, and the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild in St. Johnsbury.

Galleries and education centers that apply for state designation are judged on a variety of measures, including the diversity and quality of work displayed in galleries and the breadth and quality of class offerings at educational organizations.

The Shelburne Craft School opened its doors in 1945, creating a space for artists and artisans to work, learn, and educate members of the community in wood, clay, metal, glass, and visual art. The school has continued to adhere to its mission to inspire individual creativity by providing hands-on education in craft and art.

To celebrate its 70th anniversary, the Shelburne Craft School will host a BBQ birthday bash on campus May 30, from 4-7 pm. The free event is open to the public and will feature live music, craft demonstrations, and kids' activities.

"We are honored and excited to be one of the oldest and still-in-operation craft schools in the United States," said Sage Tucker-Ketcham, executive director of the Shelburne Craft School. "Through good times and bad, we stand strong. It shows that things come and go in popularity, but hand-made, high-quality art is not a fad in Vermont, but part of our core. What better way to celebrate our 70th birthday than to join the Vermont Craft Centers to strengthen and insure our quality of craft and life?"

"I'm very pleased to recognize the Shelburne Craft School as our state's newest state craft education center," said Heather Pelham of the state's Chief Marketing Office. "Our network of Vermont State Craft Centers fosters and promotes Vermont's traditions of quality, authenticity and handmade art, which are an integral part of the Vermont brand."

Designated craft centers are entitled to use a unique logo in their marketing materials and at their site, indicating they are an official Vermont State Craft Center Gallery or Vermont State Craft Education Center.

To learn more about the Vermont State Craft Center designation application process, visit

Media Contact: Laura Peterson, Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, 802-522-7323

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: May 29, 2015 12:24:35