Vermont’s Top Contemporary Art Galleries from Burlington to Stowe

A. J. Samuels

Home to generations of inspiring and aspiring artists, the picturesque state of Vermont in the USA is bursting with one-of-a-kind contemporary art galleries. The surrounding Green Mountain peaks, the rippling Middlebury Waterfall and majestic Otter Creek make Vermont the landscape artist’s paradise. It’s not surprising that so many of these must-visit art galleries focus primarily on works by local artists.



1. Chaffee Art Center

Art Gallery, Park

Set in the hypnotically beautiful Queen Anne Victorian Mansion, built by George Thrall Chaffee in 1896, the Chaffee Art Center captivates art-admirers before they have even stepped inside. The center prides itself on promoting local artwork and hosts a number of student artist exhibitions as well as those featuring juried artists. Recent exhibits include pieces by Don Haynes, Joshua Rome, Carrie Pill and Katherine Langlands. The center celebrates a broad selection of mediums including pottery, origami, photography and watercolors. A second gallery opened on Merchant’s Row on New Year’s Eve 2013 called Chaffee Downtown. Together the galleries host two annual Art in the Park festivals, one in the summer and another in autumn, where street vendors sell locally made arts and crafts and visitors can participate in craft demonstrations.


2. West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park

Art Gallery

West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park
Image courtesy of West Branch Gallery
A contemporary art and sculpture space, the West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park is a 3,400-square-foot art venue with a 3.5-acre sculpture park stretching around the picturesque west branch of the Little River in Stowe, north Vermont. The gallery celebrates emerging and newly established artists including Susan Lynn, Rebecca Kinkead, Kathleen Kolb and Tad Spurgeon. Although predominantly a gallery for abstract paintings and sculpture, West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park has recently added a new wing solely for landscape art exhibitions bringing the total number of gallery spaces on site to four.


3. Burlington City Arts

Art Gallery, Church, Museum, Building

Home to the Vermont Metro Gallery, the Burlington City Arts center has fast become the major showplace for local artists in Burlington as well as established artists from across the United States. This former firehouse building was converted into a magnificent visual arts space in 1995. The gallery displays both a permanent collection and a rotation of temporary exhibitions every six to eighte weeks, including works by local artists Tom Cullins, Jennifer Koch and Gary Hall.


4. Bryan Memorial Gallery

Art Gallery

Bryan Memorial Art Gallery
Image courtesy of Bryan Memorial Gallery
Alden Bryan founded the Bryan Memorial Gallery in memory of his award-winning wife, painter Mary Bryan, in 1984. Set in the mountain community of Jeffersonville, the gallery is in a town that has inspired generations of landscape painters over the years, including Thomas Curtain, Charles Curtis Allen and Emily Gruppe. Over 200 artists a year are included in the gallery’s rotating exhibitions but they assure that only works by New England’s finest landscape artists are displayed, alongside a selection of pieces by Mary and Alden Bryan too. The Bryan Memorial Gallery also hosts a schedule of public workshops led by professional acclaimed artists for those budding painters wishing to depict the rural beauty of Jeffersonville on canvas themselves.



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