Manchester, Vermont is an historic town located at the foot of Mount Equinox along Route 7, and is one of two shire towns (county seats) of Bennington County - the other is the town of Bennington.
Manchester Village, an incorporated village, and Manchester Center are settlement centers within the town.
Manchester has a wide variety of choices for your visit to Vermont, from luxury Manchester VT hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts in Manchester. Stay in town and walk to dining and shopping; choose out of town for mountain vistas and pastoral surroundings. Restaurants in Manchester offer extensive choices from fine dining to small cafes to family restaurants.
Manchester offers a unique blend of New England charm, style, arts & culture, and is a popular four-season tourist destination for Vermont vacations.
The area offers exquisite Vermont fall foliage and hosts a number of Fall Festivals. Art lovers will enjoy the many galleries and a stay would not be complete without a visit to Hildene, the Lincoln family home.
Enjoy challenging golf and legendary fly fishing during the warmer months, skiing during the winter at nearby Stratton Mountain Resort or Bromley Mountain. Manchester shopping is a favorite pastime for visitors and locals alike.
If you're planning an event in Vermont, Manchester has a lot to offer. The town's breathtaking scenery makes a destination wedding in Manchester VT an ideal choice, and the many amenities allow for Manchester conferences of various sizes. With a variety of venues from which to choose, all surrounded by the magnificent Green Mountains, Manchester can be the perfect location to host your event.
INSTRUCTORS: MARISA PAGLICCIA AND ALEXANDRA LANGSTAFF TUESDAY, JULY 5 – FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2022 9 A.M. – 12 P.M. SVAC Member: $112; Non-Member: $140 Ages: 3 – 5 Come get messy and move your body with Marisa at the Southern Vermont Art Center. Using a sensory-based approach, Marisa will offer enrichment activities to promote children’s interests, imagination, and sense of community. Children can expect to engage in “messy play” with different mediums, such as shaving cream, paint, slim, and cloud dough. We also will be creating art and craft projects and taking part in movement activities, such as yoga, obstacle courses, and Hullabaloo with special guest Alexandra Langstaff. For more information, including a confidential scholarship application, please contact Erin Kaufman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-367-1306.
INSTRUCTOR: LYNNE DEBEER TUESDAY, JULY 5 – FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2022 9 A.M. – 3 P.M. SVAC Member: $175; Non-Member: $220 Ages: 6 – 10 Come get inspired by exploring art in the SVAC galleries and beyond, from the past and present. Activities will take shape based on campers’ interests and may include drawing, painting, building sculptures, designing furniture, printmaking, building outdoor installations, creating graphic stories and more. For more information, including a confidential scholarship application, please contact Erin Kaufman at email@example.com or 802-367-1306.
INSTRUCTOR: NED READE WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 – FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2022 9:30 A.M. – 4 P.M. SVAC Member: $310 / Non-member: $385 Watercolor is known as an especially spontaneous and carefree medium that brings pleasure to viewers and painters alike. Working outside we feel as though we are trying “catch” the light which is the goal! Ned Reade will show you a step by step process that will help ensure success without losing freedom. (On location he first looks for a scene that “speaks” to him and explains what he wants to convey. He starts with a value sketch, moves though loose washes to finding forms, and finishes with accents that pull the painting together. He has given watercolor workshops on Martha’s Vineyard Island for over 25 years and is excited to exchange harbors, buoys and boats for the mountains, fields, and farms of Vermont!) He paints directly using clean washes and strong compositions to achieve his painting objectives. Each day starts with a demonstration and ends with a group critique at the end of the afternoon. The workshop is open to painters from beginners to seasoned artists. Some familiarity with working outside on location is helpful but not required.
INSTRUCTOR: JULIE MERWIN WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2022 (SIX SESSIONS) 3:30 – 5 P.M. SVAC Member: $160 / Non-member: $195 Ages 12+ This class is open to children age 12+ and adults. We will meet six times, once a week for 1 1/2 hours each session to draw the most beautiful animals on earth! Are you in heaven yet? I am…this is a class I’ve always wanted to hold. We’ll visit the Dorset Equine Rescue and other local barns, find a spot to draw, meet an incredible creature or two and settle down with simple materials. Each week we’ll practice the techniques of shading, line, three-dimensional form and adding distinct character, and we will go over just enough anatomy study of “difficult areas” like joints, legs, hooves etc. to get the results we want. This is a loose and enjoyable opportunity for practice, not a formal one. There are no expectations to create one “labored-over,” finished drawing. Instead, we’ll produce tons of sketches (animals move, remember?). We’ll focus on quick hand-eye coordination, using mainly contour drawing, improving our artistic skills in the most delightful way! All my sincerest thanks to the stable and horse owners willing to put up with us! Materials provided will include charcoal, pencil and pad, and as we progress in later classes perhaps we’ll choose a drawing to enhance with pastels. Bring a hat, sunblock, something to drink and something to sit on that does not impede your arm movement – like a camp stool.
INSTRUCTOR: LYNNE DEBEER Ages 16+ Explore the fundamentals of drawing and finding your style. For beginners and for artists returning to their practice. Lynne DeBeer is a fine arts graduate of Skidmore College and has been teaching painting, drawing and creative exploration, as well as working with artists to market their work, for over 30 years. She is currently a middle school arts educator and offers workshops for emerging and established artists in communities throughout New England. Her workshops include painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, textile design, film and animation. A focus of her teaching practice is using nature in art. Her current paintings and handmade books feature work with mixed media such as wax, found objects, paint and collage. Lynne’s career has included time as an arts center director, a fine arts consultant to corporate and private collections and work in graphic design.