Discover Montpelier For Art Lovers
Curated by the T.W. Wood Gallery
In 2019, Montpelier hosted the New England Foundation for the Arts' Creative Communities Exchange, a conference that focuses on the intersection of art and community development. Vermont College of Fine Arts, just steps from downtown, is a nationally-recognized leader in arts education and just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Art New England wrote, "The smallest state capital in the U.S., Montpelier, Vermont’s population hovers just below 8,000. Its size however does not reflect Montpelier’s cultural gravity, serving as a hub for the many artists in the city and surrounding area. Think twice before passing by en route to more well-known cities and ski destinations to the north and south. Montpelier has much to offer in the way of culture, including quality galleries and artist studios." Come discover our creative side!
The Discover Montpelier series is sponsored by Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center.
photo by Paul Richardson
Where to Shop:
- The Drawing Board, 22 Main Street: The Drawing Board is an amazing independent locally-owned art store right downtown. Whether you need art supplies for your kid’s school project or framing for your latest masterpiece, you can find it here.
- Artisans Hand, 89 Main Street: The Artisans Hand is a gallery of contemporary American crafts that shows the very best work of our state’s talented craft community. They are a designated Vermont State Craft Center, which acknowledges the quality and diversity of creative works for sale.
Where to Eat:
- The Skinny Pancake, 80 Main Street: This small eatery offers a great selection of crepes and salads made with local ingredients. In addition to the culinary arts, you can enjoy a rotating exhibit of local artists. Adjacent to City Center, which hosts its own exhibit curated by the Arts Resource Association.
- Capitol Grounds, 27 State Street: Enjoy great coffee, baked goods, soups and local art. Montpelier photographer Linda Hogan curates the Green Bean Visual Arts Gallery at Capitol Grounds, showing the local artists each month.
Where to Visit:
- The T.W. Wood Gallery in the Center for Arts & Learning, 46 Barre Street: The T.W. Wood Gallery is part museum and part gallery, displaying pieces from their incredible permanent collection of world-renowned artists as well as connecting visitors with the best contemporary art Vermont has to offer. Visit the gift shop to purchase work from local artists!
- The Capital District: The Capital District, the area surrounding the Vermont State House, offers wonderful opportunities to sample Vermont’s art and culture. Explore the Vermont State House’s (113 State Street) permanent collection (and stunningly preserved architecture), as well as the work of contemporary Vermont artists in the cafeteria and adjacent card room. The Vermont Supreme Court’s lobby gallery (111 State Street) hosts contemporary artists on a quarterly rotating basis, and the broad open space lends itself to larger works.
- The Front, 6 Barre Street: The Front is an artist-run cooperative gallery. Through exhibitions, events, and activities, members provoke curiosity and community engagement with visual art.
- Montpelier Alive’s Art Walk: Every other month, downtown Montpelier comes alive with a celebration of art! Nearly 30 venues host openings, many with the opportunity to meet the artist. Plus music and other fun across town.
Where to Stay:
The Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center is the preferred lodging of Montpelier Alive. Located just steps from the historic State House and the vibrant downtown, the Capitol Plaza is a family-owned hotel that will exceed your needs for comfort and convenience.