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Exciting Upgrades at Chaffee Art Center

Under the direction of new Director Jim Boughton, the Chaffee Art Center will will undergo a complete transformation which will include a new cafe, high-tech gallery space and new classes. The ArtBeat Cafe will serve locally grown food, there will be a juried co-op display and a world gallery showing high-definition, multimedia displays and exhibits.  The […]

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Special Sip N Dip 4 a Cause

Special Sip N Dip 4 a Cause

This is Arts Night Out with HEART!

Paint along with instructors as you create your own masterpieces.

All materials provided.

It’s BYOB, so gather you buddies and favorite wine for an evening of fun, creativity, and giving back.

Tuition: $35 nonmembers or $30 members. ($10 each tuition will be donated to charity.)

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Chaffee’s 2017 Annual Student Art Exhibit

Chaffee’s 2017 Annual Student Art Exhibit

Join us on Friday, April 7 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM for a reception.

Featuring hundreds of K-12 students from dozens of area schools, Chaffee’s Annual Student Art Exhibit is creative and inventive display of our next generation of artists.

The exhibit showcases the year long teachings of our art teacher and celebrates the importance of art education.

This year’s theme is “Our Global Community”, which honors the diversity of our cultural histories, our children’s individuality, and our evermore connected, global world.  This family friendly exhibit is sure to delight all generations.

Support our youth and the importance of art in education and life.

Snacks and refreshments will be served.

The exhibit will run April 7 to May 19, 2017.

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Mini Mural Workshop at Chaffee Art Center

Mini Mural Workshop at Chaffee Art Center

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 6 PM to 9 PM
Tuition: $40 or $35 members

Paint your own mini-mural using the techniques of muralist Kathryn Wiegers.

Wiegers is responsible for several Rutland Murals including Batman and the recently installed Elephant.

This fun evening out will result your own mural that can be adhered to the wall of your choice, mounted on foam core, or framed traditional.

All skill levels welcome.

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Color Theory Workshop with Christine Holzschuh

Color Theory with Christine Holzschuh

March 4 @ 9:00 am4:00 pm

Dive into the complex and illuminating world of Color Theory at the Chaffee Art Center.  Gain knowledge how to choose, mix and match, and use colors.  Expand your artists talents and skills.

This is an intensive but fun workshop for anyone interested in color and choosing colors for painting or fiber arts.

Participants will bring their own paints and paint brushes; suggestions for new colors and using a limited palette will be discussed. There will be time for questions, and sharing during the day.  There will be hand-outs to help you remember the concepts, but bring a notebook for ideas and things you want to write down.  I highly recommend bringing a canvas paper sketch book to start your color journal. Other supplies will be provided.

Topics that will be discussed include but are not limited to:  Choosing Colors, The Color Wheel, Complimentary Colors, Split Primaries, Color triad, Warm and Cool colors, Value (hue and intensity), Contrast, Analogous colors, Expanded palettes, Harmonious Color choices, Light effects on color, Mixing colors, Tints and shades, and Controlling color mixtures.

There will be a 15 minute break in the morning and afternoon and 30 minute lunch break.

Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.  Either bring a sandwich or you will have the opportunity to order one in the morning.

Cost is $140 or $125 for Chaffee Members.



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Sip N Dip Painting Class

Sip N Dip Painting Class

Join the Chaffee for Arts night out!

Follow along with our art instructors to complete your own painting.

Bring a friend and your favorite bottle of wine while tapping into your creativity!

All materials are provided: paint, canvas, brushes, smocks and instruction.

Cost is $30.00 per person or $25.00 for Chaffee members.

This class will take place at Chaffee Art Center at 16 South Main Street, Rutland.

Advance Registration is Required.

Or call (802) 775-0356 or email info@chaffeeartcenter.org



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Holiday Celebration & Exhibit Reception

Holiday Celebration & Exhibit Reception

Celebrate the Opening of the Chaffee’s All Member Exhibit featuring the artistic talents of our community of member supporters, now on display through January 21, 2017.

Delight yourself with our display of creative Gingerbread Creations and Vote for your favorite by 1:30 PM.  Top Pick wins people’s choice.  The Gingerbread displays will only be on exhibit till December 22.  Don’t miss your chance to see them.

We will celebrate 2016, and our 55th year with sweet treats and refreshments.

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Artist Talk

Artist Talk

Artist Eve Jacobs-Carnahan will guide visitors through the Surface Expressions exhibit at the Chaffee Art Center on December 3, 2016, at 1:00 p.m.

As Eve shares her insights into the artists’ ideas and backgrounds, you will gain a greater understanding of the artwork and see new connections and themes.

A fiber artist herself, Eve will share her knowledge of the broad range of techniques used by artists in this lively show.

Eve Jacobs-Carnahan is a sculptor who works with yarn.  Eve learned to knit as a child from her mother.  Not content to knit mittens and sweaters, she was thrilled to discover the artwork of Katharine Cobey, Freddie Robins, and other artists pushing the boundaries of knitting.  Eve has studied spinning and dyeing to expand her artistic tools and enable her to control the color and texture of the yarns with which she works.  She has experimented with many methods of creating armatures for her sculptures by bending and twisting wire, and carving shapes from polystyrene foam.

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Surface Expressions Artist Reception

Surface Expressions Artist Reception

Friday, November 18 from 5 PM to 7 PM.

Surface Expressions is an exhibition of current work by members of the Vermont chapter of the international Surface Design Association. 

Surface design is any process that gives structure, pattern or color to fiber & mixed materials–such as felting, spinning, paper making, weaving, knotting, netting, looping, stitching, cutting, piecing, dyeing, painting, printing & embellishing.

Fiber artists are doing some of the most innovative work in the art world today, fearlessly exploring a variety of surface design techniques and fiber materials.  Pieces in this show include both 2 and 3 dimensional forms by 14 artists.

Those exhibiting in Surface Expressions include: Judy Dales, Rosalind Daniels, Linda Finkelstein, Elizabeth Fram, Marilyn Gillis, Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, Ruby Leslie, Marya Lowe, Almuth Palinkas, Kathryn Price, Janet Ressler, Leslie Roth, Sharon Webster and Betsy Wing.

The reception is the public’s opportunity to mingle with artists and the art on the same evening.  Refreshments will be served.


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Rutland Garden Club 2016 Flower Show at Chaffee Art Center

Rutland Garden Club 2016 Flower Show

The Rutland Garden Club welcomes you to our 2016 Flower Show at the Chaffee Art Center.

Come and see award winning buffet, tray and tea table arrangements. Mantle, underwater and hanging door designs will also be featured. The show is a lovely learning experience.

Be inspired for the holidays by decorated doors and mantels as exhibited at Rutland’s wonderful Chaffee Queen Ann Victorian Mansion. The mansion, called “Sunny Gables” was completed in 1896 and was the former home of George Thrall Chaffee, a very prominent Rutland businessman.

Called “Inspirations”, this will be a National Garden Club Standard Flower Show judged under the strict rules of accuracy, creativity and presentation. There will be 36 Design Exhibits, both Traditional and Creative. The show will also include approximately 100 judged Horticulture Exhibits including container plants, both foliage and flowering. Fall perennials and evergreen branches will also be judged.

Besides Design and Horticulture Sections, Standard Flower Shows also need to include Educational Exhibits. The show will have several educational exhibits, one on mandatory recycling and how you can comply with the comprehensive waste reduction program now law in Vermont.

November 13, 2016

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Chaffee Art Center

16 S. Main Street, Rutland, VT

Free Admission. Donations to the Chaffee Art Center would be appreciated.

If you’d like more information, or wish to entry a horticulture exhibit in open competition please call Kathy Perkins at 802-775-3280.

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