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GINGERBREAD CONTEST – SHOWCASE RECEPTION & TREE LIGHTING

GINGERBREAD CONTEST – SHOWCASE RECEPTION & TREE LIGHTING

The Chaffee Art Center, your center for creativity, is excited to announce the return of the Gingerbread Contest.  This year’s theme is “Season of Giving.”  Interested bakers, schools, organizations, businesses, families, individuals and young people are invited to submit their imaginative gingerbread creations. Entries do…

Chaffee’s Artist of the Month

Chaffee’s Artist of the Month

“Sometimes ideas pop into my head fully formed,” Jen Rondinone says. “That image will be there and I just have to bring it to life. The creation of it can be a very long process but the actual concept is very quick.” Her work is…

Annual Holiday Exhibit

Annual Holiday Exhibit

The Chaffee Art Center, Your Center for Creativity, invites the community to our Annual Holiday Exhibit “Season of Giving” Opening Reception, on Friday, November 8th from 5pm to 8pm. This is an all member show celebrating the talented artists in our communities whose works will be on display throughout our historic 1890’s mansion until January 3rd. 

Please plan on joining us to experience the beauty of the arts and the one-of-a-kind handmade treasures that are perfect for gifting this holiday season.  Mingle with artists and the community, while enjoying delicious food tastings, punch, and wine that will be provided by Putney Mountain Winery, the Chaffee’s Official Wine Sponsor.  There is no charge for admittance.  In the spirit of the season of giving, we hope you can bring in a non-perishable food item donation. 

And mark your calendars:  Starting on December 7th, with the Gingerbread Contest Showcase Reception from Noon to 3pm, also on display will be Gingerbread creations.  Awards of 1st place – $250, 2nd place – $150, and 3rd place – $100 will be presented at this time.  “People’s Choice” awards in various categories will also be awarded, and visitors can vote for their favorite entry until January 3rd.  All are invited to submit their imaginative creations.  

As we celebrate 58 years as an art center in the Rutland Community, we also invite you to join as an artist, single or family member to help the Chaffee to continue to inspire and cultivate creativity, while positively impacting the vitality of our community through the arts.   

Visit the Chaffee during open hours to experience the beauty of the historic building and the wonderful works of art throughout.  While here, picture your next event, bridal shower, wedding, meeting or retreat being held in our beautiful 1890’s mansion, fondly known by its first owners as Sunny Gables. 

  • Hours:  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Noon to 5pm;
  • Saturday 11am to 3pm;
  • Extended hours for classes and events. 

Check out chaffeeartcenter.org and Facebook for more information and updates, as well as our class offerings and special events. You can also call 802.775.0356, send an email to the Chaffee, or visit the Chaffee Art Center at 16 South Main Street in Rutland, VT. 

Chaffee’s Artist of the Month

Chaffee’s Artist of the Month

Artist Ann McFarren The first thing you see when you walk in Ann McFarren’s living room is a giant, stunning painting of an idyllic Vermont winter scene. Every inch is covered in snow, but it radiates warmth. “I’m an oil painter first and foremost,” she…