Mural artist Mary Lacy. Photo courtesy Michael Sipe

VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS

The arts, music and theater are staples of community life in the north country. Artists get our first early taste for creativity within a rich ecosystem of schools, community theaters, cafes, local residency programs and outreach programs.

A dense network of institutions, community-based arts organizations, businesses and independently owned venues support artists at all levels along their journey. A growing number of annual events and seasonal festivals bring international collaborators and audiences.

 

VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS TRAIL GUIDES

SARA KATZ

Painter

  • Sara Katz LinkedIn
  • Sara Katz Instagram
  • Sara Katz Twitter

Activist artist with a decade of experience in non-profit arts management.

MARY LACY

Mural Artist

  • Mary Lacy Instagram
  • Mary Lacy Twitter

Turns monumental flat surfaces into things of eye-popping glory. Loves bucket-loaders and time-lapse.

JIM LOCKRIDGE

Music Activist

  • Jim Lockridge LinkedIn
  • Jim Lockridge Instagram
  • Jim Lockridge Twitter

Post-punk music activist, archivist and educator. Playing with the civic cloud, VR and LOLA concerts.

ANNI MACKAY

Arts Promoter

  • Anni Mackay LinkedIn
  • Anni MacKay Instagram
  • Anni MacKay Twitter

Curator, presenter, rabble rouser. Connecting and promoting the Cornerstone Region's vitality.

SARA KATZ

Painter

  • Sara Katz LinkedIn
  • Sara Katz Instagram
  • Sara Katz Twitter

Activist artist with a decade of experience in non-profit arts management.

MARY LACY

Mural Artist

  • Mary Lacy Instagram
  • Mary Lacy Twitter

Turns monumental flat surfaces into things of eye-popping glory. Loves bucket-loaders and time-lapse.

JIM LOCKRIDGE

Music Activist

  • Jim Lockridge LinkedIn
  • Jim Lockridge Instagram
  • Jim Lockridge Twitter

Post-punk music activist, archivist and educator. Playing with the civic cloud, VR and LOLA concerts.

ANNI MACKAY

Arts Promoter

  • Anni Mackay LinkedIn
  • Anni MacKay Instagram
  • Anni MacKay Twitter

Curator, presenter, rabble rouser. Connecting and promoting the Cornerstone Region's vitality.

LINDSAY SELIN

Photographer, Jeweler

  • Lindsay Selin LinkedIn
  • Lindsay Selin Instagram
  • Lindsay Selin Facebook

Active outdoors and an architecture and styling photographer who also designs stunning jewelry.

KURT BUDLINGER

Photographer

  • Kurt Budlinger LinkedIn
  • Kurt Budlinger Instagram
  • Kurt Budlinger Facebook

Turns monumental flat surfaces into things of eye-popping glory. Loves bucket-loaders and time-lapse.

LAUREN MAZZOTTA

Photographer

  • Lauren Mazzotta LinkedIn
  • Lauren Mazzotta Instagram
  • Lauren Mazzotta Facebook

Incredible people person with a careful eye for composition and color tones. Photo retoucher.

ERIKA SENFT-MILLER

Multi-media artist

  • Erika Senft-Miller LinkedIn
  • Erika Senft-Miller Instagram
  • Erika Senft-Miller Facebook

Takes people on adventures where the ordinary becomes extraordinary, senses come alive, perspectives shift. 

CONNECTING ORGANIZATIONS

DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION

Nationally recognized illustrators and designers have made Vermont home, making design one of the highest value-added sectors in the state. We're always spinning out new brands, creating ample opportunity for new entrants and exciting innovation.

With good infrastructure, an active chapter of the AIGA and a diffuse community, Vermont's design and illustration community is a fun and funky place to build a career.

Meet some of the design and illustration influencers.

Illustration courtesy of Rob Donnelly Art

 

DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION TRAIL GUIDES

ROB DONNELLY

Illustrator, Animator

  • Rob Donnelly LinkedIn
  • Rob Donnelly Instagram
  • Rob Donnelly Twitter

Illustrator and animator with online and print clients. Using two- and three- dimensional approaches.

MICHELLE HOBBS

Illustrator, Designer

  • Michelle Hobbs LinkedIn
  • Michelle Hobbs Instagram
  • Michelle Hobbs Twitter

Professional communications designer and chapter president of AIGA Vermont.

STEPHANIE ZUPPO

Cartoon Artist

  • Stephanie Zuppo LinkedIn
  • Stephanie Zuppo Instagram
  • Stephanie Zuppo

Artist and entrepreneur with a passion for indie Cons and growing Vermont's cartooning community.

JAMES KOCHALKA

Cartoon Artist

  • James Kochalka Instagram
  • James Kochalka Twitter

Artist and illustrator, sometimes musician and David Bowie fanboy. Creator of Glorkian Warrior.

CONNECTING ORGANIZATIONS

Photo courtesy of Kip Steel

INTERACTIVE &
GAME DESIGN

Just south of North America's third largest game design market, Vermont is a lower-cost and competitive environment to create new products and companies. Fueled by talent from Champlain College's Emergent Media Center and Dartmouth CS programs, Vermont's nascent game design community is quirky, savvy and fun.

Our position between Boston, Albany, and Montreal makes it easy to get around - for inspiration, connection, and capital.

 

INTERACTIVE & GAME DESIGN TRAIL GUIDES

MARGUERITE DIBBLE

Interactive Designer

  • Marguerite Dibble
  • Marguerite Dibble Instagram
  • Marguerite Dibble Twitter

Marguerite is a local powerhouse of good, as founder of gametheory.co and creative ally to community boards.

EDMAR MENDIZABAL

Game Producer

  • Edmar Mendizabal LinkedIn
  • Edmar Mendizabal

Edmar is a tireless indie game producer and founder of Vermont's Game Developers' Association.

KIP STEEL

VR Trainer

  • Kip Steele LinkedIn
  • Kip Steele Instagram
  • Kip Steele Twitter

When not managing IT infrastructure Kip is helping to build Burlington's gig economy, including VR development.

ANN DEMARLE

Emergent Media

  • Ann Demarle Linked In
  • Ann Demarle Facebook
  • Ann Demarle Twitter

Ann is the director of the Emergent Media Center at Champlain College and a tireless supporter of the arts.

ELLIOTT MITCHELL

Game Designer, Artist

  • Elliott Mitchell LinkedIn
  • Elliott Mitchell Instagram
  • Elliott Mitchell Twitter

Chief fire starter at Vermont Digital Arts. Constantly playing with emergent tech, art forms and Unity keeps it managed.

MYSTERY CAT

Could It Be You?

CONNECTING ORGANIZATIONS

 

CRAFT
MANUFACTURING

Once a center of precision manufacturing in the United States, Vermont's industrial legacy is experiencing a revival in the hands of a new generation of limited production, high quality makers and fabricators.

Vermont's craft manufacturers produce world-class contemporary and modern furniture, high performance bicycles, table and kitchen ware, leather goods, cafe racers, and much more.

Photo courtesy of Josh Steel, Vintage Steel

CRAFT MANUFACTURING TRAIL GUIDES

JOSH STEEL

Mechanic, Maker

  • Josh Steele LinkedIn
  • Josh Steele Instagram
  • Josh Steele Twitter

Josh is the owner and motorcycle mechanic in chief at Vintage Steel, maker of café racers in Vermont.

PEGGY FARRABAUGH

Wood Entrepreneur

  • Peggy Farrabaugh LinkedIn
  • Peggy Farrabaugh Instagram
  • Peggy Farrabaugh Twitter

As owner of Vermont Woods Studios Peggy has both eyes on high quality wood product manufacturing in VT. 

ERIK COOOPER

Maker

  • Erik Cooper LinkedIn
  • Erik Cooper Instagram

One half of the Burlington duo Matt // Erik Design and founder of the Alternator maker space.

MYSTERY CAT

Could It Be You?

CONNECTING ORGANIZATIONS

Photo courtesy of Michael B. Fisher Productions

DIGITAL VIDEO AND FILM

Vermont's motion picture community is a tight-knit, full-production network of professionals spanning art house, commercial and feature work. Nationally known screenwriters, DPs, and production talent have chosen Vermont to life, work and play.

Pillar companies include Kingdom County Productions, Matt Bucci Productions, Mondo Media Works, Urban Rhino Productions, Velocity Media, Hen House Media, Mount Mansfield Productions, and Dreamlike Pictures.

 

A strong, year-round schedule of festivals and professional development opportunities include the Vermont International Film Festival, the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, the White River Indie Film Fest, Stowe Story Lab.

 

DIGITAL VIDEO & FILM TRAIL GUIDES

MICHAEL FISHER

Filmmaker

  • Michael Fisher LinkedIn
  • Rob Donnelly Instagram
  • Rob Donnelly Twitter

A director, photographer and educator, Michael has produced a dozen vibrant vignettes of Vermont life.

JENNIFER RUTHERFORD

Writer, Director, Producer

  • Jennifer Rutherford LinkedIn
  • Michelle Hobbs Instagram
  • Michelle Hobbs Twitter

A director, photographer and educator, Michael has produced a dozen vibrant vignettes of Vermont life.

ORLY YADIN

Archivist, Producer

  • Orly Yadin LinkedIn
  • Stephanie Zuppo Instagram
  • Stephanie Zuppo

Director of the Vermont International Film Festival and founder of the Vermont Archive Movie Project.

EZLERH ORESTE

Filmmaker, Photographer

  • Ezlerh Oreste LinkedIn
  • Ezlerh Orestes Instagram
  • Ezlerh Orestes Youtube

ERIC FORD

Producer, Enthusiast

  • Eric Ford LinkedIn
  • Eric Ford Instagram
  • Eric Ford Twitter

When he's not watching horror and '80s cinema, Eric is scouting and producing local content for VPBS in Colchester.

NORA JACOBSON

Filmmaker, Producer

  • Nora Jacobson LinkedIn
  • Nora Jacobson Facebook

Nora is narrative and documentary filmmaker and founder member of the White River Indie Film Festival.

NATHAN BEAMAN

Writer, Director, Producer

  • Nathan Beaman LinkedIn
  • Nate Beaman Instagram
  • Nathan Beaman Twitter

Founder and owner of Urban Rhino Productions, Nate brings innovation and vision to digital production.

BRAD SALON

Filmmaker, Educator 

  • Brad Salon LinkedIn
  • Brad Salon Instagram
  • Brad Salon Youtube

Brad is the founder of Roots School and an active aerial photographer and video producer in Bradford.

CONNECTING ORGANIZATIONS

FASHION &
LIFESTYLE

Vermont has long been a source of traditional, hearty wear. Today, new production methods and a fashion forward design sensitivity have generated a growing generation of fashion and accessory producers.

Anchor enterprises include Burton, April Cornell, Salaam, the Johnson Woolen Mills, Turtle Fur, and Zutano. A restless group of emerging designers include Dam Fine Pants, A Little Lingerie Company, and Designs by Daria.

Photo of Lucy Leith and BINA-48 by Lars Hasselblad Torres

 

FASHION & LIFESTYLE TRAIL GUIDES

ANNE LABRUSCIANO

Clothing Designer

  • Rob Donnelly LinkedIn
  • Rob Donnelly Instagram
  • Rob Donnelly Twitter

Anne is a designer, pattern maker and sewer whose work is distributed by well-known outlets. She makes a wicked bagel too.

SAM TALBOT-KELLY

Costume Designer, Artist

  • Stephanie Zuppo LinkedIn
  • Stephanie Zuppo Instagram
  • Stephanie Zuppo

Known as S'Amuse, Sam is a multimedia artist whose costumes explore relationships to materials and, currently, robotics. 

TOVE OHLANDER

Designer, Artist

  • Tove Ohlander LinkedIn
  • Tove Ohlander Instagram
  • Tove Ohlander Facebook

Based in Burlington, Tove designs practical, elegant workwear, proving that fashion can be made without harming people and the environment.

LIZZY WILLIAMS

Stylist

  • Lizzy Williams LinkedIn
  • Lizzy Williams Instagram
  • Lizzy Williams Facebook

CONNECTING ORGANIZATIONS

Photo courtesy of Alice and the Magician

FOOD &
BEVERAGE

Long, dark winters make for the idea conditions to explore culinary and cocktail possibilities - and Vermont has it made. From our rugged bootlegger past to future-facing olfactory experiences, we've got some exciting things cooking.

Anchor companies include Rhino Foods, Birnn Chocolates, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Keurig Green Mountain, Otter Creek Brewing, Cabot Creamery, Magic Hat Brewing, Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, Kingdom Creamery and American Flatbread.

Exciting new arrivals include Alice and the Magician, Hill Farmstead Brewery, Caledonia Spirits, Whistle Pig, Nutty Stephs, Bohemian Bakery, Vermont Smoke and Cure, Citizen Cider, and Jasper Hill.

 

FOOD & BEVERAGE TRAIL GUIDES

AARON WISNIEWSKI

Alice and the Magician

  • Aaron Wisniewski LinkedIn
  • Aaron Wisniewski Instagram
  • Aaron Wisniewski Twitter

Mixing performance and science, Aaron and the Alice and Magician team produce unforgettable cocktails.

SCOTT KERNER

Three Penney Taproom

  • Scott Kerner LinkedIn
  • Scott Kerner Instagram
  • Scott Kerner Twitter

Scott is a Central Vermont entrepreneur who has revitalized night life with the Three Penny Taproom and mornings with Carrier Coffee Roasting Co.

JAQUELYN REIKE

Confectioner, Agitator

  • Jacquelyn Reike Instagram
  • Jacquelyn Reike

Jacquelyn is the founder of Nutty Steph's granola and chocolate bars, and a big maker of culture in Vermont.