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Southern Vermont Arts Center

West Rd, Manchester, VT 05254
802-362-1405
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Ranked #4 of 10 Attractions in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Galleries
Owner description: Founded more than 50 years ago by a group of local artists, the cultural center includes a beautiful Georgian mansion that showcases changing... more » Owner description: Founded more than 50 years ago by a group of local artists, the cultural center includes a beautiful Georgian mansion that showcases changing exhibits, the Arkell Pavillion, a performing arts center and the Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, which houses the center's permanent collection of more than 700 paintings. « less
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Westchester NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We decided on our visit to Manchester to take a easy side trip to visit the Southern Vermont Art Center. It is located just minutes from the Village of Manchester. You enter the grounds from the driveway off West Rd and it begins to wind its way up a long hill to the arts center. Along the way among the... More

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I highly recommend visiting SVAC if you're in Manchester. I've only visited the main house and didn't see the art in the surrounding buildings, so my review is on it alone. They have an always changing selection of art on display that is done by local artists. It's a gorgeous gallery in a historic property, and it is free (although... More

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Sarasota, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Getting there up their winding road is a treat in itself with sculpture lining the way. Terrific museum with special exhibits, a restaurant and plenty of parking. Best of all is when the Manchester Music Festival is being held. (All summer). They have wonderful artists performing everything fromJazz to Opera and all in between. A do not miss attraction when... More

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Went to this place to attend a live performance of Canadian Brass at the theater at Southern Vermont Arts Center which is located on Mt. Equinox. The drive to the venue was lined with HUGE sculpture - very unique and well worth the trip. Was glad that there were no cars behind us along the serpentine road which allowed us... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We visited the Southern Vermont Arts Centre to take in the outdoor sculptures and were blown away by the sight of huge art installations in the middle of beautiful meadowland, surrounded by towering mountains. Breathtaking! The art exhibitions indoors of local Vermont artists and their depictions of Vermont are worth an afternoon - you appreciate the artists' perspective of the... More

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Manchester, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Fantastic setting half-way up Mt. Equinox. Great job of incorporating community. From performances (dance, classical guitar etc) to sculptures to paintings this center has more than you would expect for any small town in Vermont.

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Mass.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Nice small art museum, with interesting sculptures on the grounds. Worth a stop if you have time. People there are very pleasant

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Lincoln, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We went here during the winter so the only thing open was the art gallery. We spent a bit of time talking with the person there, and that was nice. Then we saw an exhibit of local artists. It was too snowy to walk outside and see all the sculptures. Maybe on another visit.

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Killington, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

SVAC always has interesting artists on display in the new building with the more traditional/long-term showings on display in the original (period) building. The new building is fantastic and supplies the perfect backdrop for shows. The grounds and lane approaching the center are worth the trip on their own merit. If you're in the area, we highly recommend spending some... More

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Allendale, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

This is a wonderful place to spend time while in Vermont. The building and its history is fascinating and the artwork, available for purchase, is often of a remarkable quality. We'll be sure to return during better weather to be able to take advantage of the beautiful grounds.

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