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“Art All Around”

Southern Vermont Arts Center
Ranked #4 of 17 things to do in Manchester
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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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Reviewed November 26, 2017

The Southern Vermont Arts Center is another treasure nestled in the southern Vermont landscape. It is a true Arts Center. Over the years I have been to adult and childrens’ art shows, drama camp with my granddaughter, heard rehearsal for a concert And viewed the spectacular outdoor sculptures!

Date of experience: July 2017
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Elizabeth P, Executive Director at Southern Vermont Arts Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2017

Thank you Kathy, for the stellar review. We are thrilled SVAC continues to bring enjoyment to you and your granddaughter through our array of programs and sculpture park. We look forward to seeing you both in 2018.

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Reviewed November 22, 2017

My husband took a 1-day pastel workshop at the Center, & we went back the next day to tour the museum. The art displayed was of a very high quality & we were most impressed. Visitors to Manchester should definitely visit the SVAC, just as they would other more famous museums in big cities.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Elizabeth P, Excutive Director at Southern Vermont Arts Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2017

Thank you for the endorsement! We are thrilled the exhibit in the Wilson Museum exceeded your expectations. Our 2018 season promises to bring exciting exhibits and events. We look forward to your return visit.

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Reviewed November 9, 2017

Visiting Manchester, Vermont? Be sure to take in the Southern Vermont Art Center. The setting is spectacular, the history unique and introduces you to the robust community of artists, many of whom live in the towns and villages nearby. The on site Cafe Sora, featuring Japanese Homestyle Cuisine, is the perfect spot to have lunch.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Kathryn C
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Connor J, Executive Director at Southern Vermont Arts Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2017

Thank you for your visit and review, Kathryn. We are so glad you enjoyed our campus and the exhibits. Please visit again soon. SVAC's Winter Member Show opened on Saturday and show runs through December 30th, featuring an astounding range of artists and mediums. Executive Director

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Reviewed October 11, 2017

This gallery is a museum! Or is this museum a gallery?

It's up a hill, overlooking a lovely field with a huge, stainless, stylized woman. The buildings are traditional New England, the art is everything from representational to totally nonobjective, and most of it is for sale.

The docents are lovely, friendly, and helpful.

By the way, if you walk into the gift shop and think you're in an exhibit, you'll not be the first.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Connor J, Gallery Assistant at Southern Vermont Arts Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2017

We are delighted you enjoyed your visit on our campus. Please visit again to see our exhibits and performances in the summer season.

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Reviewed October 11, 2017

Really cool art exhibit. Upon driving up towards it the sculptures are pretty amazing. Everything is free which is nice just give a donation which I think they deserve, and some of the art is definitely powerful. Much of it is not cheap but it is available for sale and certainly if something catches your eye it be worth it going for it. We really liked Kim who worked in the lower building and had us guess which exhibits we thought were the best : Nice to find out she was thinking exactly the same thing. Very beautiful art and really diverse work!

Date of experience: October 2017
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Elizabeth P, Executive Director at Southern Vermont Arts Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2017

Thank you for your visit and review. We're so glad you enjoyed the drive up the hill and time spent in our galleries with Kim. Come back and visit us in 2018. We have an exceptional line up of exhibits and performances. Executive Director

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