May is a wonderful time to explore Vermont. The buds are beginning to peak out after a winter of hibernation. The sound of brooks and waterways once held captive in ice can be heard once more. And local craftspeople open their studios to visitors for the Spring Open Studio Weekend.

The free weekend affords participants a glimpse into the creative process, the production of myriad local projects, from people right down the road. What inspired that wooden bowl? How was that quilt fashioned? Questions that we often wonder when purchasing local artwork can be answered, directly from the artists themselves.

Bright yellow signs will appear along Vermont’s roads as a tourist’s self-guided “yellow brick road” to a statewide celebration of the arts and the creative process. Many of the studios on the tour are only open to the public during this event or include gallery discussions and special exhibits, making it a truly special weekend.

Featured artists are from all corners of the art world, including glassblowers, jewelers, printmakers, potters, furniture makers, weavers, ironworkers, painters, sculptors, quilt makers and wood carvers, more than 200 artisans showing the true “vitality of Vermont’s communities,” the goal of Open Studio Weekend since its start in 1993. Each year visitors can expect to meet new artists, for fresh destinations to explore, or catch up with long-time participants, perusing their new works as part of a larger collection.

The Vermont Crafts Council publishes a free map booklet with directions to participating sites, available at tourist information centers and at the galleries and studios along the way. As if Northern Vermont needed another reason for folks to call it home, events like these are simply icing on the cake. Contact William Raveis Stowe Realty for all of your Northern Vermont real estate needs.