Inn Victoria, a Romantic Vermont Bed and Breakfast, welcomes the Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts, (VTica) to Chester. Due for its grand opening in the fall of 2011, the Institute is reaching out to the community to get involved. Earlier this week Penny and I attended an informational meeting at the Fullerton Inn, where we found approximately 30 local people who demonstrated support.
Although not yet completed, it certainly is a fun excursion through the old American Legion Hall on the corner of Main & Depot Streets in Chester. The changes that have been made to the building are extraordinary and will offer the Institute the flexibility to offer a wide variety of community services.
VTica is a Gallery-Museum-School dedicated to supporting the innovative contemporary artist, creating an inviting space to engage the community through diverse thought-provoking art works and events.
- The Gallery provides artists the opportunity to exhibit their finest works to collectors and art enthusiasts in a newly modernized facility located in Chester, the heart of South Central Vermont.
- The Museum holds and celebrates a growing permanent collection of work that speaks to the creative impulse in us all.
- The School offers art instruction to youths and adults, as well as residential studios for artists who are looking to participate in small group retreats. Our focus is to unite the community by challenging all to awaken and respond to a deeper calling through the essence of art.
Robert M. Sarly, President of Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts (VTica) and Abby Raeder, Managing Director of VTica, say that “Chester is a hub of arts for Southern Vermont. The Vermont State of the Arts Trail as depicted on the diagram below is truly intriguing and draws attention to the great number of art galleries in this immediate area.”
When in Chester, drop in and visit….or make a weekend of it, and visit each of the galleries on the trail.