About Our Gallery
The Studio Club Artworks! is an unexpected treasure located in the beautiful Pownal Valley along a rural stretch of US Route 7 just 6 miles from both Bennington, VT and Williamstown, MA. Its unique motif starts the second you step out of your car where you’re greeted by Fred Garbotz’s whimsical and riotously red sculpture “Wild Delight”. Further up the steps are the delightful metal creations Jim Gatski makes from discarded farm equipment and the hilarious gnome-be-gone creatures Fred Conlon constructs out of recycled industrial castoffs. It dawns on you that this place is definitely going to put a smile on your face.
First time visitors often pause just inside the doorway, take out their cell phones, and call their friends! “You’ve GOT to see this place!”
Once inside you might be drawn to the graphite artistry of Agelio Batle whose hand-finished graphite castings are one of the gallery’s most popular lines. Or you might be in the market for a silk swirl scarf by Jan Mayer, or a monopoly bracelet by Betsy Grebble and Wendy Waldon. If blown glass is your passion you could check out magnificent decorative pieces by Eva Milinkivic and Kriston Gene or clever functional items by Jill Davis. Pottery lovers will enjoy the graceful artistry of Bruce Johnson or the silly ceramics of Ed Brownlee or the many chosen artists in between.
The gallery features the work of over 200 American artists including a handful of Canadians … as a gesture of neighborliness, of course.
One section of the gallery features certified Fair Trade handmade crafts from NGOs operating in developing countries throughout the world. The most popular line comes from Haiti where natives fashion elaborate designs out of discarded fuel drums. Especially delighting the younger set is the line of notebooks from Thailand made entirely from elephant poo! And if that’s too bizarre for your taste you can consider soapstone carvings from Kenya or one of the popular safety pin bracelets from South Africa.
To be certified “Fair Trade” the crafter must be paid a middle-class wage in the context of the local economy and no children can be employed.
The Studio Club ArtWorks! is a destination: a place you take your guests, find awesome gifts, and occasionally reward yourself. It’s not a place you can breeze through. Our selection of crafts created with recycled materials will keep you fascinated, and the sounds of blues and jazz will keep you company. Our coffee is not only FREE, it’s the best you’ve ever had. Don’t come looking for the ordinary because you won’t find it here. This extraordinary venue is reserved for the unusual, the unique, the never before seen.
You’ll leave amazed by the cleverness of artists who re-purpose pre- and post-consumer waste and other landfill treasures into remarkable and functional objects d’art.
So if you’re ever in our neck of the woods, stop in and say “hi”! And don’t forget to try our all natural Vermont’s Best ice cream or legendary Vermonster Dogs. Like everything else, they’re awesome!