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Southern Vermont Arts Center

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Address: West Rd, Turn off West Road, Manchester, VT 05254
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+1 802-362-1405
10:00 - 17:00
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Founded more than 50 years ago by a group of local artists, the cultural...

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.

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Fall Exhibit

I Love the permanent collection of Luigi Lucioni. The member exhibits are always enjoyable as well. I recently attended an opening with a friend from out of town and she was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 December 2016
Cathy H
Manchester Center, Vermont, United States
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Manchester Center, Vermont, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

I Love the permanent collection of Luigi Lucioni. The member exhibits are always enjoyable as well. I recently attended an opening with a friend from out of town and she was quite impressed also.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

I'm so glad I found this Arts Center listed in things to do in Manchester, we enjoyed the center immensely. The art starts when you drive up the winding driveway with large sculptures in the fields and woods. We visitd the Wilson building first with it's large open staircase filled with huge sculptures, it was very impressive. We then headed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

I'm always surprised by my visits to SVAC, and the variety of artwork on display. From traditional pastoral paintings, to be expected in southern VT I suppose, to more (to me) interesting traveling exhibits, there is always something to surprise and delight. I haven't been since the new restaurant opened, but in the past I've enjoyed having a meal onsite.

Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We arrived on a Monday - the art center was closed BUT we got to enjoy the beautiful sculptors along the loop driveway and in the yard. The sculptors are fantastic and the whole area is great. Some of the pieces are sophisticated and one can enjoy just walking around, adoring the beautiful scenery and the best of art since... More 

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South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

There are 2 buildings with local art on display in a nice rural setting. It will take an hour to go through the entire exhibit, but there is nothing jaw dropping on display. The grounds with the woods, and scattered modern sculpture works is the most appealing feature.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This Arts Center is a jewel. Situated on a welcoming site with different sculpture pieces that lead you to the two buildings on property. There are two buildings; one seems more museum like and the other houses multiple pieces of art (for sale) spread over two levels. The art is eclectic and includes photography as well. It is well worth... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We've been here many times but this time of year they have local artists works on display that can also be purchased. There are many galleries on both floors and art work tends toward natural scenery but there are other areas of art covered as well as sculptures. There is also the permanent collection and the sculptures that dot the... More 

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Western Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We had a free afternoon in Manchester, and didn't want to spent it shopping, so we found this gem! Really, whatever your tastes in art, I think you'll really enjoy a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

I recently viewed David Brewster's paintings at SVAC and commended the Center on its handsome exhibition rooms, indirect lighting and appropriate temperature. The Center provides year-round activities and exhibitions for the community and its visitors. There is nothing quite comparable in the area.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Just taking the ride up the mountain to this small but wonderful museum is worth visiting. Along the way up there is interesting sculptures along the way. The museum is house in an old Manchester mansion and some new buildings. There is nice cafe. Also, this is the summer site of the excellent Manchester Music Festival.

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