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Southern Vermont Arts Center

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
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My sister and I came to the SVAC to check out an auction that was going on. We saw a picture she... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Berkshires, Massachusetts
Lots of good local art

A nice ride up a winding road surrounded by sculpture leads to several beautiful buildings housing... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Williamstown, Massachusetts
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  • Average5%
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“local artists”(12 reviews)
“for sale”(11 reviews)
“winding road”(6 reviews)
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...more
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West Rd, Turn off West Road, Manchester, VT 05254
+1 802-362-1405
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The SVAC consists of two buildings of art about 100 yards from each other. One building is for general art and consists of two floors and multiple rooms of artwork. It is well laid out and somewhat grouped according to subject theme. Most of the...More

2  Thank Enduro338
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

This is about 20 minutes of a detour off the main road. The entry road winds up the hillside past attractive sculptures. Entry is free to the beautiful buildings. Unfortunately, the art on display was so-so, and it took less than an hour to see...More

1  Thank pfefmeister
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A pretty setting and a lovely building with more a craft than a fine art atmosphere. Good light and skilled object placement but a rather disappointing collection.

Thank lrbarile
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My sister and I came to the SVAC to check out an auction that was going on. We saw a picture she liked and suddenly, it was up for auction and she won the bid! So delighted! The Center is situated on a breathtaking site,...More

Thank luvstogarden
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice ride up a winding road surrounded by sculpture leads to several beautiful buildings housing local art and some special exhibitions. A great way for members to show their art to visitors. Many shows during the year. Worth a visit.

Thank msnj
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A wonderful art museum tucked away in the mountains of VT. The road up the hill is full of beautiful sculptures leading to a beautifully restored home fill with beautiful art treasures. All the other buildings are beautifully designed.

Thank Joe C
Reviewed 31 August 2018

Located in Manchester, VT, Southern Vermont Art Center (SVAC), this museum primarily exhibits excellent juried artwork: paintings, photography, graphic art, by artists mostly from the New England area. In addition there are special exhibits of high quality in an annex modern building. Lunch is served...More

Thank ErikAnestad
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Iconic photos of “The Greatest” and other sports legends in the heart of Vermont? Yes! ...And this is just one of the fantastic art exhibits the Southern Vermont Arts Center hosted this summer. Amazing urban-inspired collages, landscapes and scenes capturing the bucolic country settings of...More

Thank G77TMpatriciah
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

One section had a display of the quilts of Susan Hoffmann and mixed media art from Peter Hoffmann who are brother and sister. Very nice display in a beautiful building. Across from this is a building with a more permanent display of sketches and paintings...More

2  Thank davidhale22
Reviewed 27 August 2018

I repeat a must stop when in the area...a very special place. The always have such a mix of artist. One year they had the greatest Display of Cow paintings.

Thank npglf
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

Winding up a hill just outside Manchester Center, you soon arrive at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. There are some odd sculptures in the fields as you approach the center. The two galleries are in beautiful, well maintained buildings. One is an older farm house,...More

Thank Anne C
Reviewed 26 July 2018

We went to see "Perfect Picture" here. The show was great and it was a great venue. The theater is small enough so you feel very close to the performers wherever you sit.

Thank sharonnavre
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10 October 2018|
Response from npglf | Reviewed this property |
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16 August 2018|
Response from Anne C | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it has a little lunch place. Soup, salad, sandwich - light fare.