If you come to our factory store you might wonder why there is a giant tea cup sitting outside our building. And if you really start to pay attention. you'll notice all sorts of sculptures up and down Pine Street here in Burlington. Wondering what’s going on? It’s the annual South End Art Hop! Hosted by SEABA – that’s the South End Arts and Business Association – and sponsored by local companies such as Lake Champlain Chocolates, the Art Hop is an event that celebrates art – all types of art. Like the giant tea cup sculpture outside our office.
In its 17th year, the Art Hop is Vermont's largest Visual Arts Festival. And let me tell you, Vermont has A LOT of festivals but this is one you really don't want to miss. Always the weekend after Labor Day, the Art Hop (as stated on the website) is "a singular expression of who we are as a community and a thousand statements about what we value about living and working in Vermont."
This isn't your typical oil-on-canvas art. Burlington is home to some of the most creative artists around – everything from painting, sculpture, glass-blowing, art from repurposed materials, electrical installations, food and beer prep, and you guessed it – chocolate – will be on display for the weekend.
Friday night our retail store at 750 Pine Street will be open until 8 pm where you can not only shop, but indulge in hot chocolate, ice cream and shakes, and take a look at what we have to exhibit.
Emily Jones, retail manager and chocolate sculptress will demonstrate one of the most unique events that the Art Hop showcases – how to sculpt art out of chocolate. Her creativity never ceases to amaze. For the Art Hop last year it was chocolate fashion or “Haute Chocolat”, showcasing clothes made entirely out of chocolate.
Emily will be demonstrating how to make her chocolate sculpture on Saturday at 1:00 pm. Space is limited, so arrive early if you’re interested in watching her use an old-fashioned candy table and put together chocolate sculptures right before your eyes.
This year’s theme? You’ll have to stop by and see.
I’ll leave you with a teaser though…