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On tour in Vermont, a countryside changing color

Vermont North by Hand Studio Tours are timed to coincide with the brightest fall colors along the upper reaches of the Connecticut River and in the rolling hills just to the west. Scheduled for Oct. 5-6, the open studios are a chance to view fine art and crafts, meet the creators, and travel beautiful back roads between sites.

According to potter Bruce Murray, this event began a decade ago with a cluster of craftspeople in the hill towns that are still at the heart of the tour. Murray’s studio, an 18th-century timber-frame barn, is on a byway heading from the river (and Interstate 91) into the hills. His work, as that of most participants, is sold widely but only in his studio do you see its scope, from butter dishes to wall pieces.

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