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Collector’s Weekend

Friday, April 26, 2019Sunday, April 28, 2019

Collector’s Weekend 2019: Celebrating 35 Years of Traditions

Collector’s Weekend is an excuse to escape the real world and join like-minded people that share an affinity to Christmas, traditions, and their love of Vaillancourt Chalkware. Since the first Collector’s Weekend in 1996, Collectors—both serious and casual—have made the annual trek to the Vaillancourt Studios in Sutton, MA for a weekend where they can paint their own Santa under the guidance of the Vaillancourt Artists, enjoy educational lectures, or just enjoy the weekend in our Gallery where limited edition pieces are introduced with the lowest production number available. Many collectors come simply to attend the reception and Annual Collector’s Weekend Dinner, where they can converse with others passionate about chalkware, Christmas, and traditions. We recommend that you plan on painting on Friday or Sunday, attend the Friday opening, enjoy the free lectures on Saturday, and join us for the Annual Reception & Dinner—and don’t forget the free Artists’ breakfast buffet on Sunday

Friday, April 26, 2019

  • 9:30am – 4:00pm
    Painting Workshop 1
    Orientation begins promptly at 9:00 am. Workshop includes lunch.
  • 5:00pm – 8:00pm
    Friday Evening Opening at Vaillancourt’s
    Join us on Friday evening as we kick off the weekend with the release of special products, food, and merriment with fellow collectors. The entertainment starts at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

  • 9:30am – 4:00pm
    Painting Workshop 2
    Orientation begins promptly at 9:00 am. Workshop includes lunch.
  • 10:00am – 11:00am
    Lecture 1
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm
    Lecture 2
  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm
    Lecture 3
  • 7:30pm
    Annual Reception and Dinner!   Reception starts at 6:30
    What some call the highlight of the weekend, the annual dinner has become a popular event for collectors both serious or casual and long-time or first-time. Dine with those who share a passion for Christmas and Vaillancourt Chalkware and have the opportunity to be chosen to design your own Santa for the following year’s Collector’s Weekend! This year’s dinner will be held at Nuovo on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester, MA.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

  • 9:00am – 10:00am
    Collector’s Breakfast Buffet for participants of Painting Workshop
  • 9:30am – 4:00pm
    Painting Workshop 3
    Orientation begins promptly at 9:00 am. Workshop includes lunch.

Where to stay!

We will be looking at booking a block of rooms from a Worcester hotel. Once that is reserved, it will be posted here along with other recommendations.

Looking back at past Collector’s Weekends


Friday, April 26, 2019
Sunday, April 28, 2019
$80 – $225
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Vaillancourt Folk Art
9 Main Street
Sutton, MA 01590 United States