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Collector’s Weekend

April 27, 2018April 29, 2018

Experience Vaillancourt with like-minded collectors!

Collector's Weekend 2017 Painting Workshop Santa in Car

Collector’s Weekend 2017 Painting Workshop Santa in Car

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 27, 2018

  1. 9:30am – 4:00pm
    Painting Workshop 1
    Orientation begins promptly at 9:00 am. Workshop includes lunch.
  2. 6:00pm – 8:00pm
    Friday Evening at Vaillancourt’s ($10 for non-painting workshop participants)
    Join us in Blaxton Hall as we kick off the weekend with live entertainment and mingling with collectors from around the country and enjoy live music before special pieces and premier numbers are introduced. The event is highlighted with a performance by Niki Luparelli accompanied by Brooks Milgate.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

  1. 9:30am – 4:00pm
    Painting Workshop 2
    Orientation begins promptly at 9:00 am. Workshop includes lunch.
  2. 10:00am – 11:00am
    “Coffee” (and its unusual Vaillancourt connection) by Airis
  3. 11:00am – 12:00pm
    “The Doctor Who Almost Stole Christmas” by Dr. Robin McFee
  4. 1:30pm – 2:30pm
    “Yuletide through Winterthur Museum” by Ellen Taviano
  5. 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 young or old. 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 Lock 50 on Water Street in Worcester, MA.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

  1. 9:00am – 10:00am
    Collector’s Breakfast Buffet for participants of Painting Workshop
  2. 9:30am – 4:00pm
    Painting Workshop 3
    Orientation begins promptly at 9:00 am. Workshop includes lunch.

Where to stay!

  1. Hilton Gardens Inn Worcester  – Directions (20 miles, 16 minutes from VFA)
  2. Econo Lodge Sutton – Directions (9 miles, 7 minutes from VFA)

Looking Back at Past Collector’s Weekends

  1. CW2017
  2. CW2016
  3. CW2015
  4. CW2014
  5. CW2013
  6. CW2012
  7. CW2011
  8. CW2010
  9. CW2009
  10. CW2008


April 27, 2018
April 29, 2018
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Vaillancourt Folk Art
9 Main Street
Sutton, MA 01590 United States