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Past Events

Premier Number Weekend

Friday, April 23, 2021 - Sunday, April 25, 2021

Introduction of Judi Vaillancourt’s new Chalkware Designs with Premier Numbers Available! Although Vaillancourt chalkware is often thought about during the holiday months, it’s during the spring that collectors are able to get the coveted “premier numbers.” Vaillancourt Folk Art assigns a number, in the order in which they are painted, for each piece painted in their Sutton studios. Read more for changes in 2021.

Mini Outdoor German Christmas Wine Market

Saturday, December 19, 2020 - Saturday, December 19, 2020
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Although our Christkindlesmarkt has been cancelled for 2020, we’re introducing four outdoor miniature German Christmas Wine Markets every Saturday from November 28th through December 19th from 10am – 2pm. During these markets, we’re pleased to be offering the 90+ Cellars Rosé Truck serving Christmas wines, Glühwein, and hot chocolate to be enjoyed outside with prepared baked goods by Fraulein’s Bakery. Tickets are not needed—come at your leisure or enjoy before or after shopping.

Although there is no replacement to the Christkindlesmarkt & Artisan Show, we hope that these small miniature markets will offer our customers an enjoyable experience to enjoy the winter season with festive wine, warm Glühwein, hot chocolate, and German baked goods.

Drink Menu

  • Second Annual Vaillancourt Christmas Cabernet Sauvignon (2017, Alexander Valley)
  • Prosecco (Veneto, Italy)
  • Warm Nüernberger Glühwein – With collectors mug
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Bottled Water

Pre-Packaged Food Menu

  • Stollen Traditional
  • Stollen Poppy
  • Stollen Mixed Nuts
  • Stollen Marzipan
  • Lebkuchen
  • Pfeffernuesse
  • Zimtsterne (cinnamon stars)
  • Baumkuchen
  • Various cookies (boxed)

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, food and beverages must be consumed outdoors and CDC recommendations of masks and social distancing enforced.

 

STREAMING: A Christmas Carol from Rochester Castle with Gerald Charles Dickens

Thursday, November 26, 2020 - Thursday, December 31, 2020

Join us in celebrating A Christmas Carol with Gerald Charles Dickens, live from Rochester Castle… One ticket will allow you to stream the celebration until December 31st.

Collector’s Weekend

Friday, April 24, 2020 - Sunday, April 26, 2020
Gary Vaillancourt speaking during Collector's Weekend.

**2020 has been cancelled** The main event for Collector’s from around the world, Collector’s Weekend is a chance for insider information, first-hand experiences, and access to some of the most coveted Chalkware collectibles. Join hundreds of like-minded collectors for a weekend of entertainment, shopping, dinners, and more!

Artist Workshop: William Anderson And The Chalkware Snowman

Saturday, February 8, 2020
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Unable to join us for our Collector’s Weekend Painting Workshop? This February, warm up with Vaillancourt artist, William Anderson, as he guides you during a day-long workshop to paint a Vaillancourt Chalkware Snowman. For over two decades, the Collector’s Weekend Painting Workshop have given collectors an insight into the complexity of the fine art collectibles. Similar to the April event, this workshop will allow 25 participants to work with the same tools that we use here in our studios.

Author Book Signing

Saturday, December 21, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 am

Join us in our Sutton, MA retail gallery on Saturday, December, 21st from 11am – 1pm with Gary Vaillancourt signing copies of his new book, It’s Hard To Tell When A Tradition Begins…: A Vaillancourt Christmas.

Inaugural Vaillancourt Christkindlesmarkt & Artisan Show

Friday, November 15, 2019 - Saturday, November 16, 2019

Start the tradition of Sutton’s first Christkindlesmarkt & Artisan Show at Vaillancourt Folk Art on Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th. Shop some of America’s best known artists, and enjoy the Food and Drink Pavilion.

Personal Appearance at Neiman Marcus King of Prussia

Thursday, November 7, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Meet Gary Vaillancourt and be introduced to the 2019 Chalkware and ornament collection as Vaillancourt Folk Art celebrates 35 years of “Made in America” at Neiman Marcus.

A special Zentangle created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas during Collector’s Weekend 2019. As part of the Visiting Artist Workshop, we’re pleased to welcome Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, the founders of Zentangle, for a fun beginner’s class in the fundamentals of the Zentangle Method. This hands-on workshop will awaken the artist you were always meant to be through the Zentagle Method—an easy to learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Whether Zentangle…

Product Signing At Roger’s Gardens in California

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Story Behind… The Starlight Santa

Friday, November 2, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn about The Story Behind the 2018 Starlight Santa with a lecture by Gary and Judi Vaillancourt before the piece is released. Understand the history behind the important series and gain insight in some often overlooked details of the new piece.

The Story Behind… The Vaillancourt Wine

Friday, September 28, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for the kick off of the first ever Vaillancourt Christmas Wine. The evening includes a presentation of the story behind the Vaillancourt wine with the bottles available for purchase within the retail gallery.

The Story Behind… The Nantucket Santa

Friday, July 27, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Since 2008, the Nantucket Santa Series has been one of the most popular Chalkware Collections. Join us at our Sutton Retail Gallery for a behind the scenes presentation on the story behind the 2018 Nantucket Santa.



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The 2021 Chalkware Collection