Now in its 19th year, the South End Arts + Business Association(SEABA) is presenting a remarkable exhibition of visual art, Vermont’s largest, at the South End Art Hop. The Art Hop is a two-day event occurring on the weekend following the Labor Day holiday. This must see, must do event attracts over 30,000 visitors. Folks flock to Burlington's South End to visit artist’s studios, and local businesses that are refit as art galleries and exhibition sites. The event celebrates the unique characteristics of the Pine Street corridor, in particular the development of concentrated creative and artistic activity that has been established in numerous re-purposed factories and warehouses within the District.
Arthop paints a portrait of a family affair. New this year, mini Monets can grab a passport on Saturday and hop along Pine Street visiting family-friendly venues that feature hands-on creativity, music and fun. This event is designed for families with children ages 3 – 12 in mind. Kids can pick up their passport at any of these six sites, between 10:00-2:00, and have it stamped:
- Champlain Elementary – Art Display in honor of Bentley Seifer and Children’s Art Show
- StoryWalk - Enjoy finding 20-25 storyboards along the Art Hop route. Begin at the Burlington Electric Department and move north on Pine Street. Sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont
- Maltex Tent – Multiple hands-on craft activities
- Davis Studio – Children’s art show & beading pool activity
- Art Putt Mini Golf- An arty, 9 hole mini golf experience located at 339 Pine Street for people of all ages
- King Street Center – Activities and entertainment with a royal theme!
Imaginations take flight with Davis Studio activities in the Maltex Tent. Kids will find paint, pencils, watercolors, recycled paper, found objects, feathers and more. Children can get creative and make:
- Mad Hatter Hats
- Roller Coaster Paper Sculptures
- Rain Sticks
- Big Box Vehicles (collaborative project)
- Portrait Sketching Station
- Musical entertainment by the Fiddleheads at Noon!
Elements of a successful outing at the hop mean Mom and Dad might need to know where to wash up, places to eat and more. So parents should know that port-a-pots will be available north of the Maltex Tent where Kids Hop is being held (4 regular-1 handicapped.) Other bathroom options include Champlain Elementary, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Curtis Lumber, Soda Plant and the King Street Center.
The Art Hop routecan be long for little legs. Using strollers, wagons or even bikes can be a good option for getting around. There will be also be SSTA shuttles running from 5:00-10:00 on Friday and 4:00-8:00 on Saturday. Shuttle stops include:
- Burton Snowboards- on Industrial Parkway
- Burlington Subaru- Shelburne and Flynn
- Flynn Dog- Flynn near the railroad tracks
- Lake Champlain Chocolates- Pine Street
- Innovations Center - 175 Lakeside Avenue
- SEABA Center/Maltex Building- Pine Avenue near Howard
- Soda Plant- Pine Avenue/Kilburn
- KSV- Maple and Battery Street
- Main Street Landing- Main and Lake Streets
Pine Street can be a busy street even during a regular weekend and the Art Hop will certainly increase traffic. In order to switch sides of the street safely, SEABA will have crossing guards at Pine and Howard Streets and Pine and Kilburn. It is essential to know where to feed your hungry brood. In addition to the six food vendors along Pine Street, New World Tortilla, Great Harvest Bread, and Handy's Lunch are a few good family friendly options.
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