The studio and gallery are open to visitors. Take this virtual tour and then plan a trip to South Eastern Vermont to see how our floorcloths are made. (We do ask that you call a day or two in advance of your arrival.) Warning! We are currently under major construction! Please plan your trip for sometime after October 15, 2012. If you’re thinking about having a custom floorcloth made, Lisa is happy to sit down with her customers and talk about their specific needs for a floorcloth in their home.
Tour the house and see floorcloths in use in the kitchen, dining room, hallways and bathrooms. There’s even a set of painted canvas stair risers to see too!
Get some great ideas about what will work best in your home.
Canvasworks is setup in the carriage house wing of the Mair’s 200 year old farmhouse in the town of Weathersfield, Vermont. Before Lisa set up shop there, a well-known landscape, portrait and still life painter, H. Thomas Clark, had created a studio space. The Mairs turned the existing space into an office, show room and painting studio when they moved to Vermont in 1994. In 2000 the carriage house wing was completely gutted, radiant floor heat was installed and a large space was opened up to make room for a 12′ X 16′ worktable.
The Gallery is the place to come to purchase completed floorcloths, samples, canvas blanks, placemats, table runners, fireboards, canvas earrings and framed paintings.Peruse portfolios of Lisa’s past work to spark ideas for your own projects.
Several floorcloths are always on hand for immediate purchase. Call ahead if you would like a list of what is available today.
Above the Gallery is Studio B where the creative process begins. This space has a cathedral ceiling and big schoolhouse windows looking out to the horse’s pasture and the pond. Lisa’s vast library of historic references, helps her create mural images, develop new floorcloth designs and to research historical aspects of both.
In 2006 Canvasworks expanded again. More space was needed for canvas and paint storage and for even larger floorcloth projects. When a neighbor announced that he was selling his carpet-business storage building, the Mairs were quick to snatch it up. Now floorcloths up to 40 feet long and 18 feet wide can be made!
Across the street from the farmhouse is the old Henry Gould barn. This is a beautiful post and beam structure, built into the hill. It is home to Lisa’s competition horses, sleighs, carts, canoes and kayaks.
If you come, bring a picnic lunch and stroll 1/4 mile down the dirt road to the Salmond covered bridge and park. It’s such a beautiful little spot, Lisa couldn’t resist using it for a layout shot of a large floorcloth project several years ago.
Weathersfield is a wonderful town with lots of history. Come and explore.Canvasworks studio is basically at the base of Mt. Ascutney. There’s a beautiful hiking trail to the Cascade Falls which starts about 2 miles from the studio. If you’re into hiking, it’s well worth the trip. The views are fantastic and it’s a fairly easy hike.
Canvasworks Private Consultation and Tour
1. A morning or afternoon with Lisa Curry Mair
* Learning about floorcloths, folk art, and the history of Canvasworks and the 200 year old home.
* Talking about your dream floorcloth or folk art project (by all means, bring photos!).
* Touring the 3 studio spaces, gallery and home.
* Enjoying complimentary tea or coffee.
2. A FREE Canvasworks Colors Swatch Kit ($25 value) will be mailed to you prior to your arrival.
3. Lisa will create a complimentary layout or sketch of your proposed project within 24 hours of your visit.
4. A coupon for $100 off your first floorcloth, mural or original folk art project valued at more than $1000.
5. Get 10% off your stay at the romantic Weathersfield Inn (non holiday only).
If you can’t come to the studio, take a look at the 21-page Canvasworks Portfolio complete with beautiful photos, details about pricing and ordering information. Click here to download the portfolio.