february, 2021

26feb10:00 am5:00 pmArtful Ice Shanties Design-Build Competition10:00 am - 5:00 pm Retreat Farm

Event Details

The Artful Ice Shanties Design-Build Competition is a celebration of the artistic talent and creative ingenuity of our region as well as the long history and tradition of ice fishing at the Retreat Meadows. Presented by the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center and Retreat Farm in connection with ICE SHANTIES: FISHING, PEOPLE & CULTURE, and ERIK HOFFNER: ICE VISIONS, this inaugural event is a timely observance of the delightful possibilities of winter, at a time when being outdoors is safest.

The Artful Ice Shanties will be displayed at Retreat Farm February 13-28. Most of the shanties will be displayed on solid ground in front of Retreat Farm, with a few placed on the Retreat Meadows ice.

Your ice shanty can be traditional or conceptual, functional or wacky, permanent or ephemeral (as long as it can withstand the elements for two weeks!), but it must be in some way artful. We encourage the use of recycled, repurposed, or donated materials, but new materials are certainly permitted.

Join us on Sunday, February 14, for a wintry, wonderful outdoor Awards Ceremony where a panel of local judges will give out an array of awards for ice shanties with notably artistic, inventive, or silly qualities.

ADMISSION: Free. Space for ice shanties is limited, so if you plan to build one, please register as soon as possible. (https://www.brattleboromuseum.org/2020/11/10/call-for-entries-artful-ice-shanties-design-build-competition/)

This event is generously sponsored by Foard Panel.

This project was inspired in part by Art Shanty Projects in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


(Friday) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Retreat Farm

45 Farmhouse Square

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