Saturday, February 17, 2024
10:00 am - 10:00 am


The Artful Ice Shanties outdoor exhibit is a place-based celebration of artistic talent, creative ingenuity, and the rich history of ice fishing in New England. The Artful Ice Shanties will be displayed at Retreat Farm (45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, Vermont). Visitors are welcome from dawn to dusk. Park at Retreat Farm, stop in at the welcome hut near the farmhouse, and then head into the square to see the shanties from February 17th thru the 25th.

On Saturday, February 24, join us for an Awards Ceremony, where a panel of local judges will give out an array of light-hearted awards, followed by an all-ages outdoor dance party from 3 p.m. to dusk. Thirsty Goat Bar will be open on Saturdays and Sundays during the exhibit.

This is the fourth year of Artful Ice Shanties. Prior year’s entries have included:
— Namaskônek, a shanty inspired by the Algonquin ancestors of the region
— A glass box that used recycled lenses to simulate the experience of the northern lights
— A shanty by third and fourth graders that displayed animals’ winter survival strategies
— An enormous black die with moon-shaped dots
— A shanty that doubled as a working camera obscura
— A shanty in the shape of a giant fish


Generously sponsored by Foard Panel, The Marina, and Berkley & Veller.