2020 South End Art Hop Dates!

2019 South End Art Hop, Pine Street on Friday Night, photo by Luke Awtry

SEABA’s 28th Annual South End Art Hop in 2020!

The South End Art Hop takes place in the South End Arts District along Pine Street, from Main Street to down along Flynn Ave, in Burlington, Vermont each year on the weekend following Labor Day in September!

2020 Art Hop Dates:

September 11 from 5pm – 10pm (midnight in many locations!)

September 12 from 10am – 10pm (Kids Hop and STRUT! Fashion Show)

September 13 from 11am – 4pm (many sites are open until 5 or 6pm)

2019 Kids Hop on Saturday at the Pine Street Farmers Market, photo by Luke Awtry

Interested in Participating? You’ve got options!

Registration Forms will go live by the end of March to;

Design and Show a Line of Clothing at the STRUT! Fashion Show
Show Your Artwork at a SEABA Curated Venue
List Your Business located in the South End as a Site in the Program
Open Your Art Studio and List Workshops or Events
Host Music or Activities at Your Venue
Enter Artwork into the Juried Art Competition
Enter the Outdoor Sculpture Competition
Register to be a Food Truck Vendor
Register to be an Art Vendor
Sponsor Art Hop Related Activities
Advertise in the Program Guide

STRUT! Designers at the 2019 South End Art Hop, photo by Luke Awtry

Already planning something? Want to be involved in a larger way or collaborate? Email us anytime to info@seaba.com, we want to hear about it! We’re so excited for the upcoming year, see you soon!

‘Hop this Way’ Sign in front of The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery on Pine Street, photo by Luke Awtry

Washington Post: ‘Why Visit Burlington’ (for the South End!)

Burlington Hotspots Include South End Favorites! Image, John Tully for the Washington Post

SEABA was thrilled to be able to contribute information on the South End Arts District for the Washington Post

Washington Post, Nov. 13, 2019 By Melanie D.G. Kaplan

“Burlington, Vt., had so much of what I had always wanted in a vacation that I often forgot I was on assignment.”

Go: Local Faves

Whether the sun is shining or flakes are falling, Burlingtonians head to Oakledge Park. Located on the Island Line Trail and Burlington Greenway, this large regional park has an accessible treehouse and playground; tennis, basketball, volleyball, bocce and pickleball courts; and SUP rentals through Paddlesurf Champlain at Blanchard Beach. Oakledge Cove (head south through the main parking area to the second parking lot) offers a secluded rocky beach; in summer, locals picnic on the beach and jump from the rocks for a swim. (Grab provisions at nearby City Market and Switchback Brewing Co.) In the winter, parking is free and Oakledge offers small hills for sledding (even better hills at Calahan Park). The sides of the plowed Greenway are used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Check enjoyburlington.com/winter-outdoors for updates on ice skating and winter trail activities. For groomed skiing trails, head to the Intervale Center, a 360-acre campus of farmland along the Winooski River, open 365 days a year.

No surprise that the email address for ArtsRiot is destroyapathy. Considered the heart of the South End Arts District, this Pine Street music venue, restaurant and community hub opened in 2013 and has been a major force in the revival of the South End, which — as one local put it — was an “industrial wasteland” not long ago. The recently expanded venue hosts 130 nights of live music a year (Cracker performs Dec. 5); other nights, you might catch the Moth Radio Hour, an Ethiopian food pop-up, trivia night, a drag show, a magic show or a poetry reading from the local elementary school. Every summer Friday, ArtsRiot hosts a popular free block party called Truck Stop. Also in the neighborhood: Lake Champlain Chocolates factory for sweets, Speeder & Earl’s for coffee, Citizen Cider or Dedalus for drinks and the Great Northern for dinner. The city’s biggest event is South End Art Hop, a September weekend festival that stretches from Pine Street to downtown. Pick up the alternative weekly Seven Days to find out what’s on for the week.’

Arts Riot by John Tully for the Washington post

Eat: Local Faves

The best $10 you can spend in Burlington is for a baker’s dozen at Myer’s Bagels, and I’d understand if you didn’t share them. Located in a barely identifiable warehouse building down a gravel road in the South End, Myer’s makes Montreal-style bagels, which owner Lloyd Squires explained are rolled by hand, boiled in honey water, then cooked on a wood fire for a crispier exterior. (Try the Montreal spice flavor for a little kick.) Squires is the real deal. He learned the craft as a Montreal teenager from a Holocaust survivor, then opened his Burlington shop in 1996, driving daily from Montreal until he got his green card. Now he opens the shop at 4:30 a.m. and makes 3,000 to 5,000 bagels a day. He’s also hiring and paying enough to give a freelance writer pause.

Myers Bagels on Pine Street, Burlington, VT by John Tully

Shop: Local Faves

Conant Metal & Light is a feast for the eyes — dazzling lighting, decorative metalwork and art made from repurposed objects, like canning jars, wrought-iron ice tongs and telephone pole insulators. All the products in this South End Arts District gallery are manufactured in the adjacent workshop. Be sure to explore the Soda Plant, the old ginger ale bottling plant that houses Conant and recently added a collection of start-up maker companies. Steve Conant, who owns the store and building, prefers “makers” over “retailers.” “I want to attract brands that actually create and make things,” he said. A sampler: Pitchfork Farm & Pickle, Brio Coffeeworks, Shacksbury Cider, Rackk & Ruin Jewelry, Thirty-Odd (featuring 30 local artists), Tomgirl (juices and healthy bowls) and Venetian Ginger Ale, owned by the great-grandson of the original plant’s founder.

The Soda Plant, Pine Street in Burlington’s South End by John Tully

A special thank you to the Washington Post for seeing what we see in Burlington’s South End Arts District every day…a vibrant and unique place to visit, shop, and enjoy!

Full article here; Washington Post; Lifestyle, Vacation Ideas, Things to Do In Burlington by Melanie D.G.Kaplan

Year End Giving – Thank you!

Dear Friends of SEABA,
                It’s my immense pleasure to write to you as the Executive Director of SEABA. Years ago, I served on SEABA’s Board of Directors and then as it’s Assistant Director from 2010-2012. I’m thrilled to be back and look forward to fostering our collective creative visions with passion and dedication.

The South End of Burlington has seen a complete economic overhaul and nearly all of its warehouses have been refitted and transformed to house thriving independent businesses, artist studios, and nationally recognized companies that support our local economy. Founded in 1986, SEABA has been instrumental in this large and important shift and continues to be central to the growth and economic vitality of the area.

Recently, the Washington Post, with contributions from SEABA, published an article entitled “Why You Should Visit Burlington”, heavily featuring the ‘South End Arts District’ as one of our city’s most compelling attractions. What we have in the South End is incredibly special; locals know this and word is now spreading nationally. SEABA is here to market and celebrate this uniqueness, to advocate for the area both locally and beyond, thereby bringing that awareness to a larger audience, encouraging tourism, and hosting signature events such as the South End Art Hop.

Our vision is to build on the South End as a popular destination not only for all that it offers today, but also for its cohesive voice and identity as a truly magical place with historical markers dictating the cultural relevance of each building, self-guided audio tours, and branded signage. SEABA has begun to prototype this future already; this year’s South End Art Hop featured four distinct color-coded zones, created to facilitate wayfinding and to encourage participants to visit each location. We intend to further develop this unity and identity throughout the year to bring together artists, businesses, and neighbors from each zone to share ideas and encourage collaboration.

Accomplishing this vision in 2020 and beyond will require hard work, ingenuity, along with generous support from our community. Please consider making a donation to SEABA. Your tax-deductible contribution will have a direct impact, for each dollar we raise is invaluably important to our future programming and endeavors. Thank you for your support!

Creatively yours,
Christy Mitchell
Executive Director
South End Arts + Business Association

Tax-deductible contributions to ‘SEABA’ may be mailed to:
28 Howard Street, Ste 303 Burlington, VT 05401
You may call to make a contribution to:
(802) 859-9222
You may donate online:
Your tax-deductible contribution here means a lot to our small non-profit arts organization, thank you!

Shelburne Craft School Winter Mixer & Wreath Auction at AO Glass!

Thursday, December 5th 6-8:30

SEABA is incredibly excited to co-host this annual fundraiser for The Shelburne Craft School! Executive Director, Christy Mitchell, has served as the guest ‘Vanna White’ for the wreath auction for many years and the event will now take place in the South End Arts District at AO Glass! 

Be our guest and get cozy inside the extraordinary custom glass blowing studio and bid in a live auction on gorgeous artist made wreaths! All for a great cause supporting creative programming!

Tickets include a drink from a bar with Arts Riot, along with snacks from Dedalus! Click here to reserve your spot; Wreath Auction Tickets

Giving Tuesday! Support SEABA Programming

Kids Hop 2019 Booth with COTS Vermont! Photo by Luke Awtry

Happy Giving Tuesday! Your support goes a long way in ensuring that events such as the South End Art Hop are free to attend for everyone! The 2019 Kids Hop was a huge success! Encouraging creativity in all ages in 2020 is one of our main goals, though it will take resources! Your tax-deductible contribution here means a lot to our small non-profit arts organization, thank you!

Kids Hop with Northfield Savings Bank supported Dux the Balloon Man!
Kids Hop 2019 Booth with Kids VT at the Burlington Farmers Market!