Founded in 1995
A Project of the Arts Council of Windham County
A YANKEE MAGAZINE EDITORS' CHOICE in 2004
A year-round, festive FIRST FRIDAY stroll, 5:30 to
in downtown Brattleboro, Vt. and nearby locations.
GALLERY WALK IS ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
Next month's Gallery Walk is Friday, March 2.
VENUES TO THE NORTH OF DOWNTOWN
The Marina Restaurant
1. The Marina Restaurant
28 Spring Tree Rd. (down behind 464 Putney Rd. -
where the West River meets the Connecticut), (802) 257-7563,
Paintings from Ray Fiske's "Canvas and Steel" series, as
well as his 5-foot Tin Man, were recently added to ongoing exhibits, which include: paintings
by young Alex Hrabchak; flora, fauna, and landscapes by painter Kristina
Wentzell; collages of vintage food imagery by Tiffany Heerema; large painted
gourds by Terry Carter; fine art photography by Henry Ireland; botanical
illustrations by Tina Olsen; landscapes and contemporary artwork by Martha
Dolan; mystical landscapes, studies in nature, and unconventional still-lifes by
Janet Picard; and impressionist-realist paintings by Deborah Lazar. Walk
"munchies" available 5-6:30. This casual waterfront eatery with sunset view is open daily
11:30-10, Sun. Brunch served 10-1.
VENUES TO THE WEST OF DOWNTOWN
LIZ HAWKES deNIORD
C.X. Silver Gallery
2. C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898 or (802) 579-9088,
GALLERY OPEN 4:30 to 6:30 pm for Gallery Walk on Feb. 2; otherwise
open year-round by calling ahead to arrange a visit: (603) 209-7386—after Feb. 8, call
(802) 257-7898. Featured exhibit: Paintings and ceramics by Liz Hawkes deNiord: Return As
Ticket—cxsilvergallery.com/liz-hawkes-deniord, and book launch
magcloud.com/browse/issue/1331705.... DIM SUM catering appointments
resume on Feb. 8. Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents the Lunar New Year
Festival of Vietnam, Korea, and China at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center on Sunday, Feb.
18, 1-3:30 pm (more info at accvt.org).
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
Open Call NXNE '18
& Art Center
3. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION to 7:45 for GALLERY WALK—memberships
available at a 10% discount.... HIGH SCHOOL A CAPPELLA at 8 pm—see next
listing.... NEW EXHIBIT through March 10: Open Call NXNE 2018: Works on Paper - A
wide range of 2D and 3D works by more than 20 regional artists—see link to feature
article at above left.... Through February 11: Touchstones, Totems, Talismans: Animals
in Contemporary Art by nine artists; The Scarf: Joan O'Beirne's mixed-media
works; Your Space: Flights of Fancy - inspiration by our winged companions....
Through March 10: Shimmering Mirage: Anila Quayyum Agha's Islamic-inspired patterns
on gallery walls.... Through April 17: Weighted Tears: Mary Admasian's outdoor
installation. OPEN 11-5, closed Tues. Admission: $8-$6-$4, Free: members & under 18;
Free on Thurs. 2-5 pm.
4. High School A Cappella Benefit
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., (802)
Live Music at 8 pm: Six regional high school a cappella
groups rock the main gallery of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center to benefit
In-Sight Photography Project's Scholarship Fund. Student-directed groups include
Renegade, Shoulder Narrows, Spiralia, Xpressivo, and first-timers Local
Vocals. Rounding out the show: the Brattleboro Union High School Madrigals,
directed by chorus teacher Elise Wadsworth. Event main sponsors are The Savings Bank of
Walpole and Green Mountain Creamery, with patron support by Business & Tax
Consultants, Clear Solutions Displays, and Howard Printing, Inc. Admission: $10 adults,
$5 students. Limited seating; some standing room available.
5. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St.,
Pablo Picasso's mural masterwork "Guernica"—completed
in 1937 in a gray, black, and white palette—is considered one of the most moving and
powerful anti-war expressions in the history of art. On loan from the estate of Heide
Bredfeldt and Bill Oates, this exhibit features various preliminary studies for a
variety of the mural's details, including the gored horse, a bull, and flames, that reveal Picasso's original plans for painting it in full color. The Whetstone offers inspired food,
local craft beers, and specialty drinks in a picturesque waterfront location with free
parking. Lunch and dinner daily 11:30-10, Fri.-Sat. till 11.
6. River Gallery School & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
The Upstairs Gallery features work by the 50 participants in
the Fall semester of Adult Studio classes. Painters, pastellists, watercolorists,
charcoal artists, and sculptors worked in the RGS studios for 4 months developing their
independent projects in shared studio spaces. Interaction with the teachers is based on
one-on-one dialogue, responsive to each individual's level and aims.... At sidewalk level,
the Main Street Studio features the Secret Lives of Shopkeepers, portraits of six
Brattleboro merchants by various artists, and a preview of upcoming classes and
workshops.... In Gallery 34 during February are oil paintings by Lauren
7. Latchis Gallery & Theatre
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.theater.latchis.com,
No special exhibits are scheduled in Latchis gallery spaces in
January, but please check online for current movies as well as "Live at the Latchis"
and "Live in HD" events. On Sunday, February 4, and every Sunday in February at 11:30
a.m., Latchis Arts continues its popular Movies for Kids series. February's theme is
Robots. Admission is by donation. Check online for further information.
8. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insightphotography.org
In-Sight will not have an exhibition at the Tiny Gallery in
February, but head over to the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center at 8 pm on Gallery
Walk night, Feb. 2, for the annual High School A Cappella fundraiser to benefit the
In-Sight Scholarship Fund. (See listing #4 for more info.) visit
to view and register for In-Sight's spring classes.
Vermont Center for Photography
9. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
Photographer John Willis spent eight weeks at the Oceti
Sakowin Camp (Camp of the Seven Council Fires) in North Dakota, just above the Standing
Rock Sioux Reservation. There he contributed his time witnessing and assisting the camp
media group, participating in the Indigenous-led prayerful movement against the Dakota
Access Pipe Line. The project looks at the inequality the indigenous people live with in
their own homeland, questioning our society's skewed values while also recognizing how
much of value we can learn from indigenous traditions. Exhibit open through Feb. 25.
Gallery Hours: Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 12-5 pm. Visit online for further info on this exhibit and
on VCP membership.
10. ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
February features exquisite crocheted-bead necklaces and bracelets
by MARY LIBBEY—made from a cylindrically stacked rope of closely piled beads held by
a climbing crocheted web. Each unique piece is strung by hand, one bead at a time, on a
strong, 100% nylon, triple-threaded cord. The end result is breathtaking. Come meet Mary
and see how she creates her jewelry. All of her pieces are on sale this month.
ArtRageUs1 is a group of creative individuals joining forces to sell art, crafts, books,
and music—and is home to the figurative furniture of Gayle Marie Weitz and
Write Action books!. OPEN Fri./Sat./Sun. 11-5 and online.
11. Cantina Vidorra
49 Elliot St., (802) 490-2532, visit on Facebook
Work by Wayne Estey is featured in the Cantina this month.
"I often paint political, social, and environmental themes that challenge viewers to
rearrange their prejudices. Right, wrong, good, bad, true, false—all depend on the
decider's starting point. Changing one's stance begins first with knowing where you stand."
Cantina Vidorra offers starters, build-your-own or traditional tacos, burritos, enchiladas,
and quesadillas, other specialties, and a kids' menu.
Harmony Arts Café
12. Harmony Arts Café
22 Harmony Pl., (802) 490-2077, FB:
"Serving Art Projects to Nourish the Spirit" is the mission of this
new art-making space tucked in a corner of the Harmony Lot. Proprietor Paula
Lavender had a storefront marbleizing studio on Main Street two decades ago. Now she
has filled this space with a wide variety of supplies and tools for use by folks of all
ages—individuals, groups, and families. Demonstration of techniques is included.
The "menu" of creative options is offered for modest suggested donations or set prices.
There are quick make-and-take projects with changing weekly themes, a range of paper arts,
creative celebrations ("art parties"), Sunday family projects, and no-cost larger
cooperative group projects to be donated to the community. Tie-dying and quilting are
skills Paula can help you master. See the Facebook page for some basic info. Open Mon-Sat.
10-6 (late for the Walk), and Sun. 10-2.
Elliot St. Fish&Chips
13. Elliot St. Fish & Chips
50 Elliot St., (802) 451-9482,
firstname.lastname@example.org, FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More
Maria Pugnetti, a multimedia artist with a degree in
painting, has worked as a light and sound designer, as well as a graphic designer and
illustrator producing cover art for musicians and authors in Europe and America. Inspired
by ecology and mythology, her painting style is intuitive and animistic. She considers her
work a visual poetry that can illuminate the archetypal forms uniting and guiding us
toward self-reflection, healing, and evolution. This collection includes large panoramic
allegorical paintings and small mixed-media works—visit
The café uses fresh, local, and organic ingredients. Open Tues.-Sat. 11:30-8, till
8:30 for Gallery Walk.
14. Cara Wolff Jewelry
4 Elliot St., (802) 451-9482,
GRAND OPENING PARTY: This new store and studio features
work by metalsmith and jewelry designer Cara Wolff Meinke, who has been making
jewelry for over 20 years and studied metalsmithing at art schools across the country.
Handcrafted earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets are displayed on tables Cara crafted
from local, live-edge slabs of spalted maple and pine. Also featured are the works of
Julia Tadlock (First Water Jewelry) and Vale Burns (fiber artist). The store
serves organic, cold-brew, nitro coffee by Nobl Coffee Roasters. Open Wed.-Sat. 10-5
and till 8 for Gallery Walk; otherwise open by appointment.
Windham Movement Apparel
15. Windham Movement Apparel
5 Arch St., below 41 Main, (802) 246-1223, visit on Facebook,
FREE YOGA CLASS 5:30-6:30 with Jo Schneiderman. Friday
community movement classes are taught weekly by local artists. Whimsy and fun in a ballet
theme are on display this month by local artist Wayne Estey, who usually paints
with social and political movements in mind. This exhibit has been curated by the
Southern Vermont Dance Festival, which takes place this year on July 19-22; tickets
go on sale on March 5—www.southernvermontdancefestival.com. WMA supplies quality products
to the movement arts community in an environment that encourages fellowship between
participants and increases awareness of the life-long benefits of movement for everyone.
Open Tues./Wed./Thurs. 1-7, Fri./Sat. 10-6, and till 8:30 for Gallery Walk.
16. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
"From the Royal Quinoa Fields of Bolivia" is an exhibit of
photographs by Tamara Stenn and daughter Musi Choque Stenn about the quinoa
culture and Bolivian people. Quinoa is grown on the shores of the Uyuni salt flats at
14,000 feet above sea level near volcanoes in the Andes Mountains. The nine-month growing
season at this altitude is cold and dry. Fulbright Scholar Stenn is raising support with a
GoFundMe page to shoot a documentary educating consumers about the importance of supporting
quinoa farmers with a living
https://www.gofundme.com/quinoamovie. Open Mon.-Thurs. 7-8, Fri. 7-9, Sat. 7:30-9,
Turn It Up!
17. Turn It Up!
85 Main St., (802) 251-6015, www.turnitup.com
The record shop features a collection of vintage music and
movie posters, several rare and collectible. Artists include the Beatles and solo
projects, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the Clash, Prince, Gene Wilder, Marilyn Monroe,
Clint Eastwood. Turn It Up! sells new and classic music on vinyl and CD at bargain
prices every day. Open Mon.-Thurs. 10-8, Fri.-Sat. 10-9, Sun. 11-6.
18. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071,
Two Hilltop Montessori Middle School projects are featured.
Photo Collages resulted from exploring Place and Identity through interviews and
photo shoots with Brattleboro area shopkeepers, artisans, and business leaders. The
"Struggle for Peace" project brought students in contact with a war tax resister and
veterans to explore conflicts domestic, national, and international. Their research on
individuals who have brought positive change to the world resulted in an exhibit of
carefully rendered Charcoal Portraits. The café offers European-style
breads; soups, sandwiches, salads; specialty cakes, cookies, and other treats; open
Mon.-Sat. 8-6, till 8 for the Walk, and Sun. 9-5.
Vermont Artisan Designs
19. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Featured work includes paintings by Eric Tobin and, just in
time for Valentine's Day, the jewelry of Ann D. Kearney and Bruce Baker.
Tobin captures the landscape and villages of northern Vermont. Kearney, who works in
silver and gold, designs bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. Baker incorporates a variety
of stones into his silver designs. Opening reception 5:30 to 7:30 during Gallery Walk
on February 2. A portion of sales of featured work will go to the Windham County Heat
Fund. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see work by over 300 artists.
20. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
Kathleen Kennedy is showing Zentangle explorations created
by filling shapes with repetitive patterns to create powerful imagery. A former painter
and art teacher, Kathleen is also known for her line of fabric-art Brag Bags, including a
variety of handcrafted purses and handbags offered for sale at the Brattleboro Food Co-op
and other venues. These bags demonstrate her special talent for piecing together
complementary fabrics and patterns into pleasing designs.... The café serves
Rainforest Alliance coffee and humanely raised meats, poultry, and dairy with no
antibiotics or added hormones; open daily 6 to 8, including for Gallery Walk.
WOW Frozen Yogurt
21. Art Night at The Works
118 Main St., inside Works Bakery Café, Info: (802)
254-6201 Susan Rosano
6 to 7:30 pm: Stop by during Gallery Walk to make a Treasure Map,
sometimes called a Vision Board, to create a colorful plan of your goals for 2018. Using
a piece of poster board as your canvas, you are invited to collage images cut from
magazines, old books, or drawings. The idea is that, by giving your mind a vision of what
you want and need, this exercise will work toward making that a reality.... Since last
month's project was postponed due to the frigid weather, participants are also invited to
hang Wishes for Peace on the Wish Tree.... Art Night is sponsored by the Arts
Council of Windham County.
22. WOW Frozen Yogurt
122 Main St., (802) 579-1255, www.facebook.com/WOW-Frozen-Yogurt
Continuing is the Southern Vermont Dance Festival's
Movement 2017 exhibit "Images of SVDF's Inaugural Year," a collection of
photographs by Kiqe Bosch highlighting the festival's opening year. A completely
black-and-white exhibit, Bosch's thirteen images from 2013 celebrate the variety of
movement presented in SVDF's first season. Bosch captured the joy of movement and the
intimacy of the mover—southernvermontdancefestival.com. Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 12-8, Fri.-Sat.
Sidney's Art Jewelry
23. Sidney's Art Jewelry
Brooks House Atrium, 132 Main St.,
Just back in Brattleboro, Sidney continues to design his
De Beers Award-winning jewelry and is showing his newest work at the Brooks House Atrium
each Gallery Walk weekend. Described as "unconventional, surprising, bold, and playful,"
his designs happily marry several colors of 14k gold to the new, non-tarnishing,
platinum-infused Sterling silver, presenting a collection of "architectural pieces with
soft Art Deco touches." In addition to his truly unusual finished pieces, he displays
dozens of pieces-in-progress you are invited to help complete to your particular, personal
taste. His designs are fun, and so is he, so come and experience. Hours: Fri. 5:30-8:30,
Sat. 1-7, Sun. 1-4.
24. Gallery in the Woods
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
"Come Play With Me": Gwen Murphy's Surreal Wall Dolls
exemplify her continuing exploration of humor and pathos. Murphy is primarily a
found-object artist, recognized as the creator of Surreal Shoes, an ongoing project. The
new textile-and-clay wall characters clearly reference historic puppetry and illustration.
They elicit refrains from classic fantasy fairy-tale illustration, and invite storyline
and metaphor with their playfulness. Showing through April 2, with an artist's reception
on February 2 from 5:30 to 8:30, featuring live music by the Moondogs. Open daily
AARON JOHN BOURQUE
Gallery at The Garden
25. The Gallery at The Garden
Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
Two exhibits are featured during February: Aaron John
Bourque's "Very Little - Almost Nothing" and Margaret Shipman's "Originals."
Bourque, a Boston-based artist and photographer, shows off his range of image-making
with these newer works. Shipman's canvases are inspired by nature and magic in everyday
life. "LOVE LOCAL" MARKET during Gallery Walk on Feb. 2: Sponsored by Strolling of
the Heifers, over 40 vendors offer their products just in time for Valentine's Day.... The
River Garden is open Mon.-Fri. 9-5 except during special-event rentals. The Brattleboro
Winter Farmers Market is in residence on Saturdays from 10 to 2 through the end of
26. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
A Celestial Gallery upstairs: Prints by Cavallini complement
Ceramic Work by an artisan from Thailand, in seasonally moody colors. Still on view
in the retail store are unique and whimsical Ceramics by Wiltshire, UK maker and illustrator
Hannah Turner—Mugs, Salt & Pepper Pots, and other Tableware. Hannah's
work draws on her love of nature with a humorous bent. Also on display is New Jewelry from
talented jeweler and costume designer Philippa Kunisch. Gifts and cards for
Valentine's Day, New Spring Arrivals, and CLASSIC BRITISH FARE. Open 11-6 daily,
later for Gallery Walk.
Mitchell · Giddings
27. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Winter Group 2018, showing through March 18, presents new
work by Donald Saaf, Torin Porter, Josh Bernbaum, and Jackie Abrams, with
select work by gallery artists and introducing prints by Erika Radich. MGFA is
committed to presenting innovative, contemporary works that stimulate and challenge both
the seasoned collector and aesthetic explorer. Be sure to visit the MGFA Annex in
the Brooks House Atrium, 132 Main St., for a rotating display of gallery artists.
28. Take a Moment for Peace
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., (802) 257-4588 Dee
and Bob Keller
5:30-6 pm · Joann and Ben Coonrod present a program
on "The Seventh Story." Society and its individuals live under the influence of six age-old
paradigms based on fear and lack. A new "Seventh Story" is emerging, based on love and
enough for all. This powerful, hopeful, and collaborative vision is defined in the work of
Brian McLaren and Gareth Higgins. The presentation will also include references to
Subtle Activism by David Nicol. Joann and Ben are friends of Parker Huber and are
annual winter visitors to Brattleboro.
29. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
MAIN FLOOR–Grigoriy Molchanov sculptures, and his
paintings on the MEZZANINE WALLS; Conrad Feinson's diorama; CEILING:
Cloud-and-raindrops mobline, 2nd grade class, Academy School.
MEZZANINE–DISPLAY CASES: Objects from the Library's Henrietta Loud
Collection; more sculpture by G. Molchanov. SECOND FLOOR–ENTRYWAY CASE:
Kids' Lego-palooza creations; CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASES: Anna Dewdney's
"llama llama" books (see event below). Selections from the Fine Arts
Collection are permanently displayed throughout the building; take a self-guided
walking tour during library hours: Mon.-Wed. 10-9; Thurs.-Fri. 10-6; & Sat.
SAT., FEB. 10, 9-10 am · "llama llama, i love you!" A Storytime Celebration of
Anna Dewdney on Main Floor. FREE for children 2-7 and their families. Wear PJs, hear a
story, eat a snack, make a craft, and maybe meet LLAMA LLAMA. Free book while supplies
last. Breakfast snacks and craft supplies provided. Info: (802) 254-5290 x110.
30. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
Erin Stewart and Will Finkel present Red Sage, a
line of collaborative pottery created for the lover of fine fermented drinks. Blending
Finkel's simple ceramic forms with Stewart's lively hand-painted vignettes, form and
design are united in functional ware with representational and abstract value. Erin fell
in love with ceramics in college and has pursued pottery as Red Maple Designs for nine
years. Will began his career in pottery at age 5, and it has been his primary passion
ever since. Founder of Sage Hill Artisans, he began retailing his work at 15 and is a
full-time potter. Pints of beer for Hermit Thrush Pint Night available from 5 pm
during Gallery Walk on Feb. 2. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 3-8, Fri.-Sat. 12-9, Sun. 12-6.
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
I-91 Welcome Center
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1
The Silo Gallery features works by artists represented at
Gallery North Star in Grafton, including paintings in oil, pastel, and watercolor....
Brochures, magazines, maps, and other printed materials, as well as showcase exhibits of
area products, artwork, and fine crafts are resources for visitors and residents alike. Open
7 am to 11 pm daily.