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.
This month's Gallery Walk is on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5.
NOTE: MOST EXHIBITS ARE OPEN ALL MONTH.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
The next Gallery Walk will be on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3.
The Marina Restaurant
VENUES TO THE NORTH OF DOWNTOWN
1. The Marina Restaurant
28 Spring Tree Rd. (down behind 464 Putney Rd. -
where the West River meets the Connecticut), (802) 257-7563,
Featured art includes 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; personality-filled paintings of farm animals by Caryn King; colorful
and whimsical plein air landscapes by Georgie; and impressionist-realistic,
light-filled paintings by Deborah Lazar. Gallery Walk "munchies" available from
5 to 6:30 for visitors stopping in to catch the art en route to downtown. The Marina
Restaurant is a casual waterfront eatery with a sunset view; open 7 days 11:30 to 10,
Sunday Brunch served from 10 to 1.
VENUES TO THE WEST OF DOWNTOWN
2. Tasha Tudor Museum
974 Western Ave. (now on the first floor), (802) 258-6564,
FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walks, 4 to 7 pm, for "From
Scratch: Tasha's Handmade Life" through October 18. Immerse yourself in Tasha's
lifestyle of handmade things, including a corgi, original paintings and drawings,
and canned goods. See how her devotion to handwritten letters inspired some of her
followers. Watch the documentary, enjoy a cup of Tasha's tea, revisit the lost art
of letter-writing, and even try a bit of watercolor painting. Children are welcome
to enjoy the dress-up area, coloring pages, reading corner, dollhouse, play tea set
with cookstove, and more.
C.X. Silver Gallery
3. C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898 or (802)
Open 3-8 during Gallery Walk for current exhibit, Nye
Ffarrabas: a walk on the inside -- 50-year retrospective and book launch,
cxsilvergallery.com/nye-ffarrabas; Reception and Forum, Sunday,
Sept. 7, 1-4 pm. New exhibition -- Souvenirs: Landscapes by Gordon Jones -- opens
Sun., Sept. 21, 1-4 pm; catalog available. Exhibitions, open year-round by appointment,
include luminous landscapes, portraits, the Wu Ji (Infinity Within) series of
abstract performance painting using mops and trowels as brushes, and the ongoing
multimedia Pink Slip Project (pinkslipproject.tumblr.com). Dim Sum Dining & Catering
daily by appointment (call ahead 1-2 days, 802-257-7898). Asian Cultural Center of
Vermont's (accvt.org; 802-579-9088)
Mid-Autumn Moon Festival of Vietnam, Korea and China: Monday, Sept. 8, 5:30-8
pm, atop Brattleboro's Memorial Park; free for all ages.
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
Whetstone Studio for the Arts
4. Whetstone Studio for the Arts
28 Williams St., (802) 579-9797 Hannah,
OPEN ON GALLERY WALK, 5-8:30: Grand Opening Party at
Fat Cat Studio: Visit Cat Nunn's new space on the second floor, filled with her
skillful still-lifes and portrait studies. 7 pm unveiling of her portrait of
violinmaker Doug Cox, president of the Arts Council of Windham County -- learn
about Cat's next exciting commission. Hors d'oeuvres and a variety of beverages will
be served. A retrospective exhibit of work by the late Stacy Morse is open for
visitors.... Other studios may be open, and building manager Hannah Parker might be
available to show studio and meeting spaces -- further info not available at press
5. The Driftwood Café: An Outdoor Gallery &
28 Williams St., next to Whetstone Studio,
Open 5 till closing for Gallery Walk, the café
offers seating by the Whetstone Brook for light fare and cold beverages. 6-9 pm:
Dancing on the Patio with DJ SelectorD from WVEW -- "spinnin' & jammin'
massive." Featured artist Sage Feldman is back from Provincetown and
Appearances Eco Arts Fest; she has large industrial and small, beautifully painted
pieces on view. Barbara Holliday is showing art on canvas and artful satchels,
as well as installation art in and around the café: a painted hot-tub/fishpond,
"Doors of Perception," an ornate transformed chair, and planter boxes of flowers,
vegetables, and herbs.
6. New England Center for Circus Arts on the Lawn at
10 Vernon St., NECCA: (802) 254-9780,
Special Gallery Walk performances at 6 and 6:45 pm by
advanced and professional level students on the freestanding aerial rig. NECCA is
a non-competitive school offering acrobatic and aerial classes to students of all
ages and all abilities in a fun, fit, friendly atmosphere. Enjoy the circus students'
show, then head inside for family-friendly art exhibits with a "Road Trip" theme,
Jessica Park's creatively colorful paintings, and much more. (See next
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
7. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walk. Students from New
England Center for Circus Arts perform outside starting at 6 and 6:45. Inside
BMAC, tour: Road Trip: America Through the Windshield, a contemporary take
on the classic summer getaway; See the U.S.A. in Your Chevrolet, showcasing
six decades of vintage car ads; and Your Space / U.S.A., an interactive virtual
road trip. A World Transformed presents the visionary paintings of Jessica Park.
Spotlight on Small showcases small-scale artworks in a variety of mediums by
Laura Christensen, Adrienne Ginter, Elizabeth Sheppell, Altoon Sultan, and Jen
Violette. Deco Details: Photographs by Andrew Bordwin highlight the
craftsmanship of early 20th-century Art Deco masterpieces. Regular Hours:
Sun.-Thurs. 11-5 (closed Tues.), Fri. 11-7, Sat. 10-5. Admission: $8-$6-$4, free
for BMAC members and children under 6.
8. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St.,
Featured painter Heather Miller explains that her
Venus Visions artwork "represents our united relationship to life's constantly
changing experiences. Our ability to perceive life as temporary causes deep suffering
and joy. My goal is to share glimpses of beauty inspired by the dance of matter
and transformation." One of the pieces in the exhibit is entitled "Adventures in Her
www.venusvisionsart.com. Offering inspired food, local craft beers, and specialty
drinks in a picturesque waterfront location; indoor and outdoor dining, free parking.
Open daily for lunch and dinner, 11:30-10, Fri.-Sat. till 11.
Twilight Tea Lounge
9. Twilight Tea Lounge
41 Main St. - Lower Level (enter directly from Arch St. hill),
Enjoy a continuing exhibit of movement-inspired work by
two local artists. Virginia Driscoll shares pieces from her "Having a Ball"
series, inspired by springtime dancing at the river. Tara Gordon transforms
close-up nature photography into reflective patterns, exploring the symbiotic
relationship between people and nature. Tea & Treats served till 10. Regular
Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 12-8, Fri.-Sat. 12-10, Sun. 12-6; closed Mondays.
River Gallery School
10. Superfresh! Organic Café
30 Main St., www.superfreshcafe.com
The Superfresh! Staff Art Show is an eclectic exhibit
of pen-and-ink, paintings, photography, poetry, etc. Artists include owners
Jessica Weston and Jacob Roberts, and team members Ben Keating, Travis
Stone, Eden Love, Grace Nolan, Sarah Frye, Wyatt Andrews, and more! Live Music on
Sept. 5, 8-10, with Erica Russo and The Good Sport (New York), described as
"a cross between the poetic vocal style and gentle quality of Joanna Newsom, and the
passion, energy, and directness of Heart, lending hints of songwriting styles similar
to Ani Difranco and Laura Marling." Donations welcome, BYOB. Café hours:
Mon.-Wed. 9-3, Tues.-Fri. 9-10, Sat. 10-10, Sun. 10-9.
11. River Gallery School of Art
32 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
The Annual Faculty Art Show presents recent work by
teachers in the regular programs and workshops. Current and prospective students have
the opportunity to see personal work by the people they engage with in RGS studios.
Participants are Jason Alden, Marilyn Allen Carol Barber, Barbara Campman, Robert
Carsten, Kim Colligan, Mary Giammarino, Donna Hawes, Lynn Hoeft, Ailyn Hoey, Bruce
Iverson, Julia Jensen, Collin Leech, Jodi Paloni, Matthew Peake, Helen Schmidt,
Cameron Schmitz, Dan Sherry, Ross Smart, Lydia Thomson, and Robyn Weisel. Sign up
for Fall classes while you visit the show -- it's time!
Latchis Main Theatre
12. Latchis Gallery
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
A. LATCHIS GALLERY: During September, Lani
Wright exhibits her botanical designs and photographs. "When I look at the world,
I see designs everywhere," says this Brattleboro-based self-taught artist, whose work
reflects this principle and was all created in the last two years.
B. MAIN THEATRE: Continuing in September are nearly 40 project entries by
members of AIA-Vermont for its annual Architecture Excellence Awards Program.
While most of their projects are located in Vermont, AIAVT members design residences,
workplaces, public buildings, parks, commerce centers, and other structures for clients
all over the world. The Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is a
nonprofit professional association of 300 members dedicated to enhancing the quality of
our built environment. For more info, visit www.aiavt.org. The Main Theatre is open
during Gallery Walk, 5 to 6:30, and for movie showings and other events.
13. Flat Street Brew Pub
6 Flat St., (802) 257-1911, www.flatstreetbrewpub.net
Steven Leal's new painting series was inspired by
eight family photographs chosen from among hundreds in his collection. Experimenting
with light, color and collage, Steven has challenged himself to detail the things
and people he cherishes most. Offering 20 fine handcrafted ales and lagers on tap,
wine, spirits, and delicious pub fare. Open Tues.-Thurs. 4-11, Fri. & Sat.
4-12:30, Sun. 3-10.
14. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
GALLERY WALK OPEN HOUSE to introduce interested youth
and families to the organization. See the facility, the equipment, the darkroom, meet
teachers and students, and make a photogram with found objects. On exhibit in the
gallery is work from the Exposures 2014 Summer Program. Lakota quilt raffle
tickets for sale. In-Sight's programs offer local youth the tools for creative
self-expression, regardless of their ability to pay. Open Mon.-Fri. 10-5. Call or
visit in person or online for further information.
15. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
"Seeing Eye to Eye" features the work of two local
photographers, John Kudukey and Dave Usher. They both use traditional,
large-format, black-and-white processes to create images reflecting a view of the
natural world. Although the theme of landscapes may be the same, each photographer
brings his own view and approach. Exhibit runs through September 28 with an Opening
Reception during Gallery Walk on Sept. 5 from 5:30 to 8:30. Gallery Hours otherwise:
Fri./Sat./Sun. 12-5. Details online.
16. Artrageus 1, LLC
57 Elliot St., (724) 650-7011 Nick,
Gayle Weitz focuses on making carved and painted wooden
cabinets and containers. Her work reflects a personal aesthetic leaning toward the
functional, with lots of detail and a bit of humor. Her recent series "Humanimals"
contains thirteen life-size cabinets addressing the relationship between humans and
other animals, particularly the issue of speciesism -- the "right" humans have to
dominate, oppress, and/or exploit other animals. The gallery sells Tiny Footprint
Coffee to fund reforestation in Ecuador's Mindo Cloudforest, and books focused on
history, phenomenology, and social theory. Open Wed.-Sun. 11-5, for Gallery Walk
till 8:30 or later.
17. The Hub Gallery
Arts Council of Windham County, 57 Harmony Pl., access thru
Artrageus 1 or from parking lot, Info: (802) 257-1024 Doug Cox or firstname.lastname@example.org,
"Water," showing through September, features 14 artists'
interpretations of the beauty of water. In our environment, water is defined as a
transparent fluid forming the world's streams, lakes, oceans, and rain, and is the
major constituent of the fluids in living things. Water covers 71% of the earth's
surface and is vital for all known forms of life. Experience "Water" through the eyes
of these artists: Penelope Arms, Maisie Crowther, Sloane Dawson, Liz Hawkes deNiord,
John S. Dimick, William Dixon, Len Emery, Adrienne Ginter, Patricia Gordon, Naomi
Lindenfeld, Edie Mas, Nancy Shepherd, Tom Singleton, and Carol Stephens. Gallery
Walk reception from 5:30 to 8:30; hours otherwise Wed.-Sun. 11-5.
Vermont Artisan Designs
18. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
Vermont-native Lulu Lovering is exhibiting her photography.
"I draw inspiration from every little detail of life, but my heart beats faster for
rich colors, natural beauty, and the constantly changing gorgeousness of the forest
and streams I call home. My deepest hope is to powerfully touch society's emotions by
revealing in captured time what it might often see but take for granted." Stop by to
sip a cup of tea or freshly roasted coffee, and enjoy homemade pastry.
19. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Featured work in September includes paintings by Realist
Marc Winnat and a few new paintings by Juan Jr. Ramirez. Winnat depicts
not only local and regional scenes but also some cityscapes. New jewelry by Ed
Levin and Ann D. Klein is also featured. A Gallery Walk reception welcomes
pianist Franz Robert back to the gallery's Yamaha baby grand. A portion of
sales goes to the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center as part of Hunger Action Month.
Open 7 days; visit online.
20. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, http://worksbakerycafe.com
Nina Allen, featured artist for September, studied
textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has produced 10 puzzle
designs for CEACO, sold textiles through NYC's Design Directions, and created logos,
signage, and interiors for residential and commercial clients. A member of the
Brooklyn-based artist group SONYA, she has exhibited and sold work in multiple New
York area shows, as well as the New Arts Program Project Wall and their 2013 Small
Works Invitational in Pennsylvania.... Check out the "clothesline" exhibit of
children's artwork from River Gallery School.... The café serves
Rainforest Alliance coffee, humanely raised meats, poultry and dairy with no
antibiotics or added hormones -- thoughtfully sourced, local when possible. Open
daily 6 to 6, until 9 for Gallery Walk.
WILLIAM H. HAYS
The Artist's Loft
21. David Walter Jewelry Studio
81 Main St., (802) 722-9620,
David Walter designs and produces contemporary
heirlooms in precious metals and gems. In addition to showcasing Walter's jewels, the
studio's Master Craft Gallery mounts quarterly exhibits featuring exceptional
work by regional craftsmen. Currently featured is the exhibition
Sun·Moon·Stars·Rain: Kinetic Wire Sculptures by Bruce
Campbell, a fascinating exploration of form and motion. Now living in Brattleboro,
Campbell began working in wire in the 1990s after many years as an award-winning
designer of exhibition catalogues for several prestigious American museums. He thinks
of his sculptures as three-dimensional line drawings.
22. The Artist's Loft Gallery & B&B
103 Main St., 3rd floor, (802) 257-5181,
William H. Hays' unique multicolor linoleum-block prints are
vibrant interpretations of the New England landscape and Brattleboro -- original and
beautiful works of art at a very affordable price. Visitors can also see works
underway in the artist's studio as well as oil and watercolor paintings of northeast
landscapes. Open 10-6 daily and 24/7 onlinee.
Gallery in the Woods
23. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071
Amy's 4th Annual Chalk It Up to Art interactive
installation is featured in September. The public is invited to come by the
bakery/café and share their arty side on a long strip of chalking wall --
respectful and creative work is encouraged by one and all. Amy's offers
European-style breads; soups, sandwiches, salads; specialty cakes, cookies, and
other treats; open Mon.-Sat. 8-6, till 8 on Gallery Walk, and Sun. 9-5.
24. Gallery in the Woods & Dante's
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
Featured through October are new oils by Richard Heller and
fiber art by Jackie Abrams and Karen Kamenetzky.... Richard Heller's new oils
are in constant play between rigid formalism and intuitive expressionism, with
spheric forms built from layers of color overlaid by markings, trackings, and
exploded grids -- revealing the poetic, interpretive human mind.... Sculptural
basketmaker and sculptor Jackie Abrams has been profoundly influenced by her
work with women in Africa, simplifiying forms so the materials tell the story of their
stengths and sorrows, growth and joys.... Karen Kamenetzky's fiber wall
hangings are inspired by cellular imagery, zooming in on the fundamental nature of
things and bringing into vision the source of change itself.
25. The Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501 (down the alley and through the
glass doors), (802) 380-1607,
Opening Reception on September 5, 5:30-7:30, for "In the
Garden," an exhibit of photography and multimedia installation art by Kathryn
Lipke showing through October 30. "The evolution of my artistic work has
resulted in an 'intermedia' art practice using sculpture, the photographic image,
'soundscape' and video to express human connections to the natural world. The
catalyst for my artwork is the land. A sense of place, the vastness of a landscape,
and the startling details that one comes across when looking closely, all impact
the work." Hours by appointment.
Qualche Volta Gallery
26. Qualche Volta Gallery in Simi Berman's Studio
139 Main St., Rm. 609 (one flight up in Hooker-Dunham Bldg.
with access from Main St. or alleyway entrance)
Oil paintings and collage by Simi Berman, Barbara
Baker-Bury and Jillian Farwell are featured. These three local artists,
who have been painting together for years, are continuing to collaborate in showing
their work. Art, for them, is an ongoing exploration which they wish to share,
welcoming conversation. Open for Gallery Walk, Sept. 5, 5-8 pm, also Sat. &
Sun., Sept. 6 & 7, 12 to 4 or by appointment. For more info contact Simi at
email@example.com (starts with a lowercase "L"), Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org,
Jillian at email@example.com.
27. The Gallery at The Garden
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
September features Perfect Imperfection, a photography
exhibit by Liz LaVorgna (
core-photo.com) and Shanta L.E. (storieswetellphotography.com), exploring how people struggle
with and embrace their perceived imperfections. These "imperfections" include
emotionally charged topics like abandonment and domestic violence as well as
physical issues like body shame. The artists hope to encourage dialogue about
imperfection and how to embrace it. Just as things are not negative or positive,
they ARE; we ARE. "Perfect Imperfection" is about discovery, a journey, and
acceptance. Gallery Walk reception, 5:30-8. Spoken Word & Music Event, 8-9:30,
with special guests Diana Whitney and Cyndi Fitzgerald. Gallery open otherwise
Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 11-5, Sun. 1:30-3:30.
Glass & Gifts
28. Penelope Wurr: Contemporary Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
Continuing on display are Penelope's illustrations
from "Backwater," a children's book and tale of Fishy Follies by Richard Digance
(pub. Michael Joseph, 1982). These sensitive and whimsical black-and-white drawings
were produced during a post-grad course at London's Central School of Art. Offering
Penelope's Fine Contemporary Glass and an eclectic mix of Unique Local and
European Gifts. SORRY for the inconvenience, but the store will be closed September
10-17 for renovations to the new upstairs Gallery space that will open in October.
Open 10-6, Sun. 11-6; closed Tues. Open late for Gallery Walk.
29. Take a Moment for Peace
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., in the
Church Parlor, (802) 257-4588 Dee and Bob Keller
5:30-6 pm · Everyone is invited to the Moment for Peace
Peace in the Centre Church Parlor on Friday, September 5. Dede Cummings and
Travis Hellstrom will share inspiration from the book they recently co-edited,
"Questions for the Dalai Lama: Answers on Love, Success, Happiness and the Meaning of
Life," followed by a guided meditation led by Lauren Alderfer. Dede Cummings was
a Discover/The Nation poetry semi-finalist and is a publisher at Green Writers Press.
Travis Hellstrom, a writer and founder of Advance Humanity, is currently a student at
SIT. Lauren Alderfer holds a Ph.D. in Global Educational Leadership and has written
books on mindfulness for teachers and children.
Brooks Memorial Library
30. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
MAIN FLOOR: Selections from the library's Fine Arts
Collection; Alzheimer's Association VT educational display. MEZZANINE -- HALLWAY:
"Engaging the Public Library," architectural drawings; DISPLAY CASE: Artworks
from the Loud Collection. SECOND FLOOR -- ENTRYWAY: Kids' LEGO creations
made in Children's Room summer "LEGO-palooza" workshops; CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS
CASE: Illustrator/author Anne Hunter's children's books are usually about
nature subjects, such as "What's in the Meadow?" "Possum's Harvest Moon," and "Loon
Baby" by Molly Beth Griffin. Selections from the Fine Arts Collection are
permanently displayed throughout the building; a brochure offers a self-guided
walking tour during library hours: Mon.-Wed. 10-9, Thurs. 1-6, Fri. 10-6, &
31. Brattleboro History Center
196 Main St. (through the side door of Masonic Center),
(802) 258-4957, info: firstname.lastname@example.org, brattleborohistoricalsociety.org
Free admission: Open 4-7 for Gallery Walk, otherwise
Thurs.-Fri. 2-4, Sat. 11-3. Learn about Island Park; see Delicate Spring
Dresses and a Union Station Diorama. Glimpse Rudyard Kipling through
Mary Cabot's journal entries ("Annals of Brattleboro, 1681-1895" author); peruse her
photo albums. Play a locally made Estey Field Organ. Read VT Phoenix
weeklies from 1895. See a West River RR video and diorama. Learn about Crosbys,
Esteys, and Moodys. Inspect the Ft. Dummer replica; dig into its history and
artifacts at Brooks Library. Old signs, maps, prescriptions, gowns. Research Room
at Municipal Center (3rd fl, elevator) open Thurs. 2-4, Sat. 10-12, by appt.
32. Jasmine Day Spa
29 High St. (off the High-Grove parking lot),
(802) 257-0333, www.jasminevt.com
5:30 to 7:30, Happy Hour at the Spa on Sept. 5:
Featuring oil paintings and pastel impressions of the British Virgin Islands by
Vermont artist Karen Loomis, whose fluid and colorful touch conveys the
sacredness of nature and the world around us. Also offering FREE makeup
applications, consultations with Dr. Hauschka representative Jennifer White, chair
massage, and freshly juiced beauty beverages.
33. Brattleboro School of Dance
22 High St., 3rd fl., (802) 254-6884,
Open House, 5-8 during Gallery Walk: Meet some of the
faculty and staff and learn about the variety of programs offered. Enjoy free
pizza and drinks while supplies last, and an array of dance photos of
many of the school's classes and productions over the years. Kids can try out a
brief sampling of some of the classes offered, including Children's Tap and
Children's Hip Hop, and adults can try out a Zumba demonstration as well as
a Beginning Jazz sampler!
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1
The Silo Gallery hosts work by Martha Stevenson of
Martha's Folk Art in Londonderry. A painter and teacher in the Rufus Porter style,
Martha loves to paint scenery of real Vermont places. Also featured are landscapes
and florals in watercolor or oils by Kathy Fiske of Woodstock, who also creates
fine pencil drawings. One of her favorite ways to sketch is using Sharpies with a
watercolor wash and colored pencils to finish.... Vermont Woods Studios of
Vernon is showcasing a selection of fine Vermont-made furniture. Information and
exhibits for visitors and residents alike are open 7 am to 11 pm daily.