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, MARCH 2.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
Next month's Gallery Walk is Friday, April 4.
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
Margo's Bits and Bobs
2. Margo's Bits and Bobs: Gifts & Collectibles
1010 Western Ave., (802) 579-1571, next to W. Brattleboro
Pizza & 7-Eleven
This 300-square-foot retail space is bursting with eclectic wares
to please everyone's fancy—antique smalls, Depression glass, fine china, handcrafted
jewelry and hair accessories (including trendy teen styles), handknits, ladies'
accessories, vintage linens, and much more. Margo immigrated from England in 1963, founded
her company in 1990, and was featured in Antiques & The Arts Weekly in 1992.
She sold antiques and collectibles at prestigious shows and flea markets all over New York
State for a decade before moving to Vermont in 2000. So many "bits and bobs," so little
time! Open Wed.-Sat. 12-5, till 8 for Gallery Walk.
LIZ HAWKES deNIORD
C.X. Silver Gallery
3. 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; open year-round by
calling ahead: (802) 257-7898. Continuing exhibit: Liz Hawkes deNiord: Return As
Ticket—cxsilvergallery.com/liz-hawkes-deniord, and book launch
magcloud.com/browse/issue/1331705. Closing reception Sunday, March
11, 4-6 pm, featuring Occasional Bliss singing duo—Michael Auerbach and Coretta Bliss.
New Exhibition and Book Launch later in March for Linda Mary Montano – 40+ Years of
Living Art: Drawings, Sculpture, and Photography—
cxsilvergallery.com/linda-mary-montano. Preview/purchase the book at
magcloud.com/browse/issue/1184522 (preview button under cover image).
DIM SUM catering appointments. The Asian Cultural Center of Vermont presents the
multicultural Persian Spring 'New Day' Festival of Nowruz on Saturday, March 24,
4-8 pm, Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St.—more info:
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
4. Root Social Justice Center
28 Williams St., (802) 254-3400,
ONE NIGHT ONLY EXHIBIT, DURING GALLERY WALK ON MARCH 2: I Am
Vermont Too hosts Visible in Vermont: A Photo Gallery—People of Color from
all around the state share their experiences of racism in Vermont. Through this
photo/story exhibit, displaying everyday racial microaggressions, People of Color
challenge these assumptions and stereotypes, claiming Vermont as their own. Come check
out the exhibit, meet some folks involved, and learn how the project is a tool to build
Vermont's first Statewide People of Color Caucus. A photographer will be on site for any
People of Color who would like to be part of the project. Free Admission, suggested
Open Call NXNE '18
& Art Center
5. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during GALLERY WALK—memberships
available at a 10% discount.... Exhibits continuing through March 10: 2018 Vermont
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - showing work by statewide winners in this
national program offering scholarship and exhibit opportunities.... Open Call NXNE
2018: Works on Paper - A wide range of 2D and 3D works by more than 20 regional
artists....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.
6. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St., (802) 490-2354,
Pablo Picasso's mural masterwork "Guernica"—completed
in 1937 in a blue, 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.
7. River Gallery School & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Upstairs Gallery spaces feature Drawings by students in all
classes.... Registration for Winter/Spring classes and workshops is underway and
ongoing. Check the website for more information.... Save MARCH 24 for the OFF THE WALL
Art Lottery at 118 Elliot Street. Call the school for details.... In GALLERY 34 during
March are paintings by Melody Squires. Although confined to a wheelchair with two
types of cerebral palsy, this dedicated artist finds it very relaxing to paint using a
brush fastened to a "headstick" device.
8. 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. The Latchis welcomes the New England Center for Circus
Arts' Circus Spectacular on Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, March 4,
at 1 pm. On Sunday, March 4, and every Sunday in March at 11:30, Latchis Arts continues
its popular Movies for Kids series. March features the animated movies of Hayao
Miyazaki. Admission by donation. Check online for further information.
9. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insightphotography.org
In-Sight's Tiny Gallery is closed in March but will be open again
next month with an exciting new exhibition. HEARTY THANKS to everyone who attended the
High School A Cappella event at the BMAC in February, which helped raise funds for the
In-Sight Scholarship Fund. Meanwhile, there's still time to sign up for Spring
Classes. Visit www.insightphotography.org to view and register for In-Sight's spring
Vermont Center for Photography
10. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
The 2018 Open Juried Exhibition, open through April 1,
includes 29 photographers from 12 states and Hong Kong. Regional representatives are
Lindsay Richard of Brattleboro, Vt., Tara Wray of Woodstock, Vt., and
Kimberly Lockwood of Holyoke, Mass. Juror Shane Lavalette is an American
photographer, independent publisher, and director of Light Work, a nonprofit in
Syracuse, N.Y. He holds a BFA from Tufts University in partnership with The School of
the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His photographs have been shown widely across the
U.S.—www.shanelavalette.com. A limited-edition full-color exhibition
catalog will be for sale. Opening reception on Friday, March 2, 5:30-8:30 pm.
Gallery Hours: Thurs.-Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 12-5 pm. Visit online for further info on the
exhibit and VCP membership.
11. ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
Featuring hand-blown and hand-formed glass works by Zachary
Grace—hanging sculpture, wine goblets, bowls, carafes, drinking glasses, and
Energy Orbs combining form, functionality, and a unique personal touch, often using
extreme colors and copper wire. Come give an Energy Orb a shake and feel the BUZZ while
you ask Zak about his process, history, and motivations. 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.
12. Cantina Vidorra
49 Elliot St., (802) 490-2532, visit on Facebook
Cosima Hewes is showing her acrylic, pastel, and
scratchboard artwork in March. She brings to life, in surreal and whimsical portraits,
the menagerie of goats and other animals that inhabit her small western Massachusetts
homestead and neighborhood. Cantina Vidorra offers starters, build-your-own or traditional
tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas, other specialties, and a kids' menu.
Harmony Arts Café
13. 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
14. 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.
15. Cara Wolff Jewelry
4 Elliot St., (802) 451-9482,
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 guest jewelry, ceramic, and
fiber artists, as well as locally harvested reishi, chaga, and turkey tail mushroom
tinctures by Dark Matter. Open Wed.-Sat. 10-5 and till 8 for Gallery Walk; otherwise
open by appointment.
Windham Movement Apparel
16. Windham Movement Apparel
5 Arch St., below 41 Main, (802) 246-1223, visit on Facebook,
FREE MOVEMENT CLASS 5:30-6:30 with a guest
instructor—Friday community movement classes are offered weekly. 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.
17. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
Gallery spaces in March feature photos documenting construction of
the Sabawoon Education Academy (SEA) in Nowshera, Pakistan in 2014 by Brattleboro resident
Justin Bibee and SIT Graduate Institute alumni colleagues Dr. Regina Edmonds
and Aamir Gamaryani. SEA's curriculum focuses on peace and religious tolerance with
an emphasis on girls' education. Starting with 14 students in April 2014, SEA is thriving
today with 152 students! Expansion plans include an 8th grade, and construction is underway
for a library, as well as both science and English labs. Gamaryani is SEA's founding
director, and Edmonds and Bibee have served on the school's board since it opened. The
café is open Mon.-Thurs. 7-8, Fri. 7-9, Sat. 7:30-9, Sun. 7:30-8.
Turn It Up!
18. 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.
19. 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.
Vt Artisan Designs
20. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Featured in March are the 3D works of area high school
students for the Arts Council of Windham County's Student Art Month. Visitors are
invited to vote for their favorite student work to determine a People's Choice Award at
the end of the exhibit. Also featured are acrylic paintings by Carol Keiser.
Opening reception from 5:30 to 7 pm on Friday, March 2. A portion of sales of featured
work will go to Windham County Heat Fund. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see work by
over 300 artists.
21. 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
22. 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 to make a Zentangle with exhibiting
featured artist Kathleen Kennedy. This meditative art is easy to learn—it's a
fun and relaxing way to create beautiful images by drawing simple patterns inside a shape.
One can become completely engrossed while making Zentangles. No artistic experience is
necessary!.... Art Night is sponsored by the Arts Council of Windham County.
23. WOW Frozen Yogurt
122 Main St., (802) 579-1255, www.facebook.com/WOW-Frozen-Yogurt
Front gallery spaces are showing 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. The continuing exhibit in the back
door gallery area features bold and whimsical paintings by Stan Ruszala of West
Springfield, Mass., depicting crowded evening streets in front of famous establishments
around the world.Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 12-8, Fri.-Sat. 12-9.
Sidney's Art Jewelry
24. Sidney's Art Jewelry
Brooks House Atrium, 132 Main St.,
Recently 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.
25. 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; reception during Gallery Walk
on March 2, with live music by the Moondogs. Open daily 11-5:30.
SPECIAL ADDITION: Catherine Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501, (802) 380-1607, down the alley, through the
glass doors, www.catherinedianichgallery.com
Oops! The gallery missed the deadline for being a numbered stop on
the Walk, but here's what's happening so you can include it on your journey.... Photographer
Zachary Stephens is showing "Are We There Yet?" in March and April. This most recent
work is the result of two years of study completed for his MFA degree from Vermont College of
Fine Arts in Montpelier. "I have been looking at my own masculinity in the home and in the
community ... Am I fulfilling the stereotypes? Going against them?" The tableaux in the show
"are all constructed realities. I'm pushing at the tensions of life, the expectations of
fatherhood, and trying to live up to them." Opening reception during Gallery Walk on March 2,
5:30-7:30 pm. The gallery is open by appointment during the month.
2D High School Art
10th grade, BUHS
Gallery at The Garden
26. The Gallery at The Garden
Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
The Arts Council of Windham County celebrates its 38th Annual
Student Art Month in March, recognizing the teachers and schools that help the area's
young artists flourish. The River Garden again hosts the High School Art Show of 2D
works from secondary schools, while storefronts and other venues host work by
elementary students. (3D high school art is at Vermont Artisan Designs, listing #20.)...
Strolling of the Heifers' Country Wedding and Prom Expo is also happening during
Gallery Walk.... 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 March.
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.... Art
Opening on Thursday, March 22, 5-7 pm, for Matt Brown: Conversations with Color Woodblock
Prints. Brown's printing approach follows the hanga method developed in Japan during
the 18th century. His imagery is mostly of Vermont, New Hampshire, and the coast of Maine.
Gallery Hours: Wed.-Sun. 11-5.... 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 · Larrimore Crockett leads "Songs of Peace
from Several Traditions." Larry brings songs about peace from Weston Priory in Vermont,
the Taizé Community in France, and South Africa for attendees to learn and sing together.
Larry is a retired UCC minister, singer, and choir director who lives in Dummerston.
Everyone is welcome in Centre's parlor.
29. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
Student Art Month: 2D and 3D artwork by elementary and middle
school students displayed throughout the building, including students' ceramic
creations in the SECOND FLOOR ENTRYWAY CASE. MAIN FLOOR CEILING: Cloud-and-raindrops
mobile, second grade class, Academy School. MEZZANINE DISPLAY CASES: Objects from
the library's Henrietta Loud Collection. CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASES:
Anna Dewdney's "llama llama" books, and hand-drawn illustrations she made during a
recent Children's Room program. 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. 10-5.
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 March 2. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 3-8, Fri.-Sat. 12-9, Sun. 12-6.
ALLISON HIGLEY WHITE
I-91 Welcome Center
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1
The Silo Gallery features creative nature photos—some
enhanced with digital filters—by Guilford artist Allison Higley White during
the month of March. Allison travels through Vermont and surrounding towns to capture
nature with a gifted eye. The essence of her photography embodies the flavor of New
England.... 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.