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, SEPTEMBER 7.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
Next month's Gallery Walk is Friday, October 5.
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,
Exhibits include Alex Hrabchak's watercolors; painter
Kristina Wentzell's flora, fauna, and landscapes; Tiffany Heerema's
collages of vintage food imagery; Terry Carter's large painted gourds; Henry
Ireland's fine art photography; Tina Olsen's botanical illustrations; Martha
Dolan's landscapes and contemporary artwork; Janet Picard's mystical landscapes,
studies in nature, and unconventional still lifes; and Deborah Lazar's
impressionist-realist paintings. 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
C.X. Silver Gallery
2. C.X. Silver Gallery
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898,
Open for Gallery Walk from 3 to 6 pm on Sept. 7; otherwise open
year-round by calling ahead to arrange a visit.... actLIFE: Multimedia Group Sculpture
and Installations by Nye Ffarrabas, Linda Montano, Jennifer Zackin, Nina Isabelle,
Cai Xi, Sharon Myers, Le Xi through September
30—cxsilvergallery.com/actLIFE. Collaborations – Nye
Ffarrabas and Geoffrey Hendricks. Publications: Linda Montano: 14 Years of Living
Art—magcloud.com/browse/issue/1184522—and Nye Ffarrabas' a walk
on the inside: 50-year
retrospective—magcloud.com/browse/issue/756374....DIM SUM CATERING by
appointment; calling 1-2 days in advance recommended, (802) 257-7898. Dumplings To Go,
12:30-7:30 pm except Sundays; call ahead.... Self-contained 3rd floor airBnB apartment
with art all around: www.airbnb.com/rooms/7173206.... Asian Cultural Center of Vermont's
20th Annual Autumn Moon Festival on Thursday, Sept. 27, 5:30-8 pm in the Kiwanis
Pavilion atop Memorial Park.
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
& Art Center
3. Holton Home
158 Western Ave., (802) 254-4155
Book Signing during Gallery Walk: Starting at 5:45 in the
Blue Room, Eva Grubinger will be signing copies of her book, My Movable
Life. In it she shares reflections from her childhood in Breslau, Germany; becoming a
refugee at the age of nine in Montevideo, Uruguay; and then arriving in Boston, where she
raised a family. In 2005, Eva moved to Brattleboro and finally felt that she found her
place in the world. Books will also be for sale at Everyone's Books. Stop by to meet Eva
during the Walk and enjoy some traditional German refreshments.
4. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during GALLERY WALK—Performances by New
England Center for Circus Arts at 6 and 6:45 pm.... Teachers are invited to meet
Education Curator, Linda Whelihan to learn about this year's exciting programming at
BMAC and enter a raffle for a $15 gift card donated by the Brattleboro Food Co-op....
Save 10% off museum membership sign-ups on Walk night.... Sculpture Garden
exhibit: "Displaced" by Angelo Arnold. Exhibits through September 24 include
Steve Gerberich: Best of "Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys" – Elaborate
blinking, whirling, humming, buzzing sculptures.... Robert DuGrenier: Handle With
Care.... David Rios Ferreira: And I Hear Your Words That I Made Up.... Painting
Time: Debra Ramsay.... Roz Chast: Can't We Talk About Something More
Pleasant?... Shona Macdonald: Terrestrial Vale. OPEN 11-5, closed Tues. Admission:
$8-$6-$4, Free: members & under 18; Free on Thurs. 2-5 pm.
5. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St., (802) 490-2354,
The next series of artful renderings by Dave
Russo—after Mayan Ruins, the Dominican Republic, cityscapes, Sedona,
etc.—is Vermont Covered Bridges because of a personal history with them. His quick,
kinetic style involves a seemingly backward process where color is done first and black
outlines last. He captures memories or feelings associated with the subject in quick,
frantic strokes using Prismacolor markers, then uses a fine black pen to apply all
incidental marks, committing deliberate form to what could otherwise look like an
accident. A few downtown Brattleboro landmarks are included. 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.
Bratt. Food Co-op
6. Celebrate the Art of Salad with Edible Brattleboro
Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St., Info: Marilyn Chiarello,
www.facebook.com/EdibleB/ -or- EdibleBrattleboro@gmail.com
Enjoy FREE SAMPLES of three delicious, hearty salads brought
to you by Mother Nature and assembled by friends of Edible Brattleboro (EB) with support
from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. Celebrate the abundance and generosity of our community
at our 1st Annual Celebrate Salad! event. Learn about EB's mission to "Grow Food
Everywhere for Everyone." Larger portions available for a donation to Edible Brattleboro,
a project of Post Oil Solutions. A short walk in the parking lot along the Whetstone
Brook leads to one of EB's Help-Yourself gardens, an ever changing work of art!
7. River Gallery School & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Upstairs gallery spaces feature the Annual Faculty Show,
representing artwork by teachers, staff, and visiting workshop presenters. Glimpse what
RGS teachers are doing in their own studios, and get a flavor of what an upcoming
workshop might entail.... Gallery 34, in the Main Street Studio at sidewalk level,
also features work by faculty. Visit the school and Gallery 34, preview Fall classes
and workshops for people of all ages and all levels of experience, and let your
80th BIRTHDAY PARTY
8. Latchis Gallery & Theatre
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.theater.latchis.com,
THE GALLERY IS CLOSED FOR GALLERY WALK but will open with a
new exhibit, "The Latchis Memorial Building: Through the Decades," to coincide with the
Latchis' 80th birthday celebration on Saturday, Sept. 22. The exhibit will feature
historic photographs and artifacts from the Lathis' 80-year history. A reception for the
exhibit will be held during Gallery Walk on October 5. The exhibit runs through October.
For details, visit online. Come Celebrate!
9. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insightphotography.org
The Tiny Gallery features work produced during the 2018
Exposures Cross-cultural Youth Arts Program. This exhibit includes work by 16
participants from 8 states who spent 3 weeks at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South
Dakota, engaging in a variety of photography, arts, and cross-cultural programming.... The
In-Sight Photography Project and its Exposures Program empower youth, through photography,
to find their own creative voices and communicate their unique personal visions. Classes
in photographic arts are provided regardless of ability to pay. Curriculum is guided by
understanding and respect for individuals, communities, and cultures. In-Sight is open
generally on Mon.-Fri. 10-6.
HEATHER EVANS SMITH
Vermont Center for Photography
10. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
"Seen Not Heard," a solo show by NC-based photographer
Heather Evans Smith, is featured through Sept. 30. For the past few years, Smith
has been creating images to express the emotions of motherhood. Her daughter had never
been included in those images, but as she has grew from a baby into a force of nature,
she was drawn into Smith's conceptual photography that explores their relationship during
times when emotions of love, stress, and confusion are high. ARTIST TALK on Saturday,
Sept. 8, at 6 pm. Gallery Walk opening reception on Sept. 7, 4-9 pm. Gallery Hours
otherwise: Thurs.-Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 12-5 pm. Visit online for exhibit and membership
11. Turning Point
39 Elm St., (802) 257-5600, firstname.lastname@example.org -and-
OPEN HOUSE RECEPTION on Friday, Sept. 14, 5 to 7 pm: September
is National Recovery Month, and Turning Point is hosting several special events to celebrate
recovery, increase awareness, and express gratitude. The public is invited to stop by to
see the exhibit "Finding My Tribe" by board chair Ladd Butler, photographs taken
while exploring family roots in Ireland. Visit anytime Mon.-Fri. 9 to 5 in September, to
view the photographs. Turning Point is "a community of recovery and in recovery, living our
greatest purpose. We connect in compassion, dignity, and recovery." Visit on Facebook for
12. 118 Gallery
118 Elliot St., (802) 257-5757 Lisa, email@example.com
The Onyxed Goat: New Work by Justin A. Kenney and Laura Jane
Walker is built around an intimate art partnership. Known for large-scale sculpture,
Kenney is showing his collaged and painted work, which is sculptural and even
architectural in nature. Studio and life-partner Walker is a mixed-media artist with
mystical leanings, often looking through the I-Ching for inspiration. Her signature style
begins with bevelled carvings in pine board; the perimeter of the board is embedded with
silver brads, and threads are twined between the nail heads "as if on a great cosmic
loom." Opening reception 5:30-8:30 on Sept. 7; otherwise open Sat. 12-4 and by appointment
through Oct. 1.
13. ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
Featuring Georgia Morgan's polymer and stone jewelry and
metal work, inspired by the natural world and architectural history, especially Art
Nouveau and Art Deco. She combines organic elements in a geometric framework, from
foliage to flowers to Farmer's Market vegetables—all on sale this month. ArtRageUs1
is an arts collective and home to the figurative furniture of Gayle Marie Weitz and
Write Action books! Want to sell your artwork, book, CD? Then join our arts
collective—$20 per year, 20% commission, and clerking just four times per year!
OPEN weekends, Fri./Sat./Sun. from 11 to 5 and online at ArtRageUs1.com.
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
Inventor, entrepreneur, and micro-sheep artist Walter
Hagedorn has lived in Brattleboro since 2006. Three years ago, he jokingly placed a
collection of tiny sheep on his lawn. This was the humble beginning of the sheep
shenanigans that deliver smiles to thousands of dedicated, loving "Sheep Peepers." This
exhibit features special moments captured in the "The Love Sheep" social art
project. The Love Sheep are rated "E" for all of EWE! They are never Baaaaa-ad. For
more information, please follow them on Instagram and Facebook @ The Love Sheep or visit
www.thelovesheep.com.... The café uses fresh, local, and organic ingredients.
Open Tues.-Sat. 11:30-8, till 8:30 for Gallery Walk.
CARA WOLFF MEINKE
Cara Wolff Jewelry
15. Cara Wolff Jewelry
4 Elliot St., (802) 451-9482,
LIVE MUSIC during the Walk by Eliza Edens, a
Berkshires-bred, Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter.... Simply elegant jewelry by
metalsmith/designer Cara Wolff Meinke is featured in this beautiful boutique
and jewelry studio. Cara's former career as a wildlife biologist and her love of nature
strongly influence her designs and unique displays that include live-edge wood tables,
moss, and bark. Also featured are works by jewelers Julia Tadlock, Bob Borter, and
Julia Rickliss; ceramic artist Rob Cartelli, and fiber artist Vale
Burns, as well as locally harvested mushroom tinctures by Dark Matter.
Organic, cold-brew, nitro coffee is on tap and may be sipped in a charming nook
overlooking Main Street. Open Wed.-Sat. 10-5 and till 8 for Gallery Walk; otherwise
open by appointment.
16. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
"Cuba, if only a glimpse," an exhibit of photographs by
Alexis Doshas, is featured in September. "A longtime dream of mine was to visit
Cuba and to photograph there. The colors, the culture, the mystique, the complicated
histories, the other. After President Obama lifted travel restrictions and before
President Trump reinstated them, I got my chance. Though only a brief visit, I was
rewarded with the sights, smells, language, music, and politics of the island
nation—in all its complexities. Stop by during Gallery Walk and all month for a
sip of Joe, locally baked treats, and a view of the photo show. Open Mon.-Thurs. 7-8,
Fri. 7-9, Sat. 7:30-9, Sun. 7:30-8.
17. Yalla Vermont
80 Main St., (802) 579-1309, www.facebook.com/Yalla-Vermont
Fluid art by first-time exhibitor Freyja Howe of Dummerston
is featured in September. "I create one-of-a-kind, highly detailed, vibrant compositions.
I started painting to help aid me in my journey with bipolar mania and depression. Art has
always had a major influence on my life, especially the unusual, abstract, and colorful
pieces, so I was naturally drawn to fluid art when I first saw it."... Enjoy Middle
Eastern breakfast and lunch made from scratch—including the pita—using
local ingredients. Closed Wed., open M-T-Th 8-3, Fri. 8-6 (later for Gallery Walk), Sat.
10-6, Sun. 10-3—subject to seasonal changes.
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,
Featured painter Ricia Gordon explains: "My work is drawn
from colors, lines, and textures in the world around me, from ongoing projects or ideas,
or from what emerges in the process of putting down paint. Sometimes I add oil stick or
marker to create movement, texture, and depth. I tend to establish, either consciously or
unconsciously, a relationship between chance and intention, limitation and freedom, less
and more. This show was influenced, in part, by visiting jellyfish at Monterey Bay
Aquariam, and by a NY Times video made under Antarctica." 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
20. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
September's featured artist is plein air painter Beth
Bathe, whose water-based oil painting style has been featured in Plein Air and
Fine Art Connoisseur magazines. Her work includes paintings from around Southern
Vermont and other travels. Also new to the gallery are plein air artists Olena
Babak and Andre Lucero. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 on
Friday, Sept. 7. A portion of sales of featured work will benefit the Craft
Emergency Relief Fund.... Visit online or stop by 7 days to see work by over 300
21. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
River Gallery School is exhibiting works from the
Children's Subscription Art program that supports the Scholarship Fund. Framed
original artwork created by children attending River Gallery School is loaned to businesses
and members of the community for a year to hang in offices and homes. RGS is a 41-year-old
nonprofit located at 32 Main St., Brattleboro. Call (802) 257-1577 for information, or
visit the website for class offerings—rivergalleryschool.org. (See Walk listing #5 for current exhibits.)
... 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
Gallery in the Woods
22. Gallery in the Woods
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
Late summer shows include "Speculative Diagram" Paintings by
Richard Heller and New Raku Fired Vessels by Andrew Berends.... Heller's work
"explores an expressive language using biological structures, cultural patterns, and
information networks. Prints made from rubber were used to keep the process improvisational,
and most pieces were hand-colored with gouache and acrylic."... Berends' Raku vessels
reflect his love of tradition and "create a juxtaposition between a symmetrical form and
an asymmetrical surface. Raku is full of spontaneity; it allows me to think I am in control
and yet ultimately, the fire gods have the final say." Artists' reception on Sept. 7,
5:30-8:30; music by the Moondogs. Open daily 11-5:30.
23. Catherine Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501, (802) 380-1607, down the alley, through
the glass doors, www.catherinedianichgallery.com
Cathy Osman & Tim Segar: Painting, Prints, Sculpture is
featured through October 8, with concurrent exhibits in the Drury and Snyder Galleries at
Marlboro College. After 20 years of teaching visual art at Marlboro, Osman and Segar
retired this past May. The works on exhibit are taken from several parts of their career
including new work from this year. Gallery Walk reception at Dianich Gallery from 5 to
6:30 on Friday, September 7—the artists are, alas, out of town; the gallery is otherwise
open by appointment. Gallery hours at Marlboro are Sunday-Friday from 1 to 5.
Gallery at The Garden
24. The Gallery at The Garden
Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
September features "Places Around Here" by Newfane artist
Steven Meyer. These recent paintings depict mostly local farmstead scenes from the
West River Valley. For the past two years, Meyer has worked exclusively with India ink on
Yupo paper. He loves to draw and compose in a way which allows for spontaneity and
unplanned surface patterns that he finds interesting. For more information, visit:
The River Garden is open to the public Mon.-Fri. 9-5 and Sat. 12-4, except during event
25. Penelope Wurr Fine Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
CLOSED THROUGH SEPT. 12: Continuing in the upstairs gallery are a
limited selection of porcelain pieces from the summer exhibit by Porzellanatelier Claudia
Biehne of Leipzig, Germany.... New Cavallini botanical prints are available
framed or unframed.... Creative gifts and cards for Weddings, Birthdays, and Other
Celebrations. Penelope's picks in clothing and accessories for men, women, and wee
ones. New Fall Arrivals are added weekly, and don't forget the CLASSIC BRITISH FARE.
Open 11-6 daily, later for Gallery Walk first Fridays.
Mitchell · Giddings
26. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Featured through September 30 is "Voices": A Selection of Zea
Mays Printmakers. Participating artists are Judith Bowerman, Lyell Castonguay, Liz
Chalfin, Sarah Creighton, Anita Hunt, Lynn Peterfreund, Erika Radich, and Joyce
Silverstone. Multiple printmaking techniques utilized by the artists include monotype,
collagraph, drypoint, etching and woodcut. The Zea Mays Printmaking Center stands as an
international leader in the research and application of environmentally sustainable
printmaking. Gallery Hours: 11-5, closed Tuesdays.... Visit the MGFA Annex in the Brooks
House Atrium, 132 Main St., for a rotating display of gallery artists.
27. Take a Moment for Peace
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., (802) 254-4730
5:30-6 pm · September's Moment for Peace features
the screening of a short South African documentary film about the life of Albert
Luthuli, the first Black African to win the Nobel Peace Prize (1960). The Rev Dr
Scott Couper, minister of Centre Congregational Church, narrates the documentary that
chronicles his research and writing of Luthuli's biography. Copies of Albert Luthuli:
Bound by Faith will be available for purchase at $45.00 (check or cash).
JOHN & JENNIFER
28. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
MAIN FLOOR—CEILING: Cloud-and-raindrops mobile, second
grade class, Academy School. MEZZANINE WALLS: Bill Fleming's "Greetings from
Brattleboro, VT" needlework. MEZZANINE CASES, LOCAL HISTORY ROOM: "Brattleboro Words"
Project, September 13-October 15: books, documents, and original items of famed
Brattleboro wit, author, and judge Royall Tyler and his wife Mary.
SECOND FLOOR—ENTRYWAY CASE: Kids' LEGO-palooza creations; CHILDREN'S BOOK
ILLUSTRATORS CASES: "Alpaca Lunch" and "The Sheep Over" from John and Jennifer Churchman's
Sweet Pea & Friends" series. Objects 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.
29. Brattleboro History Center
196 Main St., (802) 258-4957, through side door of Masonic Center,
FREE ADMISSION: Summer Hours are Thurs.- Fri.-Sat.
12-2, except first Fridays 2-6 for Gallery Walk; other times by appointment.... Browse
through Mary Cabot's diary entries about Rudyard Kipling, photos of Island
Park, examples of period clothing, information on the world-famous Estey
Organ Co., and much more. Visit the BHS Research Room at the Municipal Center
(3rd fl, elevator), open Thurs. 2-4, Sat. 10-12, and by appt.
Hermit Thrush Brewery
30. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
Work by local artist Liz MacFarland is featured in
September. Liz works in several different mediums: block printing, digital design,
garment and accessory design, and hand woven tapestries. She had a long academic career
in art and design earning a portfolio scholarship and illustration awards. A brand new,
never-before-seen block print from her latest series is featured in this inaugural
non-academic show. The series is available as prints in a set of 8 x 5.5 cards or for
purchase as individual cards. Samples of past works are also available for purchase....
Hermit Thrush Pint Night available from 5 pm during Gallery Walk on Sept. 7.
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 3-8, Fri.-Sat. 12-9, Sun. 12-6.
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1
The Silo Gallery features images by amateur wildlife photographer
and educator David Y. Parker, Jr. A lifelong naturalist, David has over 100 mounted
images (in sizes from 8x10 to 16x20) all captured on his 2-acre homestead and pond in
Brookline, Vermont. His work has been shown in Springfield, Vt., as well as at Amy's
Bakery Arts Café in Brattleboro, and The Crowell Gallery in Newfane—for
further information, e-mail the artist at email@example.com.... The Guilford
Welcome Center offers brochures, magazines, maps, and showcase exhibits of area products,
artwork, and fine crafts for the benefit of travelers and Vermonters alike. Open 7 am to
11 pm daily.