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, JANUARY 6.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
The next Gallery Walk will be on Friday, February 3.
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,
Ongoing exhibits include paintings by Else DeVoid;
watercolors 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
C.X. Silver Gallery
2. C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898 or (802)
GALLERY OPEN 4-6 pm GALLERY WALK; otherwise open
year-round by calling ahead.... Nye Ffarrabas: New Works and
selections from a walk on the inside, her 50-year retrospective
(cxsilvergallerly.com/nye-ffarrabas). Cai Xi: selections
from her retrospective (cxsilvergallery.com/cai-xi) including landscapes and
portraits (1979-82), My Mother (1989-2008), and installation on the
Chinese Five Elements (2016). Ongoing exhibits at
the Gallery: Rodrigo Nava: Infinity Forms sculpture on lawn. Cai Xi's
abstract performance painting using mops/brooms/trowels as brushes; luminous landscapes;
monumental portraits; and the multimedia pinkslipproject.tumblr.com/archive.... DIM SUM DINING evenings
calling 1-2 days in advance recommended, (802) 257-7898.
ASIAN CULTURAL CENTER OF VERMONT (ACCVT) presents southern Vermont's 16th annual Lunar
New Year Festival of Korea, Vietnam, and China on Sunday, January 29, 1-3 pm at 118
Elliot St.—http://accvt.org or
(802) 257-7898 for more information.
3. 1868 Crosby House
175 Western Ave., (802) 257-7145,
Vermont artist Nancy Calicchio's dreamy landscape paintings
are featured again this month. Among her works are small plein-air pieces chronicling this
most recent October. Stop by between 5 and 8:30 during Gallery Walk on Friday, January 6,
to see the exhibit, enjoy refreshments, and tour this tastefully restored and appointed
Victorian bed-and-breakfast built in Italianate style. Its luxurious accommodations and
lovely gardens are the perfect setting for out-of-town guests and special
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
& Art Center
4. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION DURING GALLERY WALK. Exhibits include:
Luscious, celebrating paint through the work of 14 artists.... Rust Work: Paul
Bowen, small-scale sculptures constructed from scavenged wood fragments and marine
detritus.... Printographs: Collaged Images by Stan Sherer, master photographer and
printmaker.... Eyes Toward Heaven: Chris Page, three large-scale paintings expressing
distinct moments during a period of transformation in the daytime sky.... From Luminous
Shade: A testament to the restorative power of art by three artists mourning a son's
untimely passing.... Windows to Creative Expression honors the extraordinary voices
and artistic expression of young participants in the Poetry Studio. Open daily 11-5, closed
Tues. Admission: $8-$6-$4, free: members and under 18. Free Thurs. after 2.
NOTE: Some exhibits are closing January 8, others continuing through early February. Two
major new exhibits will open on January 14 with a brunch reception, free for the general
public, at 11.
5. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St.,
Erin Jenkins presents a continuing exhibit of linocut
relief prints, monotypes, and carved wood blocks using water iconography to represent
interpretations of dialogue, conscious thought, and streams of ever-changing
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
Dan Borden et al.
ADULT STUDIO, FALL '16
River Gallery School
6. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Artists who attended Adult Studio classes during the Fall 2016
semester are showing a wide variety of their work. The classes, held 4 times a week, are
all based on one-on-one dialogue, so the exhibit varies widely in style and subject. Pastels,
oil paintings, acrylics, watercolors, and 3-D work are among the mediums represented.
Students of all ages and levels work together in the studio, interacting but also able to
immerse deeply in their own work. Studio classes begin in the New Year..... On exhibit at
street level in Gallery 34 are Virginia Kneubel's paintings of her world travels. A
student of Lydia Thomson and Helen Schmidt at RGS for about four years, Virginia is a
retired reference librarian and library director (14 years) and also taught English as a
Second Language for a year in Seattle and English as a Foreign Language overseas for
7. Latchis Gallery
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
Opening in January is "Museum Studies," an exhibit by Rosemary
Bernardi featuring several large charcoal drawings which are part of an ongoing series
of works based on images she photographed at medical museums in the United States and
Italy. Her exhibit is part of a new program at the Latchis called Splice, which
combines art in the gallery, a monthly screening of films on themes related to the artwork,
followed by conversation around those themes. January's film screening event will take
place on Wednesday, January 25, at 7 p.m. More info at www.latchisarts.org.
8. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
Featured in the The Tiny Gallery during January is work by
students in classes during the Fall Semester at In-Sight. Some student work is for
sale, and proceeds will be shared with students. In-Sight invites families and friends to
recognize and celebrate the youth perspective in our community during an opening
reception on Friday, January 6, from 5:30 to 8:30 during Gallery Walk. This exhibit is
sponsored by Bast Corp. In-Sight Photography Project empowers youth through photography,
regardless of ability to pay. For more information, call or visit online.
Vt Ctr for Photography
9. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
The photographic works of Boston artists Aaron John
Bourque and Allison Cekala are linked by a desire to uncover and deconstruct
landscape. Both use photographs to bring attention to stories lying just below the
surface within the urban facade. From neighborhood street scenes to the salt mines of
Chile, these images contain more than the eye can see, documenting evidence of larger
stories impacting both the natural and social landscapes, encouraging a deeper look
into what our surroundings can tell us, while seeking to make visible what otherwise
might remain unseen. Opening reception 5:30-8:30 during Gallery Walk, otherwise now
open 7 days a week, 12 to 5.
10. Restless Rooster Café & Coffee Bar
134 Elliot St., (802) 258-2565, www.restlessroostercafe.com
In honor of the new Star Wars movie, local photographer
Irshad Mustafa shares photographs taken during the 10 years he spent in the
lightsaber choreography community. Featuring past and current members of Empire Saber
Guild and the now-disbanded New York Jedi, this exhibit celebrates the magic of Star
Wars and the people who live it. May the Force be with you! Open daily; Full Coffee Bar
and Breakfast all day 7 to 2; Lunch served Mon.-Fri. 11-2.
LAUREN Y. WALTROUS
Gallery at 118 Elliot
11. Gallery at 118 Elliot
118 Elliot St., (802) 256-2757
GALLERY WALK OPENING with various performance elements begins at
6 pm: The exhibit "A Sense of Place" was inspired by "Studio 404," a small
painting by local artist Lauren Y. Waltrous. The show's co-curators Collin Leech and Lisa
C. Mendelsund asked a number of other artists to explore how they feel their way into a
relationship with the spaces they occupy, whether the intimate, interstitial spaces that
often recede to the background of daily life and are salvaged through this process of
examination, or perhaps the more fantastical and far-flung fantasy realms of the
imagination, which are nonetheless visceral. The show demonstrates varied responses by
eleven artists working in diverse media: Ross Thurber, Bronwyn Sims, Lydia Thomson,
Jennifer Brunton, Steve Redmond, Finn Campman, Jana Zeller, Michaela Harlow, Collin Leech,
Lauren Y. Waltrous, and Ben Mendelsund.... Promptly at 7 pm, Bronwyn
Sims will debut a performance piece commissioned for the show. Local poet Ross
Thurber will read from his poems connected with the show theme. Also featuring music
arranged by Maria Pugnietti and light refreshments. ADMISSION IS FREE to all. The
exhibit will be up at least through January 17 and can be seen by appointment.
12. ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
Now featuring the watercolor landscapes of Scot Borofsky,
better known in Brattleboro for his street art, and in NYC for his large abstract
paintings. Scot will talk about his work and his long career as an artist at 6:30 pm
during Gallery Walk on Friday, January 6. ArtRageUs1 is an arts collective selling art,
crafts, books, and music created by local folks, and is home to the figurative furniture
of Gayle Marie Weitz. Applications for membership in the collective (for artists,
craftsmen, musicians, and authors) are available online and in the store. Open
Fri./Sat./Sun. 11-5 and now online.
13. Graffiti Sandwich
49 Elliot St., (802) 490-2532,
Wyatt R. Kail is inspired by the distinctions and
similarities between micro and macro. In his work this can be seen through motifs such as
geometry, microscopic organisms, deep-sea life, outer space, and other forms and patterns
found in nature. Through his work, he strives to create a sense of mystery and
exploration to reconnect us all to the deep strangeness of life that we can so easily
forget in our daily lives. Graffiti Sandwich serves tasty sandwiches and rice bowls, and
Counter Culture coffee. Open for lunch and dinner Monday-Friday, 11 to 7. Serving food
until 7 pm during Gallery Walk.
Mocha Joe's Café
14. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
Local Painter/Printmaker/Performance Artist Jonas Fricke
is back with an exuberant body of work talking about seeing and being and doing and
feeling and sorting and reckoning and resisting and resting and getting wild and
worrying and hoping and celebrating aliveness and mourning and continuing on. Come
feast your eyes on a hyper-allegorical banquet of creative flux. Meet the artist during
Gallery Walk, 4 to 7 pm. Enjoy Mocha Joeís own freshly roasted coffee, a seasonal
drink, and freshly baked pastries.
15. Ruggles & Hunt: Purveyors of Staple &
79 Main St., (802) 579-1900,
"A flirt, a laugh, and a blare of color," the shop offers
eye-catching clothing, jewelry, and creative cards; stylish housewares and
furnishings; a bounty of books, toys, and gifts for all ages. Don't miss the amazing
selection of locally made goods: Jewelry by Rebecca Rose, Laura Zindel Ceramics, Kitchen
Boards by JK Adams, Beeswax Candles by Charles Andros, Clothing by Ibex & Fat Hat,
Earrings by Baked Beads. Open daily 11-5:30, Sun. 12-5, and until 8 pm for Gallery
Turn It Up!
16. Turn It Up!
85 Main St., (802) 251-6015, www.turnitup.com
The record shop now 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.
17. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071,
January features the continuing exhibit "Paintings from the Heart" by
Caryn King and Georgie Runkle. In addition to her paintings of farm and
field animals, Caryn has been finding tractors and shovels exciting—the older, the
better! Studio visits are always welcome; visit online at
paints structures and landscapes, from barns, covered bridges, and trees to fire
engines and lighthouses. All of Georgie's works are painted on site and are easily
identified by her unique use of color and geometric shapes. 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 evenings, and Sun. 9-5.
SUSAN READ CRONIN
Vermont Artisan Designs
18. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Featured in January are the oils of Charlie Hunter,
including paintings from his recent trip to Cuba, and the bronze sculptures of
Susan Read Cronin. Reception from 6 to 7:30 on Friday, January 6, during
Gallery Walk. A portion of featured art sales will go to Project Feed the
Thousands. Gallery Walk reception, 6-7:30. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see
work by over 300 artists and craftspeople.
19. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
Photographer and painter Larry Mizrahi is displaying
original paintings during January. This collection primarily features still-lifes and
botanicals created using oils on canvas. Larry received his MFA from Brooklyn College
in 1992 and currently lives in Guilford, Vermont. The café serves Rainforest
Alliance coffee and humanely raised meats, poultry, and dairy with no antibiotics or
added hormonesóthoughtfully sourced, local when possible. Come in for breakfast, lunch,
or an early dinneróeat in or take out. Open 6 to 6 daily.
WOW Frozen Yogurt
20. WOW Frozen Yogurt
122 Main St., (802) 579-1255, www.facebook.com/WOW-Frozen-Yogurt
Paintings by Stan Ruszala of West Springfield, Mass.,
continue on display. Stan began his career as a restaurant server, though
his wife saw great potential in his doodles and sketches, and convinced him to try
his hand at painting. Stan's inspiration comes from crowded evening streets in front
of prominent and famous establishments around the world. He uses black canvas and
fluorescent colors to highlight and distinguish his work in a memorably bold and
whimsical style that's easy on the eye. Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 12-8, Fri.-Sat.
21. David Walter, Goldsmith & Platinumsmith
124 Main St., (802) 722-9620,
David Walter designs and produces contemporary heirlooms
in precious metals and gems. While primarily producing one-of-a-kind bespoke jewels,
some of David's commissions involve the refashioning of a piece of inherited family
jewelry to suit its new owner. In either case, it's a collaborative effort between the
client and the designer. Also showing are kinetic sculptures by Bruce Campbell:
Defining space through the unpretentious medium of wire that has been joined, bent, and
twisted into imaginative shapes, these works encourage viewer interaction through the
operation of a hand crank. Hours: Wed.-Sun. 10-6, later for Gallery Walk.
Gallery in the Woods
22. Gallery in the Woods & Dante's
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
Continuing through January is Leonard Ragouzeos: Parallel
Universe. "Without Refuge: Being Alive in Black & White" is a retrospective
collection, spanning the past decade and exploring the faces, emotions, and objective
symbols of war in our times. "Color" presents Ragouzeos' small, color-saturated,
architectural and geometric abstractions in gouache on paper. Assembled, they reveal an
internal dynamic that informs the rhythmic process of marking. Reception for the artist
on Friday, January 6, 5:30-8:30. Open daily 11-5:30.
23. First Friday Pitch Night: Creativity in
139 Main St., Rm. 701, down the alley, thru glass doors,
upstairs; info: R.T. Brown, (802) 451-0442
First Friday Pitch Night is an event, perhaps performance
art, sponsored by INSTIG8 (fb.com/instig8) and Co-Working Plus (coworkingplus.net/). This
Friday's event will be informational and social, where one can learn about the
interconnectedness of creativity, ideation, and business. Networking: 5:30-6:30,
Presentations: 6:30-7, Networking and Discussions: 7-8:30. Subsequent months will feature
individuals who are working on a business idea and sharing their concept in four minutes
or less in the form of a "pitch." R.T. Brown from the Brattleboro Development Credit
Corporation and Dave Evans from Co-Working Plus are the featured
Gallery at The Garden
24. The Gallery at The Garden
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
Open for Gallery Walk, 5:30-8:30 pm on Jan. 6, featuring "Get
The Word Out," the 2nd Annual Showcase of Local Nonprofit Organizations, sponsored
by the Strolling of the Heifers. Get out of the cold, learn about the important work of
over two dozen local nonprofits, and grab a cup of hot chocolate from the Cocoa MOObar!
Live music by singer-songwriter Jennie Reichman.
GALLERY EXHIBIT: This month Brattleboro-West Arts presents a show by Ron
Karpius and fellow BWA members Kay Curtis, Steve Lloyd, Kris McDermet,
Sharon Myers, Gene Parulis, Janet Picard, Walter Slowinski, and Jen Weichers.
Art includes colorful representational and abstract paintings in acrylic, oil, and
watercolor; hooked and braided wall hangings; large-scale prints on paper; and
encaustic paintings—www.brattleboro-west-arts.com. Otherwise open Mon.-Fri. 9-5
except for special events; these include the Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market on
25. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
Continuing in the Upstairs Gallery are Country Maps by
Cavallini, framed and unframed, for as little as $5. If you are already thinking
about Valentineís Day Gifts, think about Buying Local from our Brattleboro artist
Rosie Schulick. Rosieís fine jewelry and cards are on display through January and
February. Semi-precious stones set in knotted silk form bracelets and necklaces that are
delicate and uniquely wearable.... Currently on SALE: Winter Wearables, Cards &
Calendars, and Holiday Ornaments. Also on display is Penelopeís Fine Contemporary
Glass.... and donít forget the British Food! New Winter Hours: Mon.-Sun. 11-6,
closed Tues.; open till 8:30 for Gallery Walk.
26. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Featured until January 29 is the Winter Group exhibit of work by
gallery owners Petria Mitchell and Jim Giddings, new work from our gallery artists,
and introducing work by Eric Boyer, Anne Johnstone, Gene Parulis, and Torin
Porter. An ARTIST FORUM with a selection of our artists is scheduled for Saturday,
January 7, at 5 pm.... Visit the MGFA Annex in the Brooks House Atrium, 128 Main
St., for selected work by prominent and emerging artists.
27. 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 · Connie Baxter leads a meditation on
"The Sacred Journey of GriefóSupporting Yourself and Others." Grieving the death
of a loved one can be one of the most difficult of human experiences, but it can also be
a time of deepened spiritual awareness and even transformation. The key is to allow
oneself to feel the emotions of grief and find support as you move through them. We'll
explore highlights of this process, in terms of self-support and supporting others.
Connie Baxter is Bereavement Program Coordinator at Brattleboro Area Hospice and a
member of the West Brattleboro Quaker Worship Group.
28. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
SECOND FLOOR–CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASES: Because of
library renovation on the second floor, the next exhibit begins in February.
ENTRYWAY CASE: Kids' crafts from Children's Room activities. MEZZANINE–LOCAL
HISTORY ROOM WINDOWS: left–Abenaki artifacts collected locally;
right–Vases from the Henrietta Loud Collection of 19th-century artworks;
GLASS DISPLAY CASE: More objects from the Loud Collection. 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.-Fri.
10-6; & Sat. 10-5.
29. Baskets Bookstore
48 Harmony Pl., (802) 258-4980, email@example.com
Painter Maureen Mansfield's "New England Collection" is
featured during Gallery Walk on Friday, January 6. A Brattleboro resident for the past
thirty years, Maureen focuses on environment, peacefulness, and sustainability. "Artwork
is how I escape from the pressures of life.... I would be lost if I didn't have art in
my soul," she says. Come visit Baskets for local artwork and a good book.
30. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
23-year-old artist Aliana Bloch was born and raised
in downtown Brattleboro. Working with ink, pencil, and sometimes cut paper and found
objects, she draws inspiration from the organic world around her. An avid reader of
fantasy, science fiction, and scientific theory, she is fascinated by both the physical
workings of the universe and the intangible wonders of life. Her favorite subjects are
geometric mandalas and subtly fantastical female characters, drawing connection between
the human form and the magic to be found in the ordinary. Pints of beer for Hermit
Thrush Pint Night will be available 5 pm-late. Open Mon.-Thurs. 3-8, Fri.-Sat. 12-9,
VERMONT FARMER ART
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 is featuring several paintings by Vermont artists
represented by Vermont Artisan Designs in Brattleboro—www.vtart.com.... Farmer-artist Phil
Pellerin is showing a desk, a floor lamp, and a table made from tractor parts and odds
Information and showcase exhibits are useful resources for visitors and residents alike.
Open 7 am to 11 pm daily.