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, AUGUST 3.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
Next month's Gallery Walk is Friday, September 7.
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,
GALLERY CLOSED ON WALK NIGHT and reopens August 8; 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,
Sharon Myers, Le Xi through August 26. Receptions and forums with the artists and
performance pieces on August 23-24 by Nye Ffarrabas, Cai Xi and Nina
Isabelle.... Workshop Weekend with Michel Moyse and Le Xi at Center for Digital
Art, August 18 and 19.... Late August through October: Collaborations – Nye
Ffarrabas and Geoffrey Hendricks. Publications: Linda Montano: 14 Years of Living
Art—magcloud.com/browse/issue/1184522—and Nye Ffarrabas' 50-year
retrospective—magcloud.com/browse/issue/756374....DIM SUM CATERING by
appointment; call ahead 1-2 days— Dumplings To Go, a new drop-in service....
Self-contained 3rd floor airBnB apartment with art all around:
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
& Art Center
3. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during GALLERY WALK—The award-winning
traveling Caterpillar Lab makes a stop at BMAC during Gallery Walk on August 3.
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.
4. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St., (802) 490-2354,
Local artist Remi Brooks is showing original work in
acrylic and watercolor on wood and canvas. Created with an Art Nouveau feel, this new
collection of faces was developed through the artist's experiments with using limited
colors in many levels and tones. 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.
5. River Gallery School & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Upstairs gallery spaces feature a continuing exhibit of work by
artists in the Winter/Spring semester of Adult Studio Classes. Including art-makers
at all levels, from brand-new beginner to experienced, students develop their work in
one-on-one dialogue with the artist/teachers. Styles, approaches, mediums, and subject
matter are thus wonderfully varied and surprising. Call about summer sessions of this
class, as well as other classes and workshops in many approaches to art; the RGS
scholarship policy is inclusive.... GALLERY 34, at sidewalk level, features works
from the Senior Painting Class at Gibson-Aiken Center with Marilyn Allen, RGS
"LOVE, GILDA" SCREENING
6. Latchis Gallery & Theatre
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.theater.latchis.com,
MOVIE EVENT during Gallery Walk on August 3, 6:30-9: The Latchis
presents the Vermont premiere of "Love, Gilda," a documentary about comedian Gilda
Radner, with a Q&A with director Lisa D'Apolito, to benefit the Kopkind
Colony and the Center for Independent Documentary film retreat program. Tickets are $12,
available in advance at cineslam.com and at the door. Visit latchisarts.org for information.... The Latchis Gallery is undergoing
some upgrades in August—watch this space for future exhibits.
7. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insightphotography.org
The Tiny Gallery features work from the first Digital Night
Photography intensive: Students explored Brattleboro locations after dark, making
long-exposure images with light trails from cars, stars, and landscapes; experimenting
with light painting, and more. Visit during Gallery Walk on August 3 to see their work....
The In-Sight Photography Project and its Exposures Cross-Cultural Youth Arts 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; call ahead in
O. WINSTON LINK
Vermont Center for Photography
8. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
"Steam & Steel: Photographs by O. Winston Link" is
featured through September 2. This iconic photographer (1914-2001) gained international fame
through his dramatic and meticulously crafted photographs of some of the country's last
steam locomotives. Link often used complex flash systems set up during all hours of the
night to illuminate and capture images of these trains as they traversed wide valleys
over enormous train trestles, or in the background at a small-town drive-in theater.
Free public lecture with Link's studio assistant, Thomas Garver, on Saturday, August 4,
at 6 pm. Gallery Hours: Thurs.-Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 12-5 pm. Visit online for exhibit and
9. Art on Wheels at Lynde Motorsports
79 Flat St., (802) 254-8554, email@example.com
5 to 10 pm for Gallery Walk: Art on Wheels 2018:Continuing
in Memory of Stanley Lynde, this yearly celebration salutes the great beauty and
craftsmanship of motorcycles over the past 100+ years. On display are vintage and classic
motorcycles from a 1930 Harley-Davidson to contemporary Japanese sport bikes. Folks of all
ages gather, from toddlers to octogenarians, and chairs are provided for visitors to settle
in for the evening's festivities. Live Concert starting at 6 pm by The Shifters.
Food Carts: Chef Andrzej's Home-Cooked Polish Food and Mustard's
10. ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
Photographs, paintings, and collages by Kirsten Palmer are
all on sale! This art collective features the work of local artists, authors, and
musicians. Come see great stuff by new members: mosaics by Elinor Katz, bags by
Susan Maltese, jewelry by Bonnie Girvan, gardening books by Cheryl
Wilfong, crocheted hats by Jess Smillie, and paintings on constructed surfaces
by Phil Shapiro. There's always something new at ArtRageUs! Want to sell your
artwork, book, CD? Join the collective for just $20 per year, pay a 20% commission on
sales, and clerk just four times annually. OPEN WEEKENDS: Fri./Sat./Sun. 11-5, and
11. Sweet Miri's Café
55 Elliot St., (802) 490-2319,
www.sweetmiris.com, visit on
Continuing on view is floral art by Patty Harmsen and
"The Southern Vermont Dance Festival's Inaugural Year," thirteen B&W images by
photographer Kiqe Bosch, celebrating the variety of movement presented, and capturing
the joy and intimacy of the mover—visit southernvermontdancefestival.com.... During Gallery Walk,
2-year-old Miri sells her original paintings at 25¢ apiece to support her
Mechanical Horse habit.... This Gluten-Free safe space accommodates other food restrictions
when possible and offers a variety of comfort foods and baked goods. Full menu available all
day; dine in or take out. Hours: M-T-W 10-4, Thurs. & Sun. 10-3, Fri. 10-8 (Pizza
Night!), Sat. 10-4.
Elliot St. Fish & Chips
12. Elliot St. Fish & Chips
50 Elliot St., (802) 451-9482, firstname.lastname@example.org,
FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More
August featured artist Meliytzah LaBoy shares: "Growing up,
I never had time to feel alone. I found ways to be creative everywhere I went, just
burning with imagination. The only solution to taming this wild child was drawing. As an
adult, it has become my meditation and a healing tool. I never really know what I'm going
to draw until I sit to meditate in front of my blank canvas. When I'm ready, I start to
manifest some form of art. I never like claiming the title of Artist, since it's what I
enjoy for fun." 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
13. Cara Wolff Jewelry
4 Elliot St., (802) 451-9482,
Simply elegant jewelry made by metalsmith and 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 the natural world strongly influence her
jewelry designs and unique store displays that include live-edge wood tables, moss, and
bark. Also featured are works by guest jeweler Julia Tadlock, 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.
WYATT R. KAIL
14. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
Paintings by Wyatt R. Kail, mostly created using acrylics,
are showing in August. "I am inspired by the distinctions and similarities between micro
and macro. This can be seen in my work through motifs such as geometry, microscopic
organisms, deep-sea life, outer space, and other forms and patterns found in nature. I
strive 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 routines." Stop by during
Gallery Walk and all month for a sip of Joe, locally baked treats, and a view of Wyatt's
work. Open Mon.-Thurs. 7-8, Fri. 7-9, Sat. 7:30-9, Sun. 7:30-8.
15. Yalla Vermont
80 Main St., (802) 579-1309, www.facebook.com/Yalla-Vermont
August features a continuing exhibit by Mervyn "Skip" Williamson
(1944-2017), a central figure in the American underground comix movement. Williamson's
work appeared in National Lampoon, High Times, The Realist, Industrial Worker, Chicago
Seed, and other publications. In the '70s and '80s, he contributed to, and art-directed
for, men's magazines including Gallery, Hustler, and Playboy. Later he
designed album covers and created large-scale canvases with political themes.... 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!
16. 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.
17. 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
18. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Featured in August are oils of Vermont and New England by
Eric Tobin; acrylics of barns and advertising by David Zerba; and colorful
glazed pottery by Will Finkel. Gallery Walk reception for the artists on Friday,
August 3, 5:30 to 7. A portion of sales of featured work will benefit the Craft
Emergency Relief Fund based in Vermont.... Visit online or
stop by 7 days to see work by over 300 artists.
19. 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
JULIA EVA BACON
20. Brooks House Hallway Gallery
130 Main St., enter from Harmony Lot or from Atrium seating
"Brattleboro-West Arts: New Passage" spotlights the work of three
Brattleboro-West Arts members: Kay Curtis is showing drypoint monoprints from her
series entitled "Queen Anne's Lace: The Circle Comes Around," which metaphorically visits
the key steps one undergoes in moving from birth to death. Julia Eva Bacon is showing
new, smaller oil paintings of birds and wildlife she views as animal spirit guides. Cai
Xi is showing paintings from her "Edge" series. This exhibit is on view through
21. Zephyr Designs – Art Raffle to Benefit "Ride for
129 Main St., info: (802) 258-4318 Rob Szpila,
During Gallery Walk on August 3, purchase a Raffle Ticket for a
chance to win "Ice Pond Trail," a signed limited-edition print by Gregg Wapner. Tickets
are $10 each, and only 100 tickets will be sold. Free t-shirts will be given to the first
50 ticket purchasers. Proceeds benefit the Brattleboro Retreat Ride for Heroes.
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 August 3,
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
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually during the first
week in August in more than 120 countries. This month the gallery is featuring photographs
by Zachary Stephens and essays by Michelle Stephens and Diana Whitney,
who share their personal experiences as breastfeeding mothers. The exhibit was also
motivated in response to the U.S. delegation's refusal to sign a resolution encouraging
breastfeeding in Third World cultures while attending a recent meeting of the U.N. World
Health Organization, choosing instead to embrace the interests of American baby formula
manufacturers. Gallery Walk reception from 5:30 to 7:30 on Friday, August 3. The gallery is
otherwise open by appointment.
Gallery at The Garden
24. The Gallery at The Garden
Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
August exhibits include works on canvas and paper by Sandra
Cunningham. Visitors will also enjoy paintings by Carol Stephens, in oil and
pastel, reflecting the joy of living in Vermont and capturing wonders of the local
landscape. During Gallery Walk on Friday, August 3, 5-8 pm, and 12-3 pm on Saturday, the
Strolling of the Heifers hosts a Pop-Up Summer Gift Shop in the River
Garden—stop in to discover local art, crafts, specialty food, jewelry, and more!
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,
Continuing in the upstairs gallery during August is work by
Porzellanatelier Claudia Biehne of Leipzig, Germany, showing a line of idiosyncratic
porcelain vessels. Organic forms in glassy translucent white are complemented by new
Cavallini botanical prints available framed or unframed.... Creative Gifts and Cards
for Weddings, Birthdays, and Other Celebrations.... New Summer Arrivals and don't forget the
CLASSIC BRITISH FARE.... Summer Hours: Open 11-6 daily, later for Gallery Walk first
Mitchell · Giddings
26. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
"DayDreams," steel sculptures by Torin Porter, are featured
through August 12. Porter says, these sculptures "exist externally but we experience them
internally. When we behold them with our senses ... and see their forms change in response
to our movements, they come to life as they interact with the associations they bring."
Opening August 16, with an Artist Reception on August 18, 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. Gallery Hours: Wed.-Sun. 11-5.... 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 · Three long-time Brattleboro area musicians
present a half-hour of delightfully restful works from the Baroque period. Peggy Spencer
and Michelle Liechti, violins, and Zon Eastes, cello, perform trio sonatas by George
Frideric Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach.
West Hill Energy &
28. West Hill Energy & Computing
205 Main St., Suite 14, 1st floor in Community Bank Building,
(802) 246-1212, www.westhillenergy.com
5:30-8 pm ? OPEN HOUSE with light refreshments to welcome
the community and celebrate WHE&C's inaugural Gallery Walk exhibit. Local photographer
Ezra Distler has been trying to capture light and freeze time through photography
since he was nine years old. He has done so professionally in the area for over 12 years.
This show represents a search for, and renewal of, inspiration and voice over the past two
years.... WHE&C provides robust, reliable evaluations of societal and utility efforts
to reduce energy use. Exhibit otherwise open by appointment.
JOHN & JENNIFER
29. 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 and "Brattleboro's Printing and Publishing
Heyday—1900-1970," from NEH-funded "Brattleboro Words" Project.
MEZZANINE CASES, LOCAL HISTORY ROOM: Additional "Brattleboro Words" Project exhibits.
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.
30. 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.... Popular local
bands of 50 years ago—The Trophies, The Sprites, and The Zip Codes—are
featured this month! 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
31. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
The gallery features last year's beer-makers' road trip through the
Belgian countryside. Documentary-style photos capture the beauty of beer, Belgium in the
spring, and the fun-loving Hermit Thrush team traveling across the country that originally
inspired their tasty beers. The photographer is Brattleboro filmmaker Angela Snow, who
makes her own documentaries and works freelance in Reality TV. She tagged along on the trip to
Belgium to photograph the adventure—why would anyone pass up travel and beer?...
Hermit Thrush Pint Night available from 5 pm during Gallery Walk on August 3. 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 painter Caryn King's
intimate—sometimes whimsical—portraits of animals in Vermont barnyards and
fields: sheep, cows, chickens, goats, bunnies, and birds. Caryn writes: "Always on the
lookout for farm animals with specific personalities to paint, I get to visit a lot of
farms, hang around fences, and take hundreds of photographs. I feel very connected with
each animal." Studio visitors are welcome, or visit online at ckingpainting.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.