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 3.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
The next Gallery Walk will be on Friday, April 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,
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.... New exhibition opens March
31, reception and book launch Sat., April 1, 4-6 pm: Alyssa Hinton: Earth Consciousness
and Cultural Revelations. DIM SUM DINING evenings
by appt. — dimsumvt.com;
calling 1-2 days in advance recommended, (802) 257-7898. March 10, 5-7 pm: A Tasting
Menu & Chef Demo, by appointment, with hands-on how-to for some dishes,
$35/person.... Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents the Persian new year
festival of Nowrooz on Sat., March 18, 4-8 pm at 118 Elliot —
http://accvt.org or (802) 257-7898 for
3. 1868 Crosby House
175 Western Ave., (802) 257-7145,
Vermont artist Amber Bessette's whimsical paintings of animals
on her family homestead will be featured through the end of April. Stop by on Gallery Walk,
March 3, from 5 to 8:30, and later on during the transition from winter to spring to see
Amber's work, 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 occasions.
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
& Art Center
4. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION DURING GALLERY WALK. BMAC serves as the
Vermont affiliate for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a prestigious
national program offering exhibition opportunities and scholarships to young artists
and writers. This yearís award-winning work by students from throughout the Green
Mountain State is showing through March 5.... Other exhibits include: Change Your
Mind: Carolyn Enz Hack, an immersive installation comprised of layers of mesh,
screens, and undulating reflective surfaces.... OPEN CALL NXNE 2017, a
juried exhibition of 51 works by 24 photographers and video artists. Open daily 11-5,
closed Tues. Admission: $8-$6-$4, free: members and under 18. Free Thurs. after 2.
5. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St.,
Featured artist Jeanne Lauziere exhibits photo montage
arrangements of birds as entertainers and spectators on the wires, fixtures, and
buildings of Brattleboro and beyond. Jeanne received her MFA in Visual Arts from the
Vermont College of Fine Arts, in Montpelier. 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.
6. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Gallery spaces in March host the Annual Life Drawing Show,
featuring work from the Figure Drawing and Observational Drawing classes from 2016-17.
See how shape, value, gesture, and line interact in these drawings (and some paintings) of
the figure, the landscape, and the scenes that surround our daily lives. Grounded in
fundamental principles, drawing classes put a high value on experimentation and personal
experience.... On exhibit at street level in Gallery 34 are paintings, monoprints,
cards, mobiles, and coloring books by Kay Curtis.
7. Latchis Gallery
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
In celebration of Main Street Arts' production of "Sweeney
Todd" in Bellows Falls later in March, the Latchis hosts a "Battle of the
Barbers" in its theater lobby from 5 to 6 pm during Gallery Walk. Come see snippets
from the show and watch barbers battle for top honors. You can also buy tickets for the
show, which runs March 16-18 & 23-25 at the Bellows Falls Opera House. Held over in
the gallery in March is "Intentions: Dreams On 'Other' Worlds," in which Sevi
Akarçay explores relationship, identity, and existence influenced by place,
culture, and time. This allegorical work is comprised of a twelve-piece scratchboard drawing
and a six-piece painting. A video by Sevi is part of the BMAC Open Call NXNE 2017 Exhibit
(see listing #4). More info at www.latchisarts.org.
8. Windham Movement Apparel
5 Arch St., below 41 Main, (802) 246-1223, visit on Facebook,
Jeffrey Lewis has been photographing people and places for
the last five years, with an increasing focus on people at work or in performance. He has
had the pleasure of photographing both the local circus school and a regional dance
festival. Currently in rotation are images of dancers in both rehearsal and performance.
Windham Movement Apparel supplies the movement arts community with quality products in
an environment that encourages fellowship between participants and increases awareness
of the benefits of movement. Open Tues./Wed./Thurs. 3-8, Fri./Sat. 10-6, and till 8:30
for Gallery Walk.
Vt Ctr for Photography
9. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
In March the Tiny Gallery features work by staff, volunteers,
and board members of In-Sight, who work hard to bring the best possible photography
programming and opportunities for area youth. These behind-the-scene people are
accomplished artists and work within many mediums including photography, painting, and
more. In-Sight Photography Project empowers youth through photography, regardless of
ability to pay. For more information, call or visit online.
10. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
Featured in March is VCP's 2nd Annual Open Juried
Exhibition with guest juror Karen Haas, the Lane Curator of Photographs at the
Museum of Fine Arts in Boston since 2001. Karen has selected photographs with a wide
variety of subject matter by 40 artists across the nation from many different
creative backgrounds. This vibrant group exhibition continues through April 2; visit
online for further information. Opening reception 5:30-8:30 during Gallery Walk on
March 3; otherwise open Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 12 to 5.
11. ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
Kinetic wind sculptures by Jack Hinckley are featured
in March—mesmerizing, wind driven, hand cut aluminum whirlwinds at an affordable
price and in a variety of sizes. Come meet Jack and see how they are made—all
whirlwinds on sale during Gallery Walk! 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. EXPLORE THE LOCAL TALENT! 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.
12. Elliot St. Fish & Chips
50 Elliot St., (802) 451-9482, email@example.com,
FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More
Work by Wyatt R. Kail is featured in March: "I am
inspired by the distinctions and similarities between micro and macro. 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 my work 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." The café uses fresh, local, and organic
ingredients. Open Tues.-Sat. 11:30-8, till 8:30 for Gallery Walk.
13. Pop-Up Exhibit of Photos from the Women's Marches
Peter Havens' New Space for Parties & Home of Jasmine's Cakes,
32 Elliot St., (802) 257-3333
Beginning at 4 pm on Friday, March 3, participants in January 21
Women's Marches may bring a photo or two for a wire display (any size, any paper, with
2 clothespins per photo if you have some)—attach a short synopsis of your experience
(optional). Assistance available for hanging photos under geographic headings: Brattleboro,
Montpelier, Washington, Greenfield, Boston, etc. Collages, signs, posters, and pink hats
also welcome! Stop by during Gallery Walk to see the exhibit or to meet others and share
ideas on moving forward; learn what is planned locally and nationally. Open from 1 pm on
Saturday, March 4, for viewing ... photo owners should come back 1:30-3:30 on Saturday to
retrieve anything they want returned. Info: Ro (802) 380-0284, Priscilla (802) 505-8925,
Louise (802) 258-8874.
Mocha Joe's Café
14. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
New and old landscape paintings by Tracy Husson are
featured during March. These oil and mixed-media works were inspired by the mystery of
nature and the world. Based in Brattleboro, Vt. and Troy, N.Y., Tracy is open to both
purchase and barter. Meet the artist during Gallery Walk on March 3 between 5 and 8 pm.
Stop in 7 days to enjoy Mocha Joe's freshly roasted coffee, a seasonal drink, and freshly
baked pastries. Open Mon.-Thurs. 7-8, Fri. 7-9, Sat. 7:30-9, Sun. 7:30-8.
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 Walk.
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,
Hilltop Montessori Middle School students are engaged in
an extensive exploration of several printmaking techniques this year. Using the school's
new Takach Press, students have created linocut relief and copper plate intaglio prints
currently exhibited for the enjoyment of bakery and café patrons. 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.
G. L. MORRIS
Vermont Artisan Designs
18. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
March is Student Art Month in Windham County, and again the gallery
will host 3-D works (pottery and sculpture) by area high-schoolers. Visitors will be
able to vote for their favorite, and a Peopleís Choice Award will be given at the end of
the exhibit. Also featured for the month are paintings on silk by G. L. Morris and
oil paintings by Nils Johnson. The gallery is open for a reception on Gallery Walk
from 6 to 7:30. A portion of sales from featured art will go to the Craft Emergency
Relief Fund. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see work by over 300 artists and
19. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
Work by painter/poet Robert MacRae is featured through
April. A few self-published ìstory-poemsî have been custom-framed with illustrations in
gouache and ink on paper. His bohemian work emphasizes color and texture. Writing since
his youth, he began painting two years ago. Some of his work has traveled to eight
venues this past year in the "Wonderland Forever" exhibit by four artists, currently
showing through March at Maia Papaya in Bethlehem, N.H. The café serves Rainforest
Alliance coffee and humanely raised meats, poultry, and dairy with no antibiotics or added
hormones—thoughtfully sourced, local when possible. Eat in or take out breakfast,
lunch, or an early dinner. Open 6 to 8 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.
Gallery in the Woods
21. Gallery in the Woods & Dante's
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
The Winter Show includes paintings by Richard Heller and
furniture by Dante Corsano. Recent paintings by Brattleboro artist-educator
Richard Heller are featured downstairs through April. He has been exploring two themes:
"an interest in pattern and why we are wired ... to be attracted to it, and a way to
make paintings that are improvisational and carry the immediacy of the creative process."
In Gallery 2, two new tables by Dante Corsano feature purpleheart and inlay detail; music
is only his second artform! Artists' Reception with music by Dante and the Moondogs on
Friday, March 3, 5:30-8:30. Open daily 11-5:30.
22. The Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501, (802) 380-1607, down the alley and
through the glass doors,
www.catherinedianichgallery.com, Brigade info: firstname.lastname@example.org
5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3: Opening Reception for Gib
Taylor: Paintings from the '80s and '90s, an exhibit continuing through April 28. The
late painter's works explore the context and planes of color. Gilbert Taylor (1929-2006)
grew up in Deer Isle, Maine, and went on to attend Harvard University, the Arts Students
League, and the American Art School in New York City. The show features large oils on
canvas as well as watercolors, many painted in the artist's Westminster West, Vt. studio.
Taylor is well known not only for his artwork but also for his nearly thirty-year tenure
on the visual arts faculty at Marlboro College. The gallery is otherwise open by
Gallery at The Garden
23. First Friday Pitch Night: Creativity in
139 Main St., Rm. 701, down alley, thru 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,
Presentations: 6-6:30. 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 presenters.
24. The Gallery at The Garden
Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
Come celebrate the 37th Annual Student Art Month, which
will be displaying as many as 300 outstanding pieces of art by Windham County's elementary,
middle school, and high school students in a variety of locations—the High
School 2-D Art Show is showing in the River Garden. This celebration and kick-off is
on Friday, March 3, from 5 to 8:30 pm. A related exhibit of 3-D works (pottery and sculpture)
is showing at Vermont Artisan Designs (see listing #18). Brattleboro Time Tradeís Spring
Forward event is also happening during Gallery Walk, with live music by Nomad vs.
Settler and Raspberry Jam. Otherwise the River Garden is open Mon.-Sat.
9-5 except for special events; the Brattleboro Winter Farmersí Market is on Saturdays,
10-2, through March.
25. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
CLOSED FOR GALLERY WALK IN MARCH and reopening on March
22—come back later in the month. If you will be shopping for Springtime birthdays,
Mother's Day, and other upcoming special occasions, think about Buying Local from
Brattleboro artist Rosie Schulick. Rosie's fine jewelry and cards are on display.
Semi-precious stones set in knotted silk form bracelets and necklaces that are delicate and
uniquely wearable.... New Spring arrivals include scarves, cards, and gifts galore!
Also on display is Penelope's Fine Contemporary Glass.... and don't forget the
British Food! Winter Hours: Mon.-Sun. 11-6, closed Tues.; open till 8:30 for other
26. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Showing through March 12 is Spring Visions, a group exhibit
featuring a new selection of work by 27 gallery artists, including Matt Brown,
Emily Mason, Torin Porter, Anne Johnstone, Eric Boyer, Jon Gregg, Tiffany Heerema and
Robin Cheung. Opening with artist reception on March 16, 5-7 pm, for David Rohn
Watercolors 1974-2016, a special gallery-wide retrospective of Rohnís work. Artist
talk on Sat., March 25, 5 pm. The exhibit will continue through April 30.... Visit
the MGFA Annex in the Brooks House Atrium, 128 Main St., for selected work by
prominent and emerging artists.
BIG WOODS VOICES
Centre Congregational Church
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 · During Gallery Walk on Friday, March 3,
the Moment for Peace program, "Interfaith Prayers for the Earth," will include
Prayers, Chants, Silence, and Reflection. Leaders will be Rev. Mary Lindquist, Rupa
Cousins, Marie Procter, and Fred Taylor. This program is sponsored by the Brattleboro
Interfaith Clergy Association and Brattleboro Area Interfaith Initiative. ALL ARE
28. Big Woods Voices Concert
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., in the
Church Parlor, www.bigwoodsvoices.com, email@example.com &
8 pm · Live Music: Big Woods Voices offers a Benefit
Concert for the Brattleboro Womenís Chorus toward the end of Gallery Walk on March 3.
This hour or so of engaging music features four veteran area singers: Alan Blood,
Amanda Witman, Becky Graber, and Will Danforth, who together celebrate their common
passion for a cappella harmony. Door donations of $10 and up are welcome.
29. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
Student Art Month in March features Two-Dimensional Artwork by
elementary school students on the MAIN FLOOR MEZZANINE WALLS, and Ceramics by
students of Bonnie Stearns in the SECOND FLOOR ENTRYWAY CASE. No March exhibit in the
CHILDRENíS BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASES because of continuing renovations. LOCAL HISTORY ROOM
WINDOWS and GLASS DISPLAY CASE on the MEZZANINE: Abenaki artifacts collected locally
and objects from the Henrietta Loud Collection of 19th-century artworks. 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.
Â10-6; & Sat. 10-5.
30. Baskets Bookstore
48 Harmony Pl., (802) 258-4980, firstname.lastname@example.org
Painter Maureen Mansfield's "New England Collection"
continues on exhibit. 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. Baskets offers used paperbacks in many
popular genres and a limited selection of hardcovers; open 10 to 4 daily and till 8 on
Gallery Walk first Fridays.
TWO OF THE FAB FOUR
Hermit Thrush Brewery
31. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
Four young female micro-producers are taking over the
Brewery this Gallery Walk to showcase their new works—pottery, illustrations, and
cotton dresses included. Savor a sour beer, peruse the wares, speak to the crew of
emerging artists, and learn about the intentional community these women are undertaking
to make with their shared opening. Pints of beer for Hermit Thrush Pint Night will be
available 5 pm-late on March 3. Open 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 hosts work by artists shown at Gallery North Star
in Grafton, including Julie Y. Baker Albright, Charlie Hunter, Craig Mooney, Paul
Stone, and James Urbaska—www.gnsgrafton.com. Caryn King of South Newfane is also exhibiting
her charming farm animal portraits—ckingpainting.com. Information and showcase exhibits are useful
resources for visitors and residents alike. Open 7 am to 11 pm daily.