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, OCTOBER 6.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
The next Gallery Walk will be on Friday, November 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,
The Southern Vermont Dance Festival's Movement 2017 exhibit
"Dance at Naulakha" continues with selected photographs by Jeff Lewis
and Deb Lazar capturing 2016's premiere Promenade performance at Rudyard Kipling's
Naulakha estate—southernvermontdancefestival.com. Other ongoing exhibits 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
LIZ HAWKES deNIORD
C.X. Silver Gallery
2. C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898 or (802) 579-9088,
Gallery OPEN 3-5 pm for October Gallery Walk; otherwise open
year-round by calling ahead to arrange a visit.... New exhibition by Liz Hawkes
deNiord: Return As Ticket—cxsilvergallery.com/liz-hawkes-deniord, and book launch
magcloud.com/browse/issue/1331705. Cai Xi's abstract
performance painting using mops/brooms/trowels as brushes; luminous landscapes; works from
her retrospective 1979-2015; monumental portraits; and the multimedia pinkslipproject.tumblr.com/archive.... DIM SUM DINING eves.
by appt.—dimsumvt.com; calling
1-2 days in advance recommended, (802) 257-7898.
3. Avenue Grocery & Gallery
82 Western Ave., (802) 257-1846
This 94-year-old neighborhood grocery store is now a platform for
collaboration. Its first art exhibition features the creative work of over a dozen local
artists and artisans who offered to show their work while chatting with the owners. "Our
curatorial method is saying Yes!" shares Katie Bachler. Come see paintings of chickens,
winter landscapes, and Vermont cows, as well as handmade soap, pottery, photography,
delicious jams and pickles, all made by the community of Avenue Grocery neighbors, including
Teta Hilsdon, Lynda Snarshi, Heather Robinson, Rosemary Sisto, Joanne Barber, Dana
Bechert, Patti Jacobs, Darlene Jenson, Dancing Bears Soap Emporium, Cooper's Coop, Casey
Wait, Bill Pearson, Annie Ice Blue Designs, and Katherine Barratt.... Casey
Wait's Tarot Card Reading Shop also opens during Gallery Walk on October 6 in the
space next door.
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
& Art Center
4. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walk, when memberships are available
at a 10% discount and William Chambers will be making preparations to launch the
SPACESHIP OF DREAMS, packing up the over 500 dreams he has collected—we're
invited to celebrate with star-shaped sugar cookies. Exhibits include WEIGHTED TEARS:
Mary Admasian, in the sculpture garden through October 8. Inside are
CONSTELLATIONS—Paintings by Roger Sandes.... Wolf Kahn: DENSITY &
TRANSPARENCY—Paintings made over the past decade.... LOST PORCHES: Nathalie
Miebach—Intricate woven sculptures based on data from extreme weather events....
BOUNDARIES, BALANCE, AND CONFINEMENT: Mary Admasian explores the physical boundaries
between objects.... and FREE FALL: Barbara Garber—Her wall and room installations
explore the boundary between 2D and 3D drawing. Open daily 11-5, closed Tues. Admission:
$8-$6-$4, free: members and under 18. Free Thurs. after 2.
CHRISTOPHER G. CHAPMAN
5. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St.,
Aspiring local photographer Christopher G. Chapman loves
landscapes and still-lifes. He is exhibiting his favorite photos from around Brattleboro
and travels across the globe. 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 & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Upstairs: Gallery spaces host the Annual Faculty
Show of recent work by teachers, workshop instructors, and staff. All teachers are
working artists whose creations offer viewers an opportunity to appreciate their wide
range of individual styles.... At street level: Gallery 34 features paintings,
collagraphs, and drawings by Marilyn Allen—these small works highlight
certain bends in her development and include miniature landscapes as well as experimental
prints. Allen has exhibited in local venues, a juried show at The Painting Center in New
York, and recently in a solo show at the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton. She has coordinated
the RGS Outreach Program since its inception in 2004.... The Main Street Studio
hosts paintings and drawings in many styles from "The Secret Lives of Shopkeepers"
sessions, featuring portraits of some of downtown Brattleboro's familiar merchants. A
preview of upcoming classes for all ages will help visitors plan their Fall
7. Latchis Gallery
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
Twelve of two dozen PUTNEY CRAFT TOUR artists are featured
in the gallery during October, offering a first-time downtown Brattleboro preview for
their annual Thanksgiving Weekend Tour (November 24, 25 & 26, from 10 to 5).
Participants include Judy Hawkins, Nancy Calicchio, Colleen Grout, Ken Pick, Dena
Gartenstein Moses, Jesse Fox, Jeanne Bennett, Edel Byrne, Phil Pellerin, Fiona Morehouse,
Ryan Burch and Bob Burch. All of these artists are recognized for dedication to
their craft. Their work represents a broad range of skills from bicycle making to fine art
painting, handwovens, glass, ceramics, and jewelry. A pre-Gallery Walk opening reception
is planned for Thursday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 8.
8. Windham Movement Apparel
5 Arch St., below 41 Main, (802) 246-1223, visit on Facebook,
Local artist Tara Gordon creates photographic designs by
mirror-imaging her close-up nature photography on yoga mats, towels, and other items.
Symmagery Designs aligns nature closer with surface design. Rotating exhibits curated by
the Southern Vermont Dance Festival—southernvermontdancefestival.com. 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.
9. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insightphotography.org
The Tiny Gallery at In-Sight will be CLOSED FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER
as preparations are made for In-Sight's 19th Annual Photography Auction &
Exhibition at the Vermont Center for Photography during November. The auction is In-Sight's
biggest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds going to the scholarship fund, allowing any
youth 11-18 to participate in programming, regardless of ability to pay.... Learn more about
the auction at
Vermont Center for Photography
10. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
In her "From the Sea" series, Virginia-based photographer Deb
Schwedhelm explores a sense of place and belonging. Being in the military system, her
family often lives in a world of uncertainty: untethered, without an anchor. The sea acts
as an allegory of their lives, shifting and moving with the tides—forcing them to tread,
swim, and stay afloat through the changes. While Schwedhelm is photographing her children
and friends, she is also photographing herself, moving in and out of focus, allowing the
liquid world to illustrate her journey. Exhibition open through Oct. 29. Opening reception
during Gallery Walk on Oct. 6, 5:30 to 8:30. Visit vcphoto.org for additional info and
11. Turning Point of Windham County
39 Elm St., (802) 257-5600 Susan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Turning Point celebrated its 10th Anniversary in September....
Four coaches and peers are exhibiting nature photography and portrait work in "Through
the Lens of Recovery." Participants include Ladd Butler, board member;
Brian Condon, recovery coach and trainer; Jenny O'Conner, recovery coach;
and Michael Poster, group facilitator. "Connecting in compassion, dignity, and
recovery, Turning Point is about tapping into the mind-changing, game-changing, and
life-changing positivity of coming back to the best you, the true you. Turning Point
provides means and methods; you provide the grit and desire. Together, we create energy,
hope, and family." Stop by during Gallery Walk to enjoy the photo exhibit and learn more
about the Turning Point program.
118 Elliot Gallery
12. 118 Elliot Gallery
118 Elliot St., contact: Lisa Mendelsund at (802) 257-2757 or
"Figure 1993-2017," a show devoted to more than two decades of
figure paintings by Lauren Olitski, is featured through Oct. 30. Olitski has shown
extensively in New England and New York as well as Toronto and South Florida. She is known
for her vigorous and bold painting style. In this collection figures are rendered in
large-scale acrylic with mixed-media on canvas. Many of her titles reference biblical
characters, a suggestion that the forms convey a recognized humanity. Olitski brings a
writer's sensibility to a muscular, modern vernacular. The paintings can be enjoyed for
their narrative possibilities as well as their formal accompaniment in composition,
gesture, and light. Opening reception during Gallery Walk on Oct. 6, 5:30-8:30. Gallery
hours will be Mon. & Thurs. 1-5, Sat. 1-4, and by appointment.
13. ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
ALL PRINTS 10% OFF THIS MONTH—works by Kirby Vetch, Karen
Sorensen (image detail), Steve Tavella, Ely Porter, Nydia Jhennae, Kirsten
Palmer, and more. Pastoral landscapes to fantasy portraits; 4x4" to 20x36"; in
black-and-white or vibrant color. We are also recruiting new Artist, Author, and Musician
members—join our arts collective and receive 75-90% of the price! (Applications
available online or in-store.) ArtRageUs1 is a group of creative individuals joining forces
to sell our art, crafts, books, and music. And we are home to the figurative furniture of
Gayle Marie Weitz and Write Action books. Open Fri./Sat./Sun. 11-5 and
14. Cantina Vidorra
49 Elliot St., (802) 490-2532, visit on Facebook
Featured artist Stephen Broyles lives in Amherst and works
mostly in ink, ink-and-watercolor, and acrylic ... although he does venture into oboe,
clarinet, baroque, and jazz. He works almost always outdoors, en plein air, composing
shapes, colors, and textures. He is motivated by the love of what he sees and his desire
that others see it, too. Images by a local photographer are also featured. Cantina Vidorra
offers starters, build-your-own and traditional tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas,
other specialties, and a handy kids' menu.
Elliot St. Fish & Chips
15. Elliot St. Fish & Chips
50 Elliot St., (802) 451-9482,
email@example.com, FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More
Paintings by Krishna Maples are created in oil and acrylic
with lots of washes. Krishna shares, "I look at art as an expression of my soul. Come by
and see my soul and my art. It is a dream that I've made come true." The café uses
fresh, local, and organic ingredients. Open Tues.-Sat. 11:30-8, till 8:30 for Gallery
16. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
Work by Everett McKee is featured. "Painting, photography,
and digital art are blended to create pieces that will connect with viewers individually.
I draw inspiration from everyday life to expose my point of view by highlighting and
transforming what is already around me." Stop in 7 days to see the exhibit and enjoy
Mocha Joe's own 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.
Turn It Up!
17. 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.
18. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071,
Karen Galloway's watercolor pencil drawings, along with a
sprinkling of mosaic, collage, and a mobile, are featured through October. "I feel my work
is inspired by the nature and beauty of New England. I love trees, wood, rocks,
rust—they seem like the beginning of a good story." 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.
115 Main St., (802) 257-5114,
Celebrating 25 years! Vermontís premier Bead Store also
carries the areaís best selection of fossils, gemstones, jewelry, postcards, retro-toys,
vintage gifts, tin signs, and old-school candy. Itís a museum, a pop culture emporium,
ìa walk on the wild side.î The downstairs Museum of Beads & Cultural
Artifacts—open Fri. & Sat. 12 to 4 pm—includes items dating from
10,000 BC and from all corners of the globe. Walk-in tutorials and scheduled classes cover
from the basics to the complex. Beads from around the world are made out of everything from
recycled tires to sterling, including beads from antiquity to contemporary art glass.
Vermont Artisan Designs
20. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
October brings AMERICAN CRAFT WEEK and the VERMONT OPEN STUDIO
WEEKEND. In the gallery, featured work includes new pastels by Deedee Jones, oils of
spirited wildlife by Julia Eva Bacon, and acrylics of the New England landscape by
Marc Winnat. Gallery Walk reception from 5:30 to 7 pm.... The State of Vermont is a
sponsor of American Craft Week, running Oct. 6-15 throughout the US; Vermont Artisan
Designs is a founding member. See schedule of activities at
Vermontís Fall Open Studio Weekend is celebrated statewide on October 14 & 15;
Vermont Artisan Designs is an info center with free maps and previews of local participantsí
21. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
Paintings by Christy Bonneau continue through October.
Her medium- to large-scale abstracts explore issues of human emotion and connectedness
through the use of color and rhythm. These oil paintings often incorporate printmaking
techniques, etchings, transfers, threads, and collage. Her work is currently showing
in a Boston gallery; has been featured at the Southern Vermont Art Center in
Manchester; and is in private collections throughout the U.S. The café serves
Rainforest Alliance coffee and humanely raised meats, poultry, and dairy with no
antibiotics or added hormones; open daily 6 to 6, until 9 for Gallery Walk.
"SVDF's Inaugural Year"
WOW Frozen Yogurt
22. WOW Frozen Yogurt
122 Main St., (802) 579-1255, www.facebook.com/WOW-Frozen-Yogurt
Continuing this month is 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. Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 12-8, Fri.-Sat.
23. Gallery in the Woods
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
The Fall show features views of nature through the mystic eye, with
work by Valerie Claff, Gil Perry, and Leonard Ragouzeos. Gallery 1: Watercolors by
Valerie Claff capture changes of light and atmosphere with wild, distant ridges and
reflective, intimate marshes—simple and Zen-like, transparent and shape-shifting.
Gallery 2: Gil Perryís work develops imaginary compositions in the fractal
dimension, from macrocosm to microcosm. Perry crafts the images by hand, with
decalomania—a process pioneered by surrealists like Max Ernst long before digital
imaging dominated the genre. Gallery 3: Leonard Ragouzeos presents the Face as
metaphor. Often larger than life, vigorous ink portraits in black and white allow an
intimacy of gaze involving the physicality of the painting process. By contrast, tiny
self-portraits seem as if viewed in a very small mirror. Artistsí reception 5:30-8:30 on
October 6; music by the Moondogs. Open daily 11-5:30.
24. The Dianich Gallery
139 Main St. Rm. 501, (802) 380-1607, Down the alley and through
the glass doors, www.catherinedianichgallery.com
The Broadside Show: ìPoetry + Artî—Open for the
Brattleboro Literary Festival, this exhibit features work by Claire Van Vliet, Brian D.
Cohen, Julia Ferrari, Dede Cummings, and Myles Danaher. Opening Reception during
Gallery Walk on Friday, Oct. 6, 5:30-7:30 pm; otherwise open by appt.
Gallery at The Garden
25. The Gallery at The Garden
Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
Featured in October are Maureen Mansfieldís ìExpressions of
Local Colorî and Terry Hauptmanís ìSongline Scrolls.î Mansfield uses oil and
acrylic paints to capture landscapes of the northwest coast, Adirondack Mountains, and
New England. Her paintings are in private collections throughout the United States.
Hauptmanís ìSongline Scrollsî illuminate how light travels through the body, resonating
as dynamic black bands outlining internal ambers in figurative forms. These painted
scrolls of Fire break traditional boundaries with figures dancing through the dimensions
of the paper, their visual music representing one continuous glyph. The River Garden is
open Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 12-4, except for during special-event rentals.
26. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
Still on exhibit in the Upstairs Gallery—ìJust the
Photosî revisits a show of photographs Penelope took in the 1980s as reference for a
post-graduate course in Printmaking at the Central School of Art in London. These prints
are available both framed and unframed with a couple of new additions. Also on display:
Penelopeís Fine Contemporary Glass, complementing new ceramic vessels by an
artisan from Thailand, crafted in organic forms in subtle earthtones. Also discover
fine jewelry, an exceptional collection of British cards, and popular British grocery items.
New autumn arrivals in clothing, accessories, and furnishings for the home and garden. Open
daily 11-6, later on Friday, and till 8:30 for Gallery Walk.
Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
27. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Showing through Nov. 5: "Mapping the Unknown," an
exhibition of monotypes, oil paintings, and collages by Susan Osgood. The exhibit
showcases work featured in the book "A Ghost of Water": Poems by GennaRose Nethercott
Inspired by the Art of Susan Osgood. Artist Talk on Saturday, October 28, at 5pm,
and a special reading of "A Ghost of Water" by GennaRose Nethercott, will take place in the
gallery during the Brattleboro Literary Festival on Sunday, October 15 at 5:30 pm.
Nethercott has recently been announced the winner of the National Poetry Series for her book
The Lumberjackís Dove. Open 11-5 Wed.-Mon.... Visit the MGFA Annex in
the Brooks House Atrium, 132 Main Street, for work by emerging and prominent
28. Take a Moment for Peace · Pasta Supper
& Refugee Lecture
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., in the
Church Parlor, (802) 257-4588 Dee and Bob Keller
5:30-6 pm · The Moment for Peace on Oct. 6 features
Hallowell, offering songs of peace and comfort to the listening heart of our
community. "Most often our songs are prayers sung at the bedsides of the dying." This
evening's songs stir the well of grief to remind us that the peace that lives within each
one of us softens the grief in the world. Come be anointed by the music they share with so
many in this community during times of transition.... 6 to 7:30 pm · Pasta Supper
& Lecture in the dining hall—all welcome. Mr. Lloyd Dakin, UN High Commissioner
for Refugees (ret.), will talk on "The Current State of Refugees and Forced Displacement
in the World." Sponsored in collaboration with Windham World Affairs Council. Donations for
dinner and lecture are benefit Carry Me Home, a local group supporting children fleeing
zones of conflict. Cost: $10 adults, $5 ages 6-10, under 6 are free.
29. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
MAIN FLOOR–CEILING: Cloud-and-raindrops mobile, 2nd grade, Academy
School; MEZZANINE WALLS: "People, Places and the History of Words in Brattleboro,
Vermont," a multifaceted grant-funded project exploring the Brattleboro's history of
publishing and printing, also exhibited in the MEZZANINE–DISPLAY CASES. SECOND
FLOOR–ENTRYWAY CASE: Brattleboro Mineralogy Club, Vermont minerals; CHILDREN'S
BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASES: "Hector Fox and the Giant Quest," by award-winning
author/illustrator Astrid Sheckels. 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
October features work by Brattleboro native Alec McPherson.
Alec's new body of work explores the concept of Psychic Camping. "Psychic Campers are beings
seeking 'place' through occupying environments that are not their own." Come for an
exploratory tour.... Pints of beer for Hermit Thrush Pint Night are available from
5 pm during Gallery Walk on Oct. 6. Brewery Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 3-8, Fri.-Sat. 12-9,
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
I-91 Welcome Center
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1
Georgie Runkle lives on the Rock River in Marlboro. "My
paintings are deliberate, a mosaic of complex color and shapes arranged on a canvas to
create a visual expression of an inner landscape." Gary Barron, from Weston, is a
member of the American Institute of Architects–Vermont. He makes detailed drawings
of streetscapes and iconic buildings capturing the beauty of Vermontís architectural
identity.... Information and showcase exhibits of Vermont-made products, artwork,
and fine crafts are resources for visitors and residents alike. Open 7 am to 11 pm