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.
This month's Gallery Walk is on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6.
NOTE: MOST EXHIBITS ARE OPEN ALL MONTH.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
The next Gallery Walk will be on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4.
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,
New exhibits include paintings by German native Else
DeVoid, who wanted to create even when life was colorless and tense under the
Nazi regime, and watercolors by gifted 11-year-old artist Alex Hrabchak.
Continuing are flora, fauna, and New England 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, light-filled
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
TIM WOOD PRINT
The Gathering Place
2. The Gathering Place
30 Terrace St., (802) 254-6559,
Art Sale & Open House, 3 to 8 pm on Nov. 6,
featuring light refreshments. Painter Tim Wood has donated two prints for a
Benefit Raffle; tickets are on sale at the Open House and through the drawing
date of December 18. Participants at The Gathering Place also have many pieces
of art for sale, including watercolors, pencil drawings, and works in other
mediums. Stop in to see what these talented elders have been creating, tour the
building, and enjoy a nibble and a sip.
VENUES TO THE WEST OF DOWNTOWN
3. Ink Dog Tattoos & Art Gallery
1010 Western Ave., (802) 988-0180,
Guilford native Becca Blust has returned to the area
after eight years of working as a tattoo artist in Burlington, Vermont and Austin,
Texas. Initially interested in dermatology at UVM, she switched majors to Fine Arts
and Sociology, focusing on her tattoo apprenticeship because it allowed her to work
with people while doing art on a daily basis. Influenced by work of M. C. Escher and
Frank H Netter, she often includes fine line and detail in custom tattoos. The gallery
is showing some of Becca's original drawings, but fine artists in all mediums are
invited to show their work. Open for Gallery Walk from 4 pm and otherwise by
appointment on Wed.-Sat. 12-6.
C.X. Silver Gallery
4. C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898 or (802)
Gallery OPEN 4-6:30 for Gallery Walk; otherwise open
year-round by calling 1-2 days in advance to arrange a visit. New exhibition and book
launch for Rodrigo Nava: Collagraphs for Sculpture, featuring Collagraph prints
and expanded steel sculpture through March 2016. Opening reception on Saturday, Nov. 14,
4-6 pm (cxsilvergallery.com/rodrigo-nava). Ongoing exhibits include In The Box:
Recent Works by Cai Xi, the continuing show and book Nye Ffarrabas: a walk on
the inside - 50-year retrospective, cxsilvergallery.com/nye-ffarrabas; luminous landscapes, portraits,
the Wu Ji (Infinity Within) series of abstract performance painting using
mops/brooms/trowels as brushes, and the multimedia Pink Slip Project
Dim Sum Dining & Catering daily by appointment (call ahead 1-2 days,
802-257-7898) -- menu at dimsumvt.com.
On Sun., Nov. 15, 1-3 pm, the Asian Cultural Center of Vermont presents observance of
Diwali and Navaratri festivals of India, featuring Ras Garbha dance and activities
for all ages at 118 Elliot Art Space; call or see accvt.org for info.
5. 1868 Crosby House B&B
175 Western Ave., (802) 257-7145,
Gallery Walk reception from 5 to 8:30 for woodworker and
craftsman Steve Davis of Brattleboro. Using multiple hardwoods and stains to
create striking patterns in his work, Davis is exhibiting functional pieces that make
great holiday gifts: cutting boards, picture frames, small furniture items, and more.
Stop by to meet the artist, enjoy refreshments, and tour the Crosby House, a 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
6. Marlboro College Graduate Center
28 Vernon St., Contact: Kelly Fletcher, (802) 258-9202,
FILM AT 6:30 PM ON NOVEMBER 6: Marlboro College
concludes a multi-day celebration of the 25th anniversary of the passing of the
Americans with Disabilities Act with a screening of the film "Lives Worth Living"
(60 min.) in the Glassroom. This stirring documentary chronicles the struggles and
successes of the Disability Rights movement. It shows how Americans with a variety
of disabilities banded together to fight for independence and access to all the
things that non-disabled people take for granted. Park in the Grad Center lot and
catch some or all of this powerful film? before or after stopping at other Gallery
& Art Center
7. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walk. Exhibits include
Shedding Light on the Working Forest, in which painter Kathleen Kolb and
poet Verandah Porche celebrate the working forest and those who make a living
there.... Drawing On, In, Out: Work by six contemporary artists is featured....
Penumbra: Evan Coronis is an installation of cast glass.... Boxcars: Railroad
Imagery in Contemporary Realism offers paintings by several artists.... Stories
in Color: Linn Bruce represents a small sampling of his prolific 60 years as a
painter.... Open daily 11-5, closed Tues. Admission: $8-$6-$4, free for BMAC members
and youth 18 & under.
8. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St.,
Artist Ian McBean enjoys showing the beauty of everyday
things that he captures with his camera lens: "The banana peel on the ground, the
broken glass under the shadowy underpass, that little smile on someone's lips as they
try their first raspberry — it's all astoundingly beautiful to me." Ian was
seduced by photography at the age of five, when he got his first digital camera. He
also wants us to know: "I don't like clams. I do art." 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. The Whetstone offers
inspired food, local craft beers, and specialty drinks in a picturesque waterfront
location with free parking. Open daily for lunch and dinner, 11:30-10, Fri.-Sat. till
River Gallery School
9. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Exhibit spaces in the school are filled with the 2nd Annual
Postcard Show & Sale. RGS students of all ages have created 4"x6" works of
art to be sent out into the world as postcards. Come early; they move fast, but new
cards are being made and hung all month. Visitors are invited to sit down and make a
postcard to join the show. Send a piece of RGS art to your friends. The sale benefits
the RGS Scholarship Fund, enabling everyone the chance to make art.... In Gallery 34:
Rodrica Tilley is showing selected works from her "Fifty States Plein Air
10. Latchis Arts
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
A. LATCHIS GALLERY: Gallery Walk reception for a
multimedia installation of paintings, photographs, and films related to public art
created by Brattleboro artist Scot Borofsky. Works on paper used for
developing downtown outdoor artworks are being shown and offered for sale in a
Silent Auction to benefit public art projects in Brattleboro.... See related Listing
#11 and this month's feature article for information on other weekend events related
to Scot's public art.
B. MAIN THEATRE: Original paintings of cats, dogs, wildlife, deities and
sometimes even people by Mindy Fisher. The theatre is open to the general
public from 5 to 6:30 on Gallery Walk, for movie patrons during the month, and
otherwise by appointment.
Barber Building Foyer
11. Barber Building Foyer
68 Main St., Info: (802) 246-4107 Scot Borofsky, scotsart.net
OPEN ONLY DURING GALLERY WALK, 5:30-8:30 on November 6,
for public viewing of murals and restoration done on-site by Brattleboro artist
Scot Borofsky. The original painting "The Story of Fresh Water," which inspired
one of the two lobby murals, is included as part of the Latchis Gallery installation
(see Listing #10). See this month's feature article for more info on weekend events
related to Scot's public art.
12. Flat Street Brew Pub
6 Flat St., (802) 257-1911, www.flatstreetbrewpub.net
Continuing in November are recent paintings by Brattleboro
artist Steven Leal influenced by his study of work by Mondrian, de Kooning,
Turner, and Pollock with the help of a local art historian. Steven has tried to mix
light and textures to create pieces that are both modern and classic, and each painting
has been reworked several times to develop its depth and contrast. Experimenting with
new techniques has helped his ongoing evolution as a painter. The Pub offers 20 fine
handcrafted ales and lagers on tap and a delicious menu of pub-style food. Open
Tues.-Thurs. 4-11, Fri. & Sat. 4-12, Sun. 3-10.
In-Sight Photo Project
13. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
November's annual Alumni Exhibit, sponsored by
GreenRiver.com, features work by past participants in the In-Sight Photography
Project and its Exposures Program. These students have been influenced by
photography in many ways: casually in their day-to-day lives and, for some, in their
future education and careers as photojournalists, microscopists, sports photographers,
magazine publishers, writers, and more. In-Sight takes great pride in their
accomplishments. Gallery Walk reception 5:30-8:30 pm on Friday, November 6. The
In-Sight Photography Project empowers youth through photography and makes all classes
available to any interested youth regardless of their ability to pay. For more
information, visit online or call the In-Sight office.
14. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
"Light Defines Time," a Fifty-Year Retrospective by
Robert A. Cantius, is featured through November 29. Photographer and former
filmmaker Bob Cantius is a member emeritus of VCP and has been an active and integral
part of the gallery since its beginnings in 1998. Cantius' images are an empathetic
and interactive glimpse at the people, streets, and scenes of several small western
Massachusetts and southern Vermont towns. This exhibit marks the first solo exhibition
of Cantius' work at VCP and is the culmination of a lifetime of image making. See
website for more info.
ANDRÉA WALLENS POWELL
Restless Rooster Café
15. Restless Rooster Café & Coffee Bar
134 Elliot St., (802) 258-2565,
"Digital Explorations" by Andréa Wallens Powell
include a sampling of photographic series and individual studies in nature, on the
farm, and as painterly "abstracts" captured in unlikely places. "Photography can
evoke an emotion, commit understanding to a set of ideals ... or transform recognizable
patterns and shapes into something greater." Stop in during Gallery Walk on November 6,
5:30 to 8:30, when the full coffee, tea, specialty beverage, and pastry menu will be
available. Hours otherwise are Tues.-Sun. 7-2, serving Breakfast & Brunch till 1
weekdays, 2 on weekends.
16. Artrageus1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
The Artrageus1 collective features fine art, crafts, books,
and music by local folks. Come in to see work by its newest members—KAREN
SORENSON (whimsical paintings), GEORGIA MORGAN (jewelry), JACK HINCKLEY (kinetic wind
sculptures), and LORI PALMER (pillows)—in addition to the ever-changing work of
other members, including mosaics, jewelry, sculpture, paper-cuts, cigar-box guitars,
solar lights, handbags, and more! New members are welcome: If you want to sell your
creative endeavors (and receive 75-90% of the selling price), stop by and pick up an
application or apply online. Open Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 11-5, for Gallery Walks, and 24-7
Brink Gallery at
17. Kat Whitledge Basics & Bespoke
17 Elliot St., 3rd fl, Suite C, (802) 258-0395, email:
This month KWBB features work by Taylor Butler, who
says, "For me, painting is like taking a bus to an undetermined location. I work with
collections of images to begin a formal investigation and try to use the medium as
my bus ticket." KWBB is a Vermont-based clothing atelier that designs and creates
unique and timeless garments made to measure with an ethical approach to fashion.
Stop by during Gallery Walk to arrange a free consultation and enter a drawing to win
a handwoven Egyptian scarf.
18. Brink Gallery at Brattleboro Printmakers
20 Elliot St. (go through gate & downstairs), (603)
313-7569 Leigh, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Music and mystery close the group exhibit "Late Last
Night"—open on Nov. 6 from 6 to 8 pm—where a pig-like man takes
pause in a pastoral setting in William Meinder's untitled series, Tomas
Nola displays both figurative and abstract originals, and LEN brings a
contre jour figure in monotype.... From 8 pm til Late: Come and catch the sounds of
Rough City Tough Guys visiting from PA, and the "If Not I Than Who Then?"
performance by Jonas Fricke. Lightly suggested donation of $5 to benefit
Brattleboro Printmakers. BYOB. Gallery hours otherwise: Fri. 6-8, Sat. 11-4, Wed.
11-4 & by appointment.
Vermont Artisan Designs
19. Mocha Joe's Coffee
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
Mocha Joe's features "Beauty of the Day," an exhibit by
Jill Stahl Tyler, who has been taking photos every day but one since January 13,
when the morning sun poking through the trees and her arbor gate was so beautiful that
she grabbed her cell phone to capture it. Noticing this special moment and acting on the
instinct to "save" it has led others in her extended family to follow suit from time to
time. She is now developing a book entitled—of course—"The Beauty of the
Day." Stop in during Gallery Walk and all month long for a sip of Joe and a sampling of
Jill's visual moments.
20. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071
Paintings by Caryn King and Georgie are featured.
Georgie is a southern Vermont landscape artist who loves to paint local barns,
covered bridges and sugarhouses. All of Georgie's works are painted on site and can be
easily identified by her unique use of color and geometric shapes—email@example.com.
Caryn King paints animals found on farms and in fields of New England. Her artistic
goal is to capture an emotion through the uniqueness, beauty and individuality each
animal. Studio visits always welcomed—www.carynking.com. 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, and Sun. 9-5.
21. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Featured artists in November are Charles Townsend, Erika
Sullivan and Gary Fiske-White, sculptor Susan Read Cronin and
furniture-maker David Boynton. Also Vermont Artisan Designs is offering an oil
painting by Paul G. Stone with all proceeds going to the building fund of the
New England Center for Circus Arts. Open 7 days. Visit online or stop by seven days a
week to see works by more than 300 fine artists and craftspeople.
BRIAN D. COHEN
Works Bakery Café
22. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
Recent etchings by Brian D. Cohen are featured. These
5-inch-square images represent ordinary, familiar objects in schematic and formal
spatial arrangements. Cohen is founder of Bridge Press, publisher of limited-edition
artist's books and etchings. His work has been shown in over 40 solo exhibitions and
more than 200 group shows, and his books and etchings are held by major private and
public collections throughout the country.... Check out the "clothesline" exhibit of
children's artwork from River Gallery School.... The café serves Rainforest
Alliance coffee, humanely raised meats, poultry and dairy with no antibiotics or added
hormones—thoughtfully sourced, local when possible. Open daily 6 to 6, until 9
for Gallery Walk.
23. David Walter Jewelry Studio
124 Main St., (802) 722-9620,
Celebrating the company's 30th Anniversary in a new location
at the Brooks House, 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. Hours: Wed.-Sun. 10-6, later for Gallery Walk.
GEE'S BEND QUILTS
24. Gallery in the Woods & Dante's
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
In Gallery 1, Scientific observation provides the point of
departure for Alicia Hunsicker's mixed-media Zenith series, with technique
encompassing both printing and painting. Sandi Ritchie Miller's work explores
inner space through the imagery of outer space, inspired by a childhood of skygazing
in the high sierras; she works spontaneously with enamel and dry pigment in suspension,
moving the image around on a lucite surface by blowing on it. Gallery 2 features
Gil Perry's intricate works that he describes as "dreaming with open eyes";
included are sepia ink washes, graphite drawings, and an alkalyd painting employing
glaze layering. Gallery Walk reception on Nov. 6, 5:30-8:30, with music by the
Moondogs from 6 to 8 pm.
25. The Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501 (down the alley and through the
glass doors), (802) 380-1607,
Through the hardship of slavery, sharecropping, and necessity,
the women of Gee's Bend, Alabama, developed a distinctive quilt-making tradition.
A selection of their quilts is featured through November, including four newly added
small-size examples. The gallery is open 5:30 to 8:00 during Gallery Walk on November 6,
otherwise on Fridays from 12 to 5 and by appointment.
The Gallery at The Garden
26. The Gallery at The Garden
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
Two November exhibits: Front Gallery—"The Golden
Cage," a portrait of Vermont dairy farmers and the hidden lives of their migrant
Mexican workers, created by the Vermont Folklife Center; concept and interviews
by Chris Urban, photographs by Caleb Kenna; sponsored by the Vermont
Humanities Council as part of "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History," an
initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library
Association. Rear Gallery: "The Beauty of Relaxation," by Maureen Mansfield, a
collection of peaceful creations exposed through artwork as a means to reduce stress.
Open 5:30-8:30 for Gallery Walk on Nov. 6, otherwise Mon.-Fri. 9-5, except during
27. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
A Teapot Exhibition is featured upstairs through
Thanksgiving, including work by award-winning ceramic artists Maureen Mills,
author of "Surface Design for Ceramics" from Portsmouth, N.H., and Iris Minc,
teacher and porcelain artist from Merrimac, Mass. Unique contemporary and affordable
vintage teapots are also on display. Enjoy a glimpse at Penelope's illustrated book
"A Teapot Tale." Unframed City and Reproduction Archive maps from Cavallini
are available for just $5.00. Penelope's Fine Contemporary Glass and an eclectic
mix of Local and European Gifts. Preview Holiday Shopping, and Remember to BUY
LOCAL. Open Mon.-Sat. 10-ish to 6, Sun. 11 to 6, and late for Gallery Walk.
28. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Recent oil paintings by gallery co-owner Petria Mitchell
are featured through November 29. Mitchell's semi-abstract reflections on landscape
employ heightened color and vibrant brushwork to create a sense of movement and place
even in scenes that are fabricated and imaginary. The gallery otherwise features
innovative works by mid-career and established artists in a variety of mediums.
Open Wed.-Sun. 11-5 and 5:30-8:30 for Gallery Walk.
29. Take a Moment for Peace & A Syrian Art
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., in the
Church Parlor, (802) 257-4588 Dee and Bob Keller
5:30-6 pm · Everyone is invited to the Moment
for Peace on Friday, November 6. This month, Dr. Amir Latif, Professor of
Religion at Marlboro College, leads the meditation. A popular teacher and speaker,
Dr. Latif focuses on his faith tradition of Muslim Sufism and on interfaith
"Getting from A to B"
BRATTLEBORO CAMERA CLUB
Brooks Memorial Library
30. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
Mezzanine Walls above MAIN FLOOR: Brattleboro Camera
Club, "Getting from A to B," photographs illustrating how we move from one place to
another in our daily lives. MEZZANINE—LOCAL HISTORY ROOM WINDOWS: (Left)
Abenaki artifacts collected locally; (Right) glass and ceramic vases from
the Loud Collection. MEZZANINE CASE and SECOND FLOOR ENTRYWAY: Brattleboro
Mineralogical Society, varieties (species) of zeolites. SECOND FLOOR—CHILDREN'S
BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASE: Seasonal exhibit by Brattleboro illustrator John Steven
Gurney, "Over the River and Through the Woods" and "The Night Before Christmas."
NEW LIBRARY HOURS: Mon.-Wed. 10-9; Thurs.-Fri. 10-6; & Sat. 10-5.
31. Brattleboro History Center
196 Main St. (through side door of Masnic Center), (802)
FREE ADMISSION: Open 2-8 for Gallery Walk, otherwise Thurs.-Fri.
2-4, Sat. 11-3. FILM SCREENINGS starting at 6 pm on Nov. 6: WETA's "Debt of
Honor" (33 min.) examines how the American government and society have regarded
disabled veterans from the Revolutionary War through today's Middle East conflicts,
combining personal stories by distinguished disabled veterans with narration by leading
scholars in disability studies, history, and psychology—illustrating the human
cost of war and the enormous sacrifices of military service. Expanded display of colonial
Fort Dummer (c. 1724); photos of Island Park before the river washed it
away, newspaper accounts of the Civil War and annotated lists of Brattleboro
soldiers who died. Also spring gowns and a local Swedish woman's national costume. View
outfits, photos, stories, and artifacts of local National Ski Patrol members.
Research Room at Municipal Center open Thurs. 2-4, Sat. 10-12, and by appointment.
32. The Commons Voices Live! presents Myths & Realities
First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., info: The Commons, (802)
5-6 PM, Nov. 6: Networking/Connecting.... 6 PM: Panel
Discussion. Olga Peters, Senior Staff Writer for The Commons, moderates a panel of
key stakeholders addressing the issue of homelessness in Brattleboro and beyond,
with Groundworks Collaborative board member Steven West as emcee. Panelists
include Kevin Reagan, a Groundworks client; Sen. Becca Balint, D-Windham;
Chris Hart, executive director of Brattleboro Housing Partnership; and Josh
Davis, executive director of Groundworks. This gathering, a continuation of earlier
community discussions hosted by Richard French (owner of The Works Bakery Café),
includes an update on work that grew out of those events. Input and ideas from the entire
community are invited.
Hermit Thrush Brewery
33. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
November features "City Windows," an exhibit of
photographs by Christophe Gagné. These images are "pictures of the city,
where the city is actually a picture of humanity. Some are portraits, and some are
portraits which attempt to view personality through context rather than looking
directly." Gallery Walk on November 6 is Pint Night, with food by Turquoise
Grille. 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
Lesley Heathcote of Brattleboro is displaying paintings
of birds and animals inspired by their "beauty, intelligence and grace. I hope that my
art helps people open their hearts to the magnificence and wonder of these beings."
Focusing on birds and animals in our daily lives, the artist works from her own
photographs and experience "to convey each animal's unique identity and spirit."
ClearLake Furniture of Ludlow is exhibiting an oak library table and several
maple chairs. Information and showcase exhibits are useful resources for visitors and
residents alike. Open 7 am to 11 pm daily.