Founded in 1995
A Project of the Arts Council of Windham County
A YANKEE MAGAZINE EDITORS' CHOICE in 2004
A year-round, festive FIRST FRIDAY stroll, 5:30 to
in downtown Brattleboro, Vt. and nearby locations.
GALLERY WALK IS ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 4.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
Next month's Gallery Walk is Friday, February 1.
VENUES TO THE NORTH OF DOWNTOWN
SYLVIA CHUN YIN RYDER
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,
Introducing Sylvia Chun Yin Ryder's floral watercolor
series and two oil paintings. Also trained in classical ballet and music in her native
Taiwan, Sylvia divides her time between her NH art studio and playing the piano at area
nursing homes and in NYC restaurants.... Other ongoing 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,
Open for Gallery Walk 12-3 pm on Jan. 4; otherwise open year-round
by calling ahead to arrange a visit.... Through February: Fluxus Dialogue by Nye
Ffarrabas and Geoffrey Hendricks (1932-2018), introducing Nye's "Friday Book of
White Noise" 1964-1967, the original notebooks shown for the first time in public as
whole art-process-objects. Publications: Linda Montano: 14 Years of Living
Art—magcloud.com/browse/issue/1184522—and Nye Ffarrabas' a walk
on the inside: 50-year
retrospective—magcloud.com/browse/issue/756374.... DIM SUM CATERING by
appointment; calling 1-2 days in advance recommended, (802) 257-7898.... Self-contained
3rd floor airBnB apartment with art all around:
& Art Center
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
3. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION and a 10% discount on new Museum
memberships during Gallery Walk. This is the last weekend for two exhibits closing
January 7—Michael Poster: If she has a pulse, she has a chance,
and Robert Perkins: Every Day.... Showing through February 10 are
Emily Mason: To Another Place—a six-decade survey, and Elizabeth
Turk: Heaven, Earth, Home.... Showing through March 2 is Orly Cogan:
Don't Call Me Princess. Hours: OPEN 11-5, closed Tues. Admission: $8-$6-$4, Free:
members & under 18; Free for everyone on Thurs. 2-5 pm.
4. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St., (802) 490-2354,
Kathy Velon of North Bennington is showing mixed-media
paper abstracts—batiked/beaded, joomchi/beaded, and monoprints—through
the end of February. Kathy became a full-time studio artist after her retirement in
April 2017. 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.
Dan Borden et al.
River Gallery School
5. River Gallery School & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Students in the Fall session of Adult Studio are
showing a wide variety of artwork in January. Studio class focuses on individual
process, with each artist developing and executing projects of his or her choice,
with guidance from the artist/teachers. Mediums range from oils, acrylics, and
water-based media to 3-D and mixed-media. Inspiration and support are exchanged
among the participants as they work in a low-key but focused studio environment. This
weekly practice helps keep the creative gears in motion.... GALLERY 34 features
work by the RGS Board of Trustees.
6. Latchis Gallery & Theatre
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.theater.latchis.com,
The Latchis Gallery features a continuing exhibit of work by
members of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers. View the work and find out
more about The HatchSpace woodworking cooperative in Brattleboro. For details,
visit latchisarts.org and
Vt Ctr for Photography
7. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
Featured through January 27 is Lindsey Beal: Progressions,
a six-part exhibit of photo-based work by Beal, who has an MFA in Photography and a
Graduate Certificate in Book Arts. "Inspired by the ways in which contemporary American
society views women, I investigate how women lived in the past, drawing parallels and
contrasts between women's lives then and now." Techniques include cyanotype and ziatype
prints, high-resolution scans, Lumiere's Autochromes, the collodion process, and
handmade sculptures, among others. Opening Reception 5:30-8:30 on Jan. 4. Artist Talk
& Closing Reception 4-6 pm on Sun., Jan. 27. Hours: Thurs.-Sun. 12-5 pm. Further
exhibit details and membership info online.
BONNIE A. GIRVAN
8. ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
Featuring jewelry that is "comforting to the spirit," made
with semi-precious gems by local "serial creative arts entrepreneur" Bonnie A.
Girvan, who is also a landscape designer and Feng Shui Master! Also featuring
author Lynn Martin, who will read from her new book, "Living Diversity," at 6 pm.
Meet Bonnie, Lynn, and other members of the Arts Collective during Gallery Walk on
January 4. ArtRageUs offers fine art, crafts, furniture, jewelry, books, and music by
local artists, craftsmen, authors, and musicians. New members welcome. OPEN
Fri./Sat./Sun. 11-5 and 5-8 for Gallery Walk.
9. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
Brattleboro artist Mackenzie Reilly is showing prints and
acrylic paintings with collage. These pieces were made late at night or early in the
morning, since she feels the most compelled to create when most of Brattleboro is quiet
and still. Mackenzie hopes this juxtaposing energy is reflected in her work. Stop by to
see the art and enjoy freshly roasted coffee, a seasonal drink, and homemade pastries.
Open Mon.-Thurs. 7-8, Fri. 7-9, Sat. 7:30-9, Sun. 7:30-8.
10. Yalla Vermont
80 Main St., (802) 579-1309, www.facebook.com/Yalla-Vermont
Continuing in January is an installation art show by Jonas
Fricke entitled "Holy Spirits," which the artist describes as "a space-transforming
extravaganza in celebration of the universe—spreading from a welcome bench to a
permanent mural and multitudes of works in myriad mediums".... Enjoy authentic Middle
Eastern fare made from scratch—including handmade pitas and falafel—using
locally sourced and organic ingredients when possible. Closed Tues. & Wed., open
Thurs./Sat./Sun./Mon. 10-3, Fri. 10-6 (later for Gallery Walk)—subject to
Turn It Up!
11. 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.
12. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071,
Caryn King continues finding joy in painting animals.
This exhibit includes new paintings and some of her past favorites of animals found on
farms and in fields of New England—all with their own distinct uniqueness. 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.
WM. E. ROBERTS Jr.
Vermont Artisan Designs
13. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Work by plein air landscape painter Eric Tobin has been
held over. Also featured in January are still-life paintings by Georgette Carley,
oil landscapes and interiors by Carol Gobin, and oil landscapes by William E.
Roberts Jr. The Windham County Heat Fund will receive a portion of sales of
the featured artists' works this month. Gallery Walk reception from 5:30 to 7 pm on
14. 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
GUATEMALA: MAYAN ART
Gallery in the Woods
15. Gallery in the Woods
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
Featured work continuing in January is "Guatemalan Tapestry:
Contemporary Mayan Tribal Artists," features paintings from the Lake Atitlan region.
Known for their unique naif style, many of these artists draw on colorful patterns of
traditional textiles and the rich natural environment. In Mayan Cosmology, the Goddess
Ixchel (the weaver) is believed to hold the world together and maintain the continuum.
The Mayan Calendar recognizes change and the cyclical nature of life. In light of these
profound systems of thought, the exhibition explores connective threads between the deep
roots of this ancient culture and its ability to adapt and survive the effects of
globalization. Reception on January 4, 5:30-8:30; music by the Moondogs. Open daily
16. Catherine Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501, (802) 380-1607, down the alley, through
the glass doors, www.catherinedianichgallery.com
Featured through January 26 is Mid-century Master: Nicolas A.
Apgar (1918-2011), a nearly seven-decade retrospective of oils, watercolors, and
drawings, with an emphasis on Apgar's mid-century work. Apgar earned his BA and MFA from
Syracuse University, where he studied with Josef Albers, Louis Bosa, and Jean Charlot.
Two Apgar studies appear in Albers' Interaction of Color (Yale University Press,
1963) and Search vs. ReSearch (Yale, 1969). After 20 years as a medical illustrator,
Apgar joined the Communication Arts and Design faculty at Richmond Professional Institute,
now Virginia Commonwealth University, retiring as a full professor after 32 years.
Reception during Gallery Walk on January 4, 5:30-7:30 pm. Otherwise open Saturdays 1-4
and by appointment.
MARY ENNIS et al.
Gallery at The Garden
17. The Gallery at The Garden
Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
Strolling of the Heifers (SOTH) is holding over its "Local
Quilters' Show" in the gallery during January, featuring eleven beautiful handmade
quilts, some available for purchase.... Also during Gallery Walk on January 4, SOTH is
hosting "Get The Word Out," a special event featuring over 40 local non-profits.
Stop in to see the quilt show and learn about these organizations.... The River Garden
is open Mon.-Fri. 9-5 pm. Check SOTH's website for the 2019 River Garden calendar of
events and Saturday hours.
18. Penelope Wurr Fine Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
The upstairs Gallery features a Ceramic Collective of work by
British artists Mia Sarossi and Virginia Graham, as well as Porzellanatelier
Claudia Biehne of Germany. All three artists have been featured
previously. Shop beautiful wearables by Kopka, Wallace Sewell, and Gill Fox,
among others. Holiday-themed cards, ornaments, and gifts on special sale. Don't
forget the CLASSIC BRITISH FARE. Open 11-6 daily, later for the Walk.
Mitchell · Giddings
19. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Continuing through January 6 is Donald Saaf, Outside and
Inside, showcasing new paintings, watercolor illustrations, and sculpture. Opening
on Saturday, Jan. 12, with an artists' reception from 5 to 7 pm, is Winter Group
2019, featuring work by Josh Berngaum, Bruce Campbell, Lyell Castonguay, Liz
Chalfin, Jon Gregg, Emily Mason, Petria Mitchell, and other gallery artists. MGFA is
committed to presenting innovative, contemporary works in a variety of media that
stimulate both the seasoned collector and aesthetic explorer. Gallery Hours: 11-5, closed
Tuesdays. Visit the MGFA Annex in the Brooks House Atrium, 132 Main St., for a
rotating display of gallery artists.
20. Take a Moment for Peace
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., (802)
5:30-6 pm · Amy Enochs offers part of the
Paneurythmy sacred circle dance she learned from Rupa Cousins. This very simple
dance requires no dance experience and can be done standing in place or even sitting. Amy
explains: "The Sunrise gesture, considered the spiritual height of the dance, honors both
the outer sun and our inner sun as a life-giving and sustaining force. With the darkness
of winter and the lessening of the sun's rays, when all of nature draws inward, this is
when we can become aware of, and develop, our inner sun, our inner light, to warm
ourselves and others."
21. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
MAIN FLOOR—MEZZANINE WALLS: Bill Fleming's "Greetings
from Brattleboro, VT" needlework. SECOND FLOOR—ENTRYWAY CASE: Kids' LEGO-Palooza
creations; CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASES: Author-illustrator Suzanne Bloom
exhibits her latest picture book, "I Just Like You," in which young animals show how we can
like each other despite our differences. Bloom also displays several book covers and
interior spreads from her "Goose and Bear Stories" 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.
22. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
The gallery features "Inktober," an exhibit of ink illustrations
by Hermit Thrush resident artist Caitlin Stearns. Many came out of 2017's Instagram
Inktober, challenging artists around the globe to create one ink drawing every day during
October. Inspired by current events, powerful music and lyrics, Caitlin often draws a
musician and writes down the lyrics while listening to their song. "It is a necessary
cathartic release," says this New Jersey transplant with a BFA in painting. Caitlin is
available for illustration and graphic design commissions—e-mail:
email@example.com.... Pints of beer for Hermit Thrush Pint Night are
available from 5 pm during Gallery Walk on January 4. Brewery Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 3-8,
Fri.-Sat. 12-9, Sun. 12-6.
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
I-91 Welcome Center
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1
The Silo Gallery features work by southern Vermont artist
Martha Dolan in January. Dolan shares that "art has been a meaningful way for
me to express myself and use my imagination. In recent years, I have been able to
focus on my art and allow that freedom of expression to emerge. I work primarily with
oil paints but also with watercolor."... 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.