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, JUNE 2.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
The next Gallery Walk will be on Friday, July 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 2-4 pm for June Gallery Walk; otherwise open
year-round by calling ahead to arrange a visit.... Alyssa Hinton: Earth Consciousness
and Cultural Revelations, exhibition info:
cxsilvergallery.com/alyssa-hinton; book: magcloud.com/browse/issue/1254092. Meet the artist and learn
about her work at a discussion scheduled for Tuesday, June 20, from 5 to 7 pm. Her
multiracial background (African-American, Caucasian English/Irish as well as Indigenous
First Nations ancestry) reflects the hybrid quality of her art-making, including
assemblage, patchwork quilting, fiber appliqué, painting, drawing, block prints,
photo-to-collage, and digital composite combining hand-rendered art and digital tools.
Themes focus on totems, cosmology, preservation of the natural environment, geometric
design, medicine wheels, abstract landscape, and Native American spiritual journeying....
Other exhibits: Rodrigo Nava: Infinity Forms sculpture on lawn. Cai Xi's
studio and work caixiart.com....
Representing the work of Nye Ffarrabas—magcloud.com/browse/issue/756374.... DIM SUM DINING eves.
calling 1-2 days in advance recommended, (802) 257-7898. Asian Cultural Center of Vermont
(accvt.org) presents an introduction
to Eid, Ramadan, and Muslim culture on Sunday, June 25—contact Assad Akhlaqi or
Adam Silver to RSVP and for further details at (802) 257-7898, allAsia@accvt.org.
3. 1868 Crosby House
175 Western Ave., (802) 257-7145,
A group show by local artists Maisie Crowther, Nancy DiMauro,
Deedee Jones, and Lois Reynolds is featured this month. Each artist is a member
of one or more of the following: Saxtons River Art Guild, Brattleboro-West Arts, Brush
& Palette Painters, and the Vermont Watercolor Society. Stop by on Gallery Walk, May
5, 5 to 8:30, and later in the month to see the exhibited 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. From 5:30 to 7:30 on June 2,
caricature artist John Steven Gurney hand draws personalized comic pictures for $5....
WEIGHTED TEARS: Mary Admasian, in the sculpture garden through October 8....
Other exhibits showing through June 18: DRAWN HOME: Paul Shore—Drawings include
every object in his home.... GHOST MESA: Claire Van Vliet—Lithographs
present the palpable power and presence of giant rock formations.... SERIOUSLY FUNNY:
Ed Koren's New Yorker cartoons are known for intellectual pretentions, neglect
of tonsorial responsibilities, and obliviousness to the weather.... LUMINOUS MUQARNA:
Soo Sunny Park's immersive installation inspired by Islamic architecture....
GLASSTASTIC—Kids' creature drawings turned into glass sculptures....
APPEARANCES & REALITY: Mary Welsh collages explore house and home in life,
memory, imagination, and fancy. 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.,
The Southern Vermont Dance Festival's Movement 2017 exhibit
series presents "Images of AXIS Dance Company's Residency," 15 of Annie
Macy's photographs from workshops by the country's renowned physically integrated
dance company. These images demonstrate the versatility of dance through the stunning
artistry of work by three wheelchair-bound dancers and two others not in chairs. The
2017 Festival, July 13-16, hosts exhibits by 25 artists in 22 venues throughout July,
the month where Movement meets
Community—www.southernvermontdancefestival.com. 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,
The annual All-School Farm Show is featured in June.
In honor of farmers, local and worldwide, students of all ages create paintings and
sculptures to reflect farm life: animals, barns, vegetables, tools, farmers,
sheds—all are represented in a great variety of styles. Lots of COWS give a nod
to Brattleboro's famous Heifer Stroll.... RGS is now enrolling all ages for summer
courses and workshops, and Art Camp for 6- to 12-year-olds runs for 7 weeks beginning
June 26; see the website for further information.... On exhibit at street level in
Gallery 34 is Lori Schreiner's "We Are All Refugees," a show of recent
paintings honoring the children of Aleppo.
7. Latchis Gallery
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
In-Sight Photography Project's Annual Student Exhibition
features work from this past year of classes. Students working in analog and digital
photography explored their lives, their community, and the world around them. Family
and friends are invited to recognize and celebrate this youth perspective at a Gallery
Walk Opening Reception. Otherwise, the exhibit is open during regular movie hours in the
theater.... Also in the Latchis Building, the Positive Geek store on Flat Street
hosts "The Wonder of Wonder Woman" from 6 to 8 pm on June 2, featuring prizes,
trivia, games, and giveaways. Come dressed up as your own superhero. Visit
Facebook.com/PostiveGeek.... For more information, visit
8. Windham Movement Apparel
5 Arch St., below 41 Main, (802) 246-1223, visit on Facebook,
Stop in to see Jeffrey Lewis' wonderful photos of the
Southern Vermont Dance Festival before a new Festival-sponsored exhibit opens in July.
Diverse dance styles are represented in a way that mirrors the curated Festival.
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
9. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
During June, the Tiny Gallery hosts "Born At Dawn," a solo
exhibit by photographer Jon Notwick. "This new project examines the loss of a
close friend, the grieving process, and appreciating the people and places that keep me
going." Jon has served as a volunteer or Americorps VISTA member at In-Sight since 2012.
He will be leaving In-Sight this summer to work on his MFA at the University of South
Florida. In-Sight offers photography programs to youth ages 11-18 regardless of their
ability to pay suggested class fees. For more information visit In-Sight online.
10. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
"Seeing the River," open through July 2, celebrates the history
of, and artistic response to, the Connecticut River in Brattleboro. Featured work by
Robert F. George and from the Brattleboro Historical Society reveals a
century of the river. From the River, To the River artists Elizabeth Billings,
Evie Lovett, and Andrea Wasserman curated the exhibit and contributed a collaborative
work. Made possible with generous support from Brattleboro Savings & Loan, The
Richards Group, Trust Company of Vermont, and The Connecticut River Conservancy. More
118 Elliot Gallery
11. Restless Rooster Café & Coffee Bar
134 Elliot St., (802) 258-2565, www.restlessroostercafe.com
Springtime is for caterpillars! Celebrate rebirth with Irshad
Mustafa's dramatic photos of beautiful specimens from The Caterpillar Lab. New
season, new life. Change is only the beginning.... Stop by to see the art during regular
café hours: Open daily 7-2, serving Breakfast & Brunch till 1 weekdays, 2
12. 118 Elliot Gallery
118 Elliot St., (802) 257-2757 Lisa
By popular demand, Ralph DeAnna: A Reflective Eye is held
over through June 9. "DeAnna is that rare painter," said gallery director/curator Lisa
Mendelsund, "who is a portraitist and storyteller with an architect's sense of formal
perspective." DeAnna is exhibiting both small pastels and large, panoramic paintings,
which often include portraits of himself, his models, and their surroundings as reflected
and refracted in rear-view mirrors and windows. The viewer sees DeAnna's longtime interest
in multiple perspectives and the changeable nature of time and memory. Reception on Friday,
June 2, 5:30-8:30 pm. Gallery hours otherwise: Thurs.-Sat. 2-6 pm and by appt.
13. ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
Metalsmithing by Dawn Russell—pendants, earrings,
and more in sterling silver, precious gems, and mammoth tusk—is featured from her
series "The Evolution of a Species in Jewelry." And Tamara Stenn will be signing
her newest book, "Social Entrepreneurship as Sustainable Development: Introducing the
Sustainability Lens." All their items are specially priced this month! ArtRageUs1 is an
arts collective selling unique handmade furniture, scarves, handbags, greeting cards, and
more created by local folks, and home to the figurative furniture of Gayle Marie
Weitz and Write Action books. EXPLORE THE LOCAL TALENT! Applications for
membership available online and in-store. Open Fri./Sat./Sun. 11-5 and online.
14. Cantina Vidorra
49 Elliot St., (802) 490-2532, visit on Facebook
Featured artist Sarah Adam, is a self-published
illustrator, painter, and graphic designer. As a painter, she creates whimsical, colorful
abstracts and landscapes, using silhouettes and patterns created by both natural and
manufactured objects. Her paintings are primarily acrylic on canvas, wood, and found
surfaces. Recent work is an amalgamation of silhouettes, cosmic skies, and loosely
brushed landscapes. When she's not painting, Sarah creates miniature homes, explores the
woods, photographs graveyards, rides her bike, and draws comics. More of her work is
online at madsahara.com. Brattleboro's
newest Mexican eatery, Cantina Vidorra offers starters, build-your-own and traditional
tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas, as well as a convenient kids' menu.
Mocha Joe's Café
15. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
For her exhibit "The Natural Order of Things," Alexis
Doshas has selected images that display how humans are a part of the natural world
and are inseparable from it. She looks beyond the seductive and picturesque landscapes
for the honest, quirky, and sincere—however difficult or "un-pretty"—so we
can begin to recognize and appreciate the intimacy in our own personal landscapes. Alexis
is interested in mixing old and new techniques, including pinholes, film, and inkjet
printing. 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.
16. Ruggles & Hunt: Purveyors of Staple &
79 Main St., (802) 579-1900,
Ruggles & Hunt's Brattleboro store has been open one
year—have you been there yet? In honor of the town celebration of all things
bovine, we are pleased to offer an array of cow-related products! We also have
wonderful clothing, gifts, furnishings, toys, and jewelry. Open daily 11-5:30,
Sun. 12-5, and until 8 pm for Gallery Walk.
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,
Kelly Fletcher has been photographing Strolling of the
Heifer events since 2012. For this month's exhibit, she has dipped into the archive to
share a selection of images taken over the last five years from the street fair, parade,
expo, and Tour de Heifer. 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.
Vermont Artisan Designs
19. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Featured in June are Kim Eng Yeo (watercolors),
Marrin Robinson (watercolors), James Van Zetta (oils) and Nance
Driscoll (pastels and oils). A Gallery Walk opening reception will be held from 5:30
to 7 pm on Friday, June 2. A portion of sales of featured artists' work will go to
Groundworks Collaborative. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see work by over 300
20. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
Tamara Stenn and her daughter Munasqa Choque Stenn
(age 12) are the café's featured artists through the end of June. They traveled
to Bolivia on a Fulbright-funded trip to photograph rural quinoa farmers and research how
quinoa is grown. The farmers they visited are located in the Royal Quinoa zone on the
shores of the Uyuni salt flats at 14,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains.
Their photos represent the quinoa culture and people of Bolivia.... 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
21. 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.
HUICHOL YARN PAINTING
Gallery in the Woods
22. Gallery in the Woods & Dante's
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
The Summer Window Show of paintings by outsider/folk artist
Dug Nap is a lighthearted exploration of original animal portraits.... Nika
Feldman's "Shadow Soul Silhouette Project" is a series of small figures created
using bits of textiles for deconstructed elements of ethnic costume.... Sculpted wood
Alebrijes: Animals from the Dream were created by two generations of families in
three Oaxaca Valley villages in Mexico. Often the men carve and the women paint, while
younger artists add a pop aesthetic and personal style.... Shamanic visions of the Huichol
world, triggered by use of sacred peyote, were created by students of José
Benitez Sánchez, the foremost living Huichol yarn painter. Opening from 5:30
to 8:30 during Gallery Walk on Friday, June 2, with live music by the Moondogs.
Otherwise open daily from 11 to 5:30.
23. The Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501, (802) 380-1607, down the alley and
through the glass doors,
Held over through June is "Unpacking," the senior plan exhibit
of recent work by Marlboro College student Connor Linden. Crossing the boundary
between painting and sculpture, this work is an exploration of tastes and desire in a
post-modern age, with an overarching theme of plasticity and the artificial. Reception
during Gallery Walk, 5:30-7:30 pm on Friday, June 2. The gallery is otherwise open by
Theater & Gallery
24. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery
139 Main St., enter the glass doors down alley and head
5 to 8 pm during Gallery Walk on Friday, June 2: Book Launch
and Gallery Show Opening for "Learning to See in Three Dimensions" by Pamela Spiro
Wagner. Reading and Book Signing from 6 to 7 pm. Wagner is an accomplished writer and
an award-winning poet who also happens to have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. This
collection explores the human condition by delving into the worlds of relationships,
religion, nature, and mental health. In each poem, and through each intense piece of
original artwork included in the book, the audience is led up to a line and dared to
cross it into a new paradigm of understanding the world. Sponsored by Sundog Poetry Center
and Green Writers Press.
25. Strolling of the Heifers Street Festival & Fruit
Middle block of Main & The River Garden, 157 Main St.,
(802) 246-0982, www.strollingoftheheifers.com
FESTIVITIES DURING GALLERY WALK: Food and merchandise vendors,
non-profit information tables, plus music and entertainment of all kinds are outdoors
on Main Street, and inside the River Garden are the finals of the Stroll's fruit pie
competition, stroll merchandise, vendors, and other exhibitors. Come join the
26. The Gallery at The Garden
Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
Featured in the gallery for June are Albert Maguire's
Cows. This show of archival prints was made from Maguire's original oil paintings,
which pay homage to an ancient tradition in art by celebrating a fellow animal that has
evolved with us, as we ourselves. Albert Mahler Maguire, MD is Professor of Ophthalmology
at Hospital University of Pennsylvania and at the Scheie Eye Institute. His research is
focused on gene therapy for retinal degeneration and gene therapy for ocular
neovascularization. Open for Gallery Walk, this month with special Strolling of the Heifers
happenings, their boutique of goodies, vendors, and exhibitors. The River Garden is
otherwise open Mon.-Sat. 9-5 except for special events.
27. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
In collaboration with the Southern Vermont Dance
Festival—www.southernvermontdancefestival.com, June and July feature an
updated show of etchings, lithographs, and photographs produced during Penelope's
postgraduate year at London's Central School of Art in the early 1980s. "The Dance
Center" and "Her Reflection" were previously exhibited as part of the ROYAL ACADEMY of
ARTS summer exhibition in London.... Also on display: Penelope's Fine Contemporary
Glass, work by British ceramic artist Virginia Graham, fine jewelry, an
exceptional collection of British cards, clothing, accessories, and furnishings for the
home and garden, and of course British grocery items. Open 11-6 or later and
till 8:30 for Gallery Walk.
28. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Showing through June 18 is "Before Words"—Torin
Porter's steel sculptures suggest the communicative power of sculptural art before
language comes into play. Opening June 22 is Eric Boyer's "Garden of Delights,"
figurative and abstract wire mesh sculpture showing through July 30. MGFA presents
innovative contemporary works that stimulate both the seasoned collector and the
aesthetic explorer.... Visit the MGFA Annex in the Brooks House Atrium, 132 Main
St., for selected work by emerging and prominent artists.
TUMAVICUS & SCANLON
29. 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 · All are welcome during the Moment for
Peace on June 2. This month Muriel Wolf will offer selected readings from the
anthology "How Do You Pray?" edited by Celeste Yacobini, then invite group members to
engage in silent contemplation and sharing about the role of prayer in their lives.
Muriel is currently enrolled in the two-year program in Spiritual Guidance Training at
the Rowe Conference Center.
30. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
MAIN FLOOR—MEZZANINE WALLS: Terry Sylvester's mural
of downtown Brattleboro. MEZZANINE—DISPLAY CASE, NORTH: Vases from the Henrietta
Loud Collection of 19th-century artworks; DISPLAY CASE, SOUTH: More objects from the
Loud Collection. SECOND FLOOR—ENTRYWAY CASE: Kids' LEGO creations
made at LEGO-palooza. CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASES: "Ralph Flies the Coop,"
illustrated by Ellen Tumavicus, written by Jaimie Scanlon, and published by
Green Writers Press, all of Brattleboro. 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. 10-6;
& Sat. 10-5.
31. Brattleboro History Center
196 Main St. (through side door of Masonic enter), (802) 258-4957,
FREE ADMISSION: Open 2-7 for Gallery Walk, otherwise Fri. 2-4, Sat.
12-3, and by appointment. Currently featuring FACEBOOK FAVORITES, topics requested over
the past month by the Brattleboro Historical Society's Facebook fans. Meet BHS volunteers
from 4:30 to 6 pm during Gallery Walk to see what they have collected from the Research
Room—relevant photos, files, postcards, books, maps, and artifacts. For next month,
visit the Facebook page comment section to describe your local interest: a topic,
activity, event, or location for BHS to research and share at the History Center next
month.... Also 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
32. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
The gallery features a beer 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 as they travel 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 to Belgium to photograph the adventure, as why would anyone pass up
travel and beer? Pints of beer for Hermit Thrush Pint Night are available from
5 pm during Gallery Walk on June 2. Brewery Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 3-8, Fri.-Sat. 12-9, Sun.
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 hosts artists and writers from Halifax, Vermont
for the month of June: abstract paintings by Marilyn Allen and David
Brewster, lithographic prints by Janet Eldridge-Taylor, drawings and
paintings by Donna Silverberg, and imaginary felted bird sculptures by
Bonny Hall. Poems and book excerpts by Wyn Cooper, Gregg Orifici, and
David Brown (author of the "East European Dairies") accompany this exhibit.
Information and showcase exhibits are resources for visitors and residents alike.
Open 7 am to 11 pm daily.