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, AUGUST 1.
NOTE: MOST EXHIBITS ARE OPEN ALL MONTH.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
The next Gallery Walk will be on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5.
The Marina Restaurant
VENUES TO THE NORTH OF DOWNTOWN
1. The Marina Restaurant
28 Spring Tree Rd. (down behind 464 Putney Rd. -
where the West River meets the Connecticut), (802) 257-7563,
Featured art includes 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; personality-filled paintings of farm animals by Caryn King; colorful
and whimsical plein air landscapes by Georgie; and impressionist-realistic,
light-filled paintings by Deborah Lazar. Gallery Walk "munchies" available from
5 to 6:30 for visitors stopping in to catch the art en route to downtown. The Marina
Restaurant is a casual waterfront eatery with a sunset view; open 7 days 11:30 to 10,
Sunday Brunch served from 10 to 1.
VENUES TO THE WEST OF DOWNTOWN
2. Tasha Tudor Museum
974 Western Ave. (now on the first floor), (802) 258-6564,
FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walks, 4 to 7 pm, for "From
Scratch: Tasha's Handmade Life" through October 18. Immerse yourself in Tasha's
lifestyle of handmade things, including a corgi, original paintings and drawings,
and canned goods. See how her devotion to handwritten letters inspired some of her
followers. Watch the documentary, enjoy a cup of Tasha's tea, revisit the lost art
of letter-writing, and even try a bit of watercolor painting. Children are welcome
to enjoy the dress-up area, coloring pages, reading corner, dollhouse, play tea set
with cookstove, and more.
C.X. Silver Gallery
3. C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898 or (802)
Open 3-8 pm for Gallery Walk with the current featured
exhibit: Nye Ffarrabas: a walk on the inside - 50-year retrospective.
Preview the book at
www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/743578 (click on gray preview button under cover
image). Gallery hours otherwise: Thurs.-Sun. 3-8 pm or by appointment. Calling ahead
is recommended: (802) 257-7898 x2. Continuing exhibitions, year-round by appt.:
luminous landscapes; portraits; the Wu Ji (Infinity Within) series of abstract
performance painting using mops and trowels; and the multimedia Pink Slip Project
(pinkslipproject.tumblr.com).... Dim Sum Dining &
Catering daily by appointment; inquiries/reservations: (802) 257-7898 x3 or (802)
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
Whetstone Studio for the Arts
4. Whetstone Studio for the Arts
28 Williams St., (802) 579-9797 Hannah,
OPEN ON GALLERY WALK, 5-7 pm: Sage Feldman is
showing playful paintings and cards.... Rosie Schulick offers hand-knotted
jewelry; woven accessories; and whimsical cards -- www.rosieswonders.com.... A
retrospective exhibit of work by the late Stacy Morse is open for
visitors.... Building manager Hannah Parker is showing available studios
and meeting spaces.... See next listing for The Driftwood Café, an Outdoor
Gallery & Grill next to the Whetstone Studio complex, open from 4 pm for
Gallery Walk on August 1 and a DJ from 6 to 9 for dancing.
5. The Driftwood Café: An Outdoor Gallery &
28 Williams St., next to Whetstone Studios,
Open 4 till closing for Gallery Walk, the café
offers seating by the Whetstone Brook. The menu includes a special of just-picked
tomato and basil grown onsite, layered with fresh mozzarella, olive oil, and Amy's
crusty baguette slices ... beverages and more! 6-9 pm: Dancing on the Patio with
DJ SelectorD from WVEW -- "spinnin' & jammin' massive." Featured art includes
work by Barbara Holliday on canvas or fabric & leather reformed and
repurposed into artful satchels, as well as installation art in and around the
café. The setting is enhanced by uniquely designed planter boxes filled with
flowers, vegetables, and herbs overlooking the picturesque brook.
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
6. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walk -- New exhibits include:
Road Trip: America Through the Windshield, a contemporary take on the classic
summer getaway; See the U.S.A. in Your Chevrolet, showcasing six decades of
vintage car advertisements; and Your Space / U.S.A., an interactive virtual
road trip. A World Transformed presents the visionary paintings of Jessica Park.
Spotlight on Small showcases small-scale artworks in a variety of mediums by
Laura Christensen, Adrienne Ginter, Elizabeth Sheppell, Altoon Sultan, and Jen
Violette. Deco Details: Photographs by Andrew Bordwin highlight the
craftsmanship of early 20th-century Art Deco masterpieces. Regular Hours:
Sun.-Thurs. 11-5 (closed Tues.), Fri. 11-7, Sat. 10-5. Admission: $8-$6-$4, free
for BMAC members and children under 6.
7. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St.,
Featured painter Heather Miller explains that her
Venus Visions artwork "represents our united relationship to life's constantly
changing experiences. Our ability to perceive life as temporary causes deep suffering
and joy. My goal is to share glimpses of beauty inspired by the dance of matter
and transformation." One of the pieces in the exhibit is entitled "Adventures in Her
www.venusvisionsart.com. Offering inspired food, local craft beers, and specialty
drinks in a picturesque waterfront location; indoor and outdoor dining, free parking.
Open daily for lunch and dinner, 11:30-10, Fri.-Sat. till 11.
Twilight Tea Lounge
8. Twilight Tea Lounge
41 Main St. - Lower Level (enter directly from Arch St. hill),
Enjoy a continuing exhibit of movement-inspired work by
two local artists. Virginia Driscoll shares pieces from her "Having a Ball"
series, inspired by springtime dancing at the river. Tara Gordon transforms
close-up nature photography into reflective patterns, exploring the symbiotic
relationship between people and nature. Tea & Treats served till 10. Regular
Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 12-8, Fri.-Sat. 12-10, Sun. 12-6; closed Mondays.
Superfresh! Organic Café
9. Superfresh! Organic Café
30 Main St., www.superfreshcafe.com
Mixed-media pieces by TD Stamm are featured. "My work
explores the chance of survival, the probability of existence, a struggle with
unpredictability, specifically those surrounding the human body, coming to terms
with control, power, and lack thereof, and the likelihood of producing something
complete or finished. These themes are questioned through building a surface out of
layers, pulling forms from the background, accenting particular moments, and by the
use of previously conceived societal frameworks and images." Live Music for
Gallery Walk. Superfresh! offers exquisite vegetarian fare, small-scale
performances, artisanal shelf-stable food products, herbal apothecary goods, and
educational resources. Open Wed.-Fri. 8-10, Sat. 10-10, Sun. 10-8.
10. River Gallery School of Art
32 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Work by Winter/Spring Adult Studio participants
continues on exhibit. More than 40 artists, aged 20 through 88, from absolute
beginners to semi-professionals, come together weekly in RGS studios at various
times, entering into the struggles and joys of making art. They work in oil,
acrylic, pastel, collage, charcoal, watercolor, and 3-D techniques. Teachers are
Lydia Thomson, Jillian Farwell, Jason Alden, Helen Schmidt, and Kim Colligan. Come
see the wonderful, wide-ranging results. RGS offers workshops and classes for all
ages -- visit or contact us to bring more art into your life. (See related listing
Latchis Main Theatre
11. Latchis Gallery
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
A. LATCHIS GALLERY: During August, the River
Gallery School (RGS) is exhibiting work from the Subscription Art Program
that supports its Scholarship Fund. Framed original artwork by young RGS students
is loaned to businesses and community members for a one-year period. Review an
online selection at www.rivergalleryschool.org or request a portfolio visit -- call
802-257-1577 or email email@example.com. The River Gallery School is based on the
belief that each person has artistic and creative capacities which, when nurtured,
will find unique and valuable expression (see related Listing #10).
B. MAIN THEATRE: Featured in August are nearly 40 project entries by members
of AIA-Vermont for its annual Architecture Excellence Awards Program. While
most of their projects are located in Vermont, AIAVT members design residences,
workplaces, public buildings, parks, commerce centers, and other structures for
clients all over the world. The Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of
Architects is a nonprofit professional association of 300 members dedicated to
enhancing the quality of our built environment. For more info, visit www.aiavt.org. The Main Theatre is
open during Gallery Walk, 5 to 6:30, and for movie showings and other events.
12. Flat Street Brew Pub
6 Flat St., (802) 257-1911, www.flatstreetbrewpub.net
Rachel Brooks is showing new paintings and illustrations
that she describes as "filled with flowing organic contrast." Offering 20 fine
handcrafted ales and lagers on tap, wine, spirits, and delicious pub fare. Open
Tues.-Thurs. 4-11, Fri. & Sat. 4-12:30, Sun. 3-10.
AUBREY G. (cyanotype)
13. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
Work by students in summer classes is featured.
Darkroom prints, digital prints, cyanotypes, and more were created by participants
in Exploring Southern Vermont, Alternative Processes, Digital Portrait Photography,
Intro to Digital Photography, and Advanced Digital Wizardry programs. This
exhibition is sponsored by Stewart Property Management. Enjoy jelly beans, lemonade,
and tours of the dark room during the opening reception on Gallery Walk, 5:30-8 pm.
In-Sight's programs offer local youth the tools for creative self-expression,
regardless of theirability to pay. Open Mon.-Fri. 10-5. Call or visit in person or
online for further info.
14. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
"Rob and Heather and Chris and Otto and Koral" is featured
in August. This retrospective exhibition presents images from Siri Kaur's
ongoing investigations into photographic portraiture. Her pictures of people are
the by-product of conflict. Kaur's portraits are located at the uncomfortable
midpoint between self and other, the accumulation of myriad forces that are
impossible to represent. It is this ambiguity that lends her portraiture its
seduction. Exhibit runs through August 31 with an artist's reception during
Gallery Walk on August 1 from 5:30 to 8:30. Gallery Hours otherwise: Fri./Sat./Sun.
12-5. Details online.
15. Art on Wheels at Lynde Motorsports
79 Flat St., (802) 254-8554, www.lyndemotorsports.com
5 to 10 pm on Gallery Walk: Art on Wheels 2014 celebrates
the great beauty and craftsmanship of motorcycles over the past 100 years. On
display are vintage and classic motorcycles from 1917 Harley-Davidsons to
contemporary Japanese sport bikes. This annual family event draws folks of all ages,
from toddlers to octogenarians; chairs are provided for visitors to settle in.
Musical entertainment starting at 6:00 by The Drunk Stuntmen. Edibles for sale
by Chef Andrzej Polish Food, 802 Burgers, and Dosa Kitchen.
16. Artrageus 1, LLC
57 Elliot St., (724) 650-7011 Nick,
Gayle Weitz focuses on making carved and painted wooden
cabinets and containers. Her work reflects a personal aesthetic leaning toward the
functional, with lots of detail and a bit of humor. Her recent series "Humanimals"
contains thirteen life-size cabinets addressing the relationship between humans and
other animals, particularly the issue of speciesism -- the "right" humans have to
dominate, oppress, and/or exploit other animals. The gallery sells Tiny Footprint
Coffee to fund reforestation in Ecuador's Mindo Cloudforest, and books focused on
history, phenomenology, and social theory. Open Wed.-Sun. 11-5, for Gallery Walk
till 8:30 or later.
17. The Hub Gallery
Arts Council of Windham County, 57 Harmony Pl., access thru
Artrageus 1 or from parking lot, Info: (802) 257-1024 Doug Cox or firstname.lastname@example.org,
"Water," showing during August and September, this features
14 artists' interpretations of the beauty of water. In our environment, water
is defined as a transparent fluid forming the world's streams, lakes, oceans, and
rain, and is the major constituent of the fluids in living things. Water covers 71%
of the earth's surface and is vital for all known forms of life. Experience "Water"
through the eyes of these artists: Penelope Arms, Maisie Crowther, Sloane Dawson,
Liz Hawkes deNiord, John S. Dimick, William Dixon, Len Emery, Adrienne Ginter,
Patricia Gordon, Naomi Lindenfeld, Edie Mas, Nancy Shepherd, Tom Singleton, and
Carol Stephens. Gallery Walk reception from 5:30 to 8:30; hours otherwise
JIM JACKSON & ROBERT DuGRENIER
Vermont Artisan Designs
18. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
Rachel "Remi" Brooks is showing new paintings and
illustrations in the café's gallery spaces throughout August. She is also
showing work at the Flat Street Brew Pub, just around the corner (see Listing
19. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Featured work includes pen-and-ink drawings by Tom
Scheidler, which have captured a lot of attention; collaborative pieces by
Jim Jackson and Robert DuGrenier, joining blown glass with acrylic paintings;
and new acrylic/oil paintings by Jeanette Staley. Gallery Walk opening on
Friday, August 1, 6 to 8 pm, with entertainment from 6 to 7:15 by lutist
Nathaniel Cox and soprano Agnes Coakley, whose In Stile Moderno duo explores
17th-century music from England and Italy. A portion of Gallery 2 proceeds
benefits the Brattleboro Drop In Center. Open 7 days a week; visit online.
20. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, http://worksbakerycafe.com
Christy Bonneau is the featured artist for August.
She paints medium- to large-scale abstracts exploring 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, Vt.; and is in private collections throughout the
US.... 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.
NEYT FASHION SHOW
for "SEUSSICAL JR."
Twice Upon a Time
21. Twice Upon a Time
63 Main St., (802) 254-2261, http://www.twicetime.com
FASHION SHOW starting at 6 pm during Gallery Walk
featuring New England Youth Theatre actors from SEUSSICAL JR., playing August 8-16.
Meet some of Dr. Seuss's most beloved characters from this high-energy, heartwarming
musical directed by Alisa Hauser. Learn about their stories of loyalty, perseverance,
and acceptance. Show tickets available during Gallery Walk and online at www.neyt.org. Sponsors include The
Richards Group and Brattleboro Savings & Loan.... Take a stroll back in time in
this restored 10,000-square-foot 1906 department store with three floors to explore:
Antiques, Collectibles, Furniture, Jewelry, and Vintage Clothing; now offering
on-site Estate Salesófamily owned and operated for over 25 years!
22. David Walter Jewelry Studio
81 Main St., (802) 722-9620,
David Walter designs and produces contemporary
heirlooms in precious metals and gems. In addition to showcasing Walter's jewels, the
studio's Master Craft Gallery mounts quarterly exhibits featuring exceptional
work by regional craftsmen. Currently featured is the exhibition
Sun·Moon·Stars·Rain: Kinetic Wire Sculptures by Bruce
Campbell, a fascinating exploration of form and motion. Now living in Brattleboro,
Campbell began working in wire in the 1990s after many years as an award-winning
designer of exhibition catalogues for several prestigious American museums. He thinks
of his sculptures as three-dimensional line drawings.
23. The Artist's Loft Gallery & B&B
103 Main St., 3rd floor, (802) 257-5181,
William H. Hays' unique multicolor linoleum-block prints are
vibrant interpretations of the New England landscape and Brattleboro -- original and
beautiful works of art at a very affordable price. Visitors can also see works
underway in the artist's studio as well as oil and watercolor paintings of northeast
landscapes. Open 10-6 daily and 24/7 onlinee.
WILLIAM H. HAYS
The Artist's Loft
24. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071
New work by Ricia Gordon is showing through the end
of August. The work is done in oil and mixed-media on canvas and board, and includes
a series of paintings called "vignettes," in which she has applied sheer layers of
paint, sometimes rubbing or scraping away top layers to reveal underlying color.
Ricia continues to work largely with palette knives or plastic wedges, using brushes
only occasionally to add detail or texture. 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.
25. Gallery in the Woods & Dante's
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
Featured shows include Alicia Hunsicker: "Nexus,"
Tim Mahurin: "Vortex I & II," Gil Perry: "Veil of Light," and
Klaus Postler: "Dancing Buddhas."
Hunsicker's vibrant compositions of swirling organisms are based on the energetic
realms of patterns in nature.... Transmutations of the natural world bring Mahurin's
process to abstract expression as he explores the image of a vortex in new oils....
Perry employs fine line and stippling in extreme detail to craft a shimmering
visionary world.... Postler (1951-2013), a seminal figure in the Mail Art movement,
was featured in over 200 international exhibitions; his works are in permanent
collections of the Whitney and Getty Museums, MOMA, and The Wexner Center....
Gallery Walk reception; music by the Moondogs.
Grassroots Film Festival
"POWER TO THE PEDALS:
26. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery
Pliny Park and The River Garden, cor. High & Main,
www.hookerdunham.org and Facebook
7:30 pm on Gallery Walk only: The Kopkind Colony
Grassroots Film Festival presents a screening of Bob Nesson's POWER TO THE
PEDALS: WENZDAY JANE AND THE CULTURE OF CHANGE. The film follows Wenzday Jane, a
woman whose mechanical skills and innovative actions are reshaping her community.
Jane heads an urban movement -- and functioning green business -- to replace trucks
with cargo bicycles for local freight delivery, municipal waste-hauling, and
agricultural distribution. The director will field questions and lead a discussion
on pedal power after the screening.
27. The Gallery at The Garden
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
Open during Gallery Walk, 5:30-8:30. Live entertainment by
the Celebration Brass Band, playing traditional and contemporary
New Orleans-style music, starts at 6 pm. This month's continuing exhibit, "Farms
in 7 Media," showcasing work by Brattleboro-West Arts members inspired by farms
in this year's Strolling of the Heifers (SOTH) Farm Tour. Participating artists
include Ron Karpius (painting/sculpture), Naomi Lindenfeld (ceramics),
Steve Lloyd (painting, drawing), Kris McDermet (rug hooking and
braiding), Sharon Myers (collage), Gene Parulis (photography), Janet
Picard (painting) and Walter Slowinski (painting, ceramics and wood
construction). Sales benefit the artists and SOTH -- for support of planned River
Garden renovations/improvements. Gallery open otherwise Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 11-5,
Sun. 1:30-3:30 through August.
Glass & Gifts
28. Penelope Wurr: Contemporary Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
Continuing on display in August are Penelope's Illustrations
from "Backwater," a children's book and tale of Fishy Follies by Richard Digance
(published by Michael Joseph, 1982). These sensitive and whimsical black-and-white
drawings were produced during a post-grad course at London's Central School of Art.
Also on display are Penelope's Fine Contemporary Glass and an eclectic mix of
Unique Local and European Gifts. Gill Fox Hats are here! And don't forget the
classic British treats! Hours are Mon.-Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-6; closed Tuesdays.
Open late for Gallery Walk.
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 · Everyone is invited to the Moment for
Peace in the Centre Church Parlor on Friday, August 1. Karin Bleecker will
lead this month's meditation. "All over the media we see the word 'mindfulness',
which is similar to an ancient contemplative practice called 'Centering Prayer'."
Karin will give a brief introduction to "Centering Prayer" and lead a time to try
the 'practice' of it. Karin Bleecker is a psychologist with InnerWell Integrative
Counseling, working primarily with couples. She has trained in both Eastern and
Western contemplative practices, and is a long-time practitioner of both.
Brooks Memorial Library
30. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
MAIN FLOOR: Paintings by seven local members of the
Vermont Watercolor Society. MEZZANINE -- HALLWAY: "Engaging the Public Library,"
architectural drawings from the 2014 American Institute of Architects/Vermont
Emerging Professionals competition; DISPLAY CASE: selections from the Loud
Collection of 19th-century European art. SECOND FLOOR -- ENTRYWAY: Kids'
creations from Children's Room summer workshops; CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS
CASE: William Accorsi, folk artist and author/illustrator of "10 Button Book,"
"Apple, Apple, Alligator," and "How Big Is the Lion?" among many other titles.
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. 1-6, Fri. 10-6, & Sat. 10-2.
31. Brattleboro History Center
196 Main St. (through the side door of Masonic Center),
(802) 258-4957, info: email@example.com, brattleborohistoricalsociety.org
Free admission: Open 4-7 for Gallery Walk, otherwise
Thurs.-Fri. 2-4, Sat. 11-3. Learn about Island Park; see Delicate Spring
Dresses and a Union Station Diorama. Glimpse Rudyard Kipling through
Mary Cabot's journal entries ("Annals of Brattleboro, 1681-1895" author); peruse her
photo albums. Play a locally made Estey Field Organ. Read VT Phoenix
weeklies from 1895. See a West River RR video and diorama. Learn about Crosbys,
Esteys, and Moodys. Inspect the Ft. Dummer replica; dig into its history and
artifacts at Brooks Library. Old signs, maps, prescriptions, gowns. Research Room
at Municipal Center (3rd fl, elevator) open Thurs. 2-4, Sat. 10-12, by appt.
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1
This month the Silo Gallery hosts work by a number of
Vermont artists showing their work at Vermont Artisan Designs of Brattleboro....
Award-winning Putney photographer Kate Cleghorn is displaying fine-art
photographs from her experiences traveling and teaching photography.... Vermont Woods
Studios of Vernon is showcasing a selection of fine Vermont-made furniture....
Information and exhibits are available for visitors and residents alike. Open 7-11