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DECEMBER 2016
GALLERY WALK GUIDE
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Gallery Walk Guide Cover

ARTICLE LINKS FOR
DECEMBER



EXHIBIT SAMPLER FOR
CURRENT SHOWS

Work showing at Silver Gallery

NYE FFARRABAS
C.X. Silver Gallery


Work at 1868 Crosby House

NANCY CALICCHIO
1868 Crosby House


Work showing at BMAC

PAUL BOWEN
Brattleboro Museum &
Art Center


Work at Whetstone Station

ERIN JENKINS
Whetstone Station


Work at Gallery 34

ROBERT THOMSON
Gallery 34


Work showing at Latchis Gallery

ASYA DUBROVINA
Latchis Gallery


Art at Restless Rooster

IRSHAD MUSTAFA
Restless Rooster Café


Art at Graffiti Sandwich

DAVID NIELSEN
Graffiti Sandwich


Artwork at Mocha Joe's

STEPHEN REDMOND
Mocha Joe's Café


Artwork at Ruggles & Hunt

LAURA ZINDEL
Ruggles & Hunt


Artwork at Amy's Bakery Arts Café

GEORGIE RUNKLE
Amy's Bakery Arts Café


Artwork at Amy's Bakery Arts Café

CARYN KING
Amy's Bakery Arts Café


Artwork at Vermont Artisan Designs

JODI STILL
Vermont Artisan Designs


Artwork at Vermont Artisan Designs

MATT TELL
Vermont Artisan Designs


Jewelry by David Walter

DAVID F. WALTER
David Walter, Goldsmith
& Platinumsmith


Sculpture by Bruce Campbell

BRUCE CAMPBELL
David Walter, Goldsmith
& Platinumsmith


Artwork at Gallery in the Woods

LEONARD RAGOUZEOS
Gallery in the Woods


Artwork at Dianich Gallery

Mark Shaw Archive
JFK FAMILY PHOTOS
The Dianich Gallery


Painted Gourd by Terry Carter

TERRY A. CARTER
The Gallery at The Garden


Painted Slate by Maureen Mansfield

MAUREEN MANSFIELD
The Gallery at The Garden


Stitch Patterns at Penelope Wurr

CAVALLINI MAPS
Penelope Wurr Glass
& Gifts


Vase by Penelope Wurr

PENELOPE WURR VASES
Penelope Wurr Glass
& Gifts


Work at Mitchell·Giddings Fine Arts

TORIN PORTER
Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts


Art at Hermit Thrush Brewery

ALIANA BLOCH
Hermit Thrush Brewery


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BELLOWS FALLS ART WALK
on 3rd Fridays each month.


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Last updated: December 1, 2016

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DECEMBER 2016

GALLERY WALK IS ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2.

The next Gallery Walk will be on Friday, January 6.


VENUES TO THE NORTH OF DOWNTOWN

Fish on platter by Janet Picard
JANET PICARD
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, www.vermontmarina.com
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

Christmas Wreath at All Souls

2. All Souls Church Holiday Bazaar
29 South St., (802) 254-9377
GALLERY WALK FRIDAY 3-7 and SATURDAY 9-2: All Souls members and friends are locally renowned for their handmade and decorated Artisan Wreaths, Greens, and Ornaments, and traditional Holiday Breads, Special Cookies, Candies, and other treats. A Silent Auction of Gift Items and Themed Baskets is an opportunity for bargains and one-of-a-kind gifts; and the Green Team table is loaded with Fair-Trade Chocolate and handmade, reusable Cloth Gift Bags. FRIDAY features Christmas Cookie Decorating for Kids for a donation, and hearty Chili To Go is for sale. SATURDAY offers Lunch from 11 to 2 with homemade soup, good bread, and fruit. Come early; beat the crowds!

Work at C.X. SilverGallery
CAI XI
C.X. Silver Gallery

3. C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898 or (802) 579-9088, www.cxsilvergallery.com
GALLERY OPEN 4-6 pm GALLERY WALK; otherwise open year-round by calling 1-2 days in advance.... Nye Ffarrabas: New Works and selections from a walk on the inside, her 50-year retrospective (cxsilvergallerly.com/nye-ffarrabas). Cai Xi: selections from her retrospective (cxsilvergallery.com/cai-xi) including landscapes and portraits (1979-82), My Mother (1989-2008), and installation on the Chinese Five Elements (2016). Ongoing exhibits at the Gallery: Rodrigo Nava: Infinity Forms sculpture on lawn. Cai Xi's abstract performance painting using mops/brooms/trowels as brushes; luminous landscapes; monumental portraits; and the multimedia pinkslipproject.tumblr.com/archive.... DIM SUM DINING evenings by appt.dimsumvt.com; calling ahead recommended, (802) 257-7898.

4. 1868 Crosby House
175 Western Ave., (802) 257-7145, www.crosbyhouse.com
Christmas Open House from 4 to 8:30 during Gallery Walk on December 2: The halls of this cozy Victorian home have been decked from floor to rafter, and landscapes by Vermont artist Nancy Calicchio, including small plein-air pieces capturing the transitory nature of the most recent October, are gracing the walls of its public spaces, Drop by to enjoy hot cocoa, mulled cider, and other homemade Yuletide treats while browsing around this historic residence. Take advantage of the festive displays for candid holiday photos (especially the unique décor on the front porch!) and enter a drawing for special door prizes. Room tours on request are subject to vacancy.

VENUES TO THE SOUTH OF DOWNTOWN

Artwork at Cotton Mill Holiday Sale
CAROL ROSS

5. The 18th Annual Cotton Mill Open Studio & Holiday Sale
74 Cotton Mill Hill, thecottonmill.org
OPEN 4 to 8 DURING GALLERY WALK on Friday, December 2, Sat. 10 to 5, and Sun. 11 to 4: This annual event celebrates the work of 50 artists, musicians, bakers, cooks, circus performers, and craftspeople of the Cotton Mill, as well as local juried artists and artisans from surrounding communities. Experience culinary offerings, circus acts, music and dance performances, pottery demonstrations, and shopping opportunities throughout the mill's three floors. Student art from BUHS, BAMS, and River Gallery School is on display. Free admission and raffle. Handicap accessible; elevator operator available.


VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN

Artwork at BMAC
EMILY EVELETH
Brattleboro Museum
& Art Center

6. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124, www.brattleboromuseum.org
FREE ADMISSION DURING GALLERY WALK. Exhibits include: Luscious, celebrating paint through the work of 14 artists.... Rust Work: Paul Bowen, small-scale sculptures constructed from scavenged wood fragments and marine detritus.... Printographs: Collaged Images by Stan Sherer, master photographer and printmaker.... Eyes Toward Heaven: Chris Page, three large-scale paintings expressing distinct moments during a period of transformation in the daytime sky.... From Luminous Shade: A testament to the restorative power of art by three artists mourning a son's untimely passing.... Windows to Creative Expression honors the extraordinary voices and artistic expression of young participants in the Poetry Studio. Open daily 11-5, closed Tues. Admission: $8-$6-$4, free: members and under 18. Free Thurs. after 2.

7. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St., (802) 490-2354, www.whetstonestation.com
For December, Erin Jenkins presents linocut relief prints, monotypes, and carved wood blocks using water iconography to represent interpretations of dialogue, conscious thought, and streams of ever-changing emotions—erinjenkinsart.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.

Work at River Gallery School
ANGELS, BEASTS, SHEPHERDS & KINGS
River Gallery School

8. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577, www.rivergalleryschool.org
Angels, Beasts, Shepherds & Kings are on exhibit and for sale during December. Started 26 years ago by Barbara Merfeld-Campman, RGS, it kicked off with a workshop on November 26 & 27, where children, teens, and adults spent time making an Angel, Beast, Shepherd, or King for themselves as well as one to donate. These delightful creations are displayed throughout the RGS Gallery, and most are for sale with proceeds to benefit the RGS scholarship fund. Stop by to enjoy these amazing handmade creations and a display of festive lights to get in the holiday spirit.... On exhibit at street level in Gallery 34 is an Illuminated Forest installation by Robert Thomson.

9. Latchis Gallery
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
Continuing in December is an exhibit by Asya Dubrovina themed "Shapes and The Home," featuring a video performance by the artist outlining the house where she grew up in Soviet Russia. A second video and photographs also contemplate what it means to be Russian but to be far from her roots. Originally from St. Petersburg, Dubrovina now lives in Brattleboro. She earned a BA in visual art and moving images from Keene State College and completed a painting residency at Free Columbia in Hudson, N.Y. Her exhibit is part of a new program at the Latchis called Splice, which combines art in the gallery, a monthly screening of films on themes related to the artwork, followed by conversation around those themes. Film screenings resume in January. More info at www.latchisarts.org.

Work at Express Fluency
KUSIKUY ARTISAN
Express Fluency

10. Express Fluency
8 Flat St., (802) 275-2694, info@expressfluency.com, www.expressfluency.com
SPECIAL GALLERY WALK SALE on Friday, Dec. 2: Tamara Stenn of KUSIKUY (koo-SEE-kwee) is displaying beautiful Alpaca clothing lovingly hand-knit by indigenous women in the Bolivian Andes. KUSIKUY means "make yourself happy" in Quechua. These fair-trade, natural knits for the entire family from infant to adult XXL include sweaters, accessories, and shawls, plus overstock and local specials.... Tamara will serve quinoa salad and baby quinoa drink ("Kaniwa")—come sample both! More info on KUSIKUY is at www.kusikuy.com. Express Fluency's unique approach to language learning has helped thousands of people, including previously unsuccessful language students, gain fluency quickly and easily. Offering weekend/weekly French and Spanish classes and summer teacher training. Call or visit online.

11. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
For the month of December, the Tiny Gallery features work by In-Sight student Lucy Congleton. Lucy has taken many classes over several years at In-Sight in analog photography, digital photography, and has been a participant in the Exposures Cross-cultural Youth Arts Program. Gallery Walk reception on Friday, December 2, 5:30-8:30. In-Sight Photography Project empowers youth through photography, regardless of ability to pay. For more information, call or visit online.

Work at Vermont Center for Photography
Members' Exhibition
BRUCE HOOKE
Vt Ctr for Photography

12. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
VCP's Annual Juried Members' Exhibition features a vibrant array of photographic styles and processes. VCP's 150+ members have a wide range of backgrounds and hail from all corners of New England. Opening reception 5:30-8:30 during Gallery Walk on December 2; exhibit open through Sunday, January 1. Gallery Hours are Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 12-5 pm. Visit the VCP website for information on membership.

13. Restless Rooster Café & Coffee Bar
134 Elliot St., (802) 258-2565, www.restlessroostercafe.com
In honor of the upcoming Star Wars movie, local photographer Irshad Mustafa shares photographs taken during the 10 years he spent in the lightsaber choreography community. Featuring past and current members of Empire Saber Guild and the now-disbanded New York Jedi, this exhibit celebrates the magic of Star Wars and the people who live it. May the Force be with you! Open daily; Full Coffee Bar and Breakfast all day 7 to 2; Lunch served Mon.-Fri. 11-2.

Jewelry by Chris Lann
CHRIS LANN

14. Brattleboro-West Arts: "14 Artists, 3 Days"
118 Elliot St., www.brattleboro-west-arts.com, info@brattleboro-west-arts.com
This art show and sale offers works by Brattleboro-West Arts members Jackie Abrams, Bobbi Angell, Josh Bernbaum, Jason Breen, Karen Kamenetzky, Chris Lann, Naomi Lindenfeld, Stephen Lloyd, Kris McDermet, Gene Parulis, Janet Picard, Walter Slowinski, Matt Tell and Jen Wiechers. Media range from paintings, photography, and botanical etchings to pottery, textiles, woven baskets, jewelry, and glass. Opening Reception on Dec. 2, 5 to 8 pm; hours otherwise on Sat., Dec. 3, 10-6, and Sun., Dec. 4, 11-5.

Work at ArtRageUs1 Gallery
MARGO VANNOY
ArtRageUs1

15. ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277, ArtRageUs1.com, info@ArtRageUs1.com
Now featuring Margo Vannoy, who makes WonkyWear—upcycled clothing from gently used wool fabrics. She started off making bum warmers when she moved from sunny South Africa to snowy Boston, beginning a love affair with used wool sweaters and her love of design, texture, and function with a flair. All 20% off this month. ArtRageUs1, an arts collective selling art, crafts, books, and music created by local folks, is home to the figurative furniture of Gayle Marie Weitz. Applications for membership in the arts collective are available online and in the store. Open Fri./Sat./Sun. 11-5 and online.

16. Graffiti Sandwich
49 Elliot St., (802) 490-2532, www.graffitisandwich.com
The second of David Nielsen's text-based shows, this December one focuses on a triptych called "Le Morte de Gaia" (The Death of Earth), a series dedicated to what happens when the first thermonuclear bomb drops. The Gallery Walk opening will be preceded by a discussion on protest art with Jim Maxwell on WVEW at 4 pm. Serving tasty sandwiches, rice bowls, and Counter Culture coffee, Graffiti Sandwich is open Mon.-Fri. 11-7 for lunch and dinner. Meet the artist 5:30-8 during Gallery Walk; serving food till 7 pm.

Work at Elliot St. Fish & Chips
CHUCK DEWOLFE
Elliot St. Fish & Chips

17. Elliot St. Fish & Chips
50 Elliot St., (802) 451-9482, elliotstreetfish@gmail.com, FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More
Art teacher and potter Chuck DeWolfe has an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Oregon and a BS from Springfield College in Art Therapy. For 30 years he has been working in the Arts and with marginalized populations. This month's Pottery Show & Sale is to support a new Kickstarter campaign to fund his ability to speak with marginalized populations of young people across New England about the ceramic arts: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1729858638/pottery-the-invisible-golden-net. The café uses fresh, local, and organic ingredients. Open Tues.-Sat. 11:30-8, till 8:30 for Gallery Walk.

18. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
The exhibit "Peace River" by painter Stephen Redmond is featured. "In 1991 I traveled by houseboat down the East Coast and across Florida, staying for a time on the Peace River near Punta Gorda. Sometimes at night when the bull alligators roared, I could hear them through the hull. This show is about them and that place and time." Represented by The Modern Art Gallery in Sarasota and Wyndy Morehead Fine Art in New Orleans, his work has been shown at the University of Richmond and Southeastern Louisiana University. Meet the artist during Gallery Walk, 5:30-8:00. Enjoy Mocha Joe's own freshly roasted coffee, a seasonal drink, and freshly baked pastries.

Art at Turn It Up!
COLLECTIBLE POSTERS
Turn It Up!

19. Ruggles & Hunt: Purveyors of Staple & Fancy Goods
79 Main St., (802) 579-1900, www.rugglesandhunt.com & Facebook
"A flirt, a laugh, and a blare of color," the shop offers eye-catching clothing, jewelry, and creative cards; stylish housewares and furnishings; a bounty of books, toys, and gifts for all ages. Don't miss the amazing selection of locally made Laura Zindel Ceramics.... Ornaments and Stocking Stuffers a specialty, and gift-wrapping is free every day! Why not grab a friend and come to Ruggles & Hunt? Spend $40 or more now to Christmas and enjoy a free cup of coffee at Amy's while your gifts are being wrapped! Open daily 11-5:30, Sun. 12-5, and 11-7 on Fridays through Christmas. Open until 8 pm for Gallery Walk.

20. Turn It Up!
85 Main St., (802) 251-6015, www.turnitup.com
The record shop now 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.

21. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071, www.facebook.com/Amys-Bakery-Arts-Cafe
December and January feature "Paintings from the Heart" by Caryn King and Georgie Runkle. In addition to her paintings of farm and field animals, Caryn has been finding tractors and shovels exciting—the older, the better! Studio visits are always welcome; visit online at ckingpainting.com. Georgie paints structures and landscapes, from barns, covered bridges, and trees to fire engines and lighthouses. All of Georgie's works are painted on site and are easily identified by her unique use of color and geometric shapes. 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.

Work at Vermont Artisan Designs
JIM NILSEN
Vermont Artisan Designs

22. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Featured artisans in December include Jodi Still, who makes hand-felted and dressed Christmas mice; Jim Nilsen, who has captured colorful images of his travels; and Matt Tell, whose imaginative pottery delights viewers. The upstairs galleries offer a wide selection of fine art. A portion of sales of featured art will go to the Brattleboro Heat Fund. Gallery Walk reception, 6-7:30. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see work by over 300 artists and craftspeople.

23. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
While remaining open through December, The Works is undergoing some renovations that will delay exhibits of featured art until the new year. The café serves Rainforest Alliance coffee and humanely raised meats, poultry, and dairy with no antibiotics or added hormones—thoughtfully sourced, local when possible. Come in for breakfast, lunch, or an early dinner—eat in or take out. Open 6 to 6 daily.

Work at WOW Frozen Yogurt
STAN RUSZALA
WOW Frozen Yogurt

24. 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. 12-9.

25. David Walter, Goldsmith & Platinumsmith
124 Main St., (802) 722-9620, www.davidwalterjewelry.com
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. Also showing are kinetic sculptures by Bruce Campbell: Defining space through the unpretentious medium of wire that has been joined, bent, and twisted into imaginative shapes, these works encourage viewer interaction through the operation of a hand crank. Hours: Wed.-Sun. 10-6, later for Gallery Walk.

Work at Community College of Vermont
JEWELRY STUDENTS
Community College of Vt

26. Community College of Vermont
41 Harmony Pl., (802) 254-6370, ccv.edu
Students from Jeannie Bennett's Introduction to Jewelry class are displaying their metal jewelry creations. Working with wire, sheet, and beads, and using cold-join connections, they have learned to make pattern chains, wire-wrapped chains, and findings; form wire and sheet; pierce designs in sheet metal; and do stone setting, cold forging, and weaving.... In Graphic Design class, Meg McCarthy's students work with shape, line, balance, contrast, color, and typography to communicate a message. The work displayed was created digitally with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

27. Pop Up Holiday Shopping Extravaganza for Hospice
Brooks House Atrium, 128 Main St., (802) 257-0775 x109 Andrea Livermore, www.brattleborohospice.org
5-8:30 on GALLERY WALK NIGHT ONLY: SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA with live music by The Moondogs trio from 6 to 8:30 and light refreshments courtesy of the Brattleboro Area Hospice Board. In the spirit of giving, all items were donated by our community to support Brattleboro Area Hospice's free services to people at and around end of life. The eclectic collection was curated with an eye for gift-giving. Items represent a wide range in style, taste, and price. Think contemporary, tribal, vintage, antique.... There is truly something for everyone!

Artwork at Qualque Volta Gallery
SIMI BERMAN

28. Qualque Volta Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 609 (2nd fl.), Use the green door on Main or go down the alley by Gallery in the Woods, then through the glass floyer, and upstairs
Painted collages by Simi Berman are featured during Gallery Walk on Friday, December 2, from 5:30 to 8 pm, and on Saturday, December 3, from 11 to 4. Simi wrests fresh meaning from discarded materials. Incorporating feathers, bottle caps, printed matter, cut-up paintings, and fabric, she creates a painted framework that results in a significant new whole.

Art at Gallery in the Woods
"Refugees" by
LEONARD RAGOUZEOS
Gallery in the Woods

29. Gallery in the Woods & Dante's Infurniture
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777, www.galleryinthewoods.com
Continuing in December is Leonard Ragouzeos: Parallel Universe. "Without Refuge: Being Alive in Black & White" is a retrospective collection, spanning the past decade and exploring the faces, emotions, and objective symbols of war in our times. "Color" presents Ragouzeos' small, color-saturated, architectural and geometric abstractions in gouache on paper. Assembled, they reveal an internal dynamic that informs the rhythmic process of marking. Reception for the artist on Friday, December 2, 5:30-8:30. Open daily 11-5:30.

30. The Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501, down the alley and through the glass doors, (802) 380-1607, www.catherinedianichgallery.com
Featured through the end of December is an exhibit of John F. Kennedy Family Photos from the Mark Shaw Archive. Several new images have been added for this final month, and one print will be auctioned off! Shaw was personal photographer to Jack and Jackie Kennedy, and many of these images were seen in the pages of Life magazine during JFK's time in the White House. Others have never been exhibited before in the United States. Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 during Gallery Walk on November 4.

Work by Michel Moyse
MICHEL MOYSE
Hooker-Dunham Theater
& Gallery

31. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery
139 Main St., down the alley and downstairs, (802) 254-9276, Auction info: hollyjodancer@gmail.com, Brattleboro School of Dance: (802) 254-6884
5:30-8:30 Silent Auction Fundraiser Finale for Brattleboro School of Dance (BSD): Company of Muses, the nonprofit group that organizes scholarship fundraisers for BSD, is hosting this Auction Wrap Party. The public can offer bids till 8:30 on an impressive array of items ranging in value from $20 to $3,000—including digital art by Michel Moyse, an oil painting by Jim McGrath, a "ski and stay" family package for four from The Hermitage Club & Spa, and a beautiful Herkimer diamond and gold necklace from Renaissance Fine Jewelry. Enjoy refreshments and free performances by BSD's Junior and Senior dance companies.

Artwork at Children's Craft Fair

32. 19th Annual Children's Holiday Craft Fair
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Info: marcellaeversole@gmail.com
5 to 8 pm during Gallery Walk on Dec. 2: Strolling of the Heifers, Oak Meadow, and the Putney Area Homeschool Group present this annual holiday market for children—whether homeschooled or in school—to share their creativity with the community and learn something about entrepreneurship. Items include pottery and terrariums; wooden games and toys, handwoven checker sets, and tic-tac-toe sets, with matching handmade porcelain pieces; handcrafted cards, blank books, and mini-chalkboards; a holiday-themed coloring book; candles, candle holders, and ornaments; t-shirts, knitted infinity scarves, and jewelry; wool gnomes, acorn mice, and felt-and-pinecone owls; handmade soaps, sachet pillows, and lip balm; organic pizza and treats. Browse the impressive offerings, listen to music, enjoy baked goods to support the cause, and begin your holiday shopping!

33. The Gallery at The Garden
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982, www.strollingoftheheifers.com
Two continuing exhibits in December, open for Gallery Walk, 5:30-8:30: Rear Gallery—"Decorative Holiday Hanging Gourds & Paintings" by local artist Terry A. Carter. Contemporary paintings and gourd art are inspired by classic and Early American imagery, color, and geometrics. Gourd designs are inspired by shape, texture, and personal resonance.... Front Gallery—Maureen Mansfield: "Acrylic on Slate," local scenes and other images on gathered Vermont roofing slates, Guilford (Vt.) slate, and other hand-cut slate pieces, as well as "etchings" on slate, a new venture. Otherwise open Mon.-Fri. 9-5 except for special events.

Wallace Sewell Scarf at Penelope Wurr
WALLACE SEWELL SCARF
Penelope Wurr

34. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015, www.penelopewurr.com
In the Upstairs Gallery in December is a new archive of Country Maps by Cavallini, framed and unframed, for as little as $5. This is wall art anyone can afford and makes a brilliant Holiday Gift! Bauhaus-influenced Wallace Sewell blankets and pillows are a great gift for a cozy winter night, and ? Winter Wearables include scarves and hats from the same London maker. Tabletop decor and gifts for Christmas and Chanukah. British food, holiday crackers, and so much more. Also on display is Penelope's Fine Contemporary Glass.?Open later for Holiday Hours starting December 8: Mon.-Wed. 10-6, Thurs.-Sat. 10-7, Sun. 11-7. Open till 8:30 or later for the Walk.

35. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290, mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com
Showing through January is Winter Group, featuring work by gallery owners Petria Mitchell and Jim Giddings, new work from gallery artists, and introducing Eric Boyer, Anne Johnstone, Gene Parulis, and Torin Porter. ARTIST FORUM ON JANUARY 7, 5 PM.... Running December 2-10 is Vermont Insight Meditation Center's Silent Auction, offering fine art and high-quality items. Closing bid party on December 10, 5-7 pm, with final bidding at 6.... Gallery Hours: Wed.-Sun. 11-5 and for Gallery Walk.... Visit the MGFA Annex in the Brooks House Atrium, 128 Main St., for selected work by prominent and emerging artists.

36. 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 · Marking the darkest time of the year, the Moment for Peace on December 2 offers participants a chance to light candles for places in their hearts, communities, and the world where justice, conflict transformation, and peace are needed. The meditation will be led by Rev. Lise Sparrow, pastor, and the Choir of Guilford Community Church, an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. Everyone is welcome.

Work by Jim Arnosky

37. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290, www.brooks.lib.vt.us
SECOND FLOOR–CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASES: "Jim Arnosky's Wild World," from the award-winning natural sciences author and illustrator, will continue through December 12. MEZZANINE–LOCAL HISTORY ROOM WINDOWS: left–Abenaki artifacts collected locally; right–Vases from the Henrietta Loud Collection of 19th-century artworks; GLASS DISPLAY CASE: More objects from the Loud Collection. 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.

Book Signing at History Center

38. Brattleboro History Center
196 Main St. (through side door of Masonic Center), (802) 258-4957, brattleborohistoricalsociety.org
Free admission: Open 2-7 for Gallery Walk, otherwise Thurs.-Fri. 2-4, Sat. 11-3. BOOK SALE & SIGNING at 6:30 on Dec. 2: Renowned garden designer Gordon Hayward discusses his new book, "Greek Epic: The Latchis Family and the New England Theatre Empire They Built." This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Fort Dummer archaeological dig led by Walt Harrington. Browse BHS's online photo collections anytime. See photos of BUHS construction in 1950-51—www.flickr.com/photos/42902043@N06/sets/72157671781336121/—taken by the former Lewis R. Brown studio; originals are stored in the BHS collection. Visit the BHS Research Room at the Municipal Center (3rd fl, elevator) open Thurs. 2-4, Sat. 10-12, and by appointment.

39. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337), hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
23-year-old artist Aliana Bloch was born and raised in downtown Brattleboro. Working with ink, pencil, and sometimes cut paper and found objects, she draws inspiration from the organic world around her. An avid reader of fantasy, science fiction, and scientific theory, she is fascinated by both the physical workings of the universe and the intangible wonders of life. Her favorite subjects are geometric mandalas and subtly fantastical female characters, drawing connection between the human form and the magic to be found in the ordinary. Pints of beer for Hermit Thrush Pint Nightwill be available 5 pm-late. Open Mon.-Thurs. 3-8, Fri.-Sat. 12-9, Sun. 12-6.

SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS

Robt. McBride painting at Welcome Center
ROBERT McBRIDE
I-91 Welcome Center

A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1
The Silo Gallery presents oil paintings by Guilford artist George R. Lapanne, whose brookside living has inspired him to paint landscapes featuring local waterways.... Robert McBride, founding director of Rockingham Arts and Museum Project, expresses himself through the use of color: "As I commit myself to the work, by applying color, a rapport appears between the painting and myself."... Vermont Farmer Art of Westminster West is showing furniture created from farm junkyards, scrap piles, woodlands and rivers. Farmer-artist Phil Pellerin's desk, floor lamp, and table were made from tractor parts and odds and ends—vtfarmerart.com. Information and showcase exhibits are useful resources for visitors and residents alike. Open 7 am to 11 pm daily.