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, SEPTEMBER 4.
NOTE: MOST EXHIBITS ARE OPEN ALL MONTH.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
The next Gallery Walk will be on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2.
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,
Kristina Wentzell, Keene-based owner of the
warm-weather Happy Camper Mobile Art Gallery, is showing vibrant, impressionistic
paintings of flora, fauna, and familiar New England landscapes. Continuing are
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; colorful and whimsical plein air landscapes by Georgie;
and impressionist-realistic, light-filled paintings by Deborah Lazar. Walk
"munchies" available 5-6:30. This casual waterfront eatery with sunset view is open
daily 11:30-10, Sun. Brunch served 10-1.
TASHA TUDOR EXHIBIT
Tasha Tudor Museum
VENUES TO THE WEST OF DOWNTOWN
2. Tasha Tudor Museum
974 Western Ave., 1st floor, (802) 258-6564,
FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walk, 4-7 pm: The 100th
anniversary of Tasha's birth is celebrated with "Longings Fulfilled: Tasha at Home
in New England," an intimate exhibit of cherished possessions from her home and
artwork created in four New England states. Her determination to experience everything
beautiful in rural living is explored in a display of objects never before on public
view. Watch the documentary while sipping a cup of Tasha's tea. Children may enjoy the
dress-up area, coloring pages, reading corner, dollhouse, play tea set with cookstove,
and more. Open May 1-Oct. 31, Wed.-Sat. 10-4.
3. C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898 or (802)
Gallery 4 to 6:30 for Gallery Walk on September 4; otherwise
open daily by appointment throughout the month.h. Ongoing
exhibits include In The Box: Recent Works by Cai Xi, the continuing show and
book Nye Ffarrabas: a walk on the inside - 50-year retrospective,
cxsilvergallery.com/nye-ffarrabas. Ongoing exhibits include
luminous landscapes, portraits, the Wu Ji (Infinity Within) series of abstract
performance painting using mops/brooms/trowels as brushes, and the multimedia Pink
Slip Project pinkslipproject.tumblr.com). Dim Sum Dining & Catering
daily by appointment (call ahead 1-2 days, 802-257-7898) -- menu at
dimsumvt.com. Asian Cultural Center
of Vermont (ACCVT) presents Brattleboro's 18th Annual Autumn Moon Festival, Sunday,
Sept. 27, 5:30-8 pm, atop Living Memorial Park at Pavilion; info: (802) 257-7898 or
4. 1868 Crosby House B&B
175 Western Ave., (802) 257-7145,
The historic 1868 Crosby House joins the 2015 Gallery Walk season
with an exhibit of work by Abigail Shuey, who studied art with Richard Heller and
Kathleen Sweeney. The artist's debut solo show features watercolors, mixed media, and her
unique line drawings. Before enrolling in college, she plans to spend three months doing
volunteer work in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos, then create an art series to express
reflections on her experiences. Enjoy refreshments at a Gallery Walk artist's reception
on Sept. 4, 5-6 pm; house and grounds open for viewing through 8:30.
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
& Art Center
5. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walk. Beginning at 6 and
6:45 on Sept. 4, students and faculty of New England Center for Circus Arts perform
outside and in galleries. Most current exhibits open through October 25: People,
Places, Things includes rarely seen work by Jim Dine, known for his bold
depictions of domestic objects and contributions to American Pop Art. Art +
Computer/Time presents early computer-generated art from the Anne and Michael
Spalter Digital Art Collection (closes September 27). Debra Bermingham's
Threaded Dances are mysterious, evocative oil paintings reminiscent of mist-shrouded
landscapes. Close to Home features new pastels by Walpole artist Ray Ruseckas.
Front lawn installations by Gregory Miguel Gómez and Rodrigo Nava.
Open daily 11-5, closed Tues. Admission: $8-$6-$4, free for BMAC members and youth 18
6. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St.,
Visual artist Heather Miller is featured this month.
"My art is an illustrative, whimsical representation of joy, suffering, and our
ever-expanding relationship with our imagination. It helps my soul relate to the
physical world we inhabit, and to the fragility of beauty." The Whetstone offers
inspired food, local craft beers, and specialty drinks in a picturesque waterfront
location with free parking. Open daily for lunch and dinner, 11:30-10, Fri.-Sat. till
River Gallery School
7. River Gallery School of Art
32 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Gallery spaces in September feature work by RGS faculty,
staff, and board members. Visitors will see a good variety and even some surprises!
The school is expanding into new Main Street studios just below its current location.
Stop in to see the new space, in the process of transformation, and sign up for the
Fall semester, beginning soon. Classes and workshops are offered for all ages and
all levels, absolute beginner through experienced artists. Additional faculty artwork
is on display at Brattleboro Savings & Loan.
8. Latchis Gallery
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
"Nursing is Normal," an exhibit of photographs by
Zach and Michelle Stephens, continues in September. The series depicts
mothers breastfeeding their young children in public spaces around Windham County.
The purpose of the work is to honor these givers of life and bring awareness to
breastfeeding. The exhibition coincides with World Breastfeeding Week; women's
health and breastfeeding information is available in the gallery. This work has
been generously supported by the Vermont Department of Health. Open during Gallery
Walk and movie times at the Latchis Theatre.
Twilight Tea Lounge
9. Twilight Tea Lounge
Below 41 Main St., enter on Arch St. hill, (802) 254-8887,
September features Images from SVDF-2014, photographic
highlights of the 2nd Annual Southern Vermont Dance Festival by Diane Sharp, Annie
Macey, Ted Thomas, and Jeff Lewis—depicting the complete abandon that dance
can offer, including images from around town and from the stage. More info at
www.southernvermontdancefestival.com. Tea & Treats served till 10 for Gallery
Walk. The TEA LOUNGE IS CLOSING ON SEPT. 10 after 14 years! Big clearance sale
on teapots and loose-leaf teas during the final week. Stop by to say farewell and
enjoy your favorite sips. Hours: Sat. 12-8, Sun.-Thurs. 12-6; open Labor Day.
10. Flat Street Brew Pub
6 Flat St., (802) 257-1911, www.flatstreetbrewpub.net
A new series of paintings by Brattleboro artist Steven
Leal were influenced by his study of work by Mondrian, de Kooning, Turner, and
Pollock with the help of a local art historian. Steven has tried to mix light and
textures to create pieces that are both modern and classic, and each painting has
been reworked several times to develop its depth and contrast. Experimenting with
new techniques has helped his ongoing evolution as a painter. The Pub offers 20 fine
handcrafted ales and lagers on tap and a delicious menu of pub-style food. Open
Tues.-Thurs. 4-11, Fri. & Sat. 4-12, Sun. 3-10.
11. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
FAMILY OPEN HOUSE during Gallery Walk on Friday,
September 4. In the gallery, see recent student work from the summer intensive
workshop Writing & Photography. Have a look in the darkroom, make a photogram
on the spot, get a digital portrait taken, admire the array of cameras, talk with staff
about fall classes, munch on jellybeans. Buy a raffle ticket for the beautiful
Lakota Quilt to support student scholarships. The In-Sight Photography Project
empowers youth through photography and offers classes to any interested youth
regardless of their ability to pay. For more info, please visit online or call the
12. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
Work by Boston-area photographer Sarah Malakoff is
featured in September. "My photographs are a collection of private spaces that ask
the viewer to imagine the people who inhabit them. We see both the unique ways we
live behind closed doors, as well as the universal impulse to control our
environment. In my images, the home is seen as both a refuge from, and at times a
re-creation of, the outside world." This exhibit runs through September 27. Opening
reception on Friday, September 4, 5:30-8:30. Gallery hours are otherwise
Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 12 to 5, or by appointment. Further info online at website above.
13. Restless Rooster Café & Coffee Bar
134 Elliot St., (802) 258-2565,
Metal sculptor Ron Karpius is showing scenic "Route 30,
West River" this month—think cattails, waterfowl, and covered bridge. It was
"created to reflect my appreciation and gratitude for where I've had the good fortune
to live." Stop in during Gallery Walk on September 4, 5:30 to 8:30, when the full
coffee, tea, specialty beverage, and pastry menu will be available. Hours otherwise
are Tues.-Sun. 7-3, serving Breakfast & Brunch till 1 weekdays, 2 on
14. Artrageus 1, LLC
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
The Collective offers art, crafts, books, and music by
area folks—jewelry, cigar-box guitars, handbags, mosaics, carvings, books, CDs,
and more! September's featured member is Susan E. Rosano, who for twelve years
has created fine-art mosaics and decorative pieces for home and garden, wire-wrapped
jewelry from found objects, and works in stained glass. Susan is a Master Teaching
Artist sponsored by Vermont Arts Council, Arts for Learning Connecticut, and Life Time
Arts in New York City. She holds an MA from Wesleyan, teaches art at Charter Oak State
College (Connecticut), and is a Registered Expessive Arts Therapist. Artrageus1 is open
Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 11-5, for Gallery Walks, and 24-7 online.
Brink Gallery at
15. Kat Whitledge Basics & Bespoke
17 Elliot St., 2nd fl, Suite C, (802) 258-0395, email:
This month KWBB features work by Adrienne Ginter, a
Brattleboro-based paper artist interested in representing the recurring oddities and
subtle fascinations of the natural world. She creates extremely meticulous paper-cuts
using an X-Acto blade and archival paper. Adrienne shows in galleries and museums
nationally and teaches her craft throughout New England. KWBB is a Vermont-based
clothing atelier that designs and creates unique and timeless garments made to measure
with an ethical approach to fashion. Stop by during Gallery Walk to arrange a free
consultation and enter a drawing to win a handwoven Egyptian scarf.
16. Brink Gallery at Brattleboro Printmakers
20 Elliot St. (go through gate & downstairs, (603)
313-7569 Leigh, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The gallery's inaugural group show by member and guest
artists continues in September. Brink specializes in locally made, affordably
priced original prints—stop by during each Gallery Walk to see an ever-changing
display of fresh Bratt-centric ink, and start your art collection. The gallery is
also available for hire. CALLING ALL ARTISTS to exhibit work at Brink and make
new prints in the studio. Current offerings include water-based screenprinting,
relief, and monotype classes open to all levels and abilities; editioning services
and custom printing of signs, apparel, wallpaper, fine art, and more. Open Saturday,
Sept. 5, 1-7 pm, and otherwise during the month by appt.
Vermont Artisan Designs
17. Mocha Joe's Coffee
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
Heidi Lorenz is exhibiting recent oils in September.
"Creating art is a form of meditation to me—whether creating a majestic horse,
a dog in repose, or an expanse of farmland, it's a way for me to really find myself."
In addition to painting, Heidi runs a small horse farm and provides community outreach
as a social caregiver. Meet the artist during Gallery Walk on Friday, September 4,
5:30-7:30 pm. Stop by anytime to see the exhibit and enjoy renowned coffees, seasonal
drinks, and freshly baked pastries.
18. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
New paintings by Marc Winnat, Michael MacTavish, and
Woody Jackson are featured in September. A portion of Gallery Walk sales will
go to the Windham County Heat Fund. Reception on Friday, September 4, from 5:30 to
7:30 pm. Visit online or stop by seven days a week to see works by more than 300 fine
artists and craftspeople.
Works Bakery Café
19. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
Inspired by the beauty, intelligence, and grace of her subjects,
Lesley Heathcote aims to open viewers' hearts to the magnificence and wonder of
the animals and winged creatures she paints. This exhibit focuses on Vermont birds and
farm animals in our daily lives. Lesley works from her own photographs and experience
to convey each one's unique identity and spirit.... 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.
20. David Walter Jewelry Studio & Master Craft
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 exhibits featuring exceptional work by
regional craftsmen. Opening this month is "Ordered Universe," an exhibit of
Kinetic Wire Sculptures by Bruce Campbell. Defining space through the
unpretentious medium of wire which has been joined, bent, and twisted into imaginative
shapes, these works encourage viewer interaction through the operation of a hand crank.
Using simple gears, levers, and mechanical movements, the kinetic sculptures represent,
in minimalist and transparent form, the artist's perception of the universe. Hours:
Wed.-Sun. 10-6, later for Gallery Walk.
21. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071
Work by Jane Davies and Jeri Macdonald is
featured. Davies, a graduate of Bennington College, teaches workshops in painting
and collage, and emphasizes loose brushwork, saturated color, and pattern in her
art. Expressing harmonies and dissonance, the work reflects an interest in sequences
and cycles of seasons and tides, coastline and landscape. Macdonald's paintings
explore how fabrics twist, entwine, and drape to reflect human curves and creases. A
BFA graduate of Windham College (1976) in Putney, Macdonald has a studio at her home
in Cambridge, N.Y. 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.
Dance Performance at
22. Gallery in the Woods & Dante's
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
Featured through October, in collaboration with BMAC, is
Vermont poet-artist Terry Hauptman, who paints mixed-media scrolls and
individual works based on a spiral. "These 'songlines,' or Scrolls of Fire, [represent]
a Phoenix-like rebel bird alive with longing that unscrolls continuously on the theme
of hope arising from tragedy. The scrolls are spirit, musical pulses in motion,
harmonic resonance." Author of three poetry collections, Terry has a master's in poetry
from the University of New Mexico and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts from Ohio
University. She has taught world art, poetry, ethno-poetics, and genocide studies at
several universities. Artist's reception on September 4, 5:30-8:30, with poetry readings
set to music.
23. The Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501 (down the alley and through the
glass doors), (802) 380-1607,
SPECIAL EVENT from 5 to 6:30 pm on Friday, Sept. 4: In
partnership with Vermont Performance Lab's (VPL) Progressive Performance Festival,
New England-based choreographer Dahlia Nayar presents "2125 Stanley Street," a
dance and sound installation tapping into notions of cultural memory in the context of
home, a work partially developed at VPL in 2013 with dancer Margaret Paek and
composer/musician Loren Kiyoshi Dempster. Additional pop-up performances 12-5 pm on
Sat.-Sun., Sept. 5 & 6. Free of charge, no reservations required. More
www.catherinedianichgallery.com and www.vermontperformancelab.org.
The Gallery at The Garden
24. The Gallery at The Garden
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
Showing in the Front Gallery: "Pastel Visions," an exhibit of
works by four Southern Vermont pastel artists—Maggie F. Smith, Carol Stephens,
Deedee Jones and Pat McPike. Rear Gallery: "Windham Grows," photographic
works by John Noppe and Jeffrey Lewis depicting past winners of the
Windham Regional Business Planning Competition sponsored by Strolling of the Heifers
and Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, along with interviews of the subjects
by Elizabeth Stoumen. Open during Gallery Walk on Friday, September 4,
5:30-8:30. Summer hours otherwise: Mon.-Fri. 9-5 and Sat. 11-4, except during special
events at the River Garden.
25. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
Affordable Art—City Maps: For "Back to School,"
here are informative posters for a dorm wall. New Maps are just in and on display in
the Upstairs Gallery, including framed reproduction archive maps by Cavallini.
Unframed maps are just $5.00. It's the last month for exquisite textile jewelry by
Paz Sintes. The store carries Penelope's line of unique Fine Contemporary
Glass, an eclectic mix of European & Local Gifts, stationery items, and
furnishings for home and garden. Summer wearables now on SALE, and don't forget the
trove of British grocery items. OPEN ALL WEEK: Mon.-Sat. 10-ish to 6, Sun. 11 to 6,
and late for Gallery Walk.
26. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Stop by for a special Gallery Walk party celebrating MGFA's
first-year anniversary. "We are following our dream. Our first year has been a
wonderful experience." says co-owner Petria Mitchell. "We have had tremendous support
from the public and we are on the right path toward establishing MGFA as a fixture in
showcasing and selling art in our region." Featured through September 27 is work by
Malcolm Wright, his son Shaun Wright, and Petria Mitchell. Malcolm's bronze work
is part of a sculpture project begun in 2007: the minimalist aesthetic in his
Japanese-influenced ceramics is applied here, leading to "the possibility of small
editions, and varied surface treatments." Shaun's black-and-white intimate landscape
images are created by "removing the busyness of life." Atmospheric abstracted
landscapes by Petria Mitchell come from her imagination, "internal places not visited
on foot." The gallery features innovative works by mid-career and established artists
in a variety of media. Open Wed.-Sun. 11-5 and 5:30-8:30 for Gallery Walk.
27. 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 on Friday, September 4. This month Jim Levinson and Craig Hammond
share their experiences with prisoners who are seeking their own peace behind
bars and with the world beyond those bars. Jim has served as spiritual leader of Jewish
congregations and has worked for and lived in spiritually based communities. Craig has
served as minister of both Episcopal and Methodist interfaith congregations, and in
hospital and university chaplaincies. Together they lead interfaith worship at the
Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield.
Brooks Memorial Library
28. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
MAIN FLOOR public art exhibits are suspended until further
notice for reconfiguration of the space. Mezzanine walls, visible from main floor,
may show artwork during this period. MEZZANINE: 19th-century works from the
Henrietta Loud Collection. LOCAL HISTORY ROOM WINDOWS: Left—Abenaki
artifacts collected nearby; Right—Glass and ceramic vases from the
Loud Collection. SECOND FLOOR—CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASE: Painter
Judith Oksner's watercolor and ink illustrations for "Snowball the Dancing
Cockatoo" by Sy Montgomery. NEW LIBRARY HOURS, effective Sept. 12: Mon.-Wed. 10-9;
Thurs.-Fri. 10-6; & Sat. 10-5
29. Brattleboro History Center
196 Main St. (through side door of Masnic Center), (802)
FREE ADMISSION: Open 2-8 for Gallery Walk, otherwise
Thurs.-Fri. 2-4, Sat. 11-3. See photos of Island Park before the Connecticut
River flood washed it away. Vermont Phoenix newspapers provide real-time accounts
of the Civil War. Peruse annotated lists of 47 soldiers with Brattleboro
connections who served then and died from related injuries, including 5 African
Americans and 42 Caucasians. See lovely spring gowns and a local Swedish
woman's national costume. View outfits, photos, stories, and early artifacts of
generations of Brattleboro National Ski Patrol members. Research Room at
Municipal Center (3rd fl, elevator) open Thurs. 2-4, Sat. 10-12, and by appt.
Hermit Thrush Brewery
30. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
Experience the visionary world of local artist Camilla
Cartwright. This work, her focus and passion since 1990, is created in archival
ink pens, colored pencils, and watercolor pens. Original art, as well as matted and
ready-to-frame copies, are available. September's Gallery Walk opening features
Pint Night and Rigani Wood Fired Pizza. The Brewery provides tasting flights,
a gallery of local art, brewery tours, and beer-to-go for visitors. Open Mon.-Thurs.
3-8, Fri.-Sat. 12-9, Sun. 12-6.
31. Jasmine Day Spa
29 High St., in the High-Grove lot, a block from Main St.;
(802) 257-0333, www.jasminevt.com
Jasmine welcomes Nancie McLean, a visual artist whose
pieces have been shown throughout the country. "My recent work explores dreams of
flight and the freedom of wings." Relax and enjoy a complimentary 10-minute massage
during Gallery Walk on September 4, 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Exhibit otherwise open Mon.-Fri.
10-6, Sat. 10-4. Jasmine Day Spa offers massage therapy, energy work, facials, makeup,
body treatments, and Ayurvedic treatments.
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1
The Silo Gallery hosts work by Martha Stevenson of
Martha's Folk Art in Londonderry; Martha is a painter and teacher in the Rufus Porter
style who loves to paint scenery of real places in Vermont. Davallia Art and
Accents of Chester is displaying works by selected Vermont artists. ClearLake
Furniture of Ludlow is exhibiting several pieces of fine Vermont-made furniture.
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum of Vergennes is displaying a large model
of the gunboat Philadelphia that sank in Lake Champlain during a battle in 1776.
Information and showcase exhibits are useful resources for visitors and residents
alike. The Center is open 7 am to 11 pm daily.