Founded in 1995
A Project of the Arts Council of Windham County
A YANKEE MAGAZINE EDITORS' CHOICE in 2004
A year-round, festive FIRST FRIDAY stroll, 5:30 to
in downtown Brattleboro, Vt. and nearby locations.
GALLERY WALK IS ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 5.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
Next month's Gallery Walk is Friday, February 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,
Paintings from Ray Fiske's "Canvas and Steel" series, as
well as his 5-foot Tin Man, were recently added to ongoing exhibits, which include: paintings
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
LIZ HAWKES deNIORD
C.X. Silver Gallery
2. C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898 or (802) 579-9088,
GALLERY OPEN 4:30 to 6:30 pm for Gallery Walk on January 5; otherwise
open year-round by calling ahead to arrange a visit.... Featured exhibit: Paintings and
ceramics by Liz Hawkes deNiord: Return As
Ticket—cxsilvergallery.com/liz-hawkes-deniord, and book launch
magcloud.com/browse/issue/1331705.... DIM SUM catering appointments
resume on February 8.
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
& Art Center
3. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
5:30 & 6:30 pm: Hilltop Montessori students present films
sharing insights gained from their interactions with Brattleboro merchants, community
leaders, service providers, and artisans.... FREE ADMISSION on Walk night, when memberships
are available at a 10% discount.... Open through January 8: In-Sight Exposed - student
works from 25 years of photo programs for youth; Constellations: Roger Sandes -
patterned paintings featuring flora, fauna, and historical art references.... Through
February 11: Touchstones, Totems, Talismans: Animals in Contemporary Art - works by nine
prominent artists; The Scarf: Joan O'Beirne - three diverse and evocative mixed-media
works; Your Space: Flights of Fancy - be inspired by our winged companions....
Through March 10: Shimmering Mirage: Anila Quayyum Agha - Islamic-inspired patterns
are cast onto gallery walls.... Through April 17: Weighted Tears: Mary Admasian -
outdoor installation.... Open daily 11-5, closed Tues. Admission: $8-$6-$4, free: members
and under 18. Free on Thurs. 2-5 pm.
4. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St.,
Erin Jenkins presents atmospheric paintings on panel in
shades of blue, focusing on painterly markmaking and the nuances of color. 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.
5. River Gallery School & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Late-breaking schedule change: GALLERY 34 OPENING POSTPONED TO
JANUARY 19, 5 to 7 pm. The Upstairs Gallery features work by the 50 participants in
the Fall semester of Adult Studio classes. Painters, pastellists, watercolorists,
charcoal artists, and sculptors have all worked in the RGS studios for the last 4 months,
developing their independent projects in shared studio spaces. Interaction with the
teachers is based on one-on-one dialogue, responsive to each individual's level and
aims.... At sidewalk level, the Main Street Studio features the Secret Lives of
Shopkeepers, portraits of six Brattleboro merchants by various artists, and a preview
of upcoming classes and workshops.... Gallery 34 features "View from Above," an exhibit
of oil paintings by Nancy Detra, throughout the month of January.
6. Latchis Gallery & Theatre
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
No special exhibits are scheduled in Latchis gallery spaces in
January, but please check online for current movies as well as "Live at the Latchis"
and "Live in HD" events. The Latchis celebrates Circus Saturday on January 6,
with performers from the New England Center for Circus Arts entertaining movie patrons
in the lobby before matinee and early-evening screenings of "The Greatest Showman," a
musical starring Hugh Jackman as P. T. Barnum. Visit online for further information.
7. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insightphotography.org
In-Sight will not have an exhibition at the Tiny Gallery in
January. Instead, visit the off-site exhibition "In-Sight Exposed" at the Brattleboro
Museum & Art Center, on view through January 8 (see listing #3), with student works
from 25 years of photo programs for youth. Additionally, be sure to visit
to view and register for In-Sight's spring classes.
Bob George et al.
Vermont Center for Photography
8. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
The Vermont Center for Photography was "born" 20 years ago ... and
that's cause for celebration! The January exhibition features work by five founding members:
Eric Slayton, Chris Triebert, Bob George, Kate Cleghorn, and Lynne Weinstein.
Each artist is showing work from 20 years ago alongside work from today to illustrate
his or her creative evolution over the last two decades. Opening reception 5:30-8:30 during
Gallery Walk on Jan. 5; exhibit open through Sunday, Jan. 28. Gallery Hours: Fri.-Sat.-Sun.
12-5 pm. Visit online for further info on this exhibit and on VCP membership.
9. ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
During Gallery Walk on January 5, meet textile and collage
artist AMY ENOCHS, who sees potential in discarded and wornout materials, weaving
fragments into objects of utility and beauty. Her Necktie Crowns transformed the symbol
of patriarchal and corporate power into a symbol celebrating individualism and
self-expression. Now she's offering Up-cycled Sweater Garments for Children and
Adults and introducing a line of repurposed women's clothing to outfit the
Feminine Revolution.... Explore other locally handcrafted items, including figurative
furniture by Gayle Marie Weitz and Write Action books! The Art-RageUs1
collective is recruiting new Artist, Author, and Musician members, who receive 75-90% of
the selling price for their work—applications available online or in store. OPEN
Fri./Sat./Sun. 11-5 and online.
10. Cantina Vidorra
49 Elliot St., (802) 490-2532, visit on Facebook
Work by Wayne Estey is featured in the Cantina this month.
"I often paint political, social, and environmental themes that challenge viewers to
rearrange their prejudices. Right, wrong, good, bad, true, false&Mdash;all depend on the
decider's starting point. Changing one's stance begins first with knowing where you stand."
Wayne plans to be at the café from 5:30 to at least 7 pm during Gallery Walk on Jan. 5.
Cantina Vidorra offers starters, build-your-own or traditional tacos, burritos, enchiladas,
and quesadillas, other specialties, and a kids' menu.
Harmony Arts Café
11. Harmony Arts Café
22 Harmony Pl., (802) 490-2077, FB:
"Serving Art Projects to Nourish the Spirit" is the mission of this
new art-making space tucked in a corner of the Harmony Lot. Proprietor Paula
Lavender had a storefront marbleizing studio on Main Street two decades ago. Now she
has filled this space with a wide variety of supplies and tools for use by folks of all
ages—individuals, groups, and families. Demonstration of techniques is included.
The "menu" of creative options is offered for modest suggested donations or set prices.
There are quick make-and-take projects with changing weekly themes, a range of paper arts,
creative celebrations ("art parties"), Sunday family projects, and no-cost larger
cooperative group projects to be donated to the community. Tie-dying and quilting are
skills Paula can help you master. See the Facebook page for some basic info. Open Mon-Sat.
10-6 (late for the Walk), and Sun. 10-2.
Elliot St. Fish&Chips
12. Elliot St. Fish & Chips
50 Elliot St., (802) 451-9482,
firstname.lastname@example.org, FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More
Kay Curtis is exhibiting "Resolutions: To Be Something
More" in January. A prolific artist for over 50 years, Kay translates concepts into
ideographs, which evolve and change as she reinvents them in different venues. Using pen,
colored pencil, marker, collage, gouache & India ink, and drypoint monoprint, she
plays with Resolutions, including words she uses to celebrate each new year—poking fun at,
and acknowledging the greatness of, what she sees in the world. Contact the artist at
email@example.com or visit online at
kaycurtis.com.... The café uses fresh, local, and organic ingredients. Open
Tues.-Sat. 11:30-8, till 8:30 for Gallery Walk.
13. Cara Wolff Jewelry
4 Elliot St., (802) 451-9482,
GALLERY WALK GRAND OPENING in January and February: This new
store and studio features work by metalsmith and jewelry designer Cara Wolff Meinke,
who has been making jewelry for over 20 years and studied metalsmithing at art schools
across the country. Handcrafted earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets are displayed
on tables Cara crafted from local, live-edge slabs of spalted maple and pine. Also featured
during January's Gallery Walk is the First Water jewelry collection by guest artist Julia
Tadlock. The store serves organic, cold-brew, nitro coffee by Nobl Coffee Roasters.
Open Wed.-Sat. 10-5 and till 8 for Gallery Walk; otherwise open by appointment.
Windham Movement Apparel
14. Windham Movement Apparel
5 Arch St., below 41 Main, (802) 246-1223, visit on Facebook,
FREE YOGA CLASS 5:30-6:30 during Gallery Walk, taught by
Jen Frey of Newfane Village Yoga—the first in a series of free community movement
classes hosted by Windham Movement Apparel (WMA) and taught by local artists. Continuing on
display is a collection of Southern Vermont Dance Festival photo favorites from the
past five years—more information online at
www.southernvermontdancefestival.com. WMA supplies quality products
to the movement arts community in an environment that encourages fellowship between
participants and increases awareness of the life-long benefits of movement for everyone.
Open Tues./Wed./Thurs. 1-7, Fri./Sat. 10-6, and till 8:30 for Gallery Walk.
15. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
Featured artist Remi Brooks is showing new paintings and
illustrations inspired by a year of travel, hard work, and heartbreak—peruse these
renderings of colorful creatures, the heart muscle, butterflies, and birds. Stop in the
café 7 days to see the exhibit and enjoy Mocha Joe's own freshly roasted coffee,
a seasonal drink, and homemade pastries. Open Mon.-Thurs. 7-8, Fri. 7-9, Sat. 7:30-9, Sun.
Turn It Up!
16. 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.
17. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071,
Paintings by Caryn King and Georgie Runkle are
featured. Caryn's portraits of farm and field animals capture each personality. Studio
visitors welcome; visit online at ckingpainting.com. Georgie paints structures and
landscapes en plein air—from barns, covered bridges, and trees to fire engines and
lighthouses—often applying geometric patches of bright color in her unique style.
The café offers European-style breads; soups, sandwiches, salads; specialty cakes,
cookies, and other treats; open Mon.-Sat. 8-6, till 8 for the Walk, and Sun. 9-5.
Vermont Artisan Designs
18. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Wintry paintings by Susan Hilliard and Mary Iselin
are featured in January. Susan works in pastel and Mary paints with oils. Opening reception
from 5:30 to 7:30 during Gallery Walk. A portion of sales of featured art will go to the
Brattleboro Heat Fund. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see work by over 300 artists.
A special exhibit of work by Woody Jackson, Julia Eva Bacon and Joseph
McCarthy continues on display this month in the Silo Gallery at the I-91 Welcome
Center (see final listing).
19. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
Kathleen Kennedy is showing Zentangle explorations created
by filling shapes with repetitive patterns to create powerful imagery. A former painter
and art teacher, Kathleen is also known for her line of fabric-art Brag Bags, including a
variety of handcrafted purses and handbags offered for sale at the Brattleboro Food Co-op
and other venues. These bags demonstrate her special talent for piecing together
complementary fabrics and patterns into pleasing designs.... The café serves
Rainforest Alliance coffee and humanely raised meats, poultry, and dairy with no
antibiotics or added hormones; open daily 6 to 8, including for Gallery Walk.... NOTE: The
launch of "PROJECT CREATE," an ongoing Gallery Walk art-making experience sponsored by the
Arts Council of Windham County, is scheduled for February 2 at Works Bakery
WOW Frozen Yogurt
20. WOW Frozen Yogurt
122 Main St., (802) 579-1255, www.facebook.com/WOW-Frozen-Yogurt
Continuing is the Southern Vermont Dance Festival's
Movement 2017 exhibit "Images of SVDF's Inaugural Year," a collection of
photographs by Kiqe Bosch highlighting the festival's opening year. A completely
black-and-white exhibit, Bosch's thirteen images from 2013 celebrate the variety of
movement presented in SVDF's first season. Bosch captured the joy of movement and the
intimacy of the mover—southernvermontdancefestival.com. Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 12-8, Fri.-Sat.
21. Gallery in the Woods
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
Featuring three floors of Handcrafted Jewelry, Clay, Textile,
Woodworking, and International Folk Art from more than 200 artists ... GALLERY 1:
"Roots to Resistance," an Interactive Benefit Show, runs through January 31. Akin
to indigenous and folk artists in cultures she explores, Denise Beaudet works in
strong color. Twelve 8-foot portraits of women activists around the world were created
to inspire viewers to make change in their own communities. Partnering with over 50
international organizations, the project sends postcards and postering materials across
the globe, free of charge.... GALLERY 2: New Landscapes by Samantha Crawford,
created in gouache on paper using great detail, reveal an intensely personal, dreamlike
experience in the forest, in both black-and-white and color.... Artists' reception Friday,
Dec. 1, 5:30-8:30, with live music by the Moondogs. Open daily 11-5:30.
Gallery at The Garden
22. The Gallery at The Garden
Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
Featured during January are seven members of Brattleboro-West
Arts, among them Walter Slowinski, Kris McDermet, and Maisie Crowther.
Works were created in a variety of mediums, including acrylic and oil paints, watercolors,
hooked and braided wool, encaustics, and pastels. Subject matter ranges from highly
detailed wildlife art to landscapes and abstracts.... During the Walk, Strolling of the
Heifers is hosting a "Get The Word Out" special event featuring over 35 nonprofit
organizations from Windham and Windsor Counties. The River Garden is open Mon.-Fri.
9-5, except during special-event rentals. The Brattleboro Winter Farmers Market
will occupy the River Garden on Saturdays, 10 to 2, from November through March
23. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
A Celestial Gallery upstairs: Prints by Cavallini complement
Ceramic Work by an artisan from Thailand, in seasonally moody colors. Still on view
in the retail store are unique and whimsical Ceramics by Wiltshire, UK maker and illustrator
Hannah Turner—Mugs, Salt & Pepper Pots, and other Tableware. Hannah's
work draws on her love of nature with a humorous bent. Also on display is New Jewelry from
talented jeweler and costume designer Philippa Kunisch. New winter arrivals in
craft/clothing accessories from UK and Germany. CLASSIC BRITISH FARE and Christmas
food & decor on SALE. Open 11-6 daily, later for Gallery Walk.
Mitchell · Giddings
24. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Showing through January 7: "Explorations," a gallery-wide survey
of monoprints, monotypes, and solarplate prints from 1985 to 2016 by Emily Mason, one
of America's foremost non-representational painters, Mason's prints epitomize a spontaneous
and daring use of color and form.... Opening on January 11, 5-7 pm, is the "Winter Group
2018" exhibit of new work by Jackie Abrams, Josh Bernbaum, Eric Boyer, Tiffany Heerema,
Anne Johnstone, Gene Parulis, Torin Porter, Erika Radich, Donald Saaf, and other
gallery artists.... Be sure to visit the MGFA ANNEX in the Brooks House Atrium, 132
Main St., for a rotating display of gallery artists.
25. Take a Moment for Peace
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., (802) 257-4588 Dee
and Bob Keller
5:30-6 pm · During the Moment for Peace in the Fireside
Parlor on January 5, classical guitarist Steve Procter will offer a selection of
music by Renaissance and Baroque composers, traditional English tunes and Irish airs,
and some original compositions.
26. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
MAIN FLOOR–Grigoriy Molchanov sculptures, and his
paintings on the MEZZANINE WALLS, are "an attempt to make art about life and being
attentive to seeing the world and living in it as a kind of unending, all-encompassing
dialogue"; from the CEILING: Cloud-and-raindrops mobile, 2nd grade
class, Academy School. MEZZANINE–DISPLAY CASES: Objects from the Library's
Henrietta Loud Collection; more sculptures by G. Molchanov. SECOND
FLOOR–ENTRYWAY CASE: Kids' Lego-palooza creations beginning on January 18.
CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASES: "Buon Natale, Natale!" in Italian, charmingly
illustrated by Brattleboro artist Simi Berman.. Selections from the Fine Arts
Collection are permanently displayed throughout the building; take a self-guided
walking tour during library hours: Mon.-Wed. 10-9; Thurs.-Fri. 10-6; & Sat.
27. Brattleboro History Center
196 Main St., through side door of Masonic Center, (802) 258-4957,
Late-breaking schedule change: NO EVENING HOURS ON JANUARY 5 for
Gallery Walk. FREE ADMISSION: Otherwise open weekly on Fri. 2-4, Sat.
12-3, and by appointment. 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.
28. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
Photography by Chelsea Reinsel is featured this month. "I'd
always thought of photographs as something dark that 'stole souls' and 'ruined self-esteem.'
Sometimes it's a difficult art to enjoy. During college they said 'darkroom studio hours are
intensive,' so I ditched the idea of being a cinematographer completely. I was more
interested in timing than technique. I only picked up a camera again by chance since I
couldn't stop being floored by nature."... Pints of beer for Hermit Thrush Pint Night
are available from 5 pm during Gallery Walk on January 5. Brewery Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 3-8,
Fri.-Sat. 12-9, Sun. 12-6.
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
I-91 Welcome Center
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1
Vermont Artisan Designs (106 Main St., Brattleboro) is presenting
work by Woody Jackson, Julia Eva Bacon and Joseph McCarthy in the Silo Gallery
Brochures, magazines, maps, and other printed materials, as well as showcase exhibits of
area products, artwork, and fine crafts are resources for visitors and residents alike. Open
7 am to 11 pm daily.