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 6.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
The NEXT Gallery Walk will be on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 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,
Continuing in August is the Southern Vermont Dance Festival's
Movement 2016 exhibit "A Community of Movement"—six photographs by
Diane Sharp and Annie Macy show the streets of downtown Brattleboro
coming alive with dancers taking flight.
southernvermontdancefestival.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
C.X. Silver Gallery
2. C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898 or (802)
Gallery open 1-3:30 pm for Gallery Walk on August 5;
otherwise open year-round by calling 1-2 days in advance.... New exhibition: Cai
Xi: Paintings from the 1991 Edge Series open through August 26. More information
at cxsilvergallery.com and
caixiart.com.... ONGOING EXHIBITS:
Selections from the show and book: Nye Ffarrabas: a walk on the inside—50-year
retrospective, cxsilvergallerly.com/nye-ffarrabas. 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
calling ahead recommended. Closed August 27-31.
3. 1868 Crosby House
175 Western Ave., (802) 257-7145,
Robin Truelove Stronk's former 35-year career as a
veterinarian provided inspiration for her work as an artist. She refined her
technique and focus at River Gallery School. Robin's animal portraits have been
featured on veterinary journal covers and received awards at the 2003 and 2006
International Exhibitions on Animals in Art at Louisiana State Veterinary College.
Stop by between 5 and 8:30 during Gallery Walk to meet Robin (she'll be signing
copies of her books), enjoy refreshments, and tour the Crosby House, a tastefully
restored and appointed Victorian bed-and-breakfast built in Italianate style. Its
luxurious accommodations and lovely gardens are the perfect setting for out-of-town
guests and special occasions.
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
Marlboro College Grad Ctr
4. Marlboro College Graduate Center
28 Vernon St., (802) 258-9228 Hilary, 1st Floor - GLASSROOM,
Jon Notwick is exhibiting "The Vermonter," a
series of images taken from trains and cars between 2009 and 2012 during numerous trips
between Brattleboro, Vt., and Levittown, Penn. Dealing with the subject of leaving home,
they seek to illustrate the fear and excitement of joining a new community. Jon received
his BA in Photography and Writing from Marlboro College in 2012 and currently is an
AmeriCorps VISTA member serving at In-Sight Photography Project. Artist's reception from
5:30 to 7 on August 5. The exhibit continues through August with gallery hours of
Mon.-Fri. 12-1 and 4-5; after August 15, the gallery will be accessible weekdays from 9
5. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION 5:30-10 pm during Gallery Walk on August 5:
Union Station's 100th Birthday Bash with hands-on art activities, live music, and
birthday cake. Exhibits include Up in Arms: Taking Stock of Guns, exploring guns'
influence on society ... Philip J. Calabria's The Stilled Passage: Photographs of
Unrestored Ellis Island ... Jamie Young's Chaos and Light, articulating
abundant, tumultuous, encroaching vegetation ... Union Station: Gateway to the
World, images and stories of the BMAC's home on its 100th anniversary ... Flora
and Fauna, Babette Bloch's stainless steel sculptures on the museum exterior and in
the sculpture garden ... Your Space: Imagination Station invites visitors to
design imaginary destinations. Open daily 11-5, closed Tues. Admission: $8-$6-$4, free
for BMAC members and youth 18 & under. Free Admission on Thurs. after 2; guided
tours on Sat. at 2.
6. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St.,
Featured artist Jen Wiechers exhibits layered and
complex encaustic (wax) paintings, and beautifully simplistic "Happy Heart" paintings.
Jen's art encourages a playful dance between intention and happenstance expressing the
sweetness of life. Jen teaches at River Gallery School of Art, drawing much of her
inspiration from the children she teaches, and their artwork. 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.
ADULT STUDIO CLASSES
River Gallery School
7. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Adult artists of all ages and experiences meet weekly to draw,
paint in various mediums, and work 3-dimensionally at RGS's Adult Studio
classes. Immersion in the practice of artmaking is also a time to let the cares of
the world go. The creativity quotient is high, and the resulting pieces are all over
the map—in a good way! Come see the varied results. August kids' camp, adult and teen
workshops, and upcoming Fall offerings are on the RGS website.... GALLERY 34
features photographs by Raye Arnault through the end of August.
8. Latchis Hotel & Arts Complex
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
A. LATCHIS GALLERY: "The Motion of Emotion: Part 1" by
Siiri Lane was installed in July as part of the Southern Vermont Dance
Festival's Movement 2016 exhibit series at many downtown venues.
B. MAIN THEATRE: FREE CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT from 4 to 6 pm on Friday, August
5: Musicians from the Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival in Jamaica, Vt.,
present a concert featuring works by Bach, Telemann, Schumann, and Nathan
Lincoln-Decusatis. Admission by donation. Beer and wine will be for sale, courtesy of
9. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
In-Sight's Tiny Gallery hosts "Headspace," a solo exhibit
by local photographer and In-Sight student Eliza Price. These digital portraits of
other local teenagers focuses on how people take up space both physically and mentally.
Eliza will also be showing her first short film, "Spoon Boot," during Gallery Walk
on August 5. The In-Sight Photography Project empowers youth through photography,
regardless of ability to pay. Call the office or visit online for more info.
Vermont Center for Photography
10. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
"Now & Then, Still & Again," a solo exhibit by Amherst,
Mass. photographer and VCP member Jim Schlessinger, is featured through August 28.
"Making art has long since become second nature to me: it's as natural as breathing. My
work is a visual diary, not of where I've been, but of what I've been thinking. My images
are about illusion and allusion, meditation, and, sometimes, the magic I've found along
the way." Opening during Gallery Walk, August 5, 5:30-8:30; otherwise hours are
Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 12-5. More information online.
11. Art on Wheels at Lynde Motorsports
79 Flat St., (802) 254-8554,
5 to 10 pm for Gallery Walk: Art on Wheels 2016
celebrates the great beauty and craftsmanship of motorcycles over the past 100+ years. On
display are vintage and classic motorcycles from a 1930 Harley-Davidson 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 for the evening's festivities.
Live Concert starting at 6 pm by the Drunk Stuntmen. Edibles for sale by Chef
Andrzej's Home-Cooked Polish Food.
12. Restless Rooster Café & Coffee
134 Elliot St., (802) 258-2565, www.restlessroostercafe.com
CLOSED DURING GALLERY WALK ON AUGUST 5: An exhibit of work by local
artist Mia Scheffey is featured this month, but details were not available at press
time. Open daily 7-2, serving Breakfast & Brunch till 1 weekdays, 2 on weekends.
ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
13. ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
Now featuring the jewelry of Mary Libbey, who crochets
cylindrically stacked cords of beads into beautiful one-of-a-kind bracelets and
necklaces—some plain and some patterned—ALL 20% OFF THIS MONTH.
Come meet Mary and watch her create her jewelry, and check out the
always-changing inventory of local crafts, sculpture, painting, prints,
clothing, cards, and more! ArtRageUs1 is an arts collective, selling art,
crafts, books, and music created by local folks, and home to the figurative
furniture of Gayle Marie Weitz. Applications for membership are
available in the shop and at ArtRageUs1.com. Open Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 11-5.
Visit the online store, open 24-7.
14. Elliot St. Fish & Chips
50 Elliot St., (802) 451-9482, email@example.com,
FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More
Featured in August are mixed-media works created by
children of the café's owners and staff. Artists include Edith DeWolfe (11),
Josiah DeWolfe (8), Ella Scaggs (10), Pearl Scaggs (5), Graham Scaggs (2),
Evelyn Paine (5), Lilia Paine (8), and Allison Corey (11). Stop in to enjoy
creations by some of Brattleboro's up-and-coming artists! The café
uses fresh, local and organic ingredients. Open Tues.-Sat. 11:30-8, till 8:30
for Gallery Walk.
15. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
A love for coffee is something all of the staff at the
Café and Roasting Shop share, but coffee is only one of their common
interests. Many also enjoy creating art, and the August exhibit in the Café
presents a variety of their work. Some have studied art in college, high school,
or other classes, while others are completely self-taught. Exhibitors include
Toma Cernea-Novac, oil painting and mixed media; Mackenzie Reilly,
mixed media, collage and painting; Bam Bamfort, mixed-media sculpture.
Stop by during the Walk—and all month—for a sip of Joe, locally baked
treats, and to enjoy the art.
16. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071,
This month's featured artist is Jillian Farwell.
"These small paintings are moments drawn from my journey through the last few years.
They bring me messages and hints about living. Where do they come from? I am always
surprised, and therefore, curious." 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.
Vermont Artisan Designs
17. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Featured in August are new paintings with a musical theme
by Ilene Richard, and new paintings by Diane Savino and Michael
MacTavish. Music by the Peter Farber Trio is featured from 6 to 8 pm
during a Gallery Walk reception. A portion of sales of featured art will go to
Rotary charities. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see work by over 300 artists
18. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
Featured artist William Dixon has assembled a
photographic exhibit focusing on the Berlin Wall: its history, victims,
and memorials. Begun in 1961 and torn down in 1989, the Wall was a dramatic
symbol of the Cold War of the mid-20th century when tensions between democracy
and communism were at their height. Its history illustrates the futility of this
approach to problem solving.... Check out the "clothesline" exhibit of children's
artwork from River Gallery School.... The café serves Rainforest Alliance
coffee and humanely raised meats, poultry, and dairy with no antibiotics or added
hormones—thoughtfully sourced, local when possible. Open daily 6 to 6,
till 8 for Gallery Walk.
WOW Frozen Yogurt
19. 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.
20. David Walter, Goldsmith & Platinumsmith
124 Main St., (802) 722-9620,
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.
Gallery in the Woods
21. Gallery in the Woods & Dante's
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
From 5:30 to 8:30 on Friday, August 5, enjoy a reception and
conversation with Brattleboro artist William Hays, who is presenting his latest
color linocut print, "After the Storm." The 100-copy complete edition of this 12-color
print took an entire month to produce using two carved linoleum blocks, a hand-operated
etching press, and oil-based inks. One of the blocks was used in seven stages of inking,
the second in five stages. Hays will also have on hand an illustration of the stages
from one color to the next along with the actual blocks used. The Moondogs perform
during Gallery Walk. Otherwise the gallery is open daily 11-5:30.
22. The Gallery at The Garden
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
Gallery Walk opening on August 5 from 5-8 pm for an exhibit of
paintings by Steve Lloyd. Color and composition play major roles in this group
of representational and abstract acrylics and watercolors. Lloyd is returning to
painting after a long focus on his architectural career. The luxury of time to paint
and the input from his fellow artists in the Brattleboro-West Arts collective have
encouraged him to explore new approaches. River Garden hours are otherwise Mon.-Fri.
9-5 and Sat. 11-4 except during special events.
23. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
Continuing on display are etchings, lithographs, and
photographs by Penelope Wurr, produced during her postgraduate year at Central
School of Art in London and inspired by her London photos in the early 1980s. Two
prints, "The Dance Center" and "Her Reflection," were exhibited in the Royal Academy
of Arts Summer Exhibition. "Ladies in Waiting" was a limited edition benefiting the
Business Arts Gallery scholarship. Also on display is Penelope's Fine Contemporary
Glass, as well as unique jewelry, an exceptional array of cards, summer clothing,
personal accessories, and furnishings for home and garden. Open Mon.-Sat. 10-6
(often late on Fri.), Sun. 11-6, and till 8:30 or later for the Walk.
Mitchell · Giddings
24. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Featured through August 14 is the exhibit Jon Gregg:
Evolving a Mark, with oil paintings on paper and canvas. Opening reception on
August 18 at 5 pm for Jackie Abrams: Elemental Vessels, an exhibit of new
mixed-media baskets and vessels, and Karen Kamenetzky: Hidden Agenda, a show
of hand-dyed silk-and-wool wall hangings. Artists' Talk on Saturday, September 17,
at 5 pm. Also please visit the MGFA Annex in the Brooks House Atrium for
rotating exhibits. The gallery features innovative works by mid-career and
established artists in a variety of mediums. Open Wed.-Sun. 11-5 and for Gallery
25. 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 · This month's meditation will be
led by members of Village Harmony, who will sing some songs and talk about
music and peacemaking. Village Harmony, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization based
in central Vermont with activities around the world welcoming singers of all colors,
creeds, ethnicities, nationalities, gender orientations, and socio-economic
Brooks Memorial Library
26. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
SECOND FLOOR—CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASES: Illustrator
Lyn Severance's picture books "Cow" and "Ice Cream: Including Great Moments in
Ice Cream History." Severance designed the Ben & Jerry's "look." ENTRYWAY CASE:
Kids' crafts, including LEGO-palooza! MEZZANINE–LOCAL HISTORY
ROOM WINDOWS: left–Abenaki artifacts collected locally;
right–Glass and ceramic 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.
27. Brattleboro History Center
196 Main St. (through side door of Masonic Center), (802)
Free admission: Open 2-7 for Gallery Walk, otherwise
Thurs.-Fri. 2-4, Sat. 11-3. Bill Holiday and Reggie Martell will be
available during Gallery Walk to discuss the BHS oral history project's
(Oral History of the Vietnam Era) chapter on the Packer Corners
community in Guilford, with selected video clips. Other exhibits include a
Prom Dres from 1913: floor-length, long sleeves, all white lace; along with
an early Folk Dress from the local Swedish Collection. View a sampling of
Colonel Yearbooks and "The Dial" literary magazines. Visit the BHS Research
Room at the Municipal Center (3rd fl, elevator) open Thurs. 2-4, Sat. 10-12, and by
28. Japanese Summer Festivals at Pliny Park
Cor. High & Main Sts., Info: (802)
5:30-7:30 pm during Gallery Walk on August 5: Asian
Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents its Tanabata-Obon Festival, an
annual Brattleboro event celebrating two Japanese traditions in a single evening.
Obon celebrates remembrance of loved ones and departed ancestors. The Tanabata star
festival—when two of the brightest stars, Vega and Altair, meet in the
sky—is for individuals and communities to make wishes for the future. The
public is invited to walk a lantern-lit path to the Table of Remembrance, and
also to participate in Origami Crane-making. Everyone and all ages
Shiatsu School of Vt
29. Shiatsu School of Vermont
24 High St., (802) 246-0877,
OPEN 5-8 ON AUGUST 5 for 20-minute Shiatsu Samplers: Nurture
your body, mind, and spirit with a 20-Minute Shiatsu Treatment by donation. Shiatsu
combines the nurture of a massage with the deep holistic balancing of acupuncture.
This therapy is traditionally performed over clothing, so come as you are!
30. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
Erin Jenkins presents a "phoenix" series of paintings
emerging from layers of previous works beneath. As we all grow from our experiences
and scars, to flounder or flourish, so too, these paintings rise from their pasts
below to build upon and become entirely new works. Also showing is a series of
sweetly illustrative small paintings, focusing on simplified shapes and play of color.
All are linked by the notion that light prevails over darkness, happiness overcomes
sorrow, and the experiences and trials you persevere through make you who you are. Hermit
Thrush is hosting a Pint Night during Gallery Walk on August 5. Open 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
The Silo Gallery hosts Vermont Artisan Designs of
Brattleboro, which is featuring paintings by several artists, including Vermont's
Woody Jackson, well-known for paintings of iconic
cows—www.vtart.com/gallery. Also on display are paintings of farm
animals by Caryn King of South Newfane—www.ckingpainting.com. Several colorful Vermont landscape
paintings by Georgie Runkle of Marlboro are also exhibited. DaVallia of
Chester is displaying works by Vermont artists showcased at the DaVallia Art
Boutique and their separate 39 North Gallery, both in
Chester—www.thedavallia.com. Information and showcase exhibits
are useful resources for visitors and residents alike. Open 7 am to 11 pm