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, APRIL 7.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
The next Gallery Walk will be on Friday, May 5.
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,
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 4-6 pm GALLERY WALK; otherwise open
year-round by calling ahead.... Alyssa Hinton: Earth Consciousness
and Cultural Revelations—exhibition info:
cxsilvergallery.com/alyssa-hinton; book: magcloud.com/browse/issue/1254092. Ongoing exhibits:
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 eves.
calling 1-2 days in advance recommended, (802) 257-7898. Asian Cultural Center of Vermont
(ACCVT) presents a Festival of Japanese Dolls on Sun., April 9, 12-2 pm at the
gallery—http://accvt.org or (802)
257-7898 for more information.
3. 1868 Crosby House
175 Western Ave., (802) 257-7145,
Vermont artist Amber Bessette's whimsical paintings of animals
on her family homestead will be featured through the end of April. Stop by on Gallery Walk,
April 7, from 5 to 8:30, and later on during the transition from winter to spring to see
Amber's work, enjoy refreshments, and tour this 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
& Art Center
4. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walk. LIVE MUSIC, 6-7 pm:
Brattleboro Music Center's Celtic Youth performers. New exhibits include DRAWN
HOME: Paul Shore—Drawings include every object in his home.... GHOST MESA:
Claire Van Vliet—Lithographs present the palpable power and presence of
giant rock formations.... SERIOUSLY FUNNY: Ed Koren's New Yorker cartoons are
known for intellectual pretentions, neglect of tonsorial responsibilities, and
obliviousness to the weather.... LUMINOUS MUQARNA: Soo Sunny Park's immersive
installation inspired by Islamic architecture.... GLASSTASTIC—Kids' creature
drawings turned into glass sculptures.... APPEARANCES & REALITY: Mary Welsh
collages explore house and home in life, memory, imagination, and fancy. Open daily 11-5,
closed Tues. Admission: $8-$6-$4, free: members and under 18. Free Thurs. after 2.
WYATT R. KAIL
5. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St.,
Paintings by Wyatt R. Kail are featured in April: "I am
inspired by the distinctions and similarities between micro and macro. This can be seen
through motifs such as geometry, microscopic organisms, deep sea life, outer space, and
other forms and patterns found in nature. Through my work I strive to create a sense of
mystery and exploration to reconnect us all to the deep strangeness of life that we can
so easily forget in our daily routines." 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.
6. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Gallery spaces feature work by Printmaking and Encaustic
classes from the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters. Encaustic, monotype, relief,
collograph, and drypoint are among the mediums represented. Visit RGS online for class
and workshop offerings.... On exhibit at street level in Gallery 34 are works
created by students at the Westminster West and Westminster Center Schools with
teacher Janelle Beard.
"THE LATCHIS LEGACY"
7. Latchis Gallery
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
NOTE: The gallery is taking a break between exhibits during
April.... Special event on Sat., April 22, 4 pm: "The Latchis Legacy," a Documentary
and Talk by film and theater historian Jonathan Boschen about Brattleboro's Latchis
Theatre and its sister theaters in Keene, Claremont, Milford, and Newport,
N.H.—an interesting look at the Latchis family, their theaters, and their place
in theater history. To be held in Theatre 1. Admission $7.50 at the door. More info at
8. Windham Movement Apparel
5 Arch St., below 41 Main, (802) 246-1223, visit on Facebook,
Jeffrey Lewis has been photographing people and places for
the last five years, with an increasing focus on people at work or in performance. He has
had the pleasure of photographing both the local circus school and a regional dance
festival. Currently in rotation are images of dancers in both rehearsal and performance.
Windham Movement Apparel supplies the movement arts community with quality products in
an environment that encourages fellowship between participants and increases awareness
of the benefits of movement. Open Tues./Wed./Thurs. 3-8, Fri./Sat. 10-6, and till 8:30
for Gallery Walk.
Vt Ctr for Photography
9. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
In April the Tiny Gallery features the series "Cosmos" by
photographer Marcus DeSieno. "This body of work probes the immense scale of
the universe as the microscopic and macrocosmic coalesce into an art object. Invisible
microscopic bacteria are grown onto photographic film of appropriated images from the
far reaches of outer space. The bacteria are swabbed from locations both ubiquitous and
exotic, as I try to find a variety of microscopic life from the most unlikely places."
DeSieno is currently teaching photography at Marlboro College and is a former volunteer
of the In-Sight Photography Project. In-Sight Photography Project empowers youth
through photography, regardless of ability to pay. For more information, call or visit
10. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
Featured through April 30 is "Wild & Precious" by
photographer Jesse Burke. These images of treasures from the natural world were
gathered on road trips taken over a span of five years by Burke and his daughter
Clover. To encourage a connection between his child and nature, Burke used these
adventures to give her an education that he considers essential: one that develops
appreciation, respect, conservation, and self-confidence. Burke is a faculty member at
the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. His work has been exhibited in
galleries and museums in the U.S. and abroad. Visit online for further information.
Opening reception 5:30-8:30 during Gallery Walk on April 7; otherwise open
Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 12 to 5.
Restless Rooster Café
11. Restless Rooster Café & Coffee Bar
134 Elliot St., (802) 258-2565, www.restlessroostercafe.com
Springtime is for caterpillars! Celebrate rebirth with Irshad
Mustafa's dramatic photos of beautiful specimens from The Caterpillar Lab. New
season, new life. Change is only the beginning.... Stop by to see the art during regular
café hours: Open daily 7-2, serving Breakfast & Brunch till 1 weekdays, 2
12. Gallery at 118 Elliot
118 Elliot St., (802) 257-2757 Lisa
Featured through April 27 is "Drawing from the Visible World,"
works on paper, paintings, and sculptures by Jason Alden, Paul Bowen, and
Myles Danaher. Each artist has an intimate connection to the things he sees,
recalls, and imagines with care and refined attention. All three encourage the viewer to
see everyday objects and surroundings from a fresh perspective, whether the flattened
plane of a table in Alden's paintings, the diamond-shaped holes in a bridge in Bowen's
drawings, or the late afternoon sky framed by the dark forms of trees in Danaher's work.
Opening reception during Gallery Walk on Friday, April 7, 6-8 pm. Gallery hours otherwise:
Thurs.-Sat. 2-6 pm and by appt.
13. ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
Now featuring the authors in WRITE ACTION—a local
community-based, grass-roots writer's organization, and a member in the arts collective
at ArtRageUs1. From 6:30 to 7:30 during Gallery Walk on April 7, members will read,
sign, and sell their books—meet the authors, check out their books, and
purchase WA paraphernalia (t-shirts, mugs, tote bags). ArtRageUs1 is an arts
collective selling handmade items by local artisans, interesting books by local
authors, and intriguing music by local musicians; and is home to the contemporary folk
art furniture of local artist Gayle Marie Weitz. Open Fri./Sat./Sun. 11-5 and
8th Grade Artists
THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Mocha Joe's Café
14. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
"Natural Integrations" by 8th grade artists at The Grammar
School in Putney are featured. Art teacher Scott Moore asked his students to look
at the work of Andy Goldsworthy before spending three classroom sessions in the woods
and surrounding fields creating sculptures only with materials available in the
environment. These sculptures were then integrated into the landscape near where they
were found. The project emphasized play and improvised ideas that were site-specific.
Participants also considered the ephemeral nature of their sculptures and spent time
editing photographs of their work that now serve as the final pieces. Stop in 7 days to
enjoy Mocha Joe's freshly roasted coffee, a seasonal drink, and freshly baked pastries.
Open Mon.-Thurs. 7-8, Fri. 7-9, Sat. 7:30-9, Sun. 7:30-8.
15. Ruggles & Hunt: Purveyors of Staple &
79 Main St., (802) 579-1900,
"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 goods: Jewelry by Rebecca Rose, Laura Zindel
Ceramics, Kitchen Boards by JK Adams, Beeswax Candles by Charles Andros, Clothing by
Ibex & Fat Hat, Earrings by Baked Beads. Open daily 11-5:30, Sun. 12-5, and until
8 pm for Gallery Walk.
Turn It Up!
16. 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.
17. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071,
"Another World," an exhibit of poetry and art by students at
The Poetry Studio in Marlboro, is featured. Founder Ann Gengarelly believes the unique
language of poetry creates bridges between inner landscapes and the world outside.
Program participants of all ages work toward a profound understanding of their own
nature. Their unfettered imagination is also represented in drawings and presentations
of the poems. During summer workshops, Tony Gengarelly, professor emeritus of Art
History, facilitates this confluence of illustration, design, and poetic expression.
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.
Photo Sale for NECCA
Vermont Artisan Designs
18. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Featured in April is circus photography by Jeffrey Lewis
in a benefit show and sale for the New England Center for Circus Arts. All proceeds
from sales of this work will go to the NECCA building fund. Also on tap in the
gallery for April are new paintings by Irma Cerese and William E. Roberts
Jr.; a portion of sales of these featured paintings will also benefit NECCA. Opening
reception for the NECCA exhibit and sale from 5 to 7 pm during Gallery Walk; the
fundraiser runs through May 6Visit online or stop by 7 days to see work by over 300
artists and craftspeople.
19. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
Work by painter/poet Robert MacRae is featured through
April. A few self-published "story-poems" have been custom-framed with illustrations in
gouache and ink on paper. His bohemian work emphasizes color and texture. Writing since
his youth, he began painting two years ago. Some of his work has traveled to eight
venues this past year in the "Wonderland Forever" exhibit by four artists, currently
showing through March at Maia Papaya in Bethlehem, N.H. The café serves Rainforest
Alliance coffee and humanely raised meats, poultry, and dairy with no antibiotics or added
hormones—thoughtfully sourced, local when possible. Eat in or take out breakfast,
lunch, or an early dinner. Open 6 to 8 daily.
WOW Frozen Yogurt
20. 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.
Gallery in the Woods
21. Gallery in the Woods & Dante's
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
The Winter Show includes paintings by Richard Heller and
furniture by Dante Corsano. Recent paintings by Brattleboro artist-educator
Richard Heller are featured downstairs through April. He has been exploring two themes:
"an interest in pattern and why we are wired ... to be attracted to it, and a way to
make paintings that are improvisational and carry the immediacy of the creative process."
In Gallery 2, two new tables by Dante Corsano feature purpleheart and inlay detail; music
is only his second artform! Open daily 11-5:30.
22. The Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501, (802) 380-1607, down the alley and
through the glass doors,
www.catherinedianichgallery.com, Brigade info: email@example.com
5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7: Reception for Gib Taylor:
Paintings from the '80s and '90s, an exhibit continuing through April 28. The late
painter's works explore the context and planes of color. Gilbert Taylor (1929-2006)
grew up in Deer Isle, Maine, and went on to attend Harvard University, the Arts Students
League, and the American Art School in New York City. The show features large oils on
canvas as well as watercolors, many painted in the artist's Westminster West, Vt. studio.
Taylor is well known not only for his artwork but also for his nearly thirty-year tenure
on the visual arts faculty at Marlboro College. The gallery is otherwise open by
23. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery
139 Main St., enter the glass doors down alley and head
"Passages," recent works by Collin Leech and Helen
Schmidt, are showing April 7-29. Helen's sculptures examine female identity;
exploring archetypes of Maiden, Mother, and Crone led her to creating a more
multifaceted definition of life stages. Also a painter and printmaker, Helen has taught
at a number of area schools. As Collin layered paint, drawn marks, and collage without
a clear intention, passages eventually emerged to lead her in the direction that each of
these "feelings" paintings wanted. Both artists teach at River Gallery School and other
programs in the area. Opening Reception during Gallery Walk, 6 to 8:30 pm. Otherwise
open afternoons or by appointment—call (802) 258-7055.
24. The Gallery at The Garden
Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
Work by the community's youngest artists is featured in April,
when early childhood educators present their students' creations in the 13th Annual
Young Children's Art Exhibit. Join families across the country during this Month of
the Young Child in recognizing the people, programs, and policies that build better
futures for all children—more info at Buildingbrightfutures.org.... Stop in during Gallery Walk on April
7 to enjoy the art show and for Youth Services' annual Summer Camp Fair, featuring
camp information and sign-ups, as well as activities for
kids—youthservicesinc.org.... Open Mon.-Sat. 9-5 except for special
25. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
On display in the Upstairs Gallery is work by British ceramic
artist Virginia Graham, an eclectic amalgamation of nostalgic form and imagery,
transforming the ordinary past by drawing on a wide range of English/British domestic
traditions. Using slip-casting and hand-building techniques, Virginia has created colorful
and whimsical ceramic vessels in her own enchanting signature style.... New Spring
arrivals in the shop include linen shirts, silk scarves, cards, and Easter gifts
galore! Also on display is Penelope's Fine Contemporary Glass.... and don't forget
the British Food! Spring Hours: Mon.-Sun. 11-6, closed Tues.; open till 8:30 for other
26. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Continuing through April 30 is David Rohn Watercolors
1974-2016, a special gallery-wide retrospective of Rohn's work, featuring still
lifes and landscapes. Rohn's compositions offer unexpected appreciation and analysis of
the common object. Exhibit Closing Party on Sunday, April 30, from 4 to 6 pm.
Regular gallery hours: Wed.-Mon. 11-5.... Visit the MGFA Annex in the Brooks House
Atrium, 132 Main St., for selected work by prominent and emerging artists.
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 · All are welcome during Gallery
Walk on Friday, April 7, for this month's Moment for Peace. John Ungerleider,
just back from working with Israeli and Palestinian youth, will talk about that training
program and share related music and activities. Dr. Ungerleider is a Professor of
Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation at the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro.
He founded SIT's Youth Peacebuilding and Leadership Programs for teens from communities
in conflict around the world, which have served over 10,000 young people since 1990.
28. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
SECOND FLOOR—CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASES: Vermont
author-illustrator Charles W. Norris-Brown's "Did Tiger Take the Rain?"; ENTRYWAY CASE,
beginning April 20: Kid's LEGO creations made at LEGO-palooza. 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.
29. Brattleboro History Center
196 Main St. (through side door of Masonic enter), (802) 258-4957,
FREE ADMISSION: Open 2-7 for Gallery Walk, otherwise Fri.
2-4, Sat. 12-3, and by appointment. Enjoy a slideshow about the former Island Park from
4:30 to 7 on April 7. 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 1950-51—
https://www.flickr.com/photos/42902043@N06/sets/72157671781336121/—taken by the
former Lewis R. Brown studio; originals are 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 appt.
30. Baskets Bookstore
48 Harmony Pl., (802) 258-4980, firstname.lastname@example.org
Painter Maureen Mansfield's "New England Collection"
continues on exhibit. A Brattleboro resident for the past thirty years, Maureen focuses
on environment, peacefulness, and sustainability. "Artwork is how I escape from the
pressures of life.... I would be lost if I didn't have art in my soul," she says. Come
visit Baskets for local artwork and a good book. Baskets offers used paperbacks in many
popular genres and a limited selection of hardcovers; open 10 to 4 daily and till 8 on
Gallery Walk first Fridays.
31. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
Four young female micro-producers are showcasing their
pottery, illustrations, and cotton clothing. Savor a sour beer, peruse the wares,
speak to these emerging artists, and learn about the intentional community these women
are undertaking to make. Pints of beer for Hermit Thrush Pint Night will be
available 5 pm-late on April 7. Open Mon.-Thurs. 3-8, Fri.-Sat. 12-9, Sun. 12-6.
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
I-92 Welcome Center
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1
The Silo Gallery hosts work by Rodrica Tilley, who explains:
"Weather, plants, light; landscape painting has been the primary focus of my art for over
four decades. I find beauty, peace, and energy in the rural area where I live. Much of my
garden and landscape work is completed out of doors—usually in one sitting a few
hours long—en plein air." More information is online at
Information and showcase exhibits are useful resources for visitors and residents alike.
Open 7 am to 11 pm daily.