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, MAY 6.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
The NEXT Gallery Walk will be on FRIDAY, JUNE 3.
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 German native Else
DeVoid, who wanted to create even when life was colorless and tense under the
Nazi regime; watercolors by gifted 11-year-old artist Alex Hrabchak;
flora, fauna, and New England 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, 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.
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 4-6:30 for Gallery Walk; otherwise open
year-round by calling 1-2 days in advance.... NEW EXHIBITION: Leonard Ragouzeos:
Paintings on Paper, through June 12. More information at
www.cxsilvergallery.com/leonard-ragouzeos.... Sue Brearey book
www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1074182.... ONGOING EXHIBITS: Rodrigo Nava
Infinity Forms—sculpture on lawn. Selections from the show and book: Nye
Ffarrabas: a walk on the inside—50-year retrospective.
Cai Xi's Wu Ji (Infinity Within) and In the Box series of abstract
performance painting using mops/brooms/trowels as brushes; luminous landscapes;
monumental portraits; and the multimedia Pink Slip
DIM SUM DINING evenings by appt. plus ALL DAY BUFFET ON SUNDAYS, MAY 8
& 29, 11-7—information at
3. 1868 Crosby House
175 Western Ave., (802) 257-7145,
Nancy Calicchio's plein air paintings seek to capture the
beauty of the Vermont landscape. Paintings of rivers and ponds, many familiar to local
residents, tend to dominate in this collection of 13 works. Stop by during Gallery Walk
from 5 to 8:30 on May 6, 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 Graduate Center
4. Marlboro College Graduate Center
28 Vernon St., (802) 258-9202, 1st Floor - GLASSROOM
Turkish artist Sevi Akarçay explores connection
in Merge, a series of meticulously constructed paper collages with drawn
elements. "Place, space, and time become encounters with possibilities of being." The
visually striking Story of the Snail Goddess invites viewers to construct their own
narratives. Selected pencil and scratchboard drawings pull us through
cloud/sea/landscapes and invite us to dream the possible. A bright collection of works
with U.S. artist and collaborator Jessmaya Morales explores the artists'
experiences of gratitude and home. For further information, see
www.sevistudio.com. Open for
Gallery Walk on May 6, 5:30 to 8:30, and Mon.-Fri. 9-4 through the end of May.
5. 7th Annual Diversity Day Fest
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St.,
(802) 989-1672 Maresa, firstname.lastname@example.org
5 to 7:30 during GALLERY WALK, May 6: The WSESU
Diversity Equity Committee and ARTstravaganza offer a student artwork display,
snacks, and activities at the BMAC lawn and galleries: 5:00 pm–Maypole, Music
& Family Activities; 5:40 pm–Oak Grove School Intergenerational Chorus;
6:10–Student Performances; 6:30 pm–Music Celebration with Todd Roach;
7:00 pm–Nomad vs. Settler & Bratt-Rock. For further information and to get
involved with 2016-17 Diversity programs, contact Maresa Nielson at the number and
6. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walk. Exhibits:
Contemporary Artists vs. The Masters: Homage, Battle, Reclamation—13
artists translate acknowledged masterpieces anew.... Wishing for the Moon / Karen
Gaudette—scratchboard drawings metaphorically reflect a journey to find
true love.... Visions from the Edge: An Exploration of Outsider Art by
individuals whose creative impulses emerge from experiences with autism and other
developmental disorders.... Are You Here? / Jon Gitelson's billboard photographs
ask travelers to consider the implications of being present.... flow-MOTION /
Michael Sacca deftly balances the clarity of documentary photography with
distinctive artistic expression. 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.
At the River
7. NECCA Circus Performances
On the grassy verge by the Connecticut River, opposite the
train station and Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery;
CIRCUS PERFORMANCES at 5:45, 6:30 & 7:15: The New
England Center for Circus Arts offers three short shows featuring advanced and
professional-level students. NECCA attracts high-level students—from the region
and from around the world—who amaze and entertain viewers as they swing from
trapezes and aerial fabrics hung on a portable aerial rig. This event is part of the
ARTstravaganza weekend sponsored by the Arts Council of Windham County—see
8. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St.,
Paintings by Margaret Shipman continue on display through
May. Margaret takes inspiration from the vibrant craziness of the natural world, the
dual nature of humanity, and the magic in everyday life. Letting the materials serve
as her guide, every painting is an opportunity to learn something new about combining
elements of color, texture, and pattern. Some of the flowers in this series are edible
and/or medicinal, and painting them is a way to learn about these properties and commit
them to memory. Some flowers are imaginary, and painting them ... is just plain fun!
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.
9. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Gallery spaces in May feature work from the Printmaking and
Encaustic classes, including drypoint, collagraph, relief, and mixed-media
monotypes as well as encaustics on board. River Gallery offers classes and workshops
covering a variety of printmaking techniques in its beautiful new street-level studio
on Main Street. For a full schedule of classes offered please stop by the school or
visit online.... GALLERY 34 features paintings by Lori Schreiner and sculpture
by Sue Friedelson.
10. Latchis Gallery & Main Theatre
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
A. LATCHIS GALLERY: Work by students at Marlboro
College and Brattleboro Union High School created using a variety of concepts,
mediums, and methodologies to respond to the topic of DIVERSITY, ranging from
issues of socioeconomic class, gender, and embodied experiences, to practicing not
expecting information. Marlboro students include Kaitlyn Sanders, Ariana Rodrigues,
Willa Decker-Lee, Ben Rybisk and Anna Loucka; BUHS students include Abby
Chapman, Francis Cornick and Alex Cohan. Open during movie showings and
otherwise by appt.
B. MAIN THEATRE: "Vibrational Stories," an exhibit of new work by Tom Jenks,
is featured in May. Through colorful geometries, fractal patterns, and symbolic
imagery, Tom's art portrays energetic landscapes, cosmic scenes, and vividly visionary
dreamtime realities. Open 5:30-6:30 during Gallery Walk, during movie showings, and by
Flat Street Brew Pub
11. Flat Street Brew Pub
6 Flat St., (802) 257-1911, www.flatstreetbrewpub.net
Aliana Bloch grew up 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. The Pub offers 20 handcrafted ales and lagers
on tap, and pub-style food. Open Tues.-Thurs. 4-11, Fri. & Sat. 4-12:30 last call,
closed Sun. & Mon.
12. Nicholas Cain Exhibit at Blue Moose Trading Co.
8 Flat St., (802) 246-2000
Work by Nicholas Cain continues on display in May. In
one word, this art shouts "movement!" and walks the viewer through a whimsical
wonderland of eye-catching composition with bold geometry and a vivid contrast of color.
Stop by Blue Moose during Gallery Walk on May 6 to find the next piece for your
collection of local art or talk with Nicholas about his work in person. For more
information, contact the artist by e-mail at email@example.com or call
In-Sight Photo Project
13. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
"The Tiny Gallery" is showing "Lost at In-Sight," a
collection of images made from negatives in the lost-and-found box at the studio,
abandoned by anonymous students over the years. Too good not to share, this collection
was curated for public display. Do you know who they belong to? Are they yours? ...
In-Sight is also exhibiting its Annual Student Exhibition at the Hooker-Dunham Gallery
(see Listing #25). In-Sight provides photography and cross-cultural programming to
youth regardless of their ability to pay. Call the office or visit online for more
14. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
The annual VCP Members Show is up through May 29. The
center's membership represents a wide variety of photographic backgrounds and
interests, and members hail from all corners of New England. Our featured member for
this exhibit is Bruce Hooke of Plainfield, Mass. More info online at
vcphoto.org. Gallery Walk opening
reception on Friday, May 6, 5:30 to 8:30, and otherwise open Fri.-Sat.-Sun. from 12
ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
15. ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
A local arts collective selling art, crafts, books, and
music, and home to the figurative furniture of Gayle Marie Weitz. Now
featuring one-of-a-kind, hand-formed jewelry by metalsmith Cara Meinke, who
uses high-quality metals and gemstones to craft original works of art that are
influenced by the beauty of the natural world and her career as a wildlife biologist.
Come meet Karen and see her carefully crafted jewelry in addition to the
always-changing inventory of crafts, home décor, clothing, cards, paintings, and
more! We continue to recruit new members. Open Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 11-5, until 8:30 for
Gallery Walk, and online.
16. Elliot St. Fish & Chips
50 Elliot St., (802) 451-9482, firstname.lastname@example.org,
FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More
Work in graphite, marker, pen, watercolor, gouache, and
acrylics by Nora Jones continues in May. "My art represents a collection
of personal relationships and experiences. A large portion of my portfolio consists
of self-portraits. Perhaps the largest part embodies my late partner, someone I
consider my greatest inspiration. In life, and in passing, he continues to be the
strongest drive for my creativity. The most important thing to me is for my viewers
to feel the emotional process from where my art is born." The café uses fresh,
local, and organic ingredients. Open Tues.-Sat. 11:30-8, till 8:30 for Gallery
17. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
New, old, and mix-media works by Heady Art are
featured. "All forms of creating are essential to the complexity of our physical and
spiritual organism; visual stimulation has always been my favorite way to experience
and express myself. The ability to concentrate physically while communicating with
non-physical influences, ideas, and feelings is what I live for in all of life's
interactions. My ultimate goal is to produce images that are fun, deep, and mysterious,
leaving people with a Heady reflection on what they've seen." Stop by during the Walk
and all month for a sip of Joe, locally baked treats, and a view of the art.
Vermont Artisan Designs
18. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071
Work by River Gallery School Printmakers is featured.
Enjoy the work of many artists in monotype, drypoint, and relief. River Gallery School
offers several printmaking classes in its new space at 36 Main Street, just below its
second-floor studios. Check out this array of beautiful work created in a beautiful
new space 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.
19. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
A retrospective of art by American Impressionist Paul Ortlip
is featured during May's Gallery Walk. Two of Ortlip's daughters, Carol and Michele,
have assembled a body of his work to celebrate what would have been his 90th birthday.
Gallery Walk reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Also slated for this month is the annual
Vermont Craft Council's Open Studio Weekend. Vermont Artisan Designs will serve
again as an information center for the tour during the Memorial Day holiday. A portion of
sales of work by the featured artist will go to Groundworks Collaborative. Visit
online or stop by 7 days to see works by more than 300 artists and craftspeople.
20. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
May's featured artist, Karena Ness, says the creation
of "environment" relies upon an imaginary realm of exploration. She explores the
reactive qualities of paint spilled, stamped, troweled, or hand-applied. Subtle
effects created by "paint being paint" spark and fascinate, leading her imagination
down its own path. She articulates suggestions of the natural world and allows birds to
land unintentionally within the layers, offering an identity within the abstract spaces
they inhabit... 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, till 8 for Gallery
WOW Frozen Yogurt
21. WOW Frozen Yogurt
122 Main St., (802) 579-1255
Paintings by Stan Ruszala of West Springfield, Mass.,
are featured through the end of May. 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.
22. 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.
HUICHOL YARN PAINTINGS
Gallery in the Woods
23. Gallery in the Woods & Dante's
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
May features abstract work by Edward A. Kingsbury and
Tribal Art from Mexico. Kingsbury's pen-and-ink forms, featured in the
Outsider Art Show in New York and Paris, arise from a finepoint filigree with a
zen-like sense of organic movement that is reminiscent of free jazz. Huichol Yarn
Paintings by shaman-artists from Nayarit, Mexico are "otherwordly visions,
triggered by the use of the sacred peyote cactus." Alebrijes are fantastical
animals, hand-carved and intricately painted by Zapotec artists of the Oaxaca Valley;
about 100 one-of-a-kind pieces, large and small, were selected during a recent
month-long curating trip. Gallery Walk reception, 5:30-8:30 on May 6, with the
Moondogs' original tunes.
24. The Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501 (down the alley and through the
glass doors), (802) 380-1607,
Featured through July 30 is fourth-generation artist Molly
Hatch, of Florence, Mass., who grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont and earned her
BFA from the Museum School in Boston in 2000. Entitled Passage, the exhibit was
designed with the Dianich gallery space in mind—a space distinctively suited to
sculptural floor pieces. Presenting new ceramic sculptures and drawings, the show was
inspired by both historic and contemporary textiles and patterning found in home
interiors, and it explores how patterns juxtapose. Artist's Reception during Gallery
Walk on May 6, 5:30-7:30 pm; hours otherwise by appointment.
Leila Young et al.
Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery
25. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery
139 Main St., down the alley and downstairs, In-Sight:
The In-Sight Photography Project is hosting its
Annual Student Exhibition & Sale at the Hooker-Dunham Gallery during May.
Work created in digital and analog photography classes, the writing and photography
class, Exposures Cross-Cultural Youth ?Arts Program, various collaborations with
In-Sight, and all submitted work from our programming in the past year is included in
the exhibition. Student prints, new In-Sight t?-shirts, and baked goods are being sold
to raise money for scholarships during a Gallery Walk reception on May 6, 5:30-8:30.
In-Sight provides photography and cross-cultural programming to youth regardless of
ability to pay. See related Listing #13.
26. "Our Bodies, Our Myths"
Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St., down
alley and downstairs
GALLERY WALK Performance on May 6, 7:30-9 pm: An evening
with Megan Buchanan, Grainne Buchanan, Verandah Porche, Jana Zeller & Diana
Whitney. Three poets, one musician, and a puppeteer create the mythic frame for
living in a body "throughout our badass sacred lives." Sugg. donation: $8-$15. This is
an ARTS AFTER DARK presentation of the ARTstravaganza weekend on May 6-8, highlighting
the multiplicity of arts and creative talent in Brattleboro and beyond. Proceeds go
towards supporting the work of the Arts Council of Windham County—details at
27. The Gallery at The Garden
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
FRONT GALLERY: Roots & Wings, a two-woman show by
Aida Avery and Siiri Lane. Aida is an artist, healer, and teacher
originally from Mexico; she describes her work as "soul journey paintings." Siiri has
an MFA from Bennington College and has lived in Brattleboro for 11 years; she is now
happily ready, willing, and able to share her art publicly. REAR GALLERY: Windham
Grows, a photographic exhibit by John Nopper and Jeff Lewis featuring
Windham County farms and food businesses. Open for Gallery Walk on May 6, 5:30 to 8:30,
and otherwise Mon.-Fri. 9-5, except during special events. ARTstravaganza performances
during Gallery Walk: 5:30 pm–Moon Dogs; 6 pm–New England Youth Theatre;
6:30 pm–Georgette Adjie & the Singo Dance Troupe (Cameroonian dance); 7
pm–El Amal Belly Dance Co.; 7:30-9 pm–The Celebration Brass Band &
Austin Design Inc.
28. Austin Design Inc.
167 Main St., Ste. 302, take front door stairs or side door
elevator, (802) 451-5966, www.austindesign.biz
GALLERY WALK OPEN HOUSE 5-8 pm: Austin Design (ADI)
believes that architecture is first and foremost about people and their experiences.
With a long-time presence in southern Vermont and western Massachusetts, ADI is now
officially joining Brattleboro's creative community. Stop by to chat with the staff,
peruse images of their work, and learn what it's all about. ADI offers expertise in
commercial, residential, institutional, and community projects.
29. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
"Stitch Art," a collection of antique supplemental
cross-stitch and embroidery patterns, designed to accompany the YOUNG LADIES JOURNAL
dating from the late 1800s, are on display through June. Enjoy a rare look at these
beautiful, intricate, and colorful designs. Also on display is Penelope's Fine
Contemporary Glass. If you're looking for a unique gift or card for Mother's Day, new
stock is arriving daily. Regular hours are Mon.-Sat. 10-ish to 6 or later, Sun. 11 to
6, till 8:30 or later for Gallery Walk. Closed Tues. till Memorial Day.
30. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Featured through May 29 is Color & Construct, Lauren
Pollaroís sublime mixed-media assemblages. Artist Talk: Sat., May 14, 5 pm. 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.
31. Key Bank Window
185 Main St., (802) 257-7747
A two-person show by Erica Grace Balcom and Martha
Dolan is featured in May. Erica studied fine art at Academy of Art College in San
Francisco. She has recently been painting in oils using a brushless technique to
produce vivid landscapes. Martha has brought her imagination and feelings to life
through art since childhood. Her art education includes summer classes at the Everson
Museum of Art in Syracuse, N.Y., classes with Maryanna Bock at her studio in Keene,
N.H., and classes at the River Gallery School in Brattleboro.
32. 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 · In "SOUNDING COMPASSION," Linda
Schneck demonstrates, with harp and voice, how sound can comfort, enliven, and heal
us. "In this pilgrimage of life, sound is not a completion but a doorway," says Schneck,
a harpist, composer, and educator from the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where she
maintains a practice in Music-Thanatology, a sub-specialty in palliative care. She is
also a gardener and beekeeper with 15 lively honeybee colonies offering much
inspiration for sounding meditations.
JOHN STEVEN GURNEY
Brooks Memorial Library
33. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
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. SECOND FLOOR—ENTRYWAY CASE: Kids' creations from
craft activities in the Children's Room, including LEGO-palooza!; CHILDREN'S BOOK
ILLUSTRATORS CASE: Local author/illustrator John Steven Gurney's first graphic
novel for young readers, "Fuzzy Baseball." 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.
34. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
Photography by Rose Bernhard is featured in May. "I
photograph what I am drawn to. The form, the face, the landscape, the ruin. I
photograph what I find beautiful and ... take every other quality away from it. I make
that beauty the subject of my photograph because it is easier than saying something
meaningful. Calling a photograph beautiful makes people stop and look even when perhaps
the image holds nothing of substance beyond the quality of beauty. Perhaps that is okay.
Perhaps beauty can stand on its own. Perhaps it cannot." 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 presents work by Gary Milek of Cider Hill
Gardens & Gallery in Windsor. Finely detailed egg tempera paintings depicting the
Vermont countryside, rich gold leaf and egg tempera landscapes, and watercolors
featuring botanically correct flowers and herbs characterize his work. Milek uses
15th-century techniques to recreate the New England landscape. Information and
showcase exhibits are useful resources for visitors and residents alike. Open 7 am to
11 pm daily.