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, JUNE 3.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
The NEXT Gallery Walk will be on FRIDAY, JULY 1.
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. 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 SUNDAY, JUNE 12,
dimsumvt.com/events; calling ahead recommended.
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
FIRE IRON PHOTO
Windhorse Naturopathic Clinic
4. Windhorse Naturopathic Clinic
63 Western Ave., (802) 246-4282,
OPEN 5:30-8:30 for Gallery Walk, June 3: Extreme
nature photography by Fire Iron Photo includes stunning shots of landscapes
and skyscapes taken during cross-country trips and city strolls, as well as
close-ups and intimate shots of flowers, among other subjects. Photographer Jesse
Eisenheim makes you feel present in these spaces. See more photos online at
Naturopathic Clinic is a specialty-care clinic dedicated to healing chronic illness.
Dr. Maiella and Dr. Eisenheim offer short telephone consults to address questions
about their naturopathic medical practice. Hours: Mon.-Tues.-Thurs.-Fri.
5. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walk. BOOK SALE during the
Walk on June 3, rain or shine! Greatly reduced prices on new and gently used art
books. 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.
6. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St.,
The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (SVDF) presents
Movement 2016: "Images from the 2nd Annual Festival," 17 photographic
highlights of the 2014 Festival by Diane Sharp, Ted Thomas, and Jeffrey Lewis.
Depicting the complete abandon that dance can offer, these images from around town
and photos from the stage feature local movers and teachers with guests from all over
the country. SVDF takes place this year during July 14-17 and hosts work by 25
artists in 22 venues throughout the month of July. 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.
7. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Gallery spaces in June feature the Annual Farm Show,
when the whole school enters into the fun of the Heifer Stroll and makes art based on
anything farm-related. Artists from tots to seniors create work from painting to
sculpture, from animals to vegetables, from tools to barns—it's all there! Come see
some great art and celebrate Vermont farms. Enrollment for summer classes and
workshops for all ages is now under way on the RGS website, as well as in person at
the school.... GALLERY 34 features paintings by Isabel Murphy.
8. Latchis Gallery & Main Theatre
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
A. LATCHIS GALLERY: No exhibit for now. Watch for work
related to dance for the Southern Vermont Dance Festival in July.
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
9. 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.
10. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
"The Tiny Gallery" is showing hosting a solo exhibition of
work by In-Sight student Sally Fletcher. Sally has taken many In-Sight classes
over the years and has been drawn toward black-and-white analog photography. Sally is
graduating from Brattleboro Union High School this month and will be attending The
New School in NYC in the fall. Gallery Walk reception from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. In-Sight
provides photography and cross-cultural programming to youth regardless of their
ability to pay. Call the office or visit online for more info.
11. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
Award-winning photographer Magdalena Solé is
known for sensitive expressions of culture through distinctive color artistry. Since
2011 she has been documenting the change that is gripping Cuba, a country mired in
the 1950s. "When I arrived in Cuba for the first time, I was transported to the time
and place of my childhood in Spain. It was so unexpected." Her photographs have
appeared in The Wall Street Journal, La Lettura, Leica Fotografie International,
South x Southeast, and on abcNews, among many others. Her exhibit "Cuba Hasta
Siempre" runs June 3-26. Gallery Walk opening reception on Friday, June 3,
5:30-8:30; otherwise open Fri.-Sat.-Sun. from 12 to 5. More info online.
ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
12. 118 Elliot Street
A downtown arts and education venue, www.118Elliot.com,
Open at 5 pm for Gallery Walk on June 3: Visiting
artists Tara and David Gladden's residency culminates with SIGHTSite/HEARHere
#2: Mountain Echoes, River Voices, an exciting multi-media installation and
performance taking viewers on a kaleidoscopic, cinematic journey, reflecting on human
relationships, nature, perception, time, place, and memory in Brattleboro.
Performances at 7 and 8:30 pm—FREE.
13. ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
Featuring original oil pastels by Karen Sorenson, a
schizophrenic painter and printmaker who considers her disability an essential facet
of her personality and the work she creates. Each piece is carefully designed for its
frame—the more powerful the image, the fancier the frame. Come meet Karen (the
one wearing handmade papier-mâché stag-horns and mask) and see her
intriguing works. Also enjoy the YARN BOMBING on the tree outside (courtesy of
HandKnits) in addition to the always-changing inventory of this arts collective: art,
crafts, books, and music by local folks, and home to the figurative furniture of
Gayle Marie Weitz. Open Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 11-5, until 8:30 for Gallery Walk, and
TEAM (aka KEENE CARSE)
Elliot St. Fish & Chips
14. Elliot St. Fish & Chips
50 Elliot St., (802) 451-9482, email@example.com,
FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More
Work is featured by Brattleboro resident Team (aka Keene
Carse), who grew up in Greenwich Village, found the graffiti movement of the '70s
and '80s a creative outlet, and majored in writing and digital arts at NYU. He
currently works on art design and graffiti canvases and serves as art manager/curator
for several large street art/mural projects. Bard College hosted a one-man show, and
he participated in Graffiti L'amour, a Paris exhibit by 50 international artists. He
has designed graphics and art for the Beastie Boys, Ali G., Urban Blight, Upper
Playground, and others. The café uses fresh, local, and organic ingredients.
Open Tues.-Sat. 11:30-8, till 8:30 for Gallery Walk.
15. Brink Gallery at Brattleboro Printmakers
20 Elliot St., (603) 313-7569 Leigh, go through gate &
Featured in June is the print work of A M Weather, who
explores excess, violence, anthropocentrism, ageism, and many other societal
ramifications that impact life on this planet. Prints are featured on t-shirts,
patches, and paper. Clothing lines by A M Weather include Old Lady Wear, Looming, and
Vacation Sex. Gallery Hours are Fri. 5-8, Sat. & Sun. 11-4, and by appointment.
16. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
Early photographic images by Galen Robinson demonstrate
a fascination with different aspects and styles of photography and the meanings behind
them: "Two nude images are from a recent project addressing gender and gender roles in
society. Through manipulation of color and light, my goal was to get the viewer to
think about issues not often openly discussed. Many other images are more personal,
such as landscapes addressing my attachment to nature, gained by growing up in rural
Vermont." Stop by during the Walk and all month for a sip of Joe, locally baked treats,
and a view of Galen's work.
17. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071
Photography by Elizabeth Ungerleider is featured.
"Living in small-town New England, I find myself often traveling the same few roads
to the same few places. When challenged several years ago to try to see something
new every day, I began to notice all kinds of things—from ornamental building
details on Main Street, to trees reflected in street puddles—and started
taking photos, mostly with my iPhone." She has posted a "Pic of the Day" on Facebook
as a sort of visual diary for over five years. 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
18. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Featured in June are new oil paintings by Charlie
Hunter, new pastels by Marlene Rye, and new acrylic paintings by Carol
Keiser. New work is coming in regularly, and visitors will find much to enjoy. A
reception for the artists is set for Friday, June 3, from 6 to 7:30 during the Street
Festival kickoff for Brattleboro's Strolling of the Heifers weekend. A portion of
sales of work by featured artists will go to Groundworks Collaborative. Visit
online or stop by 7 days to see works by more than 300 artists and
19. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
Featured artist John Nopper is exhibiting new
photographs that capture local people in their most familiar settings. These images
are printed digitally using a Vermont-based process called Piezography.... 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 Walk.
WOW Frozen Yogurt
20. WOW Frozen Yogurt
122 Main St., (802) 579-1255
Paintings by Stan Ruszala of West Springfield, Mass.,
continue through June. 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.
21. 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
22. Gallery in the Woods & Dante's
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
Featured in June are continuing exhibits of abstract work by
Edward A. Kingsbury and Tribal Art from Mexico. Zany prints by Dug
Nap are also featured, and the artist will be signing his work during Gallery
Walk on June 3. 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.
Reception for the artist, 5:30-8:30 on June 3, with music by the
23. 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. Open during Gallery
Walk on June 3, 5:30-7:30 pm; hours otherwise by appointment.
The Gallery at The Garden
24. The Gallery at The Garden
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
In conjunction with Strolling of the Heifers weekend, the
Gallery at the Garden presents "The New England Collection," an exhibit of
30 works of art by Maureen Mansfield focusing on environment, peacefulness,
and sustainability in New England. The River Garden is open during Gallery Walk on
Friday, June 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 as part of the Stroll's Friday Night Street
Festival. The Gallery's normal hours are Mon.-Fri. 9-5 and will be expanded to include
Sat. 11-4 starting June 11, except during special events at the River Garden.
25. 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 Graduation or a
witty British Father's Day, we are your stop! New summer stock is arriving daily.
Regular hours are Mon.-Sat. 10-ish to 6 or later, Sun. 11 to 6, and till 8:30 or
later for Gallery Walk.
Mitchell · Giddings
26. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Featured artist Donald Saaf is showing new paintings,
paper collages, and gourd art through July 10. Artist Talk: Sat., June 18, at 5
pm. The gallery features innovative works by mid-career and established artists
in a variety of media. Open Wed.-Sun. 11-5 and for Gallery Walk.... The public is
invited from 6 to 8 pm on Sat., June 4, at the Brooks House Atrium to celebrate the
opening of the Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts Annex, where exhibits by
invited artists will be rotated approximately every three months.
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 · For this month's meditation Nancy
Middleton leads participants in Reflections on the poem "Traveler" by David Whyte
and consideration of the possibility that one's life is the ultimate pilgrimage. Nancy
is a retired business administrator, former General Secretary of Philadelphia Yearly
Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), and a traveling minister for
Friends General Conference. She has resided in Grafton, Vt. for twenty years and is a
member of Putney Friends Meeting.
Brooks Memorial Library
28. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
SECOND FLOOR–CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASE: Waitsfield, VT,
author/illustrator Sarah Dillardís new book, "Mouse Scouts," a chapter book
with illustrations; ENTRYWAY CASE: Kids' creations from craft activities in the
Children's Room, 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. 10-5.
29. 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. Featured on June 3 is a local young woman's Prom
Dress from 1913: floor-length, long sleeves, all white lace; along with an early
Folk Dress from our local Swedish Collection. View a sampling of Colonel
Yearbooks and "The Dial" literary magazines. Share memories of those good
times! Research Room at Municipal Center (3rd fl, elevator) open Thurs. 2-4,
Sat. 10-12, and by appointment.
Shiatsu School of Vt
30. Shiatsu School of Vermont
24 High St., (802) 246-0877,
Open 5-8 pm for Gallery Walk on June 3: Experience the
Art of Zen Shiatsu! Enjoy 20-Minute Shiatsu Treatments by donation, and
creative displays of the body's meridians. Shiatsu is similar to acupuncture
but is achieved through the use of healing touch instead of needles. Meet our teachers
and students, and learn firsthand about this traditional Asian healing art!
31. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
Caitlin Stearns, Nora Joan and Aliana Tiberius Bloc
are all local artists who share a love of portraits. They had the idea to do a
combined show because their work is similar in subject matter and yet very different
in style. All three artists use a combination of graphite, marker, pen, and paint to
create beautiful drawings of people they love. Hermit Thrush is hosting a Pint
Night during Gallery Walk on June 3. Open Mon.-Thurs. 3-8, Fri.-Sat. 12-9, Sun.
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 Caryn King of
Newfane, who is showing original paintings of Vermont wildlife and barnyard
animals. These whimsical animals come to life in the barn-like ambience of the
Welcome Center. Caryn shares, "I love the process of painting, the textures and
effects the paint creates, and I love animals!" For more info, see Caryn's
www.ckingpainting.com. Information and showcase exhibits are useful resources
for visitors and residents alike. Open 7 am to 11 pm daily.