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, SEPTEMBER 2.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
The NEXT Gallery Walk will be on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7.
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.... Two Cai Xi
exhibitions: Paintings from the 1991-94 Edge Series open through September 18 at the
gallery and Retrospective 1980-2015 at Putney School Currier Center—Putney
reception on Sat., Sept. 24, 4:30-6 pm. More information at
caixiart.com.... New gallery
exhibition: Brian Cohen: The Emblem - archetypal etchings, Sept. 22-Oct. 23;
reception Sun., Sept. 25, 1-2 pm. 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.
Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents Brattleboro's 17th Annual Autumn
Moon Festival of Vietnam, Korea, and China atop Memorial Park under the Kiwanis
Pavilion, 6:30-8 pm, Thurs., Sept. 15. Info: accvt.org. All ages welcome.
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) 258-9202 Frederic, 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. The exhibit continues
through September with gallery hours of Mon.-Fri. 12-1 and 4-5.
5. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walk on Sept. 2. Opening
celebration for House/Home, A Work in Progress: John Willis's photographs of
houses in Native American communities shine a harsh light on income equality. Outside
performances by students/faculty of New England Center for Circus Arts ...
Other exhibits include Up in Arms: Taking Stock of Guns, exploring guns'
influence on society ... 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,
River Gallery School hosts its annual Faculty Show
this month, with members of the staff and Board of Directors invited to show as
well. Recent work by the artists who teach classes and workshops at the school
allows prospective students to get a feel for each teacher's style.... GALLERY
34 is showing prints by Brenda Doucette.... An "Upcoming This Fall"
exhibit in the 36 Main Street Gallery next door highlights offerings on the new
schedule, and a preview of some of the many great items to be auctioned at the
school's 40th Birthday Bash on September 17.
8. Latchis Gallery
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
Featured in September is a Green Economy Exhibit. The
Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. and Southeast Vermont Economic Development
Strategy have teamed up with the organizers of the inaugural Tiny House Fest
Vermont to present an exhibit and video about the Green Economy Innovation Hub,
part of BDCC and SEVEDS' work to develop an exciting vision for sustainable economic
growth and community resil 9ience to climate change. Visit
brattleborodevelopment.com/greeneconomy. Tickets and information about the Sept.
4 Tiny House Fest Vermont in Brattleboro will be available during Gallery Walk.
9. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
Cyanotype Quilts made during the Exposures Cross-Cultural
Youth Arts summer program are on display. These quilts, made of cyanotype images
and contact prints created by Exposures participants, serve as a visual archive of
each year of the program. Also on display is a traditional Lakota Star quilt to be
raffled off in support of the Exposures Program. For more information on In-Sight
or Exposures, visit www.insight-photography.org or
The In-Sight Photography Project empowers youth through photography, regardless of
ability to pay.
Vermont Center for Photography
10. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
Showing through October 2 is "Unburdened Beauty: A Decade
of Nude Portraits" by award-winning filmmaker and photographer Gary Samson
of Concord, NH. Samson's work is in many private and public collections including the
Currier Museum of Art, the National Archives, and the University of New Hampshire. He
is currently chair of the photography department at N.H. Institute of Art, where he has
taught for 35 years. "While I am setting up my camera," shares Samson, "I try to draw
the subject out in conversation, and the ensuing dialogue will shape my portrayal of
the individual." Opening during Gallery Walk, September 2, 5:30-8:30; otherwise hours
are Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 12-5. More information online.
11. Restless Rooster Café & Coffee
134 Elliot St., (802) 258-2565, www.restlessroostercafe.com
CLOSED DURING GALLERY WALK ON SEPTEMBER 2: Work by photographer
Irshad Mustafa is featured this month. "New York City and Brattleboro: My old
home and my new one. These photos are meant to show a contrast between the urban and
the natural, and to challenge expectations of both." Open every day 7 to 2, serving a
full Coffee Bar and Breakfast all day and Lunch on Mon.-Fri. 11-2.
ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
12. ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
Carlene Raper, a professional quilt-maker and fabric
artist for over thirty-five years, is September's featured artist. For Carlene it's
all about color—dying her own fabric with wild abandon and irreproducible
results, and then using that fabric to make abstract quilts, wall hangings, pillows,
and silk scarves. Her newest endeavor is puzzle designer, producing heirloom-quality
wooden jigsaw puzzles of her quilt designs. Meet Carlene and hear about the techniques
she uses to produce her designs. ArtRageUs1 is an arts collective selling art,
crafts, books, and music created by local folks. Open Fri./Sat./Sun. from 11 to 5,
and online. Applications for membership are available in the shop and at the
13. Elliot St. Fish & Chips
50 Elliot St., (802) 451-9482, email@example.com,
FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More
Featured artist Ben Shreefter was born and raised in
New York City and now lives in Brattleboro. He holds a BFA in Illustration from the
School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and is an X-ray technician by trade. An avid
doodler for as far back as he can remember, he finds it nearly impossible to keep from
doodling in meetings or in a classroom. The doodles in this first public exhibit of
Ben's work were done on the job while he was employed as a Mental Health Worker at the
Brattleboro Retreat. The café uses fresh, local and organic ingredients. Open
Tues.-Sat. 11:30-8, till 8:30 for Gallery Walk.
MEXICAN TREE OF LIFE
14. MILK Schools: Your Language School
14 Elliot St., 2nd fl., (802) 380-9696, www.milkschools.com
See a traditional Tree of Life clay sculpture from the
village of Metepec, Mexico. "Los árboles de la vida" were introduced by Spanish
Franciscans during 16th-century colonization of the Americas. In an effort to
evangelize the native Mexicans, these original Trees of Life were first inspired
by biblical themes. Today, however, artists add other themes to these elaborate
sculptures. For its autumn showcase, MILK Schools is exhibiting artisan creations
brought from Mexico. The school offers language courses, tutoring, and
15. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
September's featured artist is Nicholas Cain, who
"rediscovers line" with his story of the White Rhino. Grab a cup of Joe and follow
the lines through the café to catch a glimpse of the rare white rhino. Nick
will be on hand during the Walk on September 2 to talk about his love for endangered
animals. Stop by anytime for a sip of Java, locally baked treats, and a look at this
16. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071,
Continuing in September is work by featured artist 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 evenings, and Sun. 9-5.
Vermont Artisan Designs
17. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Featured in September are new representational oils by Jim
Ebersole and abstract oil and mixed-media works by Dominique Boutaud. The
opening reception from 6 to 8 on Friday, Sept. 2, includes music by the Inka Dinka
Doo trio. A portion of sales of featured art this month and next month during
American Craft Week will go to the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+), which
is currently helping flood victims in the South. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see
work by over 300 artists and craftspeople.
18. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
Featured artist Nancy Calicchio is showing Vermont
landscapes of and paintings of the Italian hillsides of Umbria inspired by her recent
residency at Monte Castello di Vibio. "Both landscapes are exciting to paint, and I am
intrigued by the differences. In Umbria intense cultivation reveals more of the
underlying geology and suggests more variation in color than in the forested, green
hills of Vermont.".... 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,
September's featured exhibit is Karen Gaudette: Wishing
for the Moon. Gaudette's exploration of archetypal and mystical imagery is
perfectly mated to scratchboard technique. The medium invites fineline drawing with
the feel of vintage black-and-white illustration. The artist has actualized the dream
realm with precision, rendering fantasy with a modern psychological twist. Showing
through Oct. 31. Opening Reception during Gallery Walk on Friday, Sept. 2, 5:30-8:30
pm. Otherwise the gallery is open daily 11-5:30.
22. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery
139 Main St., down alley and downstairs, In-Sight:
(802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
Photographs by students of the In-Sight Photography
Project's summer semester are featured in September. Work from weekly classes and
week-long intensives, such as Digital Photography, Analog Photography, Documentary
Photography, and Miss-Representation is on view. Select images in the show are for
sale. For more information visit In-Sight online at the link above.
RIVER OF WORDS
The Gallery at The Garden
23. The Gallery at The Garden
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
Opening celebration during Gallery Walk, 5:30-8:30 on Sept. 2,
for The Power of Water, The Power of Words—1,000 stories to make a better
Connecticut River. The Connecticut River Watershed Council and Art for Water are
building a massive and inspiring public-participation art installation that will
influence how five hydropower projects affecting 200 miles of the Connecticut River
will operate for the next 40 to 50 years. Everyone of all ages is welcome to learn
about the important and engaging issues around hydroelectric power and to add a
comment. River Garden hours are otherwise Mon.-Fri. 9-5 except during special
24. 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, personal accessories,
and furnishings for home and garden. Summer Sale! Open Mon.-Sat. 10-6
(often late on Fri.), Sun. 11-6, and till 8:30 or later for the Walk.
Mitchell · Giddings
25. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Featured through September 18 are "Elemental Vessels,"
mixed-media vessels by basket-weaver and fiber artist Jackie Abrams, and
"Hidden Agenda," new fiber wall hangings by textile artist Karen Kamenetzky.
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 Walk.
26. 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 · Everyone is invited to the Moment
for Peace. This month, Elizabeth Pittman leads a meditation honoring The
International Day of Peace coming up on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The gathering will
begin with a Peace & Healing Qigong from Guatemala and close with a Shinto Peace
Mudra from Japan. In between she will share readings on pilgrimage, whether far afield,
deep within, or both. After serving nearly 19 years as Brattleboro Area Hospice
Bereavement Care Coordinator, Elizabeth now teaches Tai Ji in Putney, Marlboro, and
Brooks Memorial Library
27. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
SECOND FLOOR–CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASES:
Illustrator Lyn Severance, designer of the Ben & Jerry's "look," shows her
third picture book, "Pig," written by Jules Older. 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.
28. 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. Exhibits include a Prom Dress from 1913 and an early Folk
Dress from the local Swedish Collection.... View a sampling of Colonel Yearbooks
and "The Dial" literary magazines.... Browse online photo collections any time.
The trial run of a new Flickr site is showing photos from construction of Brattleboro
Union High School in 1950-51, taken by the former Lewis R. Brown studio on Main
originals are stored in the BHS collection. Feedback is welcome! Visit the BHS Research
Room at the Municipal Center (3rd fl, elevator) open Thurs. 2-4, Sat. 10-12, and by
Shiatsu School of Vt
29. Shiatsu School of Vermont
24 High St., (802) 246-0877,
OPEN 5-8 ON SEPTEMBER 2 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
Angel MacKinnon is September's featured artist. "Born in
California, raised in NYC, living in Brattleboro, I have roots everywhere, and see
beauty in even more places.... The masterpieces that roll through town on the sides
of freight trains remind me of my urban upbringing and bring it closer to my
small-town life. These artists are unnamed, and make my imagination go wild for the
stories behind each one of them.... Through my photographs, I make every effort to
share these most unlikely and unsung heroes of the art world with the whole community."
Hermit Thrush is hosting a Pint Night during Gallery Walk on Sept. 2. 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 farm scenes painted by Amy
Mosher of Chester. Her work captures the individual characteristics and
personalities of her animals and the rural nature of farm life. Color, contrast of
light and dark, and the use of visual dimension are important elements in her
paintings—www.amymosherart.com. Also on display are portraits 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. Information and
showcase exhibits are useful resources for visitors and residents alike. Open 7 am to
11 pm daily.