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 6.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
Next month's Gallery Walk is Friday, May 4.
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,
Paintings from Ray Fiske's "Canvas and Steel" series, as
well as his 5-foot Tin Man, were recently added to ongoing exhibits, which include: paintings
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
Margo's Bits and Bobs
2. Margo's Bits and Bobs: Gifts & Collectibles
1010 Western Ave., (802) 579-1571, next to W. Brattleboro
Pizza & 7-Eleven
This 300-square-foot retail space is bursting with eclectic wares
to please everyone's fancy—antique smalls, Depression glass, fine china, handcrafted
jewelry and hair accessories (including trendy teen styles), handknits, ladies'
accessories, vintage linens, and much more. Margo immigrated from England in 1963, founded
her company in 1990, and was featured in Antiques & The Arts Weekly in 1992.
She sold antiques and collectibles at prestigious shows and flea markets all over New York
State for a decade before moving to Vermont in 2000. So many "bits and bobs," so little
time! Open Wed.-Sat. 12-5, till 8 for Gallery Walk.
C.X. Silver Gallery
3. C.X. Silver Gallery
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898,
GALLERY OPEN 3 to 5 pm for Gallery Walk on April 6; open
year-round by calling ahead to arrange for a visit.... Cai Xi: Selected Works,
1979-1989, exhibition through April
instagram.com/cxsilvergallery. Reception on Saturday, April 7, 4-6 pm: Meet the
artist for discussion about this exhibition. Publications: Linda Montano: 14 Years of
Living Art—magcloud.com/browse/issue/1184522—and Nye Ffarrabas: a
walk on the inside—magcloud.com/browse/issue/756374.... DIM SUM catering by
appointment; calling 1-2 days in advance recommended, (802) 257-7898.... Self-contained
3rd floor airBnB apartment with art all around: www.airbnb.com/rooms/7173206.
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
& Art Center
4. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during GALLERY WALK—memberships available
at a 10% discount.... Through October 8: Best of "Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys":
Steve Gerberich - Elaborate blinking, whirling, humming, buzzing sculptures....
Through June 17: Alfred Leslie: Selections from "100 Views Along the Road" - Elegant
black-and-white watercolors of American scenes.... 3D Color: Gloria Garfinkel -
Experience changing perceptions of color.... Hereandafter: Susan von Glahn Calabria
- Gouache paintings on paper.... Bottle in the River: Richard Klein - Sculpture
made with found glass.... We Walk in Their Shadows: Gowri Savoor - The physical and
cultural processes of migration and belonging. OPEN 11-5, closed Tues. Admission: $8-$6-$4,
Free: members & under 18; Free on Thurs. 2-5 pm.
5. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St., (802) 490-2354,
Maria Pugnetti, a multimedia artist with a degree in
painting, has worked as a light and sound designer, as well as a graphic designer and
illustrator producing cover art for musicians and authors in Europe and America. Inspired
by ecology and mythology, her painting style is intuitive and animistic. She considers her
work a visual poetry that can illuminate the archetypal forms uniting and guiding us toward
self-reflection, healing, and evolution. This collection includes large panoramic
allegorical paintings and small mixed-media works—visit www.woolymar.com and instagram.com/woolymar. 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 & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Upstairs Gallery spaces feature a Printmaking and Encaustic
Show by students in the Fall 2017 and Winter-Spring 2018 sessions. Classes taught by
Helen Schmidt and Leigh Niland generated examples of Drypoint, Relief, Collagraph, and
Block Printing. Students in classes taught by Julia Jensen and Jen Wiechers are exhibiting
works made using Encaustic, or hot wax-based painting/collage. Opening reception on April
6, 5:30-7:30.... GALLERY 34, at sidewalk level, features paintings by Ricia Gordon
7. Latchis Gallery & Theatre
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.theater.latchis.com,
In April, the Latchis Gallery features "Passions," a retrospective
of Steven Leal's unique painting series of explosive-color, sharp-hued portraits and
moody, deconstructed works—visit stevenleal.blogspot.com. Opening reception 5 to 7 pm during Gallery
Walk on April 6. Gallery hours: 12 to 5 on Saturdays and during regular theater hours....
MOVIE WORLD PREMIERE at 6:45 during Gallery Walk: Stop in to see "Lil Balzac,"
a 30-minute absurdist comedy filmed by a local cast and crew in Brattleboro—visit
8. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insightphotography.org
"Lost and Found," a curated exhibition of images left behind
at In-Sight, will be on view in the Tiny Gallery during April.... In every educational
setting, things left behind are collected in a "Lost and Found" box, bin, shelf, etc.
In-Sight's collection has no single mittens, water bottles, or sweaters; rather it
contains photographs, negatives, and contact sheets. A lost image of a cat, or a friend
lounging in a hammock, or just an abandoned experiment. This exhibition is open to the
public Mon.-Fri. 10-6. Opening reception during Gallery Walk on April 6.
9. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
"There It Is," an exhibition of images by Al Karevy, of
Richmond, N.H., explores the relationship between objects, memory, and photography. Is
every photo a memento? What is it we and others ascribe to photos when making and viewing
them? What happens to the photo when the souvenir thought is no longer? Karevy's
commercial work is digital capture, so much of his personal work is film-and-darkroom
based, including camera-less photography. He works with pinhole, toy, and antique cameras
and also makes handmade books and photo-polymer etchings. Opening reception on Friday,
April 6, 5:30-8:30. Gallery Hours: Thurs.-Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 12-5 pm. Visit online for further
info on the exhibit and VCP membership.
10. ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
This art collective offers the work of local artists, authors, and
musicians. Currently featured are jewelry and dreamcatchers by Jen Smith and poetry
by Elaine Rearden. Come meet them during Gallery Walk and check out the funky
furniture, repurposed clothing, affordable prints, paintings, sculpture, interesting books
and CDs, and much more. ArtRageUs1 is also home to the figurative furniture of Gayle
Marie Weitz and to Write Action books! Want to sell your artwork, book, CD?
Applications for membership are available online and in the store. OPEN Fri./Sat./Sun. 11-5
11. Sweet Miri's Café
55 Elliot St., (802) 490-2319,
www.sweetmiris.com, visit on
GRAND OPENING 4-8 pm during Gallery Walk: Door prizes, free
samples, goodie-basket raffles, and more. Featured floral art by Patty Harmsen and
Eugene Bartlett. This GLUTEN-FREE kitchen offers entrees, panini sandwiches,
homemade soups, breads, rolls, pastries, cookies, cakes, pies, and muffins. Dine in or
take out. Special orders and other allergies accommodated. Ask about event rentals and
holiday parties. Owner-chef Dara Bartlett Levy, a registered dietitian, discovered
her love of GF baking after her celiac disease diagnosis. Future offerings include cooking
classes and allergy sensitivity training. Spring hours: Mon.-Tues. 9-4; closed
Wed.-Thurs.; Fri. 9-8; Sat. 10-2, 6-9; Sun. 1-5. Special Fri./Sat. night menus; social brunch
menu early Saturday.
12. Cantina Vidorra
49 Elliot St., (802) 490-2532, visit on Facebook
Cosima Hewes is showing her acrylic, pastel, and
scratchboard artwork in March. She brings to life, in surreal and whimsical portraits,
the menagerie of goats and other animals that inhabit her small western Massachusetts
homestead and neighborhood. Cantina Vidorra offers starters, build-your-own or traditional
tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas, other specialties, and a kids' menu.
Harmony Arts Café
13. Harmony Arts Café
22 Harmony Pl., (802) 490-2077, FB:
"Serving Art Projects to Nourish the Spirit" is the mission of this
new art-making space tucked in a corner of the Harmony Lot. Proprietor Paula
Lavender had a storefront marbleizing studio on Main Street two decades ago. Now she
has filled this space with a wide variety of supplies and tools for use by folks of all
ages—individuals, groups, and families. Demonstration of techniques is included.
The "menu" of creative options is offered for modest suggested donations or set prices.
There are quick make-and-take projects with changing weekly themes, a range of paper arts,
creative celebrations ("art parties"), Sunday family projects, and no-cost larger
cooperative group projects to be donated to the community. Tie-dying and quilting are
skills Paula can help you master. See the Facebook page for some basic info. Open Mon-Sat.
10-6 (late for the Walk), and Sun. 10-2.
14. Cara Wolff Jewelry
4 Elliot St., (802) 451-9482,
This studio and store features work by metalsmith and jewelry
designer Cara Wolff Meinke, who has been making jewelry for over 20 years and
studied metalsmithing at art schools across the country. Handcrafted earrings, necklaces,
rings, and bracelets are displayed on tables Cara crafted from local, live-edge slabs of
spalted maple and pine. Also featured are the works of guest jewelry, ceramic, and
fiber artists, as well as locally harvested reishi, chaga, and turkey tail mushroom
tinctures by Dark Matter. Open Wed.-Sat. 10-5 and till 8 for Gallery Walk; otherwise
open by appointment.
Windham Movement Apparel
15. Windham Movement Apparel
5 Arch St., below 41 Main, (802) 246-1223, visit on Facebook,
FREE BELLY DANCE CLASS 5:30-6:30 with Cyndal
Ellis—Friday community movement classes offered weekly. New this month is
"The Motion of Emotion," an exhibit of large early-period paintings by Siiri Lane,
showing a different aspect of her as an artist and a person moving through life. These
works are inviting in their femininity. Lane has been painting, gardening, and momming
ever since graduating from Bennington College with a degree in Fine Arts. This exhibit
has been curated by the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, which takes place this year
on July 19-22; tickets are available at www.southernvermontdancefestival.com. WMA supplies quality products
to the movement arts community in an environment that encourages fellowship between
participants and increases awareness of the life-long benefits of movement for everyone.
Open Tues./Wed./Thurs. 1-7, Fri./Sat. 10-6, and till 8:30 for Gallery Walk.
16. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
April features a continuing exhibit of photos documenting construction of
the Sabawoon Education Academy (SEA) in Nowshera, Pakistan in 2014 by Brattleboro resident
Justin Bibee and SIT Graduate Institute alumni colleagues Dr. Regina Edmonds
and Aamir Gamaryani. SEA's curriculum focuses on peace and religious tolerance with
an emphasis on girls' education. Starting with 14 students in April 2014, SEA is thriving
today with 152 students! Expansion plans include an 8th grade, and construction is underway
for a library, as well as both science and English labs. Gamaryani is SEA's founding
director, and Edmonds and Bibee have served on the school's board since it opened. The
café is open Mon.-Thurs. 7-8, Fri. 7-9, Sat. 7:30-9, Sun. 7:30-8.
Turn It Up!
17. Turn It Up!
85 Main St., (802) 251-6015, www.turnitup.com
The record shop 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.
18. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071,
Thanks to the whims of Mother Nature, the artist planning to
exhibit work in April suffered a flood that has forced a postponement. A replacement
show for April and May will be up sometime soon, but not likely in time for Gallery
Walk evening on April 6. Stop in now and then to find out what's being featured in
gallery spaces while having a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate with a sweet or savory
snack or light meal. The café offers European-style breads; soups, sandwiches,
salads; specialty cakes, cookies, and other treats; open Mon.-Sat. 8-6, till 8 for the Walk,
and Sun. 9-5.
WM. E. ROBERTS, Jr.
Vermont Artisan Designs
19. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Featured in April are oil painters William E. Roberts Jr.,
Deborah Lazar and E. Joseph McCarthy. Roberts paints landscapes on canvas.
Lazar paints florals and landscapes on linen or canvas. McCarthy paints abstract landscapes
on paper. Opening reception for the artists from 5:30 to 7 pm during Gallery Walk on
Friday, April 6. The work will remain on display for the rest of the month. A portion of
sales of featured art for April will go to the Craft Emergency Relief Fund. Visit
online or stop by 7 days to see work by over 300 artists.
20. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
River Gallery School is exhibiting works from the
Children's Subscription Art program that supports the Scholarship Fund. Framed
original artwork created by children attending River Gallery School is loaned to businesses
and members of the community for a year to hang in offices and homes. RGS is a 41-year-old
nonprofit located at 32 Main St., Brattleboro. Call (802) 257-1577 for information, or
visit the website for class offerings—rivergalleryschool.org. (See Walk listing #6 for current exhibits.)
... The café serves Rainforest Alliance coffee and humanely raised meats, poultry,
and dairy with no antibiotics or added hormones; open daily 6 to 8, including for Gallery
WOW Frozen Yogurt
21. WOW Frozen Yogurt
122 Main St., (802) 579-1255, www.facebook.com/WOW-Frozen-Yogurt
Front gallery spaces are showing the Southern Vermont Dance
Festival's Movement 2017 exhibit "Images of SVDF's Inaugural Year," a collection of
photographs by Kiqe Bosch highlighting the festival's opening year. A completely
black-and-white exhibit, Bosch's thirteen images from 2013 celebrate the variety of
movement presented in SVDF's first season. Bosch captured the joy of movement and the
intimacy of the mover—southernvermontdancefestival.com. The continuing exhibit in the back
door gallery area features bold and whimsical paintings by Stan Ruszala of West
Springfield, Mass., depicting crowded evening streets in front of famous establishments
around the world.Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 12-8, Fri.-Sat. 12-9.
Sidney's Art Jewelry
22. Sidney's Art Jewelry
Brooks House Atrium, 132 Main St.,
Recently back in Brattleboro, Sidney continues to design his
De Beers Award-winning jewelry and is showing his newest work at the Brooks House Atrium
each Gallery Walk weekend. Described as "unconventional, surprising, bold, and playful,"
his designs happily marry several colors of 14k gold to the new, non-tarnishing,
platinum-infused Sterling silver, presenting a collection of "architectural pieces with
soft Art Deco touches." In addition to his truly unusual finished pieces, he displays
dozens of pieces-in-progress you are invited to help complete to your particular, personal
taste. His designs are fun, and so is he, so come and experience. Hours: Fri. 5:30-8:30,
Sat. 1-7, Sun. 1-4.
Gallery in the Woods
23. Gallery in the Woods
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
Spring Preview: The Parallel Universe of Nancy Hayes. For this
show, Hayes brings her "Edge" series of small, affordable paintings that can be randomly
arranged in a series, previewing a larger presentation in June. Explosive and playful color
and design, derived from organic cellular forms and interwoven patterns in a strong color
palette. Inspired work on three floors by artists and artisans from New England, across
the nation, and around the world: jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, paintings, sculpture,
mixed-media and more. Open daily 11-5:30.
24. Catherine Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501, (802) 380-1607, down the alley, through the
glass doors, www.catherinedianichgallery.com
Photographer Zachary Stephens is showing "Are We There
Yet?" through the end of April. This recent work resulted from his two-year MFA program
at Vermont College of Fine Arts. "I have been looking at my own masculinity in the home and
in the community ... Am I fulfilling the stereotypes? Going against them?" The tableaux in
the show "are all constructed realities. I'm pushing at the tensions of life, the
expectations of fatherhood, and trying to live up to them." Reception with the artist
during Gallery Walk on April 6, 5:30-7:30 pm. Open by appointment during the month.
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25. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery
139 Main St., #407, (802) 254-9276, down the alley and down one
flight, www.hookerdunham.com, and for show info:
The Grammar School (TGS), an independent K-8 school in Putney,
presents work created by twenty-two seventh and eighth grade students during their
recent six-week art intensive. Included in the show are B&W print photography produced at
In-Sight, painting and mixed-media created at River Gallery School, and sculpture created in
the TGS art studio. Opening Reception from 6 to 8 pm during Gallery Walk on Friday, April 6.
The exhibit will be on display throughout April and will be open during regular events at
the theater or by appointment—contact Scott Moore at (802) 387-5364 x209
14th ANNUAL YOUNG
CHILDREN'S ART EXHIBIT
Gallery at The Garden
26. The Gallery at The Garden
Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
Stop by the Summer Camp Fair during Gallery Walk on April 6,
sponsored by Youth Services and featuring camp sign-ups and activities for kids—see
for info on Youth Services' upcoming Gala Dinner & Dance fundraiser.... Featured in
the Gallery during April is the work of our community's youngest artists. Early
childhood educators are exhibiting their students' artistic creations. Join families from
across the country during the MONTH OF THE YOUNG CHILD in recognizing the people, programs,
and policies that build better futures for all children. KICKOFF CELEBRATION: Sunday, April
8, 10 am to 12 pm for the 14th Annual Young Children's Art Exhibit....
FOLLOW THIS LINK TO REACH AN ARTICLE in
this month's Gallery Walk guide about why art is important for the development of young
children.... The River Garden is open to the public Mon.-Fri. 9-5, except during special
27. Penelope Wurr Fine Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
A Celestial Gallery upstairs: Prints by Cavallini complement
Ceramic Work by an artisan from Thailand, in moody colors. Still on view in the
retail store are unique, whimsical Ceramics by Wiltshire, UK maker and illustrator
Hannah Turner—Egg Cups, Mugs, Salt & Pepper Pots, and other Tableware.
Hannah's work draws on her love of nature with a humorous bent. Also on display is New
Jewelry from talented jeweler and costume designer Philippa Kunisch. Gifts and
cards for Mother's Day, New Spring Arrivals, and CLASSIC BRITISH FARE. Open 11-6
daily, later for Gallery Walk.
Mitchell · Giddings
28. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Matt Brown: Conversations with Color Woodblock Prints is
featured through May 6. Brown's printing approach follows the hanga method developed in
Japan during the 18th century—the same technique used by Hokusai and Hiroshige. His
imagery is mostly of Vermont, New Hampshire, and the coast of Maine. Artist Talk and
demonstration on Sat., April 21, at 5 pm. Gallery Hours: Wed.-Sun. 11-5.... Be sure to
visit the MGFA Annex in the Brooks House Atrium, 132 Main St., for a rotating
display of gallery artists.
29. Take a Moment for Peace
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., (802) 257-4588 Dee
and Bob Keller
5:30-6 pm · This month's Moment for Peace with
Manny Mansbach is "The Community of All Beings." Participants will come together in
silence, in words, and in song to honor and express solidarity and loving connection with all
beings. Manny is a longtime practitioner of Buddhist meditation, a social activist, and a
teacher with Vermont Insight Meditation Center in Brattleboro.
30. Two Vocal Quartets Sing to Benefit the Women's
Centre Congregational Church Parlor, 193 Main St., (802) 254-5546
7:30 pm: LIVE MUSIC BY THE SEYMOUR SISTERS and SINGCRONY....
The Seymour Sisters—Betsy Williams, Laura Williams, Beth Spicer, and Kate
Wolff—sing old-time, gospel, country, and swing as well as play a variety of stringed
instruments.... Singcrony—Ruth Allard, Beth Kiendl, Andrea Matthews and Carrie
Walker—is an a cappella group with a love for close harmonies and particularly swing
jazz. An hour or so of music will be followed by a dessert reception. Suggested donations
of $10-$20; all proceeds benefit the Brattleboro Women's Chorus, led by Becky Graber.
31. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
SECOND FLOOR ENTRYWAY CASE features the upcoming Fairy Houses and
Gnome Homes workshop on Wednesday, April 18, from 1 to 3 pm; resulting structures will
be displayed thereafter. MAIN READING ROOM: Bill Fleming's "Greetings from Brattleboro,
VT" needlework hangs from the mezzanine. MAIN FLOOR CEILING: Cloud-and-raindrops mobile by
second grade class, Academy School. MEZZANINE DISPLAY CASES: Objects from the
library's Henrietta Loud Collection. CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASES: Vermont
children's author/illustrator Eileen Christelow's new book "Robins! How They Grow Up."
Items from the Fine Arts Collection are permanently displayed throughout the building;
take a self-guided walking tour during library hours: Mon.-Wed. 10-9; Thurs.-Fri.
10-6; & Sat. 10-5.
32. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
Erin Stewart and Will Finkel present Red Sage, a
line of collaborative pottery created for the lover of fine fermented drinks. Blending
Finkel's simple ceramic forms with Stewart's lively hand-painted vignettes, form and
design are united in functional ware with representational and abstract value. Erin fell
in love with ceramics in college and has pursued pottery as Red Maple Designs for nine
years. Will began his career in pottery at age 5, and it has been his primary passion
ever since. Founder of Sage Hill Artisans, he began retailing his work at 15 and is a
full-time potter. Pints of beer for Hermit Thrush Pint Night available from 5 pm
during Gallery Walk on April 6. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 3-8, Fri.-Sat. 12-9, Sun. 12-6.
I-91 Welcome Center
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1
The Silo Gallery and display panels feature paintings and prints
by Tim Wood, who captures the calm and beauty of our New England landscape. "I have
always been fascinated by the variety of light and contrast present in a landscape set at
night. Artificial light adds an exciting element of color and contrast not often present
in a daytime scene.".... Brochures, magazines, maps, and other printed materials, as well
as showcase exhibits of area products, artwork, and fine crafts are resources for
visitors and residents alike. Open 7 am to 11 pm daily.