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, APRIL 1.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
The NEXT Gallery Walk will be on FRIDAY, MAY 6.
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. Susan Brearey: Elemental Images
through May 1, artist reception on reception on Saturday, April 2, 4-6
cxsilvergallery.com/susan-brearey. Monograph available:
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, APRIL 10
& 24, 11-7—information at
dimsumvt.com; calling ahead
Asian Cultural Center of Vermont presents Japan's Doll
Festival tableau daily in the Gallery, and World Tai Chi Day in Brattleboro on
Sunday, May 1, beginning at 10 am on The Common (Park Place between Putney Rd. and
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 April 1, 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
& Art Center
4. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walk. All new 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.
5. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St.,
Paintings by Margaret Shipman are featured in April and
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.
CHILDREN'S ART SHOW
River Gallery School
6. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
The annual Children's Art Show features an array of work
from the young artists of River Gallery School—from tots to teens! Enjoy
refreshments while perusing the halls of RGS and meeting young artists who share their
unique perspective and outlook on creativity and making art.... GALLERY 34 features
"Imagine That!"—an exhibit of work by elementary art students exploring,
inventing, and creating unlimited possibilities through the arts at the Westminster
7. Latchis Gallery & Main Theatre
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
A. LATCHIS GALLERY: Featuring work by 7th and 8th
grade students taking The Grammar School's (TGS) art electives. These courses offer
six-week intensive study in a single medium. This year's options included
black-and-white 35mm photography at In-Sight Photography, video production with local
artist Michel Moyse at the Center for Digital Art, wheel-throwing with potter Shari
Zabriski at Brattleboro Clayworks, and graffiti with TGS art teacher Hannah Richards.
Opening reception 5-7 pm during Gallery Walk on April 1. The gallery is open during
movie showings and otherwise by appointment.
B. MAIN THEATRE: The New England Center for Circus Arts presents "Through
Our Eyes," a photographic exploration of the circus arts at NECCA. Some of the exhibit
is the result of a collaboration with In-Sight Photography Project: Circus student
Sophia Martel photographed NECCA for her In-Sight class. Other photographs include
a pictorial history of NECCA through the eyes of its artistic director, Elsie
Smith, an award-winning photographer and professional circus artist. Open during
Gallery Walk from 5:30 to 6:30 and otherwise during movie showings and by
Flat Street Brew Pub
8. Flat Street Brew Pub
6 Flat St., (802) 257-1911, www.flatstreetbrewpub.net
Photography by Davida Carta continues in April: "Windows
interest me, both metaphorically and literally. Looking in and out, concealing, peering
through, contrast between inside world and outside world; texture, wood, light, peeling
paint, glass, reflections, are all aspects and concepts that I enjoy and want to
explore.... Windows are the common thread between Italy, my home country, and the United
States." Davida is studying for her MFA in Photography at New Hampshire Institute of Art.
The Pub offers 20 fine handcrafted ales and lagers on tap and a delicious menu of
pub-style food. Open Tues.-Thurs. 4-11, Fri. & Sat. 4-12, Sun. 3-10.
9. Nicholas Cain Exhibit at Blue Moose Trading Co.
8 Flat St., (802) 246-2000
Work by Nicholas Cain is featured in April. 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 April 1 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 email at email@example.com or call (802)
In-Sight Photo Project
10. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
Gallery spaces in April feature a continuing exhibit of work
by local photographer Bob George and David Rosen, his photographic penpal from
Michigan. Over the course of a number of years, Bob and David traded photographic
postcards of youth in their communities. In-Sight empowers youth through photography
and makes all classes available to any interested youth regardless of their ability to
pay. For more information, visit online or call the In-Sight office.
11. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
Southampton, Mass. photographer Ben Brody is displaying
his documentary series "Endgame: Afghanistan" at VCP through May 1. Brody has been
working in Afghanistan for the better part of five years, documenting the American
experience there through photography and writing. Rather than taking a strictly hard
news-oriented approach, he endeavors to make images that speak to the fundamental
truths about the conflict—the absurdity of a rudderless war, the alienation in
the cultural upheaval on both sides, and the bankruptcy of counterinsurgency doctrine
as a basis for the continued fight. More detail online.
ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
12. ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
An ARTS COLLECTIVE selling art, crafts, books, and music
created by local folks. Now featuring Reginald Levesque—carpenter,
graphics painter, landscaper, and stone worker—who uses native woods, salvaged
materials, found objects, fabric, metal, and stone to up-cycle vintage and nostalgic
items to create rustic furniture and garden sculptures that honor nature and create
tranquility. Each piece is unique, bringing new life to old materials. Come meet Reggie
and view his work plus that of new member Mia Scheffey (layered abstract
paintings and drawings) and the always-changing inventory of sculpture, paintings,
prints, and more! Open Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 11-5, until 8:30 on Gallery Walk, and
13. 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 is featured in April. "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
14. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
Rachel (Remi) Brooks is showing new paintings and
illustrations that she describes as "filled with flowing organic contrast." Stop at
Mocha Joe's during the Walk and all month for a sip of Joe, locally baked treats, and
a sampling of Remi's work.
CHERYL JOAN ASKEGREEN
Vermont Artisan Designs
15. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071
Work by River Gallery School Printmaker 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.
16. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
New paintings by Cheryl Joan Askegreen and William
E. Roberts Jr. are featured in April. Cheryl Joan's oil paintings are visions
from her memory, while William's are local landscapes. Thanks to all who
participated in voting for the People's Choice award for area high school students'
3-D work in March. A portion of sales of featured artists in April will go to
the Groundworks Collaborative. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see works by more
than 300 fine artists and craftspeople.
17. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
Work in ink-and-pastel, acrylic, oil, and mixed media by
Collin Leech is featured in April. Collin studied at LaGuardia School for the
Arts in New York and Maryland Institute College of Art, taught at River Gallery School
for several years, and now teaches collage and encaustic work at Main Street Arts.
"This year I'm working on combining media in new ways and have been thinking about how
my relationship to the landscape around me is changing."... 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
18. WOW Frozen Yogurt
122 Main St., (802) 579-1255
Paintings by Stan Ruszala of West Springfield, Mass.,
are featured in April and 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.
19. 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.
MEXICAN PAINTED ANIMALS
Gallery in the Woods
20. Gallery in the Woods & Dante's
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
El Sueno: Dream Creatures from the Oaxaca Valley in
Mexico are featured through June 30. A fresh collection of personally selected
painted carvings of Animals and Spirit Creatures from the Zapotec studios is
beginning to arrive, along with Sacred Huichol Yarn Paintings from Nayarit,
and Embroidery from the Mixteca. Open for Gallery Walk on April 1, 5:30 to
8:30 pm, with music by Dante and The Moondogs.
21. The Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501 (down the alley and through the
glass doors), (802) 380-1607,
Recent Work by Myles Danaher is featured through April 15.
The show is an eclectic collection of landscape paintings with a an emphasis on finding
the common ground between the abstract and the figurative. Artist's Reception during
Gallery Walk on April 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; hours otherwise by appointment.
SUPPORT FOR SYRIA
Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery
22. A Night in Solidarity: Art and Conversation in Support
Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St., Info:
(802) 380-1463, email@example.com (Becca Polk)
5:30 to 8:30 during Gallery Walk on April 1: Stop in
anytime for a Brattleboro Solidarity fundraiser featuring food, art, and conversation
in the HDT&G lobby to benefit the Jafra Foundation for Relief and
Development. This organization works in Syria to ease human suffering in cases of
emergency, crisis, and disaster, striving to improve living conditions by involving
young people in the relief and development process. Syrian food is available by
donation, and copies of the book "Soup for Syria," a compilation of recipes by famous
cooks, are for sale.
23. The Gallery at The Garden
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
During Gallery Walk on Friday, April 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.,
Brattleboro Youth Services presents its annual SUMMER CAMP FAIR providing
parents an opportunity to meet with camp providers to get information about, and
register their children for, area camps. The gathering includes activities, free
balloons, and a Raffle for a Scholarship of $100 to the camp of your choice!
On Saturday, April 2, from 10 to 12 noon is an Opening Celebration for the 12th Annual
Young Children's Art Exhibit presented by the Windham Child Care Association:
Early childhood educators will be displaying the work of the area's youngest creative
artists to honor April as the Month of the Young Child. Fun, hands-on activities, face
painting, refreshments, and information on resources and services for young children
and their families will be available. River Garden hours otherwise: Mon.-Fri. 9-5,
except during special events.
24. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
CLOSED for Gallery Walk on April 1 and through most of
April. The shop will be OPEN on Saturday, April 16, for the YELP CRAWL
with continuing exhibitions of Jewelry from Paz Sintes and Philippa Kunisch,
Fine Contemporary Glass by Penelope, and those favorite British foods, plus much more.
Reopening for regular business on Thursday, April 28. If you are looking for the
unique gift, New Spring Stock will be coming in. Regular hours are Mon.-Sat.
10-ish to 6 or later, Sun. 11 to 6, and till 8:30 or later for Gallery Walks in May
25. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Continuing through April 17 is a Group Exhibit
introducing new work in a variety of materials and media by participating MGFA artists
and these artists new to the gallery: K. William LeQuier, Michelle Ratté,
Donald Saaf, and Margaret Shipman. The gallery otherwise 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.
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 · This month's meditation is led
by Richard Brady, a teacher in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh,
reflecting on spiritual life at home: "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin
with me. Where do we begin? Supporting the spiritual dimension of our lives at home
is a good place to start." Richard Brady and his partner, Elisabeth, founded the
Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community. He also co-founded the Mindfulness in
Education network. He writes on mindfulness in education and offers workshops; see
JOHN STEVEN GURNEY
Brooks Memorial Library
27. 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.
28. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
Hermit Thrush will be hosting two CSA pick ups at the brewery
this summer, and farmers will be present during Gallery Walk to talk about their
products and sign up new members. Up the Road Farm, from Guilford, Vt., has
half and full shares available for their second year of operation with over 100
different varieties of vegetables. Tanglebloom flower CSA from Brookline, Vt.,
is offering weekly bouquet and bucket shares of fresh flowers. The Brewery provides
tasting flights, a gallery of local art, brewery tours, and beer-to-go. 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 Alexandra and Peter
Heller of Heller Artworks in Morrisville, with a gallery in Stowe's Brickhouse
Bookstore. "Out of the forms of nature my sculptures are born," says Alexandra, who
first creates a version with paper and then turns cold steel into living organisms.
Peter paints the world from the point of view of the forest's twigs, trees,
undergrowth, empty spaces, and creatures. Information and showcase exhibits are
useful resources for visitors and residents alike. Open 7 am to 11 pm daily.