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 4.
NOTE: MOST EXHIBITS ARE OPEN ALL MONTH.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
The next Gallery Walk will be on FRIDAY, MAY 2.
The Marina Restaurant
VENUES TO THE NORTH OF DOWNTOWN
1. The Marina Restaurant
28 Spring Tree Rd. (down behind 464 Putney Rd. -
where the West River meets the Connecticut), (802) 257-7563,
Featured art includes large painted gourds by Terry
Carter; fine art photography by Henry Ireland; botanical illustrations by
Tina Olsen; abstract and representational paintings by Martha Dolan;
mystical landscapes, studies in nature, and unconventional still-lifes by Janet
Picard; personality-filled paintings of farm animals by Caryn King; colorful
and whimsical plein air landscapes by Georgie; and impressionist-realistic,
light-filled paintings by Deborah Lazar. Gallery Walk "munchies" available from
5 to 6:30 for visitors stopping in to catch the art en route to downtown. The Marina
Restaurant is a casual waterfront eatery with a sunset view; open 7 days 11:30 to 10,
Sunday Brunch served from 10 to 1.
VENUES TO THE WEST OF DOWNTOWN
Pink Slip Project
C.X. Silver Gallery
2. C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898 or (802)
Exhibitions -- open year-round by appointment -- include
luminous landscapes, portraits, the Wu Ji (Infinity Within) series of abstract
performance painting using mops and trowels as brushes, and the ongoing multimedia
Pink Slip Project (further details at pinkslipproject.tumblr.com).
Also showing Le Xi's video art (more at lexistudio.com) and Chinese paintings of Xi Hua (1927-2007).
Dim Sum Dining & Catering at the Gallery daily by appointment. For inquiries
and reservations call: (802) 257-7898, ext. 2 or 3; or (802) 579-9088.
Asian Cultural Center of Vermont celebrates World Tai Chi Day on Sun., April 27, 1 to 2
pm on the Brattleboro Common; practice tai chi forms with others or follow along;
donations help offset site rental fee. More information at
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
3. Whetstone Studio for the Arts
28 Williams St., (802) 579-9797 Hannah,
OPEN STUDIOS 5 to 7 pm on April 4: Visit the Vermont Workers
Center and join the fight to protect our human rights, or join the Youth Movement and
check out the new photo story project, "I am Vermont, too." .... Rosie Schulick of
Rosie's Wonders creates handwoven wearable art using luxurious natural fibers;
whimsically illustrated note cards; and colorful gemstone jewelry knotted on
silk -- http://rosieswonders.com.... Stop by the Stacy Morse (1952-2012)
retrospective exhibit.... Sage Feldman is showing paintings and cards.... Property
manager Hannah Parker will show currently available studio space and rooms suitable
for one-day or longer meetings, workshops, and other gatherings.
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
4. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walk -- The BMAC bursts into
bloom with Flora: A Celebration of Flowers in Contemporary Art by Bobbi Angell,
Marta Bernbaum, Amber Cowan, Floyd Elzinga, Tom Fels, Janet Fish, Richard Jacobs,
Robert Kushner, Tanya Marcuse, Nan Montgomery, Anne Morgan Spalter, Christina Stahr,
and Jimmy Wright.... Other exhibits include Water Studies, Brattleboro, an
audio-visual installation by Jennifer Stock; and Out of the Shadows: Paintings by Jim
Giddings -- for three decades Jim transported, hung, and focused lights on the work
of others as the BMAC's building manager, and now the lights illuminate his work.
Regular Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11-5 (closed Tues.), Fri. 11-7, Sat. 10-5. Admission:
$8-$6-$4, free for BMAC members and children under 6.
5. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St., (802) 490-2354,
Instagram turns everyday snapshots into creative works. In 2013,
the most "liked" tagged photos taken in and around Whetstone Station were
professionally framed and displayed along with some staff favorites. The "2014 Hashtag
Project" is now underway: New images tagged with #whetstonestation will be
selected throughout the year for adding to the exhibit. Photographers of selected images
will be contacted via Instagram and will receive a gift card in exchange for permission
to use their photos. An image by Tim Guarente (@dock_boy) is shown in the column at left.
So get your creative juices flowing while enjoying the great food, killer beer list, and
amazing views at Whetstone Station. Open daily 11:30-10, Fri.-Sat. till 11.
Twilight Tea Lounge
6. Twilight Tea Lounge
41 Main St. - Lower Level (enter directly from Arch St. hill),
Continuing in April is an exhibit of paintings by Sabrina
Hull a native of the Hinsdale/Brattleboro area who is showing paintings in her home
region for the first time. Combining reality, imagination, and fantasy, this colorful
collection's theme is a celebration of happiness, love, joy, beauty, and the warmer
seasons. Sabrina works in watercolor and acrylic on canvas, canvas paper, and acrylic
paper. Hand-painted watercolor postcards are also available for purchase. Teas and
treats served until 10 pm for Gallery Walk. Note New Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 12-8, Fri.-Sat.
12-10, Sun. 12-6. Closed Mondays.
Superfresh! Organic Café
7. Superfresh! Organic Café
30 Main St., www.superfreshcafe.com
Gallery Walk reception for landscapes in watercolor and oils
by Brattleboro's Scot Borofsky, a graffiti artist in New York's East Village
in the 1980s who eventually made his way into the mainstream art world. His work is
in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Brooklyn Museum, and on (or in) many
Brattleboro buildings. 8:30-10 pm: Music by NY singer-songwriter Amanda Rogers
-- donations welcome. "Inspired by the mysteries of the universe and propelled by
the laws of Quantum Mechanics, Amanda is always up to something new and unusual."
Superfresh! offers "exquisite vegetarian fare," small-scale performances, artisanal
shelf-stable food products, herbal apothecary goods, and educational resources. Open
Wed.-Fri. 8-10, Sat. 10-10, Sun. 10-8.
8. River Gallery School of Art
32 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
"Views from the School" is April's featured exhibit of work
by RGS artists of all ages. These views from the windows of the school focus on
Whetstone Brook, Main Street, Mt. Wantastiquet, the BMAC, and the footbridge. RGS
offers year-round classes and workshops for students of all ages and levels of
experience, as well as outreach programs. Inquire about our current offerings, April
Vacation art camp, and the new summer schedule.... Also check out the RGS "clothesline"
exhibit of kids' art at The Works Bakery Café, 118 Main St.
9. Latchis Gallery & Main Theatre
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
A. LATCHIS GALLERY: Recent paintings and drawings by
Brattleboro artist Kirsten Ullrich are featured in April. She approaches
making images as a process of grafting together a set of elements into a
semi-functional whole; like Frankenstein's monster, it's okay that the seams are
showing. Artist's reception during Gallery Walk on April 4, 5:30 to 8:30; otherwise
open during movie showings and by appointment -- contact Kirsten at (703) 517-4534 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Preview the show at:
B. MAIN THEATRE: April's featured exhibit presents work by the faculty of
River Gallery School of Art. These local working artists include oil painters,
printmakers, sculptors, pastel painters, and watercolorists. Open during Gallery
Walk, 5 to 6:30; otherwise accessible during movie showings and special events in
the Main Theatre, or by appt.: (802) 257-1577.
Flat St. Brew Pub
10. Flat Street Brew Pub
6 Flat St., (802) 257-1911, www.flatstreetbrewpub.net
New winter paintings by Sarah Adam continue through
the end of April. A local artist specializing in acrylic paintings on found and
recycled surfaces, Sarah has been focusing on several themes, including foreboding
forests, tranquil snowy landscapes, and abstract formations merging underwater life
and outer space. For more information, visit Sarah's website at www.madsahara.com. Offering 20 fine
handcrafted ales and lagers on tap, wine, spirits, and delicious pub fare. Open
Tues.-Thurs. 4-11, Fri. & Sat. 4-12:30, Sun. 3-10.
11. Sabrina Daigh Smith, Certified Massage
24 Flat St., #201, (802) 246-7833
OPEN HOUSE DURING GALLERY WALK on April 4, 5 to 8 pm: Stop in
to meet Sabrina, enjoy light refreshments, and treat yourself to a FREE 10-minute
Chair Massage. Certified by the Stillpoint Center in Greenfield, Mass. (2005), Sabrina
provides client-centered therapeutic massage for treating a wide range of conditions
using various techniques, including: Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports
Massage, Neuromuscular Pain Relief, Myofascial Release, and Prenatal Massage. Come
celebrate Sabrina's new location and get a refreshing boost for your walking
Cynthia-Reeves New England
12. Cynthia-Reeves New England
47 Flat St., (802) 579-1029, www.cynthia-reeves.com
Continuing in April is the exhibit "Substrate of
Nature," featuring the pastels of long-time Brattleboro artist Ray
Ruseckas. These works are complemented by large-scale, gestural paintings by
Brooklyn artist Daniel Kohn and a signature anodized steel sculpture by
Massachusetts artist Jonathan Prince. Regular gallery hours are Tues.-Sat.
13. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
In April, photographs by In-Sight volunteers, staff, and
board members are featured in tandem with the Annual Student Show on view at
Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery (see listing #27). Comprising the backbone of the
organization, these photographers bring their own unique visions to the program,
providing the key resource that has kept In-Sight strong for 21 years. Opening
reception during Gallery Walk, 5:30-8 pm. In-Sight's programs offer local youth the
tools for creative self-expression, regardless of their ability to pay. In-Sight is
open Mon.-Fri., 10 to 5. Call or visit in person or online for further
14. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
HANDMADE is a juried exhibition featuring 73 works
by 47 artists from 30 U.S. states and 4 countries. The inventive range of images,
techniques, and materials attests to a vigorous renaissance in handmade, reconfigured,
21st-century photography. Renowned Boston photographer and Museum School professor
Jesseca Ferguson served as the exhibit's official juror. Exhibition catalogs will b
e available for sale in the gallery beginning April 4. Gallery Hours: Fri./Sat./Sun.
12-5. Visit online for details.
15. Artrageus 1
57 Elliot St., (724) 650-7011 Nick,
artrageus1.biz (that's the number
Gayle Weitz focuses on making carved and painted wooden
cabinets and containers. Her work reflects a personal aesthetic leaning toward the
functional, with lots of detail and a bit of humor. Her recent series "Humanimals"
contains thirteen life-size cabinets addressing the relationship between humans and
other animals, particularly the issue of speciesism -- the "right" humans have to
dominate, oppress, and/or exploit other animals. The gallery sells Tiny Footprint
Coffee to fund reforestation in Ecuador's Mindo Cloudforest, and books focused on
history, phenomenology, and social theory. Winter Hours: Open Fri.-Mon. 12-5 and
Gallery Walk till 8:30 or later.
16. The Hub Art Space
Arts Council of Windham County, 57 Harmony Pl., access thru
Artrageus 1 or from parking lot, Info: (802) 257-1024 Doug Cox or email@example.com,
The Arts Council of Windham County's new space, accessible
either through Artrageus 1 or the Harmony parking lot, is hosting an April show of
work by the Art Teachers of Windham County. These educators have rich and
diverse backgrounds in painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and
many other visual arts. Stop in to celebrate the talent that inspires the area's
young artists to be so creative. Gallery Walk reception from 5:30 to 8:30; hours
otherwise Wed.-Sun. 12-5 pm through April 30.
55 Elliot St., (802) 254-8500, www.metropoliswinebar.com
Metropolis reopens on Gallery Walk after several weeks of
renovations; stop by to enjoy the newly revitalized space. Local artist-educator
Katy Hughes is showing colored-pencil renderings of detailed floral imagery
throughout April. DJ Manhole Cover spins his tunes from 9 to 1 after the Walk
winds down. Enjoy delicious tapas treats, a signature infused cocktail, over 60
wines, and a schedule of live and DJ'd music; open 5 to close.
BOOK READING & DISCUSSION
18. Everyone's Books
25 Elliot St., Info: (802) 254-8160, www.everyonesbks.com
READING & DISCUSSION with refreshments on Gallery Walk
night, April 4, beginning at 7 pm: The Risk of Returning, a novel by Rudy and
Shirley Nelson, explores through individual stories the legacy of the Dulles
brothers, and corporations such as United Fruit, on American foreign policy in the
20th century. They tackle the question "What can happen if you go back?" The place of
return is Guatemala in 1987, and the "returner" is 40-year-old Ted Peterson of Boston,
who wants to solve the mystery of his father's death years before. Instead, caught up
in a culture of violence and deadly secrets, what he finds is as much about himself
as his father.
19. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
Teodoro Senni's digital photography is featured. "I've
been into photography since I was fourteen, but I'm mostly self-taught and didn't
always have the tools I needed." Included are florals, landscapes, portraits, and
macro-level, color-manipulated abstracts -- some printed on canvas, others
professionally matted and framed. Teo's family moved from Italy to Connecticut when
he was 15. In 2009, he earned degrees from Sacred Heart University (English) and
Union Institute & University (Literature & Writing). Meet the artist from
5:30 to 8 during Gallery Walk. Otherwise, stop by during regular hours to enjoy the
art, a cup of Mocha Joe's own freshly roasted coffee, and delicious pastries.
ROBERT W. BRUNELLE Jr.
Vermont Artisan Designs
20. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
April features new paintings by Robert W. Brunelle Jr.,
Linda Leonard Hughes and Jeanette Staley, sculpture by David Wade,
silver jewelry by Ann Kearney, hand-painted scarves by Teresa Hillary,
and stained glass by Edel Byrne. Opening reception from 6 to 8 on Friday,
April 4. Live music by Franz Robert on the baby grand. A portion of sales goes to the
Brattleboro Area Drop In Center. Visit online or stop by seven days a week to see
works by more than 300 fine artists and craftspeople, many nearby.
21. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, http://worksbakerycafe.com
April's exhibit, "A Patient Search," represents the launching
of a collaborative effort by three artists with similar approaches to painting --
Barbara Baker-Bury, Simi Berman, and Jillian Farwell -- who have worked
together for many years. In Barbara Campman's Art & Meditation class at the River
Gallery School, each artist found a way of engaging in painting as a search for
expression of that which is indefinable. They hope to offer further collaborative
shows throughout the year.... Also check out the "clothesline" exhibit of
children's artwork from RGS.... The café's offerings are thoughtfully
sourced, local when possible. Open daily 6 to 6, until 9 for Gallery Walk.
David Walter Jewelry
22. David Walter Jewelry Studio
81 Main St., (802) 722-9620,
David Walter designs and produces contemporary
heirlooms in precious metals and gems. In addition to showcasing Walter's jewels, the
studio's Master Craft Gallery mounts quarterly exhibits featuring exceptional
work by regional craftsmen. The current exhibit is "Puppetry: Behind the Curtain,"
showcasing the works of Finn Campman, Spybird Theater, Crabgrass Puppet Theatre,
Spyglass Theater, Sandglass Theater, and the National Marionette Theater.
23. The Artist's Loft Gallery & B&B
103 Main St., 3rd floor, (802) 257-5181,
William H. Hays' unique multicolor linoleum-block prints are
vibrant interpretations of the New England landscape and Brattleboro -- original and
beautiful works of art at a very affordable price. Visitors can also see works
underway in the artist's studio as well as oil and watercolor paintings of northeast
landscapes. Open 10-6 daily and 24/7 onlinee.
WILLIAM H. HAYS
The Artist's Loft
24. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071
Oils by Heidi Lorenz of Goshen, NH, continue through
April. "My work portrays my life -- the people, those places, and the animals that have
drawn me in, the subject changing from oceanscapes to farm life and to people I have
met along the way." A German native who grew up in the U.K., Heidi relocated to the
States in 1986 and earned a degree in Psychology. She began studying art in 1995 and
has been mentored by several prominent painters. 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.
25. Gallery in the Woods & Dante's
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
Gallery 1: "Mia Scheffey: Beneath the Surface" explores
the element of Water. These recent abstract oils are characterized by
vigorous markings over a layered, luminous field, and they elicit a strong emotional
response in the viewer.... GALLERY 2 presents "Klaus Postler (1951-2013):
Celebration of a Life," the first installment of works by this peripatetic
collage artist and independent curator who was a seminal figure in the global mail
art movement. Featured in over 200 exhibitions worldwide, his work is in the
archives of the Whitney and Getty museums, MOMA, and the Wexner Center for the Arts....
Reception for Mia Scheffey and Postler's curator, Eileen Claveloux, on March 7,
The Dianich Gallery
26. The Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501, down the alley and through the
glass doors, (802) 380-1607,
OPENING RECEPTION on April 4, 5:30-8, for sculptural
work by Christie Herbert. The box or grid is used as a framing mechanism holding
multiple biomorphic porcelain forms. A 12-foot horizontal work explores an unfolding
narrative. This show blurs distinctions between the vessel and the body, whole and
broken, together and apart. Herbert teaches ceramics at Landmark College in Putney
and has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. The gallery is otherwise open by
5:30-6:30 SLIDESHOW in the foyer features images from the Maasai Weaving
Project. This pre-Earth Day presentation celebrates creative recycling solutions.
Linda Whelihan, with support from Brattleboro and beyond, brought a loom and weaving
supplies to the Maasai Mara Reserve and taught community members how to transform
plastic waste into marketable items. Elizabeth Ungerleider documented the trip with
photos of the people and wildlife affected by this innovative project.
6:30-8:00 CLASSICAL GUITAR by Bill Conley.
IN-SIGHT ANNUAL STUDENT EXHIBITION
Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery
27. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery
139 Main St., down the alley and downstairs (or through
the foyer entry and downstairs), (802) 254-9276,
www.hookerdunham.org and Facebook
In-Sight Photography Project's Annual Student Exhibition
is featured in April and May. Over the past year, In-Sight has served 100 students in
18 classes, all invited to submit their best work for this show. Celebratory opening
reception during Gallery Walk on April 4. Otherwise the Gallery will be open during
Hooker-Dunham Theater performances on April 6, April 18, and May 10, from 7 to 9 pm.
In addition, In-Sight will host open times on Thursday and Friday evenings, 5 to 7 pm,
during April. Group visits may be pre-arranged with In-Sight staff. For more
information, please call (802) 251-9960 or visit
www.insight-photography.org. This exhibit is sponsored by Marlboro College.
28. The Gallery at The Garden
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
On April 4, 5:30 to 8 pm, Strolling of the Heifers hosts a
reception for 16 by 16 by 27, the gallery's ongoing inaugural exhibit of work by 27
area artists. These 16-inch-square canvases include a variety of still lifes,
landscapes, animal portraits, and abstracts. Curator and contributor Caryn King
reflects, "Both artists and viewers have been trained to see things -- buildings,
books, furniture -- in horizontal or vertical rectangles. Creating something that fits
in a square doesn't come naturally." Sales benefit the artists and SOTH programs. Open
weekdays through April from 9 to 5 and during special-event rentals.
29. Penelope Wurr: Contemporary Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
New ceramics from California company B-Chic Designs
are displayed on Penelope's etched-glass tables.... Gifts for Easter, Fair Trade chicks
and bunnies from Peru, new lighter-weight scarves from London.... Choose something
special from Penelope's Fine Contemporary Glass or unique local and European
gifts and furnishings for the interior and garden, both vintage and new.... And try
the yummy array of British candies and grocery items.... Open 10 to 6, till 8 pm for
Gallery Walk; closed Tuesdays.
30. 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
in the Centre Church Parlor on Friday, April 4. This month Sarah Pirtle will
lead the meditation "Still Walking with Pete Seeger." Sarah is an award-winning
author, singer-songwriter, and peace activist from Shelburne Falls, Mass.
Brooks Memorial Library
31. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
MAIN FLOOR: The Saxtons River Art Guild displays
paintings in various media. On the MEZZANINE are selections from the Loud
Collection of 19th-century European art. SECOND FLOOR -- ENTRYWAY: Books with
decorative bindings from the library's Fine Arts Collection are shown;
CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASE: Liza Woodruff exhibits how she illustrated
"If It's Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws!" by Kim Norman. 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. 1-6, Fri. 10-6, & Sat. 10-2.
SPRING BOOK SALE: Fri., April 11, 10-6; Sat., April 12, 10-2; remainders on sale
through April 30.
32. Brattleboro History Center
196 Main St. (through the side door of Masonic Center),
(802) 258-4957, info: firstname.lastname@example.org, brattleborohistoricalsociety.org
Free admission: Open 4-7 for Gallery Walk on April 4,
otherwise Thurs.-Fri. 2-4, Sat. 11-3. Members of the Brattleboro Women's Chorus
perform at 6:30 under the direction of Becky Graber. See a truck and a train specially
crafted from wood, and enjoy handmade dolls. Glimpse Rudyard Kipling through
Mary Cabot's journal entries ("Annals of Brattleboro, 1681-1895" author); peruse
her photo albums. Play a locally made Estey Field Organ. Read VT Phoenix
weeklies from 1895. See a West River RR video and diorama. Learn about Crosbys,
Esteys, and Moodys. Inspect the Ft. Dummer replica; dig into its history and
artifacts at Brooks Library. Old signs, maps, prescriptions, gowns. Research Room at
Municipal Center (3rd fl, elevator) open Thurs. 2-4, Sat. 10-12, by appt.
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 hosts paintings by Elizabeth Harris
of Moretown. Working under the name EHfreshie, Elizabeth approaches new things with
a fresh outlook and places her work in the categories of "roosters" and "other than
roosters." Her medium of choice is acrylic paints on paper, canvas, and sometimes
wood. Also on display is a selection of Vermont-made furniture from Vermont Woods
Studios in Vernon, and Caryn King of South Newfane is showing her
whimsical barnyard animal paintings. Information and exhibits are available for
visitors and residents alike. The center is open from 7 am to 11 pm daily.