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, FEBRUARY 6.
NOTE: MOST EXHIBITS ARE OPEN ALL MONTH.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
The next Gallery Walk will be on FRIDAY, MARCH 6.
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,
Continuing are imaginative collages by Tiffany Heerema
featuring colorful vintage food imagery -- sure to whet your appetite; 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; 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.
C.X. Silver Gallery
VENUES TO THE WEST OF DOWNTOWN
2. C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898 or (802)
Open 4:30 to 8 for Gallery Walk and by appointment
year-round with current special exhibits including Souvenirs: Landscapes by Gordon
cxsilvergallery.com/gordon-jones, and the continuing exhibition and book Nye
Ffarrabas: a walk on the inside - 50 year retrospective,
cxsilvergallery.com/nye-ffarrabas. Ongoing exhibitions 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
(pinkslipproject.tumblr.com). Dim Sum Dining & Catering daily by appointment (call ahead 1-2 days,
802-257-7898) -- dimsumvt.com....
Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents the Lunar New Year Festival of
Vietnam, Korea and China, Sunday, Feb. 22, 1-3 pm at The River Garden, all welcome,
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
3. Whetstone Studio for the Arts
28 Williams St., (802) 579-9797 Hannah,
CLOSED FOR FEBRUARY GALLERY WALK: Contact Hannah
Parker for information on renting short-term meeting spaces by the day or hour in
the Whetstone Studio building. The Whetstone complex houses studios for a number of
working artists and artisans -- Naomi Gelb, Rosie Schulick, David Parker, and Adrienne
Ginter among them -- as well as a photography studio and innovative community
4. Pine Heights
187 Oak Grove Ave., (802) 257-0307,
Reception 5 to 7 pm during Gallery Walk on Feb. 6 for
an exhibit of Sequencing artwork by residents at Pine Heights Center for
Nursing & Rehabilitation. The painting process of Sequencing lends itself to
people with disabilities. Local artist and teacher Marilyn Allen, from River Gallery
School of Art, has guided and encouraged her Pine Heights students in producing some
very beautiful paintings. Stop by to enjoy the show and light refreshments.
5. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walk from 5 to 7:30 only.
The BMAC's biannual juried show, Open Call NNE, features work by 38 artists
from among 475 submissions from throughout New England and New York....World
Leaders & Global Citizens: Photographs by Patrick Leahy, U.S. Senator
showcases Leahy's lifelong interest in photography and marks the fortieth anniversary
of his Service in the Senate.... Draw a self-portraiture in the Your Space:
Portraits studio/gallery.... Come back after Gallery Walk for the High School
A Cappella Concert at 8 pm, hosted by In-Sight Photography (see separate listing
#5).... Winter Hours: Open daily 11-5, closed Tuesdays. Admission: $8-$6-$4, free for BMAC
members and youth 18 & under.
HIGH SCHOOL A CAPPELLA
Benefit for In-Sight at
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
6. High School A Cappella Benefit Concert for In-Sight
10 Vernon St., (802) 251-9960 IPP,
Six regional high school groups will seriously rock the main
gallery with a "warm-up" concert in anticipation of BMAC's 12th Collegiate A Cappella
Concert the next evening. Proceeds benefit the In-Sight Photography Project.
Renegade, Shoulder Narrows, Xpressivo, and Spiralia are student-directed independent
groups from the Brattleboro area. In addition, two top-notch ensembles round out the
show: the Brattleboro Union High School Madrigals, directed by Patty Meyer, and the
Leland & Gray Rebel Clefs, directed by Ron Kelley. General admission at the door
is $10, $5 for students. Seating is limited. Info: In-Sight, (802) 251-9960.
7. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St.,
Featured artist Patti Jacobs is known for her ability
to capture everyday beauty from behind the lens. Her work can be found in a number of
private and public collections, and her photos have been published in two books and many
other print publications, as well as featured on numerous websites. She earned her
bachelor's and master's degrees from the Rochester Institute of Technology and lives
in Brattleboro with her wife, Jerry Ann Jacobs. The Whetstone offers inspired food,
local craft beers, and specialty drinks in a picturesque waterfront location with free
parking. Open daily for lunch and dinner, 11:30-10, Fri.-Sat. till 11.
Superfresh! Organic Café
8. Superfresh! Organic Café
30 Main St., www.superfreshcafe.com
Local painter Ben Keating, originally from neighboring
New Hampshire, shares a new body of his visually riveting, psychedelic, multi-media
paintings that include elements of drip, stencil, sacred geometry, ancient symbology
and street graffiti. These works reflect and refract the artist's hyper-creative
personal environment, which is steeped in the mode of anti-consumer, neo-hippie, punk
culture. Live music for Gallery Walk with singer-songwriter Maggie Bernhard from
7:30 to 9 pm. Kitchen open till 9. Café hours are otherwise: Mon.-Wed. 10-4,
Thurs. 10-8, Fri. & Sat. 10-9, Sun. 10-8.
9. River Gallery School of Art
32 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Almost 50 students in four weekly sessions of Fall 2014
Adult Studio Art Classes are showing work in the Gallery this month. They come
once a week to make art in the school's sunny studios, using a variety of mediums.
Instruction is one-on-one, so artists from teens to seniors, at all levels of
experience, work side by side. Come to see the results of this creative mix! A new
semester of classes and workshops for all ages begins in February: Child, Teen, and
Adult Studios, Life Drawing, Printmaking (relief, mixed-media, and intaglio),
Encaustics, Word + Image, Landscape, Still Life, Sculpture, more.
Circus Arts Images
Latchis Main Theatre
10. Latchis Gallery & Main Theatre
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
A. LATCHIS GALLERY info was not available at press time.
Stop by on your way about town during Galleryl Walk for a surprise!
B. MAIN THEATRE: "Circle, Sinew, Fly: Shapes of Grace" presents photographs
by Michael Poster and writing by Melissa Whalen Haertsch. Michael spent
a year getting to know the professional-track students at the New England Center for
Circus Arts --
www.necenterforcircusarts.org. His images demonstrate the students' physicality,
love, determination, beauty, and pain as they developed and polished their technique
and performance skills. The accompanying sestina by Michael's long-time collaborator
captures practice-studio dynamics in a poetic form chosen for its rigor and obsessive
quality. This exhibit is in support of NECCA's Circus Spectacular fundraiser
on Feb. 28 & Mar. 1 in the theatre. Open during Gallery Walk, 5 to 6:30, and for
movies or other events.
11. Twilight Tea Lounge
41 Main St. - Lower Level (enter directly from Arch St. hill),
Local visionary artist Jonas Emmanuel Fricke is back
with his yearly exposition at the coziest spot in town! This collection of exuberant
mixed-media works about gratitude, grief, continuance, exaltation, and wonder
endeavors to illuminate the unseen with rollicking, vibrating color and playful,
dense allegory. Tea & Treats served till 10. Winter Hours: Wed.-Thurs. 12-8,
Fri.-Sat. 12-10, Sun. 12-6; closed Mon. & Tues.
12. Gallery SHRAM aka 1/4 Adivasi
51 Main St. & Arch St., Follow the fires!..., www.adivasi.com
Pop-Up Gallery opening for "Eclectic Views," 5 to 7 pm on
Gallery Walk, Feb. 6, with live music and refreshments. A handful of local
artists bring some of their choice work into a group show, seeking fresh
perspectives for both artist and viewer. See Living Glass by Zak Grace,
Drawings by Jason Alden, Ceramic work by Chuck DeWolfe, Prints by
Helen Schmidt, and Puppets by Amanda Maddock. Otherwise open through
Feb. 22 on Wed.-Thurs.-Fri. 2-6, Sat. 11-2.
DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS
13. Flat Street Brew Pub
6 Flat St., (802) 257-1911, www.flatstreetbrewpub.net
Drawings by Nicholas Widomski continue in February.
"Back in February of 2013, I was very inspired and took up drawing as a
hobby. I quickly fell in love with it and have been pushing myself to get better ever
since. I like to draw where I'm at, my friends, my family, and the love that makes it
all go 'round." 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.
14. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
Work by students in the Documentary Photography Class
is featured. Opening reception during Gallery Walk from 5:30 to 8:30 on Friday, Feb.
6. Stop in to see the students' work and view the In-Sight facility.?The In-Sight
Photography Project empowers youth through photography and makes all classes
available to any interested youth regardless of ability to pay. Call the office or
visit online for more information. SEE LISTING #6 for HIGH SCHOOL A CAPPELLA Benefit
Concert at BMAC, 8 pm on Feb. 6.
15. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
Nicholas Gaffney's solo exhibition "Sunday" runs
through March 1. These candid documentarian views of the streets of New York City
depict quiet moments amidst the hustle and also reveal some of the subtle humor
found in these urban environments. Born and raised in upstate New York, Gaffney
spent 13 years in The Big Apple. He currently lives in Lebanon, N.H., with his
wife and two daughters. Visit the VCP website for more information. Opening
Reception during Gallery Walk on Friday, Feb. 6, 5:30-8:30 pm; otherwise the
gallery is open Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 12-5.
16. Artrageus 1, LLC
57 Elliot St., (724) 650-7011 Nick,
CLOSED IN JANUARY THROUGH MARCH: Human-sized sculptural
cabinetry by gallery co-owner Gayle Weitz is featured alongside work by other
area artists. Gayle's Humanimal cabinets focus on the relationship between people
and animals. The gallery also sells Tiny Footprint Coffee, the world's only
carbon-negative coffee, and books that explore the historical and phenomenological
etymology of present circumstances, with several titles pointing the way to a better
future. Reopening in April.
17. The Hub Art Space
Arts Council of Windham County, 57 Harmony Pl., access thru
Artrageus 1 or from parking lot, Info: (802) 257-0025 John Dimick,
The Hub gallery is CLOSED FOR THE WINTER and will
reopen for Gallery Walk on April 3, when Artrageus also opens its doors after a
cold-weather break. The gallery features work by artists and artisans living in Windham
Vermont Artisan Designs
18. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
This month, the café's gallery spaces feature
Weird & Wild Works in ink, graphite, and paint by artists including Sam
Phillips, Adrian Eames, Samual Schwartzkopf and the late, lamented legend Alex
Firth. Stop by to enjoy the art, sip a cup of tea or freshly roasted coffee, and
savor a homemade pastry.
19. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
February's featured art includes paintings by Dane
Tilghman and Paul Stone, photographs of the New England Center for Circus
Arts by Jeffrey Lewis, and jewelry by Ed Levin and Lochlin Smith.
A portion of sales during the 6 to 8 pm Gallery Walk reception on Feb. 6 will go to
the Windham County Heat Fund. Open 7 days; visit the gallery online.
20. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
Elizabeth Wood is the café's featured artist
for February. Her photographs feature close-ups of vegetables and Nigerian Dwarf
goats, all raised on her farm, New Leaf CSA. More information about the farm is
online at www.NewLeafCSA.com.... 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, until 9 for Gallery
WILLIAM H. HAYS
The Artist's Loft
21. David Walter Jewelry Studio & Master Craft
81 Main St., (802) 722-9620,
CLOSED THROUGH JAN. 8 -- Open on the 9th. 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. Currently showing are hand-cut paper
pieces by Adrienne Ginter, a Brattleboro-based artist who describes her approach
as an exploration into the reoccurring oddities and subtle fascinations of the natural
world. "Every scene in nature tells a million little stories, and I work to incorporate
an extreme amount of detail to illuminate both the macro and micro. This gives the
viewer a greater sense of depth, visually and narratively."
22. 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.
Detail from work by
DAVID ADDISON SMALL
Gallery in the Woods
23. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071
Hilltop Montessori Middle School has been studying
poetry for three months, including works by many notable poets and the subtlety and
challenges of formal and free verse. The student poems in this show resulted from deep
self-reflection, careful revision, and bravery. Poetry isn't always imagistic, but a
strong poem often creates a doorway to an entire world. With this in mind, students
also created an image to augment or complete their poem, not necessarily an
illustration but something to fulfill the poet's intention. Come enjoy these
explorations of identity and personal vision. 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.
24. Gallery in the Woods & Dante's
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
New for midwinter, "The Friars' Series" by David Addison
Small features layered and glazed oils executed in the Mische technique used by
Dutch Masters and early Renaissance painters. Continuing in the fantastic realist vein,
there are allusions to Italian Renaissance fresco, Persian miniature, and Taoist
landscape. David has been a mentor and professor at Mass College of Art, a resident
artist at the Boston Center for the Arts for the past 24 years, and currently teaches
Junior High art in the South Boston public schools. Opening during Gallery Walk on
Feb. 6, 5:30-8:30., with live music by the Moondogs. Open 7 days.
25. The Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501 (down the alley and through the
glass doors), (802) 380-1607,
Reception 5:30-7:30 pm on February 6 for a Group Show by
Vermont Artists in many mediums. Hours by appointment in February.
26. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery
139 Main St., (down the alley and down the stairs,
(802) 254-9276, www.hookerdunham.org
Featured in February, "The Contrast" is an exhibit of unique
and divergent interpretations of reality by artists including Maia Bissette, Keene
Carse, Sarah Adam, Jason Bagatta, Heather Miller, and Elizabeth Johnson,
among others. It is presented in conjunction with "Triskaidekaphobia Valentine's Day,"
a two-night event (Feb. 13 & 14) in the Hooker-Dunham Theater featuring poets,
artists, and musicians affiliated with Vortex 2 as a benefit for Morningside Shelter.
Opening reception from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, Feb. 6, with free refreshments, live
music, and ticket sales for "Triskaidekaphobia." "The Contrast" exhibit will be open
during February events in the theater and by appointment.
27. The Gallery at The Garden
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
Featured in February are "Touring New England through Oil
Paintings" by Shawnna O'Connor, and "Lights, Camera, Action ... Motion
Pictures," an exhibit of colorfully abstract photographic works by Sam Groves.
Open during Gallery Walk, Feb. 6, from 5:30 until 8:30, The River Garden will also
present a showcase of nonprofit organizations that evening. Gallery open
otherwise Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 1:30-3:30. Note that on Saturdays the Winter
Farmer's Market is in residence from 10 to 2.
Glass & Gifts
28. Penelope Wurr: Contemporary Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
Our local favorite, Rosie Schulick, is exhibiting
beaded jewelry with delicate precious and semi-precious stones that are threaded and
hand-knotted on fine silk ... a perfect gift for your Valentine. To complement your
gift, Rosie's hand-drawn eco cards communicate hope, joy, play, and possibility. Also
featured are Penelope's Fine Contemporary Glass and a unique selection of
Local & European Gifts for Valentine's Day and other occasions. Special
sale prices on remaining Winter stock ... and don't forget the British grocery items.
February Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-6. Open late for Gallery Walk.
29. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Work by Doug Trump and Maggie Lake is featured
through March 1. RECENT WORK by Doug Trump employs through grids and other graphic
elements, repeated strokes, and fields of color to determine a distinct visual
language. GONE TO SEED features prints of preserved botanical specimens by artist
Maggie Lake, founder of Vermont Botanical; fleeting color and transient detail are
arrested in exquisite metaphorical splendor. Open Wed.-Sun. from 11 to 5 and for
Gallery Walk, 5:30 to 8:30.
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 welcome on February 6 to
hear six outstanding poets read their works and those of others on the subject
of Peace. Participants include Arlene Distler, Ann Gengarelly, Lynn Martin, Charles
Monette, Tim Mayo, and Tom Ragle.
31. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
MAIN FLOOR: Sequencing paintings by local artists and students
at Brattleboro's River Gallery School of Art. MEZZANINE - DISPLAY CASES:
19th-century artworks and artifacts from the library's Henrietta Loud
Collection. LOCAL HISTORY ROOM WINDOW: Abenaki artifacts collected by
avocational archaeologist Gordon Crandall and local elementary school students.
SECOND FLOOR - CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASE: Southern Vermont author/illustrator
Anna Dewdney's 2013 picture book "Llama Llama and the Bully Goat." Hours:
Mon.-Wed. 10-9; Thurs. 1-6; Fri. 10-6; & Sat. 10-2.
32. First Baptist Church
190 Main St.,
(802) 258-4957, info: email@example.com, brattleborohistoricalsociety.org
Three Performance Lab programs begin at 6, 7 & 8 pm
on Feb. 6. The music will be used in future full-length performances. Part of the
experience is listening and giving creative feedback, including possible future
directions. Join the Performance Lab cast in singing the opera choruses. A local
architectural treasure, First Baptist Church is also showing off its stained-glass
windows and a display of historical photos. Open Mon.-Fri. 9-12 or by
TODD ROACH & MAC RITCHEY
Brooks House Atrium
33. World Music Concert Benefits Guilford School Music
Brooks House Atrium, 128 Main St., Info: (802) 254-3600,
ARTFUL INVENTORY SALE with COCOA, CIDER & TREATS
during Gallery Walk on Feb. 6. Friends of Music at Guilford is raising support
for its 7th annual Music Enrichment Program at Guilford Central School. SERIOUS
BARGAINS on sweatshirts, totes, CDs, and cards featuring art by William Hays,
Deedee Jones, Kate Spencer, Evelyn McLean, Karen Becker, Susan Bull Riley, and
others. Enjoy a variety of home-baked cookies, chocolate carrot cake, mulled cider,
and hot chocolate. 7 to 8:30: WORLD MUSIC CONCERT with the Todd Roach & Mac
Ritchey Duo and special guest Anna Patton, clarinet, who combine the
sounds of the Arabic oud, Turkish saz, and Western guitar with frame drums, darbuka,
cajon, and other world percussion in a program of traditional and original
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1
The Silo Gallery is hosting work of Vermont artists
represented by Gallery North Star in Grafton -- www.gnsgrafton.com, and quilts by Donna Tosi of Vernon,
presented by Vermont Woods Studios -- www.vermontwoodsstudios.com. Farm animal and wildlife paintings
by Caryn King of So. Newfane are featured throughout the center --
Information and showcase exhibits are useful resources for visitors and residents
alike. Open 7 to 11 daily.