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, NOVEMBER 7.
NOTE: MOST EXHIBITS ARE OPEN ALL MONTH.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
The next Gallery Walk will be on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5.
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; 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.
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)
Open by appointment year-round with current special exhibits
including Souvenirs: Landscapes by Gordon Jones,
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.
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
3. Whetstone Studio for the Arts
28 Williams St., (802) 579-9797 Hannah,
CLOSED FOR NOVEMBER 7 GALLERY WALK: Artists and
craftspeople are invited to participate in the Whetstone's FALL FLING on November 15
& 16, 10 to 4 -- contact Hannah Parker, by phone or e-mail above, for further
details. Contact Hannah as well for information on renting studios or meeting spaces
in the Whetstone Studio building.
The Dalai Lama
SEN. PATRICK LEAHY
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
4. Marlboro College Graduate Center
28 Vernon St., Contact: Matt Livingston (802) 258-9209,
6:30-8 Discussion & Movie on November 7: Marlboro
College Graduate and Professional Studies offers a 6:30 discussion on Environmental
Issues, followed by the 30-minute movie "The Rescue of Whetstone Brook" at 7:30.
The Graduate Center parking lot is available for Gallery Walk attendees.
5. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walk. Enjoy newly
installed exhibits running through March 7: 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 Senate service....
Portraits, Expanded features work by artists extending the traditional concept
of portraiture to include language, voice, time, history, community, and culture....
Your Space: Portraits encourages visitors of all ages to create self-portraits
in a gallery transformed into an art studio. NEW Winter Hours: Open daily 11-5,
Closed Tuesdays. Admission: $8-$6-$4, free for BMAC members and youth 18 &
6. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St.,
Featured artist Rachel Brooks has been painting for a
decade and is showing recent work through the end of November. The Whetstone offers
inspired food, local craft beers, and specialty drinks in a picturesque waterfront
location; indoor and outdoor dining, free parking. Open daily for lunch and dinner,
11:30-10, Fri.-Sat. till 11.
7. Twilight Tea Lounge
41 Main St. - Lower Level (enter directly from Arch St. hill),
Continuing is Here Be Dragons! -- an exhibit by young
artists from The Grammar School in Putney who were getting in the spirit for their
annual Medieval Faire. Come explore the world of these inventive, detailed dragons:
some fearsome and fire-breathing, some taking flight, others resting in their natural
milieu. The Tea Lounge is featuring a few dragon-themed teas to sip while viewing this
skillful and imaginative artwork! Tea & Treats served till 10. Regular Hours:
Tues.-Thurs. 12-8, Fri.-Sat. 12-10, Sun. 12-6; closed Mon.
8. Superfresh! Organic Café
30 Main St., www.superfreshcafe.com
Ink-and-watercolor illustrations by Heidi Bosworth,
of Orchid Skye Arts in Peterborough, NH, are featured in November. "The name Orchid
Skye represents what I strive for both in life and in art ... a sense of balance --
between delving and holding back, intricacy and empty space, color and absence of
color. My recent work explores this sense of balance through both playful
illustrative pieces and more open-ended ones. I draw inspiration from the cosmos,
animals, and natural geometry, and incorporate patterns from Primitive American
folk art, Native American and North African textiles." Live Music 8:30-10 pm,
BYOB, kitchen open till 10. Hours: Mon.-Wed. 9-3, Thurs.-Fri. 9-10, Sat. 10-10,
9. River Gallery School of Art
32 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Wish You Were Here is a month-long, all-school,
constantly changing Postcard Show & Fundraiser offering original art to
mail away on purchase -- bring your address book to send a piece of the school to
friends and family. Make a card of your own to join the show! Outreach Program
instructor Helen Schmidt has curated an exhibit of work by seniors at Holton Home
and The Gathering Place with a wide array of abilities, talents, and life
experience. The Gathering Place provides adult daycare for families and caregivers,
and Holton Home is a residential care facility. RGS offers year-round classes and
workshops for students of all ages and all levels of experience.
DEEDEE JONES et al.
SAXTONS RIVER ART GUILD
Latchis Main Theatre
10. Latchis Gallery
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
A. LATCHIS GALLERY: Art Exhibit & Dia de los Muertos
Community Altar: In collaboration with River Gallery School, Brattleboro Area
Hospice held a series of September workshops for Hospice clients and volunteers,
as well as the public, to explore topics of significance to them using word and image.
The resulting art and a community altar will be exhibited through November 24. Visit
www.brattleborohospice.org for information on other November
arts events celebrating Hospice's 35th anniversary.
B. MAIN THEATRE: Members of the Saxtons River Art Guild are showing
original work in watercolor, oil, and pastel, predominantly, depicting landscapes,
portraits. and still life. Artists include Donna Lund, Alicia Drakiotes, Deedee Jones,
Ann Cross, Lois Phoenix, John Dimick, Maisie Crowther, Carolyn Allbee, Freda Wright,
Ray McClary, Carolyn Lavoie, Marlene Kramer, Nancy DiMauro, Mary Byrne, Carolyn
MacDonald, Carolyn Berglund, Barb Borak, Betsey Congdon and Dawn Chattin. The
theater is open during Gallery Walk, 5 to 6:30, and for movies or other events.
11. Flat Street Brew Pub
6 Flat St., (802) 257-1911, www.flatstreetbrewpub.net
Featured this month is "Galaxy Graffiti" by Jessica
Pardoe, an emerging artist from Deerfield, Massachusetts. Using only spray paint,
Jessica pulls her inspiration from urban street artists in her creation of celestial
landscapes. 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.
12. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
Featured in October are Quilts made from cyanotype
photographs taken during Exposures Summer Programs at Pine Ridge Reservation
in South Daoota. These quilts document each year's participants and experiences, and
have become an archive of the program from 2002 through the present. In-Sight's 16th
Annual Silent Auction & Exhibition -- a fundraiser for In-Sight's Scholarship
Fund -- is featured next door through November 2 at Vermont Center for Photography;
see Listing #14 for more information. Call or visit in person/online to learn about
In-Sight programs for youth, which are offered regardless of students' ability to
13. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
FIVE: Evie Lovett, Lynne Weinstein, Joan O'Beirne, Suzanne
Flynt & Chris Triebert -- showing through November 30. These local
photographers started meeting five years ago to discuss their work, give each other
feedback, and bounce ideas back and forth. What began as a critique group evolved
into a relationship where art and life overlap -- where conversations range from photo
technique to losing parents and living with the aftermath of Irene. They are a source
of inspiration and support for one another, and although they employ different
photographic processes, there's a shared sense of presence in their work. More
details online. Reception during Gallery Walk on November 7, 5:30-8:30; otherwise
open Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 12-5.
14. Artrageus 1, LLC
57 Elliot St., (724) 650-7011 Nick,
November features human-sized sculptural cabinetry by
Gayle Weitz and the two-dimensional series Pornography of War in an Age of
Desire by local artist Namaya. Gayle Weitz's Humanimal cabinets focus on
the relationship between people and animals, while Namaya's work engages issues of war,
peace, and social justice. 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. Open Sat. & Sun. 11-5, and Gallery Walk Friday from noon
to 8:30 pm or later.
15. 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,
October was American Crafts Month, and the Arts Council of
Windham County honored local craftsmanship with an exhibit featuring over a dozen
craftsmen and conveying the essence of craftsmanship. Represented by their work, a
photograph or other image of them at work, and a brief statement about what
craftsmanship means to them, participants include Jackie Abrams - Baskets,
Scott Brown - Wooden Sculpture, Georgia Morgan - Jewelry, Nancy
Shepperd - Clay Vessel, Stuart Alan Copans - Papercutting, Carol
Schnabel - Weaving, Dennis Waring - Musical Instruments, Susan Rosano
- Mosaics, Jason Breen - Furniture, Sarah Machtey - Fiber & Aluminum,
Scott Hausman - Musical Instruments, and Robert DuGrenier - Glass.
Gallery Walk reception, 5:30- 8:30; hours otherwise Wed.-Sun. 11-5.
ROBERT W. BRUNELLE Jr.
Vermont Artisan Designs
16. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
Gallery spaces in November feature artwork by Jason Noah
Alden, drawings from life of the landscape and figure in charcoal, pencil, ink,
and pastel. Jason is the life-drawing teacher at River Gallery School in Brattleboro.
Stop by during Gallery Walk to enjoy the art, sip a cup of tea or freshly roasted
coffee, and enjoy homemade pastry.
17. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Acrylic artist Robert W. Brunelle Jr. has put together
a new series of paintings of the Winooski Bridge to be unveiled during the November 7
Gallery Walk. Also featured in November are paintings by Ted Danforth, George
Angelini, Marc Winnat, Paul G. Stone, Janis Sanders, Deborah Lazar, and more.
Opening Gallery Walk reception from 6 to 8. A percentage of sales during Gallery Walk
will go to the Windham County Heat Fund. Open 7 days; visit online.
18. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, http://worksbakerycafe.com
Work by members of Brattleboro's Vermont Center for
Photography (VCP) continues in November. VCP members come from a wide range of
photographic backgrounds, and their subject matter varies from iconic New England
landscapes to intimate portraiture, street photography, and much more! VCP's gallery at
49 Flat Street is open Fri/Sat/Sun from 12 to 5. For more information, or to find out how
to join VCP, visit www.vcphoto.org
.... Check out the "clothesline" exhibit of children's artwork from River
Gallery School.... The caf& 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 Walk.
WILLIAM H. HAYS
The Artist's Loft
19. David Walter Jewelry Studio & Master Craft
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. 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."
20. 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.
Amy's Bakery Arts Café
21. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071
Recent work by Ellen Tumavicus and Lydia
Thomson is featured in November. Ellen's recent 2-year sojourn in Trinidad has
resulted in a colorful explosion of paintings celebrating Kiddie Carnival, and
surrealistic relief prints combining Caribbean hues with dreams and imaginings.
Lydia Thomson has been here in Vermont, but exploring "all over the map"with
paintings of landforms and waterways, arising from memory and the paint itself.
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, Sun. 9-5.
22. Qualche Volta Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 609, one flight up in the
Hooker-Dunham Building -- access from Main St. or alleyway entrance
November features works by Mohammed Daoudi, Barbara
Baker-Bury, Jill Farwell and Simi Berman. Daoudi's "Tape-estries" are
inspired by his place of origin: Tangier, Morocco -- he deconstructs pigment from the
ink on newspapers and reconstructs it into new images. Farwell sorts through scraps
of her life, takes paintings apart and puts them back together in different ways,
finding new life and fun from "failure." Baker-Bury explores the possibilities of
pure paint, creating evanescent landscapes or dreamy scenes of a familiar but not
quite identifiable world. Berman enjoys the uncharted journey when putting brush to
surface. The uncertainty of what might be revealed provides the impetus for
continued exploration. Open for Gallery Walk 5:30-8:00 and Saturdays, 12-4.
Gallery in the Woods
23. Gallery in the Woods & Dante's
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
Samantha Crawford is showing colorful surreal landscapes
exploring elemental changes of nature, and poetic and detailed narrative work in black
and white.... Richard Heller's new oils are in constant play between rigid
formalism and intuitive expressionism, with spheric forms built from layers of color
overlaid by markings, trackings, and exploded grids.... Sculptural basketmaker and
sculptor Jackie Abrams has been profoundly influenced by her work with women in
Africa, simplifying forms so the materials tell the story of their strengths and
sorrows, growth and joys.... Karen Kamenetzky's fiber wall hangings are inspired
by cellular imagery, zooming in on the fundamental nature of things and bringing into
vision the source of change itself.
24. The Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501 (down the alley and through the
glass doors), (802) 380-1607,
Opening reception 5:30-7:30 pm on Gallery Walk, Nov. 7, for
"The Blue Prophetic Alphabet," a prolific new body of work by Julia Zanes
showing through December 30. Each work is comprised of bright and bold characters or
vegetation. With the use of delicate, transparent layers of cobalt and blue-green,
which act like a veil for the viewer to peer through, it creates an enchanted and
dream-like feeling. Working within a long-established tradition of narrative, her
paintings are an "attempt to go into those moments between sense and non-sense,
when storytelling is at its most urgent." Hours in November by appointment.
25. The Gallery at The Garden
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
November features works by painter and set designer Clay
Coyle in an exhibit entitled "Fresh Paint: A Reflection of Colors in Landscapes
and Trees," as well as an exhibit on the history of Kurn Hattin Homes of
Westminster. Open during Gallery Walk, Nov. 7, from 5:30 to 8:30. Gallery open
otherwise Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 11-5, Sun. 1:30-3:30
Glass & Gifts
26. Penelope Wurr: Contemporary Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
Grand Opening of New Gallery Space on the 2nd floor
during Gallery Walk on November 7 -- London Photographs taken by Penelope in her
postgraduate year at Central School of Art are currently featured; these images
inspired a series of etchings she produced that same year. Come glimpse an intimate
view of London Night Life in the '80s. Also on display are Penelope's Fine
Contemporary Glass and an eclectic mix of Unique Local and European Gifts.
Hours daily 10-6, Sun. 11-6; open late for Gallery Walk.
27. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Linda Rubinstein's colorful and distinct books,
prints, and fabric figures -- inspired by recent travels to Mexico and Southern
Africa -- are featured: "Travel alters and stimulates, challenging my eye and brain
to figure out what I see and what it might mean. Drawing helps me stay grounded in
the experience while giving me endless platforms to explore imagery." Other
exhibitors include David and Michelle Holzapfel (handcarved hardwood
furniture, sculpture, and vessels), Jim Giddings (oil-stick paintings),
Petria Mitchell (lyrical abstract landscapes),Doug Trump (abstract
mixed-media paintings), Lauren Olitski (large abstract acrylics), Josh
Bernbaum (chromatic contemporary blown glass), Christine Triebert
(cameraless photography), and Stephen Procter (glazed monumental ceramics).
This exhibit runs through November 30. Open Thurs.-Sun. from 11 to 5.
28. 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 the songs of Hallowell
will bring peace. Hallowell has been providing a loving service in the Brattleboro
community and beyond, mostly through Brattleboro Area Hospice, for close to 12 years.
This quote by Susan Parris, executive director of Brattleboro Hospice, speaks to the
essence of who they are. "As potent as any medicine, the songs of Hallowell lift one
from the physical confinement of illness to a sacred place, where love, beauty, and
community commune with the spirit."
BRIAN D. COHEN
Brooks Memorial Library
29. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
MAIN FLOOR: Color and black-and-white photographs by
members of the Brattleboro Camera Club. MEZZANINE -- SOUTH DISPLAY CASE:
Artworks and artifacts from the Loud Collection. LOCAL HISTORY ROOM WINDOW:
Loud Collection ceramics. SECOND FLOOR -- ENTRYWAY: Brattleboro Mineralogical
Society exhibit of petrified wood, agates, geodes, and thunder eggs. CHILDREN'S
BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASE: "The Bird Book," printmaker, painter, and educator
Brian D. Cohen's alphabet book of hand-watercolored etchings of birds, each
accompanied by a two-line rhyming verse by Holiday Eames. Library hours:
Mon.-Wed. 10-9; Thur. 1-6; Fri. 10-6; & Sat. 10-2.
30. Brattleboro History Center
196 Main St. (through the side door of Masonic Center),
(802) 258-4957, info: email@example.com, brattleborohistoricalsociety.org
Free admission: Open 4-7 for Gallery Walk, otherwise
Thurs.-Fri. 2-4, Sat. 11-3. View military uniforms and photos from the Post 5 American
Legion's collection. Learn about Island Park through an extensive photo
display; see Delicate Spring Dresses and a Union Station Diorama. 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.
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1
The Silo Gallery presents watercolors by Michelle
Jackson of Essex. Michelle loves to watch watercolors flow, mix together, and
magically change into new colors. She says, "Vermont's nature, scenery, and changing
seasons are my inspirations." Informational literature from statewide destinations,
as well as showcase exhibits by regional galleries and individual artisans are
popular with visitors and residents alike. Open 7 am to 11 pm daily.