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, DECEMBER 7.
NOTE: MOST EXHIBITS ARE OPEN ALL MONTH.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
The next Gallery Walk will be on FRIDAY, JANUARY 2.
"Campaign for the
Jello Islands" et al.
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,
New exhibit: Nom, Nom, Nomsense! presents fun,
imaginative collages by Tiffany Heerema featuring colorful vintage food
imagery -- sure to whet your appetite! Continuing arelarge 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 4:30 to 8 on Dec. 5 and 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 DECEMBER GALLERY WALK: Contact Hannah
Parker for information on renting studios or short-term meeting spaces in the
Whetstone Studio building.
4. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walk. Enjoy current
exhibits: 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. Winter Hours: Open daily 11-5, Closed Tuesdays.
Admission: $8-$6-$4, free for BMAC members and youth 18 & under.
5. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St.,
Featured artist Rhonda Zoch has been painting since
1992 and is showing recent work through the end of January. "My work reflects
universal energy, be it from the most ancient and primal beginnings to the
spiritual embodiment that challenges the ethos of modern-day existence. Clouds,
prisms of light, nature spirits, the forest floor, granules of sand, and the elusive
shimmer of rhythmic, watery forms are my everyday inspirations." 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.
6. Brattleboro Food Co-op
2 Main St., (802) 257-0236 Sabine,
Six staff artists are showing work for sale throughout
the store during Gallery Walk, Dec. 5, 4:30-7 pm. For more info, visit the
Co-op's website (above) and Facebook:
www.facebook.com/BrattleboroFoodCoop. Open Mon.-Sat. 7-9,
7. Superfresh! Organic Café
30 Main St., www.superfreshcafe.com
Specializing in acrylic paintings on found and recycled
surfaces, Sarah Adam creates abstract formations that merge underwater life
and outer space with vivid color and imagination. Visit her website at
Music 8:30-10 pm for Gallery Walk, BYOB, kitchen open till 10. Hours otherwise:
Mon.-Wed. 9-3, Thurs.-Fri. 9-10, Sat. 10-10, Sun. 10-9.
8. River Gallery School of Art
32 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Angels, Beasts, Shepherds & Kings are on
exhibit and most for sale to benefit the RGS Scholarship Fund. Started 25
years ago by RGS cofounder Barbara Merfeld-Campman, this annual tradition kicks off
with a workshop in which children, teens, and adults make an Angel, Beast, Shepherd,
or King for themselves and one to donate. Stop by to enjoy the amazing handmade
creations and festive lights to get in the holiday spirit.
DEEDEE JONES et al.
SAXTONS RIVER ART GUILD
Latchis Main Theatre
9. Latchis Gallery
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
A. LATCHIS GALLERY: Six members of Brattleboro
Clayworks exhibit work in clay, including Marilyn Buhlmann, Sally Geldard-Hewes,
Annie Lauterbach, Alan Steinberg, Kate Wylie and Shari Zabriskie. Open for
Gallery Walk and other times TBA. Visit online at
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.
10. Evan James Ltd., Diamond Jewelers &
48 Main St., (802) 254-3333,
Now featuring the Luca by Lecil line of
Italian-designed bracelets, handcrafted from the finest neoprene- and nickel-free,
hypoallergenic materials with brilliant White Sapphires and colorful natural Zircon
gemstones. Perfect for any occasion, prices start at $175. Also featured is the
area's largest selection of Antique and Estate Jewelry, as well as Alex and
Ani Energy Bracelets. "Brattleboro's Diamond Destination" since 1987 is open
ANDRÉA WALLENS POWELL
Twilight Tea Lounge
11. Twilight Tea Lounge
41 Main St. - Lower Level (enter directly from Arch St. hill),
Photography by Andréa Wallens Powell is featured.
These "Digital Explorations" include a sampling of photographic series and individual
studies in nature (including macrophotography), on the farm, and as painterly
"abstracts" captured in unlikely places. "Photography can evoke an emotion, commit
understanding to a set of ideals, or lay down a foundation for what is experienced in
a moment.... [It can] transform recognizable patterns and shapes into something
greater." Tea & Treats served till 10. Regular Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 12-8,
Fri.-Sat. 12-10, Sun. 12-6; closed Mon.
12. Flat Street Brew Pub
6 Flat St., (802) 257-1911, www.flatstreetbrewpub.net
Continuing 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.
Zachary P. Stephens
13. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
In-Sight's Annual Alumni Exhibition features work by
Zachary P. Stephens, Michelle Stephens, Helen Jones, Evan Darling, Wyatt Andrews,
Rachael Warriner and Laisa Bellomo-Johnson, among others. The opening reception
during Gallery Walk, 5:30-8:30 pm on December 5, includes the winning-ticket drawing
for IPP's Lakota Quilt raffle. The In-Sight Photography Project empowers youth
through photography and makes all classes available to any interested youth regardless
of their ability to pay. Call the office or visit IPP's website for further
14. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
The annual VCP Members Holiday Exhibition of recent
work is featured through December 28. VCP's members are truly what keeps it afloat.
This large group of local and regional photographers is dedicated to assisting with
promotion of VCP's mission through exhibitions and educational opportunities. The
annual members exhibit celebrates that passion for photography. Opening Reception
during Gallery Walk on Friday, Dec 5, 5:30-8:30 pm. More details online; otherwise
open Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 12-5.
15. Artrageus 1, LLC
57 Elliot St., (724) 650-7011 Nick,
SHOWING THROUGH December 21, then closed until April:
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.
16. 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,
SHOWING THROUGH December 21, then closed until April: Local
craftsmanship has been honored since October 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.
Vermont Artisan Designs
17. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
December's featured artist is Taj Campman, a
Brattleboro native now living in Brooklyn, NY. His parents, Ric and Barbara
Campman, cofounded the River Gallery Art School (see Listing #8). Taj was immersed
in all kinds of art and creative practices as he grew up, and his work is heavily
influenced by graphic design, street art, and modern art. He juxtaposes creative
elements and technical practices as a through line in his body of work. The
conflict of styles creates tension but ultimately becomes a powerful union. Stop
by to enjoy the art, sip a cup of tea or freshly roasted coffee, and enjoy homemade
18. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Featured in December are new works by Vermont artists
Anne Cady and Dominic Koval, jewelry by Ed Levin and Michael
Michaud, and glass by Ed Branson and Tony Faith. A portion of sales
during the Gallery Walk reception will go to Project Feed the Thousands or the
Windham County Heat Fund. Open 7 days, with extended hours during the holidays;
check times on our Facebook page. Visit the gallery online.
19. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
Barns photographed by Lowell Fewster -- many in
nearby Vermont and New Hampshire -- show themselves in all seasons and stages of
their life and use. Barn-red or unpainted, new and old, several with cattle or sheep,
they display their classic beauty and straightforward utilitarian design. Barns
celebrate an iconic way of life as essential components in producing our food. Many
have disappeared; others are now unused.... 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
20. 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."
21. 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
22. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071
Recent work by Ellen Tumavicus and Lydia
Thomson continues on exhibit in December. 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.
23. Michaela Harlow: New Work
133 Main St. (former Verde shop), (802) 380-3840,
"Who Robbed the Woods? Paintings from the Forest" is a
collection of new work by Michaela Harlow. A percentage of sales during
Gallery Walk will go to the Halifax Conservation Group, to protect forestland
from the threat of development. Gallery Walk opening on December 5, 5:30-8:30.
Additional hours: Sat. & Sun. 12-6 through December 21, and by appointment. For
further info, call the artist or visit online.
24. Qualche Volta Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 609, one flight up in the
Hooker-Dunham Building -- access from Main St. or alleyway entrance
Continuing exhibit of 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
25. Gallery in the Woods & Dante's
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
Featured work includes Marilyn Andrews' Clay Sculpture and
colorfully painted Animal Carvings and Sacred Yarn Paintings from Mexico. Andrews
explains, "Making images in clay [is] another way for me to understand my
experience of the world ... similar to what often happens when I'm talking about
what I think: when I hear myself, what I think becomes clearer to me, more solid
in words than in thought." ... Huichol Sacred Yarn Paintings of Nayarit,
Embroidered Pillows from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, and more than 250
woodcarvings, handpicked by the gallery's owners, are affordable and entertaining.
Gallery Walk reception, 5:30-8:30, with live music by the Moondogs. Open 7
26. 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 Dec. 5 for "The Blue Prophetic
Alphabet" by Julia Zanes, showing through December. Enjoy music by The
Little Hope String Band: Donald Saaf, Duke Johnson, Finn Campman, and special
guest Phil Bloch. Each of Zanes' works is comprised of bright and bold characters
or vegetation. The use of delicate, transparent layers of cobalt and blue-green --
which act like a veil for the viewer to peer through -- creates an enchanted and
dream-like feeling. Working within a long-established tradition of narrative, these
paintings are an "attempt to go into those moments between sense and non-sense,
when storytelling is at its most urgent." Hours by appt. in December.
27. The Gallery at The Garden
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
The December exhibit features photographs of Vermont's
organic farming pioneers by John Nopper, and selected photographs of the
Brattleboro Food Co-op's "Producers of the Month." Open during Gallery Walk,
Dec. 5, from 5:30 to 8:30. Gallery open otherwise Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 11-5, Sun.
Glass & Gifts
28. Penelope Wurr: Contemporary Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
Penelope's photographs of London Night Life in the
'80s, taken in her postgraduate year at Central School of Art, are up through
Gallery Walk weekend only; these images inspired a series of etchings she produced
that same year. Also featured are Penelope's Fine Contemporary Glass and a
unique selection of Local and European Gifts. Christmas '"Crackers" and Pudds,
holiday groceries from London, a bounty of ornaments and other holiday trappings
abound. December Hours: Mon.-Wed. 10-6, Thurs. 10-7, Fri. 10-8, Sat. 10-7, Sun.
11-6. Open till 8 all week prior to Christmas and late for Gallery Walk.
29. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Work by a select group of Brattleboro-West Arts members
in a wide range of mediums is featured in December. The show includes acrylic
geometric compositions by Stephen Lloyd; exquisite handcrafted furniture by
Jason Breen; Sharon Myers' intimate garment collages; silversmith
Chris Lann's organic and contemporary wearable art; and Gene Parulis'
magical photography. Open Wed.-Sun. from 11 to 5.
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 · Marking the darkest time of the year,
this Moment for Peace offers those attending a chance to light candles for places
in their hearts, communities, and the world where justice, conflict resolution, and
peace are needed. Rev. Lise Sparrow, pastor of Guilford Community Church, an
Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ, will lead the
meditation. A small "Moment of Peace" choir of singers from the community, led by Peter
Amidon, will perform two songs of peace. Everyone is welcome.
31. Brattleboro Senior Center
207 Main St., lower level, (802) 254-5808 x203
HOLIDAY SALE, 5-7 PM in the Center's Conference Room,
featuring the "Eclectic Voyages" 2015 Calendar, watercolors, prints, note cards,
original crafts, and "THE NO RECIPE COOKBOOK" by Susan Crowther, illustrated by the
"Brush and Palette Painters." A portion of sales from the calendars and selected
art will benefit the Brattleboro Senior Center and Senior Meals.
32. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
MAIN FLOOR: Local artist Matti Salminen has curated an
exhibit of works by other local artists in various media, about issues of
mental illness. MEZZANINE-SOUTH DISPLAY CASE: Artworks and artifacts from the
Loud Collection. LOCAL HISTORY ROOM WINDOW: Loud Collection ceramics.
SECOND FLOOR-ENTRYWAY: To be determined. CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASE: Original
hand-painted relief etchings by Brian D. Cohen from his alphabet book, "The
Bird Book," with rhyming couplets about each bird by Holiday Eames. Library
hours: Mon.-Wed. 10-9; Thur. 1-6; Fri. 10-6; & Sat. 10-2.
33. 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.
OPEN HOUSE: INFO ON
Shiatsu School of Vermont
34. Shiatsu School of Vermont
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
OPEN HOUSE 5:30 to 7 pm during Gallery Walk: Stop in to
learn about SSV's ongoing series on preparing organic herbal medicines and
cosmetics. The first is Sat., Dec. 6: Making Herbal Medicine for Children,
which covers herbal remedies for some of the most frequent children's ailments. The
uses of many common herbs and how to safely dose them for children will be
addressed, and participants will prepare herbal remedies to take home for use
during the winter months, when they may be needed most. Children are welcome!
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1
The Silo Gallery presents selected works from Vermont
Woods Studios in Vernon: Georgie from South Newfane paints colorful
mosaics of the inner landscapes she sees in nature. Susan Osgood of
Brattleboro is showing some of her contemporary works of art. Also on display
are quilts by Donna Tosi of Vernon. Visit online:
www.vermontwoodsstudios.com. Information and showcase exhibits are available
for visitors and residents alike. Open 7 am to 11 pm daily.