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.
GALLERY WALK IS ON FRIDAY, JUNE 1.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
Next month's Gallery Walk is Friday, July 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,
Paintings from Ray Fiske's "Canvas and Steel" series, as
well as his 5-foot Tin Man, were recently added to ongoing exhibits, which include: paintings
by young Alex Hrabchak; flora, fauna, and 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 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
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898,
GALLERY OPEN 1 to 3:30 pm for June 1 Gallery Walk; open
year-round by calling ahead to arrange a visit.... Stephen Lloyd: Recent Work,
May 4-June 10—instagram.com/cxsilvergallery. Artist Talk at 5 pm on Friday, June
8: Backstory and process in a gallery tour of the exhibition; Steve will also read examples
of his poetry and prose. Publications: Linda Montano: 14 Years of
Living Art—magcloud.com/browse/issue/1184522—and Nye Ffarrabas: a
walk on the inside—magcloud.com/browse/issue/756374.... Emma Rueter Photography:
"For the Love of the Game" showing June 12 to 27. Reception for the artist on Wednesday,
June 13, 5-7 pm.... Nye Ffarrabas: Flux Birthday - Nye at 86. Opening June 12.
FluxBirthday Celebration Thursday June 21, 5-8 pm.... DIM SUM catering by
appointment; calling 1-2 days in advance recommended, (802) 257-7898.... Self-contained
3rd floor airBnB apartment with art all around: www.airbnb.com/rooms/7173206.
3. Amy Beecher Studio
28 Williams St. (in Whetstone Studios), (802) 257-0124, web:
Join Amy Beecher in her studio during Gallery Walk for a
look at her process and recent work. Beecher moved to Brattleboro from Providence, R.I., to
join the faculty at Marlboro College. She has been a fellow in interdisciplinary art at The
Macdowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., and an artist-in-residence at the Digital Media
Center for Art at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Her work—painting, sculpture,
installation, performance, ephemera, and more—has been presented in art centers and
galleries nationally. Light refreshments will be served.
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
& Art Center
4. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during GALLERY WALK—memberships available
at a 10% discount.... Sculpture Garden exhibit: "Displaced," quirky re-assemblages by
Angelo Arnold. Through October 8: Best of "Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys":
Steve Gerberich - Elaborate blinking, whirling, humming, buzzing sculptures....
Through June 17: Alfred Leslie: Selections from "100 Views Along the Road" - Elegant
black-and-white watercolors of American scenes.... 3D Color: Gloria Garfinkel -
Experience changing perceptions of color.... Hereandafter: Susan von Glahn Calabria
- Gouache paintings on paper.... Bottle in the River: Richard Klein - Sculpture
made with found glass.... We Walk in Their Shadows: Gowri Savoor - The physical and
cultural processes of migration and belonging. OPEN 11-5, closed Tues. Admission: $8-$6-$4,
Free: members & under 18; Free on Thurs. 2-5 pm.
5. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St., (802) 490-2354,
Maria Pugnetti, a multimedia artist with a degree in
painting, has worked as a light and sound designer, as well as a graphic designer and
illustrator producing cover art for musicians and authors in Europe and America. Inspired
by ecology and mythology, her painting style is intuitive and animistic. She considers her
work a visual poetry that can illuminate the archetypal forms uniting and guiding us toward
self-reflection, healing, and evolution. This collection includes large panoramic
allegorical paintings and small mixed-media works—visit www.woolymar.com and instagram.com/woolymar. 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.
6. River Gallery School & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
River Gallery School looks out the windows! This month, the
upstairs gallery spaces feature work from all classes that share a look around the
neighborhood. See the Whetstone Brook in many seasons, the Brattleboro Museum, the
Coop parking lot, the arch bridge, lower Main Street shops, the Holstein building, and
other Brattleboro sites and sights. Stop by to see the neighborhood through someone else's
eyes, and sign up for interesting and varied summer classes, workshops, and ArtCamps for
lookers and makers of all ages.... GALLERY 34, at sidewalk level, features 2-D and
3-D work by Ross Smart during June.
Preview for 6/23
TINY HOUSE FEST
7. Latchis Gallery & Theatre
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.theater.latchis.com,
In June, the Latchis Gallery hosts an exhibit related to the
Tiny House Festival, happening on Flat Street on Saturday, June 23. Stop in at
the gallery during regular movie theater hours to find out more.... On Friday, June
1, Ramunto's is hosting an Open House and Free Concert in the Latchis
Underground Lounge from 7 to 9 pm. Live Music by The Moondogs. Tickets available
at Ramunto's or at the Latchis Hotel front desk.
8. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insightphotography.org
The staff at In-Sight are passionate about photography and are
dedicated artists in their own right. For the month of June, works by staff members
Victoria Heisler, Katie Kohnfelder, and Zachary Stephens are featured in The Tiny
Gallery.... The In-Sight Photography Project and its Exposures Cross-Cultural Youth Arts
Program empower youth, through photography, to find their own creative voices and to
communicate their unique personal visions. Classes in photographic arts are provided
regardless of ability to pay. Curriculum is guided by understanding and respect for
individuals, communities, and cultures. This exhibition is open to the public Mon.-Fri.
118 Elliot Gallery
9. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
"Serpent in the Wilderness," a solo exhibition by Andy
Richter, is featured through June 30. From ashrams and caves throughout India to
living rooms across America, Richter reveals hidden layers and rarely seen dimensions
of a profoundly spiritual path and way of life. This visual exploration of yoga emerged
from the photographer's personal practice and experience. After studying yoga for years,
he decided to use his medium to search for the essence of the teachings. Artist Talk
& Book Signing on Sat., June 2, 6-8 pm. Gallery Hours: Thurs.-Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 12-5
pm. Visit online for exhibit and membership info.
10. 118 Elliot Gallery
118 Elliot St., (802) 257-2757 Lisa, firstname.lastname@example.org
New York-based artist Laurel Marx is featured through June
29. "Shadow Becomes Light," a catalogue of recent work, has been culled from far-flung
travels and decades of art-making. Marx is a well-known designer with installations
throughout the United States. In this exhibition she shares her photo-collages, large
prints that explore the nuances of natural light. Shadows play across museum floors and
South American tiles, across Italian terraces and city lofts—the focus always being
the interplay between diffuse light and the stark moment when one's attention is called into
a closer focus. Opening reception 5:30-8 on June 1; otherwise open Sat. 12-4 and by
appointment with Lisa Mendelsund at phone or email above.
11. ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
Arlene Distler, co-founder of Write Action, painter, poet,
and in recent years potter, is the collective's featured member for June&her bowls, cups,
tumblers with unique cloud motif, and other vessels were created with beautiful painterly
glazes. Each ceramic piece comes with a signed poem from her new collection or from
"Voices Like Wind Chimes," the Finishing Line Press chapbook also sold at ArtRageUs1. Stop
by for an evening of poetry and pottery! ArtRageUs1 is also home to the figurative furniture
of Gayle Marie Weitz and Write Action books. OPEN Fri./Sat. and most Sundays
11-5 and online.
12. Sweet Miri's Café
55 Elliot St., (802) 490-2319,
www.sweetmiris.com, visit on
Floral art by Patty Harmsen and Eugene Bartlett
continues on exhibit in June. This Gluten-Free safe space, which accommodates other food
restrictions when possible, offers a variety of comfort foods and baked goods—including
panini sandwiches, homemade soups, breads, rolls, pastries, cookies, cakes, pies, and
muffins. Full menu available all day; dine in or take out. Owner-chef Dara Bartlett
Levy, a registered dietitian, discovered her love of GF baking after her celiac disease
diagnosis. Future offerings include cooking classes and allergy sensitivity training.
Spring hours: Mon.-Fri. & Sun. 7-4, Sat. 10-2. Open late for Gallery Walk.
IMAGES OF NEW MEXICO
13. Cantina Vidorra
49 Elliot St., (802) 490-2532, visit on Facebook
Front café gallery spaces feature a "wild mishmash of epic
creations" by Jonas Fricke. The rear café seating area is featuring an exhibit
of about three dozen oversize images of New Mexico, including stunning natural wonders,
flora and fauna, and Native American people, places, and crafts. The Cantina offers starters,
build-your-own or traditional tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas, other specialties,
and a kids' menu. Open Tues.-Sat. 11-8.
14. Elliot St. Fish & Chips
50 Elliot St., (802) 451-9482, email@example.com,
FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More
June featured artist Lucy Congleton shares: "I love to
make things with my hands because, with tangible evidence, I can easily understand how
my work will in some way enrich my life. Some of my work explores the concept of our
individual relationships with our environment, whether that means our movements in the
space around us or our long-term impacts on the earth as we live our lives. Some work
contemplates what it means to be female, and some seeks beauty in typically mundane,
seldom-noticed objects or interactions of daily life." The café uses fresh,
local, and organic ingredients. Open Tues.-Sat. 11:30-8, till 8:30 for Gallery
15. Cara Wolff Jewelry
4 Elliot St., (802) 451-9482,
This studio and store features work by metalsmith and jewelry
designer Cara Wolff Meinke, who has been making jewelry for over 20 years and
studied metalsmithing at art schools across the country. Handcrafted earrings, necklaces,
rings, and bracelets are displayed on tables Cara crafted from local, live-edge slabs of
spalted maple and pine. Also featured are the works of guest jewelry, ceramic, and
fiber artists, as well as locally harvested reishi, chaga, and turkey tail mushroom
tinctures by Dark Matter. Open Wed.-Sat. 10-5 and till 8 for Gallery Walk; otherwise
open by appointment.
Windham Movement Apparel
16. Windham Movement Apparel
5 Arch St., below 41 Main, (802) 246-1223, visit on Facebook,
Latin Zumba Dance Party with Adra, 5:30-6:30 during Gallery
Walk. Following the week-long "We're Muslim Don't Panic" residency with Amirah Sackett,
Ea Maples presents her photographs of the workshops, artist talk, and performances.
Maples creates fine art and conceptual works as well as specializes in performance
photography. Sackett's residency was a collaboration between Sandglass Theater and the
Southern Vermont Dance Festival. SVDF is set for July 19-22&tickets are on sale at
www.southernvermontdancefestival.com. WMA supplies quality products
to the movement arts community in an environment that encourages fellowship between
participants and increases awareness of the life-long benefits of movement for everyone.
Open Tues./Wed./Thurs. 1-7, Fri./Sat. 10-6, and till 8:30 for Gallery Walk.
17. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
June features recent works "on all manner of media" by local
artist Jonas Fricke, who describes his offerings as "visual songs to incant inner
spring and a tipping of all hats to the turmoils traversed, blooming yesterdays, seasons
and friends past: exuberant works for a worried world." Stop in 7 days to see the exhibit
and enjoy Mocha Joe's own freshly roasted coffee, a seasonal drink, and freshly baked
pastries. Open Mon.-Thurs. 7-8, Fri. 7-9, Sat. 7:30-9, Sun. 7:30-8.
18. Yalla Vermont
80 Main St., (802) 579-1309, www.facebook.com/Yalla-Vermont
Anneli Curnock, June's featured artist, describes her art
as "extremely personal and a living, breathing entity capable of triggering an array of
emotions in those who view it." Her work guides viewers through a twisted world of
layered acrylic color, obscure faces, and simply drawn figures with complex stories of
struggle, fear, abandonment and love. The café's Middle Eastern breakfast and
lunch offerings are made from scratch—including the pita bread—using the
best local ingredients available. Hours: Closed Wed., open M-T-Th 8-3, Fri. 8-6 (later
for Gallery Walk), Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-3—subject to seasonal changes.
Turn It Up!
19. Turn It Up!
85 Main St., (802) 251-6015, www.turnitup.com
The record shop features a collection of vintage music and
movie posters, several rare and collectible. Artists include the Beatles and solo
projects, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the Clash, Prince, Gene Wilder, Marilyn Monroe,
Clint Eastwood. Turn It Up! sells new and classic music on vinyl and CD at bargain
prices every day. Open Mon.-Thurs. 10-8, Fri.-Sat. 10-9, Sun. 11-6.
20. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071,
"Portraits of the Pond" are featured through July. Local
photographer David Parker captures in stunning focus the beauty, intricacy, and
grace of the natural world through images of birds and other wildlife surrounding his
pond in southern Vermont. The café offers European-style breads; soups,
sandwiches, salads; specialty cakes, cookies, and other treats; open Mon.-Sat. 8-6, till
8 for the Walk, and Sun. 9-5.
Vermont Artisan Designs
21. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Guilford-based artist and runner John Dimick's
watercolors of Brattleboro and other parts of New England are featured in June. John
looks at familiar and not so familiar areas of town from the perspective of someone who
has lived here for a number of years. Also featured are oil paintings by Gay
Freeborn, whose "Love Story" series depicts a variety of animals, each with a closeup
detail of their human friend. A portion of sales of featured work will go to the Windham
County Humane Society. Opening Gallery Walk reception from 5:30 to 7 pm on June 1....
Visit online or stop by 7 days to see work by over 300 artists.
22. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
River Gallery School is exhibiting works from the
Children's Subscription Art program that supports the Scholarship Fund. Framed
original artwork created by children attending River Gallery School is loaned to businesses
and members of the community for a year to hang in offices and homes. RGS is a 41-year-old
nonprofit located at 32 Main St., Brattleboro. Call (802) 257-1577 for information, or
visit the website for class offerings—rivergalleryschool.org. (See Walk listing #6 for current exhibits.)
... The café serves Rainforest Alliance coffee and humanely raised meats, poultry,
and dairy with no antibiotics or added hormones; open daily 6 to 8, including for Gallery
Gallery in the Woods
23. Gallery in the Woods
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
Featured through July 31 are "Visions of the Biome," paintings
by Nancy Hayes, who worked as a ceramic sculptor for over 25 years. "Painting allows
me to be as honest as possible as a visual artist. I can be the designer, color theorist,
and inventor, giving form to my creativity." The detailed overlay of natural and geometric
forms and jewel-like color evoke cosmic, cellular, and botanical motifs, expressing the
dynamic flow of multidimensional structures underlying our biological life. She was
included in a 2000 DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park exhibit highlighting New
England's top-ten artists. Reception for the artist on July 6. Gallery open daily
24. Strolling of the Heifers Street Festival &
Middle block of Main St., (802) 246-0982,
FESTIVITIES DURING GALLERY WALK, 5:15 to 9 pm: Food and
merchandise vendors, non-profit information tables, plus music and entertainment of all
kinds are outdoors on Main Street, and inside the River Garden are the finals of the
Stroll's Bundt Cake Competition, Stroll merchandise, specialty food and Vermont
alcohol vendors. Come join the fun!!
Gallery at The Garden
25. The Gallery at The Garden
Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
Featured exhibits in June are Basha Freudenberg's
"Pasture and Barnyard" and Peter K.K. Williams' "Naive Omniscience." Freudenberg
has been painting for 20 years in Southern Vermont and New Hampshire. Cows intrigue her as
a subject because of their friendly, curious personalities. The color play between cows
and their landscape offers an interesting relationship between tone and shape. Williams'
paintings range in subject and style from rainforests to mist-swathed mountains in
ancient Chinese paintings, and the interplay between sky, sunlight, rock ledges and the
surface of Lake Champlain. The River Garden is open to the public Mon.- Fri. 9-5 and Sat.
12-4, except during special event rentals. (See previous listing for other events in the
River Garden during Gallery Walk on June 1.)
26. Penelope Wurr Fine Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
Continuing in the upstairs gallery during June: Porzellanatelier
Claudia Biehne from Leipzig, Germany, is exhibiting her idiosyncratic porcelain
vessels. Organic forms in glassy white are complemented by new luscious botanical prints
by Cavallini that are available both framed and unframed.... Creative Gifts and
Cards for Graduations, Weddings, and Father's Day.... New Spring Arrivals and CLASSIC
BRITISH FARE.... Open 11-6 daily, later for Gallery Walk.
27. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Bruce Campbell's "Thinking the Cosmos" is an exhibit of
kinetic sculpture created using brass, steel, copper, aluminum, and wood. Viewers
participate in the action through crank-activated mechanisms. The gears, levers, and
supports are all made by hand to represent in simplistic form the motion of moons,
planets, stars, and meteorological phenomena. While interactively entertaining, these
sculptures illuminate the dynamics of the natural and celestial worlds, bridging physics,
mechanics, and aesthetics. Campbell will be on hand during Gallery Walk on June 1. Artist
Talk on Sat., June 9, at 5:30. Gallery Hours: Wed.-Sun. 11-5.... Visit the MGFA Annex
in the Brooks House Atrium, 132 Main St., for a rotating exhibit of the gallery's
28. Take a Moment for Peace
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., (802) 254-4730
5:30-6 pm · This month's Moment for Peace is a
"Conversation About Peace" with Ananda Forest: What is peace? Where does it come
from? How do we cultivate it? It's an opportunity to share briefly what we have lived and
learned. Each one of us carries a precious piece of this puzzle. Ananda's classic
Brattleboro portfolio includes roles as a community college instructor, museum building
manager, carpenter, and devotee of Amritananda Mayi Ma and Neem Karoli Bab.
JOHN & JENNIFER
29. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
MAIN FLOOR—CEILING: Cloud-and-raindrops mobile, second
grade class, Academy School; MEZZANINE WALLS: Bill Fleming's "Greetings from
Brattleboro, VT" needlework; "Brattleboro's Printing and Publishing
Heyday–1900-1970," part of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded
"Brattleboro Words" Project; MEZZANINE CASES, LOCAL HISTORY ROOM: Additional "Brattleboro
Words" Project objects. SECOND FLOOR—CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASES: Beginning
mid-June, a book from John and Jennifer Churchman's "Sweet Pea & Friends"
series; ENTRYWAY CASE & FACING WALL: History of eugenics program in Vermont, by
Guilford Central School 4th/5th graders. Items from the Fine Arts Collection
are permanently displayed throughout the building; take a self-guided walking tour
during library hours: Mon.-Wed. 10-9; Thurs.-Fri. 10-6; & Sat. 10-5.
30. Brattleboro History Center
196 Main St., (802) 258-4957, through side door of Masonic Center,
FREE ADMISSION: Open 2-7 for Gallery Walk, otherwise Fri. 2-4, Sat.
12-3, and by appointment. SLIDE SHOW ON JUNE 1, 5-7 pm, featuring local personalities
and interesting places to be covered in more depth in the "People, Places and Words
Project" displays in our area over the next few years! Browse through Mary Cabot's
diary entries about Rudyard Kipling, photos of Island Park, examples of period clothing,
information on the world-famous Estey Organ Co., and much more. Visit the BHS Research
Room at the Municipal Center (3rd fl, elevator), open Thurs. 2-4, Sat. 10-12, and by
Hermit Thrush Brewery
31. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
Deb & John Boyd create fanciful fiber and functional
forged iron décor for the home in their shop in Charlemont, Mass. A blacksmith for more
than 25 years, John hand-forges pieces that are both useful and artistic. Deb sculpts
and "paints" whimsical creations from locally sourced wools using the needle-felting
method of fiber art. The couple also upcycle found objects into purposeful home décor.
Together they have operated their shop "Country Things" on the Mohawk Trail in Charlemont for
over 20 years. Hermit Thrush Pint Night available from 5 pm during Gallery Walk on
June 1. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 3-8, Fri.-Sat. 12-9, Sun. 12-6.
32. BODHIFIT: transform body & mind
22 High St., (802) 246-2220, walk around corner onto Green St.,
a one-way, first door on left), www.bodhifit.net
Kristin Cassidy, owner of downtown Brattleboro's premiere Hot Yoga
fitness studio, is proud to present Keene Carse, aka "team"—a world renowned
Graffiti artist. From the subways of NYC in the '70s and '80s to the international art
scene, "team" has made his mark. Come see his inspiring new pieces in a show titled "from
the heART." Vibrant colors, rhythm, and design, and a unique urban style, will please art
lovers of all styles. Bodhifit's studio setting will explode with color. Artist's reception
beginning at 6 pm during Gallery Walk on June 1. Refreshments served. BODHIFIT offers Spin,
Hot Yoga, Personal Training, and more.
Body in Harmony
33. Body in Harmony
22 High St., 2nd floor, (802) 380-3928, enter up around cor. on
Green St., then GO THROUGH Bodhifit Yoga, www.facebook.com/bodyinharmony5, firstname.lastname@example.org
A Gallery Walk OPEN HOUSE features Carla Magbie Pottery. "I
began working with clay in 1992 while living in Richmond, California. I studied pottery at
the Richmond Art Center, as well as at Laney College in Oakland, and have participated in
numerous workshops around Northern California and New England. Shape, form, and balance are
of utmost importance. My pots are thrown thin and strong, resulting in an elegant,
well-balanced form. Each piece is unique, dishwasher and microwave safe.".... This small
fitness studio, where you can come as you are, offers Spin, Barre, High Intensity Training,
Boot Camp, and Ugi. Visit online for more information.
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1
Work by Rich Gombar, an American painter of his environment,
is featured during June in the Silo Gallery and on four panels in the main hall. "Where
once art needed nature to survive, we now need art to help nature survive. I paint to
capture beauty, to hold a passing moment, to memorialize what may be fleeting, or in the
case of barns or industrial sites, falling. I try to make the immense intimate."...
Brochures, magazines, maps, and showcase exhibits of area products, artwork, and fine
crafts are resources for visitors and residents alike. Open 7 am to 11 pm daily.