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, OCTOBER 7.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
The NEXT Gallery Walk will be on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4.
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,
"A Community of Movement"—six photographs by
Diane Sharp and Annie Macy show the streets of downtown Brattleboro
coming alive with dancers taking flight during the 2015 Southern Vermont Dance
southernvermontdancefestival.com. Other ongoing exhibits include paintings by
Else DeVoid; watercolors 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 & Dim Sum Teahouse
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898 or (802)
Gallery open 1-3:30 pm for Gallery Walk; otherwise open year-round
by calling 1-2 days in advance.... Brian Cohen: The Emblem - archetypal etchings
through October. Cai Xi Retrospective 1980-2015 at The Putney School's Currier
Center—through Nov. 6, open daily, 418 Houghton Brook Rd., Putney, Vt. More
information at cxsilvergallery.com
and caixiart.com. Ongoing exhibits at
the Gallery: Selections from the show and book: Nye Ffarrabas: a walk on the
inside—50-year retrospective, cxsilvergallerly.com/nye-ffarrabas. Rodrigo Nava: Infinity
Forms - sculpture on lawn. Cai Xi's abstract performance painting using
mops/brooms/trowels as brushes; luminous landscapes; monumental portraits;
and the multimedia pinkslipproject.tumblr.com/archive.... DIM SUM DINING evenings
calling ahead recommended.
3. 1868 Crosby House
175 Western Ave., (802) 257-7145,
"Digital Explorations" by Andréa Wallens Powell
include a sampling of photographic series and individual studies in nature, on the farm,
and as painterly "abstracts" captured in unlikely places. "Photography can evoke an
emotion, commit understanding to a set of ideals ... or transform recognizable patterns
and shapes into something greater." Stop by between 5 and 8:30 during Gallery Walk to
meet the artist, enjoy refreshments, and tour the Crosby House, a tastefully restored
and appointed Victorian bed-and-breakfast built in Italianate style. Its luxurious
accommodations and lovely gardens are the perfect setting for out-of-town guests and
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
& Art Center
4. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walk. Opening Reception during
Gallery Walk, 5:30-8:30 pm, for "Windows to Creative Expression": Young Poets &
Artists from the Poetry Studio, honoring the extraordinary voices and visual
expression of young local poets and artists; showing through Feb. 6. Other exhibits:
Up in Arms: Taking Stock of Guns, exploring guns' influence on society ...
Jamie Young's Chaos and Light, articulating abundant, tumultuous, encroaching
vegetation ... House/Home, A Work in Progress: John Willis's photographs of houses
in Native American communities shine a harsh light on income equality ... Union Station:
Gateway to the World, images and stories of the BMAC's home on its 100th anniversary
... Flora and Fauna, Babette Bloch's stainless steel sculptures on the museum
exterior and in the sculpture garden. Open daily 11-5, closed Tues. Admission: $8-$6-$4,
free: members and under 18. Free Thurs. after 2; guided tours Sat. at 2.
5. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St.,
Featured artist O, of Greenfield, Mass., signs work with an
image of the earth. O obsesses on the mashup of relevance of the earth and an ever-evolving
industrial mixed-media technique that employs ink, collage, photography, digital photo
manipulation, spray paint, stencils, and spot channel flatbed printing on metal. Seeing is
instagram.com/chimpanjesus. 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.
ADULT STUDIO CLASSES
River Gallery School
6. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
River Gallery School is holding over its annual Faculty Show
this month, including work by members of the staff and Board of Directors. Recent work by
the artists who teach classes and workshops at the school allows prospective students to
get a feel for each teacher's style.... GALLERY 34 is hosting paintings of cows by
Basha Freudenberg, who shares: "I've been painting in southern Vermong for 15 years.
I call myself a plein air painter in that most of my painting is done outside throughout the
seasons. For the last 3 years I have been painting cows and steers in their pastures. What
captures me most is the contrast of greens and golds of the grass with the darks and
red-browns of the cows."
7. Latchis Gallery
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
Featured in October is "With You," the first solo exhibit by
Hannah Cummins, which is part of an ongoing multimedia project rooted in the
process of remembering, using art as a tool for navigating loss and grief. A Brattleboro
resident, Cummins earned a BA from Goddard and studied at Marlboro College. Opening
reception 5-7 pm during Gallery Walk on Oct. 7; hours otherwise during regular Latchis
Theatre hours and special times to be announced. Cummins' exhibit is part of a new
program at the Latchis called Splice, which combines art in the gallery, a monthly
screening of films on themes related to the artwork, followed by conversation around
those themes. This month's Splice films and conversation will be on Tues., Oct. 18,
at 7 pm. More info at latchisarts.org.
8. Express Fluency
8 Flat St., (802) 275-2694, email@example.com,
Gallery Walk Open House on October 7 at Express Fluency's new
location. Work by Cuban artist José Fuster is currently exhibited.
Express Fluency offers a unique approach to learning a language which has helped
thousands of people, including previously unsuccessful language students, who can gain
fluency quickly and easily. Mini language class demos offered throughout the evening.
9. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
A solo exhibit entitled "I Hope This Makes You Feel Something," by
In-Sight student Daisy Osowski, is featured in the Tiny Gallery during October.
Created during In-Sight Photography's Exposures program, these images speak to the idea of
self-discovery and self-love, and are meant to feel ephemeral and flawed. The photographs
are paired with snippets of text related to intersecting and contrasting ideas of beauty
and pain. The In-Sight Photography Project empowers youth through photography, regardless
of ability to pay.
Vt Ctr for Photography
10. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
18th Annual Photography Auction & Exhibition to
benefit In-Sight Photography Project. Included are works from photographers of
international renown and outstanding professionals from all across the country. There
is something for everyone in this auction of over 250 prints and books. Subjects, mediums,
sizes, and techniques vary widely, and price ranges appeal to all, from sophisticated
collectors to art-loving bargain hunters. The exhibit is showing through October 30,
with an opening reception during Gallery Walk on October 7, 5:30-8:30 pm. Gallery hours
are daily 12 to 5. All bidding is online, with more info at
11. Restless Rooster Café & Coffee
134 Elliot St., (802) 258-2565, www.restlessroostercafe.com
Book Launch Party from 6 to 8 pm during Gallery Walk:
Author and illustrator team Jaimie Scanlon and Ellen Tumavicus celebrate their
first children's book, Ralph Flies the Coop. This family-friendly event features
international food, music, and lively interactive readings from the book, which tells the
story of a world-traveling rooster. All ages are invited to attend, and guests are
encouraged to wear international attire or rooster/chicken-themed clothing or
accessories.... Also featured in October are portrait images by Irshad Mustafa, a
self-taught, freelance photographer who moved to Brattleboro from New York City three
months ago. As a child, he photographed his friends and family with a Vivitar instant
camera. When Irshad bought his first digital camera in 2009, his interest in photography
became a love for photography." Open every day 7 to 2, serving a full Coffee Bar and
Breakfast all day and Lunch on Mon.-Fri. 11-2.
ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
12. ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
Now featuring work by Bud Gallagher, an extraordinary
woodcarver and painter of aquatic species; and Ken Hebson, author of the
prizewinning book South from Istanbul. Meet both during Gallery Walk: Ken will
read from his chapbook at 6:30, and Bud will talk about his work (which is 25% off!)
throughout the evening. ArtRageUs1 is an arts collective selling art, crafts, books,
and music created by local folks, and home to the figurative furniture of Gayle Marie
Weitz. Applications for membership in the arts collective are available online and
at the store on Elliot Street. Open Fri./Sat./Sun. from 11 to 5, and online.
13. Elliot St. Fish & Chips
50 Elliot St., (802) 451-9482, firstname.lastname@example.org,
FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More
Images of caterpillars and rain by Irshad Mustafa are
featured in October. A self-taught, freelance photographer, he moved to Brattleboro from
New York City three months ago. His love of images goes back to childhood, when he
photographed his friends and family with a Vivitar instant camera. In 2009, when Irshad
bought his first digital camera, his interest in photography became a love for
photography. The café uses fresh, local, and organic ingredients. Open Tues.-Sat.
11:30-8, till 8:30 for Gallery Walk.
14. MILK Schools: Your Language School
14 Elliot St., 2nd fl., (802) 380-9696, www.milkschools.com
Gallery Walk Opening Night on October 7 with refreshments
and international film celebrating the autumn showcase of artisan creations brought
from Mexico. See a traditional Tree of Life clay sculpture and "Alebrijes" from the
villages of Metepec and San Martín Tilcajete. The original Trees of Life were inspired
by biblical themes, but these elaborate sculptures include other themes today.
"Alebrijes" were first created by artisan Pedro Linares López, who developed them
from cardboard and wood. Fantasy images of creatures that came to him in dreams were then
carved and painted to create these fabulous sculptures. The school offers language
courses, tutoring, and translations. Open Mon.-Fri. 11-8, Sat. 9-3.
15. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
New nature, portrait, and experimental drawings by Jason
Alden, a drawing and painting teacher at River Gallery School, are featured in
October. Jason will be on hand to meet Walk patrons from 6:30 to 8:30 on October 7. Stop
by anytime for a sip of Java, locally baked treats, and a look at this month's
16. Ruggles & Hunt: Purveyors of Staple &
79 Main St., (802) 579-1900,
Gallery Walk Open House on October 7: Drop-in Workshop
3-6 pm with local designer Laura Zindel, who will demonstrate creation of her
image-transfer ceramics and debut her new line of prints—free signed print with $25 min.
purchase of Zindel wares. Other features include high-value Raffle Items with ticket
proceeds to benefit NEYT. Special Gifts with purchase of $25 or more. "A flirt, a laugh,
and a blare of color," the shop offers eye-catching clothing, jewelry, and creative
cards; stylish housewares and furnishings; a bounty of books, toys, and gifts for all
ages. Open daily 11-5:30, Sun. 12-5, 11-8 for Gallery Walk.
Turn It Up!
17. Turn It Up!
85 Main St., (802) 251-6015, www.turnitup.com
The record shop now 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.
18. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071,
October features original writings, sketches, and paintings
by local children's author/illustrator team Jaimie Scanlon and Ellen Tumavicus.
The exhibit chronicles the duo's journey and process in creating Ralph Flies the
Coop, the new multicultural picture book just released by Green Writers Press.
Brush up on your world languages (and your rooster!) as you stroll the café
visiting iconic world destinations with Ralph. 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 evenings, and Sun. 9-5.
Vermont Artisan Designs
19. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Featured in October are new oil paintings by Charles
Townsend, pastels by Linda Dessaint, and river stone sculptures by Jen
Herzer. The store is also celebrating American Craft Week and the second weekend
of the Vermont Crafts Council's Open Studios. Maps for the tour are available
at the gallery. A portion of sales of featured work will go to the Craft Emergency
Relief Fund (CERF+), which is currently helping flood victims in the South. Gallery
Walk reception, 6-7:30. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see work by over 300
artists and craftspeople.
20. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
Work by members of the Vermont Center for Photography
is featured during October. VCP members are from all over New England and represent
a wide variety of photographic styles and experience levels. Visit
vcphoto.org to find out more
information about becoming a member! .... Check out the "clothesline" exhibit of
children's artwork from River Gallery School.... The café serves
Rainforest Alliance coffee and humanely raised meats, poultry, and dairy with no
antibiotics or added hormones—thoughtfully sourced, local when possible. Open
daily 6 to 6, till 8 for Gallery Walk.
WOW Frozen Yogurt
21. WOW Frozen Yogurt
122 Main St., (802) 579-1255, www.facebook.com/WOW-Frozen-Yogurt
Paintings by Stan Ruszala of West Springfield, Mass.,
continue on display. Stan began his career as a restaurant server, though
his wife saw great potential in his doodles and sketches, and convinced him to try
his hand at painting. Stan's inspiration comes from crowded evening streets in front
of prominent and famous establishments around the world. He uses black canvas and
fluorescent colors to highlight and distinguish his work in a memorably bold and
whimsical style that's easy on the eye. Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 12-8, Fri.-Sat.
22. David Walter, Goldsmith & Platinumsmith
124 Main St., (802) 722-9620,
David Walter designs and produces contemporary heirlooms
in precious metals and gems. While primarily producing one-of-a-kind bespoke jewels,
some of David's commissions involve the refashioning of a piece of inherited family
jewelry to suit its new owner. In either case, it's a collaborative effort between the
client and the designer. Also showing are kinetic sculptures by Bruce Campbell:
Defining space through the unpretentious medium of wire that has been joined, bent, and
twisted into imaginative shapes, these works encourage viewer interaction through the
operation of a hand crank. Hours: Wed.-Sun. 10-6, later for Gallery Walk.
Gallery in the Woods
23. Gallery in the Woods & Dante's
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
The Gallery's continuing featured exhibit in October is Karen
Gaudette: Wishing for the Moon. Gaudette's exploration of archetypal and mystical
imagery is perfectly mated to scratchboard technique. The medium invites fineline drawing
with the feel of vintage black-and-white illustration. The artist has actualized the dream
realm with precision, rendering fantasy with a modern psychological twist. Showing
through Oct. 31. Open daily 11-5:30. The Moondogs will be playing during Gallery Walk on
24. The Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501, down the alley and through the glass
doors, (802) 380-1607, www.catherinedianichgallery.com
Featured through January 3, 2017, is an exhibit of John F.
Kennedy Family Photos from the Mark Shaw Archive. Shaw was personal photographer to
Jack and Jackie Kennedy, and many of these images were seen in the pages of Life
magazine during JFK's time in the White House. Others have never been exhibited before in
the United States. Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 during Gallery Walk on October 7.... Then,
beginning at 7:30 in the Gallery, Dede Cummings of DCDesign Books hosts a Book Release
Party for Between the Shadow by retired educator and poet Daniel A. Heller.
The reception includes a reading and book signing. Heller, who has authored six books on
education, says this first book of poems "gives voice to my inner demons ... so I send them
out, hoping they may bring someone insight or relief."
25. The Gallery at The Garden
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
Two artists are featured in October: Greg Moschetti and
Aashna Kinkhabwala. In "Landscapes Remembered and Imagined," Moschetti's vision in
his paintings is to create places which have a sense of familiarity about them and which
draw the viewer into a spiritual feeling of peaceful solitude. Kinkhabwala, 17 years old,
photographed her travels in India. Profits from the sales of her photos will benefit the
Apang Manav Mandal school that teaches disabled children a skill they can use to support
themselves. Meet & greet the artists on Friday, October 7, between 5:30 and 8:30 pm.
River Garden hours are otherwise Mon.-Fri. 9-5, except during special events.
WALLACE & SEWELL PILLOW
26. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
The Upstairs Gallery is showing ephemeral "Stitch Art" in
October. These antique cross-stitch and embroidery patterns were designed as
supplements to issues of the YOUNG LADIES JOURNAL in the late 1800s. Stop in for a
rare look at these beautiful intricate and colorful designs. Bauhaus-influenced
Wallace Sewell blankets and pillows are a great complement to this colorful
exhibit. Winter wearables include scarves and hats from the same London maker and a
new German woolen manufacturer. Also on display is Penelope's Fine Contemporary
Glass. Open Mon.-Sat. 10-6 (often late on Fri.), Sun. 11-6, and till 8:30 or later
for the Walk.
27. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Featured through October 22 is "Passaggi," an exhibit of wooden
creations as well as textile work and photography by David and Michelle Holzapfel.
Artist Talk on Saturday, October 8, at 5 pm. The gallery showcases contemporary fine art
and craft by mid-career and established artists in a variety of mediums. Open Wed.-Sun.
11-5 and for Gallery Walk.... Also visit the MGFA Annex in the Brooks House Atrium at
128 Main St. for selected work by prominent and emerging featured artists.
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 · In keeping with the 2016 program
theme of "Pilgrimage," on October 7 Duncan Hilton, a graduate of Harvard Divinity
School, leads a meditation on his pilgrimage to Bolivia, where he studied Spanish at a
Catholic Monastery to prepare himself to serve communities of Latino people in
Springfield, Mass., and elsewhere. Hilton returned from Bolivia on September 27 and
hopes to be ordained soon for ministry in the Episcopal Church.
Brooks Memorial Library
29. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
SECOND FLOOR–CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASES:
Award-winning natural sciences author and illustrator Jim Arnosky offers
"Frozen Wild," "Jim Arnosky's Wild World," "Thunder Birds," and "Creep and Flutter."
ENTRYWAY CASE: Kids' crafts, including LEGO-palooza! MEZZANINE–LOCAL HISTORY
ROOM WINDOWS: left–Abenaki artifacts collected locally;
right–Vases from the Henrietta Loud Collection of
19th-century artworks; GLASS DISPLAY CASE: More objects from the Loud
Collection. 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.-Fri. 10-6; & Sat.
30. Brattleboro History Center
196 Main St. (through side door of Masonic Center), (802)
Free admission: Open 2-7 for Gallery Walk, otherwise
Thurs.-Fri. 2-4, Sat. 11-3. Exhibits include a Prom Dress from 1913 and an early Folk
Dress from the local Swedish Collection.... View a sampling of Colonel Yearbooks
and "The Dial" literary magazines.... Browse online photo collections any time.
The trial run of a new Flickr site is showing photos from construction of Brattleboro
Union High School in 1950-51, taken by the former Lewis R. Brown studio on Main
originals are stored in the BHS collection. Feedback is welcome! Visit the BHS Research
Room at the Municipal Center (3rd fl, elevator) open Thurs. 2-4, Sat. 10-12, and by
31. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
For 10 years, local filmmaker Angela Snow has been
shooting "Mortality of Dreams," a feature documentary in the tiny village of Yantalo,
Peru. Photos are on display chronicling construction of the first sustainable hospital
in that country, a retired doctor's dream. At 7 pm diromg Gallery Walk on October 7,
Angela will show video clips with Q&A. Pints of beer for Hermit Thrush Pint
Night will be available 5 pm-late. From 6 to 8 pm, free local bratwurst and ice
cream will celebrate a fundraiser to edit and finish Angela's documentary. More info
is at www.ToTheMoonProductions.com. Open Mon.-Thurs. 3-8, Fri.-Sat. 12-9,
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
I-91 Welcome Center
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1
The Silo Gallery presents contemporary landscapes by Charles
Townsend of Marlboro, whose approach involves focusing on the emotion, atmosphere,
and energy of his paintings—www.charlestownsendart.com. Vermont farm scenes painted by Amy
Mosher of Chester capture the individual characteristics and personalities of her
animals and the rural nature of farm life—www.amymosherart.com. Jason Breen of West Brattleboro is
showing his traditional solid-wood furniture. From milling the wood himself to the
handcrafted joinery, his work is sensual and
unique—www.jasonebreen.com. Information and showcase exhibits are useful
resources for visitors and residents alike. Open 7 am to 11 pm daily.