Founded in 1995
A Project of the Arts Council of Windham County
A YANKEE MAGAZINE EDITORS' CHOICE in 2004
A year-round, festive FIRST FRIDAY stroll, 5:30 to
in downtown Brattleboro, Vt. and nearby locations.
This month's Gallery Walk is on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
The NEXT Gallery Walk will be on FRIDAY, MARCH 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,
Ongoing exhibits include paintings by German native Else
DeVoid, who wanted to create even when life was colorless and tense under the
Nazi regime; watercolors by gifted 11-year-old artist Alex Hrabchak;
flora, fauna, and New England 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, light-filled 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
Ink Dog Tattoos
2. Ink Dog Tattoos & Art Gallery
1010 Western Ave., (802) 988-0180,
INK DOG IS CLOSING EARLY for GALLERY WALK ON FEB. 5 while owner
Becca Blust is at the Hooker-Dunham Theatre & Gallery from 5 to 7 (listing
#24) showing her art as well as clothing and bags made from recycled/repurposed fabrics,
and handmade jewelry. A native of Guilford, Becca spent 8 years working as a tattoo
artist in Burlington, Vermont and Austin, Texas. Influenced by work of M. C. Escher and
Frank H Netter, she often includes fine line and detail in custom tattoos. The gallery
is showing some of Becca's original drawings, but fine artists in all mediums are
invited to show their work. Open in February by appointment on Wed.-Sat. 12-6.
3. C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898 or (802)
Gallery OPEN 4-6:30 for Gallery Walk; otherwise open
year-round by calling 1-2 days in advance. New exhibition and book
launch for Rodrigo Nava: Collagraphs for Sculpture, featuring Collagraph prints
and expanded steel sculpture through March 2016. Ongoing exhibits include In The Box:
Recent Works by Cai Xi, the continuing show and book Nye Ffarrabas: a walk on
the inside - 50-year retrospective, cxsilvergallery.com/nye-ffarrabas; luminous landscapes, portraits,
the Wu Ji (Infinity Within) series of abstract performance painting using
mops/brooms/trowels as brushes, and the multimedia Pink Slip Project
Dim Sum Dining & Catering daily by appointment—menu at
dimsumvt.com; call ahead 1-2 days.
Dim Sum Buffet on February 14, 11-7—details at
ahead for seating....
Asian Cultural Center of Vermont presents Lunar New Year Festival of Vietnam, Korea,
and China on Sunday, Feb. 7, 1-3 pm, at 118 Elliot St.; all ages welcome; info:
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
& Art Center
4. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walk.
5:30-7 pm: Teacher Open House—Museum educator Linda Whelihan invites
teachers to tour the galleries and brainstorm about curricular connections to current
exhibits. One teacher will win a membership!
8 pm: High School A Cappella Concert benefit for In-Sight Photography Project
(see listing #5).
Current exhibits: Open Call NNE (North-Northeast) 2016, work in
all media by twelve artists from New York and New England; and Recovering the
Body: Painters Craig Stockwell and Jon L. McAuliffe trace impulses through the
life and tragic death of explorer George Mallory, and to the present, where the
search remains. Ongoing exhibits include Drawing On, In, Out: Work by six
contemporary artists; and Penumbra: Evan Coronis' installation of cast glass.
Boxcars: Railroad Imagery in Contemporary Realism offers paintings by several
artists. Open daily 11-5, closed Tues. Admission: $8-$6-$4, free for BMAC members
and youth 18 & under.
5. High School A Cappella Concert for In-Sight at
10 Vernon St., Info: (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
Six regional high school groups will rock the main gallery
with a "warm-up" concert in anticipation of BMAC's 13th Collegiate A Cappella Concert
the next evening. Proceeds benefit the In-Sight Photography Project scholarship fund.
Renegade, Shoulder Narrows, Xpressivo, and Spiralia are student-directed
independent groups from the Brattleboro area. In addition, two top-notch ensembles
round out the show: the Brattleboro Union High School Madrigals, directed by
Patty Meyer, and the Leland & Gray Rebel Clefs, directed by Ron Kelley.
General admission at the door is $10, $5 for students. Seating is limited; some
standing room is available. Info: In-Sight, (802) 251-9960.
6. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St.,
Pamela Simmons of After-Thought Photography in Putney
presents photographs of the beautiful creatures at Save Your Ass Long Ear
Rescue in South Acworth, N.H. Participating with, and photographing for, this
non-profit has been an artistic and therapeutic venture for Pamela, an individual with
PTSD. She intends to expose issues of invisible disabilitiesóphysical but not in plain
sight, and emotional disabilities that people battle with day after day. 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.
River Gallery School
7. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
More than 50 artists participate in the Adult Studio
Classes at RGS, using various media to create work spanning many styles and
subjects. Included are 3-Dimensional work and 2-D pieces in oils, acrylics, pastels,
charcoal, and watercolors. As teaching interactions are one-on-one and guided by each
student's desires, the wonderful variety is inspiring! Paintings from the
Landscape Class will also be on exhibit. A new semester of exciting art
programming is under way. Registration is ongoing for adults, teens, and children;
visit online to register or call the office.... GALLERY 34 features found-object
sculpture by Ross Smart. Stop by the street-level gallery to feast your eyes on these
interesting works of art.
8. Latchis Gallery & Main Theatre
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.latchis.com
A. LATCHIS GALLERY: Landscapes in oils and watercolors
by Brattleboro native Scot Borofsky are featured and for sale in February. These
expressive en plein air studies, inspired by locations in the Brattleboro area, gave
Scot an opportunity to experiment with some new color combinations. Hours are 5:30 to
8:30 for Gallery Walk on February 5 and otherwise during film showings and by
appt.—call Scot at (802) 579-2507.
B. MAIN THEATRE: The New England Center for Circus Arts presents "Through
Our Eyes," a photographic exploration of the circus arts at NECCA. Some of the exhibit
is the result of a collaboration with In-Sight Photography Project: Circus student
Sophia Martel photographed NECCA for her In-Sight class. Other photographs include
a pictorial history of NECCA through the eyes of its artistic director, Elsie
Smith, an award-winning photographer and professional circus artist. The exhibit
is part of NECCA's Circus Spectacular fundraising event coming up on March 5
9. Flat Street Brew Pub
6 Flat St., (802) 257-1911, www.flatstreetbrewpub.net
Paintings by Wyatt R. Kail are featured this month. "I
aim to illuminate some of the stranger aspects of life. With subjects ranging from
microscopic organisms, deep-sea life, outer space, or the basic shapes that surround us
in our everyday lives, I create strange, hectic places for all of these things to exist
in simultaneously. Through my work I strive to create a sense of mystery and exploration
in the viewer to reconnect us all to the deep strangeness of life that we can so easily
forget in our daily routines." 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,
JON NOTWICK et al.
In-Sight Photo Project
10. In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1, (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org
In February, gallery spaces at In-Sight feature work by its
talented staff, volunteers, and board members. In-Sight empowers youth through
photography and makes all classes available to any interested youth regardless of their
ability to pay. For more information, visit online or call the In-Sight office. See
Listing #5 for High School A Cappella fundraiser.
11. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
For three years, photographer Zora J Murff provided
monitoring and rehabilitation services to youth on probation in Eastern Iowa.
Combining his work in human services with photography, he documented the young men
and women in his charge. The result is his series "Corrections," an examination of
youth experience in the system, the role images play in defining kids who are deemed
criminals, and how the concepts of privacy and control may affect their future.
Gallery Walk opening on Feb. 5, 5:30 to 8:30. The exhibit runs through Feb. 28.
Please visit vcphoto.org for more details
12. New England Youth Theatre
100 Flat St., (802) 246-6398, www.neyt.org
6:30-7:30: Free admission for a showcase of six short
student-written plays developed this past month at The Compass School in
conjunction with the New England Youth Theatre. The plays will be performed by
students from Vermont Academy, BUHS, The Compass School, and NEYT. The New England
Youth Theatre offers theater for ages 6 to 19. Summer registration is now under
SAGE CAMILLE FELDMAN
ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
13. ArtRageUs1 Arts Collective
57 Elliot St., (802) 490-2277,
An ARTS COLLECTIVE selling art, crafts, books, and music
created by local folks—perfect gifts for your valentine! Now featuring the
work of Sage Camille Feldman: oil paintings on 3D canvases (oil drums, propane
tanks, and fire extinguishers). Her artistic approach provokes and gives potential
answers to difficult questions, fueling her personal art revolution. Come meet Sage
and see her solar-powered lamps (now 50% off!) in addition to our other members and
their always changing inventory of jewelry, sculpture, paintings, prints, pillows, and
more! We are recruiting new membersóartists, authors, and musiciansólow fees, low
commission, and a fun atmosphere. Open Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 11-5, until 8:30 on Gallery Walk,
14. Elliot St. Fish & Chips
50 Elliot St., (802) 451-9482, email:
(802) 451-9482, FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More
Local visionary artist and musician Jonas Fricke presents
a body of work entitled "2016: Olden New Dreams." Stop in to see his vibrant paintings
and prints "primed to be a refracted kaleidoscope mirror of consciousness." The
café uses fresh, local and organic ingredients. Open Tues.-Sat. 11:30-8, till
8:30 for Gallery Walk.
15. Kat Whitledge Basics & Bespoke
17 Elliot St., 3rd fl, Suite C, (802) 258-0395, email:
This month KWBB features work by Taylor Butler, who
says, "For me, painting is like taking a bus to an undetermined location. I work with
collections of images to begin a formal investigation and try to use the medium as
my bus ticket." KWBB is a Vermont-based clothing atelier that designs and creates
unique and timeless garments made to measure with an ethical approach to fashion.
Stop by during Gallery Walk to arrange a free consultation and enter a drawing to win
a handwoven Egyptian scarf.
16. Brink Gallery at Brattleboro Printmakers
18 Elliot St., through green gate and down stairs, (603)
313-7569, email: email@example.com
Thomas Nöla's solo exhibit entitled "Animal
Geometry" features screen prints, linocuts, paintings, and drawings from a vague,
pseudo-African future. It opens with a Gallery Walk reception on Friday, February 5,
and runs through the month. Originally from Boston, this Brattleboro area resident has
released numerous albums, directed and starred in several low-budget films, and
published the book "Various Tails." This is his second exhibition. Open Fri. 6-8
pm, Sat. 12-4, or by appointment.
17. Mocha Joe's Coffee
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
Bill Steele is showing some of his photography in the
café through the end of February. Making images since the late 1970s with a
particular interest in nature and wildlife, he founded Gorham Mountain Photography
about four years ago. He recently opened a photography studio in the basement of the
renovated Brooks House. Bill will be in his studio during Februaryís Gallery Walk to
greet folks interested in checking out the new space. Enter through the Atrium, take
the elevator to the basement level, and follow a blue line in place for Walk visitors.
Bill offers portraiture, photography for weddings or special events, and a range of
other photographic services. Stop at Mocha Joeís during Gallery Walk and all month
long for a sip of Joe and a sampling of Bill's work.
18. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071
Painter Margaret Shipman takes inspiration from the
vibrant craziness of the natural world, the dual nature of humanity, and the magic
in everyday life. Letting the materials serve as her guide, every painting is an
opportunity to learn something new about combining elements of color, texture, and
pattern. Some of the flowers in this series are edible and/or medicinal, and painting
them is a way to learn about these properties and commit them to memory. Some flowers
are imaginary, and painting them ... is just plain fun! Amy's offers European-style
breads; soups, sandwiches, salads; specialty cakes, cookies, and other treats; open
Mon.-Sat. 8-6, till 8 on Gallery Walk, and Sun. 9-5.
Vermont Artisan Designs
19. Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Oils by Carol Gobin, watercolors and more by Donna
Cary, and bronzes by Susan Read Cronin are featured. Stop in for an opening
reception from 5:30 to 7:30 during Gallery Walk on Feb. 5. A portion of sales of work
by the featured artists will go to the Windham County Heat Fund; tickets for a
Saturday, Feb. 6, fundraiser for WCHF are available during the Walk as well. On
Thursday, Feb. 11, take part in the first Brattleboro Luv Crawl—just in
time for Valentineís Day; ask about how to participate. Visit online or stop by 7
days to see works by more than 300 fine artists and craftspeople.
20. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
Karren M. Hoyt has taken over 20,000 photos of
chemtrails, aerosol releases, and other sky phenomena around Keene, N.H. in the last
19 months. She has lived in the region since 1990 and has watched the skies change.
Her show features photos of the Sun, Moon, chemtrails, UFOs, and other phenomena in
the sky or resulting from it. Included are photos of what comes down from man-made
clouds such as chaff and clumps of chemtrail offal.... Check out the "clothesline"
exhibit of children's artwork from River Gallery School.... The café
serves Rainforest Alliance coffee, humanely raised meats, poultry and dairy with no
antibiotics or added hormones—thoughtfully sourced, local when possible. Open
daily 6 to 6.
21. David Walter, Goldsmith & Platinumsmith
124 Main St., (802) 722-9620,
Now celebrating the company's 30th Anniversary, 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
22. Gallery in the Woods & Dante's
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
Midwinter exhibits include Valerie Claff: Winter Tree
Dreaming—Valerie's watercolors capture the mystery of the forest, shaping "a
terrain where the mythic imagination comes alive, and thresholds to other realms are
illuminated." Ayn Hanna: Textile Art Quilting—Ayn's textile paintings
include layers of fabric combined with thread 'drawing' to develop texture and line in
"a mapping of my inner and outer world." Naomi Lindenfeld: The Forest
Transformed—New patterns in layered porcelain are infused with movement of
wind, water, and deeper layers of earth. The upward flow of tree forms is a poetic
addition to the gallery's focus on the winter forest. Live music during Gallery Walk on
Feb. 5, 5:30-8:30.
23. The Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501 (down the alley and through the
glass doors), (802) 380-1607,
Recent Work by Myles Danaher is featured through March
25. The show is an eclectic collection of landscape paintings with a an emphasis on
finding the common ground between the abstract and the figurative. Opening Reception
during Gallery Walk on Feb. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; hours otherwise by appointment.
24. Hooker-Dunham Theatre & Gallery: Art &
139 Main St., down the alley and downstairs from inside or
outside glass entry
5-7 pm: Becca Blust from Ink Dog Tattoos (see listing
#2) is showing her drawings and offering for sale an array of delicious snacks,
handmade jewelry, and unique clothing and bags made from recycled/repurposed fabrics....
7 pm Show: ìWhatís Funny?î—A Performance by Comedian Ezlerh Oreste &
Special Guests, offering Music, Film & Dance. Ezlerh had been doing stand-up
comedy for four years professionally in Austin, Texas, before moving to Brattleboro
with his wife Becca Blust. Sliding scale admission of $10-$20 at the door.
The Gallery at The Garden
25. The Gallery at The Garden
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
Love Local: During Gallery Walk on Friday, Feb. 5, 5-8
pm, meet leaders of area non-profits and learn about their organizations; music by
singer/songwriter/pianist Hannah Hoffman. Otherwise open Mon.-Fri. 9-5 except
during special events. New February exhibit: ìCabin Feverî: oil and watercolor paintings
by Crystal Bartlett and acrylics by Steven Meyer. Continuing exhibit:
Windham Grows: Photographic works by John Nopper and Jeffrey Lewis, depicting
past winners of the Windham Regional Business Planning Competition sponsored by Strolling
of the Heifers and Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, along with interviews
with the subjects by Elizabeth Stoumen. From 5 to 8 pm on Feb. 19: Cabin
Fever—Enjoy a warm atmosphere and musical entertainment while sampling
specialty foods, craft brews, and fine spirits and wines.
26. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
New Work by Paz Sintes is on display in the Upstairs
Gallery alongside pieces by Philippa Kunisch, a long-time favorite designer of
Penelope's. Both artists produce beautiful and delicate jewelry with distinctive
origins. Spanish-Born Paz worked in the fashion industry in Paris and Barcelona
before moving into jewelry making. Philippa was a costume designer for the London
theater. VALENTINEíS DAY is coming upóhereís your chance to buy a unique and timeless
gift for that special person in your life. WINTER HOLIDAY SALE still going on in the
retail store. Open Mon.-Sat. 10-ish to 6 or later, Sun. 11 to 6, and till 8:30 or later
for Gallery Walk. Closed Tuesdays in Winter.
27. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Light & Shadow: Cyanotypes and Drawings by Tom Fels
are on view through February 7, 2016. Works on display include large cyanotype
prints from the "Arbor and Catalpa Series" from 2011 to 2014, and a selection of smaller
minimalist drawings from the "Linea Series" of 2014. Opening on February 11 and
continuing through April 17 is a group exhibit introducing new work in a variety of
materials and media by participating MGFA artists and these artists new to the
gallery: K. William LeQuier, Michelle RattÈ, Donald Saaf, and Margaret
Shipma. The gallery otherwise features innovative works by mid-career and
established artists in a variety of media. Open Wed.-Sun. 11-5 and 5:30-8:30 for
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 · PEACE WALKING IN THE USA: Our
meditation is guided by Sheila Garrett, who spent three-and-a-half months
walking from New England to Georgia this past summer and fall, occasionally with a
friend, twice with a Buddhist group, but mostly by herself. When asked why, she
responded, "For the earth and all its beings, including you." She walked on secondary
roads and stayed mostly with Quakers. Her final destination was the Koinonia Farm and
the School for the Americas Watch vigil at Fort Benning. A member of Putney Friends
Meeting who lives in Putney, Sheila is a long-time activist, artist, and
29. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
MAIN FLOOR—EXHIBIT BOOKCASE: Books created by Hilltop
Montessori Middle Schoolers on topics of Brattleboro history. MEZZANINE—LOCAL
HISTORY ROOM WINDOWS: (Left) Abenaki artifacts collected locally; (Right) glass
and ceramic vase from the Henrietta Loud Collection of 19th-century artworks. GLASS
DISPLAY CASE: More objects from the Loud Collection. SECOND FLOOR—ENTRYWAY
CASE: Lego creations from kids' LEGO-palooza! activity; CHILDREN'S BOOK
ILLUSTRATORS CASE: Illuminating Illustration: Picture Book Art Inspired by
Illuminated Manuscripts, an exhibit borrowed from the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst,
Mass. 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. 10-5.
I-91 Welcome Center
30. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
Erin Jenkins presents linocut relief prints, monotypes,
and carved wood blocks using water iconography to represent interpretations of dialogue,
conscious thought, and a steady stream of ever-changing emotion that interweaves
throughout different relationships in people's lives—erinjenkinsart.com,
facebook.com/erinjenkinsart. Open Mon.-Thurs. 3-8, Fri.-Sat.
12-9, Sun. 12-6.
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1
Artist and graphic designer Martha Dola, of Brattleboro,
is exhibiting landscapes and contemporary art in February. Gallery North Star of
Grafton has been representing fine Vermont artists for over 40 years; they are
presenting several fine art paintings from their portfolio.. Information and showcase
exhibits are useful resources for visitors and residents alike. Open 7 am to 11 pm