Brattleboro-West Arts: 14 Artists, 3 Days, Dec. 13-15
The art and crafts of Brattleboro-West Arts make their way eastward this month for a downtown exhibit and sale the group hopes to make an annual event. Titled simply "14 Artists, 3 Days," the show will offer pieces ranging from paintings, photography, and botanical drawings to pottery, textiles, woven baskets, jewelry, and glass. It will run Dec. 13 through 15 in the C.F. Church Building at 80 Flat St., Suite 106.
Brattleboro-West Arts is a group of about three dozen artists who create their art and make their homes within the watershed of the Whetstone Brook in West Brattleboro, Marlboro, and Dummerston, Vt. BWA's flagship event is its annual Open Studio Tour, which brings patrons to the wooded hills to the west of Brattleboro during the last weekend in September.
Painter Petria Mitchell, a primary organizer of the December show, said creating a group exhibit and sale in downtown Brattleboro also makes sense for BWA, especially during this bustling holiday retail season. "There is a very thirsty audience in the downtown area, and this part of town is up-and-coming," she said, adding that Brattleboro residents and shoppers are well-educated "and very interested in purchasing works of art and fine craft. The creative renaissance in downtown Brattleboro offers wonderful opportunities for artists in all flavors."
Mitchell said she believes the show has the potential to be more than a one-time event for Brattleboro-West Arts, which marks its fifth anniversary this year. "The timing is great," Mitchell said. "I think we are ready to produce a show like this annually and have it be successful and sustainable."
In addition to Mitchell's landscape paintings, the show will feature the paintings of Jim Giddings, Stephen Lloyd, Janet Picard, and Doug Trump; pottery by Walter Slowinski, Matt Tell, and Malcolm Wright; woven vessels by Jackie Abrams; Bobbi Angell's botanical drawings; blown glass by Josh Bernbaum; silver jewelry by Chris Lann; traditional rug braiding by Kris McDermet; and the photography of Gene Parulis. Profiles of the participating artists, as well as other BWA members, are online at www.brattleboro-west-arts.com.
The show will begin at 4 p.m. Dec. 13, followed by an opening reception from 5:30 to 8. The event will continue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 15. Free parking is available. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802) 258-0991.
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