BRATTLEBORO -- Gallery Walk, Brattleboro’s monthly first-Friday celebration of the arts, returns this week to liven up the downtown and satellite locations within a short drive of Main Street.
There are 45 listed venues, some with meet-the-artist receptions or live music. Official Gallery Walk hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., although most venues are open earlier and several remain open later into the evening.
The 24-page October edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete listings and a map. The cover articles are about artist Sharon Myers, whose many-faceted "Underwear Project" is showing at American Traders and jeweler Bob Borter, whose work has taken a new, more primal direction.
Online explorers may also visit www.GalleryWalk.org for current listings, full-color photos of work featured in this month’s exhibits and an archive of articles.
The printed guide is available at each participating location, the I-91 Welcome Center, the Chamber of Commerce, area lodging establishments and other outlets.
Brief information on exhibits and special events follows, in official Gallery Walk order.
* The Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Road, 802-257-7563 or www.vermontmarina.com. Georgie, Caryn King, and Janet Picard are exhibiting paintings whose inspiration comes from the Vermont agricultural landscape and barnyard animals, as well as the New England seaside.
* American Traders, 257 Marlboro Road, 802-254-1300 or www.amtraders.com "The Underwear Project" by Sharon Myers is featured in October. Artist’s reception 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday and otherwise open during regular business hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday by appointment.
* Tasha Tudor’s Favourite Dresses Exhibit at Jeremiah Beal House, 974 Western Ave., 802-258-6564 or www.TashaTudorMuseum.org. Open during Gallery Walk from 4 to 7 p.m. with a cider pressing demonstration by Tasha’s grandson, Winslow Tudor. Enjoy "For the Love of Frocks: Tasha’s Favourite Dresses Exhibit," featuring dresses from Tasha Tudor’s historic costume and family heirloom collection, including dresses worn, made, and illustrated by Tasha. Play dress-up with your children, watch the documentary, enjoy the reading collection, or browse the gift shop. Free Admission for all during Gallery Walk. Open Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse, 814 Western Ave., 802-257-7898 or 802-579-9088, www.cxsilvergallery.com. Continuing Exhibits include: Selected Chinese ink paintings by Xi Hua (1927-2007); Landscapes from the "Earth and Sky" series; work in the Portrait Studio from a July 2010 fellowship at Vermont Studio Center; Contemporary Chinese Art featuring Cai Xi’s "Wu Ji" (Infinity Within) Painting Performance showing creation of 6-foot canvases of new calligraphic abstractions using mops and trowels as "brushes" and recorded for YouTube. Open daily by appointment.
* Pine Heights Art Exhibit, 187 Oak Grove Ave., 802-257-0307 (Leona Emanuel Thomas) or www.pineheightsbrattleboro.com. Stop by from 5 to 7 p.m. during Gallery Walk for a Pine Heights and Elementary School Art Exhibit with refreshments. For the past year, residents at the Pine Heights Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation have been participating in a program called Sequencing, a painting process that lends itself to people with disabilities. Through an art grant from the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, local artist and Sequencing teacher Marilyn Allen (from River Gallery School) has guided and encouraged center residents in producing paintings. Area elementary schools were also invited to exhibit some recent artwork by students.
* Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams St., firstname.lastname@example.org, thewhetstonestudioforthearts.tumblr.com. On Friday, several studios are open for Gallery Walk visitors. Second floor: Sage Feldman, whose Industrial Tank Installation and Bamboo Mural are seen outside the building, is selling cards in the upstairs hallway; Studio 2, open 4 to 9 p.m: Naomi Goldie is showing her lively oils of Vermont, New York City, Coney Island and more; Studio 3, open 5 to 7:30 p.m., Carole Crompton offers her creative felting projects and Joe Crompton his fine etchings. Third floor: The Shambhala Meditation Group is hosting a display of Wax and Wick Meditation Sculpture by Philip Hamm from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; The Massage Studio with Kim Timlege is open from 5:30 to 7 p.m.; The Stacy Morse Retrospective Exhibit is open again for visitors from 5 to 8 p.m.; The studio of Eli Burke, Licensed Social Worker and Expressive Arts Therapist, is open from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for visitors to learn more about these services.
* Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., 802-257-0124, www.brattleboromuseum.org. Admission free during Gallery Walk. "Gathering Light: The Art of Stephen Hannock" presents paintings, drawings, prints, collage, including six depictions of the Northampton Oxbow. "Making is Knowing: The Art of Ric Campman" is a survey of work by the late founder of Brattleboro’s River Gallery School. "Vermont Collects: Selections from the Heller Family" includes works by Eric Aho, Susan Brearey, Brian D. Cohen, David Rohn and others. "Your Space: Collage" is an interactive space for all ages, with exemplary works by Helene J. Henry and Mary Welsh. Regular Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily except Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission is $8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 students, free to members and children 5 and under. Art Film at 8:30 p.m., $5 admission: The Islamic punk music scene would never have existed if it weren’t for Michael Muhammad Knight’s 2003 novel, "The Taqwacores." Knight imagined a community of Muslim radicals: Mohawked Sufis, riot grrrls in burqas with band patches, skinhead Shi’as. These characters were entirely fictional, but the movement they inspired is very real. "Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam" follows Knight and his real-life kindred spirits on their first U.S. tour, then travels with them to Pakistan. Knight begins to reconcile his fundamentalist past with the rebel he has now become.
* Brattleboro Cheese Shop & Café, 30 Main St., 802-258-9909, www.brattleborocheese.com. Featured in October is an exhibit of photography by Jeff Woodward titled "World Learning from Brattleboro to Belgrade." Over the past three years, Woodward has covered each of World Learning’s four programs around the world. Photos of World Learning’s educational programs for high school, college, and graduate students, as well as its development and exchange programs, tell the story of the significant work this organization is doing around the world. Artist’s reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
* Windham Wines, 36 Main St., 802-246-6400, www.windhamwines.com. Brattleboro photographers Cynthia Stalker and Darrell Thomas DuPont are showing a sampling of their global fine art photography, highlighting some of the wine-producing areas of France. Visit www.stalkerdupontphotoart.com.
* River Gallery School of Art, 32 Main St., 802-257-1577 or www.rivergalleryschool.org, email@example.com. Paintings, prints, drawings, and sculpture by River Gallery School faculty and workshop teachers are featured in October. Participating faculty include Helen Schmidt, Lydia Thomson, Jason Alden, Kim Colligan, Barbara Campman, Matthew Peake, Jillian Farwell, Marilyn Allen, Ezra Stafford, Collin Leech, Ross Smart, Megan Stafford, Donna Hawes and Lynn Hoeft. Workshop instructors include Bruce Iverson, Robert Carston, Susan Bonthron, and Julia Jensen. Check out RGS’ "clothesline" exhibit of kids’ art at The Works.
* Latchis 4 Gallery, 50 Main St., 802-254-1109 , www.latchis.com. An exhibit of "glyphic" work by artist-musician Peter Wilson is showing in the gallery during October. Gallery Walkers are welcome to stop by on Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., to see the work and speak with Wilson about his artistic process. Some work is visible through the gallery’s front windows; for a better view, contact Peter for a personal tour at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Twilight Tea Lounge, 41 Main St., 802-254-8887 or www.twilighttealounge.com. Ink drawings and sketches by Putney artist Peggy Leo are featured in October. This exhibit features recent quick sketches capturing fleeting moments in pen and ink. The Tea Lounge serves hot and iced teas and treats until 10 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* Edward Jones/Joe LoMonaco, 51 Main St., 802-251-0405. Enjoy a continuing group show by area artists Susan Osgood, Barbara Merfeld-Campman, Carol Keiser, Carolyn Nelson, Judy Hawkins and Terry Carter. Open for Gallery Walk, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment.
* Flat Street Brew Pub, 6 Flat St., 802-257-1911, www.flatstreetbrewpub.net. A continuing exhibit of photographs by Henry Ireland is featured in October.
* In-Sight Photography Project, 45 Flat St., Suite 1, 802-251-9960, www.insight-photography.org. Featured artist Tim Callahan presents "Portals Three," a compilation of photographs exploring the symmetry, asymmetry, beauty, and simplicity of Creole and American townhouse façades in the New Orleans French Quarter. Reception on Friday, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibition can also be viewed Monday to Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visit online for more information about In-Sight and its programs for area youth.
* Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat St., 802-251-6051 or www.vcphoto.org. In-Sight Photography Project’s Annual Exhibition & Silent Auction of world-class fine art photography is on display and available for bid during the month of October. This year’s auction holds special significance as In-Sight celebrates 20 years of giving local teens the tools for creative self-expression and encouraging their positive engagement in the community. Opening reception on Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. during Gallery Walk. Otherwise open every day for bidder access in October: Monday to Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
* Equilibrium & Superfresh Organic Café, 14 Elm St., 802-490-3788 or www.eqvermont.com. Enjoy art, food, fashion, and live music from noon to 10 p.m. October’s featured artist is Jacob Alan Roberts, whose recent paintings were inspired by the cosmic devastation of the Japanese tsunami and the floods of Irene. This salon-style gallery features original works by Scot Borofsky, Sarah Adam, Kim Rand, Rebecca Golden, and Jessica Jean Weston. The artisan marketplace at Equilibrium is showcasing hand-made alpaca clothing by Sunmeadow Alpacas, one-of-a-kind wooden utensils by NH Woodthings, a wide array of herbal remedies from regional herbalists, whimsical clothing and accessories by Sunsu Creations, local food products, handmade fair-trade crafts, clothing and fine jewelry from Floating Lotus, and original works by a variety of other regional artists and craftspeople. Live music at 7 p.m.: Free performance of world fusion improvisations by Natural History -- Derrik Jordan, Jared Shapiro and Barry Hyman. Stop by Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a free demo of Zentangle, an easy-to-learn meditative art form for all ages (classes will be offered here). At Superfresh! Organic Café enjoy herbal-infused kombucha on tap, herbal tea, and raw, high-vibe, edible creations.
* Hope Gallery at Elliot St. Café, 134 Elliot St., 802-246-1251, www.facebook.com/ElliotStreetCafe. A group show of artwork by café staff and others is featured . Open during Gallery Walk on Oct. 5 (the kitchen is closed, however).
* Frankie’s Pizza, 75 Elliot St., 802-254-2420. Multi-talented local artist Kathleen Sims is featured in October with multimedia pieces.
* Sprout Natural Parenting, 57 Elliot St., 802-254-2600, www.facebook.com/SproutNaturalParenting. Jenna May Konesko gardens and creates art in southern Vermont. Her creations are objects of wonderment, inspired by the land, the waterways of the Connecticut River and stories of myth and magic. Open on Gallery Walk 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
* Metropolis Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge, 55 Elliot St., 802-490-2255. Featured artist is Steven Leal. Themes in his work include his love for horse racing, his eclectic friendships, and the madness of life transitions. Jazzberry Jam performs on Friday, 8 to 11 p.m. The quartet plays in a variety of styles, from Dixieland to bop to funk to swing.
* Brattleboro Holistic Health Center, 62 Elliot St., 802-251-0888. BHHC is celebrating the launch of its new Holistic Health Plans during Gallery Walk with Hindustani Classical Music performed on sitar, mohan veena and tabla. Joel Eisenkramer, Kevin Moreu, and Jed Leslie play Indian ragas in a Vermont style. Stop in for the music, a presentation on the new health plans, chair massage and refreshments.
* Inferno, 19 Elliot St., 802-258-6529, www.gotoinferno.com. Alyssa Blittersdorf’s photography captures the essence of both the photographer and the photographed. further. Her six-piece show at Inferno is both visually captivating and emotionally drawing.
* Mocha Joe’s Café, 82 Main St., 802-257-7794, www.mochajoes.com. Recent works by James Primrose and other friends of his fine printing business, Wonky Press, are featured in October.
* Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2, 106 Main St., 802-257-7044 or www.vtart.com. Work by Deedee Jones, Janis Sanders and Sabra Field is featured in October. Field will sign copies of her book "In Sight" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sanders is showing palette-knife oils of Vermont barns, and Jones is showing pastels inspired by a recent trip to Provence. A portion of sales by these artists will go to the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center’s food shelf. Enjoy piano music by Jon Matthew from 6 to 8 p.m. during a Gallery Walk artists’ reception. New works by Paul G. Stone, Deborah Randall, Steven Hileman, Dane Tilghman, Barbara Coburn, Jeanette Staley, and Susan Parmenter are also on display. Other new items include pottery by Matthew Tell and Elizabeth Saslaw, jewelry by Ed Levin and Jan Gjaltema, hand-painted silk scarves by Joanna Lynam, and blown glass by Tony Faith. October is American Craft Month, and the Vermont Craft Council’s Fall Open Studio Weekend is Oct. 6 and 7; pick up your map here.
* The Works, 118 Main St. (802) 579-1851, worksbakerycafe.com. Paintings by Judy Hawkins are featured in October. New landscapes and paintings that have been revisited and transformed are included in this exhibit. Visit www.judyhawkinspaintings.com. The Kid’s Art display in October features a "clothesline" exhibit of artwork by kids at the River Gallery School. Open until 9 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* David Walter Jewelry Studio, 81 Main St., 802-722-9620 or www.davidwalterjewelry.com. Designer, goldsmith and platinumsmith David Walter has moved into a new location offering street-level convenience, a larger gallery space and client meeting room, and expanded studio and workshop areas. The studio produces one-of-a-kind, handmade and bespoke jewelry in precious metals and gems, and also specializes in the repair, restoration, modification, and repurposing of all fine jewelry.
* The Artist’s Loft Gallery & B&B, 103 Main St., third floor, 802-257-5181, www.theartistsloft.com. The Artist’s Loft Gallery presents works on paper and canvas by award-winning New England artist William Hays. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily.
* Amy’s Bakery Arts Café, 113 Main St., 802-251-1071. In honor of the Brattleboro Literary Festival, which runs Oct. 12-14, Amy’s is hosting written work by students at area public and private schools. Open until 8 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* Beadniks, 115 Main St., 802-257-5114 or www.beadniksvt.com. 20th Anniversary Celebration until 9 p.m. during Gallery Walk with live music by The Stockwell Brothers, who played back at the shop’s grand opening. Tickets available for a $20 gift certificate raffle with five winners. Free gifts are being handed out all evening, and the shop is hosting a Vintage Auto Gathering at 20 meters on Main Street, too.
* In the Moment Music & Gifts, 143 Main St., 802-257-8171 or www.inthemomentrecords.com. Celebrating Peace Through Music during Gallery Walk and Every Day: Featured is a continuing exhibit of screen prints by West Coast artist Alan Forbes, best known for his work with The Black Crowes. Forbes’ artwork has graced the covers of numerous LPs and gig posters. Open until 8 or 9 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St., 802-257-4777 or www.galleryinthewoods.com. Laurel Hausler’s expressionist paintings and a recent series of oils by Richard Heller are featured through October. Also featured in October and November is Bob Borter’s new primal, elemental jewelry line, a change in direction from the sleek, modern pieces he has been widely noted for since 1984. Reception for the artists on Friday, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Moondogs provide live music.
* Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St., 802-254-9276, www.hookerdunham.org. Featured in October is "Drawing Strength: Patient Art from the Brattleboro Retreat," For patients at the Brattleboro Retreat, the idea of "drawing strength" means harnessing the power of creativity in the process of healing. This year’s Patient Art Show honors the imagination and creativity of patients who are challenged by mental illness and addiction. Reception on Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Hours otherwise through October are during events at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery and by appointment.
* The Dianich Gallery, 139 Main St., 802-380-1607, www.catherinedianichgallery.com. The Fall 2012 New England Broadside Exhibition features limited-edition letterpress broadsides produced by some of the most eminent studios in New England, including Bread and Puppet Press, Bull Thistle Press, Golgonooza Press, Green River Press, Janus Press and Swamp Press, among others. Selected for superb typography, illustration, and architectural design elements, these broadsides combine visual and textual virtuosity, and showcase poems by Penelope Austin, Albert Goldbarth, Seamus Heaney, Galway Kinnell, Gary Metras, Helen Tartar and Derek Walcott, among many others. Works are available for viewing and purchase from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, during Gallery Walk. The official reception for this show is during the Brattleboro Literary Festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 12. The exhibit is also open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 14. The broadsides remain on view through November by appointment. For more information visit www.chickadeechapsandbroads.com.
* B4PEACE Celebration & The Cost of War Project, Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., 802-380-3483 or www.namayaproductions.com. From 5 to 8 p.m., this arts and education event invites folks of all ages to create "price tags" with the cost of various military weapons and what that money could otherwise buy. These cards will be displayed and photographed around downtown Brattleboro and become part of a video. Games and workshop areas offer space for getting creative. Display your art on our Peace Wall. Veterans and peace groups from across Vermont and New England will be on hand to share their experiences. See the 100 Flowers of Peace poem and other peace art. Enjoy music and performances. Presented in collaboration with GRACE Cares.
* Penelope Wurr: Contemporary Glass & Gifts, 167 Main St., 802-246-3015 or www.penelopewurr.com. Penelope Wurr’s shop showcases her Fine Contemporary Glass, local and European gifts, an eclectic selection of handcrafted jewelry, clothing accessories, and furnishings for home and garden, both vintage and new. Currently on show is a small selection of Wurr’s etchings, monotypes and lithographs that were produced during her postgraduate printmaking degree at the Central School of Art in London in the 1980s.
* A Candle in the Night, 181 Main St., 802-257-0471, acandleinthenight.com. Featured artist Abby Rieser presents recent assemblages created using diverse approaches and a wide variety of materials from the "vast library" she has accumulated from her natural surroundings as well as at dumps and landfills. The work is aimed at leaving viewers "with a feeling of order, beauty, and symmetry." Explore the store for other assemblages by Larry Simons and Ahren Ahrenholz, and painting and collage by Simi Berman. Open until 8:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* Take a Moment for Peace, Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., 802-257-4588 (Dee and Bob Keller) From 5:30 to 6 p.m., Gallery Walkers of all faiths and no faiths are invited into the church parlor to share in quietude, music, and meditations for peace. This month, Tom Wessels, ecologist and founding director of the master’s degree program in conservation biology at Antioch University New England, will lead the meditation: "Critical Connections for Healthy, Whole Communities."
* Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., 802-254-5290, www.brooks.lib.vt.us. Selections from the library’s Fine Arts Collection of more than 350 items are permanently displayed on three floors. October’s Main Floor community exhibit features paintings and sculpture by Dianne Shapiro. Also on the Main Floor, through Oct. 8, is a display for the 30th anniversary of the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week celebrating the freedom to read. In the second-floor entryway cases, the Brattleboro Mineralogical Society’s annual exhibit highlights quartz in many forms from around the world. Vermont author-illustrator Sarah Dillard continues her exhibit in the Children’s Book Illustrators case on the second floor. Meet librarian Jeanne Walsh at the reference desk on the first Friday of the month at noon for Know Your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users. A brochure is available for taking a self-guided walking tour of art during regular hours: Monday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday 1 to 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* Better Homes & Gardens -- The Masiello Group Real Estate, 218 Main St., 802-257-1111. Open house: Stop in from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for an exhibit of banners by Guilford artist Joan Peters (joanpetersdesign.com) and live music. Singer-songwriter Barbara White performs familiar favorites and originals with a mix of folk, country, bluegrass, and classic rock.
* "Shall We Dance" at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St., 802-348-6671, 802-579-9990 (Ray), www.shallwedance.biz. The Brattleboro Ballroom of Shall We Dance offers a free foxtrot lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. with Ray Warren; open ballroom dancing to a variety of rhythms follows from 8 to 10 p.m. Light refreshments. $8 singles, $15 couples, $5 teens and seniors.
* Baskets Bookstore, 48 Harmony Place, 802-258-4980, email@example.com. Painter/muralist Steven Donovan is exhibiting and selling matted copies of many paintings created over the past several years, plus a dozen or so recent original works.
* Fat Cat Studio, 24 High St., first floor, Catherine Nunn opens her studio to the public during Gallery Walk while painting a portrait from the model.
* High Street Painters, 22-24 High St., second floor, with access via garage door uphill on Green Street Ex., firstname.lastname@example.org. Open 5 to 7:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk. Visitors are welcome to tour working portrait studio. You may even catch someone painting there. Studies are on view.
For information on Gallery Walk, contact coordinator Joy Wallens-Penford at 802-257-2616 or preferably by e-mail at info@GalleryWalk.org.