BRATTLEBORO -- Gallery Walk, Brattleboro’s first-Friday celebration of the arts, returns this week to liven up the downtown and a few 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.
The 28-page December edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains listings and a map. The cover articles this month are about Susan Rosano’s exhibit of mosaics at the Brattleboro Cheese Shop & Café on Main St., and an exhibition by London’s Chelsea Collective coming to the Catherine Dianich Gallery for a year-end run on Dec. 21-29.
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 convenient 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 vermontmarina.com. Martha Dolan, Georgie, Caryn King and Janet Picard exhibit paintings whose inspiration comes from the Vermont agricultural landscape and barnyard animals, as well as the New England seaside and colorful still-life.
* American Traders, 257 Marlboro Road, 802-254-1300 or www.amtraders.com. Open on Gallery Walk until 7 p.m. for visitors to see a continuing exhibit of monotypes by Erika Radich.
* C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse, 814 Western Ave., 802-257-7898 or 802-579-9088 or caixiart.com and dimsumvt.com. Continuing Exhibits: The Pink Slip Project: Fabric, Paper, Slippers, Multimedia Installations, Video and Meal Events: part of Cai Xi’s ongoing art series, Art=WorkStrengthenNourish, performance art documented at vimeo.com/caixi and vimeo.com/ 52150097; selected Chinese ink paintings by Xi Hua (1927-2007); landscapes from the "Earth and Sky" series; work in the gallery Portrait Studio from a July 2010 fellowship at Vermont Studio Center; contemporary Chinese Art featuring Cai Xi’s Wu Ji (Infinity Within) Painting Performance, creating 6- to 14-foot canvases of calligraphic abstractions using mops and trowels as "brushes," live painting performances on YouTube. Open daily by appointment.
* Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave., 802-254-4220. Art featured for Gallery Walk includes photographs by Jeffrey Lewis, quilts by Suzann Jones, culinary arts by Annie Boemig and paintings and poetry by Cheryl Damian.
* Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams St., 802-579-9797 (Hannah), firstname.lastname@example.org, thewhetstonestudioforthearts.tumblr.com. The Whetstone Studio building is open for Gallery Walk on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. If you’ve not had a chance to see the building since it was renovated after the damage sustained during tropical storm Irene last year, there are unique creative touches to see both outside and in. Naomi Goldie Gelb, in Studio 2 on the second floor, is showing recent original oils of downtown Brattleboro, New York City, ferris wheels and more. Other Whetstone tenants and colleagues from the area are expected to be on hand.
* Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., 802-257-0124 or www.brattleboromuseum.org. Admission free during Gallery Walk for viewing the New England Biennial 2012 exhibition of work by 13 artists from five New England states. The exhibition occupies five of BMAC’s six galleries through Feb.10.. An exhibit of work by Helene Henry and Mary Welsh in the "Your Space" Gallery welcomes artists of all ages to get creative with collage. Regular hours are Sunday to Monday and Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 students, free to members and age 5 or under. Art Film at 8:30 p.m., after Gallery Walk; free admission, donations welcome: "The Little White Schoolhouse on the Lake: A Hoot, Toot & Whistle for Vermont’s Lost Valley," a 35-minute documentary about the history of creating the Harriman Reservoir in Wilmington.
* Brattleboro Cheese Shop & Café, 30 Main St., 802-258-9909 or www.brattleborocheese.com. Enjoy a festive opening reception during Gallery Walk for an exhibit of mosaic art by Susan Rosano. Stop by for a tasting of cheeses featured at the shop and to hear original music by Bad to be Good, an Eastern country and Northern blues band from the heart of the Green Mountains. See more of Rosano’s work at www.newenglandexpressivearts.com.
* River Gallery School of Art, 32 Main St., 802-257-1577 or www.rivergalleryschool.org or email@example.com. Sales of the Angels, Beasts, Shepherds & Kings on exhibit during December help support the Children’s Scholarship Fund. Folks are also welcome to come during the month to make an angel or beast for the sale. Stop by during Gallery Walk to enjoy the handmade creations, the festive lights and holiday refreshments; the sale continues through the month when the school is open. Check out the RGS "clothesline" exhibit of kids’ art at The Works.
* Latchis Theatre Complex, 50 Main St., 802-254-1109 or www.latchis.com. Latchis 4 Gallery: Yoga Mats by Tara Gordon of Symmagery Design are featured. Tara transforms her original close-up nature photography into reflective patterns (symmetrical imagery) that act as guides for the body’s movement. Meet Gordon on Friday, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. For personal viewings at other times, contact Tara at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-275-7014. Latchis Main Theatre: Brattleboro artist Barbara Baker-Bury returns with a new show of oil paintings titled "... And now again." This year, she will donate a portion of proceeds from sales to Latchis Arts for the "Seats and Ceiling Campaign" to restore the Main Theatre. The show runs through Jan. 31, with an opening reception during Gallery Walk from 4 to 6:45 p.m. The exhibit is open daily for browsing, for movie and event patrons, and by appointment. Contact Baker-Bury at 802-257-1029 or email@example.com; visit www.barbarabakerbury.com.
* Twilight Tea Lounge, 41 Main St., 802-254-8887 or www.twilighttealounge.com. Colorful, playful prints liven up the walls of the Tea Lounge this holiday season. Brattleboro-based artist Kathy Wallace shares images from her upcoming illustrated six-book "Binky Monkey" series for young children. She works in a wide range of media, including collage, colored-pencil illustration, bookmaking and the monotype prints on display. The Tea Lounge serves hot 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 or www.flatstreetbrewpub.net. A continuing exhibit of recent paintings by Brattleboro artist Sarah Adam is featured in December. This series focuses on silhouettes and patterns made by natural and manufactured objects. Paintings are primarily acrylic on various surfaces. Visit Madsahara.com.
* In-Sight Photography Project, 45 Flat St., Suite 1, 802-251-9960 or www.insight-photography.org. Through the medium of photography, local artist Anna Knecht Schwarzer examines the intersecting narratives of space, femininity and violence. This show features work from August 2012, when she was in residence at the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Art. All the photographs are double exposures and silver gelatin prints. 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 (Joshua Farr) or www.vcphoto.org. "Community" is the theme of December’s group exhibition and silent auction by VCP Members. Opening reception on Friday, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This exhibit runs through Dec. 30. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and by appointment.
* Equilibrium & Superfresh Organic Café, 14 Elm St., 802-490-EQVT (3788), www.eqvermont.com. Heather Miller of Heady Art is exhibiting a new body of work titled "The Relationship to Self," representing our connection to our creative spirit. Her use of multi-mediums, such as colored pencils, markers, paint, and ink, comes together in a two-dimensional playground. Also featured is new work by aerosol artist Hallie Lee of Ithaca, N.Y., owner of Spray It, Don’t Say It Designs. She is also showing a line of recycled clothing with her original designs; Eli Helman, a self-taught artist with an original style of pen & ink drawings he calls "Maximalist," combines an eclectic blend of nature, animal, and musical themes with hints of surrealism and a cartoonish sense of humor; local artist James Primrose, owner of Wonky Press, a small screen-printing company in Brattleboro, exhibits original prints and artist proofs; Keene, N.H.-based artists Jason Abram and Ben Keating display new psychedelic mixed-media paintings and three-dimensional work. Live music and entertainment during Gallery Walk provided by the Wayward Instrument Ensemble.
* Hope Gallery at Elliot St. Café, 134 Elliot St., 802-246-1251 or www.facebook.com/ElliotStreetCafe. Winter black-and-white photos by Becky Jones are featured in December. Open 5 to 7 p.m. during Gallery Walk (the kitchen is closed).
* Frankie’s Pizza, 75 Elliot St., 802-254-2420. Work by Jill Severance is featured in December.
* Sprout Natural Parenting, 57 Elliot St., 802-254-2600 or www.facebook.com/SproutNaturalParenting. A continuing exhibit of Pregnant Belly Casts created by local moms and artists are featured in December. Open on Gallery Walk 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
* Metropolis Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge, 55 Elliot St., 802-490-2255. Megan Miller is showcasing her delicately rendered drawings this month. From 8 to 11 p.m., on Gallery Walk night, enjoy music by Gumbo Diablo, which features a Latin-Zydeco sound.
* Inferno, 19 Elliot St., 802-258-6529 or www.gotoinferno.com. Alyssa Blittersdorf’s photography captures the essence of both the photographer and the photographed.
* Mocha Joe’s Café, 82 Main St., 802-257-7794 or www.mochajoes.com. In December the café features "Christmas Pout," a show of artwork by Stephen Redmond. Meet the artist at a Gallery Walk reception, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
* Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2, 106 Main St., 802-257-7044 or www.vtart.com. Featured in December are landscape paintings by Jim Murphy and pottery by daughter Emily Murphy. Also featured are paintings by Carol Gobin and a Smalls Show by a variety of the gallery’s artists. Jon Matthew plays the gallery’s Yamaha baby grand from 6 to 8 p.m. A portion of sales of featured work goes to the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center. Also featured is a special showing of jewelry by Ed Levin.
* Galanes Vermont Shop, 116 Main St., 802-254-5677 or www.galanesvtshop.com. Local artist Tim Wood is showing a collection of original watercolors and acrylics for one night only during Gallery Walk. Wood paints calming local cityscapes and coastal or maritime scenes from Cape Cod and fishing villages elsewhere in Massachusetts. He recently began marketing his prints and original works via eBay, utilizing the website’s integrated charity donation system to donate 50 percent of any art sale to cancer research. Visit http://stores. ebay.com/Tim-Wood-Vermont-Art-and-Gifts.
* The Works, 118 Main St., 802-579-1851 or worksbakerycafe.com. Featured in December are paintings by Nancy Calicchio, who paints the
landscape with a reverence for nature and a respect for the patterns of agricultural use. Showing this month are larger works in the artist’s Vermont Sky Series. The Kid’s Art display in December features a "clothesline" exhibit of artwork by kids at the River Gallery School. Open until 9 p.m. on Gallery Walk Fridays.
* Stephen Procter Exhibit, 67 Main St., Apt. 18, 802-579-2871 (next door to Fireworks), www.stephenprocter.com. For one night only during Gallery Walk from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Stephen Procter is showing his monumental ceramic vessels -- alongside table vases, bowls and other new work made especially for holiday giving -- in a spacious apartment overlooking Main Street.
* William Chambers Open Studio, 67 Main St.,Room 42-4 (top floor), 802-246-7201 or www.william-chambers.com. William Chambers, who runs the art program at The Grammar School in Putney, invites the public into his studio from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. during Gallery Walk. Come see his oil paintings of light and space. Hours otherwise by appointment.
* David Walter Jewelry Studio, 81 Main St., 802-722-9620 or www.davidwalterjewelry.com. Designer, goldsmith, and platinumsmith David Walter 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 fine jewelry.
* The Artist’s Loft Gallery & B&B, 103 Main St., third floor, 802-257-5181 or www.theartistsloft.com. The Artist’s Loft Gallery presents works by William H. Hays. Hays’ unique multicolor linoleum block prints are vibrant interpretations of the New England landscape and Brattleboro. Also featured are oil paintings and portraits. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily.
* Amy’s Bakery Arts Café, 113 Main St., 802-251-1071. Ricia Gordon began painting two years ago, moving gradually away from her work as a writer. Her paintings draw from the colors and lines found in land and sky, or simply from what emerges in the process of putting paint on canvas. Ricia builds layers of paint, sometimes mixing it with sand, then scrapes, scars, and rebuilds, often working solely with palette knives to create movement, texture, and depth. Open until 8 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* Beadniks, 115 Main St., 802-257-5114 or www.beadniksvt.com. This month the shop is featuring hard-to-find "Ice House" beads from India.
* Woodward Design, 139 Main St., No. 602, 802-257-5827 or www.woodwardesign.com. After 20 years of providing graphic and web design in Guilford, Woodward Design is celebrating its move to downtown Brattleboro with a Gallery Walk exhibit by two local artists. For Jen Wiechers, art is about having fun, playing, discovering, and colors -- lots of colors. She shares her love of color and life through her whimsical paintings and artisan-crafted jewelry. Falyn Arakelian is a graphic designer at Woodward Design by day and a quirky illustrator by night. Come by to see her fun, limited-edition prints and holiday cards.
* 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: At 6 p.m., on Gallery Walk night, the window stage presents Greg Howe and Johnny Sheehan, who play an eclectic blend of semi-acoustic folk and blues, alt-country, rockabilly, gospel and more. Also featured is a continuing exhibit of screen prints by West Coast artist Alan Forbes, best known for his work with The Black Crowes.
* Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St., 802-257-4777 or www.galleryinthewoods.com. The Early Winter Show through December features paintings by Mia Scheffey and sculpture by Alan Steinberg. The one-of-a-kind jewelry show by Bob Borter is being held over through the Christmas season. Reception for the artists on Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; the Moondogs serenade Gallery Walk visitors with live music.
* Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St., 802-254-9276 or www.hookerdunham.org and Facebook. Continuing in December is "Along the Way," a collaborative show of Linda Striedieck’s new abstract paintings using watercolor and oil pastel, and Bob Cantius’s photographic images and a variety of his large "haiku" interpretations (graphic photo/word imagery) based upon his drawings, "sightings" and poetry. Reception on Friday, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours otherwise through December during events at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery and by appointment.
* The Dianich Gallery, 139 Main St., Room 501, 802-380-1607 or www.catherinedianichgallery.com. December at the Dianich includes a new letterpress show through Dec.18, then an exhibit by The Chelsea Collective from Dec. 21-29. Letterpress Exhibition, Talk, and Demo during Gallery Walk, from 5 to 8 p.m. This exhibition includes letterpress-printed poetry broadsides and chapbooks from four local presses: Bull Thistle Press, Golgonooza Press, Green River Press and Swamp Press. Many new pieces not included in the recent New England broadside show have been added; all are for sale, most for under $50. The exhibit showcases poems by Agha Shahid Ali, Dan Carr, Penelope Austin, Seamus Heaney, Wyn Cooper, Derek Walcott and Gary Metras, among others. At 6 and 7 p.m., Julia Ferrari of Golgonooza Press will give a 10-minute talk on "The Art of Letterpress Printing," followed by a short letterpress demonstration by Ed Rayher of Swamp Press and Greg Joly of Bull Thistle Press. Visitors will be welcome to print something on the press. The West River Valley Chorus under the direction of Ken Olsson sings Christmas anthems and carols from their Sunday concert (at 3 p.m. in Townshend) in the foyer during Gallery Walk. The broadsides remain on view through Dec. 18 by appointment; contact Catherine Dianich Gruver at 802-380-1607. "Three Cases And A Carry-On" showing from Dec. 21-29, features work by The Chelsea Collective, an association of 16 emerging contemporary artists who work in a range of medias: paintings and sculptures plus a few video pieces and a sound piece. Representing seven countries, members of the Collective met in 2010 while in the post-grad program of London’s Chelsea College of Art & Design. Most members live in London, but each will be hanging a new show of work by the entire Collective in their own hometown. The Brattleboro show is curated by Brattleboro native Aaron Distler. His one directive was that the entire show must fit into three checked bags and a carry-on for his flight from London. Opening reception 3 to 5 p.m., on Dec. 21. Open 1 to 4 p.m., daily from Dec. 22-29 (closed Christmas). For an appointment, call 802-254 9595.
* Penelope Wurr: Contemporary Glass & Gifts, 167 Main St., 802-246-3015, 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. New work is in by British-born designer and jeweler Philippa Kunisch.
* A Candle in the Night, 181 Main St., 802-257-0471, acandleinthenight.com. Steve Bellstrom’s artifacts derive their substance and spirit from wild nature: stones and bones, feathers and fur, hair and hide, trees and seeds, teeth, fangs, claws, shells, fungi. Opening during Gallery Walk. Explore the store for other assemblages by Abigail Rieser and Ahren Ahrenholz, and painting and collage by Simi Berman. Open until 8:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* Take a Moment for Peace at 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 of Advent and Christmas, Rev. Carra McFadden, pastor of Centre Congregational Church, will lead the meditation "Night of the Child," featuring 12 different crèches.
* Biologic Wellness Center, 205 Main St., 802-275-4732, www.biologiccenter.com. Gallery Walk event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Featured artist Jonathan Wolfman has created a photographic exploration of the ethereal aspects of smoke. Local musical group Prowess, featuring Aaron Walsh and Adam North, fills t space with original sounds influenced by blues, Americana, reggae, hip-hop, electronica, jazz and world music. Joan Mikasha-Alexander offers free aromatherapy hand massages. Cindy Hebbard prepares freshly-juiced delights as well as other health-conscious treats. Learn about programs and events at the center.
* Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., 802-254-5290 or www.brooks.lib.vt.us. Selections from the library’s Fine Arts Collection of more than 350 items are permanently displayed on three floors. During December, Else DeVoid of Brattleboro shows her collages and watercolors on the Main Floor. An exhibit of items from the library’s Henrietta Prouty Loud Collection continues on the mezzanine. The Children’s Book Illustrators case on the second floor features work by Kim Webster Cunningham. 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 from 1 to 6 p.m., Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* Shall We Dance at the Stone Church, 210 Main St. , 802-579-9990 (Ray Warren) or www.shallwedance. biz. The Brattleboro Ballroom of Shall We Dance offers a free East Coast Swing dance 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 for singles, $15 for couples, $5 students and seniors.
* Baskets Bookstore, 48 Harmony Place, 802-258-4980 or baskets @sover.net. Painter/muralist Steven Donovan is offering calendars featuring many of his favorite old paintings and a number of new ones, too. He can be seen painting in the store during Gallery Walk, as well as exhibiting and selling matted copies of paintings.
* Bordonaro Jewelry Studio, 22 High St., second floor, 802-989-8842, www.bordonarojewelry.com. Seth Thomas Bordonaro, sculptor, jewelry designer and goldsmith, invites the public into his Midtown Mall studio during Gallery Walk.
* Jasmine Aesthetics by Erin Engelhard, 29 High St., 802-257-0333 or www.jasmineaesthetics.com. Open House from 4:30 to 8 p.m. during Gallery Walk. Meet new massage therapist Laura Ridgeway and get a 20-minute introductory massage for $10. Makeup artist and esthetician Erin Engelhard is available to answer questions about products and services.
For information on joining Gallery Walk, contact coordinator Joy Wallens-Penford at 802-257-2616 or preferably by e-mail at info@GalleryWalk.org.