Thursday January 3, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Gallery Walk, Brattleboro’s monthly 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 34 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 20-page January edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete listings and a map. The cover article this month is about painter Barbara Baker-Bury, who is exhibiting her work in the Latchis Main Theatre through January. 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. Gallery Walk "munchies" available for visitors stopping in to catch the art en route to downtown.

* 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; 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, creating large canvases of calligraphic abstractions using mops and trowels and live painting performances on YouTube. Open daily by appointment.

* Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams St., 802-579-9797 (Hannah), whetstonestudioforthearts @gmail.com or 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. Hannah Parker will be on hand from 6 to 8 p.m. to show studios to visitors. Sage Feldman, whose Industrial Tank Installation and Bamboo Mural are seen outside the building, is selling cards, while Naomi Goldie Gelb, in Studio 2, is showing recent original oils of Brattleboro, New York City and more. Other Whetstone tenants and colleagues from the area may also be on hand.

* Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., 802-257-0124 or www.brattleboromuseum.org. Admission is 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 6 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, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for students, free to members and age 5 or under.

* River Gallery School of Art, 32 Main St., 802-257-1577, www.rivergalleryschool.org, rgsart@sover.net. Work by the Adult Studio classes (five sessions a week led by Helen Schmidt, Jason Alden and Lydia Thomson) is featured in January at the school’s second-floor gallery. Come visit the school (accessible by elevator) to see some of this past semester’s work. January offerings include many short courses and workshops, including studio class, life drawing, watercolor, origami, printmaking, encaustics, still life and Painting Solutions. The Winter/Spring semester, with opportunities for children and adults, begins in February. Also check out the RGS "clothesline" exhibit of kids’ art at The Works.

* Latchis Theatre Complex, 50 Main St., 802-254-1109, ext. 3 or www.latchis.com. Latchis 4 Gallery: Colorful oil paintings and watercolors by Crystal Bartlett are featured during January. Meet her and see her work on Friday, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For viewings at other times, contact Bartlett at 603-499-2206 or astralbody17 @yahoo.com. Latchis Main Theatre: Brattleboro artist Barbara Baker-Bury returns with a new show titled "... And now again." 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 artist reception during Gallery Walk from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The exhibit is open daily for browsing, for movie and event patrons, and by appointment. For more information, contact Barbara at 802-257-1029, bbb80@comcast.net or 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 through January. Brattleboro-based artist Kathy Wallace shares images from her upcoming illustrated 6-book "Binky Monkey" series for young children, which is scheduled for launch in 2014. The Tea Lounge serves hot teas and treats until 10 p.m. on Friday.

* 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.

* Flat Street Brew Pub, 6 Flat St., 802-257-1911 or www.flatstreetbrewpub.net. Brattleboro photographer Rebecca Picard is showing a series of portraits and travel photography from India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East through February.

* In-Sight Photography Project, 45 Flat St., Suite 1, 802-251-9960 or www.insight-photography.org. Images from the Exposures cross-cutural youth arts program are featured through February. These photographs were created during the 2012 Exposures Summer Program, during which youth from Southern Vermont, Chicago, Ill., Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and The Navajo Nation in Arizona lived and worked together for three weeks on Pine Ridge Reservation. Photography was the vehicle for interactions while participants built relationships with local Lakota people, became familiar with the landscape and explored themes of culture, identity and place. Opening reception on Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., during Gallery Walk, otherwise on view Monday to Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. In-Sight Photography offers darkroom and digital photography classes to youth ages 11 to 18; all materials are provided, and no one is turned away if unable to pay.

* Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat St., 802-251-6051 (Joshua Farr) or www.vcphoto.org. "Waypoints: Recent Photographs by Jim Schlessigner" explores segues between conventionally perceived reality and abstraction. Opening reception on Friday, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This exhibit runs through Jan. 27. Regular 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 or www.eqvermont.com. January’s featured artist is Alissa Mulliken of Moodus, Conn., whose "Earth Spirit Medicine Series" of vibrant paintings focuses on healing energy in the world. Photographer Jessica Jean Weston exhibits a series titled "The Rocks," whose subject is Panama Rocks, a private, 60-acre scenic park in Western New York that her parents bought in 1979. This month’s showcase also includes new paintings by aerosol artist Hallie Lee of Ithaca, N.Y.; black-and-white pen & ink drawings by Eli Helman; and a series of multi-media collages by Heather Miller. Also featured are new creations by Sarah Adam, a local artist who creates whimsical illustrations, comics, and paintings in a variety of mediums, including watercolor, acrylic, pencils and ink. Live music by Lunar Effects starts at 7:30 p.m.

* 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 with other continuing exhibits. Open 5 to 7 p.m. during Gallery Walk (the kitchen is closed, however).

* Frankie’s Pizza, 75 Elliot St., 802-254-2420. Andrea Wallens Powell is showing her fine-art nature photography of Vermont, as well as a large acrylic-on-canvas painting (titled "Good Grief") and two pastel studies. Her "Digital Explorations" include a sampling of photographic series and individual studies.

* Sprout Natural Parenting, 57 Elliot St., 802-254-2600 or www.facebook.com/SproutNaturalParenting. Brattleboro residents Ann and Alice Braden began working together as an artistic duo this past fall, just one month after Alice was born. Inspired by Finnish artist Adele Enersen, Ann began creating scenes on the floor by surrounding the sleeping Alice with materials lying around the house. More and more of these "Alicescapes" feature an awake Alice injecting her own enthusiasm and attitude into the scene. Open on Gallery Walk until 8:30 p.m.

* Metropolis Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge, 55 Elliot St., 802-490-2255. Paintings by Sarah Adam are featured in January, including portraits in acrylic on linoleum tiles as well as landscapes and abstracts on various surfaces. For more information, visit Madsahara.com. From 8 to 11 p.m., on Gallery Walk night, enjoy music by Mosaic, playing rockin’ covers.

* 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 January the café features paintings and prints by Jon Surette. 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. The bright and cheerful work of Adrien Yellow kicks off the New Year with style. Yellow is a key ingredient in Adrien’s acrylic paintings. The gallery is also extending the holiday "smalls show" that includes work by a number of artists. Jon Matthew performs on the gallery’s Yamaha baby grand from 6 to 8 p.m. Vermont Artisan Designs features the works of more than 300 American artists and craftspeople. A portion of sales of featured work goes to the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center.

* The Works, 118 Main St., 802-579-1851 or worksbakerycafe.com. "Portraits in Conservation" is a photographic exhibit capturing the people, the places, and the stories behind conservation activities by The Nature Conservancy’s Vermont Chapter. These photographs by chapter director Bob Klein reflect his belief that "conservation is about people. ... Nature herself doesn’t make conservation happen. People do." The Kid’s Art display in January features a "clothesline" exhibit of artwork by kids at the River Gallery School. Open until 9 p.m. on Gallery Walk Fridays.

* David Walter Jewelry Studio, 81 Main St., 802-722-9620 or www.davidwalterjewelry.com. Closed for Gallery Walk but reopening after a holiday break on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

* 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 William H. Hays’ unique multicolor linoleum block prints are vibrant interpretations of the New England landscape and Brattleboro. Also featured are oil paintings and portraits. Visit the studio to see works under way.

* Amy’s Bakery Arts Café, 113 Main St., 802-251-1071. Twelve members of the Brattleboro Camera Club -- the oldest such group in New England -- are exhibiting a large and varied collection of images. BCC meets monthly at 6:30 p.m., on second Mondays at Brooks Library; anyone interested in improving photographic skills and sharing recent photos is welcome. Open until 8 p.m. on Gallery Walk.

* Beadniks, 115 Main St., 802-257-5114, www.beadniksvt.com. Find a treasure trove of beads, stones, findings and jewelry-making supplies to "feed the Muse." Also offering embroidery floss and other craft materials, as well as classic candy and toys, vintage-design cards and postcards, message buttons and magnets, and scarves to keep you warm.

* In the Moment Music & Gifts, 143 Main St., 802-257-8171 or www.inthemomentrecords.com. Celebrating Peace Through Music with a continuing exhibit of screen prints by West Coast artist Alan Forbes, best known for his work with The Black Crowes. Open late for Gallery Walk.

* Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St., 802-257-4777 or www.galleryinthewoods.com. "Into the Light," an all-gallery show featuring work by the gallery’s artists in all media, is featured through Feb. 28. Reception on Friday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Moondogs serenade Walk visitors with live music. Stop in to see visionary fine art, folk art, fine craft, and jewelry from Vermont and around the world. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., daily, Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m.

* Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St., 802-254-9276 or www.hookerdunham.org and Facebook. BUHS students in David Mazor’s advanced photography class used a variety of photographic and digital editing skills to create a series of "Dark Art" images featured this month in the gallery. Dark Art is a style that is primarily a product of the 20th century and continues to grow in popularity as a part of the horror genre and gothic music and publishing culture. Also each half hour during Gallery Walk evening only, Vermont Theatre Company presents a movement performance piece by Sarah Craver and Zoe Perra, inspired by the play "The Woman in Black" -- this VTC production will be performed at the Hooker-Dunham Theater from Jan. 18-27. Gallery Walk reception on Friday, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours otherwise through January during events at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery and by appointment.

* 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, handcrafted jewelry, clothing accessories and furnishings for home and garden, both vintage and new. Still showing work by British-born designer and jeweler Philippa Kunisch. Open until 8 p.m. or later 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., Meditations for Peace: 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, Pastor Carra McFadden and Fred Lucies introduce the season of Epiphany, the rising of the star in the east, with music, a reflection, and a Star Gift for everyone.

* 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. In January, the nonprofit Fermata Arts Foundation returns with an exhibit of Ukrainian children’s artwork on the Main Floor. "Happy Birthday, Ukraine!" celebrates the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and the United States. Based in Avon, Conn., Fermata’s goal is "to aid in the preservation of peace" through art and cultural exchange. Visit fermata-arts.org. Selections from the library’s Henrietta Prouty Loud Collection are shown in cases on the mezzanine and in the second-floor entry, in connection with the Fine Arts Committee’s Jan. 9 program, "The Art Legacy of the Louds of Brattleboro," a talk by fine arts appraiser and former library trustee Richard Michelman. The Children’s Book Illustrators case on the second floor features the work of Brattleboro resident John Steven Gurney, who has illustrated more than 120 books for children. 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.

* "Shall We Dance?" at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St., 802-579-9990 (Ray Warren) or www.shallwedance.biz. From 7 to 10 p.m., The Brattleboro Ballroom of "Shall We Dance?" offers a Foxtrot 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. Cost for lesson and dance: $8 singles, $15 couples, $5 students & seniors.

* Baskets Bookstore, 48 Harmony Place, 802-258-4980 or baskets@sover.net. Painter/muralist Steven Donovan is now 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 on Friday, as well as exhibiting and selling affordable, matted copies of paintings.

* Fat Cat Studio, 24 High St., first floor (off central hall, Midtown Mall building). Catherine Nunn opens her studio to the public during Gallery Walk, while painting a portrait from the model. Stop in to watch for a bit and consider signing up to study Classical Realism with Cat.

* SE Vermont Welcome Center, 1-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1. This month the Silo Gallery hosts an exhibit of work by artists showing at Gallery North Star in Grafton. Open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily.

Founded in 1995, Gallery Walk qualifies as a nonprofit arts organization through its association with the Arts Council of Windham County. For information, contact coordinator Joy Wallens-Penford at 802-257-2616 or preferably by e-mail at info@GalleryWalk.org.