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 40 listed venues, many with meet-the-artist receptions or live music.
New venues this month include the relocated Brattleboro Cheese Shop & Café at 39 Main St., a collaborative studio/gallery known simply as 17 Elliot Street (on the second floor at that address), and Jasmine Aesthetics on the High-Grove parking lot side of the 29 High St.complex.
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 July edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete listings and a map. Articles in this month’s edition are about the new exhibits at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, which include a major retrospective of work by Red Grooms, and Stephanie Klavens’ exhibit at the Vermont Center for Photography that documents America’s vanishing movie palaces and drive-in theaters.
Online explorers may also visit www.GalleryWalk.org for current listings, 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 orvermontmarina.com. "Farm Art" -- Georgie, Janet Picard, Deborah Lazar and Caryn King exhibit paintings whose inspiration comes from the Vermont agricultural landscape and barnyard animals. A portion of sales supports the Strolling of the Heifers. Gallery Walk "munchies" available from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
* C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse, 814 Western Ave., 802-257-7898 or 802-579-9088, caixiart.com and dimsumvt.com. Exhibitions -- open year-round by appointment, closed July 14-19 -- include luminous landscapes, portraits, the Wu Ji (Infinity Within) series of abstract performance painting using mops and trowels as brushes, and the ongoing multimedia Pink Slip Project. Also showing Le Xi’s video art (more at lexistudio.com) and Chinese paintings of Xi Hua (1927-2007).
* Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams St., 802-579-9797 (Hannah), whetstonestudioforthearts @gmail.com. Open 5 to 7 p.m. for Gallery Walk: New to town, artist Adrienne Ginter shows her detailed, nature-inspired paintings and multilayered papercut compositions in Studio 10; Naomi Goldie Gelb, in Studio 2, offers recent oils of Brattleboro, New York City, ferris wheels, and more; Rosie Schulick of Rosie’s Wonders creates handwoven, wearable fiber art featuring natural fibers; whimsically illustrated notecards; and colorful beaded jewelry made by knotting gemstones on silk; Property manager Hannah Parker will show available studio space and discuss one-time rental options.
* Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., 802-257-0124, www.brattleboromuseum.org. Free admission, all new exhibits: "Red Grooms: What’s the Ruckus?"; "Dynamic Invention: American Abstract Artists at 75"; "Between Dark and Night: New Pastels by Mallory Lake; and "Terry Slade: Collected Memories of Place. Regular hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.(closed Tuesday), Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Art21 film after Gallery Walk, 8:30 p.m., free: "Consumption" explores how artists question assumptions about commerce, mass media and consumer society.
* Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery, 36 Bridge St., 802-490-2354 or www.whetstonestation.com. If you filled out a comment card at Whetstone Station and drew something on the back, then you are among the featured artists for July. The best (and worst) of drawings from the backs of comment cards from the restaurant’s first full year (July 4 marks the first anniversary) have been prettied up and hung on the wall for this Gallery Walk.
* Brattleboro Cheese Shop & Café, 39 Main St., 802-258-9909, www.brattleborocheese.com. The Future Collective is a group from and for a diverse Brattleboro community working to provide fun, accessible, inclusive, anti-oppressive, community-minded spaces and events that foster creative, political and personal expression. This exhibit is by members of the Future Collective’s Steering Committee, which consists of Ian McPherson, Jonas Fricke, Kathleen Kennedy, Stevie Riley, Tess Lindsay and Willie Gussin.
* River Gallery School of Art, 32 Main St., 802-257-1577 or www.rivergalleryschool.org, firstname.lastname@example.org. Students in the Winter/Spring semester of Adult Studio Class are showing new work in a wide range of media, subject matter, and styles. In this class, projects are developed individually with teachers Lydia Thomson, Helen Schmidt, Jillian Farwell and Jason Alden. Also check theRGS "clothesline" exhibit of kids’ art at The Works.
* Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., 802-254-1109, ext. 3, www.latchis.com. Open for Gallery Walk from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Watercolors by Mary Hayward are featured through July in the Main Theatre. The exhibit is otherwise open to movie patrons or by e-mailing Mary at email@example.com for an appointment.
* Flat Street Brew Pub, 6 Flat St., 802-257-1911, www.flatstreetbrewpub.net. Featured this month is "Galaxy Graffiti," spary paint art by Jessica Pardoe of Deerfield, Mass.
* Shakti: Shamanic Healing & Kore Teachings Institute, 24 Flat St.,second floor, 888-245-3837 or www.shaktishamanism.com. Enjoy paintings by Westminster artist Sharon Wilsie, experience a taste of energy healing through free mini-sessions with Supriya Shanti, and sip teas and herbal brews prepared by Aidan Clowes. Learn about classes and individual sessions.
* In-Sight Photography Project, 45 Flat St., Suite 1, 802-251-9960 or www.insight-photography.org. Photographs by Robert George span 21 years and depict his desire to understand and engage with Brattleboro’s youth, who year after year socialize in groups throughout downtown. Meet new executive director Teta Hilsdon during Gallery Walk, and George will be on hand for awhile. Visit Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. In-Sight 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 fees.
* Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat St., 802-251-6051 (Joshua Farr) or www.vcphoto.org. "Celluloid Dreams: America’s Vanishing Movie Palaces and Drive-in Theaters" -- photographs by Stefanie Klavens are featured through July 28. Opening reception on Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Gallery hours are Friday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., or by appointment.
* Gallery Laura Boyajian, 19 Elm St., 802-257-8008 (Susan) or www.lauraboyajian.com. "CATS!" Inks and oils. Laura Boyajian’s "Lil Sweet" predominates. Stop by to meet the artist during Gallery Walk.
* Equilibrium & Superfresh! Organic Café, 14 Elm St., 802-490-EQVT or www.eqvermont.com. A Living Art Exhibit. Watch and participate in a communal collaboration while local artists work on unfinished pieces during Gallery Walk. These young adults are working toward a creatively supportive, educational atmosphere reflecting Equilibrium’s mission and space. Each artist will have a finished piece hung in Superfresh! Organic Cafe. Participants include Samuel McCabe, Crystal Bartlett, Joy Montgomery, Jacob Roberts, Ben Keating, Tom Jenks and Heather Miller/Heady Art, with digital sound and imagery by DJ Gnome Fire.
* Hope Gallery at Elliot St. Café, 134 Elliot St., 802-246-1251 or www.facebook.com/ElliotStreetCafe. Enjoy black-and-white photos by Becky Jones, other featured art work, a book swap shelf and ping-pong.
* Gallery East, 58 Elliot St., second floor, 802-579-1229 (Mia), firstname.lastname@example.org. Abstract oils and drawings, as well as watercolor and photographic studies from nature, are featured in Mia Scheffey’s art studio-gallery.
* Strange Brew Tattoo & Body Piercing, 58 Elliot St., second floor, 802-490-2324, strangebrewtattoo.com. Explore the eclectic artistry available at Strange Brew.
* Metropolis Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge, 55 Elliot St., 802-254-8500. Katy Hughes uses monotype printmaking as her medium. Her recent work has become large-scale abstractions of flowers. Music from 8 to 11 p.m. features The Butterfly Swing Band.
* Tulip Café & Crêperie, 12 Harmony Place, 802-490-2061. Art work by Taylor Butler is featured in July. Opening reception 5 to 7 p.m., during Gallery Walk.
* Elliot St. Fish, Chips & More, 50 Elliot St., 802-451-0074. The digital collages in July’s exhibit, created by Max Deity and Albie Mason of Keene, N.H., are varied comprehensions of the nature of semiotics (the study of signs and symbols).
* 17 Elliot Street, 17 Elliot St., second floor, 802-258-1832, email@example.com. Local former breakfast cook Alex Firth presents semi-recent to recent works in pen and watercolor. The debut issue of Firth’s critically acclaimed comic "Trash Talk" will be available. Opening reception during Gallery Walk; hours otherwise by appointment. Closing reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on July 26.
* Mocha Joe’s Café, 82 Main St., 802-257-7794, www.mochajoes.com. Local artist Adrian Eames is showing new works in ink, charcoal and pencil exploring the themes of dreams, desire, and death. Meet the artist at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
* Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2, 106 Main St., 802-257-7044 or www.vtart.com. July features a continuation of local "Farm Art" painted en plein air. Also showing are paintings by masters of two genres: new oils "Hidden in the Landscape" by Scot Borofsky, one of New York’s early street artists; and new and traditional paintings by Warren Kimble. Opening reception on Friday starting at 5:30 p.m. A portion of sales goes to the Drop In Center’s food shelf.
* The Works Café, 118 Main St., 802- 579-1851, worksbakerycafe.com. Local artist Melissa Scheid Frantz invites us to Take a Seat and enjoy new oils, crafted by hand while perched atop her sturdy, faithful wooden stool. Open until 9 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* David Walter Jewelry Studio, 81 Main St., 802-722-9620 or www.davidwalterjewelry.com. David Walter produces one-of-a-kind, handmade and bespoke jewelry in precious metals and gems, and specializes in the repair, restoration, modification and repurposing of fine jewelry. The studio’s Master Craft Gallery mounts quarterly exhibits of uncommon, unique, and otherwise exceptional work by regional artists. Currently featured is "Douglas Cox: The Art and Craft of the Violin." Andrea Larson and lydia ievins will play Swedish dance tunes on fiddle, five-string fiddle and nyckelharpa (key fiddle) on Cox instruments during Gallery Walk.
* 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 of the New England landscape and Brattleboro and oil paintings and portraits. Visit the artist’s studio to see works under way.
* Amy’s Bakery Arts Café, 113 Main St., 802-251-1071. "Searching for Harmony," a show of paintings by Kerry Stone, is featured in July. Open until 8 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* Beadniks, 115 Main St., 802, 257-5114, www.beadniksvt.com. Beadniks is well stocked with thousands of new beads. Highlights also include jewelry created by local artisans. Open until 9 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St., 802-257-4777 or www.galleryinthewoods.com. In Gallery 1: "Vivid Images: Reflecting Light" features works in diverse mediums focusing on the interplay of strong color -- Tim Allen’s painting and collage, Leonard Ragouzeos’ small gouache studies, Karen Kamenetzky’s textile tapestry, Deborah Garner’s paintings, Chance McNiff’s patterned images and Edward A. Kingsbury III’s digital prints and paintings. In Gallery 2: Liza Myers: Animalia celebrates light and form in the natural world while envisioning deeper totemic connections loosely based in North American native traditions. Marilyn Andrews’ clay sculpture includes bas-reliefs and three-dimensional scenes describing the world of human emotions. Reception for the artists on Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., daily, noon to 5 p.m., on Sunday.
* The Dianich Gallery, 139 Main St., 802-380-1607, www.catherinedianichgallery.com. July’s continuing featured exhibit is "The Labors of Silence," a photographic history of a character from the Vermont Performance Lab’s June theater piece "Not What Happened" by rural documentary photographer and local historian Forrest Holzapfel. Gallery open by appointment during July.
* Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St., 802-254-9276, www.hookerdunham.org and Facebook. Oil paintings by Susan McDormand are featured in July. Opening reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., on Friday. Gallery hours are otherwise 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. Marmite--"You either love it or hate it!"--and other British grocery goodies are back in stock: Free tasting during Gallery Walk. Limited-edition Pashmina Scarves are just in from Natweave Textile Studio. The shop also showcases a selection of Wurr’s prints and fine contemporary glass. Open until 9 p.m. or later for Gallery Walk.
* A Candle in the Night, 181 Main St., 802-257-0471 or www.acandleinthenight.com. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA! Featured in July are New Flags by Larry Simons, constructed from scavenged bits of wood found on his travels near and far. Work by Abigail Rieser, Ahren Ahrenholz and Simi Berman is also displayed.
* Take a Moment for Peace, Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., in the church Parlor, 802-257-4588 (Dee and Bob Keller), 5:30 to 6 p.m. Meditations for Peace: Gallery Walkers of all faiths and no faiths are invited to share in quietude, music, and meditations for peace. This month, Elisabeth Dearborn, co-founder of the local Thich Nhat Hanh sangha -- the Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community -- leads a few simple songs to help regain a positive frame of mind when we are experiencing difficulties.
* Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., 802-254-5290 or www.brookslibraryvt.org. Charlotte Fischer, Deedee Jones, Basha Freudenberg and Rodrica Tilley are showing mostly local landscape paintings on the Main Floor. Selections from the Loud Collection of 19th-century European art objects are displayed on the Mezzanine. Second-Floor Entryway cases will display Lego creations (July 9-23) and fairy houses (July 23-Aug. 6) made in children’s workshops. Jane Marinsky returns to the Children’s Book Illustrators case with her new book, "Just Perfect!" Selections from the Fine Arts Collection are displayed throughout the building; take a self-guided walking tour during regular library 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 Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St., 802-579-9990 (Ray Warren), www.shallwedance.biz. From 7-10 p.m., The Brattleboro Ballroom of "Shall We Dance?" offers an East Coast Swing dance lesson from 7 to 8 p.m., with Ray Warren and Lucinda Dee; open ballroom dancing to a variety of rhythms follows from 8 to 10 pm. Light refreshments. Cost of lesson and dance: $8 singles, $15 couples, $5 students & seniors.
* Brattleboro History Center, 196 Main St., 802-258-4957 (through side door of Masonic Center), brattleborohistoricalsociety.org. Open 5 to 8 p.m. during Gallery Walk: Step into Brattleboro’s past and explore local history, this month featuring Doug Cox’s model of the West River Railroad station at Newfane, historic signs from downtown Brattleboro, walking tours, century-old newspapers, and more. Regular hours are Thursday and Friday, 2 to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
* Baskets Bookstore, 48 Harmony Place, 802-258-4980, firstname.lastname@example.org. Painter/muralist Steven Donovan’s paints in the store during Gallery Walk, and offers affordable, matted copies of paintings. Open until 8:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* Jasmine Aesthetics, 29 High St., 802-257-0333, email@example.com. Open House during Gallery Walk: Explore the studio’s newly expanded space and see a Shirodhara demonstration.
Founded in 1995, Gallery Walk qualifies as a nonprofit arts organization through its association with the Arts Council of Windham County. For information on joining Gallery Walk, contact coordinator Joy Wallens-Penford at 802-257-2616 or preferably by e-mail at info@GalleryWalk.org.