BRATTLEBORO -- Gallery Walk, Brattleboro’s first-Friday celebration of the arts, returns this week. There are 42 listed venues, many with meet-the-artist receptions or live music.
New or returning stops include the Crosby House B&B on Western Avenue, hosting this year’s BMH tabletop tree sale; Pine Heights on Oak Grove Avenue; a Pop-Up Brattleboro exhibit and the Larry Carlson Studio on Flat Street; the Community Forum Space on Elliot Street; and the Galanes Vermont Shop as well as a vendor of Kashmiri goods on Main Street. 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 contains complete listings and a map. The cover article is about the "Endangered Season: Winter in Vermont" exhibit at the Dianich Gallery, and there are articles on a mid-December exhibit of work by 14 members of the Brattleboro-West Arts collective at a Flat Street site and fundraisers featured along the Walk tour that offer gift-giving options. Online explorers may also visit www.GalleryWalk.org for current listings and full-color photos of work featured in this month’s exhibits.
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. Work by Vermont’s Tina Olsen, who does botanical illustrations for Southern Exposure Seed Exchange in Virginia, has been added to paintings by Martha Dolan and "Farm Art" by Georgie, Janet Picard, Deborah Lazar and Caryn King. A portion of Farm Art sales supports Strolling of the Heifers programs. Gallery Walk "munchies" available from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
* C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse, 814 Western Ave., 802-257-7898, 802-579-9088, caixiart.com and dimsumvt.com. Exhibitions -- open year-round by appointment -- include 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 (lexistudio.com) and Chinese paintings of Xi Hua (1927-2007).
* BMH Benefit Holiday Sale & "Yo-Yo" Art at Crosby House, 175 Western Ave., 802-257-7145 or www.crosbyhouse.com. From 5 to 8:30 p.m., The BMH Auxiliary’s Holiday Creations -- 2-foot trees and wreaths decorated and sparkling with lights -- are for sale. Proceeds benefit the BMH Mammography Department. Also featured are "Yo-Yo" Art pieces made by Pearl Doubleday.
* Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams St., 802-579-9797 (Hannah), email@example.com, thewhetstonestudioforthearts.tumblr.com. Open Studios from 5 to 7 p.m., on Gallery Walk for Adrienne Ginter -- paintings, etchings, multi-layered handcut paper, jewelry; Sage Feldman -- paintings, cards; Naomi Goldie -- paintings, prints; Stacy Morse (1952-2012) -- retrospective exhibit; Meaghan Fagley -- photography; and David Parker -- sawn redwood roots; as well as an installation of artwork in Studio 3 by students at SIT’s Graduate Institute that reflect the diversity on campus. Also stop by The Root Social Justice Center (802-254-3400, www.therootsjc.org).
* Pine Heights, 187 Oak Grove Ave., 802- 257-0307 or www.PineHeightsBrattleboro.com. Opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. during Gallery Walk for an exhibit of Sequencing artwork by residents at Pine Heights Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation. Marilyn Allen, from River Gallery School of Art, has guided and encouraged her Pine Heights students in making paintings. Enjoy the show and light refreshments.
* Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., 802-257-0124 or www.brattleboromuseum.org. Free admission during Gallery Walk. Current exhibits include: VT Kids Design Glass II: Imaginary creatures drawn by kids and transformed into glass sculptures by professional artists.; Our Fragile Home: a multimedia installation by Pat Musick, based on astronauts’ impressions of Earth; Cosmic Geometry: A suite of 16 prints by Vermont artist Sabra Field; Jerry’s Map: Jerry Gretzinger’s richly detailed, ever-expanding map of an imaginary world. Also, explore the use of chance operations to create art in the new hands-on exhibit, Your Space: Chance, inspired by Jerry’s Map. Regular hours: Sunday to Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Tuesday), Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery, 36 Bridge St., 802-490-2354 or www.whetstonestation.com. Greenfield artist Kate Marion Lapierre creates mixed-media abstract paintings on canvas and wood using acrylics with other textural elements such as plaster, paper, cardboard or pumice. Visit www.katemarionlapierre.com.
* Twilight Tea Lounge, 41 Main St., 802-254-8887 or www.twilighttealounge.com. An exhibit of relief prints and paintings by Wallingford artist Jon Surette continues through December. The Tea Lounge serves teas and treats until 10 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* River Gallery School of Art, 32 Main St., 802-257-1577, www.rivergalleryschool.org or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sales of the Angels, Beasts, Shepherds & Kings on exhibit during December support the Children’s Scholarship Fund. Folks are welcome to come during December to make an angel or beast for the sale. Stop by during Gallery Walk to enjoy the handmade creations, lights and holiday refreshments; the sale runs through December when the school is open.
* Latchis Theatre & Gallery 4, 50 Main St., 802-254-1109, ext. 3, or www.latchis.com. Latchis 4 Gallery: "Sisters" features digitally enhanced photography by Laura Isabella and nature, landscape and macro photography by Andréa Wallens Powell, who is also showing paintings and sharing poetry. Available only during the Gallery Walk opening are 2014 Art Calendars and cards with images by Vermont artists whose works have graced recent Friends of Music at Guilford program books and posters -- William Hays, Deborah Lazar, Susan Bull Riley, Karen Becker, Deedee Jones and Evelyn McLean, among others; proceeds support FOMAG concerts and outreach. Gallery hours during movie showings and by appointment: 802-257-0033 (Andrea Powell). Main Theatre: Brattleboro artist Barbara Baker-Bury presents "A Stitch in Time ..." -- new oil paintings on paper and canvas. A portion of proceeds from sales will be donated to the ongoing renovation at the Latchis, which includes new gallery lighting. The show runs through Jan. 31, with an opening reception on Friday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The exhibit is open daily for browsing, for movie and event patrons, and by appointment. Limited-edition giclée prints are also available. For more information contact Barbara at 802-257-1029 or email@example.com or visit www.barbarabakerbury.com.
* Flat Street Brew Pub, 6 Flat St., 802-257-1911 or www.flatstreet.net. Featured through December, Steven Leal’s new painting series was inspired by numerical patterns in horse-racing results.
* Pop-Up Brattleboro, 8 Flat St., (former Adivasi storefront), www.popupbrattleboro.com. For three days only, this guerrilla-effort art exhibition -- for artists, by artists -- features local artists of all ages, genres, styles, mediums and experience. The exhibit will showcase photography, paintings, ceramics, printmaking, illustration, sculpture, video/audio installation, and just about every other medium imaginable.Opening reception with live music on Friday, from 4 to 9 pm. The exhibit will also be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
* Larry Carlson Studio, 24 Flat St., second floor, larrycarlsonstudio @gmail.com or larrycarlson.com. Opening reception from 5 to 8:30 p.m. during Gallery Walk for the new gallery of visionary artist Larry Carlson, featuring his surreal, psychedelic, and whimsical landscapes.
* In-Sight Photography Project, 45 Flat St., Suite 1, 802-251-9960, www.insight-photography.org. Portraits by Luci Hauty are featured. Luci built a portfolio around a theme for an In-Sight Independent Study, learning to edit her work, build upon her theme and prepare the work for exhibition. Reception during Gallery Walk, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Open Monday to Friday,9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
* Cynthia-Reeves New England, 47 Flat St., 802-579-1029, www.cynthia-reeves.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. This "pop-up" gallery, open for a six-month run, features the exhibition "Choate/Chaos," showing work by Shen Chen, Michael Mulhern, Lee Jung Woong, Magdelena Fernandez, Oliver Marsden and George Sherwood. Regular hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat St., 802-251-6051 (Joshua Farr) or www.vcphoto.org. In December the annual Holiday Members’ Exhibition showcases a sampling of works from more than 100 exhibiting members, ranging vastly in photographic background and style. This year’s exhibit features work by Jeffrey Carmichael of Dummerston. Opening reception on Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. during. Exhibit ends Dec. 29. Open Friday to Sunday noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment.
* Hope Gallery at Elliot St. Café, 134 Elliot St., 802-246-1251 or www.facebook.com/ElliotStreetCafe. Open 5 to 7 p.m., for Gallery Walk: Pioneer Valley-based artist Brantner DeAtley is showing his jazz-inspired collages.
* Artrageus 1, LLC, 57 Elliot St., 724-650-7011 (Nick), artrageus1.biz. Gayle Weitz focuses on making carved and painted wooden cabinets and containers. Her recent series "Humanimals" contains 13 life-size cabinets addressing the relationship between humans and other animals. Open Tuesday to Thursday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open until 8:30 p.m. or later on Gallery Walk.
* Metropolis Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge, 55 Elliot St., 802-254-8500 or www.metropoliswinebar.com & Facebook. Recent sketches in various media, including oil, pastel, charcoal and silver point, by fine artist and goldsmith Seth Thomas Bordonaro are featured in December. Sing Sing Swing will be playing from 8 to 11 p.m. on Gallery Walk night.
* Tulip Café & Crêperie, 12 Harmony Place, 802-490-2061. Gallery Walk reception, 5-6 p.m.: Pathways Vermont’s Housing First program presents "Vista," visual art by program participants and staff. Artists set their own prices and keep all proceeds. Pathways Vermont advocates for the rights of people to live without stigma and discrimination, and promotes civil rights, community integration, health care, affordable housing and employment for all.
* Elliot St. Fish, Chips & More, 50 Elliot St. , 802-451-0074. December features artwork by Ben Keating and the Clustermind Collaborative, which gathers weekly to create unique multi-artist pieces with vibrant color waves, psychedelic imagery and found objects.
* Community Forum Space & Pop-Up Record Shop, 17 Elliot St., second floor, 617-642-5891 (Ron) or www.spiritoforr.com. The Forum is centered around one of the instant sculptures that Ron Schneiderman creates as a member of the rock music collaborative Sunburned Hand of the Man.These structures have now evolved with the addition of videos from a dozen artists and a soundtrack taken from Ron’s Estey Field Organ Tone Archive project. This show, which includes black-and-white photos of the Brattleboro Time Machine, was featured at the Festival of Endless Gratitude in Copenhagen in August as part of a DIVA artist residency. The Pop-Up Record Shop features CD-Rs produced for Ron’s Blueberry Honey label and a range of underground LPs.
* Leigh Niland’s Studio, 4 Elliot St. No. 7, second floor, 603-313-7569 or www.leighniland.com. Through Dec. 7 only -- India Pictures: Recent Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture resulted from a three-month 2012 "India Teaching Residency" awarded to the artist by The Prince’s Drawing School in London. Open Friday to Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment.
* Mocha Joe’s Café, 82 Main St., 802-257-7794 or www.mochajoes.com. Jason Alden is exhibiting drawings, paintings and sketchbooks in December. He will be on hand from 6 to 8:30 p.m. during Gallery Walk.
* Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2, 106 Main St., 802-257-7044 or www.vtart.com. Featured in December are photographs by Michael McDermott, contemporary glass by Josh Simpson, oil paintings by Janis Sanders and animal paintings by Mary Iselin. McDermott was 20 when he captured a rare photo of J.D. Salinger, reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye." Now, more than 30 years later, the first public showing of a limited-edition photogravure of that image is at Vermont Artisan Designs. Meet Simpson and Sanders during Gallery Walk on Friday. A portion of December sales benefits the Brattleboro Heating Fund.
* T-Bar Lift Benefit Sale at Galanes Vermont Shop, 116 Main St., 802-254-5677 or www.vtsnowsports.org. Living Memorial Park Snow Sports is selling cards and posters with Robert Chace’s iconic 1957 painting of skiers at the park to support its work to maintain, improve and operate the T-bar lift for skiers and snowboarders. After Gallery Walk find cards and posters here and at Baker’s Hallmark, Zephyr Designs and Vermont Artisan Designs; cards only at the Brattleboro Food Co-op, Burrows Sports, Everyone’s Books, Grafton Cheese Outlet, and Vermont Country Deli.
* Works Bakery Café, 118 Main St., 802-579-1851 or worksbakerycafe.com. Kathleen Carr, December’s featured artist, has been practicing what she calls the "very magical and spiritual" art of photography for years. This exhibit includes images in three categories: reflections, street photography and landscape. Also check out the "clothesline" exhibit of children’s artwork from 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. David Walter produces handmade and bespoke jewelry in precious metals and gems, and specializes in the repair, restoration, modification and repurposing of all fine jewelry. In addition to showcasing Walter’s contemporary heirlooms, the studio’s Master Craft Gallery features "The Book and the Letter: Letterpress, Bookbinding and Print," showcasing the work of Abigail Jones, Julia Ferrari and Brian Cohen. The artists will be on hand during Gallery Walk.
* The Artist’s Loft Gallery & B&B,103 Main St., third floor, 802-257-5181 or www.theartistsloft.com. William H. Hays’ unique multicolor linoleum-block prints are vibrant interpretations of the New England landscape and Brattleboro. Visitors can also see works under way in the artist’s studio as well as oil and watercolor paintings of northeast landscapes. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily.
* Amy’s Bakery Arts Café, 113 Main St., 802-251-1071. Robyn Weisel is a Westminster photographer whose monochrome images of frost crystals, snowflakes, ice-bound bubbles and water droplets offer insight into the elegant and sensual architecture of Vermont winter landscapes. Open until 8 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* Beadniks, 115 Main St., 802-257-5114 or www.beadniksvt.com. Famous as the area’s Stocking Stuffer Headquarters, Beadniks is brimming with lots of gift ideas as well as all the old-time favorites.
* Kashmiri Handicrafts, 143 Main St., 802-579-7877, 0n the sidewalk outside In the Moment, email@example.com. Alexandros (Lexi) Atsalis-Gogel is just back from an adventure in Kashmir and shares his stories and some beautiful merchandise. Stop by for a warm cup of tea during Gallery Walk.
* Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St., 802-257-4777 or www.galleryinthewoods.com. Mark Brown’s sculptural robots inhabit "Creatures," December’s featured exhibit. Showing through Feb. 4; opening reception on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.
* The Dianich Gallery, 139 Main St., Room 501, 802-380-1607 or www.catherinedianichgallery.com. Continuing in December is "Endangered Season: Winter in Vermont." This exhibit of paintings and installations by artists Mollie S. Burke, Joan Peters and Jude Roberts Rondeau is both a celebration of our winter and a call to consider the impact of climate change on it. Artists’ reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday. The gallery is otherwise open by appointment.
* Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St., 802-254-9276 or www.hookerdunham.org & Facebook. Liz LaVorgna (core-photo.com) explores Dapper/Boi style with December’s photo exhibit "Dapper." The term brings to mind a sense of confidence, refinement, and style. That’s what viewers will see in this exhibit: photographs of people who are not afraid to express themselves with their personal style. Dapper is not about gender, it’s about a state of mind. This exhibit is sponsored by Green Mountain Crossroads. Artist reception on Friday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Gallery open 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. For Holly Days and Gallery Walk weekend, Penelope offers a Studio Sample Sale of her exceptional glassware. Open late for Gallery Walk.
* A Candle in the Night, 181 Main St., 802-257-0471 or www.acandleinthenight.com. Featuring flags and other assemblages by Larry Simons, made from scavenged 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., 802-257-4588 (Dee and Bob Keller). From 5:30 to 6 p.m., everyone is invited to the Moment for Peace in the Centre Church Parlor on Friday. This month, Damaris Bernhard leads a meditation titled "A moment of rest in the midst of the busyness of life."
* Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., 802-254-5290 or www.brookslibraryvt.org. MAIN FLOOR: Abstract painter Mia Scheffey exhibits landscapes. MEZZANINE: Selections from the Loud Collection of 19th-century European art. SECOND FLOOR CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASE: Internationally acclaimed author-illustrator David Macaulay shows artwork from his books "Short Cut," "How Things Work," and "Castle." Selections from the Fine Arts Collection are permanently displayed throughout the building; a brochure offers a self-guided walking tour during library hours: Monday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, 1 to 6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EIGHTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOOK SALE: Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to2 p.m. Continues during regular hours through Dec. 20.
* Brattleboro History Center, 196 Main St., 802-258-4957 (through side door of Masonic Center), histsoc @sover.net or brattleborohistoricalsociety.org Free admission: Open 5 to 8 p.m., for Gallery Walk, otherwise Thursday and Friday from 3 to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. See a truck and a train specially crafted from wood, and enjoy handmade dolls. Glimpse Rudyard Kipling through Mary Cabot’s journal entries ("Annals of Brattleboro, 1681-1895"); peruse her photo albums. Play a locally made Estey Field Organ. Read VT Phoenix weeklies from 1895. See a West River RR video and diorama. Learn about Crosbys, Esteys and Moodys. Inspect the Ft. Dummer replica; old signs, maps and more.
* ART 4 DANCE Benefit Auction, Brattleboro School of Dance, 22 High St., third floor, 802-254-6884. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.:Silent Auction Benefit for Windham Regional Career Center Dance Program students to attend the National High School Dance Festival next spring, Offerings include paintings and sculptures from the art collection of the late Otto Marx; holiday gifts/goodies from Brattleboro merchants and artists including gift baskets, jewelry, art sets, books, textiles and gift certificates for products, services, food/drink and much more. The silent auction will continue through Dec. 15 during BSD studio hours, Monday to Friday, 3 to 7 p.m.
For information on joining Gallery Walk, contact coordinator Joy Wallens-Penford at 802-257-2616 or preferably by e-mail at info@GalleryWalk.org.