BRATTLEBORO -- Gallery Walk, Brattleboro’s monthly first-Friday celebration of the arts, returns this week to liven up the downtown and a few locations within a short drive of Main Street. There are 30 listed venues, many with meet-the-artist receptions or live music.
Returning this month is the Tulip Café by the entrance to the Harmony Place parking lot on Elliot Street, while new members of Gallery Walk include the recently relocated Superfresh! Organic Café at 30 Main St., and the Robert H. Gibson River Garden at 157 Main St., recently acquired by the Strolling of the Heifers organization, which is hosting a week-long "Love Local" event open to the public for Valentine Making.
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 February edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete listings and a map. The cover article is about Vincent Brandt, who began his art studies in Korea 60 years ago and has mounted a retrospective exhibit at River Gallery School. This show coincides with release of his memoir, "An Affair With Korea." Brandt will be at the school during Gallery Walk to talk about his work and sign copies of the book.
Online explorers may also visit www.GalleryWalk.org. 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 vermontmarina.com. Featured art includes painted gourds by Terry Carter; photography by Henry Ireland; botanical illustrations by Tina Olsen; paintings by Martha Dolan; landscapes, studies in nature and unconventional still-lifes by Janet Picard; paintings of farm animals by Caryn King; plein air landscapes by Georgie; and paintings by Deborah Lazar. Gallery Walk "munchies" available from 5 to 6:30 p.m., for patrons headed downtown.
* 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 and Chinese paintings of Xi Hua (1927-2007). Asian Cultural Center of Vermont’s Lunar New Year Festival of China, Korea, and Vietnam is Sunday, from 1 to 3 p.m., at The River Garden; free. Information is at accvt.org.
* Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams St., 802-579-9797 (Hannah) whetstonestudioforthearts @gmail.com or thewhetstonestudioforthearts.tumblr.com. Open Studios from 5 to 7 p.m.: Adrienne Ginter creates detailed, nature-inspired paintings and intricate, multi-layered papercuttings; Rosie Schulick of Rosie’s Wonders creates handwoven wearable art using natural fibers, whimsical note cards and colorful gemstone jewelry knotted on silk; Naomi Goldie is showing recent oils of Brattleboro, New York City, ferris wheels and more; Sage Feldman is showing her playful paintings and cards. Property manager Hannah Parker will be on hand to show visitors available studio space as well as spaces suitable for one-day or longer meetings, workshops or other short-term gatherings.
* Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., 802-257-0124 or www.brattleboromuseum.org. Free admission during Gallery Walk. Current exhibits: VT Kids Design Glass II; 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 with the hands-on exhibit Your Space: Chance, inspired by Jerry’s Map. Regular hours are Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Tuesday), Friday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery, 36 Bridge St., 802-490-2354 or www.whetstonestation.com. Instagram turns everyday snapshots into creative works. The "2014 Hashtag Project" is now under way: New images tagged with #whetstonestation will be selected throughout the year for the exhibit. Photographers will be contacted via Instagram and will receive a gift card in exchange for permission to use their photos.
* Twilight Tea Lounge, 41 Main St. (lower level), 802-254-8887 or www.twilighttealounge.com. Back by popular demand, local artist Jonas Emmanuel Fricke fills the walls with creative exaltations in a show titled "Messengers." Teas and treats served until 10 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* Superfresh! Organic Café, 30 Main St., www.superfreshcafe.com. Works by William Hays (of The Artist’s Loft, 103 Main St.) are featured.
* River Gallery School of Art, 32 Main St., 802-257-1577, www.rivergalleryschool.org or email@example.com. Students of printmaking and encaustics with teachers Kim Colligan, Helen Schmidt and Julia Jensen are featured. Also, a retrospective exhibit of Vincent Brandt’s drawings and paintings coincides with the release of his memoir of life in a Korean fishing village in the 1960s. Brandt will sign copies during Gallery Walk.
* Latchis Theatre & Gallery 4, 50 Main St., 802-254-1109, ext. 3 or www.latchis.com. Latchis 4 Gallery: New oil paintings by Marilyn Allen trace the development of her personal vision. Gallery hours during movie showings and by appointment at 802-451-9223. Visit artistmarilynallen.com. Main Theatre: February features work by Jake Vranos, an autistic 18-year old with a passion for exploring patterns and color. Jake and his family are grateful to the INSPIRE School, the River Gallery School, and his mentor, Ross Smart, for nurturing his communication through art. Reception during Gallery Walk, 5 to 6:30 p.m.; otherwise open during movie showings or events, or by appointment at 802-451-8736 (Ross).
* Flat Street Brew Pub, 6 Flat St., 802-257-1911 or www.flatstreet.net. Photographs by Henry Ireland show the abstract patterns created by ice.
* In-Sight Photography Project, 45 Flat St., Suite 1 802-251-9960 or www.insight-photography.org. Photography by fall semester Intermediate Film Photography students is featured. Opening reception during Gallery Walk, 5:30 to 8 p.m. In-Sight gives local youth the tools for creative self-expression, regardless of the ability to pay. Otherwise open Monday to Friday, from 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. The continuing exhibit "Fugitive Identity" presents work by artists exploring personal identity, the projected self-image, the unifying qualities of humanity and diverse cultural norms. This show features watercolor and gouache works on paper by Dawn Black, a video installation by Anita Gelesta, documentary photographs by Tomas Munita, self-portraiture by Danielle Julian Norton, and a sculptural installation by Lionel Smit. Gallery hours are 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. Miska Draskoczy is featured in February’s exhibition titled "Gowanus Wild." Opening reception on Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Gallery hours are Friday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
* 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 work reflects a personal aesthetic leaning toward the functional, with lots of detail and a bit of humor. Open during Gallery Walk until 8:30 p.m. or later.
* Metropolis Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge, 55 Elliot St., 802-254-8500 or www.metropoliswinebar.com. Architectural designer Bryan Louisell is exhibiting "Lightscape 1," a wall sculpture made from cardboard tubes, birch and bamboo plywood and LED lights. Meet Louisell from 6 to 8 p.m. The Butterfly Swing Band plays 8 to 11 p.m. on Gallery Walk night.
* Tulip Café, 12 Harmony Place, 802-490-2061. Vintage Steele shows its latest creations this month in the café. A motorcycle shop located at 448 Canal St., Vintage Steele is a collaboration of Josh Steele and Chris John. Their mission is to resurrect vintage motorcycles and to give them new life as rideable art. The show includes photographs of custom builds, three of the most recent builds (yes, the actual bikes) and helmets painted by Sarah Rice. Opening reception during Gallery Walk. Open for Gallery Walk until 6:30 p.m.
* Mocha Joe’s Café, 82 Main St., 802-257-7794 or www.mochajoes.com. Gray Zabriskie exhibits recent works in wood, metal and more. His "Tank gongs" -- made from recycled propane canisters, cut with keys and painted -- are easy to play and make a sweet, meditative sound. A musical demo at 7 p.m., during Gallery Walk includes a tank gong jam with Gray and friends playing many instruments.
* Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2, 106 Main St., 802-257-7044 or www.vtart.com. Featured artists in February are Dane Tilghman, Deborah Lazar, Eduardo Milieris and Kim Eng Yeo. There’s still time to see the J. D. Salinger photogravure by Michael McDermott, as well. Music for Gallery Walk by pianist Franz Robert from 6 to 8 p.m. A portion of February sales will go to the Brattleboro Heat Fund.
* Works Bakery Café, 118 Main St., 802-579-1851 or worksbakerycafe.com. Work by Steven Meyer and Caryn King is featured. Meyer has designed stuffed toys for his family’s company for more than two decades. King’s recent paintings of farm animals and domestic pets focus on each animal’s individual personality. Check out the "clothesline" exhibit of children’s art 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 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. For February, the studio’s Master Craft Gallery continues to feature "The Book and the Letter: Letterpress, Bookbinding and Print," showcasing the work of local artisans Abigail Jones, Julia Ferrari and Brian Cohen.
* The Artist’s Loft Gallery, 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. "Life in Brattleboro: The Society Project" features photo collages by Hilltop Montessori Middle School students. Focusing on merchants, community leaders, service providers, artisans and nonprofit directors, students spent six weeks exploring the true meaning of "community." Open until 8 p.m. on Gallery Walk.
* Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St., 802-257-4777 or www.galleryinthewoods.com. Gallery 1 features "Mia Scheffey: Beneath the Surface" -- recent abstract oils exploring the element of Water. Gallery 2 presents "Klaus Postler (1951-2013): Celebration of a Life," the first installment of works by this collage artist and independent curator who was a seminal figure in the global mail art movement. Reception for Mia Scheffey and Postler’s curator, Eileen Claveloux, on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.
* The Dianich Gallery, 139 Main St., Room 501, 802-380-1607 or www.catherinedianichgallery.com. Gallery Walk hours 5:30 to 8 p.m., with a poetry reading from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Continuing through Feb. 12 is a photography exhibit related to the Green Writers Press publication "So Little Time: Words and Images for a World in Climate Crisis," a collection of poetry, prose and photography focusing on political activism, nature, and humanity. Hours otherwise by appointment.
* The River Garden, 157 Main St., 802-246-0982 or www.strollingoftheheifers.com. Free Community Valentine-Making Party during Gallery Walk. The public is invited to participate in a whole week of Valentine Making .Come share some love -- particularly with local farms and farmers. Live Music by the Blue Moon a cappella quintet from 5 to 8 p.m. Local vendors will showcase gift ideas for Valentines. The project continues Feb. 10-14.
* Penelope Wurr: Contemporary Glass & Gifts, 167 Main St., 802-246-3015 or www.penelopewurr.com. Is Valentine’s Day here already? Choose something special from Wurr’s own fine contemporary glass or unique local and European gifts, furnishings, candies and grocery items. Open late for Gallery Walk.
* Take a Moment for Peace, Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., in the Church Parlor, 802-257-4588 (Dee and Bob Keller). From 5:30 to 6 p.m., everyone is invited to the Moment for Peace. This month, LouAnne "Lucia" Wilson leads attendees in "Sacred Circle Dance: A Gentle Introduction to Dance as Worship."
* Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., 802-254-5290 or www.brookslibraryvt.org. Main Floor: Lynn Hoeft exhibits 27 still life and "Dance Cape" paintings. Mezzanine: Selections from the Loud Collection of 19th-century European art. Second Floor Children’s Book Illustrators Case: Lita Judge’s picture books continue on view in February. 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, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* Brattleboro History Center, 196 Main St., 802-258-4957 (through side door of Masonic Center), histsoc @sover.net or brattleborohistoricalsociety.org. Free admission: Open 4 to 7 p.m. for Gallery Walk, otherwise Thursday and Friday, 2 to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For information on joining Gallery Walk, contact coordinator Joy Wallens-Penford at 802-257-2616 or preferably at info@GalleryWalk.org.