BRATTLEBORO -- Strolling of the Heifers celebrates the opening of its new art gallery at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden on Friday, with a reception to introduce the inaugural exhibit, "16 by 16 by 27."

Curated by artist Caryn King, the show presents the work of 27 artists, each of whom produced a 16-inch by 16-inch square painting on canvas. The paintings reflect a variety of subjects including still-life, figurative, landscape, animals and abstract.

Many of the artists will be present at the reception, which takes place during Gallery Walk from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday. Voting for a "People’s Choice Award" will begin at the opening and continue through May 1. All paintings are for sale, with proceeds benefiting both the artists and Strolling of the Heifers.

The artists included in the show are Marilyn Allen, Karen Becker, Nancy Calicchio, Trudy Crites, Janet Eldridge-Taylor, Alia Fielding, Esther Fielding, Georgie, Bobbie Groves, David Howell, Mary Iselin, Caryn King, Mary Lea, Heidi M Lorenz, Paul Madalinski, Jim McGrath, Nancie Mclean, Steven Meyer, Meris Morrison, Scott Nelson, Marlene O’Connor, Janet Picard, Anne Sawyer, Lori Schreiner, Terry Sylvester, Kristina Wentzell and Jen Wiechers.

The paintings will remain on view until early May. The River Garden is normally open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.