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 33 listed venues, many with meet-the-artist receptions or live music.
Returning are the Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, hosting art from The Grammar School in Putney, and the Boys & Girls Club, which is hosting Student Art Month’s show of 2-D high school art and an opening night concert by The Snaz. Of special note is a two-evening interactive exhibit exploring women’s body image issues, scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Headroom Stages Galleria.
Official Gallery Walk hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., although most venues are open earlier and several remain open later.
The 24-page March edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete listings and a map. The featured cover article is about Student Art Month, sponsored in March for a 34th season by the Arts Council of Windham County. Other articles include an introduction to the newest gallery in town, Superfresh! Organic Café on lower Main Street, as well as information about the 23rd annual Women’s Film Festival, which opens on Gallery Walk night at New England Youth Theatre.
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. Featured art includes painted gourds by Terry Carter; photography by Henry Ireland; botanical illustrations by Tina Olsen; abstract and representational paintings by Martha Dolan; landscapes, studies in nature and 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.
* C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse, 814 Western Ave., 802-257-7898 or 802-579-9088, caixiart.com and dimsumvt.com. Exhibitions -- open 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).
* Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams St., 802-579-9797 (Hannah). email@example.com. Open Studio from 5 to 7 p.m., for Gallery Walk: Naomi Goldie is showing her recent oils of Brattleboro, New York City, Ferris Wheels and more (firstname.lastname@example.org).
* Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., 802-257-0124 or www.brattleboromuseum.org. Free admission during Gallery Walk. Check out winning Vermont high schooler submissions for the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Catch other exhibits before they close on Saturday: VT Kids Design Glass II; 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. Create chance-based art with the hands-on exhibit Your Space: Chance. Regular hours, Sunday through 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. Admission: $8-$6-$4, free for members and children under 6.
* Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery, 36 Bridge St., 802-490-2354 or www.whetstonestation.com. The "2014 Hashtag Project" is under way: New images tagged with #whetstonestation will be selected during the year for the exhibit. Photographers of selected images 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., 802-254-8887 or www.twilighttealounge.com. Sabrina Hull, a native of the Hinsdale/Brattleboro area, displays paintings in her home region for the first time. Teas and treats served until 10 p.m., for Gallery Walk.
* River Gallery School of Art, 32 Main St., 802-257-1577, www.rivergalleryschool.org or email@example.com. Work by students of Life Drawing and Portraiture is featured in gallery spaces during March. The Office Gallery features watercolor paintings by students in Lynn Hoeft’s classes.
* Latchis Gallery & Main Theatre, 50 Main St., 802-254-1109, ext. 3 or www.latchis.com. Latchis Gallery: Featured artist Doug Lynch of Brattleboro. Artist’s reception during Gallery Walk from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., otherwise open during movie showings and by appointment (contact Lynch at 215-817-1089 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Main Theatre: An exhibit of photographs of acrobatic and aerial performers from New England Center for Circus Arts is showing during March. These images by Jeffrey Lewis of Brattleboro capture the somewhat spare beauty of individual students and professionals showing the elegance of form and line that NECCA teaches, and they illustrate the dynamism of circus in action. Reception during Gallery Walk, 5 to 6:30 p.m.; otherwise accessible during movie showings or special events, or by appointment at 802-254-9780.
* Student Arts Month Kickoff at Boys & Girls Club, 17 Flat St., 802-365-9970, email@example.com (Susan Rosano) or www.ACWC.us. Festivities for the 34th annual Student Art Month begin at 5:30 p.m., during Gallery Walk with a reception for this year’s 2-D High School Art Show. Come for refreshments and a concert by The Snaz, an indie rock band with three girls and a male drummer, all from BUHS, performing original songs. Related shows at In-Sight Photography Project and Vermont Artisan Designs.
* In-Sight Photography Project, 45 Flat St., Suite 1, 802-251-9960 or www.insight-photography.org. In March In-Sight hosts the Student Art Month High School Photo Show of images by high school students in Windham County. Opening reception during Gallery Walk, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Otherwise open Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. See related High School art shows at Boys & Girls Club and Vermont Artisan Designs.
* Cynthia-Reeves New England, 47 Flat St., 802-579-1029, www.cynthia-reeves.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. "Substrate of Nature," a new exhibition featuring the pastels of long-time Brattleboro artist Ray Ruseckas opens during Gallery Walk from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Ruseckas’ pastels are complemented by large-scale, gestural paintings by Brooklyn artist Daniel Kohn and an anodized steel sculpture by Massachusetts artist Jonathan Prince. 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. Uncovered: Collected Photographic Memories -- A Series by Margaret Kristensen runs through March 30. This exhibit features over 100 interesting, curious, funny or beautiful prints from thousands of negatives (mostly unidentified family photos from the ‘40s through the ‘70s) that Kristensen has bought or found. Reception on Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., hours otherwise Friday to Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
* Women’s Film Festival Gala at New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., 802-257-7364 or womensfreedomcenter.net. Opening Gala from 7 to 9 p.m., on Friday. The 23rd annual Festival, a Women’s Freedom Center fundraiser, features 31 films directed by and about women from around the world to be screened March 7-16 at NEYT. The opening night gala includes a champagne reception and screening of "Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines." Buy $25 gala tickets online or by phone, or e-mail email@example.com. Drop-ins welcome if tickets are available.
* Artrageus 1, 57 Elliot St., 724-650-7011 (Nick) or 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 on Gallery Walk until 8:30 p.m.
* Metropolis Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge, 55 Elliot St., 802-254-8500 or www.metropoliswinebar.com. Chicago-based photographer Chris Basil explores themes of nature constrained by big cities and big cities constrained by nature. Colby Dix performs from 8 to 11 p.m.
* New Skin Boutique at Headroom Stages Galleria, 17 Elliot St., 802-258-0395 (Kat Whitledge). Open Friday and Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. This two-part interactive installation project allows women to publicly share and explore body image insecurities. Before the gallery opening, models were provided a safe space for speaking about how they feel in their own skin, then were asked to imagine the many layers of applied latex absorbing and peeling away that body-image baggage. At the public gallery event, visitors are invited to "try on" the models’ latex skins, allowing participants to see themselves with another physical form and promoting compassion toward themselves and others regarding body image.
* Mocha Joe’s Café, 82 Main St, 802-257-7794 or www.mochajoes.com. Brattleboro local Jonquil Clouet shows recent drawings combining realism and fantasy. Clouet will be on hand on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
* Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2, 106 Main St., 802-257-7044 or www.vtart.com. Pottery and sculpture are featured in the Arts Council of Windham County’s Student Art Month 3-D High School Show. Also exhibited are photographs of N.E. Center for Circus Arts performers by Jeffrey Lewis and hand-painted kites by Jim Thompson. A book-signing during Gallery Walk introduces Donna Dearborn’s "Every Sunday," the story of a special father-daughter relationship. Franz Robert performs on the baby grand from 6 to 8 p.m. A portion of sales benefits the Brattleboro Heating Fund. See other High School art at Boys & Girls Club and In-Sight Photography Project.
* Works Bakery Café, 118 Main St., 802-579-1851 or worksbakerycafe.com. Work by the Independent Study group at River Gallery School is featured. Led by RGS creative director Lydia Thomson, these artists meet bimonthly to share works-in-progress for friendly critique, support and constructive suggestions. Also check out the "clothesline" exhibit of children’s artwork from RGS. Open until 9 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* David Walter Jewelry Studio, 81 Main St., 802-722-9620 or www.davidwalterjewelry.com. In addition to showcasing Walter’s jewels, the studio’s Master Craft Gallery mounts quarterly exhibits featuring exceptional work by regional craftsmen. This month features the opening of "Puppetry: Behind the Curtain," showcasing the works of Finn Campman, Spybird Theater, Crabgrass Puppet Theatre, Spyglass Theater, and Sandglass Theater. Stop by during Gallery Walk for a 7 p.m. demonstration by Zachary Grace: "The Glass Cowboy" features a glass-blowing puppet (who is himself made of glass) ruminating on life and his craft.
* 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. Oils by Heidi Lorenz of Goshen, N.H., are featured in March. Open until 8 p.m. on Gallery Walk.
* Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St., 802-257-4777 or www.galleryinthewoods.com. Gallery 1: "Mia Scheffey: Beneath the Surface" explores the element of water. These recent abstract oils are characterized by vigorous markings over a layered, luminous field. Gallery 2 presents "Klaus Postler (1951-2013): Celebration of a Life," the first installment of works by this peripatetic 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. "Under Vermont Bridge No. 9" features photographic images of the I-91 steel-span bridge currently being deconstructed over the West River. Photographers Myles Danaher, Bob George and Joshua Farr each bring their own view of the bridge from 1985 to the present day. Also showing are images taken c. 1959 during the bridge’s construction. Reception on Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m.; hours otherwise by appointment at 802-380-1607 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St., 802-254-9276 or www.hookerdunham.org. Student Art from The Grammar School in Putney is featured in celebration of Student Art Month. Gallery Walk reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., open otherwise during events at the theater and by appointment.
* Strolling of the Heifers Gallery, Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., 802-246-0982 or www.strollingoftheheifers.com. Strolling of the Heifers celebrates the opening of its new art gallery on March 7 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with a reception for "16 by 16 by 27," the inaugural exhibit of work by 27 area artists. These 16-inch-square canvases include a variety of still lifes, landscapes, animal portraits, and abstracts. The paintings will remain on view until early May; sales benefit the artists and SOTH programs. Open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during special events.
* Penelope Wurr: Contemporary Glass & Gifts, 167 Main St., 802-246-3015 or www.penelopewurr.com. It’s all art in one form or another at Penelope Wurr, including Penelope’s own fine contemporary glass. Open until 8 p.m. 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. Parker Huber will lead the meditation "Offerings and Prayers for Contemplation."
* Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., 802-254-5290 or www.brookslibraryvt.org. For Student Art Month, artwork by area elementary school children is displayed. On the Mezzanine are selections from the Loud Collection of 19th-century European art. Second Floor Children’s Book Illustrators Case features Liza Woodruff. 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, 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.
* Brattleboro History Center, 196 Main St., 802-258-4957, histsoc @sover.net or brattleborohistoricalsociety.org. Free admission: Open 4 to 7 p.m. for Gallery Walk; otherwise Thursday to Friday from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 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.