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.
Two special venues are on the Walk for April: Sabrina Daigh Smith is holding an open house in her new massage therapy studio on Flat Street, and Everyone’s Books is hosting a book reading. Joining Gallery Walk is The Hub, the Arts Council of Windham County’s new space off the Harmony Place parking lot that includes a public gallery. Official Gallery Walk hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., although most venues are open earlier and several remain open later.
The 20-page April edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete listings and a map. The featured cover article is about three "flower show" exhibits offering a well-deserved breath of spring for Gallery Walk patrons to savor. They are hosted at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Metropolis and Mocha Joe’s. Online explorers may also visit www.GalleryWalk.org for current listings, photos of work featured in most of 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 Rd., 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; personality-filled 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 en route to downtown.
* 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 -- 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).
* Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams St., 802-579-9797 (Hannah), email@example.com. Open Studios, 5 to 7 p.m., on April 4: Visit the Vermont Workers Center and join the fight to protect our human rights, or join the Youth Movement and check out the new photo story project, "I am Vermont, too"; Rosie Schulick of Rosie’s Wonders creates handwoven wearable art using natural fibers, plus whimsical note cards and colorful gemstone jewelry knotted on silk; Stop by the Stacy Morse (1952-2012) retrospective exhibit; Sage Feldman is showing paintings and cards.
* Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., 802-257-0124 or www.brattleboromuseum.org. Free admission during Gallery Walk. The BMAC bursts into bloom with "Flora: A Celebration of Flowers in Contemporary Art" by Bobbi Angell, Marta Bernbaum, Amber Cowan, Floyd Elzinga, Tom Fels, Janet Fish, Richard Jacobs, Robert Kushner, Tanya Marcuse, Nan Montgomery, Anne Morgan Spalter, Christina Stahr and Jimmy Wright.. Other exhibits include "Water Studies, Brattleboro," an audio-visual installation by Jennifer Stock; and "Out of the Shadows: Paintings by Jim Giddings." Regular hours are Sunday to Thursday, closed Tuesday) 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* 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 throughout the year for adding to 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. Continuing in April is an exhibit of paintings by Sabrina Hull, a native of the Hinsdale/Brattleboro area who is showing her work in the area for the first time. This colorful collection’s theme is a celebration of happiness, love, joy, beauty, and the warmer seasons. Teas and treats served until 10 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* Superfresh! Organic Café, 30 Main St., 802-579-1751 or www.superfreshcafe.com. Gallery Walk reception for landscapes in watercolor and oils by Brattleboro’s Scot Borofsky. From 8:30 to 10 p.m., music by New York singer-songwriter Amanda Rogers -- donations welcome.
* Latchis Gallery & Main Theatre, 50 Main St., 802-254-1109 or www.latchis.com. LATCHIS GALLERY: Recent paintings and drawings by Brattleboro artist Kirsten Ullrich are featured in April. Artist’s reception during Gallery Walk from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; otherwise open during movie showings and by appointment. Contact Kirsten at 703-517-4534 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Preview the show at www.kirstenullrich.com. MAIN THEATRE: April’s featured exhibit presents work by the faculty of River Gallery School of Art. These local working artists include oil painters, printmakers, sculptors, pastel painters and watercolorists. Open during Gallery Walk, 5 to 6:30 p.m.; otherwise during movie showings and special events in the Main Theatre, or by appointment at 802-257-1577.
* Sabrina Daigh Smith, certified massage therapist, 24 Flat St., No. 201, 802-246-7833. Open house during Gallery Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. Stop in to meet Sabrina, enjoy light refreshments and treat yourself to a free 10-minute chair massage.
* Cynthia-Reeves New England, 47 Flat St., 802-579-1029, www.cynthia-reeves.com, email@example.com. Continuing in April is the exhibit "Substrate of Nature," featuring the pastels of Brattleboro artist Ray Ruseckas. These works are complemented by large-scale, gestural paintings from Daniel Kohn and an anodized steel sculpture by Jonathan Prince. Open for Gallery Walk from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., otherwise Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* In-Sight Photography Project, 45 Flat St., Suite 1, 802-251-9960 or www.insight-photography.org. In April, photographs by In-Sight volunteers, staff and board members are featured in tandem with the Annual Student Show on view at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery. Opening reception during Gallery Walk, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat St., 802-251-6051 (Joshua Farr) or www.vcphoto.org. "Handmade" is a juried exhibition featuring 73 works by 47 artists from 30 U.S. states and four countries. The inventive range of images, techniques and materials attests to a vigorous renaissance in handmade, reconfigured, 21st-century photography. Boston photographer and Museum School professor Jesseca Ferguson served as juror. Exhibition catalogs will be for sale.Gallery hours are Friday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
* Artrageus 1, LLC, 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 Friday to Monday, noon to 5 p.m., and until 8:30 p.m. or later on Gallery Walk.
* The Hub Art Space, Arts Council of Windham County, 57 Harmony Place, access through Artrageus 1 on Elliot St. or from public parking lot, 802)-257-1024 (Doug Cox) or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.acwc.us. The Arts Council of Windham County’s new space is hosting an April show of work by the Art Teachers of Windham County in painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture and many other visual arts. Stop in to celebrate the talent that inspires the area’s young artists. Gallery Walk reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; hours otherwise Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., through April 30.
* Metropolis Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge, 55 Elliot St., 802-254-8500 or www.metropoliswinebar.com. Metropolis reopens on Gallery Walk after renovations; stop by to enjoy the newly revitalized space. Local artist-educator Katy Hughes is showing colored-pencil renderings of detailed floral imagery through April. DJ Manhole Cover spins his tunes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
* Everyone’s Books, 25 Elliot St., 802-254-8160 or www.everyonesbks.com. Reading and discussion with refreshments on Gallery Walk at 7 p.m. "The Risk of Returning," a novel by Rudy and Shirley Nelson, explores through individual stories the legacy of the Dulles brothers and corporations such as United Fruit, on American foreign policy in the 20th century.
* Mocha Joe’s Café, 82 Main St., 802-257-7794 or www.mochajoes.com. Teodoro Senni’s digital photography is featured. Meet the artist from 5:30 to 8 p.m. during Gallery Walk.
* Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2, 106 Main St., 802-257-7044 or www.vtart.com. April features new paintings by Robert W. Brunelle Jr., Linda Leonard Hughes and Jeanette Staley, sculpture by David Wade, silver jewelry by Ann Kearney, hand-painted scarves by Teresa Hillary and stained glass by Edel Byrne. Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday,. Live music by Franz Robert on the baby grand. A portion of sales goes to the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center.
* Works Bakery Café, 118 Main St., 802-579-1851 or worksbakerycafe.com. April’s exhibit, "A Patient Search," represents the launching of a collaborative effort by three artists with similar approaches to painting -- Barbara Baker-Bury, Simi Berman and Jillian Farwell -- who have worked together for many years. In Barbara Campman’s Art & Meditation class at the River Gallery School, each artist found a way of engaging in painting as a search for expression of that which is indefinable. 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. In addition to showcasing David Walter’s jewels, the studio’s Master Craft Gallery features "Puppetry: Behind the Curtain," showcasing the works of Finn Campman, Spybird Theater, Crabgrass Puppet Theatre, Spyglass Theater and Sandglass Theater.
* 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 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., continue on display through April. Open until 8 .m., for 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.
* The Dianich Gallery, 139 Main St., 802-380-1607 or www.catherinedianichgallery.com. Opening Reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., for sculptural work by Christie Herbert, who teaches ceramics at Landmark College in Putney. The gallery is otherwise open by appointment. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., a slideshow in the foyer features images from the Maasai Weaving Project. This pre-Earth Day presentation celebrates creative recycling solutions. Linda Whelihan, with support from Brattleboro and beyond, brought a loom and weaving supplies to the Maasai Mara Reserve and taught community members how to transform plastic waste into marketable items. Elizabeth Ungerleider documented the trip with photos of the people and wildlife affected by this project. From 6:30-to 8 p.m., classical guitar by Bill Conley.
* Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St., 802-254-9276 or www.hookerdunham.org. In-Sight Photography Project’s Annual Student Exhibition is featured in April and May. Celebratory opening reception during Gallery Walk, otherwise the gallery will be open during Hooker-Dunham Theater performances on April 6, April 18 and May 10, from 7 to 9 p.m., and Thursdays and Friday, from 5 to 7p.m., in April. Group visits may be arranged with In-Sight staff. For information, call 802-251-9960 or visit www.insight-photography.org. This exhibit is sponsored by Marlboro College.
* The Gallery at The Garden, Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., 802-246-0982 or www.strollingoftheheifers.com. On Friday, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Strolling of the Heifers hosts a reception for "16 by 16 by 27," the gallery’s ongoing inaugural exhibit of work by 27 area artists. These 16-inch-square canvases include a variety of still lifes, landscapes, animal portraits and abstracts. Sales benefit the artists and Strolling of the Heifers. Open weekdays in April from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and during events.
* Penelope Wurr: Contemporary Glass & Gifts, 167 Main St., 802-246-3015 or www.penelopewurr.com. New ceramics from California company B-Chic Designs are displayed, as is Penelope’s fine contemporary glass. Open until 8 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* 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. Sarah Pirtle will lead the meditation "Still Walking with Pete Seeger." Pirtle is an award-winning author, singer-songwriter and peace activist from Shelburne Falls, Mass.
* Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., 802-254-5290 or www.brookslibraryvt.org. MAIN FLOOR: The Saxtons River Art Guild displays paintings in various media. On the MEZZANINE are selections from the Loud Collection of 19th-century European art. SECOND FLOOR ENTRYWAY: Books with decorative bindings from the library’s Fine Arts Collection are shown; CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASE: Liza Woodruff exhibits how she illustrated "If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws!" by Kim Norman. 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, histsoc @sover.net, brattleborohistoricalsociety.org. Free admission: Open 4 to 7 p.m. for Gallery Walk, otherwise Thursday and Friday, 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members of the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus perform at 6:30 p.m. under the direction of Becky Graber. Research Room at Municipal Center (third floor, elevator) open Thursday 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and by appointment.
For information on joining Gallery Walk, contact coordinator Joy Wallens-Penford. She can be reached at 802-257-2616 or preferably by e-mail at info@GalleryWalk.org.