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 32 listed venues, many with meet-the-artist receptions or live music.
Two special events are on the Walk this month: The Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro is hosting a 15th Birthday Celebration on Flat Street, and there’s a Diversity Day Celebration at Pliny Park and The River Garden at the junction of Main and High Streets.
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. Patrons are encouraged to begin their artistic explorations a little early and stop on the way into town at The Marina Restaurant off Putney Road, where light refreshments are offered to Walk patrons from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; the Tasha Tudor Museum, open from 4 to 7 p.m.; and the C. X. Silver Gallery, open from 3 to 8 p.m. with a major new exhibit.
The 24-page May edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete listings and a map. The featured cover articles are about the Nye Ffarrabas retrospective at C. X. Silver Gallery in West Brattleboro and Deborah Lazar’s adventures in plein-air painting and the "reveal" of a major new work. Other stories cover the River Gallery School’s upcoming auction fundraiser and Namaya’s peace-inspired art installations at the SIT Graduate Center later in the month.
Online explorers may also visit www.GalleryWalk.org for current listings, full-color photos of work 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; landscapes and contemporary art 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.
* Tasha Tudor Museum, 974 Western Ave., 802-258-6564 or www.tashatudormuseum.org. Free admission during Gallery Walks, 4 to 7 p.m., for "From Scratch: Tasha’s Handmade Life" through Oct. 18. Immerse yourself in Tudor’s lifestyle of handmade things. See how her devotion to handwritten letters inspired some of her followers. Watch the documentary, enjoy a cup of tea, revisit the lost art of letter-writing, and try a bit of watercolor painting. Children are welcome to enjoy the dress-up area, coloring pages, reading corner, dollhouse, play tea set with cookstove and more.
* C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse, 814 Western Ave., 802-257-7898, 802-579-9088 or caixiart.com and dimsumvt.com. Open 3 to 8 p.m., for Gallery Walk with a new exhibit: Nye Ffarrabas: a walk on the inside--50-year retrospective. Artist’s Reception & Book Launch on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. More at cxsilvergallery.com. Gallery hours otherwise: Thursday to Sunday, 3 to 8 p.m. or by appointment. Continuing exhibitions, year-round by appointment: landscapes; portraits; the Wu Ji (Infinity Within) series of abstract performance painting using mops and trowels; and the multimedia Pink Slip Project.
* 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 Wrigh. Other exhibits include "Water Studies, Brattleboro," an audio-visual installation by Jennifer Stock; and "Out of the Shadows: Paintings by Jim Giddings." Hours are Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Tues.), 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.
* Twilight Tea Lounge, 41 Main St., 802-254-8887 or www.twilighttealounge.com. "Underwater/Outer Space," an exhibit of new paintings by Sarah Adam, is featured in May. For more information, visit www.madsahara.com. Teas and treats served until 10 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* Superfresh! Organic Café, 30 Main St., 802-579-1751, www.superfreshcafe.com. Connecticut native and Franklin Pierce University alumnus Ben Keating is showing a new series of original paintings that playfully merge the genres of the psychedelic ‘60s, ‘80s graffiti and the New Age 2000s.
* River Gallery School of Art, 32 Main St., 802-257-1577, www.rivergalleryschool.org or firstname.lastname@example.org. Work by the school’s Young Artists is featured in May. RGS’ annual auction to support its Scholarship Fund is May 10 at Scott Farm.
* Latchis Gallery & Main Theatre, 50 Main St., 802-254-1109, ext. 3, or latchis.com. LATCHIS GALLERY: A senior at Compass School in Westminster, Vermont, Jordan Hom exhibitS photographs of long exposures, light portraits, candids, nature and sports. Artist’s reception during Gallery Walk, 5:30 to 8:30 P.M., otherwise accessible during movie showings and other special events in the theater. MAIN THEATRE: May’s continuing exhibit presents work by the faculty of River Gallery School of Art. Open during Gallery Walk, 5 to 6:30 p.m.; otherwise accessible during movie showings and special events in the Main Theatre, or by appointment at 802-257-1577.
* Flat Street Brew Pub, 6 Flat St., 802-257-1911 or www.flatstreet.net. Local photographer Rebecca Picard is showing a series of portrait and travel photography from South East Asia, India and the Middle East.
* Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro, 17 Flat St., 802-254-5990 ext. 4 (Beth/Ricky) or bgcbrattleboro.com. 15th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OPEN HOUSE during Gallery Walk: This month the gallery features photographs by Dmitri Dodge, a senior at BUHS and an active member of The Club. Many of his photographs are of local skateboarders, and all of these images show his love of skating and travel. Meet the artist during Gallery Walk, enjoy a piece of birthday cake, and tour the Club facilities. The Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro offers after-school activities and programs for youth ages 6 to 19 in areas of education, sports & fitness, the arts, leadership & character building, and healthy lifestyles.
* Cynthia-Reeves New England, 47 Flat St., 802-579-1029, www.cynthia-reeves.com or email@example.com. A new exhibit of prints and sculpture features large-scale works on paper by Sarah Amos and sculptural installations by Lorrie Fredette. Opening reception during Gallery Walk, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Show hours otherwise Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through June 30.
* In-Sight Photography Project, 45 Flat St., Suite 1, 802-251-9960 or www.insight-photography.org. Photographs from the Intermediate Film Photography: Gender and the Narrative class are featured this month. Weaving together technical aspects of photography with academic studies, class projects included self-portraits and still lifes commenting on students’ gender stories and those of their surroundings. Opening reception during Gallery Walk, 5:30-8 p.m. In-Sight’s programs offer local youth the tools for creative self-expression, regardless of their ability to pay. 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. "Chosen Blood": Photographs by Katie Koti is featured through June 1. Gallery Walk opening reception, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Gallery Hours: Friday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
* Artrageus 1, LLC, 57 Elliot St., 724-650-7011 (Nick ) or artrageus1.com. 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 Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 8:30 p.m. or later for Gallery Walk.
* The Hub Art Space, Arts Council of Windham County, 57 Harmony Place, access through Artrageus 1 on Elliot Street or from public parking lot, 802-257-1024 (Doug Cox), firstname.lastname@example.org or www.acwc.us. The ACWC new space, accessible either through Artrageus 1 or the Harmony parking lot, is hosting, with some new material, a continuing show of work by the Art Teachers of Windham County. Stop in to celebrate the talent that inspires the area’s young artists to be so creative. Gallery Walk reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; hours otherwise Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Mocha Joe’s Café, 82 Main St., 802-257-7794 or www.mochajoes.com. Heather Miller, of Venus Visions, enjoys hanging her work in local food establishments because it allows multiple demographics in our community to see visual art. Visit www.venusvisionsart.com.
* Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2, 106 Main St., 802-257-7044 or www.vtart.com. May features cityscapes by Paul Madalinski, animal portraits by Gay Freeborn and landscapes and still-life by Deborah Lazar. Continuing are sculptures by Susan Cronin and David Wade. A portion of sales of featured artists’ work will go to the Brattleboro Area Drop-in Center. Gallery Walk reception, 6 to 8 p.m.
* Works Bakery Café, 118 Main St., 802-579-1851, worksbakerycafe.com. "A Silent Language," paintings by Deborah Lazar, is May’s featured exhibit. Working in oil, Lazar creates plein-air Vermont landscapes, figure studies, still life, and portraits from life in an impressionist-realist style. Also see 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 designs and produces contemporary heirlooms in precious metals and gems. The 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 northeast landscapes. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily.
* Amy’s Bakery Arts Café, 113 Main St., 802-251-1071. Studio and plein-air paintings by Caryn King and Georgie feature the buildings, landscapes and animals of Vermont. Open until 8 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St., 802-257-4777 or www.galleryinthewoods.com. Spring featured artists include Eleonora Leici, Polly Whitcomb, Anna Bayles Arthur and Liza Myers. Gallery Walk reception, 6 to 8:30 p.m.; otherwise open daily 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
* The Dianich Gallery, 139 Main St., Room 501, 802-380-1607 or www.catherinedianichgallery.com. Gallery Walk reception, 5:30-8 p.m., for a continuing exhibit of sculptural work by Christie Herbert, who teaches ceramics at Landmark College in Putney. The gallery is otherwise open by appointment.
* Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St., 802-254-9276 or www.hookerdunham.org. In-Sight Photography Project’s Annual Student Exhibition continues in May. Over the past year, In-Sight has served 100 students in 18 classes, all invited to submit their best work for this show. Reception during Gallery Walk on May 2. Otherwise the Gallery will be open during a Hooker-Dunham Theater performance on May 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. Group visits may be pre-arranged with In-Sight staff. For more information, call 802- 251-9960 or visit www.insight-photography.org. Exhibit is sponsored by Marlboro College.
* Diversity Day Celebration, Pliny Park & The River Garden, corner of High and Main Streets, 802-989-1672 or email@example.com. PLINY PARK: 5 p.m. -- Maypole and Music, street theatre with Spark and ACTour. RIVER GARDEN: 5:30 -- Art Displays & Video of "I Am" Poetry, with BEAMS World Dance; 5:45 -- Voice Your Heart; 5:55 -- New England Youth Theatre; 6:25 -- NEYT Group; 6:45 -- World Way Band. Check out the Art Installation by Brattleboro Area Middle School students on the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center Lawn. Participating organizations include WSESU Schools and the Diversity Equity Committee, BAMS’ BEAMS Program, New England Youth Theatre and Marlboro College’s Spark Graduate Program.
* The Gallery at The Garden, Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., 802-246-0982 or www.strollingoftheheifers.com. Open 5:30 to 8 p.m., for Gallery Walk: Stop in to see "16 by 16 by 27," a continuing exhibit of 16-inch-square works by 27 area artists, including a variety of still lifes, landscapes, animal portraits, and abstracts. Sales benefit the artists and SOTH programs. Open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and during special-event rentals.
* Penelope Wurr: Contemporary Glass & Gifts, 167 Main St., 802-246-3015 or www.penelopewurr.com. Work by local artist Rosie Schulick has evolved into three expressions: jewelry made from semi-precious gems knotted on silk, whimsical and evocative card illustrations and wovens of nuanced color and texture. Penelope continues to show her Fine Contemporary Glass. Open late 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 on Friday. This month the meditation will be led by author and poet Christian McEwen. She will help people look at such skills as how to "pause" and savor the moment as she draws ideas from her book "World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down."
* Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., 802-254-5290 or www.brookslibraryvt.org. MAIN FLOOR: A retrospective of watercolors and ceramics by Barbara Frodenberg (1931-2013) gives an intimate view into her creative world. MEZZANINE: Selections from the Loud Collection of 19th-century European art. SECOND FLOOR -- ENTRYWAY: Books with decorative bindings from the library’s Fine Arts Collection; CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASE: A painter, sculptor, and musician, Donald Saaf also illustrates children’s books and CD covers for brother-in-law Dan Zanes’s children’s music. Fine Arts Collection selections are 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 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. Learn about Island Park and Brattleboro baseball; see Delicate Spring Dresses and a Union Station Diorama. Glimpse Rudyard Kipling through Mary Cabot’s journal entries. Play a locally made Estey Field Organ and learn about local history.
Founded in 1995, Gallery Walk qualifies as a nonprofit arts organization through its association with the Arts Council of Windham County. For information on joining the Walk, contact coordinator Joy Wallens-Penford at 802-257-2616 or preferably by e-mail at info@GalleryWalk.org.