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 37 listed venues, many with meet-the-artist receptions or live music.
The Strolling of the Heifers organization has closed down the middle block of Main Street for its annual Heifers Weekend Street Fair, with food and craft vendors, music and other entertainment for all ages.
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 June edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete listings and a map. One cover article is about Desha Peacock’s unusual book launch in a Pop Up Home Décor Shop on Flat Street, a space she redecorated using the Sweet Spot Style principles in her guide. The other cover story is about the Arts Council of Windham County’s new Hub Gallery (at 57 Harmony Place), whose mission is to connect area artists and arts organizations.
Online explorers may also visit www.GalleryWalk.org for 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 artwork 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.
* Tasha Tudor Museum, 974 Western Ave., 802-258-6564 or www.tashatudormuseum.org. Free admission during Gallery Walk, 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, caixiart.com and dimsumvt.com. Open 3-8 p.m., for Gallery Walk with the current featured exhibit: Nye Ffarrabas: a walk on the inside--50-year retrospective. Gallery hours otherwise: Thursday to Sunday 3 to 8 p.m., or by appointment. Continuing exhibitions, by appointment: luminous landscapes; portraits; the Wu Ji (Infinity Within) series of abstract performance painting using mops and trowels; and the multimedia Pink Slip Project.
* Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams St., 802-579-9797 (Hannah), firstname.lastname@example.org. Open 5 to 8 p.m., for Gallery Walk, special exhibitors Carol Keiser and John Dimick are featured in temporary showrooms. Keiser’s recent paintings from Vermont and Mexico are of flowers, apple trees in bloom, dancers, sunsets. Dimick is showing recent oils and watercolors inspired by the regional landscape and agricultural seasons. Whetstone resident artist Naomi Goldie offers oils of Brattleboro, New York City, Ferris Wheels and more, while studio founder David Parker is exhibiting sawn redwood roots. Hannah Parker is available to show studio space and meeting rooms.
* Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., 802-257-0124 or www.brattleboromuseum.org. Free admission during Gallery Walk. New exhibits include: "All the Days of the Year," a video installation by Walter Ungerer; "Cloaked and Revealed: Sculptural Paintings by Marela Zacarias"; and "Opposing Forces: New Paintings by John Gibson." "Flora: A Celebration of Flowers in Contemporary Art" continues with work by Bobbi Angell, Marta Bernbaum, Amber Cowan, Floyd Elzinga, Tom Fels, Janet Fish, Richard Jacobs, Robert Kushner, Tanya Marcuse, Nan Montgomery, Christina Stahr and Jimmy Wright. Flora now also includes two of Anne Morgan Spalter’s "video gems," HD video screens cast in resin. Current exhibits before they close on June 22. Regular hours are Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Twilight Tea Lounge, 41 Main St., 802-254-8887 or www.twilighttealounge.com. "Underwater/Outer Space," an exhibit of new paintings by Sarah Adam, continues in June. Visit www.madsahara.com. Teas and treats served until 10 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* Superfresh! Organic Café, 30 Main St., 802-579-1751 or www.superfreshcafe.com. Professional gardener and artist Heather B. Hallenbeck is informed by the natural world and its rhythms in creating mixed-media works with materials ranging from silk to wasp nests and bones. Live music for Gallery Walk by Chris Clark and Laura Molinelli mixes indie passion rock with country-noir and bluegrass roots.
* River Gallery School of Art, 32 Main St., 802-257-1577, www.rivergalleryschool.org or email@example.com. The second annual "Faces of the Farm" art show features pigs, lambs, cows, chickens, horses, geese, farm dogs, cheeses, veggies and of course farmers in a celebration of our local agricultural community. Inspired by the Strolling of the Heifers, RGS students of all ages, working in various mediums, have used images of area farms and farmers in their artwork. Lilac Ridge, Harlow’s, Dwight Miller’s, Franklin Farm, Vermont Shepherd, Green Mountain Orchard, Dutton’s, Putney School Farm, Taylor Farm and others are represented.
* Latchis Gallery, 50 Main St., 802-254-1109, ext. 3 or www.latchis.com. "W-h-e-e-e-e," June’s featured exhibit of large B&W photos by Nicholas De Candia, were mostly taken at night and depict amusement parks, fairs, and fireworks. Artist’s reception during Gallery Walk, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., otherwise accessible during movie showings and other special events in the theatre.
* 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.
* Home Décor Pop Up Shop, Book Launch & Art Show, 12 Flat St., 802-451-6691 or www.sweetspotstyle.com. Sweet Spot Style presents local author Desha Peacock’s launch of "Create the Style You Crave on a Budget You Can Afford" in conjunction with a Creative Makeover Event in an empty storefront. Many items are priced with budget shoppers in mind. Use the "Manifest Your Dream Home" workshop station to create a collage for display. Art by Sarah Johnson, Daniel Kornguth and others is featured. Book contributors Robin MacArthur, Suzanne Kingsbury, Juliet Cuming, Susie Belleci, Daniel Kornguth and photographer Elle James will sign books.
* Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro, 17 Flat St., 802-254-5990, ext. 4 (Beth/Ricky), bgcbrattleboro.com. "Behind the Chalkboard," a photo series by Kristina Stallvik, explores the schoolroom as a place to be bullied and harassed for being different, a place to feel uncomfortable, a place where no one cares or stands up for you. Open to the public during Gallery Walk for exhibit visitors, otherwise by appointment.
* Cynthia-Reeves New England, 47 Flat St., 802-579-1029, www.cynthia-reeves.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Continuing through June 30 is an exhibition of prints and sculpture featuring large-scale works on paper by Sarah Amos and sculptural installations by Lorrie Fredette. Open for Gallery Walk 5:30 to 8 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. Photographs by Independent Study participants Katie Schroeder and Noa Petrie are featured in June. Katie’s work focuses on farming and agriculture, while Noa is showing a series of images of her little brother. Both students used black-and-white film and silver-gelatin printing. Opening reception during Gallery Walk, 5:30-8 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. "Roger Katz: Brattleboro Color" features more than 150 vintage gelatin-silver prints focusing on the many "colorful" characters of Brattleboro and surrounding towns, primarily from the 1970s through the early 2000s. This 40+-year retrospective of photographs by Katz (1947-2013) is both a portrait of this unique community as well as a celebration of Katz’s distinct ability to capture some of its finest, funniest, occasionally saddest, most memorable and strikingly beautiful moments. Gallery Walk opening reception, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Gallery Hours: Friday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 12-5.
* Artrageus 1, 57 Elliot St., 724-650-7011 (Nick), 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 until 8:30 p.m. or later for Gallery Walk.
* The Hub Art Space, Arts Council of Windham County, 57 Harmony Place, 802-257-1024 (Doug Cox), email@example.com or www.acwc.us. "Summer Colors," an exhibit of work by eight artist members of the Arts Council of Windham County, is featured through July. Terry Ann Carter (oils, acrylics, pen & ink, watercolors), John S. Dimick (oils & watercolors), Arlene Distler (watercolors), Adrienne Ginter (watercolors and hand-cut paper), Chris Son Kirtz (oil on canvas), Lori Schreiner (watercolors), Marty Spencer (printmaking) and Carol Stephens (oils, pastels, and acrylics). 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, www.mochajoes.com. Kathleen Sims’ watercolor and ink drawings. Live music from 7:30 to 9 p.m. during Gallery Walk.
* Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2, 106 Main St., 802-257-7044, www.vtart.com. June features new paintings by Kate Spencer, Paul G. Stone, Mary Iselin, Barbara Coburn and Ed O’Brien, along with new garden sculpture by David Wade. Iselin’s work includes new heifer paintings to coincide with the Strolling of the Heifers weekend. A portion of Gallery Walk sales will go to the Brattleboro Drop-in Center.
* Works Bakery Café, 118 Main St., 802-579-1851 or worksbakerycafe.com. Members of Brattleboro-West Arts, are showing works inspired by five farms highlighted by Strolling of the Heifers: Cortland Hill Orchard, Robb Family Farm, and Bunker, Franklin, and Deer Ridge Farms. Participants include Jason Breen (woodcuts), Ron Karpius (metalwork), Naomi Lindenfeld (clay), Steve Lloyd (painting), Kris McDermet (rug hooking and braiding), Sharon Myers (collage), Gene Parulis (photography), Janet Picard (painting) and Walter Slowinski (clay tile and wood collage). Open until 9 p.m. for Gallery Walk. John Hughes plays the West African Kora from 6 to 8 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. In addition to showcasing Walter’s jewels, the studio’s Master Craft Gallery features "Sun·Moon·Stars·Rain: Kinetic Wire Sculptures by Bruce Campbell."
* The Artist’s Loft Gallery, 103 Main St., 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 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. 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. Open for Gallery Walk till 8:30 p.m.; otherwise open daily 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
* Recruitment Event for Brattleboro Printmakers, 139 Main St., on plaza down alley or inside Hooker-Dunham entry if raining, 603-313-7569 (Leigh Niland) or 802-451-6115 (James Primrose). Member recruitment and sidewalk screenprinting station, 5 to 8 p.m. during Gallery Walk. Brattleboro Printmakers is a non-toxic co-operative printmaking studio slated to open in Brattleboro in early fall. Stop by during the Walk to find out more and make a screenprint or visit their campaign at www.indiegogo.com.
* The Dianich Gallery, 139 Main St., Room 501, 802-380-1607 or www.catherinedianichgallery.com. Gallery Walk reception on Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for "Brian D. Cohen: Returning to Place.," an exhibition of watercolors showing through July 26. Cohen has returned to his earlier infatuation with color after two decades of working in black and white as a printmaker. The gallery is otherwise open by appointment.
* Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St., 802-254-9276, www.hookerdunham.org and Facebook. "The Best of the Best," photographic prints from In-Sight Photography Project’s archives are featured. View and purchase some of In-Sight’s fine-art photographs in a gallery setting, including selected prints by nationally recognized photographers. All sales benefit In-Sight’s Scholarship Fund. Opening reception during Gallery Walk from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m.: Act Out! --Stick around or circle back for a Performers’ Jam Session and performance of live improvisational theater-in-action. Do your thing: act, sing, play. $5 suggested donation.
* Strolling of the Heifers Street Festival & Bread Pudding Bake-Off, Middle Block of Main Street and at The River Garden, 802-246-0982 or www.strollingoftheheifers.com. Festivities During Gallery Walk: Food and merchandise vendors, non-profit information tables, plus music and entertainment of all kinds are outdoors on Main Street, and inside the River Garden are the finals of the Stroll’s Bread Pudding Bake-Off, tastings of regionally crafted cider and spirits, and other exhibitors.
* 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 "16x16x27," 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.
* Penelope Wurr: Contemporary Glass & Gifts, 167 Main St., 802-246-3015 or www.penelopewurr.com. Dipping into a past life, Penelope is showing Illustrations from "Backwater," a children’s book, and tale of Fishy Follies by Richard Digance (published by Michael Joseph, 1982). These sensitive and whimsical black-and-white drawings were produced during a post-grad course at London’s Central School of Art. Also on display are Penelope’s contemporary glass and an eclectic mix of gifts. Open late for Gallery Walk.
* Peace Sculpture & Banners on the Lawn at Centre Church, 193 Main St., www.b4peace.net. Gallery Walk Weekend: Centre Congregational Church hosts the "Inevitability of Peace" sculpture and "100 Flowers of Peace" banners by artist-poet Namaya and the B4 Peace Team.
* 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. Author Muriel Wolf will read an excerpt from her novel "The Book of Gone," followed by a guided meditation created by Ram Dass, whose book "Grist for the Mill" takes us into a place of peace and connectedness with all things. Wolf is a fiction writer who also offers bereavement counseling and support groups through Brattleboro Area Hospice.
* Biologic Integrative Healthcare, 205 Main St., second floor, 802-275-4732, www.biologichealthcare.com. Open House during Gallery Walk: Enjoy an exhibit of creative, edgy photographs by Brattleboro resident Dave Eagle. Visit during Gallery Walk to find out how to participate in BIH’s wellness programs and to sample healthy snacks.
* Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., 802-254-5290, www.brookslibraryvt.org. MAIN FLOOR: The Friends of the Library’s annual Strolling of the Heifers Book Sale is on June 6 and 7; remainders on sale throughout June. MEZZANINE: Selections from the Loud Collection of 19th-century European art. SECOND FLOOR--ENTRYWAY: Kids’ LEGO creations from recent Children’s Room LEGO-palooza workshops; CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASE: Donald Saaf’s illustrations from his soon-to-be published children’s book, "ABC Animal Alphabet," continues in June. Selections from the Fine Arts Collection 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, 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. Research Room at Municipal Center open Thursday 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and by appointment.
* Fat Cat Studio, 24 High St., 1st floor hall, Midtown Mall, 802-579-1312 or catherinenunn.com. Heifers Weekend Open Studio showcasing artwork by Peter Granucci and Catherine Nunn. Artist and gentleman farmer Peter Granucci brings both loves together in this series of animal drawings. Catherine Nunn is a classical painter of portraits and still life. Studio hours: Friday, 3 to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. otherwise by chance or appointment.
For information on joining Gallery Walk or to make a donation, contact coordinator Joy Wallens-Penford at 802-257-2616 or info@GalleryWalk.org.