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BRATTLEBORO - Gallery Walk returns this Friday to liven up the downtown and a few satellite locations within a short drive of Main Street. There are 34 listed venues, many with meet-the-artist receptions, several with live music, and a few hosting special events. Of particular note is the unveiling of a portrait of violinmaker Doug Cox, who is president of the Arts Council of Windham County, at Cat Nunn’s new studio in the Whetstone arts center on Williams St., set for 7 p.m.

New venues this month include the Jasmine Day Spa and the Brattleboro School of Dance, both on High St. and hosting open houses with exhibits during the Walk. In the Hooker-Dunham Building on Main St., the Qualche Volta Gallery in Simi Berman’s Studio welcomes visitors to see three artists’ work, and the Dianich Gallery reopens after a month off with a new "intermedia" and photography show.

Official Gallery Walk hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., though 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 refreshments are offered to Walk patrons from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; the Tasha Tudor Museum, open 4 to 7 p.m.; the C. X. Silver Gallery, open from 3 to 8 p.m.; and the Whetstone Studio for the Arts at 28 Williams St.


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, where the Driftwood Café and the building open at 5 p.m.

The 20-page September edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete descriptive listings and a map. The cover article is the second in a two-part series on "visionary" artists currently exhibiting their work. This month’s focus is on Jessica Park, whose retrospective show at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center demonstrates her intense focus on architectural details and extraordinary color sense, as well as how living with autism has not limited her ability to express herself.

Gallery ads and samples of the art among the listings pages in the guide help patrons choose a route for their walking tour. Online explorers may also visit www.GalleryWalk.org for current listings, full-color photos of work featured in most of this month’s exhibits, and an archive of articles published since April 2003.

The printed guide will be available at each participating location, the I-91 Welcome Center, the Chamber of Commerce, and area lodging establishments, among other outlets convenient for visitors and residents alike. Since stopping at every venue in a single evening is virtually impossible, art lovers are encouraged to choose exhibits of particular interest on Gallery Walk night and then return for a personal tour of other shows later in the month.

Brief information on exhibits and special events follows, in official Gallery Walk order. More details and a map are found online at www.GalleryWalk.org and in this month’s issue of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine.

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 as an art or special event venue, advertise in the guide and magazine, or make a donation in support of this community program, please contact coordinator Joy Wallens-Penford. She can be reached at 802-257-2616 or preferably by e-mail at info@GalleryWalk.org. Visit online at www.gallerywalk.org.