BRATTLEBORO -- Gallery Walk, Brattleboro’s 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 41 listed venues, some with meet-the-artist receptions or live music.
Official Gallery Walk hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., although most venues are open earlier and several remain open later.
The 28-page October edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete listings and a map. The cover articles this month are about the New England Biennial exhibition opening on Gallery Walk night at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, and the 34th annual Putney Open Studio Craft Tour on Thanksgiving weekend. Online explorers may also visit www.GalleryWalk.org for current listings, full-color photos of work featured in most 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 outlets.
Brief information on exhibits and special events follows, in official Gallery Walk order.
* Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, 802-257-5600 or email@example.com or on Facebook. Photographer Ladd Butler specializes in capturing details from nature.
* The Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Road, 802-257-7563 or vermontmarina.com. Georgie, Caryn King, and Janet Picard are exhibiting paintings whose inspiration comes from the Vermont agricultural landscape and barnyard animals, as well as the New England seaside and colorful still-life.
* American Traders, 257 Marlboro Road, 802-254-1300 or www.amtraders.com. Featured in November are new monotypes by Erika Radich, who works out of the Zea Mays Printmaking Studio in Northampton, Mass. Artist’s reception from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday.
* C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse, 814 Western Ave., 802-257-7898, 802-579-9088, caixiart.com and dimsumvt.com. New: The Pink Slip/pers Multimedia Project: Fabric, Paper, Slippers, Installations, Video, and Meal Events: part of Cai Xi’s ongoing art series, Art=WorkStrengthenNourish, performance art documented at vimeo.com. Continuing exhibits include: Selected Chinese ink paintings by Xi Hua (1927-2007); Landscapes from the "Earth and Sky" series; work in the gallery Portrait Studio from a July 2010 fellowship at Vermont Studio Center; Contemporary Chinese Art featuring Cai Xi’s Wu Ji (Infinity Within) Painting Performance, creating 6- to 14-foot canvases of calligraphic abstractions using mops and trowels as "brushes," recorded live for viewing on YouTube. Open daily by appointment.
* Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams St., firstname.lastname@example.org, thewhetstonestudioforthearts.tumblr.com. Featured artist Naomi Goldie Gelb shows her paintings under an outdoor tent, weather permitting, and hosts an Open Studio on the Second Floor from 2 to 8 p.m. Also weather permitting, from 2 to 8 p.m, an Outdoor Fall Happening stars local farmers with pumpkins, apples, squash, and other fall harvest for sale, and includes bobbing for apples, pumpkin carving, and cider and doughnuts. Lisa Bigelow Jablonski, who provided several types of baked goods to the Co-op for 10 years, will be giving out samples of her baking during Gallery Walk. Music schedule to be announced. On the Second Floor: Sage Feldman, whose Industrial Tank Installation and Bamboo Mural are seen outside the building, is selling cards in the upstairs hallway; Studio 2, open 2 to 8 p.m., Naomi Goldie Gelb is showing new original oils of downtown Brattleboro, New York City, ferris wheels, and more; Studio 1, from 2 to 6 p.m., an open studio at Twin Vixen Press. On the Third Floor: The Massage Studio with Kim Timlege is open from 5:30 to 7 p.m.; The Stacy Morse Retrospective Exhibit is open again for visitors from 5 to 8 p.m.; Studio 9 with new Whetstone resident Meaghan Fagley Photography hosts an open studio from 6 to 8:30 p.m., including a photo booth and portrait photography specials in time for Christmas.
* Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., 802-257-0124 or www.brattleboromuseum.org. Admission is free during Gallery Walk for opening of the New England Biennial 2012 exhibition: work by 13 artists from five New England states in five of BMAC’s six galleries. An exhibit of work by Helene Henry and Mary Welsh in the "Your Space" Gallery welcomes artists of all ages to get creative with collage. Newly expanded hours: 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.
* River Gallery School of Art, 32 Main St, 802-257-1577, www.rivergalleryschool.org, email@example.com. Work from the Independent Study Group is featured in November. Participants include Carol Graham, Jillian Farwell, Basha Freudenberg, Hollie Landfried, Joan Lovell, Jennifer Meehl, Isabel Murphy and Rodrica Tilley, with Lydia Thomson facilitating. Check out the RGS "clothesline" exhibit of kids’ art at The Works.
* Latchis Theatre Complex, 50 Main St., 802-254-1109 or www.latchis.com. Brattleboro Film Festival Opening Night in Latchis 4 Gallery, Latchis Hotel Lobby, and Latchis Theatre. From 5:30 to 8 p.m., stop by the festival’s opening reception in Latchis 4 Gallery, which coincides with the opening of the art show there by festival volunteers Marilyn Buhlmann and Bronna Zlochiver, featuring prints, drawing and pottery. Contact Buhlmann at 802-257-0098, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Zlochiver at 802-579-1567, bronnazlochiver @gmail.com. Previews of the Festival’s 12 films are showing on a continuous loop from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Hotel Lobby.
* Twilight Tea Lounge, 41 Main St., 802-254-8887 or www.twilighttealounge.com. Ink drawings and sketches by Putney artist Peggy Leo are featured in October. An artist and arts educator for many years, Leo was co-founder and longtime director of "The Artist in Each of Us," an arts program providing opportunities for seniors to create, inspire, and share artwork and art-making collaboratively with others in the community, and simply enjoy the creative process. This exhibit features recent quick sketches capturing fleeting moments in pen and ink. The Tea Lounge serves hot and iced teas and treats until 10 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* Edward Jones/Joe LoMonaco, 51 Main St., 802-251-0405. Enjoy a continuing group show by area artists Susan Osgood, Barbara Merfeld-Campman, Carol Keiser, Carolyn Nelson, Judy Hawkins and Terry Carter. Open for Gallery Walk, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment.
* Flat Street Brew Pub, 6 Flat St., 802-257-1911, www.flatstreetbrewpub.net. Recent paintings by Brattleboro artist Sarah Adam are featured in November. Paintings are primarily acrylic on various surfaces. Visit Madsahara.com.
* In-Sight Photography Project, 45 Flat St., Suite 1, 802-251-9960 or www.insight-photography.org. Through the medium of photography, local artist Anna Knecht Schwarzer examines the intersecting narratives of space, femininity and violence. This show features work from August 2012, when she was in residence at the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Art. All the photographs are double exposures and silver gelatin prints. Reception on Friday, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibition can also be viewed Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
* Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat St., 802-251-6051 or www.vcphoto.org. "The Drunken Bicycle: Travels in the Former Soviet Union" is a solo exhibition by Ashfield, Mass. photographer Frank Ward. Ward’s photographs capture everyday life in Russia, Ukraine, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in 2005-2010. Opening Reception, with refreshments, on Friday, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The exhibit runs through Dec. 2. Gallery hours are: Friday and Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and by appointment.
* Equilibrium & Superfresh Organic Café, 14 Elm St., 802-490-EQVT (3798), www.eqvermont.com. Enjoy art, food, Halloween celebrations, costume, wellness and live music from 5 to 10:30 p.m. on Gallery Walk. Join the Future Collective (in collaboration with Homopromo) for on All Souls Day (Dia de los Muertos) evening of Halloween fun. Come in costume and enjoy an open Art Reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and a Coverband Show from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sneak away into the Sanctuary for Massage by donation and tarot. Entry fee for the music event is $4 to $10 (sliding scale) -- all proceeds a benefit the Future Collective. November’s featured artist is Jonas Emmanuel Fricke. This salon-style gallery is also displaying original works by Luanne Kloster, Ben Keating and Jason Abram.
* Hope Gallery at Elliot St. Café, 134 Elliot St., 802-246-1251 or www.facebook.com/ElliotStreetCafe. A group show of artwork by café staff and others is featured. Open during Gallery Walk (the kitchen is closed, however).
* Frankie’s Pizza, 75 Elliot St., 802-254-2420. Nature photography by Andréa Wallens Powell is featured in November. These "Digital Explorations" include a sampling of photographic series and individual studies.
* Sprout Natural Parenting, 57 Elliot St., 802-254-2600 or www.facebook.com/SproutNaturalParenting . Pregnant Belly Casts created by local moms and artists are featured on display in November. Open on Gallery Walk 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
* Metropolis Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge, 55 Elliot St., 802-490-2255. This month Cameron Schmitz exhibits her painterly, colorist landscape oil paintings, inspired by local regions of Vermont, including the Brattleboro Retreat trails. Visit www.cameronschmitz.com. Live music with Mosaic from 8 to 11 p.m.
* Inferno, 19 Elliot St., 802-258-6529, www.gotoinferno.com. Alyssa Blittersdorf’s photography captures the essence of both the photographer and the photographed. Her six-piece show at Inferno is both visually captivating and emotionally drawing.
* Mocha Joe’s Café, 82 Main St., 802-257-7794, www.mochajoes.com. Brattleboro photographer Kathy Carr is showing photographs of reflections in November.
* Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2, 106 Main St., 802-257-7044 or www.vtart.com. The featured artist for November’s Gallery Walk is Deborah Randall, whose oil paintings capture the skies and landscape of New England in an airy manner. Works by Janis Sanders, Paul Stone, Juan Jr. Ramirez, Charles Townsend, Kim Eng Yeo and Sabra Field are also featured. Jon Matthew plays the baby grand from 6 to 8 p.m. during a Gallery Walk reception. A portion of sales of featured artwork this month goes to the Brattleboro Drop In Center. Featured crafts include new jewelry by Kathleen Frazer and Jayelay Jewelers; new pottery by Matthew Tell and Walter Slowinski; and new glass by Tony Faith.
* The Works, 118 Main St., 802-579-1851 or worksbakerycafe.com. Paintings by Keene, N.H., resident Brian Jenkins are featured in November. Jenkins has been painting still life and New England landscapes in watercolor, acrylic, and oil for 30 years. The paintings in this exhibit are inspired by eight years of driving past Amherst-area farms when he worked as art director for the UMass-Amherst magazine. The Kid’s Art display in November features a "clothesline" exhibit of artwork by kids at the River Gallery School. Open until 9 p.m. on Gallery Walk Fridays.
* William Chambers Open Studio, 67 Main St., Room 42-4, 802-246-7201 or www.william-chambers.com. William Chambers, who runs the art program at The Grammar School in Putney, invites the public into his studio from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. during Gallery Walk. Come see his oil paintings of light and space. Hours otherwise by appointment.
* David Walter Jewelry Studio, 81 Main St., 802-722-9620 or www.davidwalterjewelry.com. Designer, goldsmith and platinumsmith David Walter now has a larger gallery space and client meeting room, and expanded studio and workshop areas. The studio produces one-of-a-kind, handmade and bespoke jewelry in precious metals and gems, and also specializes in the repair, restoration, modification, and repurposing of all fine jewelry.
* The Artist’s Loft Gallery & B&B, 103 Main St., third floor, 802-257-5181 or www.theartistsloft.com. The Artist’s Loft Gallery presents works on paper and canvas by award-winning New England artist William Hays. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
* Amy’s Bakery Arts Café, 113 Main St., 802-251-1071. "Home for the Holidays," a new collection of Caryn King’s animal paintings, is featured this month. Open until 8 p.m. on Gallery Walk.
* Beadniks, 115 Main St., 802-257-5114 or www.beadniksvt.com. This month the shop is featuring intricate and ornate beadwork by the Yoruba tribe of West Africa.
* In the Moment Music & Gifts, 143 Main St., 802-257-8171 or www.inthemomentrecords.com. At 6 p.m., on Gallery Walk night, the window stage will be occupied by singer-songwriter Tom Woodbury, armed with an acoustic guitar and sharing his quirky view of the world, blending folk with some tasteful pop and rock. Also featured is a continuing exhibit of screen prints by West Coast artist Alan Forbes, best known for his work with The Black Crowes.
* Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St., 802-257-4777 or www.galleryinthewoods.com. The Early Winter Show through December features paintings by Mia Scheffey in exhibit titled "One Fire" in Gallery 1; and sculpture by Alan Steinberg in exhibit "Epiphanies" in Gallery 2. Bob Borter’s new primal, elemental jewelry line also continues on display. Reception for the artists on Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; the Moondogs provide live music.
* Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery,139 Main St., 802-254-9276 or www.hookerdunham.org and Facebook. "Along the Way" is a collaborative show of Linda Striedieck’s new abstract paintings using watercolor and oil pastel, and Bob Cantius’s photographic images and a variety of his large "haiku" interpretations based upon his drawings, "sightings" and poetry. Reception on Friday, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours otherwise through during events at the theater and by appointment.
* The Dianich Gallery, 139 Main St., 802-380-1607 or www.catherinedianichgallery.com. The Fall 2012 New England Broadside Exhibition features limited-edition letterpress broadsides produced by some of the most eminent studios in New England, including Bread and Puppet Press, Bull Thistle Press, Golgonooza Press, Green River Press, Janus Press and Swamp Press, among others. Selected for superb typography, illustration, and architectural design elements, these broadsides combine visual and textual virtuosity, and showcase poems by Penelope Austin, Albert Goldbarth, Seamus Heaney, Galway Kinnell, Gary Metras, Helen Tartar and Derek Walcott, among others. Works are available for viewing and purchase from 5 to 8 p.m., on Friday. The broadsides remain on view through November by appointment. For more information visit the gallery’s website and www.chickadeechapsandbroads.com.
* Penelope Wurr: Contemporary Glass & Gifts, 167 Main St., 802-246-3015 or www.penelopewurr.com. Penelope Wurr’s shop showcases her fine contemporary glass, gifts, handcrafted jewelry, clothing accessories, and furnishings for home and garden. Also featuring Vermont-born artist Lisa Monahan of Lisa Monahan Metal Works, an architect-turned-jeweler, now located in Boston.
* A Candle in the Night, 181 Main St., 802-257-0471 or acandleinthenight.com. Featured artist Larry Simons presents new assemblages in the central gallery this month. Reception during Gallery Walk. Explore the store for other assemblages by Abigail Rieser and Ahren Ahrenholz, and painting and collage by Simi Berman. Open until 8:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* Take a Moment for Peace at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., 802-257-4588 (Dee and Bob Keller) From 5:30 to 6 p.m., Gallery Walkers of all faiths and no faiths are invited into the church parlor to share in quietude, music and meditations for peace. For this month of Thanksgiving, Parker Huber leads a meditation in which we are invited to express what we are grateful for in spoken or written words, or in silence.
* Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., 802-254-5290 or www.brooks.lib.vt.us. Selections from the library’s Fine Arts Collection of more than 350 items are permanently displayed on three floors. The Brattleboro Camera Club shows color and black and white photographs on the Main Floor during November. In the second-floor entryway cases, the Brattleboro Mineralogical Society’s annual exhibit continues. The Children’s Book Illustrators case on the second floor features longtime graphic designer and illustrator Kim Webster Cunningham. For her first children’s book, in 2009, she created colorful woodcuts to accompany the clever and witty poems about wild animals in "Absolutely Wild," a book written by her father, Dennis Webster. Meet librarian Jeanne Walsh at the reference desk on the first Friday of the month at noon for Know Your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users; tour the first floor and mezzanine, observe a catalog search, and get answers to library questions. Library hours are 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.
* "Shall We Dance" at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St., 802-48-6671, 802-579-9990 (Ray) or www.shallwedance.biz. From 7 to 10 p.m., Shall We Dance offers a free waltz lesson from 7 to 8 p.m., with Ray Warren; open ballroom dancing to a variety of rhythms follows from 8 to 10 p.m. Light refreshments. $8 for singles, $15 for couples, $5 for teens and seniors.
* Baskets Bookstore, 48 Harmony Place, 802-258-4980 or email@example.com. Painter/muralist Steven Donovan is painting in the store during Gallery Walk on Friday, as well as exhibiting and selling affordable, matted copies of paintings created over the past several years.
* Fat Cat Studio: Dueling Caricatures, 24 High St., (in Midtown Mall). Catherine Nunn and Simon Reed are doing caricatures of anyone who would like to give 20 minutes of their time during Gallery Walk on Friday. The resulting caricatures will be available for purchase, but there’s no obligation to buy.
* High Street Painters, 22-24 High St., second floor, with access via garage door uphill on Green Street Extension, firstname.lastname@example.org. Open 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.for Gallery Walk: Visitors are welcome to tour this working portrait studio, where studies by a variety of artists are on view. Artist-educator and High Street Painters workshop monitor Jeremy Kraemer will be working in the studio.
* Imagination and Transformation Studio, 22 High St., fourth floor, 802-257-5885 or www.imaginationandtransformation.com "All My Dead Dears" -- In honor of Day of the Dead, Maureen Tadlock is exhibiting her portraits of famous people who have passed to the other side. Opening Friday night and showing through the month by chance or appointment.
* SE Vermont Welcome Center, I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1. The Silo Gallery hosts paintings by Kim Eng Yeo of Townshend. Else Reich Devoid of Brattleboro is exhibiting watercolors and painted collages. Information and historical exhibits. Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily.
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.