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, 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 into the evening.
The 24-page February edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete listings and a map. The cover article this month is about painter Cat Nunn, whose Fat Cat Studio is in the Midtown Mall on High Street; visitors are welcome most afternoons as well as for Gallery Walk and might find a portrait in progress as well as still lifes and other work on display. Also featured is the One Thousand Love Letters project, which runs from Gallery Walk through Feb. 15 and is coordinated by local artist Dalia Shevin; this community-participation effort is held in the old Sanel Auto Parts building on Flat Street.
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.
The printed guide will be 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. Martha Dolan, 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 still-life. Gallery Walk "munchies" available from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
* C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse, 814 Western Ave., 802-257-7898, 802-579-9088 or caixiart.com and dimsumvt.com. Continuing exhibits include landscapes, portraits, abstractions using mops and trowels as brushes, and now featuring The Pink Slip Project, a conceptual art process that uses text, paper, fabric, garments, sculpture, and video in its indoor and outdoor installations. Gallery open by appointment.
* Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams St., 802-579-9797 (Hannah), firstname.lastname@example.org, thewhetstonestudioforthearts.tumblr.com. The Whetstone Studio building is open for Gallery Walk on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Naomi Goldie Gelb, in Studio 2, on the second floor, is showing recent original oils of downtown Brattleboro, New York City, ferris wheels, and more. People will be able to tour available studio spaces during the Walk. Other Whetstone tenants and colleagues may also be on hand.
* Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., 802-257-0124 or www.brattleboromuseum.org. Admission free during Gallery Walk from 5 to 8 p.m., for viewing the New England Biennial 2012 exhibition of work by 13 artists from five New England states. The exhibition occupies five of BMAC’s six galleries through Feb. 10, 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. 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. Admission is $8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 students, free to members and age 5 or under. Live music at 8 p.m. High School A Cappella "Warm Up" Concert on the eve of the 10th Annual "Collegiate A Cappella Concert" at the Latchis Theatre. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students at the door. Proceeds benefit the In-Sight Photography Project.
* River Gallery School of Art, 32 Main St., 802-257-1577, www.rivergalleryschool.org, email@example.com. In February the gallery features work by students in two classes: Life Drawing & Painting with Jason Alden and Pastel Techniques with Matt Peake. Both classes begin again this month when a new semester gets under way. The gallery is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as weekends and evenings. Also check out the "clothesline" exhibit of kids’ art at The Works.
* Latchis Theatre Complex, 50 Main St., 802-254-1109, ext. 3, www.latchis.com. Latchis 4 Gallery: Work by Martha Dolan is featured. Meet Dolan during Gallery Walk from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For viewings at other times during the month, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Latchis Main Theatre: Brattleboro artist Barbara Baker-Bury continues her show of recent work entitled "... And now again." She will donate a portion of proceeds from sales to Latchis Arts for the "Seats and Ceiling Campaign" to restore the Main Theatre. The show runs through late February, with an artist reception during Gallery Walk from 4 to 6:30 p.m. (note earlier hours). The exhibit is open daily for browsing, for movie and event patrons, and by appointment. For more information, contact Barbara at 802-257-1029 or email@example.com; visit www.barbarabakerbury.com.
* Twilight Tea Lounge, 41 Main St., 802-254-8887, www.twilighttealounge.com. In February and March, the Tea Lounge presents local artist Jonas Emmanuel Fricke sharing a body of mixed-media work. Hot teas and treats served 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. Brattleboro photographer Rebecca Picard is showing a series of portraits and travel photography from India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East through the end of February.
* One Thousand Love Letters, 47 Flat St., 802-254-5692 (Dalia) in former Sanel Auto Parts store. This participatory community art installation is an invitation and a challenge. Beginning during Gallery Walk and culminating on the Friday after Valentine’s Day, the public is invited to write love letters to people living or dead, people known or unknown to them, to animals, places, or even objects -- anyone or anything to whom or which they wish to express their love. The "Letter Lab" has been transformed into a beautiful and warm spot for sitting and relaxing into the experience of handwriting or typing a love letter. Some letters will be on display during the run of the project. Materials are supplied, and writing prompts and ideas will help you get started. The Letter Lab will be open daily from noon to 7 p.m., offering hot tea and cocoa.
* In-Sight Photography Project, 45 Flat St., Suite 1, 802-251-9960 or www.insight-photography.org. Images from the Exposures cross-cultural youth arts program are featured through February. These photographs were created during the 2012 Exposures Summer Program, during which youth from Southern Vermont, Chicago, Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and the Navajo Nation in Arizona lived and worked together for three weeks on Pine Ridge Reservation. Open during Gallery Walk on Friday, from 5:30 to 8:30p.m., otherwise Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. In-Sight Photography offers darkroom and digital photography classes to youth ages 11 to 18; all materials are provided, and nobody is turned away if unable to pay class fees.
* Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat St., 802-251-6051 (Joshua Farr) or www.vcphoto.org. "Daydreamers & Night Wanderers" is a two-person, mother-daughter exhibition of photographs by Kirsten Hoving and Emma Powell. The exhibit runs through Feb. 24. An Artists’ Talk at 5 p.m. on Friday kicks off the opening reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Friday and Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and by appointment.
* Gallery Laura Boyajian in Law Offices at 19 Elm St., 802-257-8008 (Susan) or www.lauraboyajian.com. New to Gallery Walk, expressionist painter Laura Boyajian presents her "Bouquet of Bouquets of Flowers" exhibit of mostly oils this month. Meet her at a Gallery Walk reception and otherwise by calling 603-298-0509 for an appointment.
* Equilibrium & Superfresh Organic Café, 14 Elm St., 802-490-EQVT, www.eqvermont.com. Featured artist is Brattleboro resident Samuel McCabe. Also on display is a group showcase that includes a body of "Surrealist Photomanipulation" by Patrick DiGiovanni of Deepfelt Visions; paintings and watercolors by Charles Kroll; and multimedia images by Heidi Bosworth of Orchid Skye. Beginning at 6 pm, enjoy a free demonstration on the upcoming "Revelation Mask Making" workshop series with Jonathan Stein. Live Music begins at 7:30 pm with DJ Rasa.
* Hope Gallery at Elliot St. Café, 134 Elliot St., 802-246-1251 or www.facebook.com/ElliotStreetCafe. Winter black and white photos by Becky Jones are featured. Open 5 to 7 p.m., during Gallery Walk (the kitchen is closed).
* Sprout Natural Parenting, 57 Elliot St., 802-254-2600, www.facebook.com/SproutNaturalParenting. Brattleboro residents Ann and Alice Braden began working together as an artistic duo this past fall, just one month after Alice was born. Inspired by Finnish artist Adele Enersen, Ann began creating scenes on the floor by surrounding the sleeping Alice with materials lying around the house. More and more of these "Alicescapes" feature an awake Alice injecting her own enthusiasm and attitude. Open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
* Metropolis Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge, 55 Elliot St., 802-490-2255. Group show of work by local artists, who each have one piece of art on the wall. The community gets to choose a favorite for a solo show in March. From 8 to 11 p.m., enjoy music by songwriter Kwesi Kankam.
* Inferno, 19 Elliot St., 802-258-6529 or www.gotoinferno.com. Photography by Alyssa Blittersdorf.
* Mocha Joe’s Café, 82 Main St., 802-257-7794 or www.mochajoes.com. In February the café features paintings of various subject matters using various techniques by Chris Meyer. Meet the artist at a Gallery Walk reception, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
* Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2, 106 Main St., 802-257-7044 or www.vtart.com. Portraiture by Juan Jr. Ramirez is featured in February. Ramirez plans attend the opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday. Music for the evening is provided by Jon Matthew on the gallery’s Yamaha baby grand. A portion of sales of featured art will go to the Brattleboro Heating Fund. Vermont Artisan Designs features the fine art and crafts of more than 300 artists and artisans.
* The Works Café, 118 Main St., 802-579-1851, worksbakerycafe.com. Paintings by Rostislav (Rosti) Eismont are featured in February. Born in Dolsach, Austria, in 1945, he came to the U.S. as a Displaced Person in 1950. He currently operates Eismont Design Studio in North Swanzey, N.H., with his partner Jeani. The Kid’s Art display in February features a "clothesline" exhibit of artwork by kids at the River Gallery School. Open until 9 p.m. on Gallery Walk.
* David Walter Jewelry Studio, 81 Main St., 802-722-9620 or www.davidwalterjewelry.com. The studio’s new Master Craft Gallery offers quarterly exhibits, both individual and group, featuring uncommon, unique, and otherwise exceptional work by regional artisans. Sculptural ceramic vessels by Stephen Procter are featured through April 20.
* 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 by William H. Hays. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily and online.
* Amy’s Bakery Arts Café, 113 Main St., 802-251-1071. Members of the Brattleboro Camera Club, the oldest such group in New England, exhibit varied images. BCC meets at 6:30 p.m., on second Mondays of the month at Brooks Library; anyone interested in improving photographic skills and sharing photos is welcome. Amy’s is open until 8 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* Beadniks, 115 Main St., 802-257-5114 or www.beadniksvt.com. This treasure trove of beads, stones, findings and jewelry-making supplies to "feed the Muse" has a new look.
* In the Moment Music & Gifts, 143 Main St., 802-257-8171 or www.inthemomentrecords.com. Featuring 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. "Into the Light," an all-gallery show of work by the gallery’s artists in all media, is featured through Feb. 28. Reception on Friday, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dante Corsano serenades Walk visitors with live music. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., daily, Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
* The Dianich Gallery, 139 Main St., Room 501, 802-380-1607 or www.catherinedianichgallery.com. Metal sculptures by Rodrigo Nava and work by other artists are featured in February. Although Nava’s sculptures look almost like soft pillows, they were created from lightweight metals that begin as constructions of flat-plane surfaces; after being welded together, they are "exploded" with expandable gases to assume a more three-dimensional form. Reception on Friday, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., other hours by appointment. Outside the Gallery in the Hooker-Dunham foyer during Gallery Walk, the Dynamic Two-O, featuring Ken and Julie Olsson, present "The Perfect Marriage of Love and Song," celebrating the season of love by singing a variety of love songs.
* Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St., 802-254-9276 or www.hookerdunham.org. BUHS students in David Mazor’s advanced photography class used a variety of photographic and digital editing skills to create a series of "Dark Art" images featured this month in the gallery. Reception on Friday, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Hours otherwise through February, during events at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery and by appointment.
* 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, jewelry, clothing accessories and furnishings, both vintage and new. Still showing the jewelry of British designer Philippa Kunisch and architect-jeweler Lisa Monahan of Boston. Open until 8 p.m. or later for Gallery Walk.
* Take a Moment for Peace at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., in the church parlor, 802-257-4588 (Dee and Bob Keller). From 5:30 to 6p.m., Gallery Walkers of all faiths and no faiths are invited into the church parlor to share in quietude, music, and meditations for peace. This month’s leader is Rev. Jean Smith, who currently serves at St. Michael Episcopal Church in Brattleboro as Priest Associate.
* Biologic Wellness Center, 205 Main St., 802-275-4732, www.biologiccenter.com. February’s Gallery Walk features oil paintings by local artist Sage Feldman titled "River Rocks and Flowers Flow." Visit www.gallerysage. tumblr.com.
* Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., 802-254-5290 or www.brooks.lib.vt.us "Happy Birthday, Ukraine!" is an exhibit of Ukrainian children’s art on the main floor through February. Sponsored by the Fermata Arts Foundation of Avon, Conn.,, and the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C., the exhibit celebrates the 20th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence from Russia and establishment of diplomatic relations with the U.S. Scrapbooks of theatrical programs and clippings from 1916 to 1933 compiled by Brattleboro resident Jessica Baylis Bousfield are on view in cases on the mezzanine and in the second-floor entry. Also on the mezzanine are decorative objects from the library’s Henrietta Prouty Loud collection. Artwork by John Steven Gurney continues on display in the Children’s Book Illustrators case on the second floor. Selections from the library’s Fine Arts Collection of more than 400 items are permanently displayed on all three floors. A brochure is available to lead visitors on a self-guided walking tour of art during regular 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.
* "Shall We Dance?" at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St., 802-579-9990 (Ray Warren) or www.shallwedance.biz. The Brattleboro Ballroom of "Shall We Dance?" offers a Foxtrot dance lesson from 7 to 8 p.m., with Brendan McClure; open ballroom dancing to a variety of rhythms follows from 8 to 10 p.m. Light refreshments. Cost for lesson and dance: $8 singles, $15 couples, $5 students & seniors.
* Baskets Bookstore, 48 Harmony Place, 802-258-4980 or baskets @sover.net. Painter/muralist Steven Donovan can be seen painting in the store during Gallery Walk on Friday, as well as exhibiting and selling affordable, matted copies of many paintings.
* Fat Cat Studio, 24 High St., first floor, Midtown Mal1, catherinenunn.com. Catherine Nunn opens her studio to the public during Gallery Walk on Friday while painting a portrait from the model. Stop in to watch, enjoy some refreshments, and consider signing up to study classical realism with her.
For information on joining Gallery Walk, contact coordinator Joy Wallens-Penford at 802-257-2616 or preferably by e-mail at info@GalleryWalk.org.