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 35 listed venues, many with meet-the-artist receptions.

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 this Friday 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.

Coming from the west, consider stopping anytime after 4 p.m. at Ink Dog Tattoos & Art Gallery, 1010 Western Ave.; the All Souls Church Holiday Bazaar, at 29 South St., is open 3 to 7 p.m. during the Walk; or perhaps stop by C. X. Silver Gallery at 814 Western Ave., open 4 to 6:30 p.m. Closer to town, the 1868 Crosby House B&B is hosting a reception for their current featured artist from 5 to 8:30 p.m, and the Cotton Mill Hill's annual Open Studio & Holiday Sale is welcoming the public from 3 to 7 p.m on Friday.


The 24-page December edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete descriptive listings and a map. This month's featured articles are about the 18th Annual Children's Holiday Craft Fair at The River Garden, the Brattleboro-West Arts "17 Artists, 3 Days" exhibit and sale at 118 Elliot St., and the Cotton Mill Open Studio & Holiday Sale weekend. Online explorers may also visit 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 and in this month's issue of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine.

1. The Marina Restaurant

28 Spring Tree Rd. 802-257-7563

(down behind 464 Putney Rd.)

New exhibits include paintings by German native Else DeVoid, who wanted to create even when life was colorless and tense under the Nazi regime, and watercolors by gifted 11-year-old artist Alex Hrabchak.

Continuing are flora, fauna, and New England landscapes by painter Kristina Wentzell; collages of vintage food imagery by Tiffany Heerema; large painted gourds by Terry Carter; fine art photography by Henry Ireland; botanical illustrations by Tina Olsen; landscapes and contemporary artwork by Martha Dolan; mystical landscapes, studies in nature, and unconventional stilllifes by Janet Picard; and impressionist realist, light filled paintings by Deborah Lazar. Walk "munchies" available 5-6:30 p.m. This casual waterfront eatery with sunset view is open daily 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m, Sun. Brunch served 101.

2. Ink Dog Tattoos & Art Gallery

1010 Western Ave. (802-988-0180

Guilford native Becca Blust has returned to the area after eight years of working as a tattoo artist in Burlington, Vermont and Austin, Texas. Initially interested in dermatology at UVM, she switched majors to Fine Arts and Sociology, focusing on her tattoo apprenticeship because it allowed her to work with people while doing art on a daily basis. Influenced by work of M. C.

Escher and Frank H. Netter, she often includes fine line and detail in custom tattoos. The gallery is showing some of Becca's original drawings, but fine artists in all mediums are invited to show their work. Open for Gallery Walk from 4 pm and otherwise by appointment on Wed.-Sat. 12-6 p.m.

3. All Souls Church Holiday Bazaar

29 South St. at Rte. 9 802-254-9377

Go up drive across road from Fire Station

Gallery Walk Friday, 3-7 p,m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: All Souls members and friends are locally renowned for their handmade and decorated Artisan Wreaths, Greens, and Ornaments, and traditional Holiday Breads, Special Cookies, Candies, and other treats. A Silent Auction of Goods, Services, and Gift Baskets is an opportunity for bargains and one-of-a-kind gifts; and the Green Team table is loaded with FairTrade Chocolate and handmade, reusable Cloth Gift Bags. Friday features Gingerbread House Making for Children at $3 each. Saturday offers Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with homemade soup, hearty bread, and fruit. Come early; beat the crowds!

4. C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse

814 Western Ave. (1 mi. west of Exit 2)

802-257-7898 or 802-579-9088 and

Gallery open 4-6:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk; otherwise open year round by calling 12 days in advance. New exhibition and book launch for Rodrigo Nava: Collagraphs for Sculpture, featuring Collagraph prints and expanded steel sculpture through March 2016. Ongoing exhibits include In The Box: Recent Works by Cai Xi; the show and book Nye Ffarrabas: a walk on the inside — 50 year retrospective(; luminous landscapes, portraits, the Wu Ji (Infinity Within) series of abstract performance painting using mops/brooms/trowels as brushes; and the multimedia Pink Slip Project ( Dim Sum Dining & Catering daily by appt.—menu at; call ahead 12 days. Holiday Dim Sum Buffet on Dec. 23, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.—details at

5. 1868 Crosby House

175 Western Ave. 802-257-7145

Local artist Susan McDormand is exhibiting some of her latest works in oil on paper as well as a selection of earlier paintings. Susan's compositions have a gestural quality referencing her technique of painting with her hands instead of a brush. Stop by during Gallery Walk from 5 to 8:30 on December 4 to meet the artist, enjoy refreshments, and tour the Crosby House, a tastefully restored and appointed Victorian bedand-breakfast built in Italianate style. Its luxurious accommodations and lovely gardens are the perfect setting for out-of-town guests and special occasions.

6. 17th Annual Cotton Mill Hill Open Studio & Holiday Sale

74 Cotton Mill Hil

Open 4 To 7 p.m. during Gallery Walk on Friday, Dec. 4, Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: This annual event celebrates the work of 50 artists, musicians, bakers, cooks, circus performers, and craftspeople of the Cotton Mill, as well as local juried artists and artisans from surrounding communities. A much anticipated social and shopping event for the whole family, the experience will collectively please your palate, tickle your senses, and put a smile on your face. Putney Grammar School's K8 student art is on display. Free admission.

7. Brattleboro Museum & Art Ctr

10 Vernon St. 802-257-0124

Free admission during Gallery Walk. Exhibits include Shedding Light on the Working Forest, in which painter Kathleen Kolb and poet Verandah Porche celebrate the working forest and those who make a living there. Drawing On, In, Out: Work by six contemporary artists is featured. Penumbra: Evan Coronis is an installation of cast glass. Boxcars: Railroad Imagery in Contemporary Realism offers paintings by several artists. Stories in Color: Linn Bruce represents a small sampling of his prolific 60 years as a painter. Open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Tues. Admission: $8/$6/$4, free: members & youth 18 & under.

8. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery

36 Bridge St. 802-490-2354

Joanna Schiff Garren's artwork focuses on the idea of play; playing with colors, shapes, and space. The abstract forms in her work dance and swim in ways that shift the foreground and background, creating a strange sense of space. Colors are bright and intense, often incorporating neon shades. The Whetstone offers inspired food, local craft beers, and specialty drinks in a picturesque waterfront location with free parking. Lunch and dinner daily 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 'til 11 p.m.

9. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery 34

3234 Main St. 802-257-1577

Angels, Beasts, Shepherds & Kings are on exhibit during December. Barbara Merfeld-Campman, RGS cofounder, started this holiday event 25 years ago. This season's kicked off with a workshop on Nov. 28, where children, teens, and adults made an Angel, Beast, Shepherd, or King for themselves, as well as one to donate. Most of the delightful handmade creations in festively lit RGS gallery spaces are for sale,with proceeds to benefit the scholarship fund. Stop by to get in the holiday spirit. Showing in Gallery 34 ownstairs are pastels by Carol Stephens, Maggie Smith, Pat McPike, and Deedee Jones.

10. Latchis Arts

50 Main St. 802-254-1109

A. Latchis Gallery: Continuing in December is a multimedia installation of paintings, photographs, and films related to public art created by Brattleboro artist Scot Borofsky. Works on paper used for developing downtown outdoor artworks are being shown and offered for sale in a Silent Auction to benefit public art projects in Brattleboro.

B. Main Theatre: The gallery panels in the theatre feature a continuing exhibit of original paintings of cats, dogs, wildlife, deities, and sometimes even people by Mindy Fisher. The theatre is open to the general public from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Gallery Walk, for movie patrons during the month, and otherwise by appointment.

11. Evan James Ltd.

48 Main St. 802-254-3333

Now featuring the Luca by Lecil line of Italiandesigned bracelets, handcrafted from the finest neoprene-and nickel-free, hypoallergenic materials with brilliant White Sapphires and colorful natural Zircon gemstones. Perfect for any occasion, prices start at $175. Also featured is the area's largest selection of Antique and Estate Jewelry, as well as Alex and Ani Energy Bracelets. "Brattleboro's Diamond Destination" since 1987.

12. Flat St. Brew Pub

6 Flat St. 802-257-1911

Featured artist Aliana Bloch, 22, grew up in downtown Brattleboro. Working with ink, pencil, and sometimes cut paper and found objects, she draws inspiration from the organic world around her. An avid reader of fantasy, science fiction, and scientific theory, she is fascinated by both the physical workings of the universe and the intangible wonders of life. Her favorite subjects are geometric mandalas and subtly fantastical female characters, drawing connection between the human form and the magic to be found in the ordinary. The Pub offers 20 handcrafted ales and lagers on tap and a menu of pub-style food. Open Tues.-Thurs. 4-11 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 4 p.m.-12 a.m, closed Sun. & Mon.

13. InSight Photography Project

45 Flat St., Ste. 1 802-251-9960

Gallery spaces feature quilts made from cyanotype photographs taken by participants during the Exposures Summer Programs at South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation. The quilts document annual participants and their experiences, and are an archive of the program from 2002 through the present. Lakota Quilt Raffle drawing on Dec. 4: Proceeds from this raffle support scholarships for the Exposures CrossCultural Youth Arts Program; tickets available till 8 pm during the Gallery Walk reception. InSight empowers youth through photography and makes all classes available to any interested youth regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, visit online or call the InSight office.

14. Vermont Center for Photography

49 Flat St. 802-251-6051 Joshua Farr

A new Group Show, which features many VCP Exhibiting Members, runs through December 27 and has its Opening Reception during Gallery Walk on Dec. 4, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. VCP's membership represents a wide range of photographic backgrounds, and members hail from all corners of New England. Members are encouraged to display new work not previously exhibited at VCP to ensure that there is always something new and exciting for visitors to enjoy. For more info about VCP or to find out how to become an Exhibiting Member, please visit online.

15. Restless Rooster Café & Coffee Bar

134 Elliot St. 802-258-2565

CLOSED FOR GALLERY WALK ON DEC. 4: Stop by during regular hours to enjoy "Digital Explorations" by Andréa Wallens Powell, including a sampling of photographic series and individual studies in nature, on the farm, and as painterly "abstracts" captured in unlikely places. "Photography can evoke an emotion, commit understanding to a set of ideals . . . or transform recognizable patterns and shapes into something greater." Hours are Tues.-Sun. 7 a.m.-2 p.m., serving Breakfast & Brunch till 1 p.m. weekdays, 2 p.m. on weekends.

16. Brattleboro-West Arts: 17 Artists, 3 Days

118 Elliot St.

Info: 802-254-0383 Chris Lann

The art and crafts of BrattleboroWest Arts make their way eastward for a downtown exhibit and sale on Dec. 4 through 6. "17 Artists, 3 Days" offers pieces ranging from paintings, photography, and botanical drawings to pottery, textiles, woven baskets, jewelry, metalwork, and glass. Show hours are 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 4 (with an opening reception starting at 5:30 p.m.), then 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 6. Profiles of participating artists are online at the group's website.

17. Artrageus1 Collective

57 Elliot St. 802-490-2277,

An Arts Collective selling art & crafts, books, music and handmade HOLIDAY ITEMS created by local folks. Now featuring ALISON KORN, a metal clay artist who crafts fine silver jewelry out of reclaimed/recycled silver. Korn recently moved to Brattleboro from Ecuador and creates jewelry inspired by nature and the stories in her life. Made with an intent to craft meaningful pieces that support people on their own individual journeys, her work focuses on connection—connecting to the inner workings of humans and expressing that through art. She handcrafts each original piece to create a wearable story. Open Fri. Sat. Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m, until 8:30 p.m. on Gallery Walk, and online.

18. Kat Whitledge Basics & Bespoke

17 Elliot St., Floor 3, Suite C


This month KWBB features work by Taylor Butler, who says, "For me, painting is like taking a bus to an undetermined location. I work with collections of images to begin a formal investigation and try to use the medium as my bus ticket." KWBB is a Vermontbased clothing atelier that designs and creates unique and timeless garments made to measure with an ethical approach to fashion. Stop by during Gallery Walk to arrange a free consultation and enter a drawing to win a handwoven Egyptian scarf.

19. Mocha Joe's Café

82 Main St. 802-257-7794

Cartoonist Declan McCarthy presents "How to Draw Manga: Volume 1," an exhibit of illustrations inspired by underground comic artists, retro newspaper cartoons, and Osamu Tezuka. McCarthy works with cartoon characters set in rich, detailed environments. His work often juxtaposes cute visuals with mature themes and stories, combining his love of cartoons and horror media. He has licensed illustrations to director John Waters, and tables at comic conventions on the East Coast. Stop in during Gallery Walk and all month long for a sip of Joe and a sampling of McCarthy's work.

20. Amy's Bakery Arts Café

113 Main St. 802-251-1071

Paintings by Caryn King and Georgie are featured in December. Georgie is a southern Vermont landscape artist who loves to paint local barns, covered bridges and sugarhouses. All of Georgie's works are painted on site and can be easily identified by her unique use of color and geometric shapes— Caryn King paints animals found on farms and in fields of New England. Her artistic goal is to capture an emotion through the uniqueness, beauty and individuality each animal. Studio visits always welcomed — Amy's offers Europeanstyle breads; soups, sandwiches, salads; specialty cakes, cookies, and other treats; open Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m, 'til 8 p.m. on Gallery Walk, and Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

21. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2

106 Main St. 802-257-7044

New work for December's Gallery Walk includes acrylic paintings of "snazzy girls" by Ilene Richard, oil paintings and pastel drawings by Marlene Rye, and abstract oil paintings by Tom Viers. A salonstyle show of work by a variety of the gallery's artists is featured for the holidays. A portion of sales will go to the Brattleboro Heat Fund. Gallery Walk reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Visit online or stop by 7 days a week.

22. Works Bakery Café

118 Main St. 802-5791851

December's featured artist is Julia Ferrari, whose images convey an inquiry into the relationship of the personal to the natural world. They delve into our interface with the earth and the interdependency of consciousness and environment. Walking on thawing spring ground after a cold winter made her think about the surface of the earth and what lies beneath. . . . Check out the "clothesline" exhibit of children's artwork from River Gallery School. . . . The café serves Rainforest Alliance coffee, humanely raised meats, poultry and dairy with no antibiotics or added hormones—thoughtfully sourced, local when possible. Open daily 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., until 7 p.m. for Gallery Walk on Dec. 4.

23. David Walter, Goldsmith

124 Main St. 802-722-9620

Celebrating the company's 30th Anniversary in a new location at the Brooks House, David Walter designs and produces contemporary heirlooms in precious metals and gems. While primarily producing one-of-a-kind bespoke jewels, some of David's commissions involve the refashioning of a piece of inherited family jewelry to suit its new owner. In either case, it's a collaborative effort between the client and the designer. Also showing are kinetic sculptures by Bruce Campbell: Defining space through the unpretentious medium of wire that has been joined, bent, and twisted into imaginative shapes, these works encourage viewer interaction through the operation of a hand crank. Hours: Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., later for Gallery Walk.

24. In The Moment Records

143 Main St. 802-257-8171

In The Moment is now selling limitededition gig posters by artists Arik Roper, John Howard, Jay Ryan, and European art collective Malleus—most are signed and handnumbered. Stop by during Gallery Walk on December 4 to check them out. As Vermont's premier allvinyl record store, ITM stocks over 10,000 new and used LPs, 45s and 78s, with new arrivals all the time, and is also the home of Backroom Audio, selling new and vintage home audio equipment.

25. Gallery in the Woods

145 Main St. 80-257-4777

In Gallery 1, scientific observation provides the point of departure for Alicia Hunsicker's mixedmedia Zenith series, with technique encompassing both printing and painting. Sandi Ritchie Miller's work explores inner space through the imagery of outer space, inspired by a childhood of skygazing in the high sierras; she works spontaneously with enamel and dry pigment in suspension, moving the image around on a lucite surface by blowing on it. Gallery 2 features Gil Perry's intricate works that he describes as "dreaming with open eyes"; included are sepia ink washes, graphite drawings, and an alkalyd painting employing glaze layering. Reception on Dec. 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

26. The Dianich Gallery

139 Main St., Rm. 501 802-380-1607

Down the alley and through the glass doors

Featured through January are "The Good Eye": Apotropaic Works on Paper by Julia Zanes, as well as work by Lauren von Krusenstiern, Ellen Darrow/Aho, and Richard Foye, and WoodFired Maple Syrup by The Bunker Farm. The gallery is open 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. during Gallery Walk on Dec. 4, otherwise on Saturdays from 12 to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

27. 18th Annual Children's Holiday Craft Fair

Robert H. Gibson River Garden

157 Main St.


5 To 8 Pm During Gallery Walk On Dec. 4: Strolling of the Heifers, Oak Meadow, and the Putney Area Homeschool Group present this annual holiday market for children—whether home-schooled or in school — to share their creativity with the community and learn something about entrepreneurship. Items include muffin mix, wrapping paper, handmade cards, herbal dream pillows, candles, ornaments, wooden toys, tshirts, patches, figurines, lip balm, jewelry, herbinfused vinegars, farmraised lamb and eggs, on-site face painting, pastel portraits, dream catchers, knitted clothing, sachet pillows, and origami. Browse the impressive offerings, listen to music, enjoy baked goods to support the cause, and begin your holiday shopping!

28. The Gallery at The Garden

Robert H. Gibson River Garden

157 Main St. 802-246-0982

"Coffee & Conversation": Stories of Homelessness, by Liz LaVorgna and Wyatt Andrews—a photography and video exhibit with a Community Art Wall installation bringing together people experiencing homelessness and people with stable housing. Coffee and Conversation creates awareness about how we connect as human beings and how we respond to community issues. "Coffee & Conversation Hour" on Friday, Dec. 4, 9-10 a.m. and during Gallery Walk, 5:30-8 p.m.. Opening Night event of Art & Stories on Saturday, Dec. 5, 7-10 p.m. Brown Bag Lunch "Coffee & Conversation Hours" from 12 to 1 p.m. on Dec. 11, 18, 22 & 29 — coffee provided! Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. except during special events at the River Garden;closed Dec. 25.

29. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts

167 Main St. 802-246-3015

Penelope's own Contemporary Glassware is on display in the upstairs gallery through the Holiday Season. This selection of fine glass vases and tableware are one off samples and artist proofs produced through her long career and include editioned pieces. Penelope's work has been represented by fine retail galleries and museum stores in the U.S. and Europe. Continuing through the holidays are City and Reproduction Archive Maps from Cavallini, available for just $5.00 unframed. An exceptional collection of ornaments, cards, and British food is now available for the holidays, along with local and European gifts. Open Mon.-Sat. 10-ish a.m. to 6 p.m. or later, Sun. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 'til 8:30 p.m. or later for Gallery Walk.

30. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts

183 Main St. 802-251-8290

Solo shows of recent work by painter Jim Giddings and glass artist Josh Bernbaum are featured through Jan. 3, with an Artists' Talk on Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. Giddings' distinctive painting technique includes balancing the application and removal of paint to create an image. Bernbaum's exquisite art glass mesmerizes with its vibrant colors and textures. The gallery otherwise features innovative works by mid-career and established artists in a variety of media. Open Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and 5:30-8:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk.

31. Take a Moment for Peace

Centre Congregational Church

193 Main St., in the Church Parlor

802-257-4588 Dee and Bob Keller

5:30-6 p.m . Marking the darkest time of the year, the Moment for Peace on Dec. 4 offers those attending a chance to light candles for places in their hearts, communities, and the world where justice, conflict resolution, and peace are needed. Rev. Lise Sparrow, Pastor of Guilford Community Church, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, will lead the meditation. Everyone is welcome.

32. Brooks Memorial Library

224 Main St. 802-254-5290

Mezzanine Walls above MAIN FLOOR: Brattleboro Camera Club, "Getting from A to B," photographs illustrating how we move from one place to another in our daily lives. Mezzanine—Local History

Room Windows: (Left) Abenaki artifacts collected locally; (Right) glass and ceramic vases from the Loud Collection. Mezzanine Case And Second Floor Entryway: Brattleboro Mineralogical Society, varieties (species) of zeolites. Second Floor—Children's Book Illustrators Case: Seasonal exhibit by Brattleboro illustrator John Steven Gurney, "Over the River and Through the Woods" and "The Night Before Christmas."

New Library Hours: Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m.- p.m.9; Thurs.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; & Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m..

33. Brattleboro History Center

196 Main St. 802-258-4957

(through side door of Masonic Center)

Free Admission: Open 28 for Gallery Walk, otherwise Thurs.-Fri. 2-4 p.m, Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.. See an expanded display of colonial Fort Dummer on the Connecticut River, with a wooden model and sample artifacts, c.1724. Enjoy photos of Island Park before the Connecticut River flood washed it away. Vermont Phoenix newspapers provide realtime accounts of the Civil War; peruse annotated lists of 47 soldiers with Brattleboro connections who died of their injuries. See lovely spring gowns and a local Swedish woman's national costume. View outfits, photos, stories, and early artifacts of generations of Brattleboro National Ski Patrol members. Research Room at Municipal Center (3rd fl, elevator) open Thurs. 2-4 p.m, Sat. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., and by appointment.

34. Hermit Thrush Brewery

29 High St. 802-257-BEER (2337) & Facebook

Erin Jenkins presents linocut relief prints, monotypes, and carved wood blocks using water iconography to represent interpretations of dialogue, conscious thought, and a steady stream of everchanging emotion that interweaves throughout different relationships in people's lives—, Gallery Walk on Dec. 4 is Pint Night, with food by Turquoise Grille. Open Mon.-Thurs. 3-8 p.m, Fri.-Sat. 12-9 p.m, Sun. 12-6 p.m.

Special Regional Venues

A. SE Vermont Welcome Center

191 North, about a mile south of Exit 1

Vermont Artisan Designs of Brattleboro is featuring selected works by Vermont artists—

ClearLake Furniture of Ludlow is exhibiting an oak library table and several maple chairs— Kit Clark of No. Ferrisburgh is showing sculpted wooden tables— Information and showcase exhibits are useful resources for visitors and

residents alike. Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Founded in 1995, Gallery Walk is a project of the nonprofit 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 promotional coordinator Joy Wallens-Penford. She can be reached at 802-257-2616 or preferably by e-mail at Visit the Walk website at