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 31 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., or 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.
The 20-page January edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete descriptive listings and a map. This month's featured article is about the new "Open Call NNE 2016" exhibit at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, presenting work by a dozen regional artists working in all mediums. 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.
1. The Marina Restaurant: 28 Spring Tree Rd. 802-257-7563 (down behind 464 Putney Rd.) vermontmarina.com. 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 still lifes 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 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
2. Ink Dog Tattoos & Art Gallery: 1010 Western Ave. 802-988-0180, inkdogvt.com. Guilford native Becca Blust has returned to the area after eight years of working as a tattoo artist in Burlington, 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 p.m. and otherwise by appointment on Wed.-Sat. 12-6 p.m.
3. C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse: 814 Western Ave. (1 mi. west of Exit 2), 802-257-7898 or 802-579-9088, caixiart.com and dimsumvt.com. Gallery open 4-6:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk; otherwise open year-round by calling 12 days in advance. Ongoing exhibition and book launch for Rodrigo Nava: Collagraphs for Sculpture, featuring Collagraph prints and expanded steel sculpture through March 2016. Other ongoing exhibits include In The Box: Recent Works by Cai Xi; the show and book Nye Ffarrabas: a walk on the inside—50year retrospective (cxsilvergallery.com/nyeffarrabas); 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 (pinkslipproject.tumblr.com). Dim Sum Dining & Catering daily by appt. – menu at dimsumvt.com; call ahead 12 days. DIM SUM BUFFET on Sun., Jan. 14, 11 a.m.7 p.m. — details atdimsumvt.com/events.
4. 1868 Crosby House: 175 Western Ave. 802-257-7145, www.crosbyhouse.com. 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 p.m. on Jan. 8 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.
5. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center: 10 Vernon St. 802-257-0124, www.brattleboromuseum.org Free admission during Gallery Walk. 5:30 and 7 p.m.: Hilltop Montessori middle schoolers screen "Society Project" short films profiling community members. (See related Hilltop exhibits at Amy's Bakery Arts Café, listing #18, and Brooks Library, listing #29.) New exhibits (artists' reception Sat., Jan. 9, 11 a.m.):
Open Call NNE (NorthNortheast) 2016, work in all media by twelve artists from New York and New England; and Recovering the Body: Painters Craig Stockwell and Jon L. McAuliffe trace impulses throughthe life and tragic death of explorer George Mallory, and to the present, where the search remains. Ongoingexhibits include Drawing On, In, Out: Work by six contemporary artists; and Penumbra: Evan Coronis'installation of cast glass. Boxcars: Railroad Imagery in Contemporary Realism offers paintings by several artists. Open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Tues. Admission: $8/$6/$4, free: members and youth 18 and under.
6. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery: 36 Bridge St. 802-490-2354 www.whetstonestation.com. 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. till 11 p.m.
7. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery: 32-34 Main St. 802-257-1577 www.rivergalleryschool.org More than 50 artists participate in the Adult Studio Classes at RGS, using various media to create work spanning many styles and subjects. Included are 3-Dimensional work and 2D pieces in oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, and watercolors. As teaching interactions are one-on-one and guided by each student's desires, the wonderful variety is inspiring! Paintings from the Landscape Class will also be on exhibit. January at RGS features short courses and workshops for adults and teens. February will begin a new semester for all ages. . . . GALLERY 34 features the colorful prints of Judith Darrow Freed.
8. Latchis Gallery: 50 Main St. 802-254-1109, www.latchis.com. Landscapes in oils and watercolors by Brattleboro native Scot Borofsky are featured and for sale in January. These expressive en plein air studies, inspired by locations in the Brattleboro area, gave Scot an opportunity to experiment with some new color combinations. Hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk on Jan. 8 and otherwise during film showings and by appt., call Scot at 802-579-2507.
9. Flat St. Brew Pub: 6 Flat St. 802-257-1911, www.flatstreet.net Paintings by Wyatt R. Kail are featured this month. "I aim to illuminate some of the stranger aspects of life. With subjects ranging from microscopic organisms, deep-sea life, outer space, or the basic shapes that surround us in our everyday lives, I create strange, hectic places for all of these things to exist in simultaneously. Through my work I strive to create a sense of mystery and exploration in the viewer to reconnect us all to the deep strangeness of life that we can so easily forget in our daily routines." The Pub offers 20 fine handcrafted ales and lagers on tap and a delicious menu of pub-style food. Open Tues.-Thurs. 4-11 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 4-12 p.m, Sun. 3-10 p.m..
10. InSight Photography Project: 45 Flat St., Ste. 1 802-251-9960, www.insightphotography.org. In January, gallery spaces at In-Sight feature work by its talented staff, volunteers, and board members. Opening reception during Gallery Walk on Jan. 8. In-Sight 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.
11. Vermont Center for Photography: 49 Flat St. 802-251-6051 Joshua Farr, www.vcphoto.org. Chicago-based photographer Allison Barnes' solo exhibition "Neither For Me Honey Nor the Honey Bee" spans the terrains of personal geographies, exploring Place as it exists in our contemporary lives, as depicted through encounters, collections, and details. The title is the remaining fragment of a composition by ancient Greek poet Sappho that means taking good without evil. It also refers to the various connectionsbetween the honeybee and the landscape, which reappear throughout this work. For more samples of Barnes' work, please visit the VCP website.
12. ArtRageUs1: 57 Elliot St. 802-490-2277, ArtRageUs1.com, info@ArtRageUs1.com. An arts collective selling art, crafts, books, and music created by local folks. Now featuring Kathleen Kennedy, a textile artist, designer, and teacher who creates handbags and totes as wearable art — "Brag Bags." With design as her specialty, she works the magic and variety of fabric (new and vintage), blending color, patterns, and textures in unexpected ways. Come meet Kathleen and see the work of new members Dawn Russell (jewelry), L. Carlene Raper (fibers), Cara Meinke (jewelry), Cathy DeMeo(monoprints), Amy Horning (greeting cards), and Sara Levett (VerMonsters) in addition to the always – changing inventory of sculpture, paintings, prints, pillows, and more! Open Fri., Sat., Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., until 8:30 p.m. on Gallery Walk, and online.
13. Elliot St. Fish & Chips: 50 Elliot St. 802-451-9482, firstname.lastname@example.org FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More. David Eagle is a photographer, writer, and father—not necessarily in that order. He has difficulty distilling his art into words for a description such as this. The way he sees it, if he has something to say, he'll just tell you. His photographs are things he wants to show you, and he appreciates when a viewer forms her own opinions on their meanings and merits. When he's not stubbornly trying to avoid convention and do things his own way, he enjoys writing about himself in the third person. The café uses fresh, local and organic ingredients. Open Tues.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., until 8:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
14. Kat Whitledge Basics & Bespoke: 17 Elliot St., Floor 3, Suite C, 802-258-0395. 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 Vermont-based 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.
15. Brink Gallery at Brattleboro Printmakers: 18 Elliot St. 603-313-7569. Through green gate, down stairs, email@example.com "Jaime, Mystery Man" is a raw talent spotted by Brattleboro Printmakers' founder James Primrose while drawing authentic Mexican imagery on paper napkins in Mocha Joe's with a Biro pen. James coaxed Jaime into the print shop, where the two have experimented with exposing original drawings onto screens. Ephemeral serviettes take on the permanence of original print whilst preserving the fidelity of every stroke of the Mystery Man's pen. Snakes, skulls, sparkles, and goddesses dance with jubilation in a show spanning Jaime's original napkin drawings, resultant screenprints, and pastel paintings made on paper and fabric substrates. Open Fri. 6-8 p.m., Sat. 12-4 p.m., or by appointment.
16. Mocha Joe's Café: 82 Main St. 802-257-7794, www.mochajoes.com. Make creativity your resolution: buy artwork, take a class, or become a member of Brattleboro Printmakers, exhibiting original prints in the café that were made around the corner in their sharedfacility printing studio. Beginning its 2nd year, Brattleboro Printmakers (see listing #15) offers nontoxic, waterbased relief, intaglio, and screenprinting; editioning services, classes, and gallery space. Artists at BP can help you create your vision for a work of fine art or T-shirt, business cards, signage, or a band poster. Membership $60/mo, classes $30, gallery for hire. Stop at Mocha Joe's during Gallery Walk and all month long for a sip of Joe and a sampling of work from Brattleboro Printmakers.
17. Live Abstract Artist Expo – Experimental Music Night: at Turn It Up! CDs & More, 85 Main St. 802-251-6015. Starting at 6 p.m., Live Music: Veteran experimental musicians John Levin, John Singer, and Ronn Schneiderman are playing for the first Gallery Walk of 2016. Performances are to be followed by an in-depth panel discussion with the musicians and a question and answer session with the audience. This Live Abstract event is intended to give the Brattleboro community a chance to interact one-on-one with its artists. Snacks are a possibility. . . . All ages welcome, free admission.
18. Amy's Bakery Arts Café: 113 Main St. 802-251-1071, "Life in Brattleboro: The Society Project" features a series of photo collages by students at Hilltop Montessori Middle School. Focusing on local merchants, community leaders, service providers, artisans, artists, and nonprofit directors, participating students spent six weeks exploring the true meaning of "community." Poring over historical archives, discovering primary source materials at the library, digging through deeds, and conducting surveys, interviews, and photo shoots, they immersed themselves in a study of ordinary and extraordinary Brattleboro people, places, and events. Amy's offers European-style breads; soups, sandwiches, salads; specialty cakes, cookies, and other treats; open Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m, until 8 p.m. on Gallery Walk, and Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.. . . . Related exhibits include handmade books by Hilltop Middle Schoolers on topics of Brattleboro history, on display at Brooks Memorial Library (listing #29) in January, and short films on "Society Project" subjects showing from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 8 at the Brattleboro Museum & Art
Center (listing #5).
19. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2: 106 Main St. 802-257-7044, www.vtart.com. Original paintings by Will Moses are featured in January. A portion of sales of these works will go to theBrattleboro Heat Fund. Gallery Walk reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 8. Visit online or stop by seven days a week to see works by more than 300 fine artists and craftspeople.
20. Works Bakery Café: 118 Main St. 802-579-1851, worksbakerycafe.com. In-Sight Photography Project is exhibiting images representing more than ten years of student work from the project's 23-year history. In-Sight students learn the foundations of photography while exploring,discussing, and collaborating, and are encouraged to connect with their communities through assignments and teaching methods that emphasize positive community engagement. In-Sight offers photography courses to youth aged 11-18, regardless of their ability to pay. . . . 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.
21. David Walter, Goldsmith: 124 Main St. 802-722-9620, www.davidwalterjewelry.com. Closed for vacation until Wednesday, Jan. 13. Now celebrating the company's 30th Anniversary, 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. 106, later for Gallery Walk.
22. In The Moment Records: 143 Main St. 802-257-8171, www.inthemomentrecords.com. In The Moment is now selling limited edition gig posters by artists Arik Roper, John Howard, Jay Ryan, and European art collective Malleus—most are signed and hand numbered. Stop by during Gallery Walk on Jan. 8 to check them out. As Vermont's premier all vinyl 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.
23. Gallery in the Woods: 145 Main St. 802-257-4777, www.galleryinthewoods.com. Midwinter exhibits include Valerie Claff: Winter Tree Dreaming—Valerie's watercolors capture the mystery of the forest, shaping "a terrain where the mythic imagination comes alive, and thresholds to other realms are illuminated." Ayn Hanna: Textile Art Quilting—Ayn's textile paintings include layers of fabric combined with thread 'drawing' to develop texture and line in "a mapping of my inner and outer world." Naomi Lindenfeld: The Forest Transformed—New patterns in layered porcelain are infused with movement of wind, water, and deeper layers of earth. The upward flow of tree forms is a poetic addition to the gallery's focus on the winter forest. Reception Jan. 8, 5:30-8 p.m., with live music.
24. The Dianich Gallery: 139 Main St., Rm. 501 802-380-1607, Down the alley and through the glass doors, www.catherinedianichgallery.com. Featuring "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 Bunker Farm WoodFired Maple Syrup. Open 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Jan. 8, otherwise by appt.
25. The Gallery at The Garden: Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St. 802-246-0982, www.strollingoftheheifers.com. Nonprofit Showcase: Meet leaders of two dozen area nonprofits on Gallery Walk evening and learn about their organizations. January exhibit: Windham Grows: Photographic works by John Nopper and Jeffrey Lewis, depicting past winners of the Windham Regional Business Planning Competition sponsored by Strolling of the Heifers and Brattleboro Develop.m.ent Credit Corporation, along with interviews with the subjects by Elizabeth Stoumen. Open during Gallery Walk on Jan. 8, 5:30-8:30 p.m., otherwise on Mon-.Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. except during special events.
26. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts: 167 Main St. 802-246-3015, www.penelopewurr.com. Penelope's Fine Contemporary Glassware is in the upstairs gallery through January. These 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 this month are City and Reproduction Archive Maps from Cavallini for just $5 unframed. New Local and European Gifts are here for Valentine's Day. All holiday cards, garlands, ornaments, and other seasonal decorations, wearables, and food items are at sale prices. Open Mon.-Sat., 10ish a.m. to 6 p.m. or later, Sun., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and until 8:30 p.m. or later for Gallery Walk. Closed Tuesdays in winter.
27. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts: 183 Main St. 802-251-8290, mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com. Light & Shadow: Cyanotypes and Drawings by Tom Fels are on view Jan. 7 through Feb. 7. Works on display include large cyanotype prints from the "Arbor and Catalpa Series" from 2011 to 2014, and a selection of smaller minimalist drawings from the "Linea Series" of 2014. An Artist Talk is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.. 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.
28. 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. Brattleboro residents Kate and Paul Link invite us to walk with them as they reflect on their experience along 500 miles of the ancient El Camino pilgrimage route in Spain last Spring. Walking from the French Pyrenees across Spain to Santiago de Compostela takes place in three realms: Physical, Mental, and Spiritual. These three aspects emerge sequentially as one sheds ties to the familiar in order to uncover a new norm for being in the world. Kate, a life and business coach, saw many metaphors for growth and renewal. Paul, a carpenter, loved the natural and built environment as they "kissed the earth with each step."
29. Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St. 802-254-5290, www.brookslibraryvt.org Main Floor—Exhibit Bookcase: Books written and bound by Hilltop Montessori Middle School students following primary-source research on topics of Brattleboro history. Mezzanine—Local History Room Windows: (Left) Abenaki artifacts collected locally; (Right) glass and ceramic vases from the Henrietta Loud Collection of 19thcentury artworks. Glass Display Case: More objects from the Loud Collection. Second Floor—Entryway Case: Lego creations from kids' LEGOpalooza! activity; Children's Book Illustrators Case: Illuminating Illustration: Picture Book Art Inspired by Illuminated Manuscripts, an exhibit borrowed from the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Mass. Selectionsfrom the Fine Arts Collection are permanently displayed throughout the building; a brochure offers a self-guided walking tour during library hours: Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
30. Hermit Thrush Brewery: 29 High St. 802-257-BEER (2337) hermitthrushbrewery.com and 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—erinjenkinsart.com, facebook.com/erinjenkinsart. 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: 19-1 North, about a mile south of Exit 1. Vermont Artisan Designs of Brattleboro is featuring several winter scenes by Ken Ahlering: wintry woods, snowcovered barns, and the slopes of Stratton and Bromley are highlights—vtart.com. 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 info@GalleryWalk.org. Visit the Walk website at www.gallerywalk.org.