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 and a "Love Local" — Valentine's Gallery Walk event at the River Garden.
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 at C. X. Silver Gallery at 814 Western Ave., open 4 to 6:30.
The 20-page February edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete descriptive listings and a map. This month's featured article is about an exhibit of circus photography in the Latchis Main Theatre, inspiration for the upcoming Circus Spectacular on March 5 & 6 that benefits the New England Center for Circus Arts. 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.
Information on exhibits and special events 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. Ongoing exhibits include paintings by German native Else DeVoid, who wanted to create even when life was colorless and tense under the Nazi regime; watercolors by gifted 11yearold artist Alex Hrabchak; 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 impressionistrealist, 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. Ink Dog is closing early for Gallery Walk on Feb. 5 while owner Becca Blust is at the HookerDunham Theatre & Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. (listing #24) showing her art as well as clothing and bags made from recycled/repurposed fabrics, and handmade jewelry. A native of Guilford, Beccaspent 8 years working as a tattoo artist in Burlington, Vermont and Austin, Texas. Influenced by work of M. C. Escher and Frank H. Netter, she often includes fine line and detail in custom tattoos. The gallery isshowing some of Becca's original drawings, but fine artists in all mediums are invited to show their work. Open in February 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 andexpanded 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., Feb. 14, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. —details at dimsumvt.com/events; call ahead for seating. Asian Cultural Center of Vermont presents Lunar New Year Festival Of Vietnam, Korea, and China on Sunday, Feb. 7, 1-3 p.m, at 118 Elliot St.; all ages welcome; info: accvt.org.
4. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center: 10 Vernon St. (802) 257-0124, www.brattleboromuseum.org. Free admission during Gallery Walk. 5:30-7 p.m: Teacher Open House—Museum educator Linda Whelihan invites teachers to tour the galleries and brainstorm about curricular connections to current exhibits. One teacher will win a membership! 8 p.m.: High School A Cappella Concert benefit for InSight Photography Project (see listing #5).
Ongoing exhibits: Open Call NNE 2016, work by twelve regional artists. . . . Recovering the Body: Painters Craig Stockwell and Jon L. McAuliffe trace the life and death of explorer George Mallory. . . .Drawing On, In, Out: Work by six artists. . . . Penumbra: Evan Coronis' installation of cast glass. . . .Boxcars: Railroad Imagery in Contemporary Realism. Open 115, closed Tues. Admission: $8,$6,$4,free: members & youth 18 & under.
5. High School A Cappella Benefit Concert for InSight: at BMAC 10 Vernon St. Info: (802) 251-9960 IPP, www.insightphotography.org. Six regional high school groups will rock the main gallery with a "warmup" concert in anticipation of BMAC's 13th Collegiate A Cappella Concert the next evening. Proceeds benefit the InSight Photography Project scholarship fund. Renegade, Shoulder Narrows, Xpressivo, and Spiralia are student-directed independent groups from the Brattleboro area. In addition, two top-notch ensembles round out the show: the Brattleboro Union High School Madrigals, directed by Patty Meyer, and the Leland & Gray Rebel Clefs, directed by Ron Kelley. General admission at the door is $10, $5 for students. Seating is limited; some standing room is available. Info: InSight, (802) 251-9960.
6. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery: 36 Bridge St. (802) 490-2354. www.whetstonestation.com. Pamela Simmons of AfterThought Photography in Putney presents photographs of the beautiful creatures at "Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue" in South Acworth, N.H. Participating with, and photographing for, this nonprofit has been an artistic and therapeutic venture for Pamela, an individual with PTSD. She intends to expose issues of invisible disabilities—physical but not in plain sight, and emotional disabilities that people battle with day after day. 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.
7. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery 34: 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 3Dimensional work and 2D pieces in oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, and watercolors. As teaching interactions are oneonone and guided by each student's desires, the wonderful variety is inspiring! Paintings from the Landscape Class will also be on exhibit. A new semester of exciting art programming is under way. Registration is ongoing for adults, teens, and children; visit online to register or call the office.. . . GALLERY 34 features foundobject sculpture by Ross Smart. Stop by the streetlevel gallery to feast your eyes on these interesting works of art.
8. Latchis Gallery & Main Theatre: 50 Main St. (802) 254-1109. www.latchis.com A. LATCHIS GALLERY: Landscapes in oils and watercolors by Brattleboro native Scot Borofsky are featured and for sale in February. 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 February 5 and otherwise during film showings and by appt.— call Scot at (802) 579-2507. B. MAIN THEATRE: The New England Center for Circus Arts presents "Through Our Eyes," a photographic exploration of the circus arts at NECCA. Some of the exhibit is the result of a collaboration with InSight Photography Project: Circus student Sophia Martel photographed NECCA for her InSight class. Other photographs include a pictorial history of NECCA through the eyes of its artistic director, Elsie Smith, an awardwinning photographer and professional circus artist. The exhibit is part of NECCA's Circus Spectacular fundraising event coming up on March 5 and 6 — www.necenterforcircusarts.org.
9. Flat St. Brew Pub: 6 Flat St. (802) 257-1911. www.flatstreet.net. Featured artist Wyatt Kail says of his paintings: "Some subjects that inspire me are geometry, microscopic organisms, deep sea life, outer space, and other forms and patterns found in nature. Through my work I strive to create a sense of mystery and exploration to reconnect us all to the deep strangeness of life that we can so easily forget in our daily routines." The Pub offers 20 handcrafted ales and lagers on tap and a menu of pubstyle food. Open Tues.-Thurs. 4-11, Fri. and Sat. 4-12, closed Sun. and Mon.
10. InSight Photography Project: 45 Flat St., Ste. 1 (802) 251-9960 www.insightphotography.org. In February, gallery spaces at InSight feature work by its talented staff, volunteers, and board members. 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. See Listing #5 for High School A Cappella fundraiser.
11. Vermont Center for Photography: 49 Flat St. (802) 2516051 Joshua Farr. www.vcphoto.org. For three years, photographer Zora J Murff provided monitoring and rehabilitation services to youth on probation in Eastern Iowa. Combining his work in human services with photography, he documented the young men and women in his charge. The result is his series "Corrections," an examination of youth experience in the system, the role images play in defining kids who are deemed criminals, and how the concepts of privacy and control may affect their future. Gallery Walk opening on Feb. 5, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through Feb. 28. Please visit vcphoto.org for more details.
12. New England Youth Theatre: 100 Flat St. (802) 246-6398. neyt.org, 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Free admission for a Showcase Of Six Short Studentwritten Plays developed this past month at The Compass School in conjunction with the New England Youth Theatre. The plays will be performed by students from Vermont Academy, BUHS, The Compass School, and NEYT. The New England Youth Theatre offers theater for ages 6 to 19. Summer registration is now under way.
13. ArtRageUs1: 57 Elliot St. (802) 490-2277nArtRageUs1.com, info@ArtRageUs1.com. An arts collective selling art, crafts, books, and music created by local folks—perfect gifts for your valentine! Now featuring the work of Sage Camille Feldman: oil paintings on 3D canvases (oil drums, propane tanks, and fire extinguishers). Her artistic approach provokes and gives potential answers to difficult questions, fueling her personal art revolution. Come meet Sage and see her solarpowered lamps (now 50% off!) in addition to our other members and their always changing inventory of jewelry, sculpture, paintings, prints, pillows, and more! We are recruiting new members—artists, authors, and musicians—low fees, low commission, and a fun atmosphere. Open Fri.-Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m, until 8:30 p.m. on Gallery Walk, and online.
14. Elliot St. Fish & Chips: 50 Elliot St. (802) 451-9482, firstname.lastname@example.org. FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More. Local visionary artist and musician Jonas Fricke presents a body of work entitled "2016: Olden New Dreams." Stop in to see his vibrant paintings and prints "primed to be a refracted kaleidoscope mirror of consciousness." 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.
15. 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 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.
16. Brink Gallery at Brattleboro Printmakers; 18 Elliot St. (603) 313-7569 Through green gate, down stairs email@example.com Thomas Nöla's solo exhibit entitled "Animal Geometry" features screen prints, linocuts, paintings, and drawings from a vague, pseudoAfrican future. It opens with a Gallery Walk reception on Friday, February 5, and runs through the month. Originally from Boston, this Brattleboro area resident has released numerous albums, directed and starred in several lowbudget films, and published the book "Various Tails." This is his second exhibition. Open Fri. 6-8 p.m,, Sat., 12-4 p.m., or by appointment.
17. Mocha Joe's Café: 82 Main St. (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com. Bill Steele is showing some of his photography in the café through the end of February. Making images since the late 1970s with a particular interest in nature and wildlife, he founded Gorham Mountain Photography about four years ago. He recently opened a photography studio in the basement of the renovated Brooks House. Bill will be in his studio during February's Gallery Walk to greet folks interested in checking out the new space. Enter through the Atrium, take the elevator to the basement level, and follow a blue line in place for Walk visitors. Bill offers portraiture, photography for weddings or special events, and a range of other photographic services. Stop at Mocha Joe's during Gallery Walk and all month long for a sip of Joe and a sampling of Bill's work.
18. Amy's Bakery Arts Café: 113 Main St. (802) 251-1071. Painter Margaret Shipman takes inspiration from the vibrant craziness of the natural world, the dual nature of humanity, and the magic in everyday life. Letting the materials serve as her guide, every painting is an opportunity to learn something new about combining elements of color, texture, and pattern. Some of the flowers in this series are edible and/or medicinal, and painting them is a way to learn about these properties and commit them to memory. Some flowers are imaginary, and painting them . . . is just plain fun! 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.
19. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2: 106 Main St. (802) 257-7044. www.vtart.com. Oils by Carol Gobin, watercolors and more by Donna Cary, and bronzes by Susan Read Cronin are featured. Stop in for an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 during Gallery Walk on Feb. 5. A portion of sales of work by the featured artists will go to the Windham County Heat Fund; tickets for a Saturday,
Feb. 6, fundraiser for WCHF are available during the Walk as well. On Thursday, Feb. 11, take part in the first Brattleboro Luv Crawl—just in time for Valentine's Day; ask about how to participate. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see works by more than 300 fine artists and craftspeople.
20. Works Bakery Café: 118 Main St. (802) 579-1851 worksbakerycafe.com. Karren M. Hoyt has taken over 20,000 photos of chemtrails, aerosol releases, and other sky phenomena around Keene, N.H. in the last 19 months. She has lived in the region since 1990 and has watched the skies change. Her show features photos of the Sun, Moon, chemtrails, UFOs, and other phenomena in the sky or resulting from it. Included are photos of what comes down from manmade clouds such as chaff and clumps of chemtrail offal. . . . 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. Now celebrating the company's 30th Anniversary, David Walter designs and produces contemporary heirlooms in precious metals and gems. While primarily producing oneofakind 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. 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. Live music during Gallery Walk on Feb. 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
23. The Dianich Gallery: 139 Main St., Rm. 501 802-380-1607. Down the alley and through the glass doors www.catherinedianichgallery.com. Recent Work by Myles Danaher is featured through March 25. The show is an eclectic collection of landscape paintings with a an emphasis on finding the common ground between the abstract and the figurative. Opening Reception during Gallery Walk on February 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; hours otherwise by appt.
24. HookerDunham Theatre & Gallery: Art & Entertainment: 139 Main St., down the alley and downstairs from inside or outside glass entry. 5-7 p.m.: Becca Blust from Ink Dog Tattoos (see listing #2) is showing her drawings and offering for sale an array of delicious snacks, handmade jewelry, and unique clothing and bags made from recycled/repurposed fabrics. 7 p.m. Show: "What's Funny?"—A Performance by Comedian Ezlerh Oreste & Special Guests, offering Music, Film & Dance. Ezlerh had been doing standup comedy for four years professionally in Austin, Texas, before moving to Brattleboro with his wife Becca Blust (see above). Sliding scale admission of $10,$20 at the door.
25. The Gallery at The Garden: Robert H. Gibson River Garden. 157 Main St. (802) 246-0982. www.strollingoftheheifers.com. Love Local: During Gallery Walk on Friday, Feb. 5, 5-8 p.m., meet leaders of area nonprofits and learn about their organizations; music by singer/songwriter/pianist Hannah Hoffman. Otherwise open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. except during special events. New February exhibit: "Cabin Fever": oil and watercolor paintings by Crystal Bartlett and acrylics by Steven Meyer. Continuing exhibit: Windham Grows: Photographic works by John Nopper and Jeffrey Lewis, depicting past winners of the Windham Regional Business Planning Competition, along with interviews with the subjects by Elizabeth Stoumen. From 5 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 19: Cabin Fever: Enjoy a warm atmosphere and musical entertainment while sampling specialty foods, craft brews, and fine spirits and wines.
26. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts: 167 Main St. (802) 246-3015. www.penelopewurr.com New Work by Paz Sintes is on display in the Upstairs Gallery alongside pieces by Philippa Kunisch, a longtime favorite designer of Penelope's. Both artists produce beautiful and delicate jewelry with distinctive origins. SpanishBorn Paz worked in the fashion industry in Paris and Barcelona before moving into jewelry making. Philippa was a costume designer for the London theater. Valentine's Day is coming up—here's your chance to buy a unique and timeless gift for that special person in your life. Winter Holiday Sale still going on in the retail store. Open Mon.-Sat. 10ish to 6 p.m. or later, Sun. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 'til 8:30p.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 featured through Feb. 7. Included are large cyanotype prints from the "Arbor and Catalpa Series" (20112014), and smaller minimalist drawings from the "Linea Series" (2014). Opening on February 11 and continuing through April 17 is a groupexhibit introducing new work in a variety of materials and media by participating MGFA artists and these artists new to the gallery: K. William LeQuier, Michelle Ratté, Donald Saaf, and Margaret Shipman. The gallery otherwise features innovative works by midcareer 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. Peace Walking In The USA: Our meditation is guided by Sheila Garrett, who spent three-and-a-half months walking from New England to Georgia this past summer and fall, occasionally with a friend, twice with a Buddhist group, but mostly by herself. When asked why, she responded, "For the earth and all its beings, including you." She walked on secondary roads and stayed mostly with Quakers. Her final destination was the Koinonia Farm and the School for the Americas Watch vigil at Fort Benning. A member of Putney Friends Meeting who lives in Putney, Sheila is a longtime activist, artist, and gardener/grandmother.
29. Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St. (802) 254-5290. www.brookslibraryvt.org. Main Floor—Exhibit Bookcase: Books created by Hilltop Montessori Middle Schoolers 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. Selections from the Fine Arts Collection are permanentlydisplayed 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 & 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: 1-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1. Artist and graphic designer Martha Dolan, of Brattleboro, is exhibiting landscapes and contemporary art in February. Gallery North Star of Grafton has been representing fine Vermont artists for over 40 years; they are presenting several fine art paintings from their portfolio. 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.