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 27 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 at Ink Dog Tattoos & Art Gallery at 1010 Western Ave., open 12 to 6 p.m, C. X. Silver Gallery at 814 Western Ave., open 4 to 6:30 p.m, and the 1868 Crosby House B&B, open for tours and gallery visits from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
The 20-page March edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete descriptive listings and a map. This month's cover articles are about the 36th Annual Student Art Month, sponsored by the Arts Council of Windham County, and current and upcoming exhibits by Rodrigo Nava and Susan Brearey, respectively, at C. X. Silver Gallery. 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. 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 to 6:30 p.m. This casual waterfront eatery with sunset view is open daily 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m, Sunday Brunch served 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2. Ink Dog Tattoos & Art Gallery: 1010 Western Ave. 802-988-0180, inkdogvt.com Owner Becca Blust, a native of Guilford, spent eight years working as a tattoo artist in Burlington and in Austin, Texas. Influenced by work of M. C. Escher and Frank H. Netter, she often includes fine line and detail in custom and affordable tattoos. The gallery is showing some of Becca's original drawings and other art, as well as clothing and bags made from recycled/repurposed fabrics, and handmade jewelry. Fine artists in all mediums are invited to show their work. Open Wednesday to Saturday, 12 to 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 to 6:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk; otherwise open yearround by calling 12 days in advance. Rodrigo Nava: Collagraphs for Sculpture showing through March 27; closing reception on Saturday, March 26, 2 to 4 pm. New exhibition Susan Brearey: Elemental Images opens on Thursday, March 31; reception on Saturday, April 2, 2 to 4 p.m. 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 usingmops/brooms/trowels as brushes; and the multimedia Pink Slip Project (pinkslipproject.tumblr.com). See the article in the Gallery guide, p. 7.
dim sum dining evenings by appointment, plus all-day buffets on Sundays March 13 and 27, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Information at dimsumvt.com/events; calling ahead recommended, 802-257-7898.
Asian Cultural Center of Vermont presents two potluck events, all welcome: Hinamatsuri (Japan's Doll Festival) on Saturday, March 12, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Gallery; and Nowrooz (New Day Festival of Persian, Baha'i,Sufi, and Central Asian cultures) on Saturday, March 19, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Mahalo Art Center; information at accvt.org.
4. 1868 Crosby House: 175 Western Ave. 802-257-7145, www.crosbyhouse.com. Nancy Calicchio's plein air paintings seek to capture the beauty of the Vermont landscape. Paintings of rivers and ponds, many familiar to local residents, tend to dominate in this collection of 13 works. Stop by during Gallery Walk from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on March 4, enjoy refreshments and tour the Crosby House, a tastefully restored and appointed Victorian bed and 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 Centre; 10 Vernon St. 802-257-0124, www.brattleboromuseum.org, Free admission during Gallery Walk. Exhibits include: 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (a national scholarship program) featuring work by 166 Vermont students: Hope is the Thing with Feathers: Monique Luchetti's "birdskin" drawings from the ornithological collection at Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History, including many extinct species; 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; Penumbra: Evan Coronis' installation of cast glass; Boxcars: Railroad Imagery in Contemporary Realism. Open 115, closed Tues. Admission: $8/$6/$4, free for members and youth 18 and under.
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. to 10 p.m, Friday to Saturday, until 11 a.m.
7. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery: 34,32,34 Main St., 802-257-1577. www.rivergalleryschool.org.The annual Life Drawing Show is featured in March. Drawings of the human figure, still life, and landscape fill the gallery walls. During this past year, student artists have explored traditional and experimental approaches to drawing from life, including classical techniques, twohanded drawing and blind drawing, as a way to note other sensations beyond the visual. Come see what drawing can be! Enroll in Winter Spring classes or workshops while visiting the school, or enroll at rivergalleryschool.org.
Gallery 34 features work by Rob Thomson, a dedicated student at, and avid fan of, the River Gallery School of Art for the past 12 years. This show includes paintings and sculptures that Rob enjoyed working on in the school's creative and supportive atmosphere.
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. 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 a.m. for Gallery Walk on March 4 and otherwise during film showings and by appointment. – call Scot at 802-579-2507. B. Main Theater: 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 award-winning photographer and professional circus artist. Open during Gallery Walk on March 4 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., the exhibit is part of NECCA's Circus Spectacular fundraising event in the theatre on March 5 & 6—www.necenterforcircusarts.org.
9. Flat St. Brew Pub: 6 Flat St., 802-257-1911 www.flatstreet.net. Photography by Davida Carta is featured in March: "Windows interest me, both metaphorically and literally. Looking in and out, concealing, peering through, contrast between inside world and outside world; texture, wood, light, peeling paint, glass, reflections, are all aspects and concepts that I enjoy and want to explore. Windows are the common thread between Italy, my home country, and the United States." Davida is studying for her MFA in Photography at New Hampshire Institute of Art. The Pub offers 20 handcrafted ales and lagers on tap and a menu of pub-style food. Open Tuesday to Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., closed Sunday and Monday.
10. InSight Photography Project: 45 Flat St., Ste. 1 802-251-9960. www.insightphotography.org. Gallery spaces in March feature work by local photographer Bob George and David Rosen, his photographic penpal from Michigan. Over the course of a number of years, Bob and David traded photographic postcards of youth in their communities. Opening reception during Gallery Walk on March 4. 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.
11. Vermont Center for Photography: 49 Flat St. 802-251-6051 Joshua Farr, www.vcphoto.org. Representing 15 states, Australia and Japan, the 2016 Juried Exhibition is a wideranging glimpse of where photography stands today. Juror Paula Tognarelli, executive director/curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester, Mass.), selected 56 works from over 800 entries to create a show of breathtaking diversity: "With just one image you can articulate the heart and soul of the artist's intent. And with an ensemble of photographs, held together by threads of connective tissue, the journey is amplified with a wider range of feelings, questions, ideas, and reminiscences." A limitededition catalog will be available on opening night. Gallery Walk reception on March 4, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through March 28. More detail online.
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—perfect gifts for your valentine! Now featuring the work of ELY PORTER, a selftaught artist who uses pen and ink to create psychedelic illustrations heavily influenced by music, esoteric languages, and symbols. Come meet Ely and view his phantasms plus the work of new members DAWN RUSSELL (exquisite fine jewelry), Margo Vannoy (Wonky Wear made from repurposed sweaters), and LORI PALMER (decorative pillows and handbags made from African fabrics) in addition to the alwayschanging inventory of sculpture, paintings, prints and more! Open Fri.Sat.Sun. 115, until 8:30 on Gallery Walk, and online.
13. Mocha Joe's Café: 82 Main St., 802-257-7794. www.mochajoes.com. Ezra Distler, local photographer and Brattleboro native, explores the world around him in "Locations," a collection of vivid panoramic imagery and surprising abstractions. Meet the artist from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. during Gallery Walk on March 4. Stop at Mocha Joe's during the Walk and all month for a sip of Joe, locally baked treats, and a sampling of Ezra's work.
14. 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 Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m, til 8 p.m. on Gallery Walk, and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
'15. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2: 106 Main St. 802-257-7044, www.vtart.com. Stop in to see Student Art Month's 3D Show of pottery, painted furniture, and sculpture by area high school students. Visitors can vote for a People's Choice Award. Also featured are paintings by Will Moses, George Angelini, and Carol Gobin. A percentage of sales of featured work will go to the Brattleboro Heating Fund. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see works by more than 300 fine artists and craftspeople.
16. Works Bakery Café: 118 Main St. 802-579-1851, worksbakerycafe.com. Stacey Frazer's prints, inspired by Matisse's late work, begin with shapes cut from textured wallpaper that are inked on both sides, arranged on two plates, and run through her press. She then moves the plates to the middle of the print, flips the shapes over, and places them on the 'ghost' before running the print through the press again. Other materials—such as netting from a bag of oranges—may also be used. Stacey uses bright and contrasting colors and enjoys the textures that emerge. 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.
17. David Walter, Goldsmith: 124 Main St. 802-722-9620, www.davidwalterjewelry.com. 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: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m to 6 p.m, later for Gallery Walk.
18. Gallery in the Woods: 145 Main St., 802-257-4777, www.galleryinthewoods.com. A March "window show" features Felted Sculpture Creatures by Bonny Hall, who cofounded Crabgrass Puppet Theatre in San Francisco in 1982 with partner Jamie Keithline and has received awards for her puppetry design. Now based in Vermont, they delight national audiences with whimsical humor and award-winning shows at such prestigious venues as the Detroit Institute of Art and Philadelphia Museum of Art,and dozens of puppetry festivals. Continuing exhibits in the gallery include watercolors of the winter forest by Valerie Claff, abstract textile "paintings" stitched by Ayn Hanna, and layered porcelain by Naomi Lindenfeld infused with movement of wind and water, and the upward flow of tree forms. Open late for Gallery Walk.
19. 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 April 15. The show is an eclectic collection of landscape paintings with a an emphasis on finding the common ground between the abstract and the figurative. Artist's Reception during Gallery Walk on March 4, 5:307:30 p.m.; hours otherwise by appointment.
20. Brattleboro Time Trade's 2nd Annual "Spring Forward" Extravaganza: Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St. BTT: 802-246-1199, ww.brattleborotimetrade.org. Celebrate Daylight Savings Time with Brattleboro Time Trade from 5 to 8 pm during Gallery Walk on March 4. Stop by to enjoy a Silent Auction, Dessert Bar & Café, and South Indian Food by Dosa Kitchen. The Cabaret Stage features live music by Bad to Be Good, The Incurable Semantics, Jesse Lepkoff, and Luz Elena Morey, with juggler extraordinaire Tony Duncan as the MC. The Gallery at the Garden is also hosting the Arts Council of Windham County's annual Student Art Month High School 2D Art Show (see next listing).
21. The Gallery at The Garden: Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St. 802-246-0982, www.strollingoftheheifers.com. Gallery Walk opening reception for the March exhibit of High School 2D Art, featured as part of the Arts Council of Windham County's 36th annual Student Art Month. These drawings, paintings, and photographs were created by students from several area public and private schools. Vote for your favorites to receive a People's Choice Award. (See Listing #15 for 3D show info.) Bad to Be Good, an "Eastern country and Northern blues" band, performs at 6:30 p.m. Sharing the River Garden during Gallery Walk is Brattleboro Time Trade's 2nd Annual "Spring Forward" Extravaganza (see previous listing for more info). The Gallery is open otherwise Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m,; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., except during special events – on Saturdays the Winter Farmer's Market is in residence from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
22. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts: 167 Main St., 802-246-3015. www.penelopewurr.com. New Work by Paz Sintes is 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. New Spring Stock in the shop, and Easter is early this year, so come find something unique for the holiday. Open Monday through Saturday, 10ish a.m. to 6 p.m. or later; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m, and until 8:30 p.m. or later for Gallery Walk. Closed Tuesdays in Winter.
23. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts: 183 Main St. 802-251-8290, mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com. Continuing through April 17 is a Group Exhibit 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 Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
24. Take a Moment for Peace: Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., in the Church Parlor. 802-257-4588 Dee and Bob Keller 5:30 to 6 p.m. Michael Pittman leads a meditation on Gurdjieff's notion of contemplation as a means for understanding the "higher truths" of religious teachings. Gurdjieff, a unique, even esoteric, mystic, was a GrecoArmenian teacher who has been considered a "contextsetter" for current spiritual and religious movements. Pittman is Associate Professor of Religion at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. His research focuses on G. I. Gurdjieff and Sufism in Armenia, Turkey, and the U.S.A.
25. Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St. 802-254-5290, www.brookslibraryvt.org. Main Floor Mezzanine Walls And Secondfloor Display Cases: Two and threedimensional artwork by elementary school students is on display during Student Art Month. Mezzanine—Local History Room Windows: left – Abenaki artifacts collected locally; right—Glass and ceramic vases from the Henrietta Loud Collection of 19th century artworks; Glass Display Case: More objects from the Loud Collection. Selections from the Fine Arts Collection are permanently displayed throughout the building; a brochure offers a self-guided walking tour during library hours: Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. 5 p.m.
26. Hermit Thrush Brewery: 29 High St., 802-257-BEER (2337), hermitthrushbrewery.com and Facebook. InSight Photography Project is showing "101 Donations," a collection of images by photographers all over the world that represent a broad spectrum of photographic styles, subjects, and approaches to photography. These works are being raffled to benefit the InSight scholarship fund so that the organization's afterschool arts and culture programs can be offered to youth regardless of their ability to pay. Raffle tickets are $10 each. The Brewery provides tasting flights, a gallery of local art, brewery tours, and beertogo. Hours: Monday to Thursday. 3 to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 12 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m.
Special regional Venues:
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center, 1-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1. John Dimick of Guilford is exhibiting paintings and prints in March. A retired teacher and coach, Dimick is inspired by "the changes that the seasons bring to the landscape, and the sounds and smells and organic textures of the outdoors. These works are representative of the fall and winter seasons. I like the peaceful calm and slowing pace of fall as our northern world anticipates the snows to come. Winter is a time of contemplation and meditation." 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. For information visit www.gallerywalk.org