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 29 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. Coming from the west, consider stopping at 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 April edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete descriptive listings and a map. This month's cover articles are about the new spring shows that have just opened at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. 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 11-year-old 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 still-lifes by Janet Picard; and impressionist-realist, 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. 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 year-round by calling 1-2 days in advance. Susan Brearey: Elemental Images, through May 1, artist reception on Saturday, April 2, 4-6 pm—cxsilvergallery.com/susan-brearey. Monograph available: magcloud.com/browse/issue/1074182. . . . Ongoing exhibits: Rodrigo Nava Infinity Forms—sculpture on lawn. Selections from the show and book: Nye Ffarrabas: a walk on the inside—50-year retrospective. Cai Xi's Wu Ji (Infinity Within) and In The Box series of abstract performance painting using mops/brooms/trowels as brushes; luminous landscapes; monumental portraits; and the multimedia Pink Slip Project—pinkslipproject.tumblr.com/archive. . . . Dim Sum Dining evenings by appt. plus all-day Buffet on Sundays, April 10 and 24, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. – information at dimsumvt.com; calling ahead recommended. Asian Cultural Center of Vermont presents Japan's Doll Festival tableau on view daily in the Gallery, and World Tai Chi Day in Brattleboro, Sunday, May 1, beginning at 10 a.m. on The Common (Park Place between Putney Rd. and Linden St.) — ACCVT.org.
3. 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 April 1, 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.
4. Brattleboro Museum & Art Centre; 10 Vernon St. 802-257-0124, www.brattleboromuseum.org, Free admission during Gallery Walk. All new exhibits: Contemporary Artists vs. The Masters: Homage, Battle, Reclamation—13 artists translate acknowledged masterpieces anew. . . . Wishing for the Moon / Karen Gaudette—scratchboard drawings metaphorically reflect a journey to find true love. . . . Visions from the Edge: An Exploration of Outsider Art by individuals whose creative impulses emerge from experiences with autism and other developmental disorders. Are You Here? / Jon Gitelson's billboard photographs ask travelers to consider the implications of being present. . . . flow-MOTION / Michael Sacca deftly balances the clarity of documentary photography with distinctive artistic expression.Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Tues. Admission: $8/$6/$4, free for members and youth 18 and under.
5. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery; 36 Bridge St. 802-490-2354 www.whetstonestation.com. Pamela Simmons of AfterThought Paintings by Margaret Shipman are featured in April and May. Margaret takes inspiration from the vibrant craziness of the natural world, dual nature of humanity, and magic in everyday life. Letting the materials serve as a 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 fun. 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 p.m.
6. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery: 34, 32, 34 Main St., 802-257-1577. www.rivergalleryschool.org. The Annual Children's Art Show features an array of work from the young artists of River Gallery School—from tots to teens! Enjoy refreshments while perusing the halls of RGS and meeting young artists who share their unique perspective and outlook on creativity and making art. GALLERY 34 features "Imagine That!" — an exhibit of work by elementary art students exploring, inventing, and creating unlimited possibilities through the arts at the Westminster Community Schools.
7. Latchis Gallery & Main Theatre: 50 Main St., 802-254-1109, www.latchis.com. A. Latchis Gallery: Featuring work by 7th and 8th grade students taking The Grammar School's (TGS) art electives. These courses offer six-week intensive study in a single medium. This year's options included black-and-white 35mm photography at In-Sight Photography, video production with local artist Michel Moyse at the Center for Digital Art, wheel-throwing with potter Shari Zabriski at Brattleboro Clayworks, and graffiti with TGS art teacher Hannah Richards. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. during Gallery Walk on April 1. The gallery is open during movie showings and otherwise by appointment. 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 In-Sight Photography Project: Circus student Sophia Martel photographed NECCA for her In-Sight 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 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and otherwise during movie showings and by appointment—www.necenterforcircusarts.org.
8. Flat St. Brew Pub: 6 Flat St., 802-257-1911 www.flatstreet.net. Photography by Davida Carta continues in April: "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.
9. Blue Moose Trading Co. with the Nicholas Cain Exhibit, 8 Flat St. 802-246-2000. Work by Nicholas Cain is featured in April. In one word, this art shouts "movement!" and walks the viewer through a whimsical wonderland of eye-catching composition with bold geometry and a vivid contrast of color. Stop by Blue Moose during Gallery Walk on April 1 to find the next piece for your collection of local art or talk with Nicholas about his work in person. For more information, contact the artist by email at nicholasmichael; firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-579-8563.
10. InSight Photography Project: 45 Flat St., Ste. 1 802-251-9960. www.insightphotography.org. Gallery spaces in April feature a continuing exhibit 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. 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 In-Sight office.
11. Vermont Center for Photography: 49 Flat St. 802-251-6051 Joshua Farr, www.vcphoto.org. Southampton, Mass. photographer Ben Brody is displaying his documentary series "Endgame: Afghanistan" at VCP through May 1. Brody has been working in Afghanistan for the better part of five years, documenting the American experience there through photography and writing. Rather than taking a strictly hard news-oriented approach, he endeavors to make images that speak to the fundamental truths about the conflict—the absurdity of a rudderless war, the alienation in the cultural upheaval on both sides, and the bankruptcy of counterinsurgency doctrine as a basis for the continued fight. More info online at vcphoto.org.
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 REGINALD LEVESQUE—carpenter, graphics painter, landscaper, and stone worker —who uses native woods, salvaged materials, found objects, fabric, metal, and stone to up-cycle vintage and nostalgic items to create rustic furniture and garden sculptures that honor nature and create tranquility. Each piece is unique, bringing new life to old materials. Come meet Reggie and view his work plus that of new member MIA SCHEFFEY (layered abstract paintings and drawings) and the always-changing inventory of sculpture, paintings, prints, 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;n email@example.com FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More Work in graphite, marker, pen, watercolor, gouache, and acrylics by Nora Jones is featured in April. "My art represents a collection of personal relationships and experiences. A large portion of my portfolio consists of self-portraits. Perhaps the largest part embodies my late partner, someone I consider my greatest inspiration. In life, and in passing, he continues to be the strongest drive for my creativity. The most important thing to me is for my viewers to feel the emotional process from where my art is born." The café uses fresh, local and organic ingredients. Open Tues.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., till 8:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
14. Mocha Joe's Café: 82 Main St., 802-257-7794. www.mochajoes.com. Rachel (Remi) Brooks is showing new paintings and illustrations that she describes as "filled with flowing organic contrast." Stop at Mocha Joe's during the Walk and all month for a sip of Joe, locally baked treats, and a sampling of Remi's work.
15. Amy's Bakery Arts Café: 113 Main St., 802-251-1071. Work by River Gallery School Printmakers is featured. Enjoy the work of many artists in monotype, drypoint, and relief. River Gallery School offers several printmaking classes in its new space at 36 Main Street, just below its second-floor studios. Check out this array of beautiful work created in a beautiful new space. Amy's offers European-style 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.
16. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2: 106 Main St. 802-257-7044, www.vtart.com. New paintings by Cheryl Joan Askegreen and William E. Roberts Jr. are featured in April. Cheryl Joan's oil paintings are visions from her memory, while William's are local landscapes. Thanks to all who participated in voting for the People's Choice award for area high school students' 3-D work in March. A portion of sales of featured artists in April will go to the Groundworks Collaborative. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see works by more than 300 artists and craftspeople.
17. Works Bakery Café: 118 Main St. 802-579-1851, worksbakerycafe.com. Work in ink-and-pastel, acrylic, oil, and mixed media by Collin Leach is featured in April. Collin studied at LaGuardia School for the Arts in New York and Maryland Institute College of Art, taught at River Gallery School for several years, and now teaches collage and encaustic work at Main Street Arts. "This year I'm working on combining media in new ways and have been thinking about how my relationship to the landscape around me is changing." Check out the "clothesline" exhibit of children's artwork from River Gallery School. The café serves Rainforest Alliance coffee and 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.
18. WOW Frozen Yogurt, 122 Main St. 802-579-1255. Paintings by Stan Ruszala of West Springfield, Mass., are featured in April and May. Stan began his career as a restaurant server, though his wife saw great potential in his doodles and sketches, and convinced him to try his hand at painting. Stan's inspiration comes from crowded evening streets in front of prominent and famous establishments around the world. He uses black canvas and fluorescent colors to highlight and distinguish his work in a memorably bold and whimsical style that's easy on the eye. Hours: Sunday through Thursday. 12-8 p.m., Friday.-Saturday. 12-9 p.m..
19. 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 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: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m to 6 p.m, later for Gallery Walk.
20. Gallery in the Woods: 145 Main St., 802-257-4777, www.galleryinthewoods.com. El Sueno: Dream Creatures from the Oaxaca Valley in Mexico are featured through June 30. A fresh collection of personally selected painted carvings of Animals and Spirit Creatures from the Zapotec studios is beginning to arrive, along with Sacred Huichol Yarn Paintings from Nayarit, and Embroidery from the Mixteca. Open for Gallery Walk on April 1, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., with music by Dante and The Moondogs.
21. 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 April 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; hours otherwise by appointment.
22. A Night in Solidarity: Art and Conversation in Support of Syria, Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St. Info: 802- 380-1463; firstname.lastname@example.org (Becca Polk) 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. during Gallery Walk on April 1: Stop in anytime for a Brattleboro Solidarity fundraiser featuring food, art, and conversation in the HDT&G lobby to benefit the Jafra Foundation for Relief and Development. This organization works in Syria to ease human suffering in cases of emergency, crisis, and disaster, striving to improve living conditions by involving young people in the relief and development process. Syrian food is available by donation, and copies of the book "Soup for Syria," a compilation of recipes by famous cooks, are for sale.
23. The Gallery at The Garden: Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St. 802-246-0982, www.strollingoftheheifers.com. During Gallery Walk on Friday, April 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Brattleboro Youth Services presents its annual Summer Camp Fair providing parents an opportunity to meet with camp providers to get information about, and register their children for, area camps. The gathering includes activities, free balloons, and a Raffle for a Scholarship of $100 to the camp of your choice! On Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to noon is an Opening Celebration for the 12th Annual Young Children's Art Exhibit presented by the Windham Child Care Association: Early childhood educators will be displaying the work of the area's youngest creative artists to honor April as the Month of the Young Child. Fun, hands-on activities, face painting, refreshments, and information on resources and services for young children and their families will be available. River Garden hours otherwise: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., except during special events.
24. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts: 167 Main St., 802-246-3015. www.penelopewurr.com. CLOSED for Gallery Walk on April 1 and through most of April. The shop will be OPEN on Saturday, April 16, for the YELP CRAWL with continuing exhibitions of Jewelry from Paz Sintes and Philippa Kunisch, Fine Contemporary Glass by Penelope, and those favorite British foods, plus much more. Reopening for regular business on Thursday, April 28. If you are looking for the unique gift, New Spring Stock will be coming in. Regular hours are Monday-Saturday. 10-ish to 6 p.m. or later, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and until 8:30 p.m. or later for Gallery Walks in May onward.
25. 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 mid-career 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.
26. 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. This month's meditation is led by Richard Brady, a teacher in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, reflecting on spiritual life at home: "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. Where do we begin? Supporting the spiritual dimension of our lives at home is a good place to start." Richard Brady and his partner, Elisabeth, founded the Mountains and Rivers Mindfulness Community. He also co-founded the Mindfulness in Education network. He writes on mindfulness in education and offers workshops; see www.mindingyourlife.net.
27. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. 802-254-5290; www.brookslibraryvt.org
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. Second Floor—Entryway Case: Kids' creations from craft activities in the Children's Room, including LEGO-palooza!; Children's Book Illustrators Case: Local author/illustrator John Steven Gurney's first graphic novel for young readers, "Fuzzy Baseball." Selections from the Fine Arts Collection are permanently displayed throughout the building; a brochure offers a self-guided walking tour during library hours: Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thursday-Friday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
28. Hermit Thrush Brewery: 29 High St., 802-257-BEER (2337), hermitthrushbrewery.com and Facebook. Hermit Thrush will be hosting two CSA pick ups at the brewery this summer, and farmers will be present during Gallery Walk to talk about their products and sign up new members. Up the Road Farm, from Guilford, Vt., has half and full shares available for their second year of operation with over 100 different varieties of vegetables. Tanglebloom flower CSA from Brookline, Vt., is offering weekly bouquet and bucket shares of fresh flowers. The Brewery provides tasting flights, a gallery of local art, brewery tours, and beer-to-go. 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. The Silo Gallery presents work by Alexandra and Peter Heller of Heller Artworks in Morrisville, with a gallery in Stowe's Brickhouse Bookstore. "Out of the forms of nature my sculptures are born," says Alexandra, who first creates a version with paper and then turns cold steel into living organisms. Peter paints the world from the point of view of the forest's twigs, trees, undergrowth, empty spaces, and creatures. 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.