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Ceramicist and designer Molly Hatch's new installation at The Dianich Gallery.

BRATTLEBORO >> Gallery Walk returns this Friday to liven up the downtown and a few satellite locations within a short drive of Main Street. There are 35 listed venues, many with meet-the-artist receptions.

Official Gallery Walk hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., though most venues are open earlier and several remain open later into the evening. Patrons are encouraged to begin their artistic explorations a little early this Friday and stop on the way into town at The Marina Restaurant off Putney Road, where refreshments are offered to Walk patrons from 5 to 6:30 p.m.. Coming from the west, consider stopping 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 24-page May edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete descriptive listings and a map. This month's cover article is about the new installation by ceramicist and designer Molly Hatch at The Dianich Gallery. Online explorers may also visit for current listings, full-color photos of work featured in most of this month's exhibits, and an archive of articles published since April 2003.

The printed guide will be available at each participating location, the I-91 Welcome Center, the Chamber of Commerce, and area lodging establishments, among other outlets convenient for visitors and residents alike. Since stopping at every venue in a single evening is virtually impossible, art lovers are encouraged to choose exhibits of particular interest on Gallery Walk night and then return for a personal tour of other shows later in the month.


Brief information on exhibits and special events follows, in official Gallery Walk order. More details and a map are found online at and in this month's issue of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine.

1. The Marina Restaurant; 28 Spring Tree Rd. 802-257-7563 (down behind 464 Putney Rd.) 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 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. C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse: 814 Western Ave. (1 mi. west of Exit 2), 802-257-7898 or 802-579-9088. and Gallery open 4 to 6:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk; otherwise open yearround by calling 12 days in advance. New exhibition: Leonard Ragouzeos: Paintings on Paper, through June 12. More information at Sue Brearey book available at . . . 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 — Dim Sum Dining evenings by appointment. plus all-day buffet on Sundays, May 8 & 29, 117 — information at; calling ahead recommended.

3. 11868 Crosby House: 175 Western Ave. 802-257-7145, 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 May 6, 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. Marlboro College Graduate Ctr: 28 Vernon St. 802-258-9202, 1st Floor Glassroom, Turkish artist Sevi Akarçay explores connection in Merge, a series of meticulously constructed paper collages with drawn elements. "Place, space, and time become encounters with possibilities of being." The visually striking Story of the Snail Goddess invites viewers to construct their own narratives. Selected pencil and scratchboard drawings pull us through cloud/sea/landscapes and invite us to dream the possible. A bright collection of works with U.S. artist and collaborator Jessmaya Morales explores the artists'experiences of gratitude and home. For further information, see Open for Gallery

Walk on May 6, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m, and Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of May.

5. Brattleboro Museum & Art Centre: 10 Vernon St. 802-257-0124,, 5 to 7:30 p.m. during Gallery Walk, May 6: The WSESU Diversity Equity Committee and ARTstravaganza offer a student artwork display, snacks, and activities at the BMAC lawn and galleries: 5 p.m. – Maypole, Music & Family Activities; 5:40 p.m. – Oak Grove School Intergenerational Chorus; 6:10–Student Performances, 6:30 p.m. – Music Celebration with Todd Roach; 7 p.m. – Nomad vs. Settler & BrattRock. For further information and to get involved with 201617 Diversity programs, contact Maresa Nielson at the number and email above.

6. Brattleboro Museum & Art Centre; 10 Vernon St. 802-257-0124,, Free admission during Gallery Walk. 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. flowMOTION / Michael Sacca deftly balances the clarity of documentary photography with distinctive artistic expression. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Closed Tuesday. Admission: $8/$6/$4, free for members and youth 18 and under. Free on Thursday after 2; guided tours on Saturday at 2 p.m.

7. NECCA Circus Performances: On the grassy verge by the Connecticut River, opposite the train station and the Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery Circus Performances at 5:45, 6:30 and 7:15 p.m.: The New England Center for Circus Arts offers three short shows featuring advanced and professionallevel students. NECCA attracts high-level students — from the region and from around the world—who amaze and entertain viewers as they swing from trapezes and aerial fabrics hung on a portable aerial rig. This event is part of the ARTstravaganza weekend sponsored by the Arts Council of Windham County—see

8. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery; 36 Bridge St. 802-490-2354 Paintings by Margaret Shipman continue on display through 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.

9. Gallery spaces in May feature work from the Printmaking and Encaustic classes, including drypoint,collagraph, relief, and mixedmedia monotypes as well as encaustics on board. River Gallery offers classes and workshops covering a variety of printmaking techniques in its beautiful new streetlevel studio on Main Street. For a full schedule of classes offered please stop by the school or visit online. Gallery 34 features paintings by Lori Schreiner and sculpture by Sue Friedelson.

10. Latchis Gallery & Main Theatre: 50 Main St., 802-254-1109,

A. Latchis Gallery: Work by students at Marlboro College and Brattleboro Union High School created using a variety of concepts, mediums, and methodologies to respond to the topic of Diversity, ranging from issues of socioeconomic class, gender, and embodied experiences, to practicing not expecting information. Marlboro students include Kaitlyn Sanders, Ariana Rodrigues, Willa DeckerLee, Ben Rybisky and Anna Loucka; BUHS students include Abby Chapman, Francis Cornick and Alex Cohan. Open during movie showings and otherwise by appt.

B. Main Theatre: "Vibrational Stories," an exhibit of new work by Tom Jenks, is featured in May. Through colorful geometries, fractal patterns, and symbolic imagery, Tom's art portrays energetic landscapes, cosmic scenes, and vividly visionary dreamtime realities. Open 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. during Gallery Walk,during movie showings, and by appointment.

11. Flat St. Brew Pub: 6 Flat St., 802-257-1911 Aliana Bloch grew up in downtown Brattleboro. Working with ink, pencil, and sometimes cut paper and found objects, she draws inspiration from the organic world around her. An avid reader of fantasy, science fiction, and scientific theory, she is fascinated by both the physical workings of the universe and the intangible wonders of life. Her favorite subjects are geometric mandalas and subtly fantastical female characters, drawing connection between the human form and the magic to be found in the ordinary. The Pub offers 20 handcrafted ales and lagers on tap, and pubstyle food. Open Tuesday to Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (lastcall), closed Sunday and Monday.

12. Nicholas Cain Exhibit at Blue Moose Trading Co.: 8 Flat St. 802-246-2000. Work by Nicholas Cain continues on display in May. In one word, this art shouts "movement!" and walks the viewer through a whimsical wonderland of eyecatching composition with bold geometry and a vivid contrast of color. Stop by Blue Moose during Gallery Walk on May 6 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 or call 802-579-8563.

13. InSight Photography Project: 45 Flat St., Ste. 1 802-251-9960. "The Tiny Gallery" is showing "Lost at InSight," a collection of images made from negatives in the lost-

andfound box at the studio, abandoned by anonymous students over the years. Too good not to share, this collection was curated for public display. Do you know who they belong to? Are they yours? InSight is also exhibiting its Annual Student Exhibition at the Hooker-Dunham Gallery (see Listing #25). InSight provides photography and crosscultural programming to youth regardless of their ability to pay. Call the office or visit online for more information.

14. Vermont Center for Photography: 49 Flat St. 802-251-6051 Joshua Farr, The annual VCP Members Show is up through May 29. The center's membership represents a wide variety of photographic backgrounds and interests, and members hail from all corners of New England. Our featured member for this exhibit is Bruce Hooke of Plainfield, Mass. More info online at Gallery Walk opening reception on Friday, May 6, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and otherwise open Friday. Saturday. Sunday. from 12

to 5 p.m.

15. ArtRageUs1: 57 Elliot St. 802-490-2277., A local arts collective selling art, crafts, books, and music, and home to the figurative furniture of Gayle Marie Weitz. Now featuring oneofakind, handformed jewelry by metalsmith CARA MEINKE, who uses highquality metals and gemstones to craft original works of art that are influenced by the beauty of the natural world and her career as a wildlife biologist. Come meet Karen and see her carefully crafted jewelry in addition to the alwayschanging inventory of crafts, home décor, clothing, cards, paintings, and more! We continue to recruit new members. Open Friday. Saturday. Sunday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., until 8:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk, and online.

16. Elliot St. Fish & Chips: 50 Elliot St. 802-451-9482. FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More. Work in graphite, marker, pen, watercolor, gouache, and acrylics by Nora Jones continues in May. "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 Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., till 8:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk.

17. Mocha Joe's Café: 82 Main St. 802-257-7794, New, old, and mixmedia works by Heady Art are featured. "All forms of creating are essential to the complexity of our physical and spiritual organism; visual stimulation has always been my favorite way to experience and express myself. The ability to concentrate physically while communicating with nonphysical influences, ideas, and feelings is what I live for in all of life's interactions. My ultimate goal is to produce images that are fun, deep, and mysterious, leaving people with a Heady reflection on what they've seen." Stop by during the Walk and all month for a sip of Joe, locally baked treats, and a view of the art.

18. AAmy'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 St., just below its secondfloor studios. Check out this array of beautiful work created in a beautiful new space. Amy's offers Europeanstyle breads; soups, sandwiches, salads; specialty cakes, cookies, and other treats; open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., until 8 p.m. on Gallery Walk, and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

19. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2: 106 Main St. 802-257-7044, A retrospective of art by American Impressionist Paul Ortlip is featured during May's Gallery Walk. Two of Ortlip's daughters, Carol and Michele, have assembled a body of his work to celebrate what would have been his 90th birthday. Also slated for this month is the annual Vermont Craft Council's Open Studio Weekend. Vermont Artisan Designs will serve again as an information center for the tour during the Memorial Day holiday. A portion of sales of work by the featured artist will go to Groundworks Collaborative. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see works by more than 300 artists and craftspeople.

20. Works Bakery Café: 118 Main St. 802-579-1851.

May's featured artist, Karena Ness, says the creation of "environment" relies upon an imaginary realm of exploration. She explores the reactive qualities of paint spilled, stamped, troweled, or handapplied. Subtle effects created by "paint being paint" spark and fascinate, leading her imagination down its own path. She articulates suggestions of the natural world and allows birds to land unintentionally within the layers, offering an identity within the abstract spaces they inhabit. 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 6 a.m. to 6 p.m,, until 8 p.m. for Gallery Walk.

21. WOW Frozen Yogurt: 122 Main St. 802-579-1255 Paintings by Stan Ruszala of West Springfield, Mass., continue through 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 to Thursday 12 to

8 p.m. Friday to Saturday, noon to 9 p.m.

22. David Walter, Goldsmith: 124 Main St. 802-722-9620, 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

23. Gallery in the Woods: 145 Main St., 802-257-4777, May features abstract work by Edward A. Kingsbury and Tribal Art from Mexico. Kingsbury's penand-

ink forms, featured in the Outsider Art Show in New York and Paris, arise from a finepoint filigree with a zenlike sense of organic movement that is reminiscent of free jazz. Huichol Yarn Paintings by shaman-artists from Nayarit, Mexico are "otherwordly visions, triggered by the use of the sacred peyote cactus." Alebrijes are fantastical animals, handcarved and intricately painted by Zapotec artists of the Oaxaca Valley; about 100 one-of-a-kind pieces, large and small, were selected during a recent monthlong curating trip. Gallery Walk reception, 5:30-8:30 p.m. on May 6, with the Moondogs' original tunes.

24. The Dianich Gallery: 139 Main St., Rm. 501, 802-380-1607. Down the alley and through the glass doors,

Featured through July 30 is fourthgeneration artist Molly Hatch, of Florence, Mass., who grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont and earned her BFA from the Museum School in Boston in 2000. Entitled Passage,the exhibit was designed with the Dianich gallery space in mind—a space distinctively suited to sculptural floor pieces. Presenting new ceramic sculptures and drawings, the show was inspired by both historic and contemporary textiles and patterning found in home interiors, and it explores how patterns juxtapose. Artist's Reception during Gallery Walk on May 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; hours otherwise by appointment.

25. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery: 139 Main St. Down alley and downstairs

InSight: 802-251-9960. The InSight Photography Project is hosting its Annual Student Exhibition & Sale at the Hooker-

Dunham Gallery during May. Work created in digital and analog photography classes, the writing and photography class, Exposures CrossCultural Youth Arts Program, various collaborations with InSight, and all submitted work from our programming in the past year is included in the exhibition. Student prints, new InSight tshirts, and baked goods are being sold to raise money for scholarships during a Gallery Walk reception on May 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m. InSight provides photography and crosscultural programming to youth regardless of ability to pay. See related Listing #13.

26. "Our Bodies, Our Myths" Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery. 139 Main St. Down alley & downstairs. Gallery Walk performance on May 6, 7:30-9 p.m.: An evening with Megan Buchanan, Grainne Buchanan, Verandah Porche, Jana Zeller & Diana Whitney. Three poets, one musician, and a puppeteer create the mythic frame for living in a body "throughout our badass sacred lives." Sugg. donation: $8/$15. This is an Arts After Dark presentation of the ARTstravaganza weekend on May 6-8, highlighting the multiplicity of arts and creative talent in Brattleboro and beyond. Proceeds go towards supporting the work of the Arts Council of Windham County—details at

27. The Gallery at The Garden: Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St. 802-246-0982, FRONT GALLERY: Roots & Wings, a twowoman show by Aida Avery and Siiri Lane. Aida is an artist, healer, and teacher originally from Mexico; she describes her work as "soul journey paintings." Siiri has an MFA from Bennington College and has lived in Brattleboro for 11 years; she is now happily ready, willing, and able to share her art publicly. REAR GALLERY: Windham Grows, a photographic exhibit by John Nopper and Jeff Lewis featuring Windham County farms and food businesses. Open for Gallery Walk on May 6, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and otherwise Mon.Fri. 95, except during special events. ARTstravaganza

Performances During Gallery Walk: 5:30 p.m. – Moon Dogs; 6 p.m. – New England Youth Theatre; 6:30 p.m. – Georgette Adjie & the Singo Dance Troupe (Cameroonian dance); 7 p.m. – El Amal Belly Dance Co.; 7:30-9 p.m – The Celebration Brass Band & Dancing. See

28. Austin Design Inc.: 167 Main St., Ste. 302, 802-451-5966. Take front door stairs, side door Gallery Walk Open House 5-8 p.m.: Austin Design (ADI) believes that architecture is first and foremost about people and their experiences. With a longtime presence in southern Vermont and western Massachusetts, ADI is now officially joining Brattleboro's creative community. Stop by to chat with the staff, peruse images of their work, and learn what it's all about. ADI offers expertise in commercial, residential,institutional, and community projects.

29. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts: 167 Main St., 802-246-3015. "Stitch Art," a collection of antique supplemental crossstitch and embroidery patterns, designed to accompany the Young Ladies Journal dating from the late 1800s, are on display through June. Enjoy a rare look at these beautiful, intricate, and colorful designs. Also on display is Penelope's Fine Contemporary Glass. If you're looking for a unique gift or card for Mother's Day, new stock is arriving daily.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 until Memorial Day.

30. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts: 183 Main St. 802-251-8290, Featured through May 29 is Color & Construct, Lauren Pollaro's sublime mixedmedia assemblages. Artist Talk: Sat., May 14, 5 p.m. The gallery features innovative works by midcareer and established artists in a variety of media. Open Wed.Sun. 115 and for Gallery Walk.

31. Key Bank Window: 185 Main St.. 802-257-7747. A two-person show by Erica Grace Balcom and Martha Dolan is featured in May. Erica studied fine art at

Academy of Art College in San Francisco. She has recently been painting in oils using a brushless technique to produce vivid landscapes. Martha has brought her imagination and feelings to life through art since childhood: "In recent years, I've been able to focus and allow my freedom of expression to emerge while working mainly with oil paints and experimenting with acrylics and watercolors. I get my inspiration from my surroundings in southern Vermont and in my travels."

32. 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. In "Sounding Compassion," Linda Schneck demonstrates, with harp and voice, how sound can comfort, enliven, and heal us. "In this pilgrimage of life, sound is not a completion but a doorway," says Schneck, a harpist, composer, and educator from the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where she maintains a practice in MusicThanatology, a subspecialty in palliative care. She is also a gardener and beekeeper with 15 lively honeybee colonies offering much inspiration for sounding meditations.

33. Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St. 802-254-5290, 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 LEGOpalooza!; 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 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.

34. Hermit Thrush Brewery, Hermit Thrush Brewery: 29 High St., 802-257-BEER (2337), and Facebook. Photography by Rose Bernhard is featured in May. "I photograph what I am drawn to. The form, the face, the landscape, the ruin. I photograph what I find beautiful and take every other quality away from it. I make that beauty the subject of my photograph because it is easier than saying something meaningful. Calling a photograph beautiful makes people stop and look even when perhaps the image holds nothing of substance beyond the quality of beauty. Perhaps that is okay. Perhaps beauty can stand on its own. Perhaps it cannot.." 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 Gary Milek of Cider Hill Gardens & Gallery in Windsor. Finely detailed egg tempera paintings depicting the Vermont countryside, rich gold leaf and egg tempera landscapes, and watercolors featuring botanically correct flowers and herbs characterize his work. Milek uses 15th-century techniques to recreate the New England landscape. Information and showcase exhibits are resources for visitors and residents alike. Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

For information on joining the Walk as an art or special event venue, advertise in the guide and magazine, or make a donation in support of this community program, please contact promotional coordinator Joy Wallens-Penford. She can be reached at (802) 257-2616 or preferably by e-mail at Visit the Walk website at