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 32 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.; the 1868 Crosby House B&B, open 5 to 8:30 p.m. for an exhibit, book signing, and tours; and Windhorse Naturopathic Clinic at 63 Western Ave., open 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for visitors to its art photography exhibit.
The 24-page June edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete descriptive listings and a map. This month's cover article is about retired veterinarian Robin Truelove Stronk's exhibit and book signing at the Crosby House, and there's an article on Lisa Mendelsund's "This Is Happening Now" event with three action-painting artists on June 11 at 118 Elliot St. 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 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 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 and Dim Sum Teahouse: 814 Western Ave. (1 mile 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 12 days in advance. New exhibition: Leonard Ragouzeos: Paintings on Paper continues through June. More information at cxsilvergallery.com/leonardragouzeos. Sue Brearey book available at 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 appointment, plus all day buffet on Sunday, June 12, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Information at dimsumvt.com/events; calling ahead recommended,
3. Robin Truelove Stronk's former 35-year career as a veterinarian provided inspiration for her work as an artist. She refined her technique and focus at River Gallery School. Robin's animal portraits have been featured on veterinary journal covers and received awards at the 2003 and 2006 International Exhibitions on Animals in Art at Louisiana State Veterinary College. Stop by between 5 and 8:30 during Gallery Walk to meet Robin (she'll be signing copies of her books), 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. Windhorse Naturopathic Clinic, 63 Western Ave. 802-246-4282. Windhorsenaturopathic.com Open 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk: Extreme nature photography by Fire Iron Photo includes stunning shots of landscapes and skyscapes taken during crosscountry trips and city strolls, as well as closeups and intimate shots of flowers, among other subjects. Photographer Jesse Eisenheim makes you feel present in these spaces. See more photos online at fireironphoto.com. Windhorse Naturopathic Clinic is a specialty care clinic dedicated to healing chronic illness. Dr. Maiella and Dr. Eisenheim offer short telephone consults to address questions about their naturopathic medical practice. Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.
5. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center 10 Vernon St. 802-257-0124, brattleboromuseum.org, Free admission during Gallery Walk. Book sale during the Walk, rain or shine! Greatly reduced prices on new and gently used art books. 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: members and youth 18 and under. Free on Thursday. after 2 p.m; guided tours on Saturday. at 2 p.m.
6. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery, 36 Bridge St. 802-490-2354, whetstonestation.com. The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (SVDF) presents Movement 2016: "Images from the 2nd Annual Festival," 17 photographic highlights of the 2014 Festival by Diane Sharp, Ted Thomas, and Jeffrey Lewis. Depicting the complete abandon that dance can offer, these images from around town and photos from the stage feature local movers and teachers with guests from all over the country. SVDF takes place this year during July 14 to 17 and hosts work by 25 artists in 22 venues throughout the month of July. 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.
7. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery 34, 32, 34 Main St., 802-257-1577. rivergalleryschool.org. Gallery spaces in June feature the Annual Farm Show, when the whole school enters into the fun of the Heifer Stroll and makes art based on anything farm-related. Artists from tots to seniors create work from painting to sculpture, from animals to vegetables, from tools to barns—it's all there! Come see some great art and celebrate Vermont farms. Enrollment for summer classes and workshops for all ages is now under way on the RGS website, as well as in person at the school. GALLERY 34 features paintings by Isabel Murphy.
8. Latchis Gallery & Main Theatre, 50 Main St., 802-254-1109, latchis.com. A. LATCHIS GALLERY: No exhibit for now. Watch for work related to dance for the Southern Vermont Dance Festival in July. B. MAIN THEATRE: "Vibrational Stories," an exhibit of new work by Tom Jenks, continues in June. Through colorful geometries, fractal patterns, and symbolic imagery, Tom's art portrays energetic landscapes, cosmic scenes, and vividly visionary dreamtime realities. Open 5:306:30 during Gallery Walk, during movie showings, and by appointment.
9. Flat St. Brew Pub, 6 Flat St. 802-257-1911, flatstreet.net. 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 pub-style food. Open Tuesday to Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to last call, closed Sunday and Monday.
10. In-Sight Photography Project: 45 Flat St., Ste. 1 802-251-9960. insightphotography.org. "The Tiny Gallery" is hosting a solo exhibition of work by InSight student Sally Fletcher. Sally has taken many InSight classes over the years and has been drawn toward blackandwhite analog photography. Sally is graduating from Brattleboro Union High School this month and will be attending The New School in NYC in the fall. Please join us for a reception from 5:30 to 8:30 pm during Gallery Walk. The InSight Photography Project empowers youth through photography, regardless of ability to pay. Call the office or visit online for more information.
11. Vermont Center for Photography. 49 Flat St. 802-251-6051 Joshua Farr, www.vcphoto.org. Award-winning photographer Magdalena Solé is known for sensitive expressions of culture through distinctive color artistry. Since 2011 she has been documenting the change that is gripping Cuba, a country mired in the 1950s. "When I arrived in Cuba for the first time, I was transported to the time and place of my childhood in Spain. It was so unexpected." Her photographs have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, La Lettura, Leica Fotografie International, South x Southeast, and on abcNews, among many others. Her exhibit "Cuba Hasta Siempre" runs June 3 through 26. Gallery Walk opening reception on Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; otherwise open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. from noon to 5 p.m.
12. 118 Elliot St. A downtown arts and education venue, 118Elliot.com; 118Elliot@gmail.com. Open at 5 p.m. for Gallery Walk: Visiting artists Tara and David Gladden's residency culminates with SIGHTSite/HEARHere #2: Mountain Echoes, River Voices, an exciting multimedia installation and performance taking viewers on a kaleidoscopic, cinematic journey, reflecting on human relationships, nature, perception, time, place, and memory in Brattleboro. Performances at 7 and 8:30 p.m. – Free.
13. ArtRageUs1, 57 Elliot St. 802-490-2277. ArtRageUs1.com, info@ArtRageUs1.com. Featuring original oil pastels by Karen Sorenson, a schizophrenic painter and printmaker who considers her disability an essential facet of her personality and the work she creates. Each piece is carefully designed for its frame—the more powerful the image, the fancier the frame. Come meet Karen (the one wearing handmade papiermâché staghorns and mask) and see her intriguing works. Also enjoy the Yarn Bombing on the tree outside (courtesy of HandKnits) in addition to the always changing inventory of this arts collective: art, crafts, books, and music by local folks, and home to the figurative furniture of Gayle Marie Weitz. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., until 8:30 p.m. for 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 Work is featured by Brattleboro resident Team (aka Keene Carse), who grew up in Greenwich Village, found the graffiti movement of the '70s and '80s a creative outlet, and majored in writing and digital arts at NYU. He currently works on art design and graffiti canvases and serves as art manager/curator for several large street art/mural projects. Bard College hosted a oneman show, and he participated in Graffiti L'amour, a Paris exhibit by 50 international artists. He has designed graphics and art for the Beastie Boys, Ali G., Urban Blight, Upper Playground, and others. The café uses fresh, local and organic ingredients. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., until 8:30 p,m, for Gallery Walk.
15. Brink Gallery at Brattleboro Printmakers, 20 Elliot St. 603-313-7569 Leigh. Go through gate & downstairs. email@example.com Featured in June is the print work of A M Weather, who explores excess, violence, anthropocentrism, ageism, and many other societal ramifications that impact life on this planet. Prints are featured on t-shirts, patches, and paper. Clothing lines by A M Weather include Old Lady Wear, Looming, and Vacation Sex. Gallery Hours are Friday, 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, and by appointment.
16. Mocha Joe's Café, 82 Main St. 802-257-7794, mochajoes.com. Early photographic images by Galen Robinson demonstrate a fascination with different aspects and styles of photography and the meanings behind them: "Two nude images are from a recent project addressing gender and gender roles in society. Through manipulation of color and light, my goal was to get the viewer to think about issues not often openly discussed. Many other images are more personal, such as landscapes addressing my attachment to nature, gained by growing up in rural Vermont." Stop by during the Walk and all month for a sip of Joe, locally baked treats, and a view of Galen's work.
17. Amy's Bakery Arts Café, 113 Main St., 802-251-1071. Photography by Elizabeth Ungerleider is featured. "Living in small town New England, I find myself often traveling the same few roads to the same few places. When challenged several years ago to try to see something new every day, I began to notice all kinds of things – from ornamental building details on Main Street, to trees reflected in street puddles – and started taking photos, mostly with my iphone." She has posted a "Pic of the Day" on Facebook as a sort of visual diary for over five years. 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.
18. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2: 106 Main St. 802-257-7044, vtart.com. Featured in June are new oil paintings by Charlie Hunter, new pastels by Marlene Rye, and new acrylic paintings by Carol Keiser. New work is coming in regularly, and visitors will find much to enjoy. A reception for the artists is set for Friday, June 3, from 6 to 7:30 during the Street Festival kickoff for Brattleboro's Strolling of the Heifers weekend. A portion of sales of work by featured artists will go to Groundworks Collaborative. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see works by more than 300 artists and craftspeople.
19. Works Bakery Café, 118 Main St. 802-579-1851, worksbakerycafe.com. Featured artist John Nopper is exhibiting new photographs that capture local people in their most familiar settings. These images are printed digitally using a Vermont-based process called Piezography. Check out the "clothesline" exhibit of children's artwork from River Gallery School. Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., until 8 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
20. WOW Frozen Yogurt, 122 Main St. 802-579-1255. Paintings by Stan Ruszala of West Springfield, Mass., continue to hang through June. 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 are Sunday through Thursday, noon to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, noon to 9 p.m.
21. David Walter, Goldsmith, 124 Main St. 802-722-9620, 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 refashioning 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.
22. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St., 802-257-4777, galleryinthewoods.com. Featured in June are continuing exhibits of abstract work by Edward A. Kingsbury and Tribal Art from Mexico. Zany prints by Dug Nap are also featured, and the artist will be signing his work during Gallery Walk on Friday. Kingsbury's penandink forms, featured in the Outsider Art Show in New York and Paris, arise from a fine point filigree with a zen-like sense of organic movement that is reminiscent of free jazz. Huichol Yarn Paintings by shamanartists from Nayarit, Mexico are "otherwordly visions, triggered by the use of the sacred peyote cactus." Alebrijes are fantastical animals, hand carved and intricately painted by Zapotec artists of the Oaxaca Valley; about 100 oneofakind pieces, large and small, were selected during a recent monthlong curating trip. Reception for the artist, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, with music by the Moondogs.
23. The Dianich Gallery, 139 Main St., Rm. 501, 802-380-1607. Down the alley and through the glass doors, catherinedianichgallery.com. 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. Open during Gallery Walk 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; hours otherwise by appointment.
24. The Gallery at The Garden. Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., 802-246-0982. strollingoftheheifers.com In conjunction with Strolling of the Heifers weekend, the Gallery at the Garden presents "The New England Collection," an exhibit of 30 works of art by Maureen Mansfield focusing on environment, peacefulness, and sustainability in New England. The River Garden is open during Gallery Walk on Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. as part of the Stroll's Friday Night Street Festival. The Gallery's normal hours are Monday through Friday. 9 a.m to 5 p.m. and will be expanded to include Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting June 11, except during special events at the River Garden.
25. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts,167 Main St., 802-246-3015. penelopewurr.com. "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 Graduation or a witty British Father's Day, we are your stop! New summer stock is arriving daily. Regular hours are 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.
26. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. 802-251-8290, mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com. Featured artist Donald Saaf is showing new paintings, paper collages, and gourd art through July 10. Artist Talk: Sat., June 18, at 5 p.m.. The gallery 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 for Gallery Walk. The public is invited from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Brooks House Atrium to celebrate the opening of the Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts Annex, where exhibits by invited artists will be rotated approximately every three months.
27. 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. For this month's meditation Nancy Middleton leads participants in Reflections on the poem "Traveler" by David Whyte and consideration of the possibility that one's life is the ultimate pilgrimage. Nancy is a retired business administrator, former General Secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), and a traveling minister for Friends General Conference. She has resided in Grafton for twenty years and is a member of Putney Friends Meeting.
28. Brooks Memorial Library224 Main St. 802-254-5290, brookslibraryvt.org. Second Floor– Children's Book Illustrators Case: Waitsfield, VT, author/illustrator Sarah Dillard's new book, "Mouse Scouts," a chapter book with illustrations; ENTRYWAY CASE: Kids' creations from craft activities in the Children's Room, including LEGOpalooza! 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.
29. Brattleboro History Center, 196 Main St. 802-258-4957. (through side door of Masonic Center. brattleborohistoricalsociety.org. Free admission. Open 2 to 7 p.m. for Gallery Walk, otherwise Thursday and Friday. 2 to 4 p.m.,and Saturday. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featured on Friday is a local young woman's Prom Dress from 1913: floorlength, long sleeves, all white lace; along with an early Folk Dress from our local Swedish Collection. View a sampling of Colonel Yearbooks and "The Dial" literary magazines. Share memories of those good times! Research Room at Municipal Center (3rd fl, elevator) open Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and by appointment.
30. Shiatsu School of Vermont, 24 High St., 802-246-0877. Located inside the Midtown Mall. shiatsuvt.org. Open 5 to 8 p.m. For Gallery Walk: Experience the Art of Zen Shiatsu! Enjoy 20-minute Shiatsu treatments by donation, and creative displays of the body's meridians. Shiatsu is similar to acupuncture but is achieved through the use of healing touch instead of needles. Meet our teachers and students, and learn firsthand about this traditional Asian healing art!
31. Hermit Thrush Brewery. 29 High St., 802-257-BEER (2337), hermitthrushbrewery.com and Facebook. Caitlin Stearns, Nora Joan and Aliana Tiberius Bloch are all local artists who share a love of portraits. They had the idea to do a combined show because their work is similar in subject matter and yet very different in style. All three artists use a combination of graphite, marker, pen, and paint to create beautiful drawings of people they love. Hermit Thrush is hosting a Pint Night during Gallery Walk on Friday. 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 Caryn King of Newfane, who is showing original paintings of Vermont wildlife and barnyard animals. These whimsical animals come to life in the barnlike ambience of the Welcome Center. Caryn shares, "I love the process of painting, the textures and effects the paint creates, and I love animals!" For more info, see Caryn's website at ckingpainting.com. Information and showcase exhibits are 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 atgallerywalk.org.