Brattleboro >> Gallery Walk returns this Friday to liven up the downtown and a few satellite locations within a short drive of Main Street. There are 31 listed venues, many with meet-the-artist receptions.
Official Gallery Walk hours are 5:30 to 8:30, 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 from 1 to 3:30; and the 1868 Crosby House BandB, open 5 to 8:30 for an exhibit, book signing, and tours.
The 20-page Aug. edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete descriptive listings and a map. This month's cover article is about Ilene Richard's figurative artwork at Vermont Artisan Designs; a new series with a musical theme has been added to her colorful "Snazzy Gals" portraits. Online explorers may also visit 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 Cha.m.ber of Commerce, and area lodging establishments, a.m.ong 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 informationrmation 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. Continuing in August is the Southern Vermont Dance Festival's Movement 2016 exhibit "A Community of Movement"—six photographs by Diane Sharp and Annie Macy show the streets of downtown Brattleboro coming alive with dancers taking flight. (See southernvermontdancefestival.com.) Ongoing exhibits include paintings by Else DeVoid; watercolors by young Alex Hrabchak; flora, fauna, and 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 suntil-lifes by Janet Picard; and impressionist-realist paintings by Deborah Lazar. Walk "munchies" available 5-6:30 p.m. A casual waterfront eatery with sunset view, open daily 11:30 a.m.-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 mi. west of Exit 2), 802-257-7898 or 802-579-9088, caixiart.com and dimsumvt.com. Gallery open 1-3:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk on Aug. 5; otherwise open year-round by calling 1-2 days in advance. New exhibition: Cai Xi: Paintings from the 1991 Edge Series open through Aug. 26. More informationrmation at cxsilvergallery.com and caixiart.com., Ongoing exhibits: Selections from the show and book, Nye Ffarrabas: a walk on the inside – 50-year retrospective, cxsilvergallery.com/nye-ffarrabas. Rodrigo Nava: Infinity Forms – sculpture on the lawn. Cai Xi's abstract performance painting using mops/brooms/trowels as brushes; luminous landscapes; monumental portraits; and the multimedia pinkslipproject.tumblr.com/archive. DIM SUM DINING evenings by appt.– dimsumvt.com; calling ahead recommended. Closed Aug. 27-31.
3 – 1868 Crosby House: 175 Western Ave. 802- 257-7145, crosbyhouse.com. 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 on Aug. 5 to meet Robin (she'll be signing copies of her books), enjoy refreshments, and tour this 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 Center: 28 Vernon St., 802- 258-9202 Kelly, 1st Floor - GLASSROOM marlboro.edu. Jon Notwick is exhibiting "The Vermonter," a series of images taken from trains and cars between 2009 and 2012 during numerous trips between Brattleboro, and Levittown, Penn. Dealing with the subject of leaving home, they seek to illustrate the fear and excitement of joining a new community. Jon received his BA in Photography and Writing from Marlboro College in 2012 and currently is an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving at In-Sight Photography Project. Artist's reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 5. The exhibit continues through Aug. with gallery hours of Monday to Friday 12 to 1 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m.; after Aug. 15, the gallery will be accessible weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
5 – Brattleboro Museum and Art Center: 10 Vernon St. 802-257-0124, brattleboromuseum.org. FREE ADMISSION 5:30 to 10 p.m. during Gallery Walk on Aug. 5: Union Station's 100th Birthday Bash with hands-on art activities, live music, and birthday cake. Exhibits include Up in Arms: Taking Stock of Guns, exploring guns' influence on society. Philip J. Calabria's The Suntiled Passage: Photographs of Unrestored Ellis Island . Ja.m.ie Young's Chaos and Light, articulating abundant, tumultuous, encroaching vegetation. Union Station: Gateway to the World, images and stories of the BMAC's home on its 100th anniversary . Flora and Fauna, Babette Bloch's stainless steel sculptures. Your Space: Imagination Station invites visitors to design imaginary destinations. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Tuesday Admission: $8-$6-$4, free: members and under 18. Free Thursday after 2 p.m.; guided tours Saturday at 2 p.m.
6 – Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery: 36 Bridge St. 802- 490-2354, whetstonestation.com. Featured artist Jen Wiechers exhibits layered and complex encaustic (wax) paintings, and beautifully simplistic "Happy Heart" paintings. Jen's art encourages a playful dance between intention and happenstance expressing the sweetness of life. Jen teaches at River Gallery School of Art, drawing much of her inspiration from the children she teaches, and their artwork. 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 and Gallery: 34, 32-34 Main St. 802- 257-1577, rivergalleryschool.org. Adult artists of all ages and experiences meet weekly to draw, paint in various mediums, and work 3-dimensionally at RGS's Adult Studio classes. Immersion in the practice of artmaking is also a time to let the cares of the world go. The creativity quotient is high, and the resulting pieces are all over the map-—in a good way! Come see the varied results. August kids' ca.m.p, adult and teen workshops, and upcoming Fall offerings are on the RGS website. GALLERY 34 features digitally enhanced photographs by Raye Arnault through the end of August.
8 – Latchis Hotel and Arts Complex: 50 Main St., 802- 254-1109 x3, latchisarts.org
A. LATCHIS GALLERY: "The Motion of Emotion - Part 1" by Siiri Lane was installed in July as part of the Southern Vermont Dance Festival's "Movement 2016" exhibit series at many downtown venues. (See southernvermontdancefestival.com.) Colorful and intense, beautiful and calming, like the emotions they evoke, these smaller-size recent paintings are inviting in their femininity. Lane earned her degree in Fine Arts at Bennington College.
B. MAIN THEATRE: FREE CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5: Musicians from the Pikes Falls Cha.m.ber Music Festival in Jamaica, present a concert featuring works by Bach, Telemann, Schumann, and Nathan Lincoln-Decusatis. Admission by donation. Beer and wine will be for sale, courtesy of Windham. Wines.
9 – In-Sight Photography Project: 45 Flat St., Ste. 1, 802- 251-9960, insight-photography.org. In-S ight's Tiny Gallery hosts "Headspace," a solo exhibit by local photographer and In-Sight student Eliza Price. These digital portraits of other local teenagers focuses on how people take up space both physically and mentally. Eliza will also be showing her first short film, "Spoon Boot," during Gallery Walk on Aug. 5. The In-Sight Photography Project empowers youth through photography, regardless of ability to pay. Call the office or visit online for more information.
10 – Vermont Center for Photography,: 49 Flat St. 802- 251-6051 Joshua Farr, vcphoto.org . "Now and Then, Still and Again," a solo exhibit by Amherst, Mass. photographer and VCP member Jim Schlessinger, is featured through Aug. 28. "Making art has long since become second nature to me: it's as natural as breathing. My work is a visual diary, not of where I've been, but of what I've been thinking. My images are about illusion and allusion, meditation, and, sometimes, the magic I've found along the way." Opening during Gallery Walk, Aug. 5, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m; otherwise hours are Friday-Saturday-Sunday 12 to 5 p.m. More informationrmation online.
11 – Art on Wheels at Lynde Motorsports: 79 Flat St., 802- 254-8554, lyndemotorsports.com, 5 to 10 p.m. for Gallery Walk: Art on Wheels 2016 celebrates the great beauty and craftsmanship of motorcycles over the past 100+ years. On display are vintage and classic motorcycles from a 1930 Harley-Davidson to contemporary Japanese sport bikes. This annual family event draws folks of all ages, from toddlers to octogenarians; chairs are provided for visitors to settle in for the evening's festivities. Live Concert starting at 6 p.m. by The Drunk Stuntmen. Edibles for sale by Chef Andrzej's Home-Cooked Polish Food.
12 – Restless Rooster Café and Coffee Bar :134 Elliot St., 802-258-2565, restlessroostercafe.com CLOSED DURING GALLERY WALK ON Aug. 5: An exhibit of work by local artist Mia Scheffey is featured this month, but details were not available at press time. Open daily 7 a.m. to 2 p.m, serving Breakfast and Brunch until 1 p.m. weekdays, 2 p.m. on weekends.
13: ArtRageUs1, 57 Elliot St., 802- 490-2277; ArtRageUs1.com, info@ArtRageUs1.com. Now featuring the jewelry of MARY LIBBEY, who crochets cylindrically stacked cords of beads into beautiful one-of-a-kind bracelets and necklaces—some plain and some patterned – ALL 20% OFF THIS MONTH. Come meet Mary and watch her create her jewelry, and check out the always-changing inventory of local crafts, sculpture, painting, prints, clothing, cards, and more! ArtRageUs1 is an arts collective, selling art, crafts, books, and music created by local folks, and home to the figurative furniture of Gayle Marie Weitz. Applications for membership are available in the shop and at ArtRageUs1.com. Open Friday to Saturday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the online store, open 24-7.
14 – Elliot St. Fish and Chips: 50 Elliot St., 802- 451-9482, firstname.lastname@example.org, FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More Featured in August are mixed-media works created by children of the café's owners and staff. Artists include Edith DeWolfe (11), Josiah DeWolfe (8), Ella Scaggs (10), Pearl Scaggs (5), Graha.m. Scaggs (2), Evelyn Paine (5), Lilia Paine (8), and Allison Corey (11). Stop in to enjoy creations by some of Brattleboro's up-and-coming artists! The café uses fresh, local and organic ingredients. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11:30-8, until 8:30 for Gallery Walk.
15 – Mocha Joe's Café: 82 Main St., 802- 257-7794, mochajoes.com. A love for coffee is something all of the staff at the Café and Roasting Shop share, but coffee is only one of their common interests. Many also enjoy creating art, and the Aug. exhibit in the Café presents a variety of their work. Some have studied art in college, high school, or other classes, while others are completely self-taught. Exhibitors include Toma Cernea-Novac, oil painting and mixed media; Mackenzie Reilly, mixed media, collage and painting; Bam. Bamfort, mixed-media sculpture. Stop by during the Walk—and all month—for a sip of Joe, locally baked treats, and to enjoy the art.
16 – Amy's Bakery Arts Café: 113 Main St., 802- 251-1071. This month's featured artist is Jillian Farwell. "These small paintings are moments drawn from my journey through the last few years. They bring me messages and hints about living. Where do they come from? I am always surprised, and therefore, curious." 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, until 8 p.m. on Gallery Walk evenings, and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5p.m.
17 – Vermont Artisan Designs and Gallery 2: 106 Main St., 802- 257-7044, vtart.com. Featured in August are new paintings with a musical theme by Ilene Richard, and new paintings by Diane Savino, and Michael MacTavish. Music by the Peter Farber Trio is featured from 6 to 8 p.m. during a Gallery Walk reception. A portion of sales of featured art will go to Rotary charities. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see work by over 300 artists and craftspeople.
18 – Works Bakery Café: 118 Main St., 802-579-1851, worksbakerycafe.com Featured artist William Dixon has assembled a photographic exhibit focusing on the Berlin Wall: its history, victims, and memorials. Begun in 1961 and torn down in 1989, the Wall was a dramatic symbol of the Cold War of the mid-20th century when tensions between democracy and communism were at their height. Its history illustrates the futility of this approach to problem solving. Check out the "clothesline" exhibit of children's artwork from River Gallery School. The café serves Rainformationrest 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 9 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
19 – WOW Frozen Yogurt: 122 Main St., 802- 579-1255. Paintings by Stan Ruszala of West Springfield, Mass., are featured. 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 12 to 9 p.m.
20– 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-Sunday 10-6, later for Gallery Walk.
21 – Gallery in the Woods: 145 Main St., 802- 257-4777, galleryinthewoods.com. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, enjoy a reception and conversation with Brattleboro artist William Hays, who is presenting his latest color linocut print, "After the Storm." The 100-copy complete edition of this 12-color print took an entire month to produce using two carved linoleum blocks, a hand-operated etching press, and oil-based inks. One of the blocks was used in seven stages of inking, the second in five stages. Hays will also have on hand an illustration of the stages from one color to the next along with the actual blocks used. The Moondogs perform during Gallery Walk. Otherwise the gallery is open daily 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m..
22 – The Gallery at The Garden: Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., 802- 246-0982, strollingoftheheifers.com. Gallery Walk opening on Aug. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. for an exhibit of paintings by Steve Lloyd. Color and composition play major roles in this group of representational and abstract acrylics and watercolors. Lloyd is returning to painting after a long focus on his architectural career. The luxury of time to paint and the input from his fellow artists in the Brattleboro-West Arts collective have encouraged him to explore new approaches. River Garden hours are otherwise Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. except during special events.
23 – Penelope Wurr: Glass and Gifts, 167 Main St., 802- 246-3015, penelopewurr.com. Continuing on display are etchings, lithographs, and photographs by Penelope Wurr, produced during her postgraduate year at Central School of Art in London and inspired by her London photos in the early 1980s. Two prints, "The Dance Center" and "Her Reflection," were exhibited in The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. "Ladies in Waiting" was a limited edition benefiting the Business Arts Gallery scholarship. Also on display is Penelope's Fine Contemporary Glass, as well as unique jewelry, an exceptional array of cards, summer clothing, personal accessories, and furnishings for home and garden. Open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (often late on Friday), Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and until 8:30 p.m. or later for the Walk.
24 – Mitchell·Giddings Fine Arts: 183 Main St., 802- 251-8290. mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com. Featured through Aug. 14 is the exhibit Jon Gregg: Evolving a Mark, with oil paintings on paper and canvas. Opening reception on Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. for Jackie Abrams: Elemental Vessels, an exhibit of new mixed-media baskets and vessels, and Karen Kamenetzky: Hidden Agenda, a show of hand-dyed silk-and-wool wall hangings. Artists' Talk on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 5 p.m.. Also please visit the MGFA Annex in the Brooks House Atrium for rotating exhibits. The gallery features innovative works by mid-career and established artists in a variety of mediums. Open Wednesday to Sunday 11 a.m. 5 p.m. and for Gallery Walk.
25 – 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 will be led by members of Village Harmony, who will sing some songs and talk about music and peacemaking. Village Harmony, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization based in central Vermont with activities around the world welcoming singers of all colors, creeds, ethnicities, nationalities, gender orientations, and socio-economic backgrounds.
26 – Brooks Memorial Library:224 Main St., 802-254-5290, brookslibraryvt.org. SECOND FLOOR—CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASES: Illustrator Lyn Severance's picture books "Cow" and "Ice Cream: Including Great Moments in Ice Cream History." Severance designed the Ben and Jerry's "look." ENTRYWAY CASE: Kids' crafts, including LEGO-palooza! 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 to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
27 – Brattleboro History Cente: 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 to Friday 2 to 4 p.m, Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bill Holiday and Reggie Martell will be available during Gallery Walk to discuss the BHS oral history project's (Oral History of the Vietna.m. Era) chapter on the Packer Corners community in Guilford, with selected video clips. Other exhibits include a Prom Dress from 1913: floor-length, long sleeves, all white lace; along with an early Folk Dress from the local Swedish Collection. View a sa.m.pling of Colonel Yearbooks and "The Dial" literary magazines. Visit the BHS Research Room at the Municipal Center (3rd fl, elevator) open Thursday 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and by appointment.
28 – Japanese Summer Festivals at Pliny Park: Jct. High and Main streets. 802- 579-9088, accvt.org. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. during Gallery Walk on Aug. 5: Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents its Tanabata-Obon Festival, an annual Brattleboro event celebrating two Japanese traditions in a single evening. Obon celebrates remembrance of loved ones and departed ancestors. The Tanabata star festival—when two of the brightest stars, Vega and Altair, meet in the sky—is for individuals and communities to make wishes for the future. The public is invited to walk a lantern-lit path to the Table of Remembrance, and also to participate in Origa.m.i Crane-making. Everyone and all ages welcome!
29 – Shiatsu School of Vermont: 24 High St., 802- 246-0877. Located inside the Midtown Mall, shiatsuvt.org. Open 5 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 5 for 20-minute shiatsu samplers: Nurture your body, mind, and spirit with a 20-Minute Shiatsu Treatment by donation. Shiatsu combines the nurture of a massage with the deep holistic balancing of acupuncture. This therapy is traditionally performed over clothing, so come as you are!
30 – Hermit Thrush Brewery: 29 High St., 802- 257-BEER (2337), hermitthrushbrewery.com and Facebook. Erin Jenkins presents a "phoenix" series of paintings emerging from layers of previous works beneath. As we all grow from our experiences and scars, to flounder or flourish, so too, these paintings rise from their pasts below to build upon and become entirely new works. Also showing is a series of sweetly illustrative small paintings, focusing on simplified shapes and play of color. All are linked by the notion that light prevails over darkness, happiness overcomes sorrow, and the experiences and trials you persevere through make you who you are. Hermit Thrush is hosting a Pint Night during Gallery Walk on Aug. 5. Hours: Monday to Thursday 3 to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 12 to 9 p.m., 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 hosts Vermont Artisan Designs of Brattleboro, which is featuring paintings by several artists, including Vermont's Woody Jackson, well-known for paintings of iconic cows—vtart.com/gallery. Also on display are paintings of farm animals by Caryn King of South Newfane—ckingpainting.com. Several colorful Vermont landscape paintings by Georgie Runkle of Marlboro are also exhibited. DaVallia of Chester is displaying works by Vermont artists showcased at the DaVallia Art Boutique and their separate 39 North Gallery, both in Chester—thedavallia.com. Informationrmation 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 Windha.m. County. For informationrmation 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 progra.m., 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 gallerywalk.org.