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 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 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.; and the 1868 Crosby House B&B, open 5 to 8:30 p.m. for an exhibit, book signing, and tours.
The 24-page September edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete descriptive listings and a map. This month's cover article is about the community art project "The Power of Water/The Power of Words," at the Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., which invites the public to add its ideas and hopes for the river to the exhibit. The Connecticut River Watershed Council will share this visual and verbal expression with state and federal authorities making long-range plans for the five hydroelectric installations along the river's path through Vermont and Massachusetts. Online explorers may also visit GalleryWalk.org for current listings.
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 Road, 802-257-7563, (down behind 464 Putney Road), vermontmarina.com "A Community of Movement" – six photographs by Diane Sharp and Annie Macy show the streets of downtown Brattleboro coming alive with dancers taking flight during the 2015 Southern Vermont Dance Festival – southernvermontdancefestival.com. Other 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 to 6:30 p.m. A casual waterfront eatery with sunset view, 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 mile west of Exit 2); 802-257-7898 or 802-579-9088; caixiart.com and dimsumvt.com. Gallery open 1 to 3:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk; otherwise open year-round by calling one to two days in advance. Two Cai Xi exhibitions: Paintings from the 1991-94 Edge Series open through Sept. 18 at the gallery and Retrospective 1980-2015 at Putney School Currier Center; Putney reception on Saturday, Sept. 24, 4:30 to 6 p.m. – more information at cxsilvergallery.com and caixiart.com. New gallery exhibition: Brian Cohen: The Emblem – archetypal etchings, Sept. 22 to Oct. 23; reception Sunday, Sept. 25, 1 to 2 p.m.. 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 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 appointment – dimsumvt.com; calling ahead recommended. Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents Brattleboro's 17th Annual Autumn Moon Festival of Vietnam, Korea, and China atop Memorial Park under the Kiwanis Pavilion, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 15. Information: accvt.org. All ages welcome.
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 p.m. on Friday 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 Frederic, 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. The exhibit continues through September with gallery hours of Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m.
5. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center: 10 Vernon St., 802-257-0124. brattleboromuseum.org. Free admission during Gallery Walk. Opening celebration for House/Home, A Work in Progress: John Willis's photographs of houses in Native American communities shine a harsh light on income equality. Outside performances by students/faculty of New England Center for Circus Arts. Other exhibits: Up in Arms: Taking Stock of Guns, exploring guns' influence on society. Jamie 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 Tues. Admission: $8-$6-$4, free: members & under 18. Free Thursday after 2; guided tours Saturday at 2 p.m.
6. Whetstone Station Restaurant & 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-Saturday until 11 p.m.
7. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery 34: 32-34 Main St., 802-257-1577; rivergalleryschool.org. River Gallery School hosts its annual Faculty Show this month, with members of the staff and Board of Directors invited to show as well. Recent work by the artists who teach classes and workshops at the school allows prospective students to get a feel for each teacher's style. GALLERY 34 is showing prints by Brenda Doucette. An "Upcoming This Fall" exhibit in the 36 Main Street Gallery next door highlights offerings on the new schedule, and a preview of some of the many great items to be auctioned at the school's 40th Birthday Bash on Sept. 17.
8. Latchis Gallery: 50 Main St., 802-254-1109 x3 Jon; latchisarts.org. Featured in September is a Green Economy Exhibit. The Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. and Southeast Vermont Economic Development Strategy have teamed up with the organizers of the inaugural Tiny House Fest Vermont to present an exhibit and video about the Green Economy Innovation Hub, part of BDCC and SEVEDS' work to develop an exciting vision for sustainable economic growth and community resilience to climate change. Visit brattleboroDevelopment.com/greeneconomy. Tickets and information about the Sept. 4 Tiny House Fest Vermont in Brattleboro will be available during Gallery Walk. Visit facebook.com/tinyhousefestvermont.
9. In-Sight Photography Project: 45 Flat St., Ste. 1 802-251-9960; insight-photography.org; Cyanotype Quilts made during the Exposures Cross-Cultural Youth Arts summer program are on display. These quilts, made of cyanotype images and contact prints created by Exposures participants, serve as a visual archive of each year of the program. Also on display is a traditional Lakota Star quilt to be raffled off in support of the Exposures Program. For more information on In-Sight or Exposures, visit insight-photography.org or exposuresprogram.org. The In-Sight Photography Project empowers youth through photography, regardless of ability to pay.
10. Vermont Center for Photography: 49 Flat St.; 802-251-6051 Joshua Farr; vcphoto.org. Showing through Oct. 2 is "Unburdened Beauty: A Decade of Nude Portraits" by award-winning filmmaker and photographer Gary Samson of Concord, N.H. Samson's work is in many private and public collections including the Currier Museum of Art, the National Archives, and the University of New Hampshire. He is currently chair of the photography department at N.H. Institute of Art, where he has taught for 35 years. "While I am setting up my camera," shares Samson, "I try to draw the subject out in conversation, and the ensuing dialogue will shape my portrayal of the individual." Opening during Gallery Walk on Sept. 2, 5;30 to 8:30 p.m.; otherwise open Friday-Saturday-Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. More information online.
11. Restless Rooster Café & Coffee Bar: 134 Elliot St.; 802-258-2565; restlessroostercafe.com; Closed during Gallery Walk on Friday: Work by photographer Irshad Mustafa is featured this month. "New York City and Brattleboro: My old home and my new one. These photos are meant to show a contrast between the urban and the natural, and to challenge expectations of both." Open every day 7 a.m. to 2 p.m, serving a full Coffee Bar and Breakfast all day and Lunch on Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
12. ArtRageUs1; 57 Elliot St., 802-490-2277:ArtRageUs1.com; info@ArtRageUs1.com. Carlene Raper, a professional quilt-maker and fabric artist for over thirty-five years, is September's featured artist. For Carlene it's all about color – dying her own fabric with wild abandon and irreproducible results, and then using that fabric to make abstract quilts, wall hangings, pillows, and silk scarves. Her newest endeavor is puzzle designer, producing heirloom-quality wooden jigsaw puzzles of her quilt designs. Meet Carlene and hear about the techniques she uses to produce her designs. ArtRageUs1 is an arts collective selling art, crafts, books, and music created by local folks. Open Friday/Saturday/Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and online. Applications for membership are available in the shop and at the web site.
13. Elliot St. Fish & Chips: 50 Elliot St. 802-451-9482; firstname.lastname@example.org; FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More. Featured artist Ben Shreefter was born and raised in New York City and now lives in Brattleboro. He holds a BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and is an X-ray technician by trade. An avid doodler for as far back as he can remember, he finds it nearly impossible to keep from doodling in meetings or in a classroom. The doodles in this first public exhibit of Ben's work were done on the job while he was employed as a Mental Health Worker at the Brattleboro Retreat. 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.
14. MILK Schools: Your Language School; 14 Elliot St., 2nd floor; 802-380-9696; milkschools.com See a traditional Tree of Life clay sculpture from the village of Metepec, Mexico. "Los árboles de la vida" were introduced by Spanish Franciscans during 16th-century colonization of the Americas. In an effort to evangelize the native Mexicans, these original Trees of Life were first inspired by biblical themes. Today, however, artists add other themes to these elaborate sculptures. For its autumn showcase, MILK Schools is exhibiting artisan creations brought from Mexico. The school offers language courses, tutoring, and translations.
15. Mocha Joe's Café: 82 Main St., 802-257-7794; mochajoes.com. September's featured artist is Nicholas Cain, who "rediscovers line" with his story of the White Rhino. Grab a cup of Joe and follow the lines through the café to catch a glimpse of the rare white rhino. Nick will be on hand during the Walk on September 2 to talk about his love for endangered animals. Stop by anytime for a sip of Java, locally baked treats, and a look at this month's exhibit.
16. Amy's Bakery Arts Café: 113 Main St., 802-251-1071; Continuing in September is work by featured artist 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 to 6 p.m., until 8 p.m. on Gallery Walk evenings, and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
17. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2: 106 Main St., 802-257-7044; vtart.com. Featured in September are new representational oils by Jim Ebersole and abstract oil and mixed-media works by Dominique Boutaud. The opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday includes music by the Inka Dinka Doo trio. A portion of sales of featured art this month and next month during American Craft Week will go to the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+), which is currently helping flood victims in the South. Visit online or stop by seven days to see work by over 300 artists and craftspeople.
18. Works Bakery Café: 118 Main St., 802-579-1851, worksbakerycafe.com. Featured artist Nancy Calicchio is showing Vermont landscapes of and paintings of the Italian hillsides of Umbria inspired by her recent residency at Monte Castello di Vibio. "Both landscapes are exciting to paint, and I am intrigued by the differences. In Umbria intense cultivation reveals more of the underlying geology and suggests more variation in color than in the forested, green hills of Vermont." 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 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 through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, later for Gallery Walk.
21. Gallery in the Woods,:145 Main St.,802-257-4777. galleryinthewoods.com. September's featured exhibit is Karen Gaudette: Wishing for the Moon. Gaudette's exploration of archetypal and mystical imagery is perfectly mated to scratchboard technique. The medium invites fineline drawing with the feel of vintage black-and-white illustration. The artist has actualized the dream realm with precision, rendering fantasy with a modern psychological twist. Showing through Oct. 31. Opening reception during Gallery Walk on Friday, 5;30 to 8:30 p.m. Otherwise the gallery is open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
22. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery: 139 Main St. Down alley & downstairs; In-Sight: 802-251-9960; insight-photography.org. Photographs by students of the In-Sight Photography Project's summer semester are featured in September. Work from weekly classes and week-long intensives, such as Digital Photography, Analog Photography, Documentary Photography, and Miss-Representation is on view. Select images in the show are for sale. For more information visit insight-photography.org.
23. The Gallery at The Garden: Robert H. Gibson River Garden; 157 Main St., 802-246-0982; strollingoftheheifers.com. Opening celebration during Gallery Walk, 5;30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday for The Power of Water, The Power of Words – 1,000 stories to make a better Connecticut River. The Connecticut River Watershed Council and Art for Water are building a massive and inspiring public-participation art installation that will influence how five hydropower projects affecting 200 miles of the Connecticut River will operate for the next 40 to 50 years. Everyone of all ages is welcome to learn about the important and engaging issues around hydroelectric power and to add a comment. River Garden hours are otherwise Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except during special events.
24. Penelope Wurr: Glass & 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, personal accessories, and furnishings for home and garden. Summer Sale! 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.
25. Mitchell·Giddings Fine Arts: 183 Main St., 802-251-8290; mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com. Featured through Sept. 18 are "Elemental Vessels," mixed-media vessels by basket-weaver and fiber artist Jackie Abrams, and "Hidden Agenda," new fiber wall hangings by textile artist Karen Kamenetzky. 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 through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 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. Everyone is invited to the Moment for Peace. This month, Elizabeth Pittman leads a meditation honoring The International Day of Peace coming up on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The gathering will begin with a Peace & Healing Qigong from Guatemala and close with a Shinto Peace Mudra from Japan. In between she will share readings on pilgrimage, whether far afield, deep within, or both. After serving nearly 19 years as Brattleboro Area Hospice Bereavement Care Coordinator, Elizabeth now teaches Tai Ji in Putney, Marlboro, and Brattleboro.
27. Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St., 802-254-5290; brookslibraryvt.org. Second Floor – children's book illustrators cases: Illustrator Lyn Severance, designer of the Ben & Jerry's "look," shows her third picture book, "Pig," written by Jules Older. Eentry Way 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 through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
28. Brattleboro History Center, 196 Main St., 802-258-4957; (through side door of Masonic Center); brattleborohistoricalsociety.org. Free admission: Open 2 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Gallery Walk, otherwise Thursday through Friday, 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exhibits include a Prom Dress from 1913 and an early Folk Dress from the local Swedish Collection. View a sampling of Colonel Yearbooks and "The Dial" literary magazines. Browse online photo collections any time. The trial run of a new Flickr site is showing photos from construction of Brattleboro Union High School in 1950-51, taken by the former Lewis R. Brown studio on Main Street – flickr.com/photos/42902043@N06/sets/72157671781336121/. The originals are stored in the BHS collection. Feedback is welcome! Visit the BHS Research Room at the Municipal Center (3rd fl, elevator) open Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, and by appointment.
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 Friday 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 & Facebook. Angel MacKinnon's is September's featured artist. "Born in California, raised in NYC, living in Brattleboro, I have roots everywhere, and see beauty in even more places. The masterpieces that roll through town on the sides of freight trains remind me of my urban upbringing and bring it closer to my small-town life. These artists are unnamed, and make my imagination go wild for the stories behind each one of them. Through my photographs, I make every effort to share these most unlikely and unsung heroes of the art world with the whole community." Hermit Thrush is hosting a Pint Night during Gallery Walk on Friday. Hours: Monday to Thursday, 3 to 8 p.m., Friday to Saturday, noon to 9 p.m., Sunday, noon 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 farm scenes painted by Amy Mosher of Chester. Her work captures the individual characteristics and personalities of her animals and the rural nature of farm life. Color, contrast of light and dark, and the use of visual dimension are important elements in her paintings – amymosherart.com. Also on display are portraits of farm animals by painter Caryn King of South Newfane – ckingpainting.com. Several colorful Vermont landscape paintings by Georgie Runkle of Marlboro are also exhibited. 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-PenfoRoad She can be reached at 802-257-2616 or preferably by e-mail at info@GalleryWalk.org. Visit the Walk website at gallerywalk.org.