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, 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 for an exhibit and tours.
The 24—page October edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete descriptive listings and a map. This month's cover articles are about the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center's "Windows to Creative Expression" exhibit of poetry and art by young students at The Poetry Studio, as well as Laura Zindel's line of ceramics featured at Ruggles & Hunt on Main St. 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 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 s'til—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 mi. 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. Brian Cohen: The Emblem — archetypal etchings through October. Cai Xi Retrospective 1980—2015 at The Putney School's Currier Center through Nov. 6, open daily, 418 Houghton Brook Road, Putney. More information at cxsilvergallery.com and caixiart.com. Ongoing exhibits at the Gallery: 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.
3. 868 Crosby House: 175 Western Ave., 802—257—7145; crosbyhouse.com. "Digital Explorations" by Andréa Wallens Powell include a sampling of photographic series and individual studies in nature, on the farm, and as painterly "abstracts" captured in unlikely places. "Photography can evoke an emotion, commit understanding to a set of ideals. or transform recognizable patterns and shapes into something greater." Stop by between 5 and 8:30 on Friday to meet the artist, 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. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center: 10 Vernon St., 802—257—0124, brattleboromuseum.org. Free admission during Gallery Walk. Opening Reception during Gallery Walk, 5:30—8:30 p.m., for Windows to Creative Expression: Young Poets & Artists from the Poetry Studio, honoring the extraordinary voices and visual expression of young poets and artists; showing through Feb. 6. 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. House/Home, A Work in Progress: John Willis's photographs of houses in Native American communities shine a harsh light on income equality. 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. 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.
Film showing at 8 p.m.: Written, directed, and produced by Marlboro College alumnus Jesse Nesser, the documentary film Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith tells the remarkable story of the Senior Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Presented by Marlboro College.
5. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery: 36 Bridge St., 802—490—2354; whetstonestation.com. O, of Greenfield, Mass., signs work with an image of the earth. O obsesses on the mashup of relevance of the earth and an ever—evolving industrial mixed—media technique that employs ink, collage, photography, digital photo manipulation, spray paint, stencils, and spot channel flatbed printing on metal. Seeing is believing: instagram.com/chimpanjesus. 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 'til 11 p.m.
6. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery 34: 32—34 Main St., 802—257—1577, rivergalleryschool.org. River Gallery School is holding over its annual Faculty Show this month, including work by members of the staff and Board of Directors. 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 hosting paintings of cows by Basha Freudenberg, who shares: "I've been painting in southern Vermont for 15 years. I call myself a plein air painter in that most of my painting is done outside throughout the seasons. For the last 3 years I have been painting cows and steers in their pastures. What captures me most is the contrast of greens and golds of the grass with the darks and red—browns of the cows."
7. Latchis Gallery: 50 Main St., 802—254—1109 x3 Jon; latchisarts.org. Featured in October is "With You," the first solo exhibit by Hannah Cummins, which is part of an ongoing multimedia project rooted in the process of remembering, using art as a tool for navigating loss and grief. A Brattleboro resident, Cummins earned a BA from Goddard and studied at Marlboro College. Opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. during Gallery Walk on Friday; hours otherwise during regular Latchis Theatre hours and special times to be announced. Cummins' exhibit is part of a new program at the Latchis called Splice, which combines art in the gallery, a monthly screening of films on themes related to the artwork, followed by conversation around those themes. This month's Splice films and conversation will be on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.. More information at latchisarts.org.
8. Express Fluency: 8 Flat St., 802—275—2694; firstname.lastname@example.org; expressfluency.com. Gallery Walk Open House on Friday at Express Fluency's new location. Work by Cuban artist José Fuster is currently exhibited. Express Fluency offers a unique approach to learning a language which has helped thousands of people, including previously unsuccessful language students, who can gain fluency quickly and easily. Mini language class demos offered throughout the evening.
9. In—Sight Photography Project: 45 Flat St., Ste. 1; 802—251—9960; insight—photography.org. A solo exhibit entitled "I Hope This Makes You Feel Something," by In—Sight student Daisy Osowski, is featured in the Tiny Gallery during October. Created during In—Sight Photography's Exposures program, these images speak to the idea of self—discovery and self—love, and are meant to feel ephemeral and flaWednesday The photographs are paired with snippets of text related to intersecting and contrasting ideas of beauty and pain. 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 18th Annual Photography Auction & Exhibition to benefit In—Sight Photography Project. Included are works from photographers of international renown and outstanding professionals from all across the country. There is something for everyone in this auction of over 2 5 0 prints and books. Subjects, mediums, sizes, and techniques vary widely, and price ranges appeal to all, from sophisticated collectors to art—loving bargain hunters. The exhibit is showing through October 30, with an opening reception during Gallery Walk on Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.. Gallery hours are daily 12 to 5 p.m. All bidding is online, with more information at auction.insight—photography.org.
11. Restless Rooster Café & Coffee Bar: 134 Elliot St., 802—258—2565; restlessroostercafe.com. Book Launch Party from 6 to 8 p.m. during Gallery Walk: Author and illustrator team Jaimie Scanlon and Ellen Tumavicus celebrate their first children's book, Ralph Flies the Coop. This family—friendly event features international food, music, and lively interactive readings from the book, which tells the story of a world—traveling rooster. All ages are invited to attend, and guests are encouraged to wear international attire or rooster/chicken—themed clothing or accessories.. Also featured in October are portrait images by Irshad Mustafa, a self—taught, freelance photographer who moved to Brattleboro from New York City three months ago. As a child, he photographed his friends and family with a Vivitar instant camera. When Irshad bought his first digital camera in 2009, his interest in photography became a love for photography. Open daily; Full Coffee Bar and Breakfast all day 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Lunch served Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
12. ArtRageUs1: 57 Elliot St., 802—490—2277; ArtRageUs1.com; info@ArtRageUs1.com. Now featuring work by Bud Gallagher, an extraordinary woodcarver and painter of aquatic species; and Ken Hebson, author of the prizewinning book South from Istanbul. Meet both during Gallery Walk: Ken will read from his chapbook at 6:30, and Bud will talk about his work (which is 25 percent off!) throughout the evening. 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 in the arts collective are available online and at the store on Elliot Street. Open Friday/Saturday/Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and online.
13. Elliot St. Fish & Chips: 50 Elliot St.; 802—451—9482; email@example.com; FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More. Images of caterpillars and rain by Irshad Mustafa are featured in October. A self—taught, freelance photographer, he moved to Brattleboro from New York City three months ago. His love of images goes back to childhood, when he photographed his friends and family with a Vivitar instant camera. In 2009, when Irshad bought his first digital camera, his interest in photography became a love for photography. The café uses fresh, local and organic ingredients. Open Tuesday—Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m, 'til 8:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
14. MILK Schools: Your Language School; 14 Elliot St., 2nd fl.; 802—380—9696; milkschools.com. Gallery Walk Opening Night on Friday with refreshments and international film celebrating the autumn showcase of artisan creations brought from Mexico. See a traditional Tree of Life clay sculpture and "Alebrijes" from the villages of Metepec and San Martín Tilcajete. The original Trees of Life were inspired by biblical themes, but these elaborate sculptures include other themes today. "Alebrijes" were first created by artisan Pedro Linares López, who developed them from cardboard and wood. Fantasy images of creatures that came to him in dreams were then carved and painted to create these fabulous sculptures. The school offers language courses, tutoring, and translations. Open Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
15. Mocha Joe's Café: 82 Main St.; 802—257—7794; mochajoes.com. New nature, portrait, and experimental drawings by Jason Alden, a drawing and painting teacher at River Gallery School, are featured in October. Jason will be on hand to meet Walk patrons from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday. Stop by anytime for a sip of Java, locally baked treats, and a look at this month's exhibit.
16. Ruggles & Hunt: Purveyors of Staple & Fancy Goods: 79 Main St.; 802—579—1900; rugglesandhunt.com & Facebook. Gallery Walk Open House on Friday: Drop—in Workshop 3 to 6 p.m. with local designer Laura Zindel, who will demonstrate creation of her image—transfer ceramics and debut her new line of prints—free signed print with $25 min. purchase of Zindel wares. Other features include high—value Raffle Items with ticket proceeds to benefit NEYT. Special Gifts with purchase of $25 or more. "A flirt, a laugh, and a blare of color," the shop offers eye—catching clothing, jewelry, and creative cards; stylish housewares and furnishings; a bounty of books, toys, and gifts for all ages. Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.:30, Sunday noon to 5 p.m., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
17. Turn It Up!: 85 Main St.; 802—251—6015; turnitup.com. The record shop now features a collection of vintage music and movie posters, several rare and collectible. Artists include the Beatles and solo projects, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the Clash, Prince, Gene Wilder, Marilyn Monroe, Clint Eastwood. Turn It Up! sells new and classic music on vinyl and CD at bargain prices every day. Open Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
18. Amy's Bakery Arts Café: 113 Main St.; 802—251—1071; October features original writings, sketches, and paintings by local children's author/illustrator team Jaimie Scanlon and Ellen Tumavicus. The exhibit chronicles the duo's journey and process in creating Ralph Flies the Coop, the new multicultural picture book just released by Green Writers Press. Brush up on your world languages (and your rooster!) as you stroll the café visiting iconic world destinations with Ralph. 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 evenings, and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
19. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2: 106 Main St.; 802—257—7044; vtart.com; Featured in October are new oil paintings by Charles Townsend, pastels by Linda Dessaint, and river stone sculptures by Jen Herzer. The store is also celebrating American Craft Week and the second weekend of the Vermont Crafts Council's Open Studios. Maps for the tour are available at the gallery. A portion of sales of featured work will go to the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+), which is currently helping flood victims in the South. Gallery Walk reception from 6 to 7:30. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see work by over 300 artists and craftspeople.
20. Works Bakery Café: 118 Main St.; 802—579—1851; worksbakerycafe.com: Work by members of the Vermont Center for Photography is featured during October. VCP members are from all over New England and represent a wide variety of photographic styles and experience levels. Visit vcphoto.org to find out more information about becoming a member!. 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. daily, including on Gallery Walk Fridays.
21. 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, noon to 8 p.m., Friday to Saturday noon to 9 p.m.
22. 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 to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., later for Gallery Walk.
23. Gallery in the Woods: 145 Main St.; 802—257—4777; galleryinthewoods.com. The gallery's continuing featured exhibit in October 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. Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Moondogs will be playing during Gallery Walk on Friday.
24. The Dianich Gallery: 139 Main St., Room 501; 802—380—1607; Down the alley, through the glass doors; catherinedianichgallery.com. Featured through Jan. 3, 2017, is an exhibit of John F. Kennedy Family Photos from the Mark Shaw Archive. Shaw was personal photographer to Jack and Jackie Kennedy, and many of these images were seen in the pages of Life magazine during JFK's time in the White House. Others have never been exhibited before in the United States. Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. during Gallery Walk on Friday.. Then, beginning at 7:30 p.m.in the Gallery, Dede Cummings of DCDesign Books hosts a Book Release Party for Between the Shadows by retired educator and poet Daniel A. Heller. The reception includes a reading and book signing. Heller, who has authored six books on education, says this first book of poems "gives voice to my inner demons. so I send them out, hoping they may bring someone insight or relief."
25. The Gallery at The Garden: Robert H. Gibson River Garden; 157 Main St.; 802—246—0982; strollingoftheheifers.com. Featured in the Gallery during October are images by 17—year—old photographer Aashna Kinkhabwala of Peace Love Create, a business she launched to pursue hobbies she loves and raise money for many different charities. This series of photos were taken during her travels in India, and the money raised will be donated to the Apang Manav Mandal school in Ahmedabad, India, which teaches disabled children a skill they can use to support themselves. River Garden hours are otherwise Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except during special events. (See ad on p. 12—13 centerfold.)
26. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts: 167 Main St.; 802—246—3015; penelopewurr.com. The Upstairs Gallery is showing ephemeral "Stitch Art" in October. These antique cross—stitch and embroidery patterns were designed as supplements to issues of the YOUNG LADIES JOURNAL in the late 1800s. Stop in for a rare look at these beautiful intricate and colorful designs. Bauhaus—influenced Wallace Sewell blankets and pillows are a great complement to this colorful exhibit. Winter wearables include scarves and hats from the same London maker and a new German woolen manufacturer. Also on display is Penelope's Fine Contemporary Glass. Regular hours are Monday—Saturday 10—ish to 6 p.m. or later, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m, and 'til 8:30 p.m. or later for Gallery Walks.
27. Mitchell·Giddings Fine Arts: 183 Main St. 802—251—8290; mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com. Featured through Oct. 22 is "Passaggi," an exhibit of wooden creations as well as textile work and photography by David and Michelle Holzapfel. Artist Talk on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 5 p.m.. The gallery showcases contemporary fine art and craft by mid—career and established artists in a variety of mediums. Open Wednesday—Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and for Gallery Walk. Also visit the MGFA Annex in the Brooks House Atrium at 128 Main St. for selected work by prominent and emerging featured artists.
28. 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 keeping with the 2016 program theme of "Pilgrimage," on Friday Duncan Hilton, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, leads a meditation on his pilgrimage to Bolivia, where he studied Spanish at a Catholic Monastery to prepare himself to serve communities of Latino people in Springfield, Mass., and elsewhere. Hilton returned from Bolivia on Sept. 27 and hopes to be ordained soon for ministry in the Episcopal Church.
29. Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St. 802—254—5290. brookslibraryvt.org. Second floor—children's book illustrators cases: Award—winning natural sciences author and illustrator Jim Arnosky offers "Frozen Wild," "Jim Arnosky's Wild World," "Thunder Birds," and "Creep and Flutter." Entryway case: Kids' crafts, including LEGO—palooza! Mezzanine—local history room windows: left—Abenaki artifacts collected locally; right—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.
30. 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., 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. 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.
31. Hermit Thrush Brewery: 29 High St.;802—257—BEER (2337);hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook. For 10 years, local filmmaker Angela Snow has been shooting "Mortality of Dreams," a feature documentary in the tiny village of Yantalo, Peru. Photos are on display chronicling construction of the first sustainable hospital in that country, a retired doctor's dream. At 7 p.m. diromg Gallery Walk on Friday, Angela will show video clips with Q&A. Pints of beer for Hermit Thrush Pint Night will be available 5 p.m. to late. From 6 to 8 p.m., free local bratwurst and ice cream will celebrate a fundraiser to edit and finish Angela's documentary. More information is at ToTheMoonProductions.com. Brewery Hours: Monday to Thursday, 3 to 8 p.m., Friday and 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 presents contemporary landscapes by Charles Townsend of Marlboro, whose approach involves focusing on the emotion, atmosphere, and energy of his paintings—charlestownsendart.com. Vermont farm scenes painted by Amy Mosher of Chester capture the individual characteristics and personalities of her animals and the rural nature of farm life — amymosherart.com. Jason Breen of West Brattleboro is showing his traditional solid—wood furniture. From milling the wood himself to the handcrafted joinery, his work is sensual and unique—jasonebreen.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 at gallerywalk.org.