Brattleboro's Gallery Walk returns Friday


BRATTLEBORO -- Gallery Walk, Brattleboro's monthly first Friday celebration of the arts, returns this Friday to liven up the downtown and a few satellite locations within a short drive of Main Street.

There are 39 listed venues, many with meet-the-artist receptions or live music.

New or returning stops on the tour include All Souls Church, where the "Fall Into Art" exhibit by Windham Child Care Association is showing through Oct. 25; Artrageus 1, open for its first exhibit at 57 Elliot St.; the Biologic Wellness Center in the Merchants Bank building behind Centre Church on Main Street; and the Brattleboro Historical Society's Research Room in the Municipal Center at 230 Main. Special events include a closing celebration for the "Watching Angels" Public Art Project at The Works from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Official Gallery Walk hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., although most venues are open earlier and several remain open later.

The 24-page October edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete descriptive listings and a map. Articles in this edition are about Artrageus 1, a combination gallery and specialized book store created to support peace, justice and sustainability by Nick Biddle and Gayle Weitz, who spent years in academia before settling in Brattleboro, and the Windham Child Care Association's "Fall Into Art" exhibit and upcoming silent auction fundraiser at All Souls Church.

Online explorers may also visit for current listings, photographs of work featured in this month's exhibits and an archive of articles. The printed guide is available at each participating location, the I-91 Welcome Center, the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce, area lodging establishments and other outlets.

Brief information about each stop follows, in official Gallery Walk order.

* The Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Road, 802-257-7563 or Continuing in October are abstract and representational paintings by Martha Dolan and an ongoing exhibit of "Farm Art" by Georgie, Janet Picard, Deborah Lazar, and Caryn King, whose inspiration comes from the Vermont agricultural landscape and barnyard animals. A portion of Farm Art sales supports Strolling of the Heifers programs. Gallery Walk "munchies" available from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for visitors stopping in to catch the art en route to downtown.

* "Fall Into Art" Silent Auction Preview at All Souls Church, 29 South St., West Brattleboro, 802-254-5332 ext. 310 (WCC) or 802-254-9377 (ASC). From 5 to 8 p.m. , preview some of the works to be auctioned at Windham Child Care Association's third annual "Fall Into Art" benefit on Friday, Oct. 25. More than 50 local artists, working in a full range of media -- wood, ceramic, glass, photography, paint, and more -- have contributed more than 100 items to the silent auction event, which also includes artwork by children in local child care programs. Enjoy refreshment and a children's art activity, meet some of the artists and get your free digital caricature by children's book illustrator John Steven Gurney. Learn more about Fall Into Art at The gallery is otherwise open Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and during public events in the building.

* C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse, 814 Western Ave., 802-257-7898 or 802-579-9088 or and Exhibitions -- open year-round by appointment -- include luminous landscapes, portraits, the Wu Ji (Infinity Within) series of abstract performance painting using mops and trowels as brushes, and the ongoing multimedia Pink Slip Project (further details at Also showing Le Xi's video art (more at and Chinese paintings of Xi Hua (1927-2007). Dim Sum dining at the Gallery by appointment and catering services available. Inquiries and reservations: 802-257-7898, ext. 2 or 3; or 802-579-9088.

* Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams St., 802-579-9797 (Hannah) , or From 4 to 8 p.m. during Gallery Walk, Naomi Goldie offers recent oils of Brattleboro, New York City, ferris wheels and more ( From 5 to 8 p.m., Adrienne Ginter is showing her highly detailed, nature-inspired paintings and intricate, multilayered papercuts ( Also from 5 to 8 p.m., view recent additions to the exhibit of paintings by the late Stacy Morse and new work by Sage Feldman, whose latest pieces, exploring the use of oil paints on industrial surfaces, are on display in the Sculpture Garden. Property manager Hannah Parker will be on hand from 6 to 8 p.m. to show available studio spaces and rooms for workshops or other gatherings.

* Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., 802-257-0124 or Free admission during final Gallery Walk for current exhibits: Experience the world of "Red Grooms: What's the Ruckus?," film-noir inspired work in "Between Dark and Night: New Pastels by Mallory Lake," works by 48 leading non-objective artists in "Dynamic Invention: American Abstract Artists at 75" and Terry Slade's sculpture "Collected Memories of Place." Also view Curtains Without Borders' new exhibit "Suspended Worlds: Vermont's Historic Theater Curtains." Art21 film at 8:30 p.m. Free: "Transformation," a documentary by artists Yinka Shonibare MBE, Cindy Sherman and Paul McCarthy exploring people's strategies for transforming identity. Regular hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Tuesday), Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $8, $6, $4, free for BMAC members and children under 6.

* Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery, 36 Bridge St., 802-490-2354 or Painter, collage artist and teacher Ros Winner Sterling divides her time between New York City and Southern Vermont.

* Brattleboro Cheese Shop & Café, 39 Main St., 802-258-9909 or In honor of National Disabilities Month, curator Matti Salminen has assembled works by artists with disabilities. Come celebrate diversity and take pleasure in seeing paintings, drawings, and three-dimensional works in clay by some great local artists. Open until 7 p.m. on Gallery Walk Fridays.

* Twilight Tea Lounge, 41 Main St., 802-254-8887 or Emerging Brattleboro artist Zach Senchuk shares his imagined vistas of the nighttime skies of other worlds, with familiar tree lines and intriguingly impossible sky-scapes. New works are on display this month, and all painting prices have been reduced to help raise funds for his continued arts education. Teas and treats served until 10 p.m. for Gallery Walk.

* River Gallery School of Art, 32 Main St., 802-257-1577 or or "Word + Image" is this month's Annual Faculty Show theme. See artwork created by RGS artist/teachers, who have interpreted this theme in a wide range of mediums and specialties including: printmaking, watercolor, life drawing, oils, and pastel. Also showing is the work of young artist Jake Vranos, a student at The I.N.S.P.I.R.E. School. RGS is celebrating October's Brattleboro Literary Festival with workshops on Oct. 5: Haiku, 9:30 a.m. to noon ($25), in collaboration with the Write Action group, and a free afternoon of art making from 1 to 4 p.m. -- come transform words into images using letterset, collage, brushpainting, calligraphy, and simple book making.

* Latchis 4 Gallery, 50 Main St., 802-254-1109, ext. 3, , David Herod was introduced to oil painting at the River Gallery School in 2009, at age 49. His artful Pisces eye and penchant for collecting have embraced many influential style periods. Most of his paintings are paired with frames resulting in a vintage look. Meet the artist during Gallery Walk, 5 to 8 p.m.; otherwise e-mail or call for an appointment: or 603-398-7871.

* Flat Street Brew Pub, 6 Flat St., 802-257-1911 or October features a continuing show of digital photographs by Ben Clark, who has been living and working in Brattleboro for 6 years. This exhibit includes some of Clark's "natural" pieces and a small series from the blacksmith shop where he works part-time.

* Shakti: Shamanic Healing & Kore Teachings Institute, 24 Flat St., second floor, 888-245-3837 or Enjoy magical landscapes of the natural world by Sharon Wilsie, experience energy healing through complimentary mini-sessions with Supriya Shanti, and sip teas and herbal brews prepared by Aidan Clowes. Photographs by Supriya and Aidan are also on display. Learn about classes and individual sessions in vibrational awareness, energy healing, psychic development, universal consciousness, self-discovery and awareness.

* In-Sight Photography Project, 45 Flat St., Suite 1, 802-251-9960 or Vermont youth participants in In-Sight's Exposures Summer Program display photographs created during their three-week experience at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Also on display are Cyanotype Quilts created during previous years of the program. Exposures is a cross-cultural exchange that establishes the arts as a common language among youth from diverse communities. Programming is based in artistic collaboration and exchange, and is intended to facilitate creative cross-cultural dialogue and experiences that lead to a better understanding of our diverse communities and cultures.

* Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat St., 802-251-6051 (Joshua Farr ) In-Sight Photography Project's 15th Annual Exhibition & Silent Auction of world-class fine art photography is on display and open for bidding through Oct. 27. More than 200 photographs have been donated by local, national, and international photographers to support In-Sight's goal of giving local teens the tools for creative self-expression, regardless of the ability to pay program fees. Bid on-site or at Opening reception on Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., otherwise open daily for bidder access: Monday to Friday, 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., closing reception Oct. 27, 3 to 6 p.m. Call In-Sight for more information at 802-251-9960.

* Hope Gallery at Elliot St. Café, 134 Elliot St., 802-246-1251, Members of the Safe and Green campaign will be on hand during Gallery Walk to talk with visitors to "Taking Power: Photographs from the Movement to Shut Down Vermont Yankee." Images by Cate Woolner of Northfield, Mass., comment on social, economic, and environmental justice/injustice and the power of community. Photojournalist David Shaw of Dummerston lives and works in an off-the-grid, solar- and wind-powered straw bale home; his work appears in Vermont newspapers. Lionel Delevingne, of Stockbridge, Mass., is showing images from a Spring 2014 book "What Will it Take?" commemorating the struggle against nuclear power from Vernon to Fukushima; his work has appeared in the New York Times and many other publications. Collectively, these talented photographers have been documenting the struggle to end nuclear power in Vermont for many decades. For information contact Nancy Braus, or 802-254-8160.

* Artrageus 1, 57 Elliot St., 724-650-7011 (Nick) or Gayle Weitz, the inaugural featured artist at Brattleboro's newest gallery, focuses on making carved and painted wooden cabinets and containers. Her recent series "Humanimals" contains 13 life-size cabinets addressing the relationship between humans and other animals, particularly the issue of speciesism--the "right" humans have to dominate, oppress, and/or exploit other animals. Opening reception on Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

* Metropolis Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge, 55 Elliot St., 802-254-8500 or and Facebook. Spiritual, psychedelic, and mystical art by ARTmuffin--with influences from Alex Grey to Dali to Giger--keeps viewers guessing and inspires thought and creativity for "your hungry brain energy." Visit online at for further information. Music 8 to 11 p.m. for Gallery Walk: Hannah & Maggies shows are toe-tapping, knee-slapping spectacles of crystal-clear harmonies and heartfelt acoustic arrangements that leave you wanting more.

* Tulip Café & Crêperie, 12 Harmony Place, 802-490-2061. Heady Art is a visceral, spiritual, and illustrative interpretation of life and death. Constantly exploring the human relationship to change, Heady finds the idea of deterioration and regeneration a thrilling and terrifying aspect to our reality. Glimpses of a star-filled cosmic influence is a common theme in her work that she describes as "a way to remind people of both our limited time on this earth and the larger universal influences that fuel our united, deeper consciousness."

* Elliot St. Fish, Chips & More, 50 Elliot St., 802-451-0074. Nick Cain takes a step back in painting by subtracting lines and representational imagery to create odd figures and landscapes. This collection of work helped define the direction Nick takes in his new journey down the non-representational world of abstract art.

* 17 Elliot Street, 17 Elliot St., second floor, 802-579-5728 or October's show features mixed-media works, paintings and drawings by local artist Ruth Garbus. Stop in for refreshments and to meet Garbus and other artist-members of this cooperative studio. Open all month by chance or appointment.

* Mocha Joe's Café, 82 Main St., 802-257-7794 or Prints by Kimberly Hartman Colligan are featured.

* Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2, 106 Main St., 802-257-7044 or Gallery 2 welcomes three new artists in October: Rana Chalabi, Jim Ebersole and David Rohn. Also continuing through Oct. 31 is "Of Land & Local," one of seven collaborative statewide exhibitions with Burlington City Arts and the State of Vermont. Featured works are by Charlie Hunter, Alistair McCallum, Susan Wilson, Warren Kimble, Deborah Lazar, Janis Sanders, Nancy Burgess, George Ainley, Susan Parmenter, Jeanette Staley, Jon Olsen, and William E. Roberts, among others. Reception 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday. Music by Franz Joseph.

* Works Bakery Café, 118 Main St., 802-579-1851 or Two October shows: (1) A group show by exhibiting members of the Vermont Center for Photography, a nonprofit organization in downtown Brattleboro with a mission to promote the photographic arts through exhibitions and (2) A "Gathering of Angels" exhibit and closing celebration for the "Watching Angels" Public Art Show, with artists, angel artwork, food and music from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Open until 9 p.m. for Gallery Walk.

* David Walter Jewelry Studio, 81 Main St., 802-722-9620 or David Walter produces one-of-a-kind, handmade, and bespoke jewelry in precious metals and gems, and specializes in the repair, restoration, modification, and repurposing of all fine jewelry. In addition to showcasing Walter's contemporary heirlooms, the studio's Master Craft Gallery mounts quarterly exhibits featuring uncommon, unique, and otherwise exceptional work by regional craftsmen. October's exhibit, "The Book and the Letter: Letterpress, Bookbinding and Print," features the work of local artisans Abigail Jones, Julia Ferrari and Brian Cohen.

* The Artist's Loft Gallery & B&B, 103 Main St., third floor, 802-257-5181 or H. Hays' unique multicolor linoleum-block prints are vibrant interpretations of the New England landscape and Brattleboro. Visitors can also see works under way in the artist's studio as well as oil and watercolor paintings of northeast landscapes. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily.

* Amy's Bakery Arts Café, 113 Main St., 802-251-1071. Thayer Tomlinson is a Guilford-based artist focusing on botanical watercolors. Her paintings highlight the lines of leaves, the feel of atmosphere, the brilliant colors, and the balance of form found in nature. Open until 8 p.m. on Gallery Walk.

* Beadniks, 115 Main St., 802-257-5114 or October brings Beadniks' annual Vintage Vehicle Show, transforming downtown streets into times past with classic cars and trucks for Gallery Walk.

* Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St., 802-257-4777 or Sculptor David Adix finds new meaning and nuance through changing materials and attitudes in his figurative assemblage using recycled junk. Paintings by Wendy Cross illustrate Disintegration, Separation, Disposable People and Sacrifice Zones. Anna Bayles Arthur's "Faces That Contain My Face" are unplanned, intuitive compositions on paper. Richard Heller's figure paintings draw from styles and ideas leading from Byzantine mosaics to body mapping with digital imaging. Reception with live music from 5 to 8 p.m.

* The Dianich Gallery, 139 Main St., 802-380-1607 or "Beneath the Surface" presents oil-and-encaustic paintings by Julia Jensen and color digital photography and mixed-media encaustic works by Evie Lovett. Gallery Walk reception, 5:30 to 8 p.m. open otherwise by appointment.

* Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St.,802-254-9276 or & Facebook. October features Mia Scheffey's original watercolors, oils and prints of Vermont wetlands and her intimate portraits of roses. Also showing is a mixed-media collage series entitled "Alceides' Dream," which portrays the beautiful transition of summer and autumn into winter. Half of all sales will go to the Humane Society of the United States. Opening reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday. Gallery open otherwise during events at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery and by appointment.

* Penelope Wurr: Contemporary Glass & Gifts, 167 Main St., 802-246-3015 or Small works by Brattleboro collage artist Tiffany Heerema are featured in October. Also a treat for browsing is Wurr's whimsical and seasonally appropriate selection of gifts for the home and garden, both vintage and new. Open until 9 p.m. or later for Gallery Walk.

* A Candle in the Night, 181 Main St., 802-257-0471 or Featuring flags and other assemblages by Larry Simons, made from scavenged wood found on his travels near and far. Work by Abigail Rieser, Ahren Ahrenholz and Simi Berman is also displayed among a treasure trove of Oriental carpets, furniture, antiques, and accessories from around the globe.

* Take a Moment for Peace, Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., 802-257-4588 (Dee and Bob Keller) From 5:30 to 6 p.m., Meditations for Peace: Gallery Walkers of all faiths and no faiths are invited to share in quietude, music and meditations for peace. This month Leaf Seligman offers a contemplative healing space for reflection.

* Biologic Wellness Center of Biologic Integrative Healthcare, 205 Main St., 802-275-4732 or or Gallery Walkers are invited for healthy treats and to speak with staff about the FirstLineTherapy lifestyle education program. This serene space is adorned with beautiful work by local mosaic artist Susan Rosano.

* Brattleboro Historical Society Research Room, Municipal Center, 230 Main St., 802-258-4957 or Open 5 to 8 p.m., during Gallery Walk: Head to the third floor of the Municipal Center to see historical maps, letters, photos, and other documents. Come to the rear of the building and take the elevator to the 3rd floor. Otherwise open Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment. Parking available.

* Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., 802-254-5290 or MAIN FLOOR: Frog Hollow state craft center presents a touring exhibit, "A Lifetime of Vermont People," photographs by Peter Miller. Miller will give a talk on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. MEZZANINE: Selections from the Loud Collection of 19th-century European art. SECOND FLOOR--ENTRYWAY: Brattleboro Mineralogical Society's annual exhibit, this year featuring calcites; CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASE: Tracey Campbell Pearson's "Elephant's Story" continues. 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, 1 to 6 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

* Brattleboro History Center, 196 Main St., 802-258-4957, Open 5 to 8 p.m., for Gallery Walk: Roundabouts on Main Street? A parking garage behind the Post Office? A vibrant riverfront with docks? Explore "Unfinished Brattleboro," a collaborative exhibit (with the town planning office) of plans for projects never built. "Brattleboro Annals" author Mary Rogers Cabot is featured in photos, copies of her books and scrapbooks of research notes. Also see historic signs, newspapers, instruments, toys, pharmacy records, models, and more. Regular Hours: Thursday and Friday, 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday,, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and during Gallery WQalk from 5 to 8 p.m.

* High Street Painters, 22-24 High St., Suite 204, A Gallery Walk reception celebrates the fifth year of this artist group. The evening features an exhibit and "wet-paint" sale of fine oil paintings by members and friends. Stop in for refreshments and to meet Alla Prima master Clayton J. Beck III of Chicago and High Street Painters from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Members attend bimonthly paint-ins or participate in professional workshops with nationally known artists. Work by visiting artists also on view. Weather permitting on Friday, visitors may join an HSP "Apples and Easels" paint-out at Scott Farm, Kipling Road, Dummerston, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

* SE Vermont Welcome Center, 1-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1. The Silo Gallery hosts new landscape paintings by Guilford artist and farmer Diane Petrie, also known for her sculptures. Vermont Artisan Designs of Brattleboro is displaying works by several Vermont artists.. Representing the Bennington Street Arts Festival is the catamount Miss Poppy, painted by Suzanne Little-Stefanik. Many more of the 6-foot catamounts can be seen in the Bennington area as part of this fall's Catamount Prowl. Information and historical exhibits are available for visitors and residents alike. Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily.

For more information on joining Gallery Walk, contact coordinator Joy Wallens-Penford at 802-257-2616 or preferably by e-mail at


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