Downtown alive with art Friday night


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 33 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.

The 24-page October edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine, available at each participating location, contains complete descriptive listings and a map. This month's three featured articles cover a range of exhibits and activities relating to the renowned Gee's Bend, Alabama, quilters, some of whom are visiting the area; a mobile performance stage on Flat St. presenting four multimedia dance performances during Friday evening's Walk; and David Walter Jewelry Studio's 30th anniversary celebration and new location at the uptown end of Main Street. Online explorers may also visit 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.

Information on exhibits and special events are also found online at or

1. The Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Rd. (802) 2577563(down behind 464 Putney Rd.) Kristina Wentzell, Keenebased owner of the warm weather Happy Camper Mobile Art Gallery, is showing vibrant, impressionistic paintings of flora, fauna, and familiar New England landscapes. Continuing are 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 still lifes by Janet Picard;colorful and whimsical plein air landscapes by Georgie; and impressionist realist, light-filled paintings by Deborah Lazar. Walk "munchies" available 56:30. This casual waterfront eatery with sunset view isopen daily 11:3010, Sun. Brunch served 101.

2. Tasha Tudor Museum, 974 Western Ave., 1st floor(802) 258-6564, FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walk, 47 pm: The 100th anniversary of Tasha's birth is celebrated with"Longings Fulfilled: Tasha at Home in New England," an intimate exhibit of cherished possessions from her home and artwork created in four New England states. Her determination to experience everything beautiful in rural living is explored in a display of objects never before on public view. Watch the documentary while sipping a cup of Tasha's tea. Children may enjoy the dress up area, coloring pages,reading corner, dollhouse, play tea set with cookstove, and more. Open May 1-Oct. 31, Wed.-Sat. 10-4.

3. C.X. Silver Gallery &Dim Sum Teahouse814 Western Ave. (1 mi. west of Exit 2)(802) 257-7898 or (802) and Gallery OPEN 46:30 for Gallery Walk; otherwise open daily by appointment. Ongoing exhibits include In The Box: Recent Works by Cai Xi, the continuing show and book Nye Farrabas: a walk on the inside –50 year retrospective (, luminous landscapes, portraits, the Wu Ji(Infinity Within) series of abstract performance painting using mops/brooms/trowels as brushes, and the multimedia Pink Slip Project ( Dim Sum Dining & Catering daily by appointment—menu at; call ahead 12 days, (802) 257-7898.

4. 1868 Crosby House 175 Western Ave. (802) 257-7145 Stop by during Gallery Walk to see an exhibit of stoneware by ceramicist Bronna Zlochiver of PacemPottery in Vernon. Her affordable, functional pieces are rich with earthy hues and jewel tone accents. Meet the artist and enjoy refreshments on Oct. 2, when the house and grounds are open for visitors from 5 to 8:30 pm. The Crosby House is a tastefully restored and appointed Victorian bed and breakfast built in Italianate style; its luxurious accommodations and lovely gardens are the perfect setting for out of town guests and special occasions.

5. Brattleboro Museum & Art Ctr., 10 Vernon St. (802) 257-0124. FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walk. Exhibit Opening at 5:30 for Shedding Light on the Working Forest: A collaboration between painter Kathleen Kolb and poet Verandah Porche, this exhibit celebrates he working forest and those who make a living there. Live Music by two Brattleboro bands begins at 7 pm: NVS (Nomad vs. Settler) opens for The Snaz. Other current exhibits open through October 25: People,Places, Things includes rarely seen work by Jim Dine, known for his bold depictions of domestic objects and contributions to American Pop Art. Debra Bermingham's Threaded Dances are mysterious, evocative oil paintings reminiscent of mist shrouded landscapes. Close to Home features new pastels by Walpole artist Ray Ruseckas. Front lawn installations by Gregory Miguel Gómez and Rodrigo Nava. Open daily 11-5, closed Tues. Admission: $8$6$4, free for members and youth 18 & under.

6. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery, 36 Bridge St. (802) 490-2354 Artist Ian McBean enjoys showing the beauty of everyday things that he captures with his camera lens: "The banana peel on the ground, the broken glass under the shadowy underpass, that little smile on someone's lips as they try their first raspberry—it's all astoundingly beautiful to me." Ian was seduced byphotography at the age of five, when he got his first digital camera. He also wants us to know: "I don't like clams. I do art." The Whetstone offers inspired food, local craft beers, and specialty drinks in a picturesque waterfront location with free parking. Lunch and dinner daily 11:30-10, Fri.Sat. till 11.

7. River Gallery School of Art, 32-34 Main St. (802) 257-1577 Members of the Independent Study group are showing recent work. Participants Nancy Detra, Jillian Farwell, Carol Graham, Hollie Landfried, Joan Lovell, Jennifer Meehl, Isabel Murphy, Susan Osgood, and Jill Strout gather twice a month to discuss works in progress with facilitator Lydia Thomson. Their wideranging discussions, often about creative process, are invariably rich and fruitful. . . . Marty Spencer is showing prints in the new RGS Gallery 34. River Gallery School offers classes for all ages and levels of experience, from absolute beginners to working artists, and weekend workshops with visiting artists. Come make art with us!

8. RGS Main Street Studio 34 Main St., next to the Art School doorway. Show Info: (802) 246-4107 Hilltop"Faces of Gee's Bend" is a collection of portraits by Hilltop Montessori Middle School teacher Finn Campman. Hilltop's Middle School has been traveling to Alabama for week long Odysseys since 2003 as part of a study of the Civil Rights movement. This exhibit presents a sampling of Finn's photos taken over these thirteen years.

9. Latchis Arts, 50 Main St. (802) 254-1109 A. LATCHIS GALLERY: Young artists at The Grammar School in Putney show dragons in different mediums to get into the spirit for the upcoming Medieval Faire. Students grades Pre-K8 worked in pencil,tempera, ink, oil pastel, and collage to create these inventive and detailed dragons as part of a schoolwidetradition before celebrating community spirit at the Medieval Faire, which will be held on Saturday, October 10, from 10 am to 4 pm. B. MAIN THEATRE: Original paintings of cats, dogs, wildlife, deities and sometimes even people by Mindy Fisher, one of the featured local artists in LATCHfest, a two day festival of music and art to be held at the Latchis on Friday, Oct. 9, and Saturday, Oct. 10. Tickets to LATCHfest are available

10. Flat St. Brew Pub, 6 Flat St. (802) 257-1911 www.flatstreet.netA new series of paintings by Brattleboro artist Steven Leal were influenced by his study of work by Mondrian, de Kooning, Turner, and Pollock with the help of a local art historian. Steven has tried to mix light and textures to create pieces that are both modern and classic, and each painting has been reworked several times to develop its depth and contrast. Experimenting with new techniques has helped his ongoing evolution as a painter. The Pub offers 20 handcrafted ales and lagers on tap and a menu of pubstyle food. Open Tues.-Thurs. 4-11, Fri. & Sat. 4-12, closed Sun. & Mon.

11. Bridgman | Packer Dance: A Mobile Stage Performance 21 Flat St. Parking Lot, next to the Boys & Girls Club; for more info contact Shawn Farley, The UMass Fine Arts Center presents four FREE Performances of "Truck" at 7, 7:25, 7:50, and 8:15 pm during Gallery Walk on October 2. This work by Bridgman | Packer Dance is performed inside a 17-foot-UHaul box truck with the audience viewing from outside, creating a reimagined space that dynamically combines choreography, video, sound design, and music. "Witty, sexy, and surreal." –The New Yorker. Due to sight lines, capacity is limited to 100/showing. All ages welcome.

12. InSight Photography Project 45 Flat St., Ste. 1 (802) 251-9960 October's exhibit is the work of 16 youth who participated in the Exposures Cross Cultural Youth Arts Program in Pine Ridge, South Dakota during July. Youth aged 15 to 21, from eight states and representing many cultural backgrounds, lived, worked, and traveled together during this two week intensive workshop which uses photography to increase dialogue about and understanding of our cultural and personal stories. The InSight Photography Project empowers youth through photography and offers classes to any interested youth regardless of their ability to pay. For more info, please visit online or call the InSight office.

13. Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat St. (802) 251-6051 Joshua Farr, 17th Annual Photography Auction & Exhibition to benefit InSight Photography Project's scholarshipfund. There is something for everyone in this auction of over 200 prints and books. Included are works of renowned international photographers, locally beloved and accomplished photographers, and outstanding professionals from all over the country. 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 November 1, with an opening reception on October 2, 5:30-8:30. Gallery hours are otherwise daily 12 to 5, or by appointment. All bidding is managed online, with more info at

14. Restless Rooster Café & Coffee Bar, 134 Elliot St. (802) 258-2565 Ron Karpius, a member of the BrattleboroWest Arts collective, is showing recent paintings in a variety of mediums and his scenic "Route 30, West River" metal sculpture—think cattails, waterfowl, and covered bridge. This evocative sculpture was "created to reflect my appreciation and gratitude for where I've had the good fortune to live," explains Ron. Stop in during Gallery Walk on October 2, 5:30 to 8:30, when the full coffee, tea, specialty beverage, and pastry menu will be available. Hours otherwise are Tues.-Sun. 7-3, serving Breakfast & Brunch till 1 weekdays, 2 on weekends.

15. Artrageus1 Arts Collective, 57 Elliot St. (802) 490-2277 WANT TO SELL YOUR BOOK? Join the collective for just $10 per year and receive 90% of the selling price with no work obligation! Featured Author Members include KEN HEBSON ("South from Istanbul," 1st place winner of the Writer's Digest award) and NAMAYA ("Vermont My Home"). Come see work by the newest Artist Members— KATHERINE BARRATT's notecards of original photographs; WILLIAM "BUD"GALLAGHER's fish carvings; ED GOODROW's sculpture from machine parts; and ELY PORTER's fantastic graphics—in addition to the ever changing work of other talented members creating mosaics,jewelry, sculpture, papercuts, cigar box guitars, solar lights, handbags, and more! Artrageus1 is open Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 11-5, for Gallery Walks, and 24/7 online.

16. Kat Whitledge Basics & Bespoke, 17 Elliot St., Floor 3, Suite C(802) 258-0395 This month KWBB features work by Adrienne Ginter, a Brattleboro based paper artist interested in representing the recurring oddities and subtle fascinations of the natural world. She creates extremely meticulous papercuts using an XActo blade and archival paper. Adrienne shows in galleries and museums nationally and teaches her craft throughout New England. KWBB is a Vermont based clothing atelier that designs and creates unique and timeless garments made to measure with an ethical approach to fashion. Stop by during Gallery Walk to arrange a free consultation and enter a drawing to win a handwovenEgyptian scarf.

17. Brink Gallery at Brattleboro Printmakers20 Elliot St. (603) 3137569 LeighGo through gate & CALL TO ARTISTS to show original works incorporating print techniques and that are designed on the working title "LATE LAST NIGHT." Deliver submissions from 6 to 8 pm during Gallery Walk on Oct. 2 and rolling through the month on Sat. & Wed. 109 or by appointment. Works should be framed or otherwiseready to display, and be labeled with name, title, medium, price, and edition if applicable. Consignmentagreement terms apply. . . . Need help making a print? Sessions with a technician are $30 for 4 hours, oryou can enroll in a class. . . . Members Wanted: Join the studio for $60/mo. for 24/7 access.

18. Mocha Joe's Café82 Main St. (802) 257-7794 Mocha Joe's features work by 4th graders from The Grammar School in Putney, whose iIlustrations feature seafaring creatures and their collective nouns (animal groupings). Come see how these young artists have visualized a "smack" of jellyfish, an "army" of herring, a "knot" of frogs, and many more. Stop induring Gallery Walk and all month long for a sip of Joe and a taste of these imaginative artists' work.

19. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2106 Main St. (802) 257-7044 www.vtart.comFeatured work in October includes original oil paintings by Cai Xi Silver and photographs of the night sky by Robert Wallace. Gallery Walk artists' reception from 5:30 to 7:30 on Friday, Oct. 2. A portion of sales of featured art will go to the Brattleboro Heating Fund. Vermont Artisan Designs is also an information center for the Vermont Crafts Council's Fall Open Studio Tour on Oct. 3 and 4. Maps and visual samples of what to see are on display at the gallery.

20. Works Bakery Café, 118 Main St. (802) 579-1851 October features works from the Vermont Center for Photography's print archive as well as images by VCP exhibiting members. Visit to find out about membership. . . . Check out the "clothesline"exhibit of children's artwork from River Gallery School. . . . The café serves Rainforest Alliance coffee,humanely raised meats, poultry and dairy with no antibiotics or added hormones—thoughtfully sourced,local when possible. Open daily 6 to 6, until 9 for Gallery Walk.

21. David Walter Jewelry Studio & Master Craft Gallery,124 Main St. (802) 722-9620. Celebrating the company's 30th Anniversary in a new location at the Brooks House, David Walter designs and produces contemporary heirlooms in precious metals and gems. The Master Craft Gallery mounts exhibits featuring exceptional work by regional craftsmen. Continuing this month is "Ordered Universe," an exhibit of Kinetic Wire Sculptures by Bruce Campbell. Defining space through the unpretentious medium of wire which has been joined, bent, and twisted into imaginative shapes, these works encourage viewer interaction through the operation of a hand crank. Using simple gears, levers, and mechanical movements,the kinetic sculptures represent, in minimalist and transparent form, the artist's perception of the universe. Hours: Wed.-Sun. 10-6, later for Gallery Walk.

22. Amy's Bakery Arts Café 113 Main St. (802) 251-1071 Work by Jane Davies and Jeri Macdonald is featured. Davies, a graduate of Bennington College, teaches workshops in painting and collage, and emphasizes loose brushwork, saturated color, and pattern in her art. Expressing harmonies and dissonance, the work reflects an interest in sequences and cycles of seasons and tides, coastline and landscape. Macdonald's paintings explore how fabrics twist, entwine, and drape to reflect human curves and creases. A BFA graduate of Windham College (1976) in Putney, Macdonald hasa studio at her home in Cambridge, N.Y. Amy's offers European-style breads; soups, sandwiches, salads;specialty cakes, cookies, and other treats; open Mon.-Sat. 8-6, till 8 on Gallery Walk, and Sun. 9-5.

23. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. (802) 257-4777 Paintings by Richard Heller's explore two themes: an interest in pattern and our attraction to it, and a way to make paintings that are improvisational. Some explore an image, others are abstract: dense, chaotic at times, rhythmic at others, and suggest a world never at rest. Featured in Gallery 2 is work by poet artistT erry Hauptman, whose mixed media scrolls represent "a Phoenixlike rebel bird alive with longing that unscrolls continuously on the theme of hope arising from tragedy. The scrolls are spirit, musical pulses in motion, harmonic resonance." These framed works complement her exhibit of scrolls at the Brattleboro Museum. Reception with live music on Oct. 2, 5:30-8:30

.24. The Dianich Gallery 139 Main St., Rm. 501 (802) 380-1607. Down the alley and through the glass Through the hardship of slavery, sharecropping, and necessity, the women of Gee's Bend, Alabama,developed a distinctive quiltmaking tradition. A selection of their quilts is featured through November. Stop in during Gallery Walk on October 2 to meet a few visiting Gee's Bend quilters. The gallery otherwise will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 12 to 5 and by appointment. Also on Oct. 2 are free screenings of "The Quilts of Gee's Bend" by local filmmaker Vanessa Vadim at 6 and 7:30 pm in the Hooker-Dunham Theater downstairs, and a photo exhibit of Gee's Bend portraits by Hilltop Montessori Middle Schoolteacher Finn Campman in the new street level River Gallery School space at 34 Main.

25. The Gallery at The GardenRobert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St. (802) 246-0982."Lapiz Jazz," an exhibit of "songline scrolls" by Terry Linda Hauptman, is featured this month. The scrolls illuminate how light travels through the body, resonating as dynamic black bands outlining internal ambers in figurative form, representing one continuous glyph. ( Open during Gallery Walkon Friday, October 2, 5:30-8:30 pm. October hours: Mon.-Fri. 9-5 and Sat. 11-4, except during specialevents at the River Garden. Work by Hauptman is also showing at Gallery in the Woods (listing #23) and the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (listing #5).

26. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts. 167 Main St. (802) 246-3015 A Teapot Exhibition is featured in the upstairs gallery through Thanksgiving, including work by award-winning ceramic artists Maureen Mills, author of "Surface Design for Ceramics" from Portsmouth, N.H., and Iris Minc, teacher and porcelain artist from Merrimac, Mass. Unique contemporary and affordable vintageteapots are also on display. Enjoy a glimpse at Penelope's illustrated book "A Teapot Tale." Unframed City and Reproduction Archive maps from Cavallini are available for just $5.00. Penelope's Fine Contemporary Glass and an eclectic mix of Local and European Gifts include newly arrived Fall inventory. OPEN ALL WEEK: Mon.-Sat. 10ish to 6, Sun. 11 to 6, and late for Gallery Walk.

27. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts,183 Main St. (802) 251-8290 October's featured exhibit is Christine Triebert, Through a Glass Dimly, a unique portrait series including more than twenty subjects, many of whom will be familiar to area residents. Please note coming events: A book signing with Emily Mason is scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 4-6 pm. An artist talk with Christine Triebert is scheduled for Thursday, October 15, 5-7 pm. The gallery features innovative works by mid-career and established artists in a variety of media. Open Wed.-Sun. 11--5 and 5:308:30 for Gallery Walk.

28. Take a Moment for Peace& A Syrian Art Event Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., in the Church Parlor(802) 257-4588 Dee and Bob Keller 5:30-6 pm Everyone is invited to the Moment for Peace on Friday, October 2. This month, with a bow to the Brattleboro Literary Festival in progress, the focus is: What Writings Bring You Peace? Please bring something short to share in the meditation, or come to listen to those offered by others. The gathering is facilitated by Elizabeth Pittman, who served as coordinator of Bereavement Services for BrattleboroHospice. . . .Syria and the World: Art and Conversations begins at 6:30, preceded by light refreshments from 6 pm. This gathering offers participants an opportunity to understand what is happening in Syria, how it is connected to the world, and inspiration for what we can do.

29. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. (802) 254-5290 Mezzanine Walls above MAIN FLOOR: Writer Toni Ortner shows her expressive paintings of flowers,landscapes, animals, jazz, relationships, and dramatic events of our time, intended to evoke emotional responses in viewers. MEZZANINE: 19th century works from the Henrietta Loud Collection. LOCAL HISTORY ROOM WINDOWS: left—Abenaki artifacts collected locally; right—Glass and ceramic vases from the Loud Collection. SECOND FLOOR, CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASE: Painter Judith Oksner's watercolor and ink illustrations for "Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo" by Sy Montgomery. NEW LIBRARY HOURS: Mon. Wed. 10–9; Thur.-Fri. 10-6; & Sat. 10-5.

30. Brattleboro History Center,196 Main St. (802) 258-4957(through side door of Masonic Center) FREE ADMISSION: Open 28 for Gallery Walk, otherwise Thurs.-Fri. 2-4, Sat. 113. See an expanded display of colonial Fort Dummer, located here on the Connecticut River, including a wooden model and sample artifacts, c. 1724. Enjoy photos of Island Park before the Connecticut River flood washed it away. Vermont Phoenix newspapers provide real time accounts of the Civil War. Peruse annotated lists of 47 soldiers with Brattleboro connections who died of their injuries. See lovely spring gowns and a local Swedish woman's national costume. View outfits, photos, stories, and early artifacts of generations of Brattleboro National Ski Patrol members. Research Room at Municipal Center (3rd fl, elevator) open Thurs. 24, Sat. 1012, and by appointment.

31. Hermit Thrush Brewery, 29 High St. (802) 257-BEER (2337) & Facebook. Nora's connection to art began as a child and has matured and improved in tandem with her personalgrowth. Family and others who impact her life are her chief inspiration, and losing herself in the process of capturing a personality and mood is the most rewarding experience in her busy lifestyle—art being her mainsource of escape and peace of mind. Nora specializes in portraits and selfportraits using mostly graphite,marker, and acrylic paint. Custom work is welcome; see info at Hermit Thrush for emailing the artist. GalleryWalk on October 2 is Pint Night, with food by Turquoise Grille and live music by Andy Loughney. Open Mon.-Thurs. 3-8, Fri.-Sat. 12-9, Sun. 12-6.

32. Jasmine Day Spa, 29 High St. (802) 257-0333. HighGrove lot Jasmine welcomes Nancie McLean, a visual artist whose pieces have been shown throughout the country."My recent work explores dreams of flight and the freedom of wings." Relax and enjoy a complimentary 10-minute massage during Gallery Walk on October 2, 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Exhibit otherwise open Mon.-Fri. 9-7 pm, Sat. 10-5 pm. Jasmine Day Spa offers massage therapy, energy work, facials, makeup, body treatments, and Ayurvedic treatments.

Special Regional Venues:

A. SE Vermont Welcome Center 191 North, about a mile south of Exit 1 The Silo Gallery hosts work from Vermont Artisan Designs in Brattleboro. Davallia Art and Accents of Chester is displaying works by selected Vermont artists. ClearLake Furniture of Ludlow is exhibiting anoak library table and several maple chairs. Information and showcase exhibits are useful resources for visitors and residents alike. The Center is open 7 am to 11 pm 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 Visit the Walk website at


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