Gallery Walk on Friday, July features dancing at many venues
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 40 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 2:30 to 5 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 July edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete descriptive listings and a map. This month's cover articles are about the "From the River, To the River" public art project opening during the Walk, and also about the 4th Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14-17) and its associated Movement 2016 exhibits or activities at nineteen Walk venues. Online explorers may also visitGalleryWalk.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 Rd. 802-257-7563 (down behind 464 Putney Rd.) vermontmarina.com. The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14 to 17) presents the Movement 2016 exhibit "A Community of Movement" – six photographs by Diane Sharp and Annie Macy show the streets of downtown Brattleboro coming alive with dancers taking flight. (See southernvermontdancefestival.com.) Ongoing exhibits include paintings by Else DeVoid; watercolors by young Alex Hrabchak; flora, fauna, and landscapes by painter Kristina Wentzell; collages of vintage food imagery by Tiffany Heerema; large painted gourds by Terry Carter; fine art photography by Henry Ireland; botanical illustrations by Tina Olsen; landscapes and contemporary artwork by Martha Dolan; mystical landscapes, studies in nature, and unconventional still-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.
caixiart.com and dimsumvt.com Gallery open 2:30 to 5 p.m. for Gallery Walk on July 1; otherwise open year round by calling 12 days in advance. New exhibition: Le Xi Video Art: Between Substance and Shadow open throughout July. Reception on Saturday, July 9, 8 to 10 p.m. for viewing and discussion with the artist, plus outdoor installation projection after dark. More information at cxsilvergallery.com/lexi. Ongoing exhibits: Selections from the show and book, Nye Ffarrabas: a walk on the inside 50year retrospective, cxsilvergallery.com/nyeffarrabas. Rodrigo Nava Infinity Forms sculpture on lawn. Cai Xi exhibits include 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 apptointment – dimsumvt.com; calling ahead recommended.
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 July 1 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: 1st Floor Glassroom; marlboro.edu. Local artist Hilary Baker has mounted an exhibit entitled "Water Reconnect." This ongoing series of digital wetplate transfers on glass looks at the state of our local waterways alongside the endless need for clean water to grow food for the local community. Artist's reception from 5 to 7 on July 1 during Gallery Walk.
Come enjoy a glass of refreshing well water while viewing this luminous work. The exhibit continues through August with gallery hours of Monday to Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m.
5. Brattleboro Museum & Art Centre; 10 Vernon St. 802-257-0124, brattleboromuseum.org, Free admission during Gallery Walk. New Summer exhibits include Up in Arms: Taking Stock of Guns, exploring guns' influence on society . . . Philip J. Calabria's The Stilled Passage: Photographs of Unrestored Ellis Island . . . 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 on the museum exterior and in the sculpture garden . . . Your Space: Imagination Station invites visitors to design imaginary destinations. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Tuesday. Admission: $8/$6/$4, free: members and under 18. Free Thursdays after 2 p.m.; guided tours Saturdays at 2 p.m.
6. Riverfront at Depot Street: 26 Depot St. (behind the BMAC). 28 Vernon St. 802-258-9228. Exhibit information at 802-258-1574 Evie Lovett; firstname.lastname@example.org; Facebook: From the River, To the River. Opening July 1 during Gallery Walk are installations of the NEA-funded public art project "From the River, To the River" by Elizabeth Billings, Evie Lovett and Andrea Wasserman. Town officials and artists will parade with Southern Vermont Dance Festival dancers from the Brattleboro Transportation Center on Flat Street to the Riverfront at 6:15 p.m. to relax on the new granite benches, view "River Portrait" – a 25'x 8' photo collage – and enjoy poetry, performances, and ice cream floats. Bring a picnic dinner. (See articles, p. 5 and 8, and visit southernvermontdancefestival.com.)
7. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery; 36 Bridge St. 802-490-2354 whetstonestation.com. The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14 to 17) presents the Movement 2016 exhibit "Images from the 2nd Annual Festival," 17 photographic highlights of the 2014 Festival by Diane Sharp, Ted Thomas, and Jeffrey Lewis. Depicting the complete abandon that dance can offer, these images from around town and photos from the stage feature local movers and teachers with guests from all over the country. The festival hosts work by 25 artists in nearly two dozen venues throughout July. (See southernvermontdancefestival.com.) 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 and Saturday until 11 p.m.
8. Superfresh! Organic Café: 30 Main St. 802-579-1751; superfreshcafe.com and Facebook. The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14 to 17) presents the Movement 2016 exhibit "Bodies in Motion" by Virginia Driscoll. Created in an active style of painting, these 15 forms move through the space of the canvas often representing bodies moving through their environments. Driscoll studied intermedia arts at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Her work has been displayed at Launchpad Gallery, Woman Tree Gallery, and Switchyard Studios, among other venues in Portland, Oregon. (See southernvermontdancefestival.com.) Hours: Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m,, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Tuesday.
9. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery: 34,32,34 Main St., 802-257-1577. rivergalleryschool.org. Adult artists of all ages and experiences meet weekly to draw, paint in various mediums, and work 3 dimensionally at RGS's Adult Studio classes. This two-and-a-half-hour immersion in the practice of artmaking is also a time to let the cares of the world go. The creativity quotient is high, and the resulting pieces are all over the map—in a good way! Come see the varied results. Summer session begins soon with Adult and Teen classes and workshops, and Summer Camps for kids—see the RGS website for details. Gallery 34 hosts a group show by the Rock River Artists – rockriverartists.com.
10. Latchis Hotel & Arts Complex: 50 Main St., 802-254-1109, latchis.com. The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14 to 17) presents two related Movement 2016 exhibits at the Latchis – see southernvermontdancefestival.com. A. Latchis Gallery: "The Motion of Emotion: Part 1" by Siiri Lane. Colorful and intense, beautiful and calming, like the emotions they evoke, these smaller size recent paintings are inviting in their femininity. Lane earned her degree in Fine Arts at Bennington College. B. Main Theatre: "The Motion of Emotion: Part 2" by Siiri Lane. These larger format works are from an earlier period and exhibit a different aspect of Lane as an artist and a person moving through life. Open July 1, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m, during movie showings, and by appointment. C. Hotel Lobby: Featured are sculptures, mostly in wood, by Herb Hayes, who began this work in earnest on a Newfane farm after retiring from his job as an executive at United Technologies Corp. Gallery Walk reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
11. River Rock Collective: 51 Main St. 802-258-2231; (lowerlevel entry on Arch St.) email@example.com. Closed for Gallery Walk on July 1. The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14 to 17) presents the Movement 2016 exhibit "Human Movement Encased in Glass" by Zachary Grace. These blown-glass vessels were inspired by the human form in motion. This exhibit opens the 2nd week in July and will remain open through the rest of the month. Open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (See southernvermontdancefestival.com.)
12. Flat St. Brew Pub: 6 Flat St., 802-257-1911; flatstreet.net. Work in graphite, marker, pen, watercolor, gouache, and acrylics by Nora Jones is featured. "My art represents a collection of personal relationships and experiences. A large portion of my portfolio consists of self-portraits. Perhaps the largest part embodies my late partner, someone I consider my greatest inspiration. In life, and in passing, he continues to be the strongest drive for my creativity. The most important thing to me is for my viewers to feel the emotional process from where my art is born." The Pub offers 20 handcrafted ales and lagers on tap, and pub-style food. Open Tuesday through Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 4 to 12:30 p.m. – last call, Closed Sunday and Monday.
13. InSight Photography Project: 45 Flat St., Ste. 1 802-251-9960. insightphotography.org. The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14 through 17) presents the Movement 2016 exhibit "NYCB Principals at the Latchis" by Jeff Lewis, who took photographs of four principal dancers from the New York City Ballet performing at the Latchis Theater in April 2015 as a fundraiser for the Southern Vermont Dance Festival. This is a snapshot in time when the grace and precision of the New York City Ballet came to Brattleboro! Lewis captures these elite dancers at the top of their field. (See southernvermontdancefestival.com.) The InSight Photography Project empowers youth through photography, regardless of ability to pay. Call the office or visit online for more information.
14. Vermont Center for Photography: 49 Flat St. 802-251-6051 Joshua Farr, vcphoto.org. Featured in July is "The Gulf," a solo exhibition by Camilo Ramirez. "I photograph the length of the U.S. Gulf Coast, investigating ways its history, economics, environment, and culture intertwine to reveal a sense of displaced contradiction. These photographs explore the nuances of the region and also include the ubiquitous use of land, animals, and natural resources as they pertain to industry and recreation. The traditions, attitudes, and livelihoods that are passed down through multiple generations are wound tightly into the fabric of the place and are often visible within the landscape." Opening on July 1, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; otherwise open Friday. Saturday. Sunday. 12 to 5 p.m. More information online.
15. Brattleboro Transportation Center: 77 Flat St. (right of Experienced Goods) Exhibit information: 802-258-1574; Evie Lovett firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: From the River, To the River Opening July 1 during Gallery Walk are installations of the NEA-funded public art project "From the River, To the River" by Elizabeth Billings, Evie Lovett and Andrea Wasserman. "River Wall," a kinetic sculpture on the parking garage, evokes water patterns. Imagery of community members and water are combined in the video "Projected Water." At 6 p.m., Town officials and artists welcome the community on site. Southern Vermont Dance Festival dancers (southernvermontdancefestival.com) parade at 6:15 p.m. to the Riverfront at Depot St., where the community is invited to picnic and enjoy other art installations, poetry, dancing, the river, and ice cream floats.
16. Restless Rooster Café & Coffee Bar: 134 Elliot St., 802-258-2565; restlessroostercafe.com. Closed during Gallery Walk on July 1: The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14 through 17) presents the Movement 2016 exhibit "Color and Movement" by Clare Adams. "My new work celebrates the joy of dance and the excitement the Festival brings to Brattleboro. These monotypes were made on my antique etching press, which has recently been moved to my new studio in Saxtons River. Using figurative stencils and multiple color layers, I overlaid positive and negative forms to create a sense of movement and spontaneity." – clareadamsart.com. (See southernvermontdancefestival.com.) Open daily 7 a.m. to 2 p.m, serving breakfast and brunch until 1 p.m. weekdays, 2 p.m. on weekends.
17. 118 Elliot St.: A downtown arts and education venue; 118Elliot.com, 118Elliot@gmail.com The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14 to 17) presents the Movement 2016 exhibit "Move, Breathe, Feel" by Zachary Stephens. Movement, gesture, and form work in conjunction with the camera in these images of dancers from Luminz Studio, creating a lyrical visual narrative. A collaboration with Aurora Corsano, the images capture several years of dancers telling their stories and expressing themselves through dance and movement. A photographer and educator, Stephens is program director at InSight Photography Project and photojournalism instructor at Landmark College – photozach.com. Zach's work has appeared in many major newspapers and magazines and has also been show in several New England galleries. (See southernvermontdancefestival.com.)
18. ArtRageUs1: 57 Elliot St. 802-490-2277. ArtRageUs1.com, info@ArtRageUs1.com. This arts collective sells art, crafts, books, and music by local folks, and is home to the figurative furniture of Gayle Marie Weitz. Currently featured are the whimsical workings of DIANNE SHAPIRO's "Faux Fossils" exhibit. Come meet Dianne during Gallery Walk on July 1 and see her imaginative assemblages – "Ramphoryncus Rex," "Rhinodoutanta Glorius," and "Ocular Migraine" amongst others—in addition to an always changing inventory of local jewelry, prints, carvings, clothing, cards, and more! ArtRageUs continues to recruit new members (artists, authors, and musicians); applications available online and in the store. Open Friday. Saturday. Sunday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
19. Elliot St. Fish & Chips: 50 Elliot St., 802-451-9482; email@example.com; FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More. The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14 through 17) presents the Movement 2016 exhibit "The Essence of Humanity" by abstract visual artist Richard Ray. His fresh and thought provoking images, coupled with poetry, show that dance as an art is the soul of humanity. Ray captures the movement and essence of each piece by layering abstract work into his photographs. Images by Ray can also be seen throughout July at the Moore Free Library gallery in Newfane. (See southernvermontdancefestival.com.) 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.
20. Headroom Stages Galleria: 17 Elliot St., 2nd Floor; southernvermontdancefestival.com. The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14 through 17) presents three Movement 2016 exhibits: "Costumes For Dance," "Anxiety in Motion," and "Photographs of India." Ege Cordell designed costumes for Brattleboro School of Dance and Brenda Lynn Siegel for many years. Six of her costumes are displayed with corresponding photographs showing the costumes' motion when put to work. "Anxiety In Motion" depicts the art of choreography as dancers work through movement to create a piece that gets the audience to understanding what anxiety is, how it feels, and what it does to us when we feel it. Jessica Callahan Gelter is exhibiting "Photographs from India," where color and movement are found at every turn. Also showing, on Gallery Walk night only, are Interactive Kinetic Wire Sculptures by Zebediah Galipeau that will be moved to Brattleboro Savings & Loan for most of July. (See southernvermontdancefestival.com.)
21. Brink Gallery at Brattleboro Printmakers: 20 Elliot St.; 603-313-7569; Go through gate & downstairs; firstname.lastname@example.org The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14 through 17) presents a Movement 2016 exhibit of recent drawings and paintings by Virginia Driscoll. Based in Bellows Falls, Driscoll is an actor and visual artist whose work celebrates dance and the fleeting interaction of coming together and escape. She paints with acrylic and mixed media on paper or canvas. (See southernvermontdancefestival.com.) Gallery Hours: Friday, 5 to 8 p.m, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment.
22. Mocha Joe's Café: 82 Main St., 802-257-7794. mochajoes.com. The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14 through 17) presents the Movement 2016 exhibit "Images of 2015's 3rd Annual SVDF," a collection of 20 photographs by Paxton Angell and Annie Macy. Highlighting gala performances, informal concerts, classes, and community events, this exhibit captures the essence of SVDF's motto "Where Movement Meets Community." (See southernvermontdancefestival.com.) Stop by during the Walk and all month for a sip of Joe, locally baked treats, and a view of the photos.
23. Amy's Bakery Arts Café: 113 Main St., 802-251-1071. Photography by Elizabeth Ungerleider is featured. "Living in small-town New England, I find myself often traveling the same few roads to the same few places. When challenged several years ago to try to see something new every day, I began to notice all kinds of things – from ornamental building details on Main Street, to trees reflected in street puddles – and started taking photos, mostly with my iphone." She has posted a Facebook "Pic of the Day" as a visual diary for over five years. Amy's offers European-style breads; soups, sandwiches, salads; specialty cakes, cookies, and other treats; open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., until 8 p.m. on Gallery Walk, and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
24. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2: 106 Main St. 802-257-7044, vtart.com. Featured in July are new paintings by Paul G. Stone and by Nance Driscoll. In addition, the Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14 through 17) presents the Movement 2016 exhibit "Symmagery on Yoga Mats" by Tara Gordon, who photographs nature up close and uses mirror imaging to create her Symmagery products. Tara's goal is to aid users in aligning themselves with the world in body, mind, and spirit. (See southernvermontdancefestival.com.) Gallery Walk reception on Friday, July 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. A portion of sales of featured artists' work goes to the Groundworks Collaborative. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see work by over 300 artists and craftspeople.
25. Works Bakery Café: 118 Main St. 802-579-1851. worksbakerycafe.com. Featured artist Christy Bonneau paints medium to large scale abstracts exploring issues of human emotion and connectedness through the use of color and rhythm. These oils often incorporate printmaking techniques, etchings, transfers, threads, and collage. Her work is currently showing in a Boston gallery; has been featured at the Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester; and is in private collections throughout the US. 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.
26. 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 through Thursday. 12 to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 12 to 9 p.m.
27. 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.
28. Gallery in the Woods: 145 Main St., 802-257-4777, galleryinthewoods.com. In Gallery 1, Eric Boyer is showing "Convergence: Sensuous Sculpture from Wire Mesh," one of the Movement 16 exhibits sponsored by the Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14 through 17) – see southernvermontdancefestival.com. Skilled in life drawing and exposed to classical Greek sculpture, Boyer creates carefully wrought torsos and geometric vessels collected internationally. Gallery 2 features Ayn Hanna's "Mapping with Stitches: New Textile Art Quilts" connecting the physical and spiritual. Layers of fabric are combined with thread "drawing" to develop texture and line as Hanna plays with overlaps between art and science by combining imagery and personal symbols to convey feelings of place and experience. Open daily 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
29. The Dianich Gallery: 139 Main St., Rm. 501, 802-380-1607. Down the alley and through the glass doors, catherinedianichgallery.com. Featured through July 30 is fourth generation artist Molly Hatch, of Florence, Mass., who grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont and earned her BFA from Boston's Museum School in 2000. Her exhibit Passage was designed with the Dianich gallery space in mind—a space distinctively suited to sculptural floor pieces. Presenting new ceramic sculptures and drawings, the show was inspired by historic and contemporary
textiles and patterning found in home interiors, and it explores how patterns juxtapose. Open during Gallery Walk on July 1, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., otherwise by appointment. Live Music, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hooker-Dunham Courtyard by The Thunderballs, a 3-man Roots Reggae band featuring N.L. Dennis.
30. The Gallery at The Garden: Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St. 802-246-0982, strollingoftheheifers.com. Gallery Walk opening on July 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. for Into Nature: Contemporary Landscapes by Janet Picard, featuring colorful, mural sized oil paintings of nontraditional landscapes and concentrated whimsical studies of flowers. Janet studied at the Art Institute of Boston, and in Normandy, France with Expressionist painter Jason Berger, and holds a BFA from Union Institute & University. She has served numerous artist residencies and run several public/private school art programs over her 33 years in Windham County. She has exhibited widely locally and in and around New England. Her West Brattleboro studio is open by appointment. River Garden hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. except during special events.
31. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts: 167 Main St., 802-246-3015. penelopewurr.com. The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14 through 17) presents a Movement 2016 exhibit by Penelope Wurr. These etchings, lithographs, and photographs were produced during her postgraduate year at Central School of Art in London and were inspired by Penelope's London photos in the early '80s. "The Dance Center" and "Her Reflection" series were shown in a Royal Academy of Arts summer exhibition. (See southernvermontdancefestival.com.) Also on display is Penelope's Fine Contemporary Glass, as well as fine jewelry, an exceptional array of cards, personal accessories, and furnishings for home and garden. Open Monday through 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.
32. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts: 183 Main St. 802-251-8290, mitchellgiddingsfinearts.co Featured artist Donald Saaf is showing new paintings, paper collages, and gourd art through July 10. The gallery features innovative works by midcareer and established artists in a variety of media. Open Wednesday through Sunday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and for Gallery Walk. Opening reception on Thursday, July 14, 5 to 7 p.m., for "Jon Gregg: Evolving a Mark" and at the Brooks House Atrium Annex, 132 Main St.
33. Key Bank Window: 185 Main St. 802-257-7747. key.com The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 1417) presents the Movement 2016 exhibit "SVDF Through the Years." This exhibit of images from the Southern Vermont Dance Festival include three photographs taken by Jeff Lewis, Annie Macy and Kiqe Bosch that show SVDF's evolution. In addition to these images, the display presents details of this year's Festival and shows its growth in progress over time. See where the Festival has come from and where it is heading! (See southernvermontdancefestival.com.)
34. Take a Moment for Peace: Centre Congregational Church; 193 Main St., in the Church Parlor. 802-257-4588 Dee and Bob Keller, 5:30 to 6 p.m. – This month's meditation will be led by Jess Diamondstone, longtime member of the DummerstonBrattleboro community, sharing a conversation with Spirit on Peace.
35. Brattleboro Savings & Loan: 221 Main St. 802-254-5333; brattbank.com The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14 through 17) presents two Movement 2016 exhibits: "Images of an Inaugural Festival" by Kiqe Bosch and "Interactive Kinetic Wire Sculpture" by Zebediah Galipeau. Bosch's 13 blackandwhite images from the 2013 Festival celebrate the variety of movement presented in SVDF's first season. Bosch captured the joy of movement and the intimacy of the mover. Galipeau's kinetic wire sculptures require observer interaction to realize their movement and reveal how their individual elements, when united, achieve a singular goal. During Gallery Walk on July 1, they will be displayed at Headroom Stages and then move to BS&L. On July 16 and 17, they will be at The River Garden and then return again to the bank. (See southernvermontdancefestival.com.)
36. Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St. 802-254-5290, brookslibraryvt.org.
Main Floor – Mezzanine Walls: Dummerston resident Stephen Tavella's photographs from the Republic of Georgia. Artist reception 56 pm on July 1 for Gallery Walk. Second Floor—Children's Book Illustrators Cases: "Mouse Scouts," Sarah Dillard's illustrated chapter book; Entryway Case: Kids' crafts, including LEGOpalooza! 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 through 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.
37. 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. Featured is a local young woman's Prom Dress from 1913: floorlength, long sleeves, all white lace; along with an early Folk Dress from our local Swedish Collection. View a sampling of Colonel Yearbooks and "The Dial" literary magazines. Share memories of those good times! Research Room at Municipal Center (3rd fl, elevator) open Thursday 2 to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, and by appointment.
38. Shiatsu School of Vermont; 24 High St., 802-246-0877; Located inside the Midtown Mall; shiatsuvt.org. Open 5 to 8 p.m. on July 1 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!
39. Hermit Thrush Brewery: 29 High St., 802-257-BEER (2337), hermitthrushbrewery.com and Facebook. Two potters are featured in July. Julia Citrin confides, "I am as drawn to clay now as I was repelled by papier mâché as a youngster." Erin Stewart says, "I strive to create functional items and pieces of art pleasing to the eyes, hands, and mouth, using the movement of water as my muse. Other pieces use hand painted scenes and images on raw clay in combination with glazed surfaces. These signature forms embody my playful and reflective sides, and represent the importance and grace of both mind and spirit in creation." Hermit Thrush is hosting a Pint Night during Gallery Walk on July 1. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3 to 8 p.m,; Friday and Saturday, 12 to 9 p.m., Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m..
Special regional Venues: A. SE Vermont Welcome Center, 1-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1. The Silo Gallery hosts Gallery North Star of Grafton, representing some of Vermont's finest artists in a variety of mediums, including oil, pastel, and watercolor – gnsgrafton.com. Also showing is the Rock River Artists collective. These 14 professional artists work in a variety of fine art and craft mediums. During the annual Rock River Artists Open Studio Tour on July 16 & 17, the public is invited to stop by members' studios in the South Newfane and Williamsville area – rockriverartists.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 atgallerywalk.org.
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