Come explore local art
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 23 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 from the north at The Marina Restaurant off Putney Road near the West River, where refreshments are offered to Walk patrons from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Coming from the west, Walk participants can stop at C.X. Silver Gallery, 814 Western Ave., from noon to 3 p.m. only or by appointment later in the month.
The 16-page January edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete descriptive listings and a map. This month's feature article is on the HatchSpace resource for craftspeople, currently in development on Frost St. and represented by a woodworking exhibit at the Latchis Gallery this month. Online explorers may also visit www.GalleryWalk.org for current listings and articles, full-color photos of work in most of this month's exhibits, and an archive of stories 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 (down behind 464 Putney Road); 802-257-7563; vermontmarina.com. Introducing Sylvia Chun Yin Ryder's floral watercolor series and two oil paintings. Also trained in classical ballet and music in her native China, Sylvia divides her time between her New Hampshire art studio and playing the piano at area nursing homes and in New York City restaurants. Other ongoing exhibits include Ray Fiske's "Canvas and Steel" series and his 5-foot Tin Man; Alex Hrabchak's watercolors; painter Kristina Wentzell's flora, fauna, and landscapes; Tiffany Heerema's collages of vintage food imagery; Terry Carter's large painted gourds; Henry Ireland's fine art photography; Tina Olsen's botanical illustrations; Martha Dolan's landscapes and contemporary artwork; Janet Picard's mystical landscapes, studies in nature, and unconventional still lifes; and Deborah Lazar's impressionistrealist paintings. Walk "munchies" available 5 to 6:30 p.m. A casual waterfront eatery with sunset view, The Marina is open daily 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday brunch served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2. C.X. Silver Gallery: 814 Western Ave.; 802-257-7898; email@example.com; www.cxsilvergallery.com. Open for Gallery Walk noon to 3 p.m. on Jan. 4; otherwise open year-round by calling ahead to arrange a visit. Through February: Fluxus Dialogue by Nye Ffarrabas and Geoffrey Hendricks (1932-2018), introducing Nye's "Friday Book of White Noise" 1964-1967, the original notebooks shown for the first time in public as whole artprocess-objects. Publications: Linda Montano, 14 Years of Living Art — magcloud.com/browse/issue/1184522 — and Nye Ffarrabas' a walk on the inside: 50-year retrospective—magcloud.com/browse/issue/756374. . . . DIM SUM catering by appointment; calling one or two days in advance recommended, 802-257-7898. Self-contained 3rd floor airBnB apartment with art all around: airbnb.com/rooms/7173206.
3. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center: 10 Vernon St.; 802-257-0124; brattleboromuseum.org. Free admission and a 10 percent discount on new museum memberships during Gallery Walk. This is the last weekend for two exhibits closing January 7 — Michael Poster: If she has a pulse, she has a chance, and Robert Perkins: Every Day. Showing through Feb. 10 are Emily Mason: To Another Place — a six-decade survey, and Elizabeth Turk: Heaven, Earth, Home. Showing through March 2 is Orly Cogan: Don't Call Me Princess. Hours: Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Tuesday. Admission is $8-$6-$4, Free: members & under 18; Free for everyone on Thursday 2 to 5 p.m.
4. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery: 36 Bridge St.; 802-490-2354;
whetstonestation.com. Kathy Velon of North Bennington is showing mixed-media paper abstracts — batiked/beaded, joomchi/beaded, and monoprints — through the end of February. Velon became a full-time studio artist after her retirement in April 2017. The Whetstone offers inspired food, local craft beers, and specialty drinks in a picturesque waterfront location; free parking. Lunch and dinner daily 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.
5. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery 34: 32-34-36 Main St.; 802-257-1577; www.rivergalleryschool.org. Students in the fall session of Adult Studio are showing a variety of artwork in January. Studio class focuses on individual process, with each artist developing and executing projects of his or her choice, with guidance from the artist/teachers. Mediums range from oils, acrylics, and water-based media to 3-D and mixed-media. Inspiration and support are exchanged among the participants as they work in a low-key but focused studio environment. This weekly practice helps keep the creative gears in motion. Gallery 34 features work by the RGS Board of Trustees.
6. Latchis Gallery & Theatre: 50 Main St.; 802-254-1109 ext. 3, Jon; www.theater.latchis.com, latchisarts.org. The Latchis Gallery features a continuing exhibit of work by members of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers. Stop by during Gallery Walk and during the month to view the fine craftmanship of these regional artisans and find out more about The HatchSpace woodworking cooperative in Brattleboro. For details, visit latchisarts.org.
7. Vermont Center for Photography: 49 Flat St.; 802-251-6051, Joshua Farr; www.vcphoto.org. Featured through January 27 is Lindsey Beal: Progressions, a six-part exhibit of photo-based work by Beal, who has an MFA in Photography and a Graduate Certificate in Book Arts. "Inspired by the ways in which contemporary American society views women, I investigate how women lived in the past, drawing parallels and contrasts between women's lives then and now." Techniques include cyanotype and ziatype prints, high-resolution scans, Lumiere's Autochromes, the collodion process, and handmade sculptures, among others. Opening Reception 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 4. Artist Talk & Closing Reception, 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27. Hours: Thursday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Further exhibit details and membership info online.
8. ArtRageUs1: 57 Elliot St.; 802-490-2277; ArtRageUs1.com info@ArtRageUs1.com. Featuring jewelry that is "comforting to the spirit," made with semi-precious gems by local "serial creative arts entrepreneur" Bonnie A. Girvan, who is also a landscape designer and Feng Shui Master! Also featuring author Lynn Martin, who will read from her new book, "Living Diversity," at 6 p.m. Meet Bonnie, Lynn, and other members of the Arts Collective during Gallery Walk on January 4. ArtRageUs offers fine art, crafts, furniture, jewelry, books, and music by local artists, craftsmen, authors, and musicians. New members welcome. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 5 to 8 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
9. Mocha Joe's Caf : 82 Main St; 802-257-7794; www.mochajoes.com. January features a continuing exhibit of prints and acrylic paintings with collage by Brattleboro artist Mackenzie Reilly. These pieces were made late at night or early in the morning, since she feels the most compelled to create when most of Brattleboro is quiet and still. Mackenzie hopes this juxtaposing energy is reflected in her work. Stop by to see the art and enjoy freshly roasted coffee, a seasonal drink, and homemade pastries. Open Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
10. Yalla Vermont: 80 Main St.; 802-579-1309; www.facebook.com/Yalla-Vermont. Continuing in January is an installation art show by Jonas Fricke entitled "Holy Spirits," which the artist describes as "a space-transforming extravaganza in celebration of the universe — spreading from a welcome bench to a permanent mural and multitudes of works in myriad mediums." Enjoy authentic Middle Eastern fare made from scratch — including handmade pitas and falafel — using locally sourced and organic ingredients when possible. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday; open Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (later for Gallery Walk) — subject to seasonal changes.
11. Turn It Up!: 85 Main St.; 802-251-6015; www.turnitup.com. The record shop 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. Browse new and classic music on vinyl and CD at bargain prices. Open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
12. Amy's Bakery Arts Caf : 113 Main St.; 802-251-1071. Caryn King continues finding joy in painting animals. This exhibit includes new paintings and some of her past favorites of animals found on farms and in fields of New England—all with their own distinct uniqueness. Enjoy 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. for Gallery Walk); and and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
13. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2: 106 Main St.; 802-257-7044; www.vtart.com. Work by plein air landscape painter Eric Tobin has been held over. Also featured in January are still-life paintings by Georgette Carley, oil landscapes and interiors by Carol Gobin, and oil landscapes by William E. Roberts Jr. The Windham County Heat Fund will receive a portion of sales of the featured artists' works this month. Gallery Walk reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday. Visit online or stop by seven days to see work by more than 300 artists.
14. Works Bakery Caf : 118 Main St.; 802-579-1851; worksbakerycafe.com. River Gallery School is exhibiting works from the Subscription Art program that supports the Scholarship Fund. Framed original artwork created by children attending River Gallery School is loaned to businesses and members of the community for a year to hang in offices and homes. RGS is a 41-year-old nonprofit located at 32 Main St., Brattleboro. Call 802-257-1577 for information, or visit the website for class offerings — rivergalleryschool.org. (See Walk listing #5 for current exhibits at the school.) The caf serves Rainforest Alliance coffee and humanely raised meats, poultry, and dairy with no antibiotics or added hormones; open daily 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
15. Gallery In The Woods: 145 Main St.; 802-257-4777; www.galleryinthewoods.com. Featured work continuing in January is "Guatemalan Tapestry: Contemporary Mayan Tribal Artists," a special collection of evocative paintings from the Lake Atitlan region. Known for their unique naif style, many of these
artists draw on colorful patterns of traditional textiles and the rich natural environment. In Mayan Cosmology, the Goddess Ixchel (the weaver) is believed to hold the world together and maintain the continuum. The Mayan Calendar recognizes change and the cyclical nature of life. In light of these profound systems of thought, the exhibition explores connective threads between the deep roots of this ancient culture and its ability to adapt and survive the effects of globalization. Reception on Dec. 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; music by the Moondogs. Open daily 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
16. Catherine Dianich Gallery: 139 Main St., room 501 (down the alley, through the glass doors); 802-380-1607; www.catherinedianichgallery.com. Featured through Jan. 26 is Mid-century Master: Nicolas A. Apgar (1918-2011), a nearly seven-decade retrospective of oils, watercolors, and drawings, with an emphasis on Apgar's mid-century work. Apgar earned his BA and MFA from Syracuse University, where he studied with Josef Albers, Louis Bosa, and Jean Charlot. Two
Apgar studies appear in Albers' Interaction of Color (Yale University Press, 1963) and Search vs. ReSearch (Yale, 1969). After 20 years as a medical illustrator, Apgar joined the Communication Arts and Design faculty at Richmond Professional Institute, now Virginia Commonwealth University, retiring as a full professor after 32 years. Reception during Gallery Walk on Friday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Otherwise open Saturdays 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment.
17. The Gallery at The Garden: Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St.; 802-246-0982; www.strollingoftheheifers.com. Strolling of the Heifers (SOTH) is holding over its "Local Quilters' Show" in the gallery during January, featuring 11 handmade quilts, some available for purchase. Also during Gallery Walk on Friday, SOTH is hosting "Get The Word Out," a special event featuring more than 40 local non-profits. Stop in to see the quilt show and learn about these organizations. The River Garden is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check SOTH's website for the 2019 River Garden calendar of events and Saturday hours.
18. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts: 167 Main St.; 802-246-3015; www.penelopewurr.com. The Upstairs Gallery features a Ceramic Collective of work by British artists Mia Sarosi and Virginia Graham, as well as Porzellanatelier Claudia Biehne of Germany. All three artists have been featured previously. Shop beautiful wearables by Kopka, Wallace Sewell, and Gill Fox, among others. Holiday-themed cards, ornaments, and gifts on special sale. Don't forget the Classic British Fare. Open daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., later for the Walk.
19. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts: 183 Main St.; 802-251-8290; mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com. Continuing through Jan. 6 is Donald Saaf: Outside and Inside, showcasing new paintings, watercolor illustrations, and sculpture. Opening on Saturday, Jan. 12, with an artists' reception from 5 to 7 p.m., is Winter Group 2019, featuring work by Josh Bernbaum, Bruce Campbell, Lyell Castonguay, Liz Chalfin, Jon Gregg, Emily Mason, Petria Mitchell, and other gallery artists. Visit the MGFA Annex in the Brooks House Atrium, 132 Main St., for a rotating display of gallery artists. MGFA is committed to presenting innovative, contemporary works in a variety of mediums that stimulate both the seasoned collector and aesthetic explorer. Gallery Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Tuesdays.
20. Take a Moment for Peace: Centre Congregational Church Parlor, 193 Main St.; 802-254-4730. From 5:30 to 6 p.m., Amy Enochs offers part of the Paneurythmy sacred circle dance she learned from Rupa Cousins. This simple dance requires no dance experience and can be done standing in place or even sitting. Amy explains: "The Sunrise gesture, considered the spiritual height of the dance, honors both the outer sun and our inner sun as a life-giving and sustaining force. With the darkness of winter and the lessening of the sun's rays, when all of nature draws inward, this is when we can become aware of, and develop, our inner sun, our inner light, to warm ourselves and others."
21. Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St.; 802-254-5290; www.brookslibraryvt.org. Main Floor - Mezzanine Walls, Bill Fleming's "Greetings from Brattleboro, VT" needlework; second floor - entryway case, Kids' LEGO-Palooza creations, beginning Dec. 20; children's book illustrators cases, author-illustrator Suzanne Bloom exhibits her latest picture book, "I Just Like You," in which young animals show how we can like each other despite our differences. Bloom also displays several book covers and interior spreads from her "Goose and Bear Stories" series. Objects from the Fine Arts Collection are permanently displayed throughout the building; take 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.
22. Hermit Thrush Brewery: 29 High St. 802-257-BEER (2337); hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook. "Inktober" is a continuing exhibit of ink illustrations by Hermit Thrush resident artist Caitlin Stearns. Many came out of 2017's Instagram Inktober, challenging artists around the globe to create an ink drawing each day during October. Inspired by current events, powerful music and lyrics, Caitlin often draws a musician and writes down the lyrics while listening to their song. "It is a necessary cathartic release," says this New Jersey transplant with a BFA in painting. For illustration/graphic design inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org. . . . Pints of beer for Hermit Thrush Pint Night available from 5 p.m. during Gallery Walk. Open Monday through Thursday, 3 to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 9 p.m.; and 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 features work by southern Vermont artist Martha Dolan in January. Dolan shares that "art has been a meaningful way for me to express myself and use my imagination. In recent years, I have been able to focus on my art and allow that freedom of expression to emerge. I work primarily with oil paints but also with watercolor." The Guilford Welcome Center offers brochures, magazines, maps, and showcase exhibits of area products, artwork, and fine crafts for the benefit of travelers and Vermonters alike. Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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, contact promotional coordinator Joy Wallens-Penford at 802-257-2616 or preferably by e-mail at info@GalleryWalk.org. Visit the Walk website at www.gallerywalk.org.
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