Holiday events abound for Gallery Walk
Official Gallery Walk hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., though most businesses 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 3 to 6 p.m., then skip down to South Main St. to reach the Cotton Mill complex's weekend holiday market, open from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday.
The 24-page December edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine features the Quilt Show at The River Garden this month, and there's a summary of three special holiday market events, two of them continuing through Sunday. Online explorers may also visit 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. 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.
EXHIBITS AND EVENTS
1. The Marina Restaurant: 28 Spring Tree Road, (down behind 464 Putney Road). 802-257-7563; vermontmarina.com. Exhibits include paintings from 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 impressionist-realist 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 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2. C.X. Silver Gallery: 814 Western Ave.; firstname.lastname@example.org; cxsilvergallery.com. Open for Gallery Walk, 3 to 6 p.m.; otherwise open year-round by calling ahead to arrange a visit — closed Dec. 23 through 27. Through January: Fluxus Dialogue by Nye Ffarrabas and Geoffrey Hendricks (1932-2018). Publications: Linda Montano, 14 Years of Living Art — magcloud.com — and Nye Ffarrabas' a walk on the inside: 50-year retrospective — magcloud.com. Dim Sum catering by appointment; call one to two days in advance recommended, 802-257-7898. Self-contained third floor airBnB apartment with art all around: airbnb.com/rooms/7173206.
3. 20th Cotton Mill Open Studio & Holiday Sale: 74 Cotton Mill Hill; thecottonmill.org. Open 4 to 8 p.m. during Gallery Walk, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Get behind the scenes of creative Cotton Mill businesses and shop Windham County's handmade, handcrafted, homegrown, unique, high-quality art and food products. Cafe areas with culinary delights and adult beverages. Music, dance, and puppetry performances from New England Center for Circus Arts, Vermont Jazz Center, Sandglass Theater and local musicians. Children's activities and more. Free admission.
4.Brattleboro Museum & Art Center: 10 Vernon St.; 802-257-0124; brattleboromuseum.org. Free admission during Gallery Walk. Make a holiday ornament during the walk. Current exhibits showing through Jan. 7 are 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: $8-$6-$4, Free: members and under 18; Free for everyone on Thursday, 2 to 5 p.m.
5. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery: 36 Bridge St.; 802-490-2354; whetstonestation.com. Illustrations by Sarah Rice are showing through December. This exhibit introduces her latest motorcycle drawings to New England art lovers. Sarah lives in Brattleboro with her beagle Jezebel and boyfriend Josh. She spends her spare time, away from her full-time job, making art in her studio. You can see more of her work at saraherice.com. The Whetstone offers 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.
6. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery 34: 32-34-36 Main St.; 802-257-1577; rivergalleryschool.org. The holiday event Angels, Beasts, Shepherds & Kings has been an RGS tradition for more than 30 years. Makers of all ages have come together to create whimsical, traditional, and outrageous (or all of the above) sculptural concoctions now adorning the windows and walls of the school. Most are for sale to support RGS's inclusive scholarship policy. Come enjoy them, adopt one to add to your holiday decor, and consider making something yourself. The possibilities are endless, and it's fun. Gallery 34 features Bridges of Brattleboro, small sketch oil paintings, drawings, and prints by artist-teacher Leigh Niland, through the end of December.
7. Latchis Gallery & Theatre: 50 Main St.; 802-254-1109 x3 Jon; theater.latchis.com; latchisarts.org. In December, The Latchis Gallery features work by members of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers. View the work and find out more about The HatchSpace woodworking cooperative in Brattleboro. Also, stop by the Latchis Hotel lobby for the unveiling of its holiday decorations and to enjoy some Gallery Walk refreshments. For details, visit latchisarts.org.
8. Vermont Center for Photography: 49 Flat St.; 802-251-6051; Joshua Farr; vcphoto.org. Featured through Dec. 30 is VCP's Annual Holiday Members Exhibition, a diverse collection of images representing a wide swath of work that touches on all corners of the photographic medium. VCP's membership is at the core of its success over the last 20 years. Opening reception, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. during Gallery Walk. Gallery hours: Thursday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Visit online for information on becoming a member and participating in these exhibitions.
9. 118 Gallery: 118 Elliot St.; 118elliot.com. "Reflections on My Everyday World," a retrospective by Lisa Charkey, chronicles her start in New York City through her years in France, Morocco, and finally Vermont. The "Cut Up Woman" collage series, the gallery's inaugural show that chronicled her five-year battle with cancer, is shown alongside abstracted self-portraits — photo imagery collaged with neon duct tape and acrylic overlay. "The key elements of my artistic journey have been the people and objects of my everyday life and my relationship with them." This show pays homage to a beloved friend who left behind a trove of wonders. Celebrate her life and art at Friday's Gallery Walk reception, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Otherwise open Sunday, Dec. 9, noon to 4 p.m.
10. ArtRageUs1: 57 Elliot St.; 802-490-2277; ArtRageUs1.com; info@ArtRageUs1.com. Elinor Katz makes beautiful and functional mosaic art pieces using broken china and glass — tables, shelves, frames, jewelry, and more! Come meet Elinor during Gallery Walk, and author member Tamara Stenn, who will talk about her latest book, Social Entrepreneurship as Sustainable Development: Introducing the Sustainability Lens. There are lots of holiday decorations; books by local folks; clothing, lamps, and furniture made from repurposed materials; and many one-of-a-kind items. Applications for membership in the arts collective are available in the store. Open Friday/Saturday/Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and online, with special hours Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and all week prior to Christmas.
11. Elliot St. Fish & Chips: 50 Elliot St.; 802-451-9482; email@example.com; FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More. Featured in December are paintings from 2015-2018 by Larisa Volkavichyute: "I like to experiment with materials; however, soft pastel is my favorite medium. I love it because it allows me to play with color. I like to paint real objects but bend reality to create an imaginary, kinder, gentler, more child-like version of the world. I would like the viewer to take a step into this world and experience a feeling of wonder and curiosity about the things that surround us every day." The cafe 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.
12. Cara Wolff Jewelry: 4 Elliot St.; 208-869-2948; carawolffjewelry.com. Jewelry by metalsmith/designer Cara Wolff Meinke is featured in this boutique and jewelry studio. Wolff's former career as a wildlife biologist and her love of nature strongly influence her designs and unique displays that include live-edge wood tables, moss, and bark. Also featured are works by jewelers Julia Tadlock, Bob Borter, and Julia Rickliss; ceramic artist Rob Cartelli; and fiber artist Vale Burns, as well as locally harvested mushroom tinctures by Dark Matter. Organic, cold-brew, nitro coffee may be sipped in a nook overlooking Main Street. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., until 8 p.m. for the Walk, and otherwise by appointment.
13. Mocha Joe's Cafe: 82 Main St.; 802-257-7794; mochajoes.com. Brattleboro artist Mackenzie Reilly is showing prints and acrylic paintings with collage. 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., Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
14. Yalla Vermont: 80 Main St.; 802-579-1309; facebook.com/Yalla-Vermont. Hanukkah 6th-Candle-Lighting Party, 6 p.m. during Gallery Walk. December features 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/Monday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (later for Gallery Walk) — subject to seasonal changes.
15. Turn It Up!: 85 Main St.; 802-251-6015; 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., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
16. Main St. Flea: 111 Main St. Back by popular demand! Local makers unite for this unique, collaborative market. For four days only, this holiday bazaar features quality goods and handmade crafts. Jewelry, ceramics, prints, cards, natural medicinals, home goods, and natural beauty products are among the wide array of artisanal and eclectic offerings by Rob Cartelli, Briony Morrow-Cribbs, Julia Tadlock, Dark Matter, Sarah Rice, Tiny Pony Apothecary, and many others as well as a photo booth with Ezra Distler. Open today, 5 to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
17. Amy's Bakery Arts Cafe: 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 the Walk, and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
18. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2: 106 Main St.; 802-257-7044; vtart.com. December featured artists are plein air painter Eric Tobin from northern Vermont and jewelry designers and makers Ann D. Kearney and Bruce Baker from Middlebury. Tobin paints landscapes of Vermont. Kearney works in silver and gold. Baker works primarily in silver and often includes semi-precious stones in his designs. The Windham County Heat Fund will receive a portion of sales of the featured artists' works this month. Gallery Walk reception on Friday, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Visit online or stop by seven days to see work by over 300 artists.
19. Works Bakery Cafe: 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. The cafe 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.
20. Community College of Vermont: 41 Harmony Place; 802-254-6370. Gallery Walk Open House featuring student work created in three fall semester classes: Introduction to Fiber Arts, Digital Photography, and Microcomputer Applications. Reception with light refreshments from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday.
21. Gallery In The Woods: 145 Main St.; 802-257-4777; galleryinthewoods.com. December's featured exhibit, "Guatemalan Tapestry: Contemporary Mayan Tribal Artists," features 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 Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; music by the Moondogs. Open daily 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
22. Catherine Dianich Gallery: 139 Main St., Room. 501 (Down the alley, through the glass doors); 802-380-1607. 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. Gallery Walk reception, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Otherwise open Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment.
23. 21st Annual Children's Holiday Craft Fair: 5 to 8 p.m. during Friday's Gallery Walk: Strolling of the Heifers, Vermont Wilderness School and the Putney Area Homeschool Group present this annual holiday market for children — whether homeschooled or in school — to share their creativity with the community and learn something about entrepreneurship. Items include beeswax candles and matchbox poetry, wooden toys, herbal potion necklaces, handcrafted cards and wrapping paper, garland, knit headbands and scarves, bath bombs and handmade soaps and lotion bars, a variety of handcrafted ornaments, felted creatures, jewelry, wreaths, and cinnamon buns, vegan cupcakes and cookies. Browse the impressive offerings, listen to music, enjoy baked goods to support the cause, and begin your holiday gift shopping.
24. The Gallery at The Garden: Robert H. Gibson River Garden; 157 Main St.; 802-246-0982; strollingoftheheifers.com. Strolling of the Heifers presents "A Local Quilters' Show" in the gallery during December, featuring a dozen beautiful handmade quilts, some available for purchase and one being raffled. Stop by during Gallery Walk on Friday to see the exhibit and shop at the 21st Annual Children's Holiday Craft Fair, hosted by the Putney Area Homeschool Group (see full listing above). The River Garden is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. except during special events in the building.
25. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts: 167 Main St.; 802-246-3015; penelopewurr.com. This December the upstairs Gallery will be exhibiting a Ceramic Collective with British artists Mia Sarossi and Virginia Graham, and Porzellanatelier Claudia Biehne of Germany. All three artists have been featured previously. The Holiday Season is apon us — shop beautiful wearables by Kopka, Wallace Sewell, and Gill Fox, among others, and the Best Holiday Ornaments. Don't forget the classic British fare. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, later for the Walk, and seasonal hours through Christmas Eve.
26. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts: 183 Main St.; 802-251-8290; mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com. Continuing through Jan. 6 is Donald Saaf, Outside and Inside, showcasing recent paintings, illustrations, and sculpture. An artist talk is scheduled for Saturday, 5 p.m. Saaf describes this show as "mostly paintings of the community, but they're also about the internal, invisible connections." This exhibition and Donald Saaf are supported by a grant from the Artist's Resource Trust. MGFA is committed to presenting innovative, contemporary works in a variety of media that stimulate both the seasoned collector and aesthetic explorer. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Tuesdays. Visit the MGFA Annex in the Brooks House Atrium, 132 Main St., for a rotating display of gallery artists.
27. Take a Moment for Peace: Centre Congregational Church Parlor; 193 Main St.; 802-254-4730; 5:30 to 6 p.m. Join Rev. Lise Sparrow (pastor of Guilford Community Church) and an interfaith choir of the community for music from around the world, poems and prayers of different faith traditions, and candle-lighting for places in the world in need of peace. Everyone is welcome.
28. Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St.; 802-254-5290; brookslibraryvt.org. Main floor—mezzanine walls: Bill Fleming's "Greetings from Brattleboro, VT" needlework. Second floor — entryway case: Brattleboro Mineralogy Club, featuring New Hampshire minerals; Kids' LEGO-Palooza creations, beginning Dec. 20; Children's book illustrators cases: Award-winning children's book author-illustrator Suzanne Bloom, whose latest book is "I Just Like You." 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.
29. Hermit Thrush Brewery: 29 High St.; 802-257-BEER (2337); hermitthrushbrewery.com and Facebook. The gallery features "Inktober," 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 one ink drawing every 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," said this New Jersey transplant with a BFA in painting. Caitlin is available for illustration and graphic design commissions — email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Pints of beer for Hermit Thrush Pint Night are available from 5 p.m. during Gallery Walk. Brewery hours: Monday through Thursday, 3 to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon to 9 p.m., Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Special regional venues
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center: 1-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1. The Silo Gallery and four display panels feature works by Vermont artist Amy Mosher of Chester. Mosher's oil paintings feature scenes of small farms in Vermont and beyond. Her work captures the individual characteristics and personalities of the animals she portrays, and the rural nature of farm life. Color, texture, contrast of light and dark, and the use of visual dimension are important elements in her paintings. 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 email at info@GalleryWalk.org. Visit gallerywalk.org for more information.
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