Student Art Month launches at Walk
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 new venue Margo's Bits and Bobs at 1010 Western Ave., open until 8 p.m. (next door to the pizza shop); C. X. Silver Gallery at 814 Western Ave. open 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and the Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., with an exhibit open only for Gallery Walk evening, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The 24-page March edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete descriptive listings and a map. This month's guide includes articles about the 38th annual Student Art Month shows in downtown Brattleboro; some background on Whetstone Station's exhibit of studies for Picasso's Guernica mural; information on the Arts Council of Windham County's Creativity Forum Series, which begins later in March; and a spotlight on Margo's Bits and Bobs, the Walk's newest venue. Online explorers may also visit gallerywalk.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.
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. Paintings from Ray Fiske's "Canvas and Steel" series, as well as his 5-foot Tin Man, have been added to current exhibits, which include: 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. The Marina is open daily 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday Brunch served 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2. Margo's Bits and Bobs: Gifts & Collectibles; 1010 Western Ave.; 802-579-1571; Next to W. Brattleboro Pizza and 7-Eleven. This 300-square-foot retail space is bursting with eclectic wares to please everyone's fancy — antique smalls, Depression glass, fine china, handcrafted jewelry and hair accessories (including trendy teen styles), handknits, ladies' accessories, vintage linens, and much more. Margo immigrated from England in 1963, founded her company in 1990, and was featured in Antiques & The Arts Weekly in 1992. She sold antiques and collectibles at prestigious shows and flea markets all over New York State for a decade before moving to Vermont in 2000. So many "bits and bobs," so little time! Open Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., until 8 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
3. C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse: 814 Western Ave. (1 mile west of Exit 2); 802-257-7898 or 802-579-9088; caixiart.com and dimsumvt.com. Gallery open 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk; open year-round by calling ahead: 802-257-7898. Continuing exhibition: Liz Hawkes deNiord: Return As Ticket — cxsilvergallery.com/liz-hawkes-deniord, and book launch magcloud.com/browse/issue/1331705. Closing reception Sunday, March 11, 4 to 6 p.m., featuring Occasional Bliss singing duo — Michael Auerbach and Coretta Bliss. New Exhibition and Book Launch later in March for Linda Mary Montano — 40+ Years of Living Art: Drawings, Sculpture, and Photography — cxsilvergallery.com/linda-mary-montano. Preview/purchase the book at magcloud.com/browse/issue/1184522 (preview button under cover image). Dim Sum catering appointments. The Asian Cultural Center of Vermont presents the multicultural Persian Spring `New Day' Festival of Nowruz on March 24, 4 to 8 p.m., Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. — more information at accvt.org.
4. Root Social Justice Center: 28 Williams St.; 802-254-3400; therootsjc.org. One night only exhibit, during Gallery Walk on March 2: I Am Vermont Too hosts Visible In Vermont: A Photo Gallery — People of Color from all around the state share their experiences of racism in Vermont. Through this photo/story exhibit, displaying everyday racial microaggressions, People of Color challenge these assumptions and stereotypes, claiming Vermont as their own. Come check out the exhibit, meet some folks involved, and learn how the project is a tool to build Vermont's first Statewide People of Color Caucus. A photographer will be on site for any People of Color who would like to be part of the project. Free admission, suggested donation.
5. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center: 10 Vernon St.; 802-257-0124; brattleboromuseum.org. Free admission during Gallery Walk — memberships available at a 10 percent discount. Exhibits continuing through March 10: 2018 Vermont Scholastic Art & Writing Awards — showing work by statewide winners in this national program offering scholarship and exhibit opportunities; Open Call NXNE 2018: Works on Paper — A wide range of 2D and 3D works by more than 20 regional artists; Shimmering Mirage: Anila Quayyum Agha's Islamic-inspired patterns on gallery walls; Through April 17: Weighted Tears: Mary Admasian's outdoor installation. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Tuesday. Admission: $8-$6-$4, Free: members and under 18; Free on Thursday, 2 to 5 p.m.
6. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery: 36 Bridge St.; 802-490-2354; whetstonestation.com. Pablo Picasso's mural masterwork "Guernica" — completed in 1937 in a gray, black, and white palette — is considered one of the most moving and powerful anti-war expressions in the history of art. On loan from the estate of Heide Bredfeldt and Bill Oates, this exhibit features various preliminary studies for a variety of the mural's details, including the gored horse, a bull, and flames, that reveal Picasso's original plans for painting it in full color. 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. Lunch and dinner daily, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.
7. River Gallery School of Art & Gallery 34: 32-34-36 Main St.; 802-257-1577; rivergalleryschool.org. Upstairs Gallery spaces feature drawings by students in all classes. Registration for winter/spring classes and workshops is underway and ongoing. Check the web site for more information. Save March 24 for the Off The Wall Art Lottery at 118 Elliot St. Call the school for details; In Gallery 34 during March are paintings by Melody Squires. Although confined to a wheelchair with two types of cerebral palsy, this dedicated artist finds it very relaxing to paint using a brush fastened to a "headstick" device.
8. Latchis Gallery and Theatre: 50 Main St.; 802-254-1109 x3 Jon; theater.latchis.com, latchisarts.org. No special exhibits are scheduled in Latchis gallery spaces in March. Check online for current movies as well as "Live at the Latchis" and "Live in HD" events. The Latchis welcomes the New England Center for Circus Arts' Circus Spectacular on Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, at 1 p.m. On Sunday, and every Sunday in March at 11:30 a.m., Latchis Arts continues its popular Movies for Kids series. March features the animated movies of Hayao Miyazaki. Admission by donation.
9. In-Sight Photography Project: 45 Flat St.; Ste. 1 802-251-9960; insightphotography.org; exposuresprogram.org. In-Sight's Tiny Gallery is closed in March but will be open again next month with an exciting new exhibition. Hearty thanks to everyone who attended the High School A Cappella event at the BMAC in February, which helped raise funds for the In-Sight Scholarship Fund. Meanwhile, there's still time to sign up for spring classes. Visit insightphotography.org to view and register for current offerings.
10. Vermont Center for Photography: 49 Flat St.; 802-251-6051; Joshua Farr; vcphoto.org. The 2018 Open Juried Exhibition, open through April 1, includes 29 photographers from 12 states and Hong Kong. Regional representatives are Lindsay Richard of Brattleboro, Tara Wray of Woodstock, and Kimberly Lockwood of Holyoke, Mass. Juror Shane Lavalette is an American photographer, independent publisher, and director of Light Work, a nonprofit in Syracuse, N.Y. He holds a BFA from Tufts University in partnership with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His photographs have been shown widely across the United States — shanelavalette.com. A limited-edition full-color exhibition catalog will be for sale. Opening reception on Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Gallery hours: Thursday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Visit online for further information on the exhibit and VCP membership.
11. ArtRageUs1: 57 Elliot St.; 802-490-2277; ArtRageUs1.com; info@ArtRageUs1.com. Featuring hand-blown and hand-formed glass works by Zachary Grace — hanging sculpture, wine goblets, bowls, carafes, drinking glasses, and Energy Orbs combining form, functionality, and a unique personal touch, often using extreme colors and copper wire. Come give an Energy Orb a shake and feel the Buzz while you ask Zak about his process, history, and motivations. ArtRageUs1 is a group of creative individuals joining forces to sell art, crafts, books, and music — and is home to the figurative furniture of Gayle Marie Weitz and Write Action books. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
12. Cantina Vidorra: 49 Elliot St.; 802-490-2532; Visit on Facebook. Cosima Hewes is showing her acrylic, pastel, and scratchboard artwork in March. She brings to life, in surreal and whimsical portraits, the menagerie of goats and other animals that inhabit her small western Massachusetts homestead and neighborhood. Cantina Vidorra offers starters, build-your-own or traditional tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas, other specialties, and a kids' menu. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
13. Harmony Arts Cafe: 22 Harmony Place; 802-490-2077; facebook.com/HarmonyArtsCafe. "Serving Art Projects to Nourish the Spirit" is the mission of this art-making space in a corner of the Harmony Lot. Proprietor Paula Lavender has filled this space with supplies and tools for use by folks of all ages — individuals, groups, and families — and will demonstrate techniques (tie-dyeing, marbling, quilting, etc.) as needed. The "menu" of creative options, offered for modest suggested donations or set prices, includes quick make-and-take projects with changing weekly themes, a range of paper arts, creative celebrations ("art parties"), Sunday family projects, and no-cost larger cooperative projects to be donated to the community. See Facebook for more information. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., (late for Walk), and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
14. Elliot St. Fish & Chips: 50 Elliot St.; 802-451-9482; email@example.com; FB: Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More. Maria Pugnetti, a multimedia artist with a degree in painting, has worked as a light and sound designer, as well as a graphic designer and illustrator producing cover art for musicians and authors in Europe and America. Inspired by ecology and mythology, her painting style is intuitive and animistic. She considers her work a visual poetry that can illuminate the archetypal forms uniting and guiding us toward self-reflection, healing, and evolution. This collection includes large panoramic allegorical paintings and small mixed-media works — visit woolymar.com and instagram.com/woolymar. 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.
15. Cara Wolff Jewelry: 4 Elliot St.; 208-869-2948; carawolffjewelry.com. This new store and studio features work by metalsmith and jewelry designer Cara Wolff Meinke, who has been making jewelry for over 20 years and studied metalsmithing at art schools across the country. Handcrafted earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets are displayed on tables Cara crafted from local, live-edge slabs of spalted maple and pine. Also featured are the works of guest jewelry, ceramic, and fiber artists, as well as locally harvested reishi, chaga, and turkey tail mushroom tinctures by Dark Matter. Open Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 8 p.m. for Gallery Walk; otherwise open by appointment.
16. Windham Movement Apparel: 2 Elliot St.; 802-246-1223; Visit on Facebook; WindhamMovementApparel.com. Free movement class 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a guest instructor — Friday community movement classes are offered weekly. Continuing on display this month are whimsy and fun in a ballet theme by local artist Wayne Estey, who usually paints with social and political movements in mind. This exhibit has been curated by the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, which takes place this year on July 19 to 22; tickets go on sale on March 5 — southernvermontdancefestival.com. WMA supplies quality products to the movement arts community in an environment that encourages fellowship between participants and increases awareness of the life-long benefits of movement for everyone. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 1 to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and until 8:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
17. Mocha Joe's Cafe: 82 Main St.; 802-257-7794; mochajoes.com. Gallery spaces in March feature photos documenting construction of the Sabawoon Education Academy (SEA)in Nowshera, Pakistan in 2014 by Brattleboro resident Justin Bibee and SIT Graduate Institute alumni colleagues Dr. Regina Edmonds and Aamir Gamaryani. SEA's curriculum focuses on peace and religious tolerance with an emphasis on girls' education. Starting with 14 students in April 2014, SEA is thriving today with 152 students. Expansion plans include an 8th grade, and construction is underway for a library, as well as both science and English labs. Gamaryani is SEA's founding director, and Edmonds and Bibee have served on the school's board since it opened. The cafe is 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.
18. 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. Turn It Up! sells both 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.
19. Amy's Bakery Arts Cafe: 113 Main St.; 802-251-1071. Two Hilltop Montessori Middle School projects are featured. Photo collages resulted from exploring place and identity through interviews and photo shoots with Brattleboro area shopkeepers, artisans, and business leaders. The "Struggle for Peace" project brought students in contact with a war tax resister and veterans to explore conflicts domestic, national, and international. Their research on individuals who have brought positive change to the world resulted in an exhibit of carefully rendered charcoal portraits. The cafe 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. for the Walk, and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
20. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2: 106 Main St.; 802-257-7044; vtart.com. Featured in March are the 3D works of area high school students for the Arts Council of Windham County's Student Art Month. Visitors are invited to vote for their favorite student work to determine a People's Choice Award at the end of the exhibit. Also featured are acrylic paintings by Carol Keiser. Opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday. A portion of sales of featured work will go to the Windham County Heat Fund. Visit online or stop by seven days to see work by over 300 artists.
21. Works Bakery Cafe: 118 Main St.; 802-579-1851; worksbakerycafe.com. Kathleen Kennedy is showing Zentangle explorations created by filling shapes with repetitive patterns to create powerful imagery. A former painter and art teacher, Kathleen is also known for her line of fabric-art Brag Bags, including a variety of handcrafted purses and handbags offered for sale at the Brattleboro Food Co-op and other venues. These bags demonstrate her special talent for piecing together complementary fabrics and patterns into pleasing designs. 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., including for Gallery Walk.
22. Art Night at The Works: 118 Main St., inside Works Bakery Cafe; Information, 802-254-6201; Susan Rosano. 6 to 7:30 p.m. during Gallery Walk: Stop by to make a Zentangle with exhibiting featured artist Kathleen Kennedy. This meditative art is easy to learn — it's a fun and relaxing way to create beautiful images by drawing simple patterns inside a shape. One can become completely engrossed while making Zentangles. No artistic experience is necessary. Art Night is sponsored by the Arts Council of Windham County.
23. WOW Frozen Yogurt: 122 Main St.; 802-579-1255. Front gallery spaces are showing the Southern Vermont Dance Festival's Movement 2017 exhibit "Images of SVDF's Inaugural Year," a collection of photographs by Kiqe Bosch highlighting the festival's opening year. A completely black-and-white exhibit, Bosch's thirteen images from 2013 celebrate the variety of movement presented in SVDF's first season. Bosch captured the joy of movement and the intimacy of the mover — southernvermontdancefestival.com. The continuing exhibit in the back door gallery area features bold and whimsical paintings by Stan Ruszala of West Springfield, Mass., depicting crowded evening streets in front of famous establishments around the world. Store hours: Sunday through Thursday, noon to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, noon to 9 p.m.
24. Sidney Gallery of Unconventional Art Jewelry: Brooks House Atrium; 132 Main St.; SidneyDesigner3@comcast.net. Recently back in Brattleboro, Sidney continues to design his De Beers Award-winning jewelry and is showing his newest work at the Brooks House Atrium each Gallery Walk weekend. Described as "unconventional, surprising, bold, and playful," his designs happily marry several colors of 14k gold to the new, non-tarnishing, platinum-infused sterling silver, presenting a collection of "architectural pieces with soft art deco touches." In addition to his truly unusual finished pieces, he displays dozens of pieces-in-progress you are invited to help complete to your particular, personal taste. His designs are fun, and so is he, so come and experience. Hours: Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, 1 to 7 p.m., Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
25. Gallery in the Woods: 145 Main St.; 802-257-4777; galleryinthewoods.com. "Come Play With Me": Gwen Murphy's Surreal Wall Dolls exemplify her continuing exploration of humor and pathos. Murphy is primarily a found-object artist, recognized as the creator of Surreal Shoes, an ongoing project. The new textile-and-clay wall characters clearly reference historic puppetry and illustration. They elicit refrains from classic fantasy fairy-tale illustration, and invite storyline and metaphor with their playfulness. Showing through April 2; reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., during Gallery Walk with live music by the Moondogs. Open daily 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
26. The Gallery at The Garden: Robert H. Gibson River Garden; 157 Main St.; 802-246-0982; strollingoftheheifers.com. The Arts Council of Windham County celebrates its 38th Annual Student Art Month in March, recognizing the teachers and schools that help the area's young artists flourish. The River Garden again hosts the High School Art Show of 2D works from secondary schools, while storefronts and other venues host work by elementary students. (3D high school art is at Vermont Artisan Designs, listing #20.) Strolling of the Heifers' Country Wedding and Prom Expo is also happening during Gallery Walk. The River Garden is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except during special-event rentals. The Brattleboro Winter Farmers Market is in residence on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through the end of March.
27. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts: 183 Main St.; 802-251-8290; mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com. "Winter Group 2018," showing through March 18, presents new work by Donald Saaf, Torin Porter, Josh Bernbaum, and Jackie Abrams, with select work by gallery artists and introducing prints by Erika Radich. Art opening on Thursday, March 22, 5 to 7 p.m., for Matt Brown: Conversations with Color Woodblock Prints. Brown's printing approach follows the hanga method developed in Japan during the 18th century. His imagery is mostly of Vermont, New Hampshire, and the coast of Maine. Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Be sure to visit the MGFA Annex in the Brooks House Atrium, 132 Main St., for a rotating display of gallery artists.
28. Take a Moment for Peace: Centre Congregational Church; 193 Main St.; 802-254-4730. 5:30 to 6 p.m. — Larrimore Crockett leads "Songs of Peace from Several Traditions." Larry brings songs about peace from Weston Priory in Vermont, the Taize Community in France, and South Africa for attendees to learn and sing together. Larry is a retired UCC minister, singer, and choir director who lives in Dummerston. Everyone is welcome.
29. Brooks Memorial Library: 224 Main St.; 802-254-5290; brookslibraryvt.org. Student Art Month: 2D and 3D artwork by elementary school students displayed throughout the building, including students' ceramic creations in the second floor entryway case. Main floor ceiling: Cloud-and-raindrops mobile, second grade class, Academy School. Mezzanine display cases: Objects from the library's Henrietta Loud Collection. Children's book illustrators cases: Anna Dewdney's "llama llama" books, and hand-drawn illustrations she made during a recent Children's Room program. Selections 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.
30. Hermit Thrush Brewery: 29 High St.; 802-257-BEER (2337); hermitthrushbrewery.com and Facebook: Erin Stewart and Will Finkel present Red Sage, a line of collaborative pottery created for the lover of fine fermented drinks. Blending Finkel's simple ceramic forms with Stewart's lively hand-painted vignettes, form and design are united in functional ware with representational and abstract value. Stewart fell in love with ceramics in college and has pursued pottery as Red Maple Designs for nine years. Finkel began his career in pottery at age 5, and it has been his primary passion ever since. Founder of Sage Hill Artisans, he began retailing his work at 15 and is a full-time potter. Pints of beer for Hermit Thrush Pint Night available from 5 p.m. during Gallery Walk on Friday. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3 to8 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 features creative nature photos — some enhanced with digital filters — by Guilford artist Allison Higley White during the month of March. Allison travels through Vermont and surrounding towns to capture nature with a gifted eye. The essence of her photography embodies the flavor of New England. Brochures, magazines, maps, and showcase exhibits of area products, artwork, and fine crafts 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, contact Joy Wallens-Penford at 802-257-2616 or preferably by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Walk web site at gallerywalk.org.
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