Founded in 1995
A Project of the Arts Council of Windham County
A YANKEE MAGAZINE EDITORS' CHOICE in 2004
A year-round, festive FIRST FRIDAY stroll, 5:30 to
in downtown Brattleboro, Vt. and nearby locations.
GALLERY WALK IS ON FRIDAY, JUNE 7.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
Next month's Gallery Walk is Friday, July 5.
VENUES TO THE NORTH OF DOWNTOWN
The Marina Restaurant
1. The Marina Restaurant
28 Spring Tree Rd. (down behind 464 Putney Rd. -
where the West River meets the Connecticut), (802) 257-7563,
New in June is work by photographer Dara Carleton,
who recently exhibited at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro. Her images reflect an
interest in Local Raptors, especially Bald Eagles. Ongoing exhibits include
Ray Fiske's "Canvas and Steel" series;Alex Hrabchak's watercolors;
painter Kristina Wentzell's flora, fauna, and landscapes; Tiffany Heerema's
collages of vintage food imagery; 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 5-6:30. A casual
waterfront eatery with sunset view, The Marina is open daily 11:30-10, Sun. Brunch served
VENUES TO THE WEST OF DOWNTOWN
C. X. Silver Gallery
2. C.X. Silver Gallery
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898,
Open for Gallery Walk 5-7:30 pm on June 7; otherwise open
year-round by calling ahead to arrange a visit.... Showing through July 17 is Nina
Isabelle's Remarkable New Locations: An installation about location, space,
language, and perception"; open during Gallery Walk and by appointment, (802) 257-7898
x1. (See article link at left.) Multimedia conceptual artist Isabelle works
in prints, sculpture, word art, spoken word, sound, collaboration, and
cxsilvergallery.com/nina-isabelle. Continuing through June: Nye Ffarrabas –
Fluxus Dialogue, featuring the Infinite Event Score (2019) and selected works from
Nye's 60+ years as a visual artist and 80+ years as a poet.... Thurs., June 13, 6 pm:
Brattleboro Words Project Roundtable Discussion with Nye Ffarrabas at C.X. Silver
Gallery & Press.... DIM SUM CATERING by appointment; calling 1-2 days in
advance recommended, (802) 257-7898.... Asian Cultural Center of Vermont presents a
Potluck Celebration of Eid Ul Fitr on Wed., June 5, at 6 pm; RSVP to (802) 257-7898
x3.... Self-contained 3rd floor airBnB apartment with art all around:
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
& Art Center
3. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION from 5:30 on Gallery Walk
night. Raffle tickets on sale for a Wolf Kahn original pastel; new membership purchases
during the Walk include a free raffle ticket.... Outdoor sculptures by
Timothy Segar are featured. Showing through June 16 are Sandy Sokoloff:
Emanation; Amy Bennett: Nuclear Family; GLASSTASTIC 2019;
Joey Morgan: Catch + Release (2) Précis; Jackie Abrams
& Deidre Scherer: Connections; and Joseph Diggs: Proud 2 Be
American.... General Hours: OPEN 11-5, closed Tues. Admission: $8-$6-$4, Free:
members & under 18; free for everyone on Thurs. 2-5 pm.... NOTE: BMAC WILL BE
CLOSED JUNE 17-21 to install new exhibits—admission-free opening reception at
5:30 on Sat., June 22, with a cash bar by Whetstone Station.
4. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St., (802) 490-2354,
Dave Mazor is showing large-format prints using the
unique style of steel wool photography he discovered after moving to Vermont in 2008.
A New York native, Dave set out on his path to becoming a professional photographer
in 2001 at a New Hampshire art school and now teaches at Brattleboro Union High
School. He devotes his free time to freelance photography and also provides a wide
range of photographic services to the public. See this month's feature article
(link at left above) and Dave's website at
www.davemazorphotography.com for further information. The
Whetstone offers inspired food, local craft beers, and specialty drinks in a
picturesque waterfront location with free parking. Lunch & dinner daily 11:30-10,
Fri.-Sat. till 11.
River Gallery School
5. River Gallery School & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
"Cats & Dogs" is the theme of June's All-School Art
Show. RGS students, from kids through seniors, present their various views of the
world of canines and felines in paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Stop by to see and
connect with the special bond between humans and their pets. Also, check out Spring and
Summer Classes, Workshops, and ArtCamps for kids, teens, and adults—at RGS or
online.... GALLERY 34 features recent paintings by Josh Allen.
6. Latchis Gallery & Theatre
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.theater.latchis.com,
The Latchis Gallery is dormant in June. Stop by in July for
something new.... LATE-NIGHT CULT CLASSIC FILM at 11 pm on June 7: Katsuhiro
Otomo's "Akira"—admission by donation.
Vermont Center for
7. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
Featured through July 28 is "Lugo," featuring work by
Richard Max Gavrich, Emma Ressell, and Vanessa Kotovich, three
photographers who traveled to the small, unremarkable town of Lugo, Italy, in the
summers of 2014, 2016, and 2017, respectively. They were acutely aware that their task
of making a body of work "about" the town was doomed. Instead, they veered sharply
away from objective truth toward something far more instinctual. Gallery Walk
reception on Friday, June 7, 5:30-8:30. Additional info on the exhibit and center
programs available online.
35 Frost St., 1st floor past Mocha Joe's,
During June the gallery features work by master wooden rowing
shell maker Graeme King of King Racing in Putney. A 26-foot rowing shell is
displayed alongside its technical drawings. King will be on hand during Gallery Walk
on Friday night, June 7, to answer questions about his long career building some of
the world's finest competitive wooden boats. He will collaborate with the HatchSpace
woodworking school this fall to offer a boat-building seminar. With the boat on
display as their model, class participants will learn step-by-step methods to gain
the skills and confidence to build their own boats using King's full-scale drawings.
Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri. 10-4, Sat. by appt.
9. 118 Gallery
118 Elliot St., (802) 380-9897 Desmond, 118elliot.com
The group show "Waltz" includes two series of paintings by
Ricia Gordon that explore line, color, and space, obliquely addressing the
uncertainty and wonder of living in this time. Lesle Lewis'
boxes/catalogues/collections express her interest in the intersection of words,
lines, colors, and sentences. Her fifth collection of poems, "Rainy Days on the
Farm," will be published in the fall. Humberto Ramirez' paintings were done
after 9/11, reflecting late capitalism's disregard for the fragility of life and its
embrace of "perpetual" war. Ramirez' current "Spring Series" paintings are being
shown at Artis-Tree in Woodstock, Vt. Opening Reception June 7, 5:30-8:30. Gallery
hours otherwise 12 to 5 on Saturdays in June.
10. Gallery Sitka Pop-Up
c/o Studio East, 58 Elliot St., 2nd floor, (718) 974-3328
Tamar Russell Brown, gallerysitka.com
ONE NIGHT ONLY: A Gallery Walk Reception on June 7,
5:30-8:30, features light refreshments and work by artists represented at Gallery
Sitka in Shirley, Mass.: Marston Clough (Mass.) paints real and imagined
island landscapes inspired by Martha's Vineyard. Humanities professor Susan
Wadsworth (Mass.) creates pastels reflecting a strong Asian influence. Painter
Melissa Richard (Mass.) uses abstract mixed-media to explore the emotional
qualities of color and texture. Painter Mia Scheffey (Brattleboro) uses
mark-making to document her lifelong journey of inner transformation. Meagan St.
Laurent (Mass.) paints animals and landscapes mainly in acrylics, exploring
realistic abstraction with color, brushstrokes, and drawing with poured paint. Susy
Gomez Victorica (1965-2018) (Mass.) painted colorful, fun abstracts.
Vagabond Way, Chile
SOUKOUP & BRADER
Mocha Joe's Café
11. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
Married duo Tiffany Soukup and Christopher
Brader are photographers, writers, and park rangers. They have lived and worked
around the globe, traveling to over 40 countries. Since finding their niche in
Vermont State Parks, they now call Vermont "home." This winter, the pair traveled
throughout Central and South America, passing through some of the places where Mocha
Joe's coffee is grown. June's exhibit features three of their main passions: travel,
coffee, and Vermont. Stop by to see the show and treat yourself to freshly roasted
coffee, a seasonal drink, and homemade pastries. Open Mon.-Thurs. 7-8, Fri. 7-9,
Sat. 7:30-9, Sun. 7:30-8.
12. Yalla Vermont
80 Main St., (802) 579-1309, www.facebook.com/Yalla-Vermont
For over 50 years, Star Trek has been a pillar of science
fiction. This franchise has embedded itself in our cultural lexicon, influencing
entertainment and real-world science alike. From Kirk to Janeway, from Enterprise to
Voyager, from Vulcans to Borg, there is a little bit of Star Trek in all of us. Yalla's
celebration of all things Trek continues this month. Live long and prosper.... Enjoy
authentic Middle Eastern fare made from scratch—including handmade pitas and
falafel—using locally sourced and organic ingredients when possible. Closed Tues.
& Wed., open Thurs./Sat./Sun./Mon. 10-3, Fri. 10-6 (later for Gallery
Walk)—subject to seasonal changes.
Turn It Up!
13. 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. Turn It Up! sells new and classic music on vinyl and CD at bargain
prices every day. Open Mon.-Thurs. 10-8, Fri.-Sat. 10-9, Sun. 11-6.
14. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071,
An exhibit of paintings by Melanie Phillips is featured
through the end of June. Always looking for the common thread within space that brings
us together, plein air artist Phillips explores the interaction of light and air and all
the particles in-between. Blend order and chaos, add some color and energy, and
dimensional environments are created.... The café offers European-style breads;
soups, sandwiches, salads; specialty cakes, cookies, and other treats; open Mon.-Sat.
8-6, till 8 for the Walk, and Sun. 9-5.
Vermont Artisan Designs
15. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Featured art in June includes colorful gouache paintings by
Woody Jackson, whose cows bring to mind the Strolling of the Heifers, and
acrylic paintings of olden times by Dane Tilghman. Opening reception on Friday,
June 7, 5:30 to 7. A portion of sales by featured artists will support American
Craft Week, a national celebration of American-made craft and art that highlights
Vermont makers. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see work by over 300 artists and
craftspeople at a gallery that has been in existence for nearly 50 years.
16. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
River Gallery School is exhibiting works from the
Children's 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 listing #5 for current exhibits.)
... The café serves Rainforest Alliance coffee and humanely raised meats, poultry,
and dairy with no antibiotics or added hormones; open daily 6 to 8, including for Gallery
Brooks House Hallway
17. Brooks House Hallway Gallery
130 Main St. (enter from Harmony Lot or from Atrium seating
area), (802) 579-1871, www.brattleboro-west-arts.com
The work of three Brattleboro-West Arts members is featured
through July 31: Colorful work by Kay Curtis in gouache and ink is influenced by
her youth in the West Indies and by her exposure in 1997 to jazz and the Lindy Hop Era.
Layered acrylic paintings by Steve Lloyd incorporate linear and collage elements
recalling his career as an architect. Encaustics by Jen Wiechers offer layer upon
layer of possibility. They dance between intention and happenstance and are full of
interweaving layers and unplanned effects.
18. Gallery In The Woods
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
Gallery 1 features Woodcuts and Fantastic Animal
Sculpture from Co-ops in Oaxaca, Mexico. Sixteen community-supported workshops
produce prints as large as 6x8 feet on shared equipment. Several artists are
represented. This season's show of new Alebrijes animal sculptures includes work by
Zeny and Reyna Fuentes, Sergio Santiago, and many others. Every carving is alive with
animal totems, symbols, and patterns connecting to a deeper narrative.... Gallery 2
features Gwen Murphy: The Theater of Dolls, a collection reminiscent of
archetypal actors waiting for the play to begin. Murphy builds her sculpture in
exquisite detail with sensitivity to emotional expression and reference to
historical detail. Gallery Walk opening reception on June 7, 5:30-8:30, with live
by the Moondogs. Preview online. Open daily 11-5:30.
19. Catherine Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501, (802) 380-1607, down the alley, through
the glass doors, www.catherinedianichgallery.com
Featured in June are Briony Morrow-Cribbs'
illustrations of native ferns created for Lynn Levine's just-published
"Identifying Ferns the Easy Way." This slim pocket guide features 28 of the most
commonly encountered ferns in the Northeast, with clear descriptions and tips for
identification. FREE TALK at 6 pm about the joint process of creating the guide.
Lynn's books and Briony's prints and cards will be available for purchase. Gallery
Walk reception 5:30-7:30 on June 7, with LIVE MUSIC by Vermont
Timbre—Amelia Struthers and Mike Mrowicki perform songs from their new CD,
"Songs to Light the Way." Otherwise open by appointment.
20. Strolling of the Heifers Friday Festival
The River Garden & On The Common, 157 Main St. &
Park Place, (802) 246-0982, Festival Schedule at:
At The River Garden: Final judging of the Great New
England Coffee Cakes & Sweet Breads Competition during Gallery Walk on June
7, with Specialty Food & Alcohol Vendors and Stroll merchandise. Bring your
appetite!... On the Brattleboro Common: Food & Craft Vendors,
entertainment of all kinds, face painting, music, dancing, and fun for all
Gallery at The Garden
21. The Gallery at The Garden
Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
June features two exhibits: Newfane painter Steven Meyer
presents "Up in the West River Valley," scenes of old farmsteads and dense
forests—www.stevenmeyerartist.com. Amber Bessette presents "Young
Women in Farming: Farm Animal Art," a series of acrylic paintings created on her Guilford
farm and inspired by animals on fellow New England small farms and homesteads. Follow
her on Instagram @amberbessetteart. The River Garden is open Mon.-Fri. 9-5. Check web
calendar for event updates.
22. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
Ceramic artist Kevin Wilcoxson, from Brooklyn, New York,
is showing for the first time in the Upstairs Gallery. Virginia Graham's ceramics
are also on display with framed ephemera of Victorian embroidery patterns. A comfortable
collection in soft pastels complement each other and draw our thoughts to the hopefully
warmer season of summer.... Also featured is delicate Contemporary Jewelry by State of
A's German founder/designer Agathe Birtyl. Spring hats and other accessories
abound! Browse through unique gifts and cards for weddings and any special occasion,
plus a cabinet brimming with Classic British Fare. Open Wed.-Mon. 11-6 and later for
23. In-Sight Photography Project
183 Main St. #3, down the alley by Penelope Wurr, (802) 251-9960,
On display in the Tiny Gallery is In-Sight's Annual Student
Exhibition of work created during the past year. About 100 students in 18 classes
were all invited to submit their best work for this show. Photographs include
contributions from classes in both Black & White Analog and Digital Photography,
at introductory through advanced levels; the Exposures Cross-Cultural Youth Arts
program; as well as partnership programs with The Grammar School and Bonnyvale
Environmental Education Center. Registration for summer classes is now open and can
be completed online. Public visiting hours are otherwise Mon.-Thurs. 10-6, Fri. 10-5;
additional lab hours are available for program participants.
24. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Featured through June 9 is David Rohn: Watercolors, a
gallery-wide exhibition. The majority of these works are still lifes, deceptively
simple, created from common objects found in his studio or on a kitchen shelf or
windowsill. Rohn watercolors shift our sensibilities to where ordinary becomes elegant.
Featured June 15-July 28 are Woodblock Prints by Lyell Castonguay, founder of
Big Ink and famous for oversize woodcuts—including several new avian prints.
Open Wed.-Mon. 11-5. .... Visit the MGFA Annex in the Brooks House Atrium, 132
Main St., for a rotating display of gallery artists. MGFA presents works in a variety
of mediums to stimulate the seasoned collector and the aesthetic explorer.
25. Take a Moment for Peace
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., (802)
5:30-6 pm · Opening to the Peace Within:
There is a Peace we can encounter when we meet together "in that which is Eternal,"
when we gather with the intention of opening our hearts. Join people of all faiths
(and none) for a time of shared opportunity and listening in the Quaker tradition.
Hosted by Noah Merrill and Honor Woodrow, Quakers active locally and
across New England.
SEVCA Housing Resource Ctr
26. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
PARTS OF THE LIBRARY ARE CLOSED FOR CEILING REPLACEMENT DURING
MAY; call ahead if you are interested in seeing a particular exhibit.... MAIN FLOOR,
Mezzanine Walls: Bill Fleming, "Greetings from Brattleboro, VT" needlework.
MEZZANINE, Glass Cases: Loud Collection urns and sculptures. SECOND FLOOR,
Entryway Case: Children's Lego creations. Objects from the Fine Arts
Collection are permanently displayed throughout the building; take a self-guided
walking tour during library hours: Mon.-Wed. 10-9; Thurs.-Fri. 10-6; & Sat.
27. SEVCA Housing Resource Center
15 Grove St., (802) 254-2795,
OPEN HOUSE on June 7, 5:30-8:30, for this new resource
center complementing SEVCA's Homelessness Prevention and Housing Assistance work by
providing housing search and application support. Artwork by Moroccan-born Mohammed
Daoudi is currently featured in the Center—a sense of whimsy is an important
common denominator in his work, "whether tackling a serious, sad, violent, disturbing,
or joyous topic."... SEVCA is an anti-poverty, community-based, nonprofit organization
serving Windham and Windsor counties since 1965. Other programs include: Head Start,
Weatherization, Emergency Home Repair, Crisis Intervention, Emergency Fuel Assistance,
Micro-Business Development, SaVermont (asset building & financial literacy),
Ready-for-Work (workforce development), Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, VT Health
Connect Navigation, and Thrift Stores.
28. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
Work by Suzanna Edwards is showing in the brewery's
gallery spaces. Suzanna earned her BFA in Animation/Illustration from Northern
Vermont University (formerly Lyndon State College) and has experience in
traditional media, digital media, and 3D modeling. "I draw inspiration from graphic
novels to old masters, horror themes to fairy tales. I love working with watercolors,
paper-cutting techniques, vector graphics, and old-school coloring with computer
programs." Visit suzannaillustrations.wordpress.com.... Pints of beer for
Hermit Thrush Pint Night are available from 5 pm on Gallery Walk Fridays.
Otherwise OPEN Mon.-Thurs. 3-8, Fri.-Sat. 12-9, Sun. 12-6. Grilled Cheese & full
pours (8 to 12 oz.) available every Thurs. & Sat. 3-8, Fri. 12-8.
29. Michelle Frehsee Photography
26 High St., (802) 275-2555,
GALLERY WALK GRAND OPENING, 5:30-8:30 on Friday, June
7: Come visit Michelle Frehsee's new studio and enjoy over 40 of her photographs
on display during June. It has long been Michelle's dream to work in her own studio
space and share it with the public. If you can't make it during the Walk, then stop
by during regular business hours: Tues./Wed. 9-3, Thurs./Fri. 1-7, and Sat. 10-2; or
anytime by appointment. Come explore, come for a sitting with props, come experience
how this dedicated photographer "sees the moments around her." Specializing in
portraits, family events, weddings.
30. Wheelhouse Clay Center
48 Harmony Pl., (802) 246-7034,
Wheel-Throwing Demonstrations on June 7, 5:30-8:30.
Tour the 3,800-square-foot space and learn about upcoming classes and events. The
Gallery, open Wed.-Sat. 12-6 and during the Walk, features work by owner-managers
Teta Hilsdon and Shari Zabriskie, studio technicians Emily Bourne
and Emily Wright, guest artist Marilyn Buhlmann, and members of
I-91 Welcome Center
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1
The Silo Gallery and display panels present work by artists
featured at Artisans' Gallery in Waitsfield, Vt.—"an artistic and
colorful experience, and an expression of true creativity and joy"; visit online at
The Center also offers informational brochures, magazines, maps, and exhibits of
Vermont products, specialty foods, and fine crafts. Open 7 am to 11 pm.