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, FEBRUARY 7.
Note: The wintry weather today (Feb. 7) may be challenging,
but many venues may still be open, and folks living
downtown may opt to tour their favorites.... Do what feels right to you, and
remember, the exhibits are mostly accessible throughout the month.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
Next month's Gallery Walk is Friday, March 6.
VENUES TO THE NORTH OF DOWNTOWN
1. Faithful Few Tattoo
698 Putney Rd., #2, (802) 579-1563,
Each Gallery Walk reveals new, often
one-of-a-kind or custom—always handmade—arts and crafts on paper,
fabric, or framed, perfect for a wide range of tastes. The studio/gallery
atmosphere is welcoming and family friendly, definitely NOT your "average" tattoo
shop! Whether you are interested in wearing a permanent tattoo, expressing yourself
in a creative t-shirt, or finding a unique and artful gift, they've got you covered.
Open Tues.-Sat. 12-8 pm.
DAVID PARKER JR.
The Marina Restaurant
2. The Marina Restaurant
28 Spring Tree Rd. (down behind 464 Putney Rd. - where the West
River meets the Connecticut), (802) 257-7563,
Acrylics by Michelle White Cassidy are featured, and
David Parker Jr. is showing new photographs of birds and wildlife on his
Brookline, Vt. property. Other exhibits include Alex Hrabchak's watercolors;
painter Kristina Wentzell's flora, fauna, and landscapes; 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. A casual
waterfront eatery with sunset view, The Marina is open daily 11:30-10, Sun. Brunch
VENUES TO THE WEST OF DOWNTOWN
C.X. Silver Gallery
3. C.X. Silver Gallery
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898,
OPEN 4 to 6 for Gallery Walk on February 7; otherwise
open year-round by calling ahead, (802) 257-7898 x1, to arrange a visit. Currently
showing Gordon Jones' Recent Landscapes and Cai Xi's
Portraits. Also open through February, by appt., is Nye Ffarrabas'
Six Decades of Fluxus Explorations, (802) 257-7898 x1.... DIM SUM CATERING
by appt.; calling 1-2 days in advance recommended, (802) 257-7898 x3.... 3rd floor
airBnB apartment with art all around: www.airbnb.com/rooms/7173206.
& Art Center
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
4. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during the Walk, with a 10% discount on
new memberships.... EXHIBITS include: María Elena González:
Tree Talk; Thelma Appel: Observed/Abstract; Fafnir Adamites: Interfere
(with); Doug Trump: By Rail; and Gordon Meinhard: The Lives of Tables....
General Hours: OPEN 11-5, closed Tues. Admission: $8-$6-$4, Free: members & under
18; free admission Thurs. 2-5—bring a friend!.... HIGH SCHOOL A CAPPELLA
CONCERT on FEB. 7 at 7:30 p.m.: Local high school a cappella groups Shoulder
Narrows, Xpressivo, Serenade, and the BUHS Madrigals perform to support BMAC's work
with grades K-6. $5 admission, FREE for age 18 and under.
River Gallery School
5. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St., (802) 490-2354,
Kay Curtis of Brattleboro presents a brightly colored
cast of whimsical characters in paintings that acknowledge those times when people
come together to celebrate, demonstrate, and make music. Using a palette influenced
by a childhood in the West Indies, she employs a gouache and india ink resist method
she invented 30 years ago. "A lifetime is a long time to spend playing and growing
through art making. I am incredibly blessed to love what I do and do what I love!"....
The Whetstone offers inspired food, local craft beers, and specialty drinks in a
picturesque waterfront location; free parking. Lunch & dinner daily 11:30-10,
Fri.-Sat. till 11.
at Latchis Gallery
6. River Gallery School & Gallery 34
32 & 36 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Students in Lynn Zimmerman's Watercolor Classes are
featured in second-floor corridors. Luminous paintings present still life, landscape,
flora, and fauna as well as some abstract work. Come up the stairs or elevator to
enjoy the bright, glowing colors—a welcome respite from the bleakness of winter.
Grab a flyer listing upcoming classes and workshops, and sign up to spring into art, or
perhaps consider joining Lynn in an autumn art trip to the Dordogne region in France!
... GALLERY 34 features work by Roberta Stradling.
7. HatchSpace at Latchis Gallery
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.hatchspace.org,
HatchSpace's seasonal gallery of handcrafted furniture,
functional art, and gifts by members of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers,
HatchSpace co-founders Greg Goodman and Tom Bodett, along with founding
member Bruce Berg, unveils new work for the Spring Raffle on April 4 to
benefit the HatchSpace Education and Scholarship Fund. Come see masterworks by area
craftspeople and learn about available classes and membership. A HatchSpace member or
staff person will be on hand to answer questions during weekend open hours or by
Vt Ctr for Photography
8. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
"Wild Spirits" by Vermont artist Evy Huppert runs
January 3-March 1; artist talk on March 1 at 4 pm. "I made this work on journeys
south to untamed places in the Sea Islands of Georgia with a tribe of like-minded
artists. The images and characters come from dreams and memories the land drew out
from my personal mythology. Timeless, yet inhabited for millennia, the islands
carry a spiritual presence of deep wildness, palpable in the light and shadows;
the ancient alligators and birds, the feral pigs and donkeys, and the artifacts of
their existence lying everywhere." Hours are Thurs.-Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 12-5, with
first-Friday Gallery Walk receptions at 5:30-8:30.
9. VCP's Student Gallery
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
Photographer and NH-native Cooper Dodds' solo
exhibition "Jumper" is featured during February. For two weeks every winter, a
rarefied group of ski jumpers travels the country competing on some of America's
most notable jumps. Thousands of fans pack local ski clubs to witness competitors
launch themselves from the large towers that rise menacingly above the flat
Midwest landscape. A ski jumper himself, Dodds' color photographs highlight a
Nordic tradition transplanted in middle America and sustained through extensive
volunteer support and young athletes obsessed with the art of flying.
Whetstone Craft Beers
10. Whetstone Craft Beers
39 Frost St., (802) 490-3980,
Open 4-8 pm during Gallery Walk on Fri., Feb. 7:
Visit Whetstone's new production brewery, open to the public only during
Gallery Walk. In addition to enjoying a brewery-centric photography exhibit by
Derek Hall, take a brewery tour and enjoy freshly brewed craft beers.
Offerings include Whetstone's flagship options and one unique beer available only
at Gallery Walk.
11. Harmony Collective: Artist Gallery
49 Elliot St., Info: (802) 579-1501,
Enjoy a kaleidoscope of color—painting, sculpture,
prints, stained glass, furniture, jewelry, and pottery by more than 30 artists.
Featuring ceramic vessels by Nina Salvatore, surreal prints by Jonas
Fricke, pottery by Brooks Heley, soft sculpture by Kay Curtis, and
pottery by Monica MacNeille. Open since October, the gallery has quickly
become a place to gather for discussions about art and our community. A Gallery Walk
reception on Feb. 7, 5:30 to 8:30, offers nibbles and also live music by Daniel
Kasnitz—half of the duo Sharon & Daniel. Otherwise open 10 to 6
MAKING A SHIRT
12. DemoGraphix at Brattleboro Printmakers
12 Elliot St., go through green gate and downstairs between Hotel
Pharmacy & Boomerang, info: email@example.com or (802) 275-7871
Open for February 7 Gallery Walk and by appointment. Come
downstairs to see what's being made in a space that inspires creativity and welcomes
everyone. This youth-led screen-printing business offers the public a chance to get
some sweet shirts: Choose from 5 different designs and pay $5-$20 on a sliding scale,
or bring your own item to print on!
13. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
Continuing in February are "Magical Perception Prisms,"
created in myriad mediums by Jonas Emmanuel Fricke, are woven and work together
"in hopes of transforming reality and affirming the powers of inspiration and wonder."
Stop by during the Walk and all month for freshly roasted coffee or a seasonal drink
with homemade pastries. Open Mon.-Thurs. 7-8, Fri. 7-9, Sat. 7:30-9, and Sun.
Amy's Bakery Arts Café
14. Turn It Up!
85 Main St., (802) 251-6015, www.turnitup.com
The record shop features 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.
15. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071,
This year's Society Project at Hilltop Montessori
Middle School is focused on climate change and crisis. Readings by Thoreau
and other great naturalists were paired with outdoor experiences in the fall. Moving
from the forest to downtown late in October, students interviewed and photographed a
wide variety of community members about how their work and life address climate
change. Stop in to see the resulting photo montages.... Enjoy European-style breads;
soups, sandwiches, salads; specialty cakes, cookies, and other treats; open Mon.-Sat.
8-6 and Sun. 9-5.
Vermont Artisan Designs
16. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Featured in February are watercolorist John Dimick and
oil painters Jacqueline Jones and Craig Mooney. Dimick's work includes
Brattleboro area scenes. Jones' series of landscapes are focused on the Deerfield
Valley. Mooney, from northern Vermont, paints Vermont landscapes, figurative works,
and cityscapes. Opening Gallery Walk reception from 5:30 to 7 pm. A percentage of
sales of featured art will go to the Windham County Heat Fund. Stop by 7 days to
enjoy the creative output of painters and fine artisans from across the region.
17. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, 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 #6 for current exhibits at the school.)... The café serves
Rainforest Alliance coffee and humanely raised meats, poultry, and dairy with no
antibiotics or added hormones; open daily 6-8.
KATIE BACHLER & FRIENDS
18. Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501, (802) 380-1607, down the alley, through the
glass doors, www.catherinedianichgallery.com
Featured in February and March is the show Art is a way of
saying we are making the world. The participating women gathered for conversation
and mutual support, finding many common threads. How to make time for yourself and for
making creative work in this busy world? How to be a mother and continue to create? How
to engage with capitalism? This show is an opportunity for engaging with the public
about these questions. Reception during Gallery Walk on Friday, Feb. 7, 5:30-7:30
pm—bring an item to leave in the gallery. Live music is often performed in the
foyer outside the gallery on Walk night; the gallery is otherwise open by appt.
The Gallery at
19. The Gallery at The Garden
Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
The Gallery is hosting two artists in February. Martha
Dolan: "Landscapes" features paintings inspired by the mystique, romanticism, and
natural beauty of Vermont. Aaron Bourque: "A Smaller Kind of Flood" features
photographic images of water flow from watershed to faucet; the show is designed to
increase awareness of the connectivity between water usage and consumption.... During
Gallery Walk weekend, Feb. 7 & 8, Strolling of the Heifers is hosting "LOVE
LOCAL": A COMMUNITY CELEBRATION OF ALL THINGS LOCAL. Sample or purchase goods by a
gathering of area food producers and artists.... The River Garden is open Mon.-Fri.,
9-5 pm. & Sat. for special events. See website calendar for updates.
20. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
181-183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Celebrating continues through Feb. 9 in our new street-level
gallery with The Art of the Chop: "Collaborative Prints" and "Collages of the
Sea" by artist and master printer Lisa Mackie. Artists including Emily Mason,
Wolf Kahn, Sol LeWitt, Amy Ernst, Jack Youngerman, Grace Hartigan, and others
worked in Mackie's atelier to create unique prints which allow the artists to 'speak' in
new and innovative ways. Open Wed.-Mon. 11-5.... "Soft" opening Feb. 15: MGFA
2020, a large group exhibit with new work and several new artists. Artists'
Reception on Sat., Feb. 22, 5 pm.... Also visit the MGFA ANNEX in the Brooks
House Atrium, 132 Main St.
21. Take a Moment for Peace
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., (802)
5:30 to 6:00 · Mantra and Meditation with Tracy
involves a simple, seated practice of embodiment, relaxation, awareness, and presence
for cultivating inner peace. Beginning with a lightly guided meditation and learning a
mantra to chant together, this collective practice ends in peaceful silence. Tracy has
been teaching Yoga asana, philosophy, and meditation since 2006. She is a lineage
holder and authorized teacher in the tradition of Shri Vidya—the wisdom of the
Vedas, the ancient books of knowledge from India.
ART IN THE
Brooks Memorial Library
22. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
MAIN FLOOR, Small Conference Room: Quilts by fabric
artist/illustrator Adrienne Yorinks; "Greetings from Brattleboro, VT"
needlework by Bill Fleming. MEZZANINE, Glass Cases: Loud Collection urns
and sculptures. SECOND FLOOR, Entryway Case: Children's Lego creations.
Children's Illustrators Cases: "Image to Page": Handmade books of poems and
artwork by children from Moore Court, Westgate, and Ledgewood Heights taking Art
in the Neighborhood classes with poet Verandah Porche and AIN
teachers—sponsored by Vermont Arts Council. 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; &
STUDIO OPEN HOUSE
23. Epsilon Spires
190 Main St., in the First Baptist Church building,
Epsilon Spires has cancelled tonight's Open House. But don't
miss tomorrow's event when Ross Goldstein will play the Mellotron,
accompanied by Brian Dewan on the Estey Organ, 7:00 p.m. CHECK WEBSITE.... Studio
Rental Open House on Feb. 7 begins at 5 pm with
unveiling of Epsilon Spires' new outdoor signage, a gesture of change and revitalization
of the former Baptist Church. Tours of five new office spaces and artist studios on the
third floor run 5-6:30—additional second level spaces are under construction.
First-floor offerings in the Social Engagement Salon include snacks, beverages,
and DJ Sparkles spinning vinyl. Experience the sounds of the Weather
Warlock (dubbed "Station Buttercup") in the former Sanctuary, using the sun, wind,
rain, and temperature to control an analog synthesizer. Contact David McManus, Delta
Zeta LLC, for studio rental information—firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text
24. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
Hermit Thrush gallery spaces feature brewery-related
watercolors and photographs.... 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.
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
PAUL G. STONE
I-91 Welcome Center
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, a mile before Exit 1
In February, the Silo Gallery and display panels are showing
work by Vermont oil painters Paul G. Stone, Susan Abbott, and Eric
Tobin, all represented at Vermont Artisan Designs in
Brochures, magazines, maps, and showcase exhibits of area products, artwork, and
fine crafts are resources for visitors and residents alike. Open 7 am to 11 pm