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, DECEMBER 6.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
Next month's Gallery Walk is Friday, January 3.
VENUES TO THE NORTH OF DOWNTOWN
Faithful Few Tattoo
1. Faithful Few Tattoo
698 Putney Rd., #2, (802) 579-1563,
Multiple local artists' work is always on display,
this month showcasing one-of-a-kind custom puzzles, handmade note cards, bamboo
wind chimes, and Native American dream catchers, all great options for holiday
gifts. Stop by the shop to say "hello" and have your photo taken with Brattleboro's
Most Tattooed Man. If you cannot visit during Gallery Walk, come by this
family-friendly shop during regular business hours: 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,
Handpainted, one-of-a-kind, and beautifully detailed scarves
and shirts by Sylvia Chun Yin Ryder are perfect for holiday gift-giving.
Continuing are David Parker Jr.'s large-format photographs capturing the
beauty and grace of birds and wildlife surrounding a pond on his property in
Brookline, Vermont.... Ongoing 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 served 10-1.
VENUES TO THE WEST OF DOWNTOWN
All Souls Church
3. All Souls Church Holiday Bazaar
29 South St. at Rt. 9, go up drive across from Fire
Station, (802) 254-9377, ascvt.org
OPEN GALLERY WALK FRIDAY 3-7 and SATURDAY 9-2: All Souls Church
UU members and friends are locally renowned for handmade and decorated Artisan Wreaths,
Greens, and Ornaments, as well as Traditional Holiday Breads and Treats. Browse
Handmade Gifts and an array of Cloth Gift Bags. Buy chances on Gift Basket Raffles.
FRIDAY features Hearty Chili to eat in or take home. SATURDAY's Lunch from 11 to 2 offers
Homemade Soups. Kids' Crafting both days. Come early; beat the crowds!
4. C.X. Silver Gallery
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898,
OPEN 4 to 6 for Gallery Walk on December 6; otherwise open
year-round by calling ahead, (802) 257-7898 x1, to arrange a visit. Showing through December
(and continuing into March) is an exhibit of Gordon Jones' Recent Landscapes; and Cai Xi's
Portraits are showing through December 15 by appointment, (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
5. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during Gallery Walk. 10% discount on new
memberships.... CURRENT 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—come with a friend or two!
CHRIS LANN et al.
RGS & Gallery 34
6. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St., (802) 490-2354,
Dara Carleton of Brookline, Vt., captures her wildlife
photography on the rivers, ponds, and lakes that dot the landscape within a 30-minute drive
of Brattleboro. She has a degree in fine art, and a background in painting and photography.
She was a winner in two categories of the NH Audubon 2019 Photo Contest. She also volunteers
for Audubon VT and monitors several local bald eagle nests.... 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.
7. B-WA: Fine Art & Craft Sale at RGS & Gallery
34 & 36 Main St., B-WA: (802) 258-8054 Jen,
The 6th annual Brattleboro-West Arts Fine Art & Craft
Sale in December showcases pottery, jewelry, woodenware, paintings, encaustics, and
photography. Gallery Walk opening reception on Dec. 6, 5:30 to 8:30; hours otherwise
Sat. 10-5 and Sun. 12-5. Open weekdays by chance or by calling the school at (802)
257-1577. On Dec. 14 & 15, sale hours are Sat. 10-7 and Sun. 12-5, when it
expands into adjoining classroom space.
8. River Gallery School of Art
32 & 36 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
The annual Angels, Beasts, Shepherds & Kings Show
& Sale is on display at RGS's studio space, 32 Main Street, and at Main Street
Studio, 36 Main. Makers of all ages and abilities gather at RGS from the Saturday after
Thanksgiving through the holiday season to craft whimsical, ephemeral, and sometimes
outrageous creations. Some are suitable for holiday tree ornaments, some are more major
works. Visit to make, appreciate, and purchase to support the RGS Scholarship
9. HatchSpace at Latchis Gallery
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.hatchspace.org,
HatchSpace's "seasonal gallery" at the Latchis with
handcrafted furniture, functional art, and holiday gifts through March 2020.
Featured works are by members of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers and
HatchSpace staff and local artists Noriko Isogai and Herbert Hayes.
Raffle tickets for two live-edge benches and two standing cabinets by HatchSpace
founders Tom Bodett and Greg Goodman, respectively, will be on sale
throughout the holiday shopping season to raise money for the HatchSpace Education
and Scholarship Fund. Come see masterworks by area craftspeople and plan your
gift-giving. A HatchSpace member or staff person will be on hand to answer questions
during weekend open hours or by appointment.
Vt Ctr for Photography
10. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
Now in its 21st year, VCP presents its 2019 Annual Members
Exhibition. Members from across the northeast were invited to submit up to three
photographs each. VCP's Director, Joshua Farr, selected the work included in this
two-month show ending December 29. This unthemed group exhibition features a wide
variety of photographic processes, subjects, and styles. Sales are encouraged to
support local and regional artists. Gallery hours are Thurs.-Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 12-5, with
a Gallery Walk reception every first Friday 5:30-8:30.
11. VCP's Student Gallery
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
This past fall, the Vermont Center for Photography, in
partnership with Turning Point of Windham County, led an eight-week class called
"Focus Forward" for people in recovery from addiction to learn the art of
photographic image making. VCP hoped that by learning the craft of photography,
participants would find a new means of creative expression and a powerful new tool
in their recovery process. To celebrate, the students are showing their photographs
in VCP's new Student Gallery as part of December's Gallery Walk. Focus Forward will
be offered again in the spring of 2020 with dates to be announced.
Whetstone Craft Beers
12. Whetstone Craft Beers
39 Frost St., (802) 490-3980,
Open 4-8 pm during Gallery Walk on Fri., Dec. 6:
Visit Whetstone’s new production brewery, open to the public only during
Gallery Walk. Featured artist Collin Coviello is a printmaking apprentice under
James Primrose of Brattleboro Printmakers on Elliot St. Collin began experimenting
with graphic design and minimalism for screen printing high-school band T-shirts,
and now mentors other printmaking students. Queer identity and nature are viewed
through a lens of abstraction and linework. Sometimes the shapes are very clear,
but the true meaning of any piece is fully subjective. In addition to enjoying
Collin's artwork, take a brewery tour and enjoy freshly brewed craft beers. Offerings
include Whetstone’s flagship options and one unique beer available only at
RICHARD W. BROWN
13. 118 Gallery
118 Elliot St., Info: (802) 380-9897 Desmond
Featured through December are Richard W. Brown's B&W
images from The Last of the Hill Farms: Echoes of Vermont's Past (2018), 1970s
Northeast Kingdom farm life photos, taken with an 8x10 view camera. Sen. Patrick Leahy
considers Brown's photographs "unforgettable," and Maxine Kumin (NYTimes Book Review)
says he's her "favorite upcountry artist with a camera." Brown's work has won numerous
awards and a Vermont Endowment for the Arts Grant. During his 45-year career, Brown's
work has appeared in leading American magazines and corporate advertising campaigns; over
25 books of photographs have been published in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Gallery Walk
reception on Friday, December 6, 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Gallery hours by appt.
14. Harmony Collective: Artist Gallery
49 Elliot St., Info: (802) 579-1501,
The area's newest art collective is open 10 to 6 daily and is
showing 2D and 3D work by 26 local artists made using a wide range of
materials. The collective encourages you to invest in the local economy by purchasing
work by over two dozen artists not represented elsewhere in Brattleboro. Stop by any
day of the week to meet the Artist of the Day (they'll be running the register!) and
learn about their particular creative process. Gallery Walk receptions on first Fridays
run 5:30-8:30 and will be an opportunity to meet several member-artists and sample
delightful refreshments, too. LIVE MUSIC during Gallery Walk on DECEMBER 6 by
percussionist Stephan Brandstatter—he takes us along on his exploration
of the mystery, mystique, and healing power of the Gong.
MAKING A SHIRT
15. DemoGraphix at Brattleboro Printmakers
12 Elliot St., go through green gate and downstairs between Hotel
Pharmacy & Boomerang, info: firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 275-7871
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!
16. Cara Wolff Jewelry
4 Elliot St., (208) 869-2948,
This stylish boutique features simply elegant handmade
jewelry by metalsmith Cara Wolff, whose love of nature influences the design
of her jewelry and unique displays—live-edge wood tables, moss, and bark. Also
featured is work by local artisans including jewelry, ceramics, paintings, leather
handbags, indigo textiles, and more.... JEWELRY-MAKING WORKSHOP on Friday, Dec.
13, 6-9 pm: Learn basic metalsmithing techniques and come away with a completed piece
of jewelry. Cost: $55/person, limited to 10 participants. Open Tues.-Sat. 10-4 or 5
and Sun. 11-4; otherwise by appt.
PETER VAN DER DOES
Mocha Joe's Café
17. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
Peter Van der Does studied painting at the Art
Students League in Woodstock, N.Y., and then at Bard and Skidmore colleges. After a
brief period of notoriety in New York City, where he made large abstracts in roofing
tar and sand, and had a one-man show with a review in Art News, he left to
pursue other directions. Years later after an extended visit overseas, he found
himself without money and started painting in the streets for income. Often stymied by
bad weather, he returned to working in the studio and abstract art. This show is the
result of rain and high wind. 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. 7:30-8.
Turn It Up!
18. 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.
19. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071,
Featured in December are acrylic farm animal paintings by
Amber Bessette, a Guilford, Vermont artist and small farmer. Amber spreads
joy through the unique and oftentimes humorous personalities of farm animals....
Enjoy European-style breads; soups, sandwiches, salads; specialty cakes, cookies,
and other treats; open Mon.-Sat. 8-6 and Sun. 9-5.
JULIE A. BAKER ALBRIGHT
Vermont Artisan Designs
20. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Featured in December are oil painters Kate Beetle
and Julie V. Baker Albright and potters Jean Meinhardt and Beth
Armour. Beetle creates both still-lifes and Vermont landscapes, while Albright
specializes in detailed still-life paintings. Meinhardt's functional porcelain is
enhanced by a variety of high-fired microcrystalline glazes. Armour recently
returned to pottery and enjoys working with asymmetrical porcelain forms that are
both fanciful and functional. Gallery Walk–Holly Days reception on Friday, Dec. 6,
5:30 to 7:30. A portion of sales of work by featured artists goes to the Windham
County Heat Fund.... Open 7 days.
21. 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.
Gallery In The Woods
22. Gallery In The Woods
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
Holiday Shows include "Welcome Yule," Karen Gaudette's
black-and-white scratchboard drawings celebrating Yuletide, inspired by medieval
illustrations. Animal minstrels welcome back the sun with song and dance, surrounded
by starry winter night skies. Included are Waterfowl and Raptor portraits connected
to her love of native New England birds.... Noted lifelong ceramicist Lydia Gray
began firing her kiln with wood in 2012. "Pieces I had made for the electric kiln
didn't work. I experimented with building techniques, clays, and glazes, moving from
sculptural and narrative to hand-built and functional." Some of each type is shown in
her exhibit "The Community of Clay." Artist reception on Friday, Dec. 6, 5:30-8:30,
with live music by the Moondogs. Open daily 11-5:30.
23. Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501, (802) 380-1607, down the alley, through the
glass doors, www.catherinedianichgallery.com
Featured through December 27 is "A Fabulous Confluence," an
exhibit of work by Myles Danaher, Steven Leal, and Jason Alden.
A life-long artist, Alden is director of The Drawing Studio, an independent drawing
school and community art studio near downtown
Brattleboro—www.vermontdrawingstudio.com. Lately Danaher has been focusing
on studio-based landscape painting with a strong reliance on recollections. Leal is
best known for his ever-evolving painting series combining explosive colors, textures,
and mediums. Reception during Gallery Walk on Friday, Dec. 6, 5:30-7:30 pm—live
music is often performed in the foyer outside the gallery on Walk night; the gallery is
otherwise open by appt.
24. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery
139 Main St. down the alley and downstairs, (802) 254-9276,
5-9 pm in the Lobby on Friday, Dec. 6: The foyer exhibit of
paintings and prints by Susan Brearey are related to an 8 pm performance of
PUMPKINTOWN. In that show, Tim Eriksen, Susan Brearey, and Peter Irvine
present "Songs, Stories and Magic Lantern Projections from an Imaginary New England
Village." These tales feature Grammy-nominated ethnomusicologist and punk-folk pioneer
Eriksen on an abundance of musical instruments. Enjoy shape-note harmony by the first
published Native American composer, fiery Scottish fiddle tunes, apocalyptic
Afro-Celtic gospel, traditional and original songs of war, the sea, traveling,
tragedy and love—tying it all together. Show tickets at door: $18 adults, $12
25. 22nd Annual Children's Holiday Craft Fair
Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St.,
5 to 8 pm during Gallery Walk on Dec. 6: Strolling of the
Heifers, Vermont Wilderness School and the Putney Area Homeschool Group present
this annual holiday event to teach something about entrepreneurship and share their
students' creativity with the community. Items on offer this year range from
beeswax candles to a variety of ornaments, journals and cutting boards, edible
treats, and many, many more giftable items perfect for everyone on your holiday
shopping list! In addition to gift buying, you can enjoy dinner as well as live
music and spoken word/poetry performances.
The Gallery at
26. The Gallery at The Garden
Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
The Gallery at the Garden presents SINGING COLORS by
fiber artist Carlene Raper during December. Her work spans over forty years, and
the exhibit ranges from hand-dyed, pieced quilts to intimate fabric hangings. View
the show and meet Carlene during these exhibit-related events: (1) Exhibit
Opening on Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-3 pm.... (2) Artist Presentation during the
Garden's Brown Bag Lunch Series on Thursday, Dec. 12, 12-1 pm.... and (3) Carlene's
Boutique at the "Holiday Pop-Up Gift Shop" event on Dec. 13, 11-5 pm, & Dec.
14, 11-3 pm. The River Garden is open Mon.-Fri., 9-5 pm. & Sat. for special
events. Go to our website at the River Garden calendar for updates.
27. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
Vessels, plates, and cups are included in a continuing
ceramic exhibit by Mia Sarosi, a UK artist whose work has won a QEST
(Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust) award. New Work also from Agathe Birtle
(State of A), a German jewelry designer—"Brass, steel, wood, copper, come
together in minimalistic expressions of geometry."... Christmas is upon us with
a great assortment of seasonal gifts and marvelously unique holiday cards and
ornaments.... Open Sun.-Wed. 11 to 6; Thurs.-Fri.-Sat. till 7 pm, later for
Gallery Walk. CLOSED Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
28. In-Sight Photography Project
183 Main St., enter down alley at right, (802) 251-9960,
On display in the Tiny Gallery is In-Sight's Fall Student
Showcase featuring work from Digital and Analog Photography classes at
introductory through advanced levels. Public visiting hours are during Gallery Walk
and otherwise Mon.-Fri. 11-5, and additional lab hours for program
RENOVATION UNDER WAY
29. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
CLOSED FOR GALLERY WALK on DEC. 6, MGFA's newly renovated
sidewalk-level space will have its GRAND OPENING RECEPTION on Friday, Dec. 20,
from 5 to 7 pm, for "Art of the Chop: Collaborative Prints," and "Collages of
the Sea," both by artist and master printer Lisa Mackie. Artists working
with Mackie include Wolf Kahn, Emily Mason, Sol LeWitt, Amy Ernst, Jack
Youngerman and others, brought together in Mackie's atelier to create prints
which allow the artists to 'speak' in new and innovative ways.... Artist and
printmaker Dan Chiaccio will open First Proof Press in MGFA's former
downstairs gallery.... Visit the MGFA Annex in the Brooks House Atrium,
132 Main St.
30. Take a Moment for Peace & Christmas Craft
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., (802)
5:30 to 6:00 · This month's Moment for Peace, set
in the church Sanctuary, features a Reflection on Light & Darkness by Rev.
Lise Sparrow, paston of Guilford Community Church. Members of the GCC choir
assist in encircling the lighting of candles for loved ones and places in the world
in need of peace. Prayers and music from different faith traditions are included in
Christmas Craft Fair & Community Supper: Before or after the 5:30-6
Moment for Peace in the Sanctuary, or anytime if you are not participating in that
monthly Walk program, head downstairs for supper, interactive carol singing, a quilt
raffle, and crafts galore! The Fair continues on Saturday with breakfast waffles,
lunch, a quilt raffle, wreaths, decorations, and other holiday crafts!
Brooks Memorial Library
31. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
MAIN FLOOR, Small Conference Room: Three small quilts by
fabric artist/illustrator Adrienne Yorinks; 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. 10-5.
32. Brattleboro History Center
196 Main St. (through side door of Masonic Center), (802)
Free admission: OPEN FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2-4 pm for Gallery
Walk; other times by appointment.... Featured archives and objects are from the First
Baptist Church, now known as Epsilon Spires. Browse through Mary Cabot's diary
entries about Kipling, photos of Island Park, period clothing,
info on the Estey Organ Co., and much more.... Visit the BHS Research
Room at the Municipal Center (3rd fl, elevator), open Thurs. 2-4, Sat. 10-12, and
33. Epsilon Spires
190 Main St., in the First Baptist Church building,
Gallery Walk reception with locally sourced delicacies and
DJ Pholange Delight spinning vinyl.... At 7 pm, Alexander Meszler performs
his Walls of Sound, the Ecology of the Borderlands on the sanctuary's Estey
organ, featuring field recordings, video projection, and scientific research warning
of negative environmental impacts of a border wall. Tickets offered on a sliding
scale at $15-$20.... Continuing in the Gallery: The kinetic sound-art exhibition
Describing a Sunset to a Robocaller by Lauren Pakradooni is showing
in the upper balcony until its Jan. 11 closing ceremony, when she performs
within/utilizing the installation. Also performing on that date: Noise
Nomads.... Exhibits otherwise open before/during Epsilon events or by
appointment—see website/FB page.
34. 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.
Shari Zabriskie et al.
Wheelhouse Clay Ctr
35. Wheelhouse Clay Center
48 Harmony Pl., (802) 246-7034,
Wheelhouse's expanded Holiday Shop—launched on
Friday, Nov. 29—runs through Tuesday, Dec. 31. More pots, more artists, more
bargains! Gift certificates, available for loved ones who love clay, may be used
for classes, events, or shop purchases. On Saturday, Dec. 14, Wheelhouse will be
open until 8 pm as part of Midtown Mall's Holiday Open House, featuring
refreshments, holiday shopping, and entertainment from some of the building's
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
I-91 Welcome Center
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, a mile before Exit 1
Work by Rich Gombar, an American painter of his
environment, is featured in the Silo Gallery on display panels in the main hall.
"Where once art needed nature to survive, we now need art to help nature survive.
I paint to capture beauty, to hold a passing moment, to memorialize what may be
fleeting, or in the case of barns or industrial sites, falling. I try to make the
immense intimate."... 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 daily.