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, AUGUST 2.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
Next month's Gallery Walk is Friday, September 6.
VENUES TO THE NORTH OF DOWNTOWN
1. Faithful Few Tattoo
698 Putney Rd., #2, (802) 579-1563,
Tattoo artist-manager Brett Caron eats, sleeps, and
bleeds art. He takes pride in all his work, whether in permanent ink on a human canvas
or seared meticulously into skateboards repurposed as clocks. Always seeking something
new or original for his artistic expression, Brett is displaying hand-painted puzzles,
paintings on glass, and other mixed-media works. Work by a rotation of other artists
will also be featured. Faithful Few Tattoo is professionally licensed and family
friendly, and has been voted "Best Tattoo Studio" in the area for the past six years.
If you cannot visit during Gallery Walk, stop by during regular business hours:
Tues.-Sat. 12 to 8.1
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,
Photographer Dara Carleton, who recently exhibited at
Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, is showing images reflecting her 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
3. Gallery at All Souls Church
29 South St., (802) 254-9377, go up drive across from Fire
GALLERY WALK Reception 5-7 pm on AUG. 2: Featured artist
Sylvia Chun Yin Ryder is showing "Bitter & Sweet: An Artist's Journey," a
collection of nearly thirty florals, landscapes, and seascapes in oils and watercolors,
as well as several of her one-of-a-kind hand-painted tee shirts. Light refreshments
offered for visitors.
4. C.X. Silver Gallery
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898,
CLOSED for Gallery Walk on August 2; otherwise open
year-round by calling ahead to arrange a visit.... Showing through August 18 is
Michel Moyse and Le Xi: Deconstructed Narrative in Video, Motion Painting, and
Multimedia; open by appointment, (802) 257-7898 x1. Continuing through August is
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....
Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT.org) presents Tanabata/Obon, Japan's summer festivals,
at Pliny Park on Aug. 2, 5-7:30 pm—Listing #30. DIM SUM CATERING by
appointment; calling 1-2 days in advance recommended, (802) 257-7898.... Self-contained
3rd floor airBnB apartment with art all around:
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
& Art Center
5. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION from 5:30 on Gallery Walk
night. Raffle tickets for a Wolf Kahn original pastel on sale during the Walk ($60 ea.
or 3 for $150), and 10% discount on new memberships.... Outdoor sculptures by
Timothy Segar are showing through November 1 while his Character Development
studies on paper are inside with other newly installed exhibits showing through Sept.
23—these include Ocean's Edge; Dona Ann McAdams: Performative
Acts; David Plowden: Bridges; Barbara Takenaga: Looking at
Blue; and Angus McCullough: Coincidence Control.... General Hours:
OPEN 11-5, closed Tues. Admission: $8-$6-$4, Free: members & under 18; free for
everyone on Thurs. 2-5 pm.
6. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St., (802) 490-2354,
Shastin Joynt, a self-taught artist from south Florida,
has paired her pyrography (wood-burning) of mandalas with sunset colors and seashells
to remind her of home. To give her art a practical use, she overlays each mandala with
a round mirror. Shastin's canvas art represents an expression of her spirituality that
is beyond words. Her home, personality, and connection to spirit are all reflected in
this exhibit.... 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
7. River Gallery School & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Continuing in August is work by adults and teens in Adult
Studio classes during the Spring semester. Artists at all levels work side by side to
form a supportive multigenerational community. The teachers, all working artists
themselves, interact individually with each student, and resulting drawings and paintings
range widely in mediums used, content, and approach.... Summer Studios are
enrolling now—afternoon and evening sessions offer options for absolute beginners
and experienced artists looking to brush up their skills, or simply needing camaraderie
and support.... The Main Street Studio at sidewalk level is hosting portraits from the
'Local Faces' sessions.... GALLERY 34 features recent paintings by
8. Latchis Gallery & Theatre
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.theater.latchis.com,
Continuing in August in the gallery is the Southern Vermont
Dance Festival's Movement 2019 exhibit "Photography by Zachary P. Stephens,"
documenting dance and movement at Luminz Studio. More images can be seen at
Also in the gallery is "Movement Through Glass" by local artist Zachary
Grace. This series of work is as much about the process as it is about the result.
For more Festival info and to purchase tickets go to
www.southernvermontdancefestival.com.... In honor of Shark Week,
the LATE-NIGHT CULT CLASSIC FILM at 11 pm on August 2 is "Jaws"; admission by
Vermont Center for
9. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
Featured in August and September is "Seeing Our Community:
Visions of Vermont's Windham County," which offers 73 juried images by 25 artists.
Capturing something about what makes the region's 23 towns, 798 square miles, and
roughly 45,000 people "unique" are faces, places, and goings-on that create one
cohesive—though diverse—vision of what it means to live in or visit
Windham County. Gallery Walk reception on Friday, August 2, 5:30-8:30. The gallery is
otherwise open Thursday through Sunday from 12 to 5 pm. More exhibit details are on the
10. Community Game Night at Mocha Joe's Roasting Co.
35 Frost St., 1st floor, mochajoes.com
5:30-8:30 during Gallery Walk on Fri., Aug. 2: Mocha
Joe's and Common Ground Games invite you to stop in for games, live music by Aura
Shards, and classic Mocha Joe's brews, including a demo on how to brew your own
primo coffee at home. While you're here, tour the roastery and enjoy striking artwork
by the late Martin Tucker, whose larger-than-life paintings pop with vibrant
color and depth, and encourage viewers to experience everyday objects through a new
35 Frost St., 1st floor past Mocha Joe's,
HatchSpace—a member-supported, non-profit woodshop,
school, and gallery—is hosting an ongoing demonstration of his craft by violin
maker Doug Cox, who is building two instruments in the HatchSpace Gallery area.
Each Wednesday from 1-6 pm, Doug is onsite making instruments. Stop by during Gallery
Walk evening to get a look at his progress, or on Wednesday afternoon to speak with
Doug and watch him at work.... A wooden rowing shell handmade by Graeme King
remains on display at the gallery along with technical drawings of the craft.
HatchSpace is offering a workshop this fall to build another of these beautiful boats.
Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri. 10-4, Wed. till 6, Sat. by appt.
Mocha Joe's Café
12. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
August's featured artists are Echo Marshall and
Tabitha Celani. Marshall's work is an exploration in silkscreen printing and
its relationships with various mediums. Celani's assemblages are composite
interpretations of nature, space, and intimacy. Stop by during the Walk and all month
for freshly roasted coffee or a seasonal drink with homemade pastries, and to enjoy
the show. Open Mon.-Thurs. 7-8, Fri. 7-9, Sat. 7:30-9, Sun. 7:30-8.
13. Yalla Vermont
80 Main St., (802) 579-1309, www.facebook.com/Yalla-Vermont
An exhibit of photography by Irshad Mustafa continues in
August. Yalla has provided the space for this exploration of light and shadow. No faces.
Only hinting silhouettes.... 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.
14. Echo Restaurant & Lounge
69-73 Main St., (802) 254-2073, echofoodanddrink.com &
Ceramic sculptures by Kathleen Gatto-Gurney are exhibited
in the garden through October. Serving brick-oven pizzas and creative Italian fare in
stylish surroundings, Echo serves dinner on Tues.-Wed.-Thurs. 5-9, Fri.-Sat. 1-10, and
Turn It Up!
15. 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.
16. Amy's Bakery Arts Café
113 Main St., (802) 251-1071,
An exhibit of paintings by Melanie Phillips is featured
through the end of August. 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.
SUSAN READ CRONIN
Vermont Artisan Designs
17. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Featured in August is sculpture by John Brickels and
Susan Read Cronin. Cronin's whimsical bronze animals are done in very limited
editions. Brickels' one-of-a-kind clay barn sculptures employ fine details that
capture the imagination. Also featured this month are oil paintings by Beth
Bathe and Paul Madalinski. Gallery Walk reception from 5:30 to 7 pm on
August 2. A portion of sales by featured artists will go to the Craft Emergency
Relief Fund. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see work by over 300 artists.
18. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
In August the Café gallery is hosting a photography
exhibit for World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) featuring work by local artists
Sarah Lavigne, Rachel Portesi, and Angie Roberts that engages this year's
theme—"Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding".... The café serves
Rainforest Alliance coffee and humanely raised meats, poultry, and dairy with no
antibiotics or added hormones; open daily 6-8.
GLOBAL LATCH-ON: A related Breastfeeding event from 5 to 6 pm on August 2 at
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St.—Mothers can breastfeed, pump,
alternatively feed their babies with breastmilk, and offer peer support—official
count at 5:30.
Gallery In The Woods
19. Gallery In The Woods
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
Dana Wigdor: "Journey to Alpha Selona" presents eight
surreal, transparent compositions depicting alternative worlds. Sparked by the artist's
link to an ancestor lost in a 1700s shipwreck, the year-long series describes a flight
through an imaginary solar system, symbolic of the non-rational immersion many artists
experience through the painting process. Wigdor asks, "How does a story become embedded
in the skin of an oil painting? The artist must reenact the atmosphere and events
themselves in the turbulence of painting. I poured loose glazes over the canvases
horizontally. There was gas and dust, intense heat and frigid
bleakness—infinite." Gallery Walk reception on AUgust 2, 5:30-8:30; live music by
the Moondogs. Open daily 11-5:30.
20. Catherine Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501 (802) 380-1607, down the alley, through
the glass doors,
Featured through September are paintings by Elizabeth
Meyersohn and Martha Armstrong. Meyersohn graduated from Smith (1980) and
received her MFA from Yale (1982). She has lived and worked in Northampton since 1983.
Color and light in the landscape has been on ongoing theme in her work. She recently
exhibited at the Venice Biennale (2017) and the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris (2018)....
Martha Armstrong graduated from Smith and RISD. A New York Times review of recent
landscapes painted in Vermont and Tucson stated, "Armstrong is the suave disciplinarian
of a muscular style. Her shapes maintain a nearly sculptural independence ... explode
toward the eye, like nature on first sight, at its most welcoming and irrepressible."
She shows in New York, Philadelphia, and Charlotte. Opening reception on August 2,
5:30-7 pm. Otherwise open by appt.
21. TUNDI presents "Tristan und Isolde"
On the sidewalk at 151 Main St. in front of Renaissance Fine
Jewelry, info: (802) 275-2522 Hugh Keelan,
INFORMATION STATION & TRAVELING TROUBADOURS during Gallery
Walk on August 2: Preparations for TUNDI Productions' performance of Wagner's "Tristan
und Isolde"—at the Latchis Theatre on August 23 & 25—are bringing
international attention to Brattleboro. TUNDI founders Hugh Keelan and Jenna Rae are
boldly taking this first step to prove they can present a full Ring Cycle in this special
musical corner of the world. Stop by for posters, handouts, on-the-spot Q&A, and
other interactions. This Walk "stop" is also the home base for a quartet singing its way
around town while improvising business jingles based on sailors' hauling cries in Act I
of "Tristan"—a global first!
Gallery at The Garden
22. The Gallery at The Garden
Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
Two exhibits are featured: (1) "Evolving in Watercolor"
showcases Ali Edelstein, Shelley Geller, Abbie Hatton, Ann Kremers, Gwen Steege,
Margaret Weinland and Elizabeth Whateley. Paintings by this group, formed
seven years ago under the direction of Ann Kremers, reflect the growing confidence,
skill, and creativity of each artist. (2) "Vermont Landscape" by Sandra Cunningham
showcases the naked beauty of winter. Preparing for this show inspired her to devote
more time to developing her skills and talents as a painter. Meet the artists during a
Gallery Walk reception on Friday, August 2, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The River Garden is
otherwise open Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 12-4. Check web calendar for event updates.
23. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
The upstairs gallery features an ongoing Ceramics Exhibit by
Kevin Wilcoxson from Brooklyn, New York, and Virginia Graham from the
UK—two artists employing the same technique with a very different result. Sharing
the space is a memorial exhibit of watercolors by Noel Wurr, MBE FRIBA, who took up
watercolor painting in her retirement from a career in architecture. Garden Furniture and
some Decor up to 20% off. Browse through unique gifts and cards for weddings and any
special occasion, plus a cabinet brimming with Classic British Fare. Open Daily
11- 6 and later for Gallery Walk.
24. ACWC and Town Arts Fund Working Group Meet &
183 Main St., in the alley between Penelope Wurr and In-Sight
During Gallery Walk on August 2, 5:30-8:30, the Arts
Council of Windham County (ACWC) will host pop-up engagement activities on
Main Street in front of In-Sight Photography. Visitors can learn about ACWC, provide
feedback on its mission and programs, and meet some of its newest Board members. ACWC is
also excited to be involved in development of the Brattleboro Town Arts Fund.
Volunteers from the Fund's working group will be on hand to ask and answer questions
about the Fund's development and seek input on possible projects and applications.
PALS OF IN-SIGHT
25. In-Sight Photography Project
183 Main St. #3, down the alley by Penelope Wurr, (802) 251-9960,
The Tiny Gallery is hosting "Pals of In-Sight," featuring work
by the dedicated and talented volunteers, staff, and board members who work hard
so that In-Sight can continue to provide photography and cross-cultural programming to
youth 11-18, regardless of ability to pay.... Public visiting hours are during Gallery
Walk and otherwise Mon.-Thurs. 10-6, Fri. 10-5; additional lab hours for program
26. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Showing through Sept. 22, Petria Mitchell: "Light and
Air" uses nature as an initial reference point. "With a thorough appreciation for
abstraction, my paintings are compositions of internal places not visited on foot. When
working with atmosphere and diffused light, I emphasize the plasticity of paint, rather
than the physics of light." Artist's Reception on Sat., Aug. 3, 5-7 pm, with an Artist's
Talk on Sun., Aug. 25, at 5 pm. 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
27. Take a Moment for Peace & Global Latch-On Event
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., (802)
5-6 pm on the Lawn · Global Latch-On event
celebrating World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7): Mothers can breastfeed, pump,
alternatively feed their babies with breastmilk, and offer peer support—official
count at 5:30. See related photography exhibit at #18 Works Bakery Café.
5:30-6 pm in the Parlor · Ayla Varol Clark, PhD, a music
psychotherapist and composer, plays her Turkish 'Kanun,' a 75-string harp-type
instrument, while attendees enjoy the performance by simply listening or, if they wish,
by participating in free-form movement.
KIDS' LEGO CREATIONS
Brooks Memorial Library
28. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
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. 10-5.
29. Brattleboro History Center
196 Main St. (through side door of Masonic Center), (802)
FREE ADMISSION: Hours through October are Thurs. 12-2 & Fri.
2-4, except first Fridays 2-6 for Gallery Walk; other times by appointment.... 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 by appointment.
Hermit Thrush Brewery
30. Japanese Summer Festivals at Pliny Park
Jct. HIgh & Main Sts., (802) 257-7898,
5:30-7:30 pm during Gallery Walk on August 2: Asian Cultural
Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents its Tanabata-Obon Festival, an annual
Brattleboro event celebrating two Japanese traditions in a single evening. Obon
celebrates remembrance of loved ones and departed ancestors. The Tanabata star
festival—when two of the brightest stars, Vega and Altair, meet in the
sky—is for individuals and communities to make wishes for the future. The public
is invited to walk a lantern-lit path to the Table of Remembrance, and also to
participate in Origami Crane-making. Music, crafts, and refreshments; donations
31. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
In August, 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.
Wheelhouse Clay Center
32. Wheelhouse Clay Center
48 Harmony Pl., (802) 246-7034,
Featured in August is work by studio technician Emily
Bourne. Emily grew up in Dummerston, took classes from Bonnie Stearns and River
Gallery School, and earned a BFA in ceramics at Maine College of the Arts. During
Gallery Walk on August 2, Emily will be demonstrating some of her decorating techniques,
selling her work, and signing up participants for her August 16 Clay Play for
making small animal sculptures.
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
I-91 Welcome Center
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1
Work by Linda Marcille of Putney is in a showcase
display this month. Her whimsical paintings of daily life in New England often instill
feelings of nostalgia. Paintings on silk, hand-painted silk scarves, limited-edition
prints, and recent watercolors are all
represented—www.crowhousestudio.com.... Browse through informational
brochures, magazines, maps, and exhibits of Vermont products, specialty foods, and
fine crafts. Open 7 am to 11 pm.