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, MAY 3.
NOTE: Most exhibits are open all month long.
Call venues to confirm exhibit hours.
Next month's Gallery Walk is Friday, June 7.
VENUES TO THE NORTH OF DOWNTOWN
SYLVIA CHUN YIN RYDER
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,
Ongoing exhibits include a changing display of floral and
landscape watercolors and oils by Sylvia Chun Yin Ryder, a native of Taiwan;
also Ray Fiske's "Canvas and Steel" series and his 5-foot Tin Man;Alex
Hrabchak's watercolors; painter Kristina Wentzell's flora, fauna, and
landscapes; Tiffany Heerema's collages of vintage food imagery; Terry
Carter's large painted gourds; Henry Ireland's fine art photography; 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. This casual waterfront eatery with sunset view is
open daily 11:30-10, Sun. Brunch served 10-1.
VENUES TO THE WEST OF DOWNTOWN
PUTNEY SCHOOL DYNAMIC
C. X. Silver Gallery
2. C.X. Silver Gallery
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898,
Open for Gallery Walk 4-6:30 pm on May 3; otherwise open
year-round by calling ahead to arrange a visit.... Putney School Dynamic continues
through May 12. This exhibit celebrates the creativity, exploration, and passion of
thirteen Putney School faculty and staff: Sue Brearey, Brian Cohen, Gordon Jones,
Naomi Lindenfeld, Rodrigo Nava, Kate Purdie, Andy Reichsman, Betsy Rogers, Donald Saaf,
Cai Xi Silver, Lynne Weinstein, Le Xi, Julia Zanes.... NEW EXHIBITION OPENING May 17:
Nina Isabelle's "Remarkable Dislocations: An installation about location, space,
language, and perception." Multimedia conceptual artist Isabelle works in prints,
sculpture, word art, and performance—cxsilvergallery.com/nina-isabelle. Continuing
exhibition: Fluxus Dialogue – Nye Ffarrabas (ex Bici Forbes
Hendricks), featuring Nye's new infinite event score based on Nye and Geoffrey Hendricks'
"Friday Book of White Noise" 1964-1969, the collaborative notebooks being shown in
public for the first time.... 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: www.airbnb.com/rooms/7173206.
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—memberships available at 10% discount.... 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.
4. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St., (802) 490-2354,
Black-and-white photographs by Robert Cantius (b. 1938)
are featured this month. Bob spent nearly 60 years on a "photographic anthropological
study" extending from his hometown of Paterson, N.J., through Western Mass. and north
to Brattleboro and Bellows Falls, Vt. Inquiries can be sent to the Vermont Center for
www.vcphoto.org. The Whetstone offers inspired food, local craft beers, and
specialty drinks in a picturesque waterfront location with free parking. Lunch and
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,
May is Young Artists Month at RGS. All year, young
people aged 6 through teenagers make a weekly trek to the RGS studios to immerse
themselves in artmaking. Guided by the team of artist/teachers, they devise projects
from their own imaginations, sometimes collaborating with each other. Teachers inspire,
assist, converse, introduce new materials and techniques, and encourage. The result:
focused energy, creative fun, and lots of art! Come see for yourself. RGS offers
year-round classes and workshops for people of all ages and all levels, from complete
beginners to working artists.... GALLERY 34 features "Dispossessed," paintings
and writings by Lori Schreiner.
6. Latchis Gallery & Theatre
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.theater.latchis.com,
The Latchis Gallery is dormant in May. Stop by in June for
something new.... LATE-NIGHT CULT CLASSIC FILM at 11 pm on May 3: David Lynch's
"Eraserhead"—admission by donation.
Vermont Center for
7. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
Featured through June 2 is VCP's 2019 Open Juried
Exhibition, featuring a broad range of photographic work, including both traditional
and non-traditional approaches to photography. Guest juror Bruce Myren has selected
eight participating artists from across the U.S.: Tom Condon, Elizabeth Ellenwood,
Madge Evers, Forrest Holzapfel, Tira Khan, Marc Newton, Craig Schwanfelder, and
Dawn Watson. Gallery Walk reception on Friday, May 3, 5:30-8:30. More
information available on the VCP website.
35 Frost St., 1st floor past Mocha Joe's,
Stop by during Gallery Walk on May 3, 5:30 to 8:30, to see this
month's featured work, a collection of stringed instruments by Douglas Cox of
West Brattleboro—Doug will be on hand for a portion of the evening. The gallery
is an exhibit space for participating HatchSpace members and artisan mentors, including
furniture by members of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers, as well as works by area
craftspeople. Visit the HatchSpace website for further information on its
member-supported woodworking shop and teaching space.
DIVERSITY DAY ART
9. 118 Gallery
118 Elliot St., (802) 380-9897 Desmond, 118elliot.com
As part of the 20th annual Diversity Day celebrations in
Brattleboro, May's exhibits include artwork by WSESU students from BUHS, BAMS,
and elementary schools in Brattleboro, Dummerston, Vernon, Guilford, and Putney.
This year's theme, "Voices of the People," highlights the perspectives and experiences
of marginalized people. An exhibit by I Am Vermont, Too depicts
microaggressions. WSESU students, families, friends, and community members are all
welcome at this festive event celebrating our diverse schools and communities.
Reception during Diversity Day block party on May 3, 5-8 pm, including a story time
and music and movement session for children. Gallery hours otherwise by
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 May 3,
5:30-8:30, features light refreshments and work by artists represented at Gallery
Sitka in Shirley, Mass.: Photographer Jonathan Route (Mass.) develops
dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet. Sculptor Roberto Mazzonetto
(Italy) assembles metal objects with technique and poetry. Painter Mia Scheffey
(Brattleboro) uses mark-making to document her lifelong journey of inner transformation.
Jeanne Borofsky (Mass.) creates magical worlds in her encaustic paintings by
adding stamps, maps, bits of asemic writing, and other ephemera. Kate Shaffer
(Mass.) paints with joy and exuberance, bringing her love of texture, color, and the
combining of elements to her work.
11. Diversity Day Celebration
First block of Elliot St. closed for Walk, information:
email@example.com (Mikaela Simms)
THIS YEAR'S 5:00-8:00 BLOCK PARTY, stretching from
People's United Bank to Everyone's Books, includes the following: 5:00-5:15 - Maypole,
5:20-5:25 - Welcome by Town Manager Peter Elwell & WSESU Superintendent Lyle Holiday,
5:25-6:05 - Brattleboro Community Choir, 6:05-6:20 - NEYT Theater Adventure, 6:20-6:35 -
Brattleboro Morris Team, 6:35-7:05 - Shoulder Narrows—setup for the band to
follow.... 7:15-8:00 - Moxie. Head to 118 Elliot gallery (#9) for exhibits by I Am
Vermont, Too and Students in the WSESU district, as well as Activities for Kids &
12. Mocha Joe's Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
"A Blooming Incantation of Possibility in honor of the before,
beyond, and here" presents mixed-media works and installation art by local magical art
practitioner Jonas Fricke. Stop by to see the art 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.
13. 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. Join
Yalla Vermont this month to celebrate all things Trek. 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!
14. 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.
15. 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
16. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Artists Carol Gobin and Claire Payne are featured
in May. Gobin's oil paintings include landscapes and interiors, while Payne's
mixed-media paintings depict the Vermont landscape and its inhabitants. Gallery Walk
reception on Friday, May 3, 5:30 to 7. A portion of sales by featured artists goes to
the Craft Emergency Relief Fund.... The Vermont Craft Council's Open Studio Tour
is coming up over Memorial Day weekend—stop by the gallery later in May for a
map to several participating studios in the area as well as over 100 throughout the
state.... Visit online or stop by 7 days to see work by over 300 artists.
17. 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 Walk 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
18. 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.
19. Gallery In The Woods
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
Gallery 1 features Grafica: Woodcuts from the Print
Collectives of Oaxaca. The 16 studios in the city are community-supported teaching
workshops producing prints up to 6 by 8 feet in size on shared equipment. Several
artists are represented in this collection. 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 May 3, 5:30-8:30, with live music. Preview online. Open daily 11-5:30.
20. Catherine Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501, (802) 380-1607, down the alley, through
the glass doors, www.catherinedianichgallery.com
The exhibit of aintings and drawings by Susan Parenti
continues through the end of May. Susan came to Putney as a single mother in the early
'70s. A student of art in college and later in Italy and NYC, she continued painting
through thick and thin. The work in this show includes recent and earlier pieces. Her
work is meditative, in a loosely gridded format with closely hued color; each requires a
lot of looking. Gallery Walk reception 5:30-7:30 on Fri., May 3. Otherwise open by
21. Unsung Hero Award Ceremony
Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Info:
5:30 to 6:30: Unsung Hero Award Celebration during
Gallery Walk on May 3, sponsored by Compassionate Brattleboro—established when
Brattleboro voted overwhelmingly to join the international Charter for Compassion.
Recipients are Volunteers of the Community Asylum Seekers Project in
Brattleboro, Marlboro, and Putney working to quietly provide safe, healthy, and
supportive places to live for people in the process of obtaining asylum in the USA.
Come hear stories of how this work came to be done and how local volunteers have been
helping. Come at 5:30 to meet award recipients and enjoy light refreshments. The
ceremony begins at 6 pm, and our heroes will be sung to at 6:15.
Gallery at The Garden
22. The Gallery at The Garden
Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
In May the Gallery is hosting Seasons, Sunrise and Farms:
Photographs by Catherine Lee. Influenced by her passion for art history and desire
to create works that capture a moment in time, Lee photographs the same landscape at
various hours of the day, in different weather and seasons. She loves how light changes
color, shadows, and mood, creating an entirely different photograph with the same
subject. Stop by 5:30-6:30 during Gallery Walk on May 3 for the Brattleboro Area's
Unsung Hero Award Ceremony, sponsored by Compassionate Brattleboro (see listing
#21).... The River Garden is open Mon.-Fri. 9-5. Check web calendar for event
23. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
Accompanying the ongoing Ceramic Collective show in the
Upstairs Gallery is an exhibit of exquisite Stitch Art. This collection of
antique ephemera from the late 1800s includes colorful cross-stitch and embroidery
patterns designed as supplemental inserts for The YOUNG LADIES' JOURNAL. Stop by for a
rare look at these beautiful, intricate designs. Also featured is delicate Contemporary
Jewelry by State of A's German founder/designer Agathe Birtyl. Spring hats and
other accessories have arrived! Browse through unique gifts and cards for weddings and
any special occasion, plus a cabinet filled with Classic British Fare. Open Wed.-Mon.
11-6 and later for Gallery Walk.
26-YEAR STUDENT SHOW
24. In-Sight Photography Project
183 Main St. #3, down the alley by Penelope Wurr, (802) 251-9960,
Gallery spaces in May are exhibiting work by students
throughout the past 26 years. This celebration of the youth In-Sight serves
coincides with the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art facility, which offers
expanded space for darkroom photography, a dedicated digital lab, classroom and
exhibition space, and more. Stop in during Gallery Walk to view the show of student work
and tour the new space. Registration for summer classes is now open and can be found
online. Public visiting hours are otherwise Mon.-Thurs. 10-6, Fri. 10-5; additional lab
hours are available for program participants.
25. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Featured through June 9 is David Rohn: Watercolors, a
gallery-wide exhibition with an Artist's Talk on Sat., May 18, at 5 pm. Rohn's
still lifes are deceptively simple, created from common objects found in his studio or
on a kitchen shelf or windowsill. A David Rohn watercolor shifts our sensibilities to
where ordinary becomes elegant, and we move through space in a new way. 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.
26. Take a Moment for Peace
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., (802)
5:30-6 pm · Tuning in to the Heart of
Peace begins and ends with vibrant chant in unison and harmony, cultivating peace
and resonance in our hearts as the container for a guided meditation of intercession
for our world. The chants are non-sectarian; the intercessory meditation from the
contemplative Christian tradition. All are welcome to participate silently or vocally.
Our guide adwoa is rooted in Episcopalian soil and nourished by
contemplative/wisdom spirituality; she has spent time in monastic settings and now
shares her spirituality with others seeking sustainable union with God and one
"SPIRIT OF LIFE"
27. 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. SECOND
FLOOR, ENTRYWAY CASE: Children's Lego creations beginning in mid-May; ceramic
creations; and CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASES: Drawings by kids participating
in Children's Room activities. SECOND FLOOR MEZZANINE GLASS CASES: Loud Collection
urns and sculptures. 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.
28. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
The gallery features "Inktober," an exhibit of ink illustrations
by Hermit Thrush resident artist Caitlin Stearns. Many came out of 2017's Instagram
Inktober, challenging artists around the globe to create one ink drawing every day during
October. Inspired by current events, powerful music and lyrics, Caitlin often draws a
musician and writes down the lyrics while listening to their song. "It is a necessary
cathartic release," says this New Jersey transplant with a BFA in painting. Caitlin is
available for illustration and graphic design commissions—e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org.... 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. Wheelhouse Clay Center
48 Harmony Pl., (802) 246-7034,
ALL-STUDIO GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION from 5:30 to 8:30 on May 3
features tours of the 3,800-sqare-foot space, a table for hands-on clay play,
information about upcoming classes and events, and refreshments. LIVE MUSIC by Carol
Compton and Steve Procter. The Gallery at Wheelhouse—otherwise open 12 to 6
on Wed. through Sat.—features work by owner-managers Teta Hilsdon and
Shari Zabriskie as well as studio members Alexa Berton, Nathan Boiley, Shirley
Chancey, Kathie Gatto-Gurney, Monica Hastings, Brooks Heley, studio technicians
Emily Bourne and Emily Wright, guest artist Marilyn Buhlmann, and
a few members of Brattleboro Clayworks.
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, about a mile south of Exit 1
I-91 Welcome Center
The Silo Gallery and four panels feature paintings by
Deborah Lazar of Putney in May. "The magical process of transforming a blank
page into images has led me from my beginnings as a painter, through a career in
graphic design and photography, and back to fine art. My paintings are of real objects,
real places, and real people. I work from life and photography, primarily in oils in an
impressionist-realist style. I work deliberately but never know at the beginning what
it will look like when done." ... Browse through informational brochures, magazines,
maps, and exhibits of Vermont products, specialty foods, and fine crafts. Open 7 am to