Porcelain by Naomi Lindenfeld

"The Forest Transformed,"
porcelain by Naomi Lindenfeld

Woven ring by Chris Lann

Woven ring by Chris Lann

Encaustic painting by Jen Wiechers

Encaustic painting by
Jen Wiechers

Brattleboro-West Arts Presents 17 Artists, 3 Days

The art and crafts of Brattleboro-West Arts will make their way eastward on Gallery Walk weekend in December for a downtown exhibit and sale to mark the holiday season.

Painting by Maisie Crowther

"View from Barrows Road,"
watercolor by Maisie Crowther

Titled simply "17 Artists, 3 Days," the show will offer pieces ranging from paintings, photography, and botanical drawings to pottery, textiles, woven baskets, jewelry, metalwork, and glass. It will run Dec. 4 through 6 in the recently opened public event space at 118 Elliot St.

"The newly renovated space is fresh, open, and bright, and just the right intimate size to showcase the work of the 17 participating artists," said ceramicist Naomi Lindenfeld. "BWA is excited to be one of the first groups to show artwork in this wonderful new space that was designed to feature visual and performing arts."

Brattleboro-West Arts is a group of about three dozen artists who create their art and make their homes within the watershed of the Whetstone Brook in West Brattleboro, Marlboro, and Dummerston, Vermont. Since 2009, many BWA members have welcomed the public into their studios among the wooded hills to the west of Brattleboro for open studio tours in the spring and fall. The most recent tour, on October 3 and 4, was part of the nationwide American Craft Week, which named Brattleboro-West Arts the Best Local Artists' Event.

This December show brings BWA to the public under one roof during Brattleboro's bustling holiday retail season. The event coincides with Brattleboro's monthly Gallery Walk as well as Holly Days, Holly Nights, the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce's annual weekend holiday shopping event.

"Instead of having people come to our individual studios, we're bringing the BWA experience to the people," said silversmith Chris Lann. "Brattleboro's art scene is robust and growing, and this show is just one more great reason for art lovers to be downtown that weekend."

Borofsky mural on section of old wall

photography by Gene Parulis

Those familiar with the artists of Brattleboro-West Arts will find plenty of fresh work at the show: Jen Wiechers, a new participant in BWA shows, recently added encaustics to her repertoire of acrylic paintings and jewelry. Fiber artist Karen Kamenetzky, a longtime BWA member, will offer smaller, more affordable versions of her textile pieces inspired by cellular imagery. Lann's newest work adds textural elements of woven fine-silver "cloth" to his hand-knit silver chains and nature-inspired castings of recent years. Also, Lindenfeld has been exploring forms and patterns in colored clay that echo the textile work of her mother, renowned artist Lore Kadden Lindenfeld.

In addition to the work of the artists above, the exhibit will feature the paintings of Maisie Crowther, Ron Karpius, Stephen Lloyd and Janet Picard; pottery by Walter Slowinski and Matt Tell; textile art by Jackie Abrams and Kris McDermet; Bobbi Angell's botanical drawings; blown glass by Josh Bernbaum; turned bowls and furniture by woodworker Jason Breen; metal sculpture by Karpius; multimedia collages by Sharon Myers; and the photography of Gene Parulis.

Profiles of the participating artists, as well as other BWA members, are viewable online at www.brattleboro-west-arts.com.

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