Gallery Walk is a project of the Arts Council of Windham County that was founded in 1995. It was a Yankee Magazine EDITORS’ CHOICE in 2004, and continues year-round, on the first Friday of every month from 5:30 to 8:30,
in downtown Brattleboro, Vt. and nearby locations. Most exhibits are open all month long. Call venues to confirm exhibit hours. Visit their website at www.gallerywalk.org
ARTICLE LINK FOR AUGUST: Sylvia Chun Yin Ryder: Watercolors, Oils & Fabric Art at All Souls
1. Faithful Few Tattoo
698 Putney Rd., #2, (802) 579-1563, www.faithfulfewtattoo.com, www.instagram.com/faithfulfewtattoo
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
2. The Marina Restaurant
28 Spring Tree Rd. (down behind 464 Putney Rd. – where the West River meets the Connecticut), (802) 257-7563, www.vermontmarina.com
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 10-1.
3. Gallery at All Souls Church
29 South St., (802) 254-9377, go up drive across from Fire Station
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, www.cxsilvergallery.com
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: www.airbnb.com/rooms/7173206.
5. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124, www.brattleboromuseum.org
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 byTimothy 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, www.whetstonestation.com
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.
7. River Gallery School & Gallery 34
32-34 Main St., (802) 257-1577, www.rivergalleryschool.org
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 Melody Squires.
8. Latchis Gallery & Theatre
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.theater.latchis.com, latchisarts.org
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 www.zacharypstephens.com. 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 donation.
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 VCP website.
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 lens.
35 Frost St., 1st floor past Mocha Joe’s, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hatchspace.org
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.
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 & FB
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 Sun. 1-9.
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, www.facebook.com/Amys-Bakery-Arts-Cafe
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.
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.
19. Gallery In The Woods
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777, www.galleryinthewoods.com
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, www.catherinedianichgallery.com
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, www.tundiproductions.org
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!
22. The Gallery at The Garden
Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982, www.strollingoftheheifers.com
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, www.penelopewurr.com
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 & Greet
183 Main St., in the alley between Penelope Wurr and In-Sight Photography
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 the 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.
25. In-Sight Photography Project
183 Main St. #3, down the alley by Penelope Wurr, (802) 251-9960, www.insight-photography.org, www.exposuresprogram.org
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 participants.
26. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
183 Main St., (802) 251-8290, mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com
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 aesthetic explorer.
27. Take a Moment for Peace & Global Latch-On Event
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., (802) 254-4730
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.
28. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290, www.brooks.lib.vt.us
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) 258-4597, brattleborohistoricalsociety.org
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.
30. Japanese Summer Festivals at Pliny Park
Jct. HIgh & Main Sts., (802) 257-7898, accvt.org
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 welcome.
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.
32. Wheelhouse Clay Center
48 Harmony Pl., (802) 246-7034, www.WheelhouseClayCenter.com
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.
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.
For further info, contact: Joy Wallens-Penford, Promotional Coordinator, by email at info@GalleryWalk.org, or by phone 802-257-2616. Next month’s Gallery Walk is Friday, September 6.