Join us as virtually or in-person as we host Downtown Brattleboro’s first Stroll and Stream. We will be posting a live stream at 6PM hosted by lovely local personalities that
Join us as virtually or in-person as we host Downtown Brattleboro’s first Stroll and Stream. We will be posting a live stream at 6PM hosted by lovely local personalities that will include current exhibitions at galleries downtown (118 Elliot, Beadniks, BMAC, etc.) along with local music! Along with that, many venues and restaurants will be open from 4-8PM for socially-distanced art viewing and gathering. This is a low-key community event, and we only encourage local Brattleboro Gallery-Walk lovers to attend galleries in a socially distanced, precautionary way. Please wear masks, stay 6 feet apart, adhere to each venues guidelines, and be respectful of your fellow community members! We know everyone will make their own choice, so we are offering both virtual and in-person viewing.
Participating Venues include:
-118 Elliot: Four local artists will be featured in a new exhibition at 118 Elliot, 118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, Vermont opening Friday, September 4th between 4 and 8 pm. The exhibition is 118 Elliot’s first since the pandemic hit. An outdoor, safe-distance reception will begin at 4 pm in the back lot which will be closed to cars. There will be plenty of space to safely gather while taking turns viewing the exhibition in the large gallery which is very well ventilated – windows open, fans blowing and a whole-space HVAC system on exhaust.
Tina K. Olsen lives locally and grew up in Springfield, MA. She traveled widely and eventually moved to New York where she taught art at the Walden School and worked therapeutically with the arts at the South Beach Psychiatric Center on Staten Island for many years. Tina found a creative community at the River Gallery School and began to work in oils after moving to Brattleboro to live near her daughter. “I paint the wildness of things,” Olson said. “the land and people and what lives freely beneath the surface of things. When I paint I feel like my real self. I don’t like to know what it is at first glance. I just want it to look alive – as if it just happened.”
Roxcell Bartholomew is a self-taught artist living and working in Brattleboro. He grew up in the Caribbean and moved to the United States in his teens. Roxcell rediscovered his interest in painting while in the military. He says: “I realized that creating has always been a tool for acknowledging and processing the indescribable elements of my experience. Whenever I am creating, there is no choice but to be present within the space called me. I simply try my best to breathe life into the surreal colorscapes, geometric shapes and human forms that arise within my stream of consciousness.”
Lauren Watrous grew up in Brattleboro and teaches studio arts at The River Gallery School and The Community College of Vermont. Lauren’s recent works are intimately scaled oils that relate person and place.
Jillian Farwell has spent most of her life in West Dummerston where her family has lived for more than 100 years. She says: “I was born into a philosophical, very verbal intellectual heritage, but I was always more comfortable in the natural world. I found meaning through art making. It is the process of clarifying as you work – a whole-body way of knowing. I began with clay, which brought me into my body, and now I work in oil paint. I don’t know how that unfolds. I understand my life better when I paint and look at my paintings.”
All the artists met through the River Gallery School in Brattleboro.
“Together, we are helping each other understand our own creative processes in this group show at 118,” Farwell said.
-Epsilon Spires: Open from 6pm -8 for September 4th gallery walk. Hoping to have live DJs spinning records in the Epsilon Spires Backlot before the film!
-Vermont Artisan Designs: Paintings by Ralph DeAnna
and Meg McLean will be featured. DeAnna’s oils are of street scenes in
Brattleboro. McLean’s oils are primarily of Vermont and New England. Other
artists of note at the gallery include Paul Stone, Julie Y Baker Albright,
Julia Eva Bacon, Robert Steinem, Susan Abbott and John Dimick. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. daily; noon to 7:30 p.m. on Gallery Walk. Safety measures are in place for everyone’s protection. See www.vtart.com. Call (802)246-7245 for appointments outside normal hours.
-Brattleboro Museum and Art Center: Open 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Reservations encouraged but not required. More information at https://www.brattleboromuseum.org/2020/08/21/september-gallery-walk/. Featured Exhibits: Steven Kinder: 552,830- Taking its name from the number of people who were unsheltered in America in 2018, 522,830 features portraits of people experiencing homelessness whom Kinder has met over the years in New York City. Alison Wright: Grit and Grace, Women at Work- Documentary film photographer Alison Wright has been documenting distant, delicate, and disappearing cultures for decades. Grit and Grace focuses on resilient women in developing nations working to uplift both their families and communities. Postcards to Brattleboro: 40 Years of Mail Art- Stuart Copans’ artwork speaks through the simple tools and materials of everyday life: paper, scissors, postcards, and stamps. The art he creates moves quietly around the world through a distribution network operated by an enormous postal bureaucracy, currently under assault. This exhibit features Mail Art sent and received by Copans over nearly 50 years.
-River Gallery School: River Gallery School will be exhibiting ART from the ONLINE classes during the COVID 19 quarantine and beyond. On exhibit will be paintings from Watercolor Wash & Line and Watercolor Birch Trees, Adult Studio, Still Life Painting with Mary Giammarino, and Rip It Snip It, Paste it Down, collage workshops. In-person viewing available upon request.
-Beadniks: Beadniks will be open until 8pm during Gallery Walk and is featuring local works by “Perennial Moon” -a beautiful array of cast crystals with local Flora inside.
Also, the bead museum will be open and has many new items to explore. A current display of 16-18th century European glass trade beads is being featured -with many items for sale.
-Harmony Collective – Artist Gallery is organized by a group of 33 local artists who came together collectively create their own space for art. Harmony Collective is open 10am-6pm every day and invites the public to visit their collaborative, ever-changing collection of eclectic 2-D and 3-D art.
-CX Silver Gallery: open 4-8 on GW with Nye Ffarrabas’ 6 decades of Fluxus exploration featuring the Friday Book of White Noise and the möbius-strip-shaped event score scroll (1965-2020)
and – new work of sibling artist, Cai Xi’s plein air paintings of the Earth & Sky series, and Le Xi’s 跨界生活 Kuà Jiè Shēnghuó Cross-Border Life video installation work.
-Zara Bode of The Sweetback Sisters, featuring clarinetist Anna Patton
-Blue Moose: At the gateway to Brattleboro, Blue Moose is an intimate 24 seat restaurant specializing in house-made pastas and rustic Italian fare. We are open for dinner Tuesday – Saturday, starting at 5pm. Join Us this September & October for Indoor Dining, Dining “On Main”, or Blue Moose To-Go.
-Hermit Thrush: Hermit Thrush Brewery specializes exclusively in sour beer, utilizing local wild caught microbes to flavor and sour their beer. Retrofitting their brewery with modern green technologies, their New American Sours are brewed with sustainability and community in mind. Currently open 7 days a week. Curbside pickup only is Mon-Wed 11-6pm. Curbside and outdoor drink service is available Thur 11-6pm, Fri-Sat 11-8pm, and Sun 11-6pm. As required by the state of Vermont, masks are required at all times unless seated for drink service. Customers are welcome to come inside to purchase beer to go, view the gallery space, and use the restroom.
-Duo: Open with limited indoor and sidewalk seating available. Reservations are recommended. Call 802-254-4141 or reserve online at duovermont.com
(Friday) 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm