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.
GALLERY WALK IS ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 3.
Next month’s Gallery Walk is Friday, February 7.
VENUES TO THE NORTH OF DOWNTOWN
1. Faithful Few Tattoo
698 Putney Rd., #2, (802) 579-1563,
Happy New Year, area residents and visitors! Each Gallery
Walk reveals new, often one-of-a-kind—always handmade and
custom—arts and crafts (on paper, fabric, or framed), perfect for a wide
range of tastes. The studio/gallery atmosphere is welcoming and family friendly,
definitely NOT your “average” tattoo shop! Whether you are interested in wearing a
permanent tattoo, expressing yourself in a creative t-shirt, or finding a unique
and artful gift, they’ve got you covered. Open Tues.-Sat. 12-8 pm.
2. The Marina Restaurant
28 Spring Tree Rd. (down behind 464 Putney Rd. – where the West
River meets the Connecticut), (802) 257-7563,
Evocative landscapes and seascapes in oils by Sylvia
Chun Yin Ryder greet arrivals at the Marina…. Other exhibits include David
Parker Jr.’s large-format photographs of birds and wildlife on his property in
Brookline, Vt.; Alex Hrabchak‘s watercolors; painter Kristina
Wentzell‘s flora, fauna, and landscapes; 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. A casual waterfront
eatery with sunset view, The Marina is open daily 11:30-10, Sun. Brunch served
VENUES TO THE WEST OF DOWNTOWN
3. C.X. Silver Gallery
814 Western Ave., (802) 257-7898,
OPEN 4 to 6 for Gallery Walk on January 3; otherwise
open year-round by calling ahead, (802) 257-7898 x1, to arrange a visit. Currently
showing Gordon Jones‘ Recent Landscapes and Cai Xi‘s
Portraits. Also open through February, by appt., is Nye Ffarrabas‘
Six Decades of Fluxus Explorations, (802) 257-7898 x1…. DIM SUM CATERING
by appt.; calling 1-2 days in advance recommended, (802) 257-7898 x3…. 3rd floor
airBnB apartment with art all around: www.airbnb.com/rooms/7173206. Asian Cultural Center of
257-7898 x3—presents the Lunar New Year Festival of China, Korea and
Vietnam at Brattleboro Museum on Sunday, Jan. 26, 1-3 pm, including a Dragon
VENUES IN OR NEAR DOWNTOWN
4. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
10 Vernon St., (802) 257-0124,
FREE ADMISSION during the Walk, with a 10% discount on
new memberships…. EXHIBITS include: María Elena González:
Tree Talk; Thelma Appel: Observed/Abstract; Fafnir Adamites: Interfere
(with); Doug Trump: By Rail; and Gordon Meinhard: The Lives of Tables….
General Hours: OPEN 11-5, closed Tues. Admission: $8-$6-$4, Free: members & under
18; free admission Thurs. 2-5—bring a friend!
5. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St., (802) 490-2354,
Dara Carleton of Brookline, Vt., captures her wildlife
photography on the rivers, ponds, and lakes that dot the landscape within a 30-minute drive
of Brattleboro. She has a degree in fine art, and a background in painting and photography.
She was a winner in two categories of the NH Audubon 2019 Photo Contest. She also volunteers
for Audubon VT and monitors several local bald eagle nests…. The Whetstone offers inspired
food, local craft beers, and specialty drinks in a picturesque waterfront location; free
parking. Lunch & dinner daily 11:30-10, Fri.-Sat. till 11.
6. River Gallery School of Art
32 & 36 Main St., (802) 257-1577,
Artists from five weekly sessions of Adult Studio
class are showing Fall semester work. Studio sessions are a mix of artists from
beginner to well-established, working in many media, although oil painters
predominate. RGS faculty offer one-on-one guidance, technical support, and
encouragement. Camaraderie and artistic confidence builds as the semester progresses.
Because artists devise their own projects according to their individual interests,
the range of styles is diverse and fascinating…. GALLERY 34, at sidewalk
level, features work by participants in various “Art for Social Change”
sessions funded by generous grants from the Thomas Thompson Trust and the
7. HatchSpace at Latchis Gallery
50 Main St., (802) 254-1109, www.hatchspace.org,
HatchSpace continues its seasonal gallery at the Latchis with
handcrafted furniture, functional art, and gifts through March 2020. Featured works
are by members of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers and HatchSpace
staff and local artists Noriko Isogai and Herbert Hayes. Proceeds
from gallery sales benefit the HatchSpace Education and Scholarship Fund. Come see
masterworks by area craftspeople and learn about available classes to make your own
master works. A HatchSpace member or staff person will be on hand to answer questions
during weekend open hours or by appointment.
8. Vermont Center for Photography
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
“Wild Spirits” by Vermont artist Evy Huppert runs
January 3-March 1; artist talk on March 1 at 4 pm. “I made this work on journeys
south to untamed places in the Sea Islands of Georgia with a tribe of like-minded
artists. The images and characters come from dreams and memories the land drew out
from my personal mythology. Timeless, yet inhabited for millennia, the islands
carry a spiritual presence of deep wildness, palpable in the light and shadows;
the ancient alligators and birds, the feral pigs and donkeys, and the artifacts of
their existence lying everywhere.” Hours are Thurs.-Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 12-5, with
first-Friday Gallery Walk receptions at 5:30-8:30.
9. VCP’s Student Gallery
49 Flat St., (802) 251-6051, www.vcphoto.org
This past fall, the Vermont Center for Photography, in
partnership with Turning Point of Windham County, led an eight-week class called
“Focus Forward” for people in recovery from addiction to learn the art of
photographic image making. VCP hoped that by learning the craft of photography,
participants would find a new means of creative expression and a powerful new tool
in their recovery process. To celebrate, the show of “Focus Forward” photographs in
VCP’s newly launched Student Gallery continues as part of January’s Gallery Walk.
The “Focus Forward” program will be offered again in spring 2020—dates to be
10. Whetstone Craft Beers
39 Frost St., (802) 490-3980,
Open 4-8 pm during Gallery Walk on Fri., Jan. 3:
Visit Whetstone’s new production brewery, open to the public only during
Gallery Walk. Featured artist Collin Coviello is a printmaking apprentice under
James Primrose of Brattleboro Printmakers on Elliot St. Collin began experimenting
with graphic design and minimalism for screen printing high-school band T-shirts,
and now mentors other printmaking students. Queer identity and nature are viewed
through a lens of abstraction and linework. Sometimes the shapes are very clear,
but the true meaning of any piece is fully subjective. In addition to enjoying
Collin’s artwork, take a brewery tour and enjoy freshly brewed craft beers. Offerings
include Whetstone’s flagship options and one unique beer available only at
11. Harmony Collective: Artist Gallery
49 Elliot St., Info: (802) 579-1501,
The gallery’s 31 local artists are exhibiting an
eclectic selection of art that defies the usual categories. This artist-run collective
affords all visitors the opportunity to talk with a participating artist about their
creative process. Open since October, the gallery has quickly become a place to gather
for discussions about art and our community. A Gallery Walk reception from 5:30 to
8:30 on Friday, January 3, offers food prepared by artist Zoe Colby. LIVE MUSIC by the
VIBRANT ENSEMBLE featuring percussion and gongs by Stephan Brandstatter and
stringed instruments and percussion by Dennis Waring. Otherwise open 10 to 6
12. DemoGraphix at Brattleboro Printmakers
12 Elliot St., go through green gate and downstairs between Hotel
Pharmacy & Boomerang, info: email@example.com or (802) 275-7871
CLOSED FOR GALLERY WALK ON JAN. 3 but open for February 7
Gallery Walk and by appointment in the interim. Come downstairs to see what’s being
made in a space that inspires creativity and welcomes everyone. This youth-led
screen-printing business offers the public a chance to get some sweet shirts: Choose
from 5 different designs and pay $5-$20 on a sliding scale, or bring your own item to
13. Mocha Joe’s Café
82 Main St., (802) 257-7794, www.mochajoes.com
“Magical Perception Prisms,” created in myriad mediums
by Jonas Emmanuel Fricke, are woven and work together “in hopes of transforming
reality and affirming the powers of inspiration and wonder.” Stop by during the Walk
and all month for freshly roasted coffee or a seasonal drink with homemade pastries.
Open Mon.-Thurs. 7-8, Fri. 7-9, Sat. 7:30-9, and Sun. 7:30-8.
14. Turn It Up!
85 Main St., (802) 251-6015, www.turnitup.com
The record shop features 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,
Continuing in January are acrylic farm animal paintings by
Amber Bessette, a Guilford, Vermont artist and small farmer. Amber spreads
joy through the unique and oftentimes humorous personalities of farm animals….
Enjoy European-style breads; soups, sandwiches, salads; specialty cakes, cookies,
and other treats; open Mon.-Sat. 8-6 and Sun. 9-5.
16. Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2
106 Main St., (802) 257-7044, www.vtart.com
Featured in January are oil painters Jocelyn Sandor
Urban and Robert Steinem. Steinem’s work includes landscapes and
abstracted reality, while Urban’s focus on horses, dogs, and snowy landscapes. A
portion of the sales of featured art will go to the Windham County Heat Fund. Opening
Gallery Walk reception from 5:30 to 7 pm. Stop by 7 days to enjoy featured work and
the creative output of painters and fine artisans from across the region.
17. Works Bakery Café
118 Main St., (802) 579-1871, worksbakerycafe.com
River Gallery School is exhibiting works from the
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 #6 for current exhibits at the school.)… The café serves
Rainforest Alliance coffee and humanely raised meats, poultry, and dairy with no
antibiotics or added hormones; open daily 6-8.
18. Gallery In The Woods
145 Main St., (802) 257-4777,
Featured through February is “Symbiosis,” oil paintings by
Deborah Garner and works in ink on yupo paper by Karen Loomis. These
colleagues in a critique group at UMass’ Hampden Gallery have been developing their
own pieces while working at Gallery In The Woods. Garner worked at the Peabody
Museum, and later buying museum textiles and artifacts in Asia. Her saturated color
and symbolic markings suggest a walkabout or vision quest reflecting her passion for
ethnographic art. Loomis recently exited a career in repairing harpsichords, pianos,
and other fine and vintage instruments for UMass and private customers. Her paintings
explore the beauty and structure inside the body as metaphor: bones, cells, and
flowing fantasy. Reception on Friday, Jan. 3, 5:30-8:30; live music by the
Moondogs. Open daily 11-5:30.
19. Dianich Gallery
139 Main St., Rm. 501, (802) 380-1607, down the alley, through the
glass doors, www.catherinedianichgallery.com
Held over through January 31 is “A Fabulous Confluence,” an
exhibit of work by Myles Danaher, Steven Leal, and Jason Alden.
A life-long artist, Alden is director of The Drawing Studio, an independent drawing
school and community art studio near downtown
Brattleboro—www.vermontdrawingstudio.com. Lately Danaher has been focusing
on studio-based landscape painting with a strong reliance on recollections. Leal is
best known for his ever-evolving painting series combining explosive colors, textures,
and mediums. Reception during Gallery Walk on Friday, Dec. 6, 5:30-7:30 pm—live
music is often performed in the foyer outside the gallery on Walk night; the gallery is
otherwise open by appt.
20. The Gallery at The Garden
Robt. H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., (802) 246-0982,
The “Singing Colors” exhibit by Brattleboro fiber artist
Carlene Raper is continuing through the end of January. Her work spans over
forty years, and the exhibit ranges from hand-dyed, pieced quilts to intimate fabric
hangings. “Get The Word Out,” a special event offering information on
local non-profits. Stop by to enjoy the fabric art and learn about participating
organizations. The River Garden is open Mon.-Fri., 9-5 pm. & Sat. for special
events. See website calendar for updates.
21. Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts
167 Main St., (802) 246-3015,
The Upstairs Gallery hosts a Ceramic Collective with artists
all previously featured: Claudia Biehne, Virginia Graham, Mia Sarosi and
Kevin Wilcoxon. Also continuing is an exhibit of work by German jewelry
designer Agathe Birtie (State of A)—”Brass, steel, wood, copper, come
together in minimalistic expressions of geometry.” Shop beautiful wearables for the
season. Holiday-themed cards, ornaments, and gifts on special sale. Don’t forget the
CLASSIC BRITISH FARE. Open 11-6 daily, later for the Walk. Closed Tuesdays.
22. Mitchell · Giddings Fine Arts
181-183 Main St., (802) 251-8290,
Celebrate our new street-level gallery featuring “The Art of
the Chop,” presenting two collections: “Collaborative Prints” and “Collages of the
Sea,” both exhibits by artist and master printer Lisa Mackie. Artists working
with Mackie include Emily Mason, Wolf Kahn, Sol LeWitt, Amy Ernst, Jack Youngerman,
Grace Hartigan and others, brought together in Mackie’s atelier to create unique
prints which allow the artists to ‘speak’ in new and innovative ways. The exhibit
continues through February 9, and an Artist Talk is set on Saturday, January 25, at 5
pm…. Also visit the MGFA ANNEX in the Brooks House Atrium, 132 Main St.
23. Take a Moment for Peace & Christmas Craft
Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., (802)
5:30 to 6:00 · This month’s gathering features
Venerable Lama Noamh Tomas speaking on the subject of Peace. Lama Tomas is a
member of the Order of Celtic Buddhist Monastics and lives a life of service in
addiction hospice and bereavement. He is a former civil and human rights observer in
Northern Ireland, and has served as an advocate for the rights of indigenous people
in the Americas. Now a spiritual advisor and teacher at Riverbank House Recovery
Community in Laconia, N.H., he is a member of the Greater Laconia Ministerial
24. Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St., (802) 254-5290,
MAIN FLOOR, Small Conference Room: Three small quilts by
fabric artist/illustrator Adrienne Yorinks; 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.
25. Epsilon Spires
190 Main St., in the First Baptist Church building,
The kinetic sound-art exhibition “Describing a Sunset to
a Robocaller” by Lauren Pakradooni is showing in the upper balcony until
its Jan. 11 closing ceremony. The artist (aka “Tether”) will perform within the
installation, using fragments of recorded voice and electronics, a sort of “music”
oscillating between melodic lyrical form and noise. Also performing will be Noise
Nomads (Jeff Hartford), who has made his own psychedelic harsh noise for two
decades. Always primal, visceral, and kinetic, each live performance is unique to its
time and place. Intent on influencing physical connection between an audience and the
sounds generated, his instrumentation is always
Exhibits otherwise open before/during Epsilon events or by appointment—see
26. Hermit Thrush Brewery
29 High St., (802) 257-BEER (2337),
hermitthrushbrewery.com & Facebook
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.
SPECIAL REGIONAL EXHIBITS
A. SE Vermont Welcome Center
I-91 North, a mile before Exit 1
Work by southern Vermont painter Martha Dolan is
featured in the Silo Gallery in January. “I draw from my imagination. Inspiration
for my art comes from nature. I create places that I have been to, or visualize
places that I would like to experience. I am especially inspired by the mystique of
the Vermont nighttime sky, the rural romanticism of the Meadows at the confluence
of the West and Connecticut rivers, and the powerful beauty of Mt. Wantastiquet.”…
Brochures, magazines, maps, and showcase exhibits of area products, artwork, and
fine crafts are resources for visitors and residents alike. Open 7 am to 11 pm
For further info, contact:
Joy Wallens-Penford / Promotional Coordinator
PO Box 1528, Brattleboro, VT 05302-1528
Support the BELLOWS FALLS ART WALK on 3rd Fridays each month.
Gallery Walk qualifies as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization through its association with the Arts Council of Windham County.