BRATTLEBORO -- Gallery Walk, Brattleboro’s monthly first-Friday celebration of the arts, returns this week to liven up the downtown and a few satellite locations.
There are 40 listed venues, some with meet-the-artist receptions or live music. Official Gallery Walk hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., although most venues are open earlier and several remain open later.
The 24-page September edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete listings and a map. The cover article is about glass designer Penelope Wurr, who recently moved her shop from Putney village to the former Save the Corporations space on Main Street in Brattleboro. There is also a mention of two special events on Gallery Walk night spurred by the anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene; one at the Whetstone Studio for the Arts building on Williams Street, and the other a festival in the middle of Flat Street, which will be closed to traffic during Gallery Walk.
Online explorers may also visit www.GalleryWalk.org for current listings, photos of work featured in this month’s exhibits and an archive of articles.
The printed guide is available at each participating location, the I-91 Welcome Center, the Chamber of Commerce, area lodging and other convenient outlets.
Brief information on exhibits and special events follows, in official Gallery Walk order.
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* Tasha Tudor’s Favourite Dresses Exhibit at Jeremiah Beal House, 974 Western Ave., 802-258-6564 or www.TashaTudorMuseum.org. Open during Gallery Walk from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy "For the Love of Frocks: Tasha’s Favourite Dresses Exhibit," featuring dresses from Tasha Tudor’s historic costume and family heirloom collection, including dresses worn, made, and illustrated by Tudor. Play dress-up with children, watch the documentary, enjoy the reading collection, or browse the gift shop. Free admission during Gallery Walk; otherwise free for Charter and Society Members; $5 adults, $3 ages 6-12 and over 65; free for children under 6. Open Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse, 814 Western Ave., 802-257-7898 or 802-579-9088 or www.cxsilvergallery .com. Continuing Exhibits include: (1) Selected Chinese ink paintings by Xi Hua (1927-2007). (2) Landscapes from the "Earth and Sky" series, (3) work in the gallery Portrait Studio from a July 2010 fellowship at Vermont Studio Center; (4) Contemporary Chinese Art featuring Cai Xi’s Wu Ji (Infinity Within) Painting Performance showing creation of six-foot canvases of new calligraphic abstractions using mops and trowels as "brushes" and recorded for viewing on YouTube. Open daily by appointment; call 802-257-7898, ext. 2 or 802-579-9088.
* Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams St., firstname.lastname@example.org, thewhetstonestudioforthearts.tumblr.com. Gallery Walk kicks off a three-day celebration of the anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, restoration of the building and artists’ return to their studio spaces. Visit studios and check out a veritable "Flood of Art," including river artist Jason Bowen. Live music by Colby Dix of West Dover begins at 6:30 p.m., and Anon’s Thai Food is available from 4 p.m.
* Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., 802-257-0124 or www.brattleboromuseum.org. Admission is free during Gallery Walk. "Gathering Light: The Art of Stephen Hannock" presents paintings, drawings, prints, collage, including six depictions of the Northampton Oxbow. "Making is Knowing: The Art of Ric Campman" is a survey of work by the late founder of Brattleboro’s River Gallery School. "Vermont Collects: Selections from the Heller Family" includes works by Eric Aho, Susan Brearey, Brian D. Cohen, David Rohn, and others. "Your Space: Collage" is an interactive space for all ages, with exemplary works by Helene J. Henry and Mary Welsh. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily except Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission is $8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 students, free to members, children 5 and under, and staff of other museums. Art Film at 8:30 p.m., admission free: Using the original playbill and first-hand sources from the Brattleboro Historical Society, Rachel Cohn’s short animated film attempts to create a visual document of both the Brattleboro Pageant of 1912 and the history it contained. Filmmaker Cohn, reporter Kevin O’Connor, whose grandmother took part in the 1912 Pageant, and representatives of the Brattleboro Historical Society will be on hand to offer commentary.
* Windham Wines & The Wine Gallery, 30 & 36 Main St., 802-246-6400 or www.windhamwines.com. Brattleboro photographers Cynthia Stalker and Darrell Thomas DuPont show a sampling of their fine art photography, highlighting some of the wine-producing areas of France.
* River Gallery School of Art, 32 Main St., 802-257-1577 or www.rivergalleryschool.org or email@example.com. Paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture by River Gallery School faculty and workshop teachers is featured in September. Participating faculty include Helen Schmidt, Lydia Thomson, Jason Alden, Kim Colligan, Barbara Campman, Matthew Peake, Jillian Farwell, Marilyn Allen, Ezra Stafford, Collin Leech, Ross Smart, Megan Stafford, Donna Hawes and Lynn Hoeft. Workshop instructors include Bruce Iverson, Robert Carston, Susan Bonthron, and Julia Jensen. Registration for the fall semester is under way.
* Latchis 4 & Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. , 802-254-1109 or www.latchis.com. Two exhibits are hosted during Gallery Walk. The windows of Latchis 4 are filled with work by artists participating in the Brattleboro-West Arts Studio Tour Sept. 29-30. For more information, visit www.Brattleboro-West-Arts.com. In the Main Theatre, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Gallery Walk visitors are invited in to meet Patti Jacobs and view photographic images from her recent collaborative journal project with Hannah Morgan titled "Blue Sky Day." "Blue Sky Day" combines photographs of sunny skies, inspirational quotes, prompts and space for journaling your thoughts. The exhibit is otherwise open to moviegoers and by appointment throughout September.
* Twilight Tea Lounge, 41 Main St., 802-254-8887 or www.twilighttealounge.com. "Surrender," a newly expanded exhibit of photos by Shanta L.E. Crowley, captures moments of despair and celebration throughout northern and southern India. Contact Shanta at 802-275-7222 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The Tea Lounge serves hot and iced teas and treats until 10 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* Edward Jones/Joe LoMonaco, 51 Main St., 802-251-0405. Stop in during Gallery Walk to enjoy a continuing group show by area artists Susan Osgood, Barbara Merfeld-Campman, Carol Keiser, Carolyn Nelson, Judy Hawkins and Terry Carter. Open for Gallery Walk, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.
* Flat Street Brew Pub, 6 Flat St., 802-257-1911 or www.flatstreetbrewpub.net. Photographs by Henry Ireland are featured in September.
* Flat Street Rising! A Street Fair on Gallery Walk, email@example.com. From 4 to 8 p.m., music, games and family activities and dancing in the street in celebration of the revival of Brattleboro on the anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene’s devastation. A driving purpose for this event is to make area youth aware of the many positive and creative after-school and weekend opportunities offered by organizations on Flat St. and elsewhere in Brattleboro, as well as to support local businesses continuing their efforts toward full economic recovery. Enjoy entertainment, demos, and hands-on experiences, as well as sports activities and a barbecue by the Boys and Girls Club, skateboarding by BASIC, and a giant pinhole camera and a cyanotype camera-less photography from In-Sight.
* In-Sight Photography Project, 45 Flat St., Ste. 1, 802-251-9960 or www.insight-photography.org. Featured artist Tim Callahan presents "Portals Three," a compilation of photographs exploring the symmetry, asymmetry, beauty and simplicity of Creole and American townhouse façades in the New Orleans French Quarter. Reception on Friday, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibition can also be viewed Monday to Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visit online for further information about In-Sight and its programs for area youth.
* Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat St., 802-251-6051 or www.vcphoto.org. Heightened interest in books as an object of reverence has risen as technology threatens to make them obsolete. September’s exhibit is "Off the Books," which features the work of three well-known photographers who use the book in some form in their images. Jesseca Ferguson produces intimate books using pinhole photography, Robert Flynt uses illustrations from old books to create evocative figural images and classic portraits of authors by Medora Hebert are featured in an exhibition that explores the book. Opening reception on Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and by appointment.
* Transportation Center, 77 Flat St., next to Experienced Goods on ground floor of the Parking Garage, firstname.lastname@example.org (Mollie Burke). From 5 to 7 p.m., Gallery Walk Open House for the public to view a new mural painting by children from the Clark/Canal Community Association, created under the auspices of Art in the Neighborhood, a tuition-free art program working in community settings. Participating children painted fanciful pictures (hint: find the UFO) of various modes of transportation guided by AITN teachers Mollie Burke, Joan Peters, Rosie Schulick and Cleo Rohn. The Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
* Equilibrium & Superfresh Organic Café, 14 Elm St., 802-490-3788 or www.eqvermont.com. Launch celebration from 5 to 11 p.m. during Gallery Walk. This "soft opening" of Brattleboro’s newest art venue includes an exhibit by September’s featured artist, co-owner Jacob Alan Roberts, whose paintings were inspired by the devastation of the Japanese tsunami and the floods of Irene. Also featured are artisan jewelry by Lisa Flanders, handmade alpaca clothing by Sunmeadow Alpacas, one-of-a-kind utensils by NH Woodthings, and original works by other regional artists and craftspeople. Opening Ceremony at 6 p.m., free world music concert from 7 to 9 p.m. by the Wayward Instrument Duo, featuring compositions by Jed Blume and Kevin Moreau on sitar, tabla, djembe, sarangi, and khartal. A high-energy yoga session with Jeanelle Boyer caps the evening. Sample , made-from-scratch and prepackaged "divine high-vibrational" fare from the Superfresh Organic Café, which serves a unique daily menu of mostly organic, local, and seasonal food and beverages while avoiding dishes that require common allergens.
* Hope Gallery at Elliot St. Café, 134 Elliot St., 802-246-1251 or www.facebook.com/ElliotStreetCafe. Tracy Husson presents "Painting from the Ground," a series of oil paintings portraying a natural timeline. Open during Gallery Walk, from 5 to 8 p.m.
* Frankie’s Pizza, 75 Elliot St., 802-254-2420. New work by local artist Kathleen Sims is featured. Sims’ work displays the vibrancy of the Brattleboro community’s art world as it expresses the evolving nature of Vermont.
* Metropolis Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge, 55 Elliot St., 802-490-2255. K.C. Pearson is exhibiting never-before-seen pieces during September. Mosaic (formerly the Scott Griswold & Co. Band) is playing from 8 to 11 p.m.
* Sprout Natural Parenting, 57 Elliot St., 802-254-2600 or www.facebook.com/SproutNaturalParenting. Noelle and Ozmond VanHendrick’s mother-and-son painting collaboration is featured in September. Noelle is the co-creator at zpots studio pottery in Brookline, poet, artist, and mostly a loving mama to three boys. Ozmond, 6, is the youngest of Noelle’s three children. Together they produce work that shows a deep connection between mother and son.
* Inferno, 19 Elliot St., 802-258-6529 or www.gotoinferno.com. Alyssa Blittersdorf’s photography captures the essence of both the photographer and the photographed.
* Mocha Joe’s Café, 82 Main St., 802-257-7794 or www.mochajoes.com. Colorful oil paintings and watercolors by Crystal Bartlett are featured in September, along with photographs of stone streets, palaces and ruins in Portugal and Spain.
* Vermont Artisan Design & Gallery 2, 106 Main St., 802-257-7044 or www.vtart.com. Jeanette Staley’s "Fruits of the Harvest" show presents recent, primarily acrylic portraits of fruit and vegetables. A portion of sales will go to the Drop In Center. Piano music by Jon Matthew is featured from 6 to 8 p.m. during a Gallery Walk reception.
* The Works, 118 Main St., 802-579-1851 or worksbakerycafe.com. Recent sculptures by Phyllis Rosser are featured in September. Using wood stripped bare of its bark and washed smooth by the Connecticut River in Bellows Falls, Rosser constructs dynamic forms that invite contemplation. The Kid’s Art display in September features drawings by Kaya Forest Blouin, 4, of Brattleboro, who enjoys acrobatic tricks, her friends at school and dressing up. Open until 9 p.m. on Gallery Walk.
* David Walter Jewelry Studio, 81 Main St., 802-722-9620 or www.davidwalterjewelry.com. Designer, goldsmith, and platinumsmith David Walter has moved into a new location offering street-level convenience, a larger gallery space and client meeting room, and expanded studio and workshop areas.
* The Artist’s Loft Gallery & B&B, 103 Main St., third floor, 802-257-5181 or www.theartistsloft.com. The Artist’s Loft Gallery presents works on paper and canvas by award-winning New England artist William Hays.
* Amy’s Bakery Arts Café, 113 Main St., 802-251-1071. Amy’s 2nd Annual Chalk It Up to Art interactive installation is featured in September. The public is invited to come by the bakery/café and share their arty side on a long strip of chalking wall -- respectful and creative work is encouraged by one and all. Open until 8 p.m. on Gallery Walk.
* Beadniks, 115 Main St., 802-257-5114 or www.beadniksvt .com. September’s special display is beaded necklaces from a private collection. Acquired in Tibet, they feature beads that are both rare and unique to that region: beautiful raw amber, lapis, turquoise, silver and coral beads strung together in balance and beauty. Some of these beads are hundreds of years old, some thousands of years old, very likely gathered over the centuries through trading on the Silk Road. Early Egyptian, Roman, and Islamic glass beads are featured on one necklace. Intact beaded collections like these are very rare, and they are for sale by the owner.
* In the Moment Music & Gifts, 143 Main St., 802-257-8171 or www.inthemomentrecords.com. Celebrating Peace Through Music during Gallery Walk and Every Day. Featured is a continuing exhibit of screen prints by West Coast artist Alan Forbes, best known for his work with The Black Crowes.
* Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St., 802-257-4777 or www.galleryinthewoods.com. In Gallery 2, expressionist paintings by Laurel Hausler define themselves by encapsulating a state of mind, encapsulating everyday emotions in mysterious tableaux, to illuminate and transform the elements of life that are frightening and unknown. In Gallery 1, paintings in a recent series of ten oils by Richard Heller utilize a finely modulated grid of color and thickly overlaid squiggles of paint built up to small forms. Reception for the artists on Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Moondogs provide live music.
* Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St., 802-254-9276, www.hookerdunham.org and Facebook. Featured in September are the Annual Excellence in Architecture Award-winning entries chosen by the Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. This exhibition features projects from architects throughout the state. Visit www.aiavt.org or call 802-425-6162. Reception on Friday, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours otherwise during events at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery and by appointment.
* The Dianich Gallery, 139 Main St., 802-380-1607 or www.catherinedianichgallery.com. September features a group show of works by Vermont artists represented at the gallery, assembled as a fundraiser for The Commons, Brattleboro’s weekly news publication. Meet Commons staff writers from at a Gallery Walk reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Other hours by appointment during the month. Visit commonsnews.org.
* Penelope Wurr: Contemporary Glass & Gifts, 167 Main St., 802-246-3015 or www.penelopewurr.com. Relocated from Putney, Penelope Wurr’s retail store showcases her fine contemporary glass, local and European gifts, an eclectic selection of handcrafted jewelry, clothing accessories and furnishings for home and garden, both vintage and new. Currently on show is a small selection of Wurr’s etchings, monotypes and lithographs.
* A Candle in the Night, 181 Main St., 802-257-0471 or acandleinthenight.com. Explore this store to discover assemblages by Larry Simons and Ahren Ahrenholz, and painting and collage by Simi Berman. Open until 8:30 p.m. for Gallery Walk.
* Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., 802-257-4588 (Dee and Bob Keller). Two special programs are planned for Gallery Walk night. From 5:30 to 6 p.m., Moment for Peace led by Noah Levinson, a Marlboro resident and Marlboro College graduate who founded a community health agency in India called Calcutta Kids. From 6 to 8 p.m., 10th Anniversary Celebration for Calcutta Kids, a time to learn more from Levinson, his new Indian bride Evangeline and others. Enjoy refreshments, a talk with slides by Levinson and an opportunity to see pictures of the organization’s work taken by Brattleboro-area photographer Paul Kidder.
* Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., 802-254-5290 or www.brooks.lib.vt.us. Selections from the library’s Fine Arts Collection of more than 350 items -- sculptures, ceramics, paintings, rare books, maps, photographs, and historical and archaeological objects -- donated over the past 150-plus years, are permanently displayed. September’s Main Floor exhibit, from the library’s Fine Arts Collection, features photographs of Brattleboro architecture, with selections of examples from the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries. From the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont, informational displays on the Mezzanine and in the second-floor entryway cases honor World Alzheimer’s Month. On the second floor, the Children’s Book Illustrators case features author-illustrator Sarah Dillard of Waitsfield. Join reference librarian Jeanne Walsh on the first Friday of the month at noon for Know Your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users. Meet at the reference desk; no reservations required.
* Shall We Dance at The Stone Church, 210 Main St. 802-348-6671, 802-579-9990 (Ray) or www.shallwedance.biz. Shall We Dance offers a free Cha Cha dance lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. with Ray Warren; open ballroom dancing to a variety of rhythms follows from 8 to 10 p.m. Light refreshments. $8 singles, $15 couples, $5 teens & seniors.
* Baskets Bookstore, 48 Harmony Place, 802-258-4980, email@example.com. Painter/muralist Steven Donovan is exhibiting and selling affordable, matted copies of paintings created over the past several years, plus a dozen or so recent original works.
* High Street Painters, 22-24 High St., second floor, with access via garage door uphill on Green Street Extension, firstname.lastname@example.org. Open 5 to 7:30 p.m., for Gallery Walk, visitors are welcome to tour the working portrait studio. You may even catch someone painting there. Studies are on view.
Founded in 1995, Gallery Walk qualifies as a nonprofit arts organization through its association with the Arts Council of Windham County. For information on Gallery Walk, contact coordinator Joy Wallens-Penford at 802-257-2616 or preferably by e-mail at info@GalleryWalk.org.