BRATTLEBORO -- Gallery Walk, Brattleboro’s monthly first Friday celebration of the arts, returns this week.
There are 39 listed venues, some with meet-the-artist receptions or live music.
Two special events are slated from 5 to 7 p.m.: The Robert H. Gibson River Garden hosts the eighth annual Month of the Young Child Celebration, and the Stone Church is where Omega Optical is presenting a demo of its 3D dual-projection system for home theaters. An open house is being held at the Biologic Wellness Center, a separate lifestyle education space and gallery on the ground floor of the Merchants Bank, affiliated with the second-floor Biologic Integrative Healthcare practitioners’ offices.
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 April edition of the Gallery Walk guide and magazine contains complete listings and a map. The issue’s cover presents a painting of spring lambs by Mary Iselin, featured artist at Vermont Artisan Designs this month, and Gretchen Horton has written a story about how the young child uses art as a means to express his or her experience of the world. Online explorers may also visit www.GalleryWalk.org.
The printed guide is available at each participating location, the I-91 Welcome Center, the Chamber of Commerce, area lodging establishments
Brief information on exhibits and special events follows, in official Gallery Walk order.
* C.X. Silver Gallery & Dim Sum Teahouse, 814 Western Ave., 802-257-7898, 802-579-9088 or www.cxsilvergallery.com. Continuing Exhibits include: Selected Chinese ink paintings by Xi Hua (1927-2007); Cai Xi’s Wu Ji (Infinity Within) Painting Performance; Landscapes from the "Earth and Sky" series; work in the gallery Portrait Studio from a July 2010 fellowship at Vermont Studio Center; Contemporary Chinese Art of Cai Xi featuring six-foot canvases of new calligraphic abstractions using mops and trowels as "brushes" and recorded live for viewing on YouTube. Open for Gallery Walk, 4 to 8 p.m., otherwise Monday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m.; appointment suggested.
* Turning Point of Windham County, 112 Hardwood Way, 802-257-5600 or email@example.com. Shawnna O’Connor presents "Feathers and Fur," an exhibit of her cat and bird portraits. Visit www.redcattefelineportraits.com. Turning Point of Windham County provides services, free of charge, for people in recovery from addictions. The center is a safe, supportive gathering place that provides peer support and recovery support services.
* The Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Road, 802-257-7563 or www.vermontmarina.com. Colorful canvases by Janet Picard are featured.
* Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., 802-257-0124 or www.brattleboromuseum.org. Admission is fre during Gallery Walk. "Bridging Earth & Sky" opens BMAC’s 2012-13 season with six exhibits consisting of paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture by more than 30 artists exploring our physical and metaphorical relationship with trees: "Drawing on the Sky," "Witness Trees," "Heritage Trees," "Sylvan Forms," "Raizes/Roots," "Woodstack," "The Golden Game." Film in the Center Gallery at 8:30 p.m. after Gallery Walk is "Sushi: The Global Catch. Admission is $5. Regular hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily except Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission: $6 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students, free to members and children 5 and under.
* Windham Wines & The Wine Gallery, 30 & 36 Main St., 802-246-6400 or www.windhamwines.com. In tribute to Windham Wines’ offerings of wine from around the world, Brattleboro photographers Cynthia Stalker and Darrell Thomas DuPont shows a sample of their global fine art photography, highlighting some of the wine-producing areas of France. Visit www.stalkerdupontphotoart.com.
* River Gallery School of Art, 32 Main St., 802-257-1577 or www.rivergalleryschool.org or firstname.lastname@example.org. Gallery space in April features watercolor paintings and abstract and figure sculptures from fall and winter classes.
* Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., 802-254-1109 or www.latchis.com. Brilliant pastels by Ann Coleman are featured in the Main Theatre during April. Coleman lost 38 originals and more than 400 prints in her newly renovated Wilmington gallery when Irene’s flood waters swept everything away last August. She is grateful to still have her archival giclée prints for viewing along with one new original, "First Snow." She is now actively fund-raising in hopes of rebuilding. Meet her during Gallery Walk on Friday, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., or visit www.artistAnnColeman.com or call 802-368-7090. The exhibit is otherwise open during movie times and by appointment.
* Twilight Tea Lounge, 41 Main St., 802-254-8887 or www.twilighttealounge.com. Sketches and still-life work by Brattleboro artist Sabina Gutsell continue. The Tea Lounge is open for tea 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 Ruby Rice. 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. Brattleboro artist Cameron Schmitz is exhibiting her most recent landscape oil paintings.
* In-Sight Photography Project, 45 Flat St., Suite1, 802-251-9960 or www.insight-photography.org. Gallery space in April features work by Annie Flanagan, an In-Sight volunteer, free-lance photographer and blacksmith. Visit www.AnnieFlanagan.com.
* Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat St, 802-251-6051 or www.vcphoto.org. In honor of VCP’s 13th anniversary, April features a Members Exhibit of All-Time Personal-Favorite Photographs. Refreshments and live music by local singer/songwriter Caleb Davis are featured at the opening reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. during Gallery Walk. Visit the gallery Monday to Friday, 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment.
* Hope Gallery at Elliot St. Café, 134 Elliot St., 802-246-1251 or www.facebook.com/ElliotStreetCafe. Stop in to see the "Climate Change Wall" with art related to climate change as well as information about what is happening in the state. Also on display are photographs by Rebecca Jones. Open during Gallery Walk from 5 to 8 p.m.
* McNeill’s Brewery, 90 Elliot St, 802-254-2553 or www.mcneillsbrewery.com. Exhibits include Brad Roth’s large paintings of comic book and cartoon character "stars," work by Brattleboro’s Eric Reagan, and New York artist Sacha’s World of Circulism figurative paintings. Paula Lavender is offering her hand-dyed, brightly colored marbled fabric in four sizes.
* Frankie’s Pizza, 75 Elliot St., 802-254-2420. Illustrator Elizabeth Neronski is April’s featured artist. With brush and pens, she creates worlds and monsters that are colorful, cute, and creepy. Visit neronski.tumblr.com.
* Metropolis Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge, 55 Elliot St., 802-490-2255. A new collection of work by Rachel Brooks is featured during April. Local singer/songwriter Peter Miles is featured on Friday from 8 to 11 p.m.
* Inferno, 19 Elliot St., 802-258-6529 or www.gotoinferno.com. Brattleboro painter/illustrator Sarah Adam works in various mediums including acrylic, oil, watercolor, pencils, and pen & ink. Visit Madsahara.com.
* Through the Music Gallery & Studio, inside the Turn It Up!, 2 Elliot St., 802-779-3188 (Sarah Rice) or www.myspace.com/ throughthemusicgallery. TTM is featuring artists Kathryn Briggs and Charles Vecchione. Opening during Gallery Walk from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
* Mocha Joe’s Café, 82 Main St., 802-257-7794 or www.mochajoes.com. Gallery space in April features a multimedia show of art by the baristas of Mocha Joe’s. The work ranges from photographs to pen & ink drawings to collage.
* Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2, 106 Main St., 802-257-7044 or www.buyvermontart.com or email@example.com. During April, the gallery features animal portraits and landscapes in oil by Mary Iselin. Opening reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. during Gallery Walk, with piano stylings by Jon Matthew. A portion of April sales will benefit the Windham County Heat Fund.
* The Works, 118 Main St, 802-579-1851 or worksbakerycafe.com. Fields, meadows, flowers, birds, and farm animals are featured in paintings by Caryn King and Kristina Wentzell. Kids Art in April showcases work by Rei Scanlon Kimura, 8, of Brattleboro. Open until 9 p.m., during Gallery Walk.
* 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 artist William Hays. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily on Main Street.
* Amy’s Bakery Arts Café, 113 Main St., 802-251-1071. Paintings by Scot Borofsky are featured in April. His three websites are linked online at scotsart.net. Ten percent of all sales will be donated to the effort to locate Marble Arvidson. Open until 8 p.m. on Gallery Walk.
* Beadniks, 115 Main St., 802-257-5114 or www.beadniksvt.com. Beadniks folks are just back from a trade show, stocked up with lots of new gemstones, beads, toys, jewelry and more.
* In the Moment Music & Gifts, 143 Main St., 802-257-8171 or www.inthemomentrecords.com. During Gallery Walk, join Dan Lydon, singer-songwriter, for an acoustic set of nuanced instrumental textures and tunes, old, new and reconditioned, delivered with soul and wit. Continuing exhibit of screen prints by West Coast artist Alan Forbes.
* Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St, 802-257-4777 or www.galleryinthewoods.com. "Glimpsing Apeiron: New Works by Deborah Garner" is the featured exhibit through April. Reception for the artist from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. during Gallery Walk.
* Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St., 802-254-9276, www.hookerdunham.org and Facebook. Seventh and eighth grade students from The Grammar School in Putney exhibit works from their art electives program. Gallery hours: during events at Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery and by appointment. Reception on Friday, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
* The Dianich Gallery, 139 Main St., 802-380-1607 or www.catherinedianichgallery.com. Artists in the 2012 Women’s Show at the gallery include: Simi Berman, Mollie S. Burke, Daria Dorosh, Marguerite Fields, Helen Hawes, Evie Lovett, Helen O’Donnell, Cathy Osman, Michèle Ratté, Nancy Storrow and Ruth Venman-Clay. This exhibit is produced in conjunction with the Women’s Film Festival. Reception on Friday, 5:30 to 8 p.m., other hours by appointment. A portion of proceeds from the show will be donated to the Women’s Freedom Center.
* Eighth Annual Month of the Young Child Celebration, Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., 802-254-5332, ext. 310. The eighth annual Month of the Young Child art exhibit is featured throughout April. Opening reception during Gallery Walk from 5 to 7 p.m. Area early childhood programs will display their student’s artistic creations. Fun, hands-on activities, refreshments and resources for young children and families will be available. Visit www.windhamchildcare.org.
* Take a Moment for Peace, Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., 802-257-4588 (Dee and Bob Keller). From 5:30 to 6 p.m., Gallery Walkers of all faiths and persuasions are invited into the chapel to share in quietude, music and quotations dedicated to enhancing personal, family, community, and world peace. This month Rupa Cousins will share some teachings of Bulgarian Christian mystic Peter Deunov.
* Biologic Wellness Center of Biologic Integrative Healthcare, 205 Main St., 802-275-4732, www.biologiccenter.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Gallery Walk open house in the Biologic Wellness Center, a new, separate, tranquil space on the lower level of the Merchants Bank Building. (The Biologic Integrative Healthcare facility is still located on the second floor.) The downstairs center is showcasing "Elements of Nature," the first exhibit of photographic works by Brattleboro Union High School freshman Phoebe Wolfman. A schedule of workshops and classes will be available.
* Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., 802-254-5290 or www.brooks.lib.vt.us. Selections from the library’s Fine Arts Collection are permanently displayed on three floors. In April, the Saxtons River Artists Guild shows paintings on the Main Floor. A glass case on the Mezzanine displays bronzes from the library’s Henrietta Loud Collection. Award-winning children’s book author/illustrator Barbara McClintock is featured during April. In the second floor cases opposite the Children’s Room a display shows how she developed her "Animal Fables from Aesop." A brochure is available at the library to lead visitors on a self-guided walking tour of art during regular hours: Mondat to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* 3D Viewing System Demo by Omega Optical at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St. 802-251-7316 (Gregg Jarvis) or email@example.com, www.omegafilters.com. From 5:30 to 7 p.m., Omega Optical demos its 3D dual-projection system for home theater use. Stop by the church to see Omega’s passive 3D system kit for DIY audio-video enthusiasts who want the best performance when viewing stereoscopic 3D content on a big screen.
* Shall We Dance at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St., 802-348-6671, 802-579-9990 (Ray) or www.shallwedance.biz. Shall We Dance offers a free foxtrot dance lesson from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by open ballroom dancing to a variety of rhythms from 8 to 10 p.m. Light refreshments. $8 singles, $15 couples, $5 teens and seniors. Please carry dance shoes. Contact Ray Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Brooks House Mural Project, Main and High Streets, email@example.com. The Mural Project is now complete. Last fall Steven Donovan was asked to paint a very long, continuous mural on the windows of Brooks House storefronts vacated after last April’s fire.
* Baskets Bookstore, 48 Harmony Place, 802-258-4980 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Painter/muralist Steven Donovan is exhibiting and selling affordable, matted copies of many paintings created over the past several years, plus recent original works.
* David Walter Jewelry Studio, 22 High St., second floor, 802-722-9620 or www.davidwalterjewelry.com. Designer, goldsmith and platinumsmith David Walter produces handmade jewelry in precious metals and gems.
* Imagination & Transformation Studio: Scot Borofsky, 22 High St., fourth floor, 802-579-2507 (Scot Borofsky) or www.scotsart.net. Artwork by Brattleboro native Scot Borofsky is featured in April.
Gallery Walk qualifies as a nonprofit arts organization through its association with the Arts Council of Windham County. For information on joining the Walk, contact coordinator Joy Wallens-Penford at (802-257-2616 or preferably by e-mail at info@GalleryWalk.org.