Open Studio Thursday Nights (Families Welcome)

The Drawing Studio at 28 Williams Street hosts an ongoing Thursday Night Open Studio from 5 to 8pm. Each week is a different theme: Animals, Shoes, Mythical Creatures, Your Neighborhood, etc..). Bring a friend, a sister, your kids. All drawing materials provided and the Open Studio is supported by your donations.
Please email Jason at jna1972@hotmail.com or visit the link for more info!


Brattleboro Area Artists offer Open Studio Weekend May 26-27

BRATTLEBORO, Vt.: The Vermont Craft Council’s Spring Open Studio (Memorial Day) Weekend May 26-27 will include 12 artists in 10 studios and one gallery in Brattleboro, West Brattleboro and Marlboro. Of those artists, eight are members of Brattleboro-West Arts.

Participating studios will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with many sites offering demonstrations as well as the opportunity to purchase art and talk to the professional artists who made it.


Author Reading with Naima K. Wade

Join us at Brooks Memorial Library on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7 pm as local author, poet, performer, businesswoman and community organizer Naima K. Wade reads selections from her first Chapbook, War is Over We Are Unbound. She will also share selections from her memoir, Elbow Dreams: Growing Up in Vermont During The Turbulent Late 1960’s.


April Judd & Bev Larson Art Show Opens Sat., May 12

West Brattleboro – A two-woman show of paintings and sculpture by April Judd and Bev Larson has recently been installed in the foyer and other gallery spaces at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. While each artist was featured in group shows during college and in their respective home states, this first major gallery show for them both continues through June 30.

The Arts Committee at All Souls invites the public to meet the artists at an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. This gathering gives viewers a chance to enjoy both savory and sweet refreshments while discussing the creative process with Judd and Larson, who regard this collection as a history of their 13-year journey together. Both emerging artists, they fell in love with the unique and beautiful light and landscapes of Guilford, Vt., where they live and work as the Home Gnomes.


Information Meeting for River Gallery School Trip to Provence on May 10

An informational meeting for anyone interested in joining the River Gallery School’s trip to Provence in September will be held on Thursday, May 10, at 6:00 at the school on 32 Main Street in Brattleboro. Those interested in learning more about the tour is invited to attend.

The trip will take place from September 15-22, 2018, with a three-day optional stay prior to the tour in Avignon. The tour is sponsored by the River Gallery School and organized by Travel Fever Tours of Putney.


Artist Exhibit Opening at MGFA: Bruce Campbell, Thinking the Cosmos

May 12- June 24:  Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to feature sculptor Bruce Campbell’s Thinking the Cosmos: Kinetic Sculpture. An opening reception will take place Saturday, May 12 from 5:30-8pm, with an Artist Talk scheduled for Saturday, June 9th at 5:30pm.

Bruce Campbell graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in printmaking and received an MFA from Indiana University. In the early ‘70s Campbell began designing books and manuscripts, and soon he was  specializing in the design of art museum books and catalogues. For thirty years his clients included The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, The Peabody Museum, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.


Spoon River — A New Play in Guilford This Weekend

SPOON RIVER, the 1915 American classic about the people in a rural small town, is this spring’s offering at Guilford Center Stage. The original is an anthology of free-verse poems, spoken by the residents of the town graveyard. We meet some 70 different characters in vignettes that are in turn touching, sad, and amusing. Our stage adaptation is by Guilford playwright, Michael Nethercott, who directs an ensemble of 16 actors from Bernardston, Athens, Chester, Westminster West, Brattleboro, and Guilford.


Spring Drawing Workshop at The Drawing Studio (May 5th and 6th)

This weekend workshop will help you to draw anywhere you are with more curiosity and enjoyment. The world and nature are in constant communication with us. There are ways of seeing and drawing that can move this communication into a conversation. When we see something not only as its object name i.e. brook, but also as it’s qualities, flowing, cold, reflective, dark, murmuring, the brook becomes fuller, more dimensional and we have many more ways to creatively interact with it. Also, our drawings become more personal and particular to our senses and our experience of things.


Vermont Pastel Society Exhibit at The Gleanery in Putney

Ten artists from the SouthEast Regional Hub of the Vermont Pastel Society are showing selected original pastels at The Gleanery restaurant in Putney.  Please find some time in your busy day to stop in and enjoy the art and the food! 

The artists are Carol Corliss, Monica Hastings, Lesley Heathcote, Deedee Jones, Pat McPike, Matthew Peake, Gill Truslow, Rodrica Tilley, Maggie Smith, and Carol Stephens.  These are folks who live in the area, may be your neighbors or friends, may be people you know on a professional level.  All are experienced artists who enjoy working in pastel, a medium that consists of pure pigment mixed with enough binder to form a stick.  Pastels have been used by artists for centuries.  When framed, they are highly archival and permanent.  These paintings are all for sale.  To purchase a painting, please contact the artist directly.  There is a price list available with contact information.


Shoot the Moon Theater Company presents “The Glass Menagerie”

Shoot The Moon Theater Company opens its 2018 season with a production of “The Glass Menagerie” at the Hooker-Dunham Theater, Friday through Sunday, May 4-6, and Thursday through Saturday May 10-12.

This 1944 memory play that established Tennessee Williams as a major literary voice continues to be a staple in the repertory of most theater companies, including regular productions on Broadway. But artistic director Josh Moyse admits the choice is uncharacteristic for Shoot The Moon, which has forged its reputation on original works and literary adaptations

“It almost feels like cheating. I turn the page and the words are already there,” says Moyse.


Raised Voices: Local Artists Resist!

BRATTLEBORO: An opening reception for the exhibit, “Raised Voices: Local Artists Resist” will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 4 at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden at 157 Main St.

“Raised Voices” will be on exhibit at the River Garden until May 26, featuring the work of area artists who responded to an open call to stand up and express your hopes, your outrage, your vision in the face of the current political climate in our country today.


Artist at MGFA with Matt Brown featuring Live Demonstration

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is excited to host an Artist Talk with Matt Brown on Saturday, April 21 at 5pm. Brown will be discussing his current exhibit “Conversations with Color Woodblock Prints”, on display at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts through May 6. The talk will include a demonstration by Brown of the Japanese hanga method of printmaking used by Hokusai, Kunisada and Hiroshige, a technique in which each print is created entirely by hand using water and pigments applied to multiple carved wooden blocks. One woodblock corresponds to one color within a print, and each is transferred to paper by a small hand-held baren.

“Conversations with Color Woodblock Prints” features over 40 prints, with many new pieces, as well as watercolor and pencil studies, working proofs and progressive states, providing viewers a glimpse into the artist’s continuous dialogue with his imagery and materials. Often changes made over several years create subtle, or dramatic, re-imagining of Brown’s initial vision.


Comic Robyn Schall to Perform at the River Garden

BRATTLEBORO, VT – Strolling of the Heifers presents “An Evening of Comedy with Robyn Schall” on Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m. Robyn’s blend of stand-up, sketch and improv will make this an event not to miss. BYOB and laugh ‘til the cows come home! This special night of comedy is a fundraiser for Strolling of the Heifers’ Farm-To-Table Apprenticeship Program. Tickets are priced from $20-$40 and are available at strollingoftheheifers.com/robyn-schall.

“She is just so funny, I had to bring her to Brattleboro,” said Orly Munzing, the Stroll’s Executive Director. “The River Garden will be transformed into a New York Comedy club for one night for this show. Everyone should come see her!”


Drop-In Studio Hours at The Drawing Studio in Brattleboro

Hello, my name is Jason Alden and I invite you to visit The Drawing Studio, a creative workspace for artists, students and families.  As a life-long lover of drawing, I offer this space as an encouragement to individuals to explore their creative natures, independently or in community. All are welcome.

The Drawing Studio is fully equipped with drawing and water-based art materials, paper, easels, still life collections and a wonderful art library.  We have a coffee and tea bar and windows overlooking the Whetstone Brook.

You may work independently or with instruction.  I have many years experience with drawing, painting and color theory and am happy to help you as much as you need.


Isidor’s Cheek by Ines Zeller Bass Concludes the Sandglass Theater Winter Sunshine Series

Saturday, March 31st public performances at 11 AM and 2 PM

So begins the song, which begins the story, which begins the adventure: One day, something drives Isidor from out of his little grey existence. His cheek runs away, and Isidor must search around the world to find it again: a world of color and beauty, as well as loneliness and even danger.

Isidor’s Cheek is performed on a revolving table filled with all the details of Isidor’s miniature world: from his shabby grey house to a forest of apple trees, through an unfriendly city, across a sea of turtles and barracuda, into the smallest circus in the world. The table revolves to bring Isidor home again and to transform his house, his garden and indeed his whole outlook on life. Isidor himself is barely 5 and 1/2 inches high (14 cm), an appropriately little hero for a small story with a big heart.