Cycles, an Exhibit of Art by 25 Vermonters with Disabilities

Join us for an artists reception on Saturday, June 22, for Cycles, an art exhibit of Vermont artists with disabilities at All Souls Church. The show is presented in partnership with Inclusive Arts Vermont, through August 31. The theme, CYCLES, emerged from community input, and the artwork expresses cycles of nature, of the body, mind, and spirit, as well as experiences of repetition, circular shapes, and more.

According to Heidi Swevens, IAV’s Director of Community Partnerships and Exhibition, the CYCLES exhibition “is more than art on the wall.” Accessibility is an integral part of the show. The venue is physically accessible, and the art and artists can be experienced remotely in the online tour. Each of the 27 pieces in CYCLES has verbal descriptions. Tactile representations and elements accompany selected works. Materials are available in multiple formats, including print, large print, Braille, audio tour, and digital formats.

Swevens adds, “Yes, the art is exciting and engaging. What I find equally compelling is the artists’ stories. The creative processes.” As CYCLES artist Leah Schulz shares: “For the last five years, I have been cycling, in and out, up and down, riding the waves of chronic illness… I have been socially, financially, and systematically removed from society… The only thing that tethered me to society is art. I leaned into a different side of my brain that I had never allowed myself to explore before and found I loved crochet, block printing, and painting. This is my first piece to be included in an art show. I am grateful to Inclusive Arts Vermont for giving me a way to exist in these places again.”

Bearing Witness, a Retrospective by Artist Karen Becker

Bearing Witness, a retrospective exhibit of watercolors, pastels, and prints, by Brattleboro artist Karen Becker, is currently on view at the All Souls Church in the West Village Meeting House., through June 30. Becker’s artwork focuses on the beauty she finds in nature, and she represents the animals and trees that are all bearing witness to the devastation of climate change.

The public is invited to an artist’s reception on Saturday, June 10, from 3 – 5 pm. All Souls Church is located at 29 South St, West Brattleboro. The exhibit is open Sundays, 12 – 2 pm, or by appointment (802-257-4710).

Gordon Hayward Talks About Art & the Gardener at Next Stage Arts on 1/29 at 4pm

Gordon Hayward will give an illustrated talk for just over an hour on the design elements shared by the painter and garden designer. This talk comes out of Hayward’s 2008 book Art and the Gardener (Gibbs Smith). Admission is by donation, and all proceeds will directly benefit Next Stage Arts and Sandglass Theater. Tickets may be purchased at or at the box office on the day of the event.

Juxtaposing an image on the large screen of a fine painting (Van Gogh, Monet, Magritte, Derain, Renoir, Klimt, Rousseau….) next to a garden image, Hayward will explore a variety of elements of composition: straight lines vs. curved lines in paintings as well as paths and planted beds; the itinerary of the eye; positive and negative space (as in the positive space of planted beds and the negative space of adjacent lawn); color, light and shadow, the role of background, placing easels to paint as being akin to placing garden chairs to sit.

Brattleboro Senior Center Temporary Closure

The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks would like to announce that The Brattleboro Senior Center will be closed to both the congregate meals and all activities that occur in the Senior Center due to kitchen floor replacement September 7th-15th.  During this time activities such as Painting classes and Tai Chi will still run in their normal time and location on various other floors of the building, please use the front entrance of the building during this time frame. 

Give the Gift of Art at The Drawing Studio

Good morning everyone

The Winter/Spring schedule is now up on our website and enrollment is open for classes and workshops this Season. Give a gift of Art to someone you love. We now have gift certificates for the new year.

Here is some of what is on offer in January at The Drawing Studio:

A Drawing Season

We have 5 spots left in A Drawing Season, a “low-residency” drawing study from January to March 2019. With a mix of private lessons, small group workshops and in-studio drawing time you can re-learn drawing as a natural and connective activity. Children draw and are world makers when they do. As adults we, semi-consciously, agree to draw what something looks like rather than our experience of it. They are not the same thing!

Wednesday Open Art Studio

Take a break from your work week and join us at The Drawing Studio for a cup of coffee and some time to draw, paint and read. The brook runs just outside our windows and the art library is full of inspiration. There will be beautiful still life arrangements to draw from, benches to bring outside if you want to work from nature and good instruction if you need it. Mostly there will be coffee, quiet and materials to let you come into relationship with your simple and creative self.

The Drawing Studio Fall Semester

Hello creative humans,

The Drawing Studio re-opens in just two weeks. You can join us for drawing, painting, talking, having coffee and reading in our library. We have classes in Life Drawing and Drawing Basics, a Color Mixing workshop coming up and ongoing Open Studio and drop-in drawing sessions every week. We also offer private lessons on Thursdays. Full details are on the website and registration is happening NOW! I look forward to working together this Fall.

The Drawing Studio: Register for Fall Classes and Workshops

Hello all,

The Fall semester at The Drawing Studio begins September 7th and enrollment is now open. If you are interested in working creatively, we offer Long Pose Figure Painting, Drawing Basics, Wednesday Open Studios, Private lessons in drawing and painting and a weekend workshop in Color Mixing. These are some of the ways you can join us at The Drawing Studio.

Color and Painting Workshop

Join us for a week at The Drawing Studio in Brattleboro and learn about yourself as a painter. We will explore color mixing, light, materials, composition and creativity in a clear and integrated way. During our lunch breaks, we will look at painters from art history who loved what we will be learning about.
For absolute beginners or painters looking to revisit the fundamentals in an inspiring and whole-hearted way.

Drawing Studio Summer Schedule

The Drawing Studio in Brattleboro is offering a variety of creative opportunities this Summer; classes in Life Drawing, Drawing Basics and an immersive weeklong workshop in Color and Painting.  There are also weekly drop-in life drawing sessions and Open Studio hours for independent and guided work.  Jason Alden is a skilled and attentive instructor who will meet you at any level of experience, from absolute beginner to long-time painter.

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.

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.

Drop-In Hours at The Drawing Studio

Hello everyone
Open Studio at the Drawing Studio begins this week! We will have drop in hours every Monday through Thursday. Our full schedule is here:

We have all drawing materials (and watercolor and gouache) available. You may work independently or with as much instruction as you need. The Open Studio is supported on a donation basis and all are welcome.

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.