BRATTLEBORO – Downtown Art Galleries will celebrate the Brattleboro Arts Community’s First Friday Walk on Friday from 5-8 p.m.
The event, aimed at capturing the festive spirit of Gallery Walk, includes the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, River Gallery School, Vermont Artisan Designs, Gallery in the Woods, Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, Harmony Collective, 118 Elliot, Wheelhouse Clay Center and Vermont. Photography center.
Teta Hilsdon, co-owner of the Wheelhouse Clay Center, said the latest iteration of Gallery Walk, which had the vibe of a street fair, brought the town center to life.
“It was really nice to see downtown feel really festive,” Hilsdon said. “A lot of people who had never walked into our store before walked in and noticed we were here.”
She said the center is primarily a making space with tours, demonstrations and items for sale. During Friday’s event, a 15% discount will be offered to everyone who mentions the promotion.
Vermont Artisan Designs features the works of Dominic Koval, Appel Bronstein and John Dimick. “Koval’s new abstract works are colorful and crisp. Bronstein’s new works are oils that capture the imagination. Dimick’s works include watercolors of downtown Brattleboro as well as surrounding areas,” said Greg Worden of Vermont Artisan Designs.
Holiday music will be performed by Laura Hoskins on the gallery grand piano from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday.
“Even if you’re not in the art business, sometimes it’s nice to take a little break to look at some nice and inspiring stuff,” Worden said. “It’s nice to see what people’s creativity has brought in over the year.”
In gallery 34 of the River Gallery School, the artist Orly Hasbani will exhibit oil paintings and drawings of scenes of life. In the Main Street Studio, the show and the sale of postcards are on display. Postcards are original artwork for $5 each. All proceeds will go to the school’s scholarship fund.
At Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, all are invited to a memorial exhibition for artist Jackie Abrams, who died Nov. 6. This special exhibit opens Friday and runs through January 9 and features vessels created during the final months of Abrams’ life. . Many galleries also participate in the special Holly Days, Holly Nights program, which runs from Friday to Sunday.