Brattleboro-West Arts was founded in 2009 by neighbors who recognized the vibrant creative community that exists in the watershed of the Whetstone Brook west of downtown Brattleboro. Since then, membership has grown to include about three dozen professional artists and craftspeople, many of whom gather socially each month to share a meal and explore ways to enrich the artistic life of southern Vermont.
To that end, many members share their knowledge with the public and fellow artists by teaching classes, leading workshops or taking on apprentices. BWA also sponsors a series of occasional public forums called Making It in the Arts that tap the wisdom of successful local artists.
However, the most accessible path to appreciating fine art is simply to view it firsthand. Each year, several BWA members participate in organized open-studio tours during which they welcome to public to view demonstrations and talk about their artistic processes, as well as offering the chance to buy handmade art and craft. Also, many are available by appointment to welcome you to their studios year-round. Check out our artist profiles to learn how to get in touch with them. In addition to selling their work directly, many members also regularly exhibit individually in area art shows, galleries and the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, as well in Brattleboro-West Arts group shows. Visit our Events page often to keep tabs on what BWA and its members are doing.