BWA's Group Events
Fall Open Studio Weekend
BRATTLEBORO, Vt.: The statewide Vermont Craft Council’s Fall Open Studio Weekend Oct. 2 and 3 will include four craftspeople with studios located in West Brattleboro and Marlboro, and a gallery in Brattleboro.
Participating sites will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. Visitors will have the chance to see demonstrations, purchase handcrafted items, talk to the professional artisans who made them and see the environment where their creative work happens.
To ensure safety during the pandemic, visitors are asked to wear face masks in all indoor spaces.
All four of the Brattleboro area studios participating in the tour belong to members of Brattleboro-West Arts, a group of professional artists and craftspeople who live and work in the watershed of the Whetstone Brook. For profiles of member artists and more information about Brattleboro-West Arts, visit www.brattleboro-west-arts.com, where you can view an interactive map of the local stops on your device. For a complete list and maps of tour stops statewide, visit www.vermontcrafts.com.
Tourgoers can pick up guidebooks with maps at any participating site statewide. Here are the local tour stops, according their respective numbers in the guidebook:
Fresh new exhibit at Brooks House Atrium Hallway Gallery
New Passage show continues
BRATTLEBORO: The Atrium Hallway Gallery in the Brooks House has a fresh new look for spring, with an exhibit spotlighting the artwork of four members of Brattleboro-West Arts.
Titled New Passage, the ongoing show’s latest offerings demonstrate the diverse talents of BWA members, from Kay Curtis’s bright and active Swing Dance series of drypoint monoprints to Bobbi Angell’s detailed and elegant botanicals to Sharon Myers’s handsome prints using lingerie to Lesley Heathcote’s closely observed and beautifully rendered animal and bird pastels.
Treat yourself to a visit to the Atrium Hallway Gallery at 130 Main St., and spread the word!
The exhibit is at the invitation of fellow Brattleboro-West Arts members Petria Mitchell and Jim Giddings, owners of the Mitchell ● Giddings Fine Arts gallery. Its Annex exhibit space occupies the main part of the Atrium. They collaborated with the Brooks House management to create a venue in the hallway to showcase local artists.
New England House features work of 6 members
Through winter 2021
Individual Members' Events
Jackie Abrams restrospective: 45 Years of Making
Sadly, she announces exhibit May 29 – July 4 at Mitchell•Giddings Fine Arts will be her last
This retrospective exhibit allows me to share pieces from my collection that I have created and accumulated during all my years of learning, experimenting and constructing.
It started in 1975 when I visited the Basket Shop in Chesterfield, MA, owned and operated by 81-year-old Benjamin Higgins. He made traditional and functional woven baskets of pounded white ash trees, a technique he learned from his father. I spent 6 months as his apprentice; it changed my life.
I have been a basket maker and fiber artist since then. For 13 years I made functional baskets using natural materials. Wishing for enlivened color, I began to explore other techniques, other materials, and the possibilities of contemporary, non-functional vessels. Such possibilities continue to be boundless and infinite.
During all these years, I have taken and presented workshops, worked with indigenous women in both Africa and Central America and felt inspired by the artistry of so many others. I have relished the time to experiment in my studio, with both success and failures along the way. Each new series of vessels has become an adventurous pathway to explore and has spurred my interest in the connection between art and social justice.
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This will be my last exhibit.
A recent stage 4 cancer diagnosis was an unexpected surprise.
I am now spending my time with family and friends, appreciating the life that I have had. Thank you to each and every one of you for your support and interest over all these years.
Your messages are most welcome. I regret that I will not be able to answer them.
For details, visit Mitchell•Giddings Fine Arts.