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Annual BWA show moves to River Gallery School

BRATTLEBORO: During the month of December, the sixth annual Brattleboro-West Arts Fine Art and Craft Sale will bring works by 10 of the group’s members to a new downtown venue for them: the River Gallery School.


All month, BWA artists will showcase their pottery, jewelry, woodenware and home accessories, paintings, encaustics and photographs in the school’s Gallery 34, located at 34 Main St. There will be an opening reception for the gallery show from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6, coinciding with the town’s monthly Gallery Walk. The gallery will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. On weekdays, it will be open by chance or appointment by calling River Gallery School at (802) 257-1577 or Jen Wiechers at (802) 258-8054. 


On Dec. 14 and 15, there will be an expanded sale of work by the artists, in the classroom space adjoining Gallery 34 at 36 Main St. This sale will offer a larger selection of fine art and craft for your gift-giving pleasure. Special hours for that weekend sale will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.


The annual BWA holiday event launched six years ago on the premise that the most accessible path to appreciating fine art and craft is simply to view it firsthand.  In addition to the open studio tours in which BWA members participate and their individual museum and gallery exhibits, participating BWA artists gather each December in downtown Brattleboro to show their work in group format, allowing visitors to enjoy and purchase diverse works in one place.


This year’s participating BWA exhibitors:  Jen Wiechers, encaustic painting and sterling silver jewelry; Naomi Lindenfeld, colored clay pottery; Chris Lann, sterling and gemstone jewelry; Matt Tell, gas and wood-fired pottery;  Walter Slowinski, wood-fired and salt-glazed pottery; Jason Breen, fine woodenware and home accessories; Lesley Heathcote, pastel paintings of animals, birds and landscapes; Gene Parulis, photographic prints and cards; Maisie Crowther, watercolors, prints and cards; and our newest member to join BWA: John Dorsey, functional and sculptural ceramics.

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