First Friday in Vermont – July 7, 2017

On Friday, July 7th, Bennington, Brattleboro and Burlington’s art venues stay open late to welcome art lovers as part of monthly art celebrations.


First Fridays

From July to October, the Better Bennington Corporation produces an art and activity-filled First Friday event in Downtown Bennington, 5-8PM. The Art Walk features work by area artists in stores, restaurants, and galleries. There’s also live music, retailer specials and special events, a gallery tour, and more! First Friday Programs are available at the Better Bennington Welcome Center at 215 South Street and at participating venues.

The Bennington Museum presents “Grandma Moses: American Modern”. The museum writes, “So you think you know Grandma Moses? Little old lady who began painting folk pictures of country life at the age of 78 and then became the most famous artist in America. Would you ever associate her name with Modernism? Yet the same people who embraced Modernism in America in the 1930s and 40s were also collecting folk art. It was at this time that curators and collectors began to make connections between what they called the ‘American Primitives’ and the most advanced contemporary art. In fact, the first public exhibition of Grandma Moses’s paintings was held at the Museum of Modern Art in 1939, and was organized by Sidney Janis, who later became famous as the gallerist who represented Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. Surprising!” (image: Catchin’ the Turkey by Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) (12″x16″; oil on pressed wood; 1955; Collection of Bennington Museum;
Copyright © 2017, Grandma Moses Properties Co. New York))

For more information, call the Better Bennington Corporation at (802) 442-5758 or visit the First Fridays WEBSITE.


First Friday Art

First Friday Art is a monthly, community-wide event where dozens of art venues across Burlington host openings, exhibitions, and happenings. The event is free and open to anyone. Most venues are open from 5-8PM, but some are open earlier or later. Art Map Burlington is the official guide to First Friday Art, pick up your copy around town.

From July to October, Burlington artist Johanne Durocher Yordan parks her mobile art gallery in front of the Farrell Vending Company building at 405 Pine Street. Yordan offers visitors a chance to meet the artist and purchase original work, prints, cards and more. (image: The Return by Johanne Durocher Yordan (24″x24″; collage and mixed media))



Gallery Walk

Brattleboro’s monthly first-Friday celebration of the arts offers 30 to 40 exhibit openings at galleries, eateries, and other venues in the downtown and a few satellite locations nearby. Many offer meet-the-artist receptions, some with refreshments, and a few present live music. Visit the Walk website for a map and complete listings with examples of the art on display as well as feature articles for the month; a printed version of the Walk guide is available at all venues, a number of other downtown locations, the I-91 Welcome Center, and many local lodging options. Official Walk hours are 5:30 to 8:30, but many venues are open earlier, and a few remain open later. Most exhibits run all month long; see listings for more details and venue contact information.

July’s Gallery Walk includes Mary Admasian’s “Balance, Boundaries, and Confinement” at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center (image: Nest). While at the museum, also check out Admasian’s outdoor sculpture, Weighted Tears, and the summer exhibitions, “Wolf Kahn: Density and Transparency”, “Natalie Miebach: Lost Porches”, “The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders”, “Barbara Garber: Free Fall”, and “William Chambers: Spaceship of Dreams”,


Get your copy of Vermont Art Guide to get information on all the monthly art events in Vermont plus 141 other places to see art this summer. DETAILS