Brattleboro is a town in Windham County, Vermont, located in the southeast corner of the state, along the state line with New Hampshire. It is situated along the Connecticut River, at the mouth of the West River.
Brattleboro, being the first major town over the Vermont border on Interstate 91, offers a mix of a rural atmosphere and urban amenities such as a large number of hotels. Brattleboro is a host to a number of art galleries and stores.
In 2007, Brattleboro passed the Fairtrade town resolution, clearing the way to become the second Fairtrade certified town in the nation, joining Media, Pennsylvania.
Brattleboro has a thriving arts community. The town is listed in John Villani's book The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America, in which it ranks number nine among towns with a population of 30,000 or under.
Brattleboro Arts: On the first Friday of every month, an event known as the Gallery Walk is held, in which galleries, artists, and arts organizations open their doors to the public to display new work or hold performances. Included in the organizations that participate are the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, the Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery, the In-Sight Photography Project, River Gallery School, Through the Music, and the Windham Art Gallery.
Other notable arts organizations in Brattleboro include the Brattleboro Music Center, the Vermont Theatre Company, the New England Youth Theater, the Brattleboro Women's Chorus, the Brattleboro School of Dance, Luminz Studio dance and performing arts center, and the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA).
In connection with the exhibit To Another Place, artist Emily Mason discusses her work. Emily Mason has spent more than six decades exploring her distinctive vein of lyrical, luminous abstraction. Her paintings are distinguished by a sense of intriguing intimacy combined with uncompromising, though gentle, intensity. They evince a sense of structure within open, luminous space and juxtapose robust color harmonies with vivid contrasts that create an engaging optical vibration. Robert Berlind said of her in Art in America, “Mason works within the improvisational model of Abstract Expressionism, though notably without angst or bravado.” Born and raised in New York City, Emily Mason graduated from the High School of Music and Art. She studied at Bennington College for two years before attending and graduating from the Cooper Union. She spent 1956-58 in Italy on a Fulbright grant for painting, where she studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice. During Mason’s two-year stay in Italy she married the painter Wolf Kahn, whom she had met earlier in New York. Mason and Kahn’s daughter, Cecily Kahn, is also an abstract painter, as was Emily Mason’s mother, Alice Trumbull Mason, a founding member of the American Abstract Artists group. Mason has exhibited steadily since she emerged on the Tenth Street gallery scene with multiple exhibitions at the Area Gallery in New York City in the 1960s. In 1979 she was awarded the Ranger Fund Purchase Prize by the National Academy. She taught painting at Hunter College for more than 30 years. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections. Emily Mason: The Fifth Element, a comprehensive treatment of her work by Art in America associate managing editor David Ebony, was published in 2006 by George Braziller publishers. A second monograph, Emily Mason: The Light in Spring, was published in 2015 by University Press of New England. Emily Mason is represented by Miles McEnery Gallery, NY, and LewAllen Galleries, NM.
After years of putting on legendary fashion shows in Walpole, N.H., and a smashing 2017 debut in Brattleboro, our friends at Ruggles & Hunt, Purveyors of Staple & Fancy Goods, are bringing the party back to BMAC! Join us on Tuesday, October 23 at 6 p.m. in BMAC’s Wolf Kahn & Emily Mason Gallery, as local models of all shapes, sizes, ages, and genders strut their stuff in Ruggles & Hunt’s latest wares. There will be music, cocktails, and a lot of hilarity in the name of a good cause. Each ticket to this event includes admission to the fashion show, one free drink — courtesy of Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery — scrumptious finger foods, and a Ruggles & Hunt goodie bag. Best of all, entrance gives you a chance at Ruggles & Hunt’s epic raffle, where a $5 ticket can win you products by fabulous vendors. Do not miss this incredible opportunity!