About us by Karen Kamenetzky
May 8, 2011, 6:54 am
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Please visit our website for more info about the artists and upcoming events.

Brattleboro West Arts (BWA) is an association of artists and craftspeople working in the villages of West Brattleboro and Marlboro, Vermont, dedicated to supporting the artistic and economic growth of its members and community.  BWA consists of artists and artisans working in a variety of media including painting, pottery, sculpture, woodworking, musical instruments, fiber, video, and more, practicing at the highest professional level of creativity, innovation and technical standards. Through monthly potluck meetings, we share ideas, resources and support one another as artists.

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Wind and Tree by naomilindenfeld
January 24, 2015, 7:16 pm
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Here’s a colored clay pinch pot (un-fired as of now) based on my mother’s fiber collage that was inspired by a poem by Paul Muldoon titled “Wind and Tree”:

Often when the wind has gathered
the trees together and together
one tree will take
another in her arms and hold

This is one of the pieces I have made for the show that will happen at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center opening March 14th of my mother’s fiber work and my clay work inspired by it.


An Experiment by slaia
January 19, 2015, 1:23 pm
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Billboard #1

Thanks to an internet search, I discovered a source of used billboards. They are 8′ x 12′, and thus provide a lot of raw material, but you can’t select the design you will receive. My billboard advertised an air show in Chicago. This is my first attempt to use pieces of it to make a collage, which was shown to a select group last night at our annual meeting.

While the adhesives I used were a bit disappointing, I was pleased to discover that I can draw with felt tip markers and paint with acrylics on the vinyl. The bold graphics of the original material lend the collage a power that my work usually would not exhibit. I think it’s humorous that I’m importing billboards to Vermont, where they are not permitted on the roadside.

December and January paintings by slaia
January 6, 2015, 1:52 pm
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Mud Season #2 Blue Forest

I’m pleased with the simplicity of the first painting, Mud season #2. The second, Blue Forest, was finished yesterday.  Horizontals are an emphasis in these imagined landscapes.

New Paintings by slaia
December 11, 2014, 1:35 pm
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Once again, fresh off the drafting board. These paintings are entitled Blue Trees and Orange Sky. Both are acrylic and they represent my continuing attempts to find a comfortable place between abstraction and realism.

New work by slaia
November 20, 2014, 1:51 pm
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These two acrylic paintings on watercolor paper are fresh off the drafting board. The one on the left began life as a realistic depiction of plants in the garden, painted during a lull on our studio tour. A couple of brown shapes at top left are all that remains of that. The one on the right is a bit larger than this image, there are more tree/reed shapes to the right. It is painted from scratch (also with scratches) and perhaps is overworked and overly colorful?

Obviously, I enjoy horizontality.

Steve Lloyd

“Elements” opened on July 5 by Jackie Abrams
July 6, 2014, 10:14 am
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Our group show “Elements” opened at the Crowell Gallery in Newfane, Vermont, on July 5. It was a lovely afternoon of good friends and great conversation. It includes the work of two BWA members: Kris McDermet and Jackie Abrams. The show is open through July 26. Check out the gallery website for more info:

BWA Stroll show moves to The River Garden by naomilindenfeld
July 3, 2014, 7:45 pm
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IMG_0129IMG_0138IMG_0136IMG_0133Brattleboro-West Arts is collaborating with Strolling of the Heifers on this show, which just moved from The Works Bakery Cafe across Main Street to the Stroll’s new home at The River Garden. The Stroll’s Farm Tour this year included five very special farms, and Brattleboro-West Arts visited those farms to get inspiration for the artwork in the show.

The farms are Deer Ridge Farm, the Bunker Farm, Cortland Hill Orchard, the Robb Family Farm and the Franklin Farm. The show will be on view in July and August at the River Garden.

There will be an opening reception during July’s Gallery Walk which will be on Friday July 13th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Participating artists are:

  • Kris McDermet (fabric art: rug hooking and braiding)
  • Gene Parulis, photography
  • Walter Slowinski, ceramics and wood construction
  • Janet Picard, painting
  • Naomi Lindenfeld, ceramics
  • Steve Lloyd, painting
  • Ron Karpius, painting/sculpture
  • Sharon Myers, sculpture/printmaking.

You can read an artist’s statement from each artist with stories about their experiences visiting the farms and how they got inspired to create their works of art.  In the case of clay artists’ Walter Slowinski and Naomi Lindenfeld, wood was used from the actual barn at Bunker Farm that is depicted in their works when one wall of the barn was dismantled for reconstruction.

There are some added artworks at The River Garden show that were not at The Works Cafe.  Ron Karpius has a duo of paintings of an apple tree, Steve Lloyd has a series of pencil drawings of farm scenes along with some newly added photographs by Gene Parulis.