First Friday Art

The next First Friday Art is
December 7th, 5-8PM.

First Friday Art is a monthly, community-wide event where dozens of art venues across the city host openings, exhibitions, and happenings.

The event is free and open to anyone.

Most venues are open from 5PM to 8PM, but some are open earlier or later.

Art Map Burlington is the official guide to First Friday Art. Pick up a copy at any participating venue. Enjoy!


3 Computers for Change

Laptop refurbishing shop shows work by area artists in monthly shows. Through 12/31/18: Grace L. Cothalis’ “In a Circle, Mandalas & Cosmic Studies”. For the artist, mandalas represent a map of the outer universe and our inner search for understanding & wholeness. “The Cosmic Studies” are an extension of art “in the round”, looking out toward the vast universe and into the depths of the mind. Opening during First Friday Art. 196 College St, (802) 578-9687. Open Tues, W & F, 10-6; Thurs, Noon-6; Sat, 11-5. (image: Cheer by Grace L. Cothalis (19″x19″; colored pencil and collage). Courtesy of the artist.)

4 Fletcher Free Library

Burlington’s only public library since 1875 shows art by area artists and nonprofit groups throughout the year. 12/2-12/29/18, Fletcher Room: The Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom presents an exhibit in honor of the anniversary of the UN’s adoption of the International Declaration of Human Rights. Reception during First Friday Art, 5-7PM. 12/3-12/28/18, Pickering Room: “The Wonderful World of Birds and Other Creatures”. Milton artist Sharon Radtke’s photographs include water fowl, songbirds, owls, and other critters in her yard, including a poisonous caterpillar (image: white hickory tussock moth caterpillar) and a river otter. 235 College St, (802) 865-7211, Open daily at 10, Noon on Sunday.

7 City Market, Onion River Coop-Downtown

Open daily 7AM-11PM. Member-artists are showcased on the Member Art Wall, located behind register 10. 12/3/18-1/31/19: Burlington abstract painter, musician, and mixed media artist Steve Sharon’s paintings use a method he discovered through chance and using the art of improvisation to create. He wants the viewer come to their own conclusions as to what they see. 82 S Winooski Ave, (802) 861-9700.

9 Artspace 106 at the Men’s Room

Salon featuring a dedicated gallery space with rotating exhibits focused on eclectic and bold work. Work by two Burlington photographers: Matthew Binginot’s “Visions of Vermont” and Arielle Thomas’ “Everybody Leaves Me”. Opening during First Friday Art. 106 Main St, (802) 864-2088. Open Tues-Thurs, 10-7; Fri-Sat, 10-5.

10 BCA Center

Featuring contemporary art exhibitions that connect art and community, nurture creativity, imagination, and ignite a passion for learning through the arts. Through 2/9/19: Tectonic Industries: Dreams Can Come True (If It’s Not Working For You, You’re Not Doing It Right) creates an installation of instructional videos, surveys, and interactive activities that explore the impossibility of our collective, endless endeavor for self-improvement. In BCA’s second installment of Project Vermont, Pauline Jennings debuts Becoming Human, a three-channel video and sound installation seeking to identify and dissolve barriers between human and wild in the age of the Anthropocene. 135 Church St, (802) 865-7166, Open Tues-Thurs, Noon-5; Fri-Sat, Noon-8; Sun, Noon-5.

12 New Moon Café

A community spot since 2007, New Moon Café presents work by Burlington-area artists in the dining area. Through 12/31/18: Corrina Thurston’s “Disappearing Act…” includes multiple drawings that have never been on display before, focusing on animals that are considered threatened, endangered, or vulnerable. A portion of sale proceeds go to conservation organizations. Artist reception and book launch: Wednesday, December 5, 4-6PM, two of the artist’s art business books are being released in paperback. 150 Cherry St, (802) 383-1505 or (802) 383-1496. M-F, 7:30AM-8:30PM; Sun, 8AM-8:30PM.

13 Frog Hollow

Showing the works of over 200 juried, Vermont artisans in month-long exhibits. 12/7/18-1/14/19: “Passage” is a juried small works show that explores the idea of passage in any defined or imagined sense of the word. What does it mean to move through, over, under, or past something on the way from one place to another? Opening during First Friday Art. 85 Church St, (802) 863-6458. Hours vary by season. (image: untitled painting by Ken Russack)

19 New City Galerie

Connecting Burlington’s emerging artists with emerging patrons of the arts to create just and sustainable communities. Through 1/17/19: “sick and tired of being sick and tired: how to tell a story of a body and what ails it?” is guest curated by Sumru Tekin and features new work by Thatiana Oliveira and Madeline Veitch. During First Friday Art, enjoy light refreshments and witness the culmination of Meaghan Greene’s 6-month studio residency, where she experimented with drawing and traditional fiber-arts materials to explore ideas of discomfort and the domestic. 132 Church St, (802) 355-5440, Open Tues-Fri, 11-5. (image: untitled (Orange) by Thatiana Oliveira (24″x18″; video installation; 2018)

20 City Hall Gallery

BCA curates the artwork on the main floor. December 2018-January 2019: Joy Huckins-Noss’ love for nature is seen in her vibrant canvases. Her paintings feature tiny spots of color which combine optically, similar to pointillism. She applies color in multiple layers to create a uniquely textured surface of color and light. 149 Church St, (802) 865-7166, M-F, 8:30-4:30 and for First Friday Art. (image: Sundance by Joy Huckins-Noss (20″x40″; oil on canvas))

25 Foam Brewers

Serving up imaginative beers for enlightened palates and regional art throughout the eclectic lakefront brewery. Through 12/31/18: “A Year of Beenanza Block Prints” was inspired by Burlington artist Bethany Andrews-Nichols’ profound introduction to block printing in Jaipur, India in October 2017 (image: Summer Glow). 112 Lake St, (802) 399-2511, M-Thurs, Noon-10; Fri-Sat, 11-Midnight; Sun, 11-7.

26 Gallery at Main Street Landing

Showcasing nontraditional art by Vermont artists, as well as multimedia work by regional and non-locational artists, in bimonthly shows and community-based events, overlooking Lake Champlain. Through 12/31/18: Timothy Santimore (image below) is heavily influenced by Eastern philosophical ideas (especially Zen Buddhism) and the energetic aesthetics of gestural abstraction. In the media room: Carl Knickerbocker’s 2016 short, Night Periscope. Powered by SEABA. CornerStone Building, 3 Main St, (802) 859-9222. Open M-F, 8-8, Sat-Sun, 10-8.

31 City Market, Onion River Coop-South End

Open daily 7AM-9PM. Member-artists are showcased on the Member Art Wall in the cafe. Through 12/31/18: Skyler Barthold’s technique is an organic freestyle with asymmetrical dramatic lines of bold colors. The symbols are a language from the higher mind. 207 Flynn Ave, (802) 540-6400.

32 VCAM/RETN Art Space

Curated by SEABA, showcasing traditional and non-traditional visual and multimedia artwork by Vermont artists. Through 2/28/19: The Northern Vermont Artist Association presents a group show. The NVAA was founded in Burlington in 1931 and is open to all visual artists. Dues are $15 annually. 208 Flynn Ave, #2-G, (802) 651-9692, Open M-F, 10-10, Sat, 10-5. (image: Brown’s River in Winter by Marlene Hodgdon)

34 S.P.A.C.E.

Art Gallery surrounded by 12 working artist studios. 12/7/18-1/19/19: The annual “Small Works” holiday exhibition features art perfectly sized for gift giving or for any spot in your home or office that needs a special pop of color and life! The art is in a variety of mediums and measures no more than 12″ in any direction before framing. Opening during First Friday Art, 5-9. 266 Pine St (Soda Plant), spacegalleryvt.com, Open Thurs-Sat, Noon-5.(image: Nail Polish (Yellow)by Kylie Dally (print, edition 7 of 23). Courtesy of the artist.)

35 Thirty-odd

Art shop featuring about 30 artists from Vermont and beyond with a rotating artist on one wall. December 2018: Emily Mitchell’s acrylic paintings are rooted in her deep connection to nature. Bold, vibrant, and colorful, Mitchell’s layers of translucent paint create a hypnotic narrative “landscape”, brimming with energy and feeling. 270 Pine St, (802) 338-7441, Open Tues-Sat, 10-6, until 8 during First Friday Art. (image: Just Allow by Emily Mitchell (10″x20″). Courtesy of the artist)

36 Speaking Volumes

This eclectic second-hand shop is home to a revolving collection of art. 377 Pine St, (802) 540-0107, M, W-Th, 10-5; Fri-Sat, 10-9; Sun, 11-3.

38 Revival Studio

Aaron Stein’s license plate artwork: map sculptures, shadow boxes, photo frames, wine racks, cuffs, house trailers, lamps and ornaments all created out of recycled license plates from all 50 states. 266 Pine St (Soda Plant), (802) 355-4091. Open during First Friday Art and by appt.

39 Frank DeAngelis Studio at S.P.A.C.E.

Two working studios featuring abstract, eclectic, and sometimes chaotic original paint work by Franky D, who started painting for the first time in 2016 with no formal art training. His work is passionate, gritty, and imperfect much like life itself. 266 Pine St (Soda Plant), (802) 355-3502. Open Thurs-Sat, Noon-5 and by appointment.

41 Dostie Bros. Frame Shop

A custom picture framing workshop that features monthly exhibitions. December 2018: “World’s Best Art!”. For the third year in a row, see the World’s Best Art in the design, hallway and workshop galleries! This exhibition features many pieces from the Dostie Bros. private collection as well as a variety of works created by South End Arts District artists. Much art will be for sale. 308 Pine St #101, (802) 660-9005. Open M-F, 10-6; Sat, 10-3. (image: Vase and Flowers by Dostie (acyrlic on canvas; 2004). Courtesy of the artist)

44 Bluebird Fairies

Meet Emily Anderson and learn how she uses the drawing of fairies to inspire imagination and encourage positivity so life’s challenges can be met with light-hearted energy. During First Friday Art, Anderson will present multiple performances of a Crankic Show called “Accomplishing Big Things” that features the “Fairy of the Day” app. 4a Howard St (3rd Fl, next to Sharon Webster), (802) 238-4540, Open for First Friday Art and by appointment.

47 8 Space Art Studios

A working studio of creative artists from painters to potters who produce, display, and sell their artwork in the studio. During First Friday Art, visit and hang out in the funky, cozy studio for friendly conversation, artwork, and light snacks. 4a Howard St, A-8, (802) 355-3502. Open for First Friday and by appt.

62 Shelburne Craft School

The Studio Store has handmade work in pottery, wood, jewelry, and stained glass and the school hosts events and classes for the public on an ongoing basis. 64 Harbor Rd, Shelburne, (802) 985-3648, Open M-F, 10-5; Sat, 10-2.

65 Magic Hat Artifactory

Beloved local beer factory has a curated space showing art on the tour ramp. Through 1/31/19: Burlington artist Brendan Bush’s paintings explore color and movement as a form of deeply emotional expressionism and convey and examine his discomfort with the fundamental dualities of freedom and confinement, of acceptance and rejection, of clarity and confusion, of anger and exaltation. Opening during First Friday Art, 5-7. 5 Bartlett Bay Rd, S Burlington, (802) 658-2739 x2014, Open M-Sat, 11-7, Sun, 12-5. (image: Brenda Playing in House by Brendan Bush. Courtesy of the artist)


 Listing an Exhibition

Are you a gallery, art studio, individual artist, or a business that hosts exhibitions of artwork? Then membership to Art Map Burlington is for you. You can sign-up for a single issue or a full year. For more information, call (802) 264-4839 or EMAIL.