Art Notes: Handmade Objects, Ready for Wrapping

  • Contemporary jewelry created by Amy Hook-Therrien is on display in the 16th annual Chandler Holiday Artisans Market at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph, along with many fine crafts and specialty food products. (Courtesy photograph)

  • Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction exhibits small works, among other prints, as holiday gifts. (Courtesy photograph)

Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, December 21, 2017

The time of gift-givingis upon us and if you have once again procrastinated yourself into a holiday pickle, as I have, it’s nice to know where you can still find items that seem more personal than panicked. Gifts made by artists and artisans are a pretty safe bet for that, since it’s hard for anything made by human hands not to feel personal compared to, say, a $50 Amazon gift card.

Nothing against Amazon, but for the same price, ArtisTree Gallery in South Pomfret is selling small works (50 square-inch panels) by 50 local artists. All two-dimensional works are smaller than 144 square inches, and all three-dimensional pieces are small enough to fit into a 10-by-10-by-10-inch imaginary box, or a real one. For more information about hours and products, contact ArtisTree at 802-457-3500 or info@artistreevt.org.

Also open through Saturday is the holiday exhibition and sale at AVA Gallery and Art Center, in Lebanon, which is selling art as well as such craftwork as snow globes and jewelry. To learn more contact the gallery at 603-448-3117 or info@avagallery.org, or visit avagallery.org.

The Library Arts Center in Newport, N.H. holds its annual holiday exhibition, “Gallery of Gifts: Handmade Holiday Boutique,” through Saturday. The exhibition and sale is a good way to take in the range of beautifully crafted, handmade work by area creatives. More information at libraryartscenter.org.

Small matted prints and gift certificates are for sale at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio’s annual holiday show in White River Junction, which runs through January. For more information and to view some sample prints, go to tworiversprintmaking.org.

And for those cutting it really, really close to Christmas Day, Randolph’s Chandler Center for the Arts will hold its yearly holiday artisans market through Sunday. In addition to such artistic media as ceramics, handmade stationery and journals, jewelry, fabric art and handmade apparel, there will also be vendors selling specialty food products, candles and lotions, and dolls and other toys. For hours and more information, call coordinator Anne Barrett at 802-355-5557 or chandlermarket@gmail.com, or visit chandlergallery.weebly.com.

Happy hunting.

Call for Student Artists

The Claremont Opera House and Rural Outright, the LGBTQ support program of Claremont-based nonprofit TLC Family Resource Center, are seeking submissions for a student art exhibit in the John D. Bennett Atrium Gallery. Upper Valley students in grades K-12 can submit up to five pieces in any medium, which must address the exhibit’s theme of #KindnessInAction. The exhibit will open on Jan. 15 to coincide with National No Name-Calling Week, and will run through Feb. 17.

The deadline is Jan. 12. Send submissions and questions to ruralnhoutright@gmail.com.


AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon. “Seasons,” a show of encaustic nature paintings by the Thetford Center artist William N. Peabody, continues through Jan. 26.

BigTown Gallery, Rochester, Vt. A retrospective exhibition by painter Nancy Taplin, of Warren, Vt., is on view until March 31.

Center for the Arts, New London. The Juried Regional Exhibition, which features work by 20 New Hampshire artists, runs through Jan. 27.

Chelsea Public Library. “Illustrations” by Joan Waltermire, the Vershire nature artist and former curator of exhibits at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, runs through December.

Chew & Co. Design, Hanover. The egg tempera and gold leaf paintings of Windsor artist Gary Milek are on view through February.

Howe Library, Hanover. “One Mother’s Journey,” by Strafford painter Jennifer Brown, is on view in the Ledyard Gallery through Jan. 3.

Kilton Public Library, West Lebanon. East Randolph artist Marcia Hammond exhibits oil portraits through Jan. 31.

Scavenger Gallery, White River Junction. “The Art of Place,” a show of encaustic paintings by Quechee artist Helen Shulman, is on display, in addition to work by Margaret Jacobs, Rich Fedorchack and owner Stacy Hopkins.

Tunbridge Public Library. David Fisk’s show, “Challenge and Happiness in Abstract Painting,” is on view through Jan. 19.

Royalton Memorial Library, South Royalton. Fairlee painter Robert Rae’s work is included in the exhibition “Wonderland Forever,” a show inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Through Dec. 31.

White River Gallery, South Royalton. Sculptural assemblages by John F. Parker, of Chelsea, are on view through Dec. 31.

Zollikofer Gallery, Hotel Coolidge, White River Junction. An exhibition of work by members of the Vermont Pastel Society continues through Wednesday.

EmmaJean Holley can be reached at ejholley@vnews.com and 603-727-3216.