Art Notes: Main Street Museum Celebrates the Season and 25th Anniversary

Valley News Correspondent
Thursday, November 30, 2017

The year may be drawing to a close — and we can debate about what kind of year it’s been — but as part of First Friday in White River Junction the Main Street Museum is observing 25 years of connoisseurship with a well-deserved celebration under the title “A Main Street Museum Salon.”

The museum put out a call for works that would not only mark the anniversary but also commemorate the Christmas party, 25 years ago, that began the whole enterprise. A big party for a local institution that has been an anchor in downtown White River is maybe just what we need to get through the holidays and into the New Year.

In addition, a new display, aptly called “Head Case” is going on view in a glass case. The museum will be exhibiting the work until February. The festivities last from 6 to 8 p.m.

Stay tuned for details next week about the annual holiday party.

Down the street Scavenger Gallery will debut “The Art of Place,” a show of encaustic (wax) paintings by Helen Shulman, who is well-known to local audiences from her work seen at the AVA Gallery and Art Center.

Shulman’s work, with layers of color and texture that yield to one another, giving the appearance of surface erosion, speaks to time and memory.

There will be an opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Openings and Receptions

Saturday marks the kick off of the annual Holiday Exhibition at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon. The event begins at 11 a.m. with open studios and during the afternoon there will be art classes for children and demonstrations in clay, wood and metal.

As usual there will be an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m, both for the holiday show and for “Seasons,” a show of encaustic nature paintings by the Thetford Center artist William N. Peabody. Peabody’s show continues through Jan. 26. The Holiday Exhibition and sale runs through Dec. 23.

The Howe Library in Hanover holds an opening reception Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. for the exhibition “One Mother’s Journey” by Jennifer Brown. Brown has been inspired by her mother, who encouraged her to make art, as well as by her own children. The show continues through Jan. 3.

In Pomfret, ArtisTree kicks off its annual Small Works! holiday exhibition and sale with a reception Friday at 5:30 p.m. The theme is 50/50: 50 works by 50 local artists for $50 each.

Chelsea Public Library will hold an opening reception Friday night at 6 for Joan Waltermire, the Vershire nature artist and former curator of exhibits at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. Her show, Illustrations, is on view through December.

Of Note

Molly Hatch, a Woodstock native who now works as an artistic designer and ceramicist in Massachusetts, released her book A Passion for China: A Little Book About the Objects We Eat From, Live Withand Love last month from September Publishing.

Hatch will celebrate the publication of her new book at ShackletonThomas in Bridgewater on Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m., during the furniture and pottery store’s annual open house.

Hatch will be signing copies of her book of the event. Visitors will also get to try their hand at artisan crafts such as woodworking and pottery.

Classes and Workshops: Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction’s Tip Top Building offers a monoprint workshop led by Susan Smereka on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10. Participants will use three plates to create one print, using the chine collé, collograph or drypoint techniques. The fee for the two-day workshop is $255, plus a $20 materials fee. For information email trps@sover.net or call 802-295-5901.


BigTown Gallery, Rochester, Vt. The exhibition of wood sculptures of Hugh Townley ends Saturday. Also ending is the Project Gallery exhibition, “Bridge Wharf Raft,” with wall sculptures by Paul Bowen.

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

Center for Art and Design, Colby-Sawyer College, New London. “Inner Visions: Selections from the Collection of Beverly Stearns Bernson ’55,” an exhibition of outsider art, including works by Martin Ramirez, Bill Traylor and Nellie Mae Rowe, continues in the Davidow Gallery through Dec. 10.

Chew & Co. Design, Hanover. Today is the last day to see water photographs of Rockland, Maine, resident Joan Wright.

Cider Hill Gardens and Gallery, Windsor. The gardens and gallery are now closed until May.

Converse Free Library, Lyme. “Landscapes: Lyme and Tuscany,” an exhibition of work by Greg Gorman in the Betty Grant Gallery, runs through Dec. 29. Gorman will donate 10 percent of his art sales to the Friends of Lyme Library.

Hall Art Foundation, Reading, Vt. “Hope and Hazard: A Comedy of Eros,” a show of more than 80 paintings on the subject of romantic and sexual love. “Ready. Fire! Aim.,” a collaboration between the foundation and Burlington City Arts; a solo show by David Shrigley; and outdoor sculpture by Richard Deacon, Olafur Eliasson and Marc Quinn are all on view through Sunday. The Foundation then closes for the season.

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

Library Arts Center, Newport. The annual holiday exhibition “Gallery of Gifts: Handmade Holiday Boutique” is a good way to take in the range of beautifully crafted, handmade work by area artists and artisans. The exhibition and sale run through Dec. 23.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Hanover. “East Meets West,” a show of brush paintings on silk and etchings by, respectively, Ann and Bruce Peck, is on view through Dec. 20.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish. Exhibition buildings have closed for the season, but the grounds are still open.

Scavenger Gallery, White River Junction. Works by owner Stacy Hopkins, sculptor and jeweler Margaret Jacobs and Rich Fedorchak are on view.

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

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction. A show of prints by Lois Masor Beatty and Maureen O’Connor Burgess ends today.

Royalton Memorial Library. 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 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 Dec. 27.

Nicola Smith can be reached at mail@nicolasmith.org.