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Art Notes: Arts Organizations Plan for a Busy Year

The year is young, but already, arts groups have big plans.

The big one to note is the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Alliance for the Visual Arts, now known as AVA Gallery and Art Center.

AVA has already unveiled a new logo that includes a nod to the 40th anniversary. More importantly, if this month is any indication, AVA’s calendar is jammed with events.

Tomorrow evening, 5 to 7, AVA holds an opening reception for “The Way We Work,” which will feature works in progress by artists with studios in AVA’s Carter-Kelsey Building. The show includes a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 by the exhibiting artists.

The reception starts a long series of January events at AVA connected to “The Way We Worked,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution that examines how work shaped the nation. AVA has augmented the show with new prints of photographs taken at H.W. Carter and Sons, the former clothing factory that AVA calls home, and new photographs by Jack Rowell of people connected to the old factory, which closed in 1985.

On Sunday, Jere Daniell, emeritus professor of history at Dartmouth College, gives a talk about “The New England Mill Town.” Daniell grew up in Millinocket, Maine, a paper mill town, and has a special interest in industrial New England. The talk is slated for 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The talks continue next Thursday evening at 6 with a reading and lecture from novelist Ernest Hebert, whose father worked in one of Keene’s textile mills. Hebert will talk about the mills and read from his new novel, Never Back Down, which draws on his own teenage summers working in the mill.

“The Way We Worked” is on view through Jan. 27 and will feature many more events.

Also this year, barring anything unforeseen, the Hood Museum of Art will unveil expansion plans from the architecture firm of Tod Williams Billie Tsien. The expansion project will give the Hood a prominent place opposite the Dartmouth green, and create more room to display works from the permanent collection.

The Hood’s calendar for 2013 starts with a “Learning to Look” workshop for adults on Wednesday evening, 6:30 to 8:30, in the newly restored reading room that houses Jose Clemente Orozco’s murals The Epic of American Civilization. Call 603-646-1469 by Monday to register. The workshop is free, but enrollment is limited.

And the Main Street Museum in White River Junction starts the new year tomorrow night with its annual burning of the Christmas trees, starting at 6, followed at 8 by Pete Simoneaux and the Lil Orphans Cajun Express Band. Bring your tree, and for the band and a bowl of gumbo, $8.

Last Chance

“The Holly & the Ivy,” a holiday group exhibition, is on display at Windsor’s Nuance Gallery through Sunday.

Ongoing

∎ Beguiled by the Wild: The Art of Charley Harper,” a traveling show that has landed at Norwich’s Montshire Museum of Science, offers a concentrated dose of the wildlife prints by the late Cincinnati-area illustrator and artist. In addition, students and instructors from the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction have done a series of one-page comics about the natural world, incorporating Harper’s techniques. Both shows remain on view through Feb. 3. Entry to the Montshire costs $12 for adults and $10 for children ages two to 17.

∎ “Images of Nature,” photographs of wild animals and the natural world by the well-traveled Tom Sears, opens Saturday in Ledyard Gallery, Howe Library, Hanover.

∎ White River Junction’s Main Street Museum hosts “Survival Soup,” which features the work of 20-something artists Travis Dunning and Matt Riley, who live in Stockbridge, Vt., and Seth Tracy, a Randolph native, along with White River Junction artist Drew Peberdy.

∎ Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction exhibits small matted works by the studio’s artist-members through January.

∎ The winter exhibitions at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center include mixed media work by Lynda Knisley; photographs and digital paintings by Richard Wilson; photographs and poems by James Jones; paintings by members of the Vermont Watercolor Society; ink drawings and oil paintings by Kathleen Swift, and oil paintings by Betsy Derrick.

∎ Quechee Area Camera Club is exhibiting photographs at White River Junction’s Zollikofer Gallery, in the lobby of the Hotel Coolidge.

∎ BigTown Gallery in Rochester, Vt., is exhibiting small works by the impressive roster of artists it represents, including several Dartmouth studio art professors.

∎ Vermont Special Arts exhibits “Seeing With New Eyes” at Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, which features work done by participants in a recent photography program for people with disabilities.

∎ “Oil Paintings by Myra Hudson,” a solo show from the Royalton artist, is on view at the Tunbridge Public Library. It includes landscapes and figure paintings and is Hudson’s first solo show.

∎ “Light and Space,” an exhibition of large-scale prints by East Barnard artist Sabra Field, and work by fiber artist Karen Madden of Poughquag, N.Y., sculptor Pat Musick of Manchester, Vt., and Springfield, Vt., painter Dan O’Donnell, is on view in the Great Hall of the renovated Fellows Gear Shaper factory in Springfield, Vt.

∎ “The Past Meets with the Future,” paintings, drawings and mixed media by West Lebanon artist Fiorella Tasca Buck, is on view at West Lebanon’s Kilton Public Library.

∎ The Hood Museum of Art exhibits “Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art at the Hood Museum of Art,” which offers a survey of Australian Aboriginal work since the 1960s, and “Stacey Steers: Night Hunter House,” a recent Hood acquisition by the Denver multimedia artist.

Art Notes appears in the “Valley News” on Thursday. Notices must arrive two weeks prior to the Thursday before an event. Send email to artnotes@vnews.com.