Art Notes: How Stuff (And Art) Is Made  

Last Saturday, the Montshire Museum of Science opened an exhibition that gets at the roots of a powerful word: manufacturing.

I haven’t seen “How People Make Things” yet, but want to highlight it now, partly because it’s an uncommon subject, and partly because of the intense interest in manufacturing and its links to art.

The show is inspired by the factory tours that are a regular feature of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the children’s show created by Fred Rogers, who attended Dartmouth College. The exhibition features milling machines and injections molding, among other manufacturing processes that have a prominent place in the Upper Valley. The show is on view in Norwich through June 2.

Of Note

Amateur photographers are invited to submit their work to the annual Elden Murray Photographic Exhibition and Competition at Hanover’s Howe Library. Entries will be accepted in the library’s Murray Room this evening from 6 to 7 and on Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. The show opens March 1. Call 603-640-3252 for more information.

∎ The Newport Library Arts Center LAC is getting ready to host its second annual Peeps Diorama Contest, in which citizens of all stripes are invited to place tiny marshmallow chicks and bunnies in whatever scenes of heroism or mortal peril they can devise, within the bounds of good taste, of course.

The LAC is holding two open studios, on March 5 and 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., where entrants can work on their dioramas with the center’s glue guns and paint.

Submissions are due by 4 p.m., March 21, and winners will be announced at a reception the following night. It costs a mere $5 to enter. Last year’s contest featured 72 entries, and there’s a whole new year of history to document in cardboard and sugar. See the LAC’s website,, for more information.

∎ AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon has announced the winners in its fifth annual “Best of the Upper Valley High School Exhibition.” Prizes were awarded to Hunter Crowe of Lebanon High School, for the best work in ceramics; Colton Orr, River Arts Program, digital art; Kachine Schaible, Woodstock Union High School, drawing; Nikita Murano, Newport High School, painting; Kali Covell, Hartford Area Career and Technical Center, photography; Erin Robinson, Thetford Academy, printmaking; Josh Graber, sculpture; Lindsay Landwehrle, Kimball Union Academy, wearable art; and Forrest Mattern, Hartford High School, juror’s recognition award.

In addtion, three students, Marguerite Dakin of South Royalton School, Asa Waterworth of Woodstock Union High School and Rachel Pollard of Lebanon High School, won the Vermont Institute of Natural Science Award for art with the most compelling environmental message.

∎ Kirk Endicott, a Dartmouth College emeritus professor of anthropology, will give a lunchtime gallery talk at 12:30 on Tuesday on “Recent Developments in Aboriginal Art: Continuity and Change” in conjunction with the Hood Museum’s exhibition of contemporary Australian Aboriginal art.

∎ At Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction, Lebanon artist Patty Castellini will hold a “Monotypes for Kids” class on Saturday for children ages 10 to 15. The class runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and costs $95 with a $20 materials fee. No experience necessary.

Also at Two Rivers, in conjunction with “Print and Process,” a show that lays bare the methods studio members used to make the prints on display, the studio is holding a series of demonstrations of printmaking techniques. The next demonstration is set for Wednesday with a demo on soft ground etching by Rachel Gross. The demos are an hour long, 11 to noon, and free and open to the public.

Last Chance

Norwich Public Library exhibits “Nature,” paintings and collage by Brenda Phillips.


Newport’s Library Arts Center hosts its annual “Selections Exhibition” under new LED gallery lighting. The “Selections” show draws on the LAC’s annual juried exhibition. This year’s selected artists are Louis J. Cassorla of Newport; Betsy Derrick of Hanover; Pippa Drew of Post Mills; Margaret Dwyer of New London; Georgina Forbes of Norwich; Evan Horback of Newbury, N.H.; and Suzanne Whittaker, of Bedford, N.H. The show is on view through March 8.

∎ At AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, Benjamin Blais and Thanapoom “Mo” Boonipat, students at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, exhibit their work in the Johnson Sisters Library. Proceeds from sales of their work will go to Art Hope, a program that deploys creativity and community bonding to aid cancer patients, and Soi Dog Foundation, a nonprofit that helps neglected and abused dogs and cats in Thailand.

AVA has also rolled out a new public art project, featuring linocut prints installed in Advance Transit buses. There are more than 60 works in the nonprofit company’s fleet.

∎ Kimball Union Academy in Meriden continues its series of bicentennial art exhibitions with a show by graduates Emilie Bosworth-Clemmens, Tony Bragg and Nat Voss in the school’s Taylor Gallery. The show is on view through April 6, but the gallery is closed March 1 to 20 for school break.

∎ Nuance Gallery in Windsor hosts “Resiliency,” featuring work by Joyce Harden and Nance Silliman.

∎ Bigtown Gallery in Rochester continues a show of small works by the impressive roster of artists the gallery represents through March.

∎ Cafe 232 in South Strafford is showing paintings by the late Harlow Lent through the winter.

∎ Hartland Library hosts “Sundrenched Color,” paintings by Katheryne B. Sharp.

∎ Chandler Gallery in Randolph hosts “20-30/2D-3D,” an exhibition of art by young Vermont residents. A round-table talk by the artists is planned for 5 p.m. March 2, followed by a closing party with The Summit of Thieves, a band of Lyndon State College students.

∎ e_SDLqAmerican Wilderness and Habitats: Oils and Watercolors,” an exhibition of paintings by South Royalton artist Joan Hoffmann, is on view at the Tunbridge Public Library.

∎ “Mosaics, Mandalas and Mehndi,” paintings by Amy Fortier, is on view in the Howe Library’s Ledyard Gallery.

∎ Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction shows prints by Lois Beatty, sculpture by Ria Blaas and jewelry by Stacy Hopkins.

∎ “Survival Soup,” an exhibition at the Main Street Museum, features a riot of recent work by Travis Dunning and Matt Riley, who live in Stockbridge, Vt., and Seth Tracy, a Randolph native, along with a small display of work by Drew and Ben Peberdy of White River Junction.

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