Art Notes: Meriden’s Duckworth Museum Opens for the Season

Sapper, by Paul Bowen. (Courtesy photograph)

Sapper, by Paul Bowen. (Courtesy photograph)

The Aidron Duckworth Art Museum is a pleasing anomaly among Upper Valley art venues. It is the lone organization devoted to the work of a single artist, and the museum’s board has been admirably devoted to exhibiting Duckworth’s paintings and drawings.

A revered teacher and artist who died in 2001, Duckworth left his work and home, in a former schoolhouse on Bean Road in Meriden, to a foundation. Each year, the museum opens in spring with an exhibition of Duckworth’s art. It also shows several guest artists and an outdoor sculpture show.

The museum opens its 11th season on Saturday. The first exhibitions include sculptures by Paul Bowen, who works with found materials, and “Forms in Space,” the museum’s 21st exhibition of its namesake artist. “Forms in Space” consists of paintings from a 1970 exhibition in South Africa, when Duckworth was head of the Department of Fine Art at the University of Natal. A reception is planned Saturday afternoon, 3 to 6, at the museum on Bean Road.

Of Note

AVA Gallery and Art Center offers a pair of free talks next week. On Wednesday evening at 5:30, AVA Executive Director Bente Torjusen will give a lecture titled “Art Imitates Life Imitates Art: Edvard Munch, Henrik Ibsen and Hedda Gabler.” Torjusen, a native of Oslo, wrote the book on Munch, and is speaking in conjunction with Northern New England Repertory Theatre Co.’s upcoming production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler in New London.

Torjusen’s talk will cover how Munch’s paintings and prints influenced Ibsen’s plays, and vice versa. Actors Grant Neale and LeeAnn Hutchinson, currently starring in North Shore Fish at Shaker Bridge Theatre, will perform a brief excerpt from Hedda Gabler. And AVA will exhibit a larger-than-life bronze bust of Ibsen by the Norwegian-American artist Trygve Hammer (1878-1947), thanks to a loan from the artist’s daughter-in-law Peggy Hammer.

The following day, also at 5:30, Mary Louise Pierson will give an illustrated talk about “Nelson Rockefeller: The Art Collector.” Rockefeller, a Dartmouth graduate and later the governor of New York, was influenced by his mother, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, who founded the Museum of Modern Art. Pierson, a painter and photographer herself, is Rockefeller’s granddaughter.

The annual White River Indie Film festival starts tomorrow evening with a gala fundraiser that includes a screening of Cartoon College , a documentary about the Center for Cartoon Studies by Barnard filmmakers Josh Melrod and Tara Wray. Cartoonists who attend the White River Junction cartooning school will be on hand, making drawings that will be auctioned off through the weekend to benefit the nonprofit film festival.

The party starts at 6 at Tupelo Music Hall. The screening is at 7:30 and the filmmakers will be on hand for a Q&A afterward. The $35 ticket price includes food from Elixir and Tupelo will put on a cash bar.

∎∎ Kathleen Uno, a history professor at Temple University, will deliver a lecture titled “Modern Girls, Eternal Spring?” tomorrow afternoon at 5 in the auditorium of Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art. Her talk reflects on the Hood’s current exhibition, “The Women of Shin Hanga: The Judith and Joseph Barker Collection of Japanese Prints.” Also on view at the Hood: “Word and Image in Contemporary Art,” a show curated in collaboration with 24 senior studio majors, which includes Ed Ruscha’s great 1963 painting Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas; and “Evolving Perspectives: Highlights from the African Art Collection at the Hood Museum of Art.”

The Donald Claflin Jewelry Studio in the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College is bringing in three acclaimed jewelry artists and metalsmiths for three days of events this week. They include a free public slide lecture and exhibition tomorrow evening at 6:30 in the Hop’s Alumni Hall. On Saturday, the artists, Andy Cooperman of Seattle, Donald Friedlich of Madison, Wis., and Deborah Lozier of Oakland, Calif., will teach a day-long studio workshop at a cost of $125 a person ($75 for Dartmouth students). For more information, call 603-646-3226.

Openings and Receptions

Newport’s Library Arts Center opens its annual Juried Regional Exhibition with a reception tomorrow evening, 5 to 7. Jurors Camellia Sousa of Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough, N.H., and Amanda McGowan Lacasse of McGowan Fine Art in Concord chose roughly half of the 125 works submitted. They also selected seven artists who will be invited to show a larger body of work at the LAC next February. They are: Rosemary Conroy, Weare, N.H.; Shawna Gibbs, Claremont; Christine Hawkins, Claremont; Evan Clayton Horback, Sunapee; Bea Jillette, Goshen, N.H.; Hal Shukovsky, Sunapee; and Rick Stockwell, Sutton, N.H.

∎ “Generous Spirits,” pottery, basketry and furniture by Walt Hazelton and driftwood-found -object sculpture by Bruce Marshall, opens Saturday at Nuance Gallery in Windsor with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m.

∎ Hanover’s Howe Library opens an exhibition of photographs by John Douglas that features library patrons and community leaders holding a favorite book.

∎ “Sleepwalking and Other Circumstances,” art by Darri Colton, opens Sunday at Newbury, Vt.’s Tenney Memorial Library, with a reception Sunday afternoon, 2 to 4. Colton is best known in the Upper Valley as an actress with a long list of credits.

Last Chance

∎ ArtisTree Gallery in Woodstock hosts “MUD (season): Viridian and Vermillion,” a group show that reflects on this messy time of year, through tomorrow.

∎ “Underwater,” an exhibition of recent large oil paintings by Strafford artist Micki Colbeck, is on view at the Vermont Supreme Court in Montpelier through Monday.

∎ Norwich Public Library hosts an exhibition of photographs by Elizabeth Dean Hermann and traditional and contemporary textiles from India, through Monday.

∎ Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction exhibits prints by the studio’s non-member faculty through Tuesday.


BigTown Gallery in Rochester, Vt., hosts “Masterworks,” which features both sculpture and prints by the late Hugh Townley as well as works from his collection, which includes pieces by Eugene Atget, Harry Callahan, Salvador Dali, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Aaron Siskind, H.C. Westermann and Ossip Zadkine. Hood Musem of Art Director Michael Taylor will lead an informal discussion on the show on May 18 at 4 p.m.

∎ BALE, the South Royalton nonprofit, hosts an exhibition of hooked rugs by Royalton fiber artist Gisele McHarg at its community space on the green.

∎ Chandler Gallery in Randolph holds its annual “Area Artists Show.”

∎ Williamstown, Vt., artist Jan Rogers shows graphite, pastel and colored pencil drawings at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph.

Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction hosts “Oceana,” panels by Jenny Lynn Hall and also shows woodware by Ria Blaas and jewelry by gallery owner Stacy Hopkins.

∎ AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon hosts “AVA Beginnings: Work by Founding and Longtime AVA Artists,” part of AVA’s ongoing celebration of its 40th anniversary, and “Musings,” watercolors by Stephanie Reininger.

∎ Dartmouth College’s Studio Art Exhibition Program shows work by artist-in-residence Luke Fowler and “no kill shelter,” art by Jodie Mack, a professor of film and media studies, in the Hopkins Center galleries.

∎ “Picture Show: As Seen Through My Eyes,” a solo show by Tunbridge photographer Fred Carty, is on view at Tunbridge Public Library.

∎ “My Favorite Places,” mixed media on canvas by Christine Hauck, is on view at West Lebanon’s Kilton Public Library.

∎ Spring art exhibitions at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center include oil paintings by Deborah Frankel Reese and Gillian Tyler and watercolors by Marlene Kramer and Lynn Hoeft.

∎ “How People Make Things,” an exhibition that looks at how all sorts of objects are made, is on view at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich through June 2. Admission to the Montshire is $12 for adults, $10 for children ages 2 to 17.

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