Art Notes: Vermont Artists Open Their Studio Doors

This weekend’s traditional start to summer also brings the first Vermont Open Studio Weekend of the year.

Twice annually, dozens of Vermont artists and craftsmen open their studios to the public. This weekend, nearly 250 studios around the state will be open to visitors, including many in the Upper Valley.

Among them are Dona Nazarenko, who makes hand-woven baskets in Tunbridge; Carolyn Enz Hack, a Thetford-based mixed media artist; and two teams of potters in Bethel — Grace Pejouhy and Evan Williams of Naught Hill Pottery, and Becca Van Fleet and Nathan Webb.

Also participating is Barnard artist Amy Morel, who co-founded a curatorial project, 5th Business, with fellow artist Edythe Wright. Morel will open her Woodstock studio, in the mill building on Maxham Meadow Way, and an adjacent gallery where she will show an installation of Wright’s, a series of fictional social sciences projects titled Institute of Domestic Archaeology. Wright started the institute in 1999 and under its aegis has been dissecting common household items and producing drawings, models, photographs, videos and paintings based on what she finds.

Parts of Wright’s work have been shown in New York and Boston, but Morel is collecting it under one roof for the first time.

The open studios are marked by yellow signs that direct visitors from main roads. For maps and other information, go to

∎ On Saturday afternoon, Hood Museum of Art Director Michael Taylor gave a talk about Marcel Duchamp at BigTown Gallery in Rochester, Vt. I had interviewed Taylor once before and talked to him informally, but was curious to hear him talk to an audience, particularly about his area of expertise. Taylor has written widely about Duchamp, who remains a potent influence on contemporary art.

Anyone laboring under the delusion that the Hood isn’t a top-flight museum would benefit from hearing Taylor in person. His talk was authoritative without being condescending, and he thoroughly illuminated Duchamp, his time and his contemporaries.

Taylor gives a free talk on Tuesday at 12:30 in the Hood about the museum’s student-curated show, “Word and Image in Contemporary Art.”

Of Note

Among the larger communities in the Upper Valley, Claremont is hampered by a lack of venues for visual art. The founder of an arts market in Concord plans to open a similar one in Claremont. The Claremont Arts Market starts June 6 and will run every Thursday afternoon, 4 to 7, through Oct. 3 as a curated market for fine art and crafts in Broad Street Park. Katy Solsky, founder of the Concord Art Market, which is in its sixth year, is organizing this one. For more information, go to, or call 603-229-2157.

∎ AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon is calling for entries to its 20th annual Juried Summer Exhibition. Entries must be submitted on June 8, 10 or 11, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Colleen Randall, chairwoman of Dartmouth’s Studio Art Department, is this year’s juror.

∎ ArtisTree Gallery in Woodstock is calling for entries for “Unbound, Vol. III,” an exhibition of book art held in conjunction with the annual Bookstock festival in July.

∎ Randolph’s Chandler Center for the Arts has been offered an incentive in its “Burn the Mortgage” campaign to retire the debt from its recent $3.8 million renovation. Every dollar donated to the Chandler up to $100,000 by Aug. 31 will be matched by a group of generous donors.

∎ The Woodstock Arts Festival is calling for entries for September on the Woodstock Green. Entries will be juried and the deadline is June 10. Go to for more information.

∎ Hanover’s Howe Library is accepting submissions for its annual “55+ Art Show.” Local amateur artists can bring one or two recent works to the library between 2 and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The show runs June 1-26.

Openings and Receptions

The exhibition season begins this weekend at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish with the opening on Saturday of “Re Constructions: Sculpture and Works on Paper” by Elana Herzog, a New York-based sculpture and installation artist who is the 2013 Saint-Gaudens Fellow. The show, in the park’s Picture Gallery, is on view through July 14, and a closing reception is planned for July 13, 4:30 to 6 p.m., which will include a talk by Herzog at 5.

∎ The Great Hall, an art gallery in the former Fellows Gear Shaper building in Springfield, Vt., hosts “Changing Gears,” a solo exhibition of recent large-scale digital paintings by Gloria King Merritt.

∎ Zollikofer Gallery at the Hotel Coolidge shows “Black and White River,” photographs of White River Junction by Swanton, Vt., photographer Clair Dunn.

∎ Norwich Public Library hosts “Landscapes & Wildlife,” works in watercolor, oils, gouache, scratch board, colored pencil, and pen and ink by Fran Greenwood.

∎ The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Hanover Gallery is showing the work of wildlife photographer Andrew Thompson, through June.

∎ The Monshire Museum of Science opens a new exhibition, “Playing with Time,” on Saturday. The exhibits allow viewers to seemingly change the speed of time, to perceive such hidden phenomena as the flapping of a hummingbird’s wings or the expansion of the universe.

Last Chance

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

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

∎ Hanover’s Howe Library hosts an exhibition of photographs by John Douglas that feature library patrons and community leaders holding a favorite book, through Wednesday.

∎ Newport’s Library Arts Center hosts its annual Juried Regional Exhibition. 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. The show continues through next Thursday.


AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon exhibits drawings by C. Stuart White Jr., a co-founder of Banwell Architects and the lead architect for the 2007 renovation of AVA’s building at 11 Bank St., the former H.W. Carter and Sons clothing factory. Also at AVA is a “Drawing Invitational” show, featuring works by 15 longtime AVA artists, among them Gerald Auten, Penelope Bennett, Mary Mead and Charles Shurcliff, and “Drawn Together: 40 Hours — 40 Years,” drawings from a nine-month, in-depth drawing class.

“Designed and Printed at the Stinehour Press,” a concise history of the celebrated Vermont printing company, is on view through May 31 in the main hall of Dartmouth College’s Baker Library. On April 11, the library honored Roderick “Rocky” Stinehour, who founded the press after graduating from Dartmouth in 1950.

∎ Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art hosts “Word and Image in Contemporary Art,” a show curated in collaboration with 24 senior studio art majors that includes Ed Ruscha’s great 1963 painting Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas; “The Women of Shin Hanga: The Judith and Joseph Barker Collection of Japanese Prints” and “Evolving Perspectives: Highlights from the African Art Collection at the Hood Museum of Art.”

∎ Two Rivers Printmaking Studio exhibits monoprints by Elinor Randall that celebrate the life and work of Molly Keane, a 20th-century Anglo-Irish playwright and novelist.

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.

The Aidron Duckworth Art Museum in Meriden has opened its 11th season with an exhibition of 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.

∎ “Generous Spirits,” pottery, basketry and furniture by Walt Hazelton and driftwood-found-object sculpture by Bruce Marshall, are on view at Nuance Gallery in Windsor.

∎ 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.

∎ “Picture Show: As Seen Through My Eyes,” a solo show by Tunbridge photographer Fred Carty, is on view at Tunbridge Public Library through May 31.

∎ “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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