Art Notes: Enjoy Open Studios and Foliage This Weekend

This is the first big weekend of foliage season and more than 20 artists and artisans in and around Bradford and Corinth will open their studios to visitors.

The roster of participating artists includes photographers Judson Peck and Linday Bryan, clothing designer Susan Bradford, potters Mark DelloRusso and Bruce Murray, woodworkers Bill Peberdy and John Erickson and painters Marjorie Green, Stephanie Gordon, Robert Chapla and Judith Lerner, among others. The tour is organized by Vermont North by Hand, an artist cooperative, and is sponsored by businesses in the Bradford area.

Among these open studios is something rare and hard to classify: Towle Hill Studio in East Topsham is hosting a retrospective exhibit of work from Cone Editions Press. Since moving his company to East Topsham in 1989, founder Jon Cone has been a pioneer in ink jet printing, working for photographers and printmakers. The range of photographers alone for whom Cone has printed includes Richard Avedon, Saul Leiter and Kiki Smith.

The show at Towle Hill features work by printers and printmakers Dana Ceccarelli, Cathy Cone, Jon Cone, Kelly Chaffee, Spencer Cone, Wells Smith and Sally Coffin.

The self-guided studio tours last from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Maps are available at stores in Bradford and surrounding towns and at www.vermontnorthbyhand.org.

Of Note

One of the more irritating aspects of the government shutdown is the closure of the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, which is hosting an exhibition in honor of the 150th anniversary of the event depicted in Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Robert Gould Shaw Memorial. The site hosts art that’s fundamental to the nation’s identity, as does the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock. Let’s hope that the small faction of politicians who are holding the government hostage suddenly gain a deeper sense of perspective. I’m not holding my breath.

∎ The Main Street Museum’s Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a new stage and other improvements comes to an end on Monday. Since the drive began, in late August, 101 people have donated $8,268 through Kickstarter.com (as of noon yesterday) and another $2,500 has been raised outside the Internet campaign.

That’s more than the nonprofit museum’s goal of $7,000, the amount needed to build a new stage and perform necessary electrical work. But the museum’s supporters would like to raise more money to pay for a system that would allow live streaming and recording of performances and lectures on the museum’s stage. The estimated cost of those improvements pushes the fundraising goal to $14,000, a little more than $3,200 than what’s been pledged so far.

Saturday night’s Tip Top Couture fashion show and party, organized by Revolution, the White River Junction clothing store, is an additional fundraiser for the museum. Doors at Tupelo Music Hall open at 8, the show starts at 9 and will be followed by dancing into the wee hours. Admission is $15 and proceeds go to the museum.

∎ AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon continues its free film series, “Focus on Film — As Art, On Art.”

It features eight films and runs through October. Hood Museum of Art Director Michael Taylor will be on hand to introduce both Herb & Dorothy, tonight at 7, and a sequel, Herb & Dorothy 50X50, which screens on Sunday, Oct. 20.

In addition, the series includes two short documentaries about Lebanon landmarks. The first, Hand of Brick: Densmore Brick Company — A Look Back, by Stefan van Norden, screens Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. The Densmore Brick factory, which occupied a plot of land not far from Lebanon High School, turned out bricks for more than 170 years, providing them for buildings at Dartmouth College and many other landmarks in the Twin States.

The second is Connecting the Threads — Overalls to Art: The H.W. Carter and Sons Factory, a 37-minute film that traces the history of the H.W. Carter clothing factory and its transition into a home for AVA Gallery. That screening is planned for Oct. 27 at 5 p.m., and will be followed by a reception and conversation with AVA board members about the organization’s plans for the future.

∎ Artist and psychologist Joe Saginor will give a talk titled “How I Discovered the Unconscious in Art” on Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum in Meriden. Saginor, a Cornish resident, has been painting since 1992 and was on the Dartmouth Medical School faculty from 1980 to 1998. A buffet supper will follow his talk. Tickets are $45 per person, and reservations are required by Oct. 9. Call 603-469-3444 or email info@aidronduckworthmuseum.org.

Openings and Receptions

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction opens a silent auction exhibition at this month’s First Friday. Auction bidding concludes with a party on Oct. 19, 6-8. Two Rivers also is raffling off a pair of etchings by local printmaker Susan Walp. An opening reception is planned for Friday evening, 6-8.

∎ Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction holds a wine tasting and shows sculpture and woodware by Ria Blaas and jewelry and sculpture by gallery owner Stacy Hopkins.

Last Chance

“Four Artists, Four Decades: Mayor, Keenan, Randall, West” at AVA Gallery in Lebanon comprises prints by Elizabeth Mayor, abstract paintings by Colleen Randall, ceramics by Jon Keenan and drawings by the late Clifford West. Through Friday .

∎ BigTown Gallery in Rochester, Vt., exhibits “Folk Vision: Folk Art from New England and Beyond,” through Saturday.

Ongoing

Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art hosts “The Vollard Suite” and “Cubism and Its Legacy” through Dec. 20. Also at the Hood: “Shadowplay: Transgressive Photography from the Hood Musem of Art,” an exhibition organized by Dartmouth studio art professors Virginia Beahan and Brian Miller, and “Evolving Perspectives: Highlights from the African Art Collection at the Hood Museum of Art.”

∎ e_SDLqPoints of View: Seven Portrait Artists” is on view in Randolph’s Chandler Gallery. The show traces the development of seven Central Vermont artists who work each week from the same model. Agathe McQueston, Lark Upson, Sande French-Stockwell, Judith Beckett, Liesi Hebert, Marcia Hammond and Joan Feierabend have been meeting weekly in Feierabend’s Tunbridge studio to share the expense of paying a model. Through Nov. 10.

∎ Ledyard Gallery in Hanover’s Howe Library shows photographs of library patrons with their favorite books. The photographs were taken by Vershire photographer John Douglas. The “My Favorite Book” project was funded by The Sunup Foundation in memory of long-time Howe volunteer Joy Lange Boardman.

∎ The Woodstock Gallery shows recent 12-by-12-inch acrylic paintings by Irma Cerese through Oct. 11.

Colby-Sawyer College in New London shows recent work by the college’s fine arts faculty in the school’s Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery. Artists in the show include Loretta S.W. Barnett, Lucy Covello-Mink, David Ernster, Nicholas Gaffney, Douglas Harp, Jon Keenan, Mary Mead, Julie Puttgen, Hilary Walrod and Bert Yarborough.

∎ “From the Mountains to the Sea: Plants, Trees, and Shrubs of New England,” the first traveling exhibition of The New England Society of Botanical Artists, is on view at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. The show features portraits of more than 60 plants and is designed to promote public appreciation of botanical art and the diversity and beauty of plants in our own backyards.

The Jaffe-Friede Gallery in Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center hosts “Attention,” a series of five print projects by the Philadelpha artist Daniel Heyman. Heyman, a 1985 Dartmouth graduate, has focused his attention on the victims of abuse in Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison during the American occupation.

Aidron Duckworth Art Museum in Meriden exhibits mixed media work by Alton, N.H., artist Amparo Carvajal-Hufschmid. Also at the museum: “Interiority,” large works on canvas from 1979-1981 by Aidron Duckworth and an outdoor exhibition of sculpture by Fitzhugh Karol, an Orford native now living in Brooklyn, N.Y., which will remain on view into the fall.

∎ Zollikofer Gallery, in White River Junction’s Hotel Coolidge, hosts “Ordinary Beauty,” photographs by Carla Kimball. A reception is planned for Nov. 1, 5 to 7 p.m.

∎ ∎ “Field of the Stars: A Pilgrim Life on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela,” an exhibition that documents the recent walks by Kimball Union Academy students and staff and Upper Valley residents who have walked the pilgrimage route across northern Spain, is on view in KUA’s Taylor Gallery.

∎ ∎ Fall art shows at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center include mixed media from Long River Studios in Lyme; colored pencil drawings by Corrina Thurston; pen and ink and watercolors by Lone Mountain Artists; photographs by C.E. Morse; and pen and inks and water colors by Carole-Anne Centre.

∎ “Landscape Reveries,” acrylic paintings that explore the elements of earth, air, fire and especially water, by Georgina Forbes, is on view in Norwich Public Library.

Springfield, Vt., native Jamie Townsend is the featured artist at Sculpturefest, the annual exhibition at the Woodstock home of Charlet and Peter Davenport and the nearby King Farm. Sculpturefest adds a third venue this year with a small exhibition of sculpture at the Woodstock History Center. Directions to the Sculpturefest sites are available at www.sculpturefest.org.

∎ Tunbridge Library hosts an exhibition of photographs by Tunbridge native Emily Ferro.

∎ Giovanna Lepore shows “New Small Works,” recent oil and watercolor paintings at Galleria Giovanna Fine Art in Canaan. Sales benefit the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. The gallery is located at 313 River Road, Canaan. For more info visit giovannalepore.com.

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