Art Notes: Interesting ‘Faces’ at the Library

  • <i>Cache</i> by Alison Saar

    Cache by Alison Saar

  • <i>Inner Journey</i> by Kristin McLane

    Inner Journey by Kristin McLane

  • <i>Cache</i> by Alison Saar
  • <i>Inner Journey</i> by Kristin McLane

There’s something a bit unnerving about “Faces,” an exhibition of paintings by Kristin McLane Kehler in the Ledyard Gallery at Hanover’s Howe Library.

As the title indicates, the exhibition consists entirely of dozens of faces, painted in a variety of media, drawn in pen and ink and batik printed. Nearly all of the paintings have a primitive, even Fauvist quality. The paintings emerge from the artist’s dreams.

“For many years I have been inspired by the archetypal dreamwork at North of Eden in Vermont,” Kehler writes in her artist statement.

This isn’t the place to look for an abundance of meaning. “Who will it be? What will come out?” Kehler writes. “At my best, I am playing, like a little girl eagerly unwrapping birthday presents.”

The paintings have a resultant childlike simplicity, which can be hit or miss. At times, Kehler’s paintings capture a moment of repose or quiet mystery, as in a pair of paintings of closed-lidded faces, The Dreamers . Another, titled Afghani Girl , seems taken from one of Steve McCurry’s celebrated photographs of Afghan refugees.

The overall effect of the exhibition is that it consists of a set of studies for larger works, interesting in themselves, but suggestive of greater ambition or effort that is not in evidence.

Ledyard Gallery in Hanover’s Howe Library hosts “Faces,” paintings by Kristin McLane Kehler, through March 26.

Of Note

After closing for a week to take inventory and effect a change of management, Long River Studios in Lyme has reopened with new stock. The new manager, David Celone of Lyme, said he isn’t planning big changes, but hopes to raise the profile of the gallery.

AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon opens an exhibition of framed vintage posters from the collection of Al Quirk, a longtime supporter of the nonprofit art center, today in AVA’s Johnson Sisters Library. The exhibition is a silent auction, held in conjunction with AVA’s annual silent auction exhibition, which opens next Saturday. The posters, which include work from Harper’s Bazaar and World War I propaganda posters by artists such as Edward Penfield, James Montgomery Flagg and Charles Livingston Bull , will be available for bidding starting today.

Also at AVA, the next gathering of The Mudroom, an evening of storytelling similar to The Moth Radio Hour on public radio , is set for this evening, 6:30 to 9. The theme for the evening’s five storytellers is “Spring Fling.” The storytelling will begin at 7 p.m.; food will be available for purchase from 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.

Artistree Gallery in Woodstock is seeking submissions for its “MUD Season Exhibit.” Submit by March 28 at 4 p.m. Call 802-457-3500 or email gallery@artistreevt.org for more information. The show opens April 4 with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Last Chance

AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon hosts its 6th annual “Best of the Upper Valley High School Exhibition” through Friday.

“Houses, Barns and Bridges of Tunbridge,” photographs by retired architect Alec Frost, is on view at Tunbridge Public Library through Monday .

“Lemurs Will Follow You Home,” recent work by Strafford artist Cecily Herzig, is on view in the Hotel Coolidge’s Zollikofer Gallery in White River Junction through Wednesday .

Newport Library Arts Center hosts “Selections 2014,” featuring the work of artists chosen from last year’s juried regional show, Rosemary Conroy, Shawna Gibbs, Christine Hawkins, Bea Jillette, Hal Shukovsky and Rick Stockwell. Through next Thursday.

Ongoing

The Hood Museum of Art hosts “In Residence: Contemporary Artists at Dartmouth.”

Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction is showing “bikepots,” ceramics by Norwich artist Jim Walsh, that replicate bicycle sprockets and cranks.

Kimball Union Academy’s Taylor Gallery hosts “Revision,” recent paintings by Maine artist Tollef Runquist, through April 5. The gallery is closed through March 26 for KUA’s spring break.

Nuance Gallery in Windsor hosts “Luminaries,” a group show, and “Making Visible,” recent work by Valery Woodbury, Michelle Woodbury and Nance Silliman.

The arts program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center exhibits mixed media by Donna Allen, woodblock prints by Matt Brown, photographs by Cathy Cone, acrylics, watercolor and colored pencil by Amy Fortier and photographs by Carla Kimball. The exhibit will continue through March.

“Penguins, Polar Bears and Kodiak Cubs,” wildlife photographs by Rochester, Vt., resident Barb DeHart, are on view at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph through March 26.

BigTown Gallery in Rochester, Vt., hosts “Juice Bar,” a colorful winter group show .

The Norwich Historical Society is exhibiting six recently acquired portraits of members of two of Norwich’s earliest families, the Hutchinsons and the Lovelands, into late June. Visitors are welcome Wednesdays and Thursdays,10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by appointment. Call 802-649-0124 or email info@norwichhistory.org.

Alex Hanson can be reached at ahanson@vnews.com, or 603-727-3219.