Photos: AVA Gallery Dedicates New Sculptural Studies Building

  • Bente Torjusen speaks to the crowd at the dedication of AVA Gallery and Art Center's new Bente Torjusen West Sculptural Studies Building and its Kelsey Stone Carving Studio on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Torjusen became executive director of the Alliance for the Visual Arts not long after it was founded in a Norwich barn and shepherded its move to, and subsequent purchase of, the former H.W. Carter and Sons clothing factory on Bank Street in Lebanon. She retired last year.

  • Potters David Ernster and Evie Watts demonstring the making of RAKU pottery. Watts, of Etna, is a volunteer at AVA and Ernster, of Newbury, N.H., teaches at Colby-Sawyer College.

  • From left, Linda Roesch, former chairwoman of AVA Gallery's board of trustees, Bente Torjusen and her ganddaughter, Vivienne Zayatz-West.

  • Virginia "Winkie" Kelsey in the stone carving studio at AVA Gallery and Art Center that bears her name. Kelsey, of Hanover, is a longtime instructor at AVA and a longtime benefactor of the nonprofit Lebanon art center.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017