Art Notes: New Shows Open at AVA, Hood Downtown, Duckworth and Saint-Gaudens

  • "Tractor Dance #2," a 2017 watercolor painting by Tom Leythem, a professor at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., is among the works on view in "Hiding in Plain Sight," a show of Leythem's paintings at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon. The show opens with a reception on Friday evening, 5 to 7, and Leythem will give a talk about his work on June 14 at 5 p.m. (Courtesy AVA Gallery and Art Center)

Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, June 07, 2018

Three exhibits, opening at Lebanon’s AVA Gallery and Art Center Friday night from 5 to 7, will explore the stories told by constructed objects that have been abandoned, discarded or destroyed.

“Roads Taken,” a show by the Boston-based painter Pennie Brantley, depicts what she describes in her artist statement as “unpeopled structures,” a theme bound up with her interest in those who built, but do not occupy, those structures. Brantley will give an artist talk Friday at 4 p.m.

Tom Leytham, a watercolorist from Montpelier, shows work in “Hiding in Plain Sight” that conveys his fascination with ruins, such as junkyard cars and empty barns. Leytham will give an artist talk June 14 at 5 p.m.

Norwich artist Scott Gordon uses distressed steel in “Unintended Objects,” his exhibition of sculpture and assemblage, to comment on the power and violence inherent in industrial manufacturing.

All three shows continue through July 6.

Also on view at AVA is the show from Art Detectives, a community outreach program in which elementary school students throughout the Upper Valley created art to reflect what they were learning in the classroom. The Art Detectives show continues through Saturday.

Openings and Receptions

For its final exhibit before the Hood Museum of Art reopens in 2019, Hanover’s Hood Downtown will show “The Firmament,” drawings by Toyin Ojih Odutola that explore the conceptualization of race. The show opens Friday, with an artist talk and reception scheduled for June 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. Through Sept. 2.

“Strata Series,” an exhibit of new prints by Sheri Hancock-Tomek, opens at Aidron Duckworth Art Museum in Meriden on Saturday, with a reception from 3 to 6 p.m. Hancock-Tomek, who is the director of Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, will give a talk at 4.

Saturday’s reception also marks the opening of Column II, an outdoor sculpture by the Scotland-based artist and musician John McKenna. At 5 p.m., McKenna will perform a musical piece written specifically to accompany the sculpture, which will be on view through Oct. 22.

“Exhibition XXXI: Forms Hidden, Forms Revealed,” an exhibition curated from three series of Duckworth’s body of work, continues through July 22.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, in Cornish, will hold an opening reception Friday from 4:30 to 6 p.m., in its Picture Gallery, for “The Etcher’s Journey: A Retrospective of Prints by Charles A. Platt and Stephen Parrish,” an exhibit featuring the work of two Cornish Colony artists. Dalton Alves, Saint-Gaudens’ 2018 curatorial fellow who curated the show, will give a talk at 5. The show runs through July.

Call for Submissions

The Center for Cartoon Studies, in White River Junction, has opened submissions for its third annual Cornish CCS Residency Fellowship. Deliberately set during the peak foliage window of mid-October to mid-November, the residency is meant to provide an inspiring space for artists to live and work for a month. Fellows will stay in the former home of the late author J.D. Salinger, give a lecture at the Center for Cartoon Studies and receive a $3,000 stipend.

For more information on the fellowship and how to apply, visit cartoonstudies.org/cornishfellowship. The deadline to apply is Aug. 15.

Call for Art

Tonight is the last day to submit to the juried regional exhibit at Newport’s Library Arts Center. New Hampshire and Vermont artists may submit up to two artworks, including paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photos and mixed media. For information about the exhibit and to enter online, visit libraryartscenter.org/juriedregional.

The Center for the Arts invites artists from central New Hampshire and Vermont to submit up to four works to its “Naturally New England” art exhibit. The entry deadline is June 22, and the exhibit will show July 27-30 at The Livery in Sunapee Harbor. For submission guidelines and instructions, go to centerfortheartsnh.org.

In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Sunapee’s town charter, the Sunapee Historical Society and Sunapee Heritage Alliance are calling for art submissions for a show planned in mid-August at the Livery in Sunapee Harbor, on the theme of “Scenes of Sunapee Through the Years.” Artists of all levels are invited to submit paintings, drawings, pastels, prints, collages and sculptures depicting some aspect of Sunapee. The call is also open to those with historical artwork of Sunapee, so as to juxtapose past and present. The application deadline is July 20.

The Randolph-based Clara Martin Center is seeking submissions for an art and poetry show on the theme of “Abundance: Celebrating Creativity in Mental Health, Wellness and Recovery.” For applications and instructions on how to submit, go to claramartin.org/art-show. The deadline is July 31. The exhibit will open Sept. 10 at the Chandler Gallery, in Randolph.


Black Family Visual Arts Center, Hanover. Dartmouth College seniors majoring in studio art show work in the Nearburg Gallery through June 17.

Center for The Arts, New London. Work is shown in three micro-galleries: at New London Inn, showing paintings by Vicki Koron, of Sunapee; at Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, featuring work by Newport, N.H. oil painter Ludmila Gayvoronsky; and at Whipple Hall Gallery, which displays the work of Proctor Academy students.

Chelsea Public Library. “Common Objects and Uncommon Places,” a show of acrylic paintings by Chelsea artist, and founder of the Chelsea Art Collective, Carrie Caouette-De Lallo, is on view through June.

Chew & Co. Design, Hanover. Meg McLean, of Lyme, shows oil paintings and charcoal drawings through mid-June.

Converse Free Library, Lyme. Kathy Swift, of Lyme, shows “Japanese Ink Paintings on Paper” through June 30. Ten percent of sales will go to Friends of Lyme Library.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon. The D-H Arts Program’s spring exhibit features  work by two Upper Valley oil painters, Ludmila Gayvoronsky of Newport, N.H., and Rae Newell of Bridgewater Corners. The other artists are watercolorist Diane Bell of Weston, Vt.; Evelien Bachrach of Hancock, N.H., who works in multiple mediums; acrylics painter Laura Ewing of Cambridge, Mass.; and photographer Ira Gavrin of Marlborough, N.H.

Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hanover. Dartmouth College seniors majoring in studio art show work in the Jaffe-Friede and Strauss galleries through June 17.

Howe Library, Hanover. “O This Verdant Valley,” an exhibit by the Upper Valley’s en plein air Odanaksis Art Group, is in the Ledyard Gallery through Aug. 1.

Library Arts Center, Newport, N.H. The Selections Exhibit 2018 shows work by the seven winners of the Library Arts Center’s annual juried regional exhibit: Shari Boraz, Cyn Cooper, Betsy Derrick, Stacy Friedman, Elizabeth R. Moore, Gail Smuda and John Teti. The juror was Doris Nelson, former director of the Library Arts Center. Through next Thursday.

New London Hospital. The latest rotating art exhibition features Garrett Evans, a South Sutton, N.H.-based photographer; Bow, N.H., photographer Charles S. “Whitey” Joslin, Jr.; and Enfield painter Penny Koburger. Through Aug. 31.

Long River Gallery and Gifts, White River Junction. A show of encaustics by Stephanie Gordon, a Piermont artist and recently retired art teacher at Hanover High School, continues through August.

Norwich Public Library. “Miss Match — Pixels to Paint: Photos Re-Imagined,” a collaborative exhibition between Norwich artists Becky Cook and NatEli Boze, shows through June 30.

Osher at Dartmouth, Hanover. Norwich painter Jo Tate shows work through June 28.

Philip Read Memorial Library, Plainfield. “Marking Moments” shows still lifes, landscapes, “memoryscapes” and conceptual work by Plainfield painter M.J. Morse. There will be a reception June 15 starting at 5 p.m.

Roth Center for Jewish Life, Hanover. In “Commentary: Fiber Art by Shari Boraz,” the Hanover artist uses hand embroidery to remark on such themes as feminism, nature and symbology. Through July 8.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish. An art installation in the Caretaker’s Shed by students from Claremont’s Stevens High School and Springfield (Vt.) High School examines “Nature and Change.” Through July 1.

“Natural Forces: Three Sculptors’ Visions,” featuring work by Fabienne Lasserre, Clive Moloney and Rosalyn Driscoll, is on view in the Picture Gallery through Oct. 31.

Scavenger Gallery, White River Junction. In “Rebirth,” owner Stacy Hopkins shows mixed-media assemblage, woodblock and linoleum prints she made during a recent residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt. She continues to display her primary medium of jewelry.

Steven Thomas, Inc. Fine Arts & Antiques, White River Junction. Work by Upper Valley “vintage” artists, such as Alice Standish Buell (1892-1964), Arthur B. Wilder (1857-1949) and Ilse Bischoff (1901-1990) is on view, along with other antiques and collectibles.

Tunbridge Public Library . “Reverence,” a show of paintings by Randolph artist Jan Fowler, shows through June 28.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction. A show by Carol Lippman, a part-time resident of West Newbury, Vt., runs through June.

White River Gallery, South Royalton. Betsey Garand of Hancock, N.H. shows a variety of printmaking techniques in “Petroglyphs, Flora and Frenzied Encounters: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand.” Through June 15.

Zollikofer Gallery, White River Junction. “Birds of the Bayous,” an exhibit of watercolors by Norwich resident Judith Miller, shows alongside “Lichen,” photography by her son Scott McClure Miller. Through June 30.

EmmaJean Holley can be reached at ejholley@vnews.com or 603-727-3216.