Art Notes: Shows Open in Hanover and Hartland

  • "Winter Sunset," a pastel by artist Becky Cook, is among the works on view in "It's Cold Outside," an exhibition of works by the Odanaksis ArtGroup at Hartland Public Library, through Feb. 14.

Valley News Correspondent
Thursday, January 04, 2018

Hood Downtown reopens for the New Year with its winter exhibition “Reason’s Oxymorons,” a video installation by French artist and philosopher Kader Attia, whose work has been seen at the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim in New York and the Tate Modern in London. He was the recipient in 2016 of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, one of the most significant arts awards in France.

“Reason’s Oxymorons” is a philosophical inquiry into the nature of trauma and psychology, and the process of healing or self-repair.

Attia interviewed philosophers, psychiatrists, cultural anthropologists, traditional healers, historians, musicologists, patients and immigrants. The gallery is set up as if it were an office, with video monitors in cubicles. For Attia, grappling with the emotional and intellectual effects of trauma is an ongoing process, not one with a finite endpoint.

Attia will give a lecture at Dartmouth College on Jan. 30. The exhibition runs through March 18.

Openings and Receptions

The Howe Library in Hanover turns its Ledyard Gallery over to the annual Hanover High School Student Art Show, opening Saturday. Students in grades 9 through 12 have contributed work in numerous media, including drawing, photography, digital art, collage, printmaking, sculpture and jewelry. The show runs through January.

Hartland Public Library hosts perhaps the most aptly titled exhibition of all time: “It’s Cold Outside” features the work of the Odanaksis ArtGroup, a cluster of Upper Valley artists who gather weekly to paint, mostly outdoors. Through Feb. 14

Call for Entries

The Library Arts Center in Newport is asking artists to submit works in a variety of media for the exhibition "Black and White," which will run at the LAC from Feb. 10 through April 7. Artists may submit paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, mixed media, fiber arts and weavings, as long as they are executed in black, white and gray. The deadline for entries is Jan. 21. For information and registration, go to libraryartscenter.org/exhibits/call-for-entries.

Call for Student Artists

The Claremont Opera House and Rural Outright, the LGBTQ support program of Claremont-based nonprofit TLC Family Resource Center, are seeking submissions for a student art exhibit in the John D. Bennett Atrium Gallery. Upper Valley students in grades K-12 can submit up to five pieces in any medium, which must address the exhibit’s theme of #KindnessInAction. The exhibit will open on Jan. 15 to coincide with National No Name-Calling Week, and will run through Feb. 17.

The deadline is Jan. 12. Send submissions and questions to ruralnhoutright@gmail.com.


AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon. “Seasons,” a show of encaustic nature paintings by the Thetford Center artist William N. Peabody, runs through Jan. 26.

BigTown Gallery, Rochester, Vt. A retrospective exhibition by painter Nancy Taplin, of Warren, Vt., is on view until March 31.

Center for the Arts, New London. The Juried Regional Exhibition, which features work by 20 New Hampshire artists, runs through Jan. 27.

Chew & Co. Design, Hanover. The egg tempera and gold leaf paintings of Windsor artist Gary Milek are on view through February.

Kilton Public Library, West Lebanon. East Randolph artist Marcia Hammond exhibits oil portraits through Jan. 31.

Philip Read Memorial Library, Plainfield. Plainfield artists Christopher Rollins and Jenny Sprague show their work in “Mending the Boom, Musicians & Local Color” through January.

Scavenger Gallery, White River Junction. “The Art of Place,” a show of encaustic paintings by Quechee artist Helen Shulman, is on display, in addition to work by Margaret Jacobs, Rich Fedorchack and owner Stacy Hopkins.

Tunbridge Public Library. David Fisk’s show, “Challenge and Happiness in Abstract Painting,” is on view through Jan. 19.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction. The studio continues its Holiday Show through January.

Nicola Smith can be reached at mail@nicolasmith.org.