Art Notes: Hood Downtown Opens Second Show

  • Bahar Behbahani, Visiting You in Summer 2015, single-channel HD video, 1-minute loop, 2015. Courtesy of the artist. © Bahar Behbahani. Courtesy Bahar Behbahani

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 1/5/2017 12:07:06 AM
Modified: 1/5/2017 12:13:50 PM

The New Year in the local arts scene gets off to a quick start at Hood Downtown, the Hood Museum’s gallery for contemporary art on South Main Street in Hanover. The gallery, which is part of an effort by the museum to bring art to the Upper Valley even as the museum itself undergoes a lengthy expansion, opened last fall with an exhibition of photography by the French-born, Brooklyn-based Laetitia Soulier.

The gallery’s second exhibition, “Bahar Behbahani: Let the Garden Eram Flourish,” opens Friday. An Iranian-born artist living in Brooklyn, Behbahani will show a suite of new paintings, a video and an installation that draw inspiration from the elegant geometry and lush colors of centuries-old Persian gardens.

There will be a public reception for the show on Friday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. and a public talk at 2 p.m. on Jan. 14 with Bebahani and Hood Museum curator Smooth Nzewi.

Hood Downtown hours are: Wednesday through Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday: 1-5 p.m. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.

The annual Hanover High School Student Art Show opens this Friday at the Howe Library’s Ledyard Gallery. Students in grades 9 through 12 are exhibiting drawings, photography, printmaking, collage, digital art, sculpture and jewelry. The show runs through Feb. 1.

“In Living Color,” a show of work by painter Patsy Highberg goes on view Friday with a reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock. The show runs through Feb. 13.

As part of First Friday in White River Junction Scavenger Gallery will hold an artisanal wine tasting from 5:30 to 7:30.


Arabella, Windsor. The gallery exhibits works by local artists and artisans in a variety of media, including jewelry, oils, acrylics, photography, watercolors, pastels and textiles.

BigTown Gallery, Rochester, Vt. “Figuration,” which features the works of Lucy Mink Covello, Mark Goodwin and Fulvio Testa, runs through Feb. 25.

Kilton Public Library, West Lebanon. An exhibition of work by Enfield painter Penny Koburger continues through January.

Long River Galleries and Gifts, Lyme. “Of Transcendent Joy,” an exhibition of landscape paintings by the late Deborah Frankel Reese ends Sunday.

Royalton Memorial Library, South Royalton. A show of work by 20th century commercial artist Louis Chap is on view through Feb. 18.

SculptureFest, Woodstock. The annual celebration of three-dimensional art generally ends when foliage season does, but 80 percent of the show is still on view. “Grounding,” a show of site-specific work curated by sculptors Jay Mead and Edythe Wright, is on view at the King Farm. For more information, go to

Tunbridge Public Library. Anne and Mitch Beck, of Royalton, exhibit their mixed-media collages through Jan. 13.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction. The Holiday Print Show runs through Jan. 31.

Zollikofer Gallery, Hotel Coolidge, White River Junction. West Lebanon resident Mary Jane Morse exhibits her “Winter River” series of abstract oil paintings through Jan. 18.

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