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Art Notes: For First Friday, a Parking Lot Party (Moved Indoors) and a Place for Public Art

  • "The World is Round," an oil painting by Chelsea artist Susan G. Scott, is among the works on display in an exhibition of Scott's work at White River Gallery in South Royalton. (Courtesy image)



Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, August 02, 2018

Update on Thursday morning: Due to the weather forecast, the First Friday party described below has been officially moved indoors. Outdoor activities have been postponed until Friday, Sept. 7. 

It’s in the nature of city dwellers to see open space and, without even realizing they’re doing so, conjure uses for it.

Such is the case with the dusty postage stamp of a parking lot behind Revolution, White River Junction’s talismanic vintage and sustainable clothing store. Tomorrow’s First Friday will inaugurate a couple of new uses, said Kim Souza, the store’s founder and co-owner.

The first is a party that, weather permitting, will bring together businesses, galleries, a DJ and food on Friday evening. (More about the weather in a moment.)

The second, and perhaps more consequential development is a long-term plan to install public art, a project of Souza’s business partner, South Woodstock resident Simran Johnston.

For a while now, art by White River Junction assemblage master Dave Laro has graced Revolution’s back wall. But the store’s owners have wanted to make that space a more formal showcase for visual art. This entailed going to the village’s Design Review Committee for approval, Souza said in a phone interview.

This afternoon, two large-scale urban landscape photographs, one each by Charlotte Patterson and Frankie Carino, will go up behind the store, Souza said.

The parking lot installation will change around three times a year, she added.

The significance of this is clear to people who pay attention to public art in the Upper Valley. While Hanover and Lebanon are replete with public art, thanks to such institutions as the Hood Museum of Art and AVA Gallery and Art Center, Hartford has relatively little, despite a vibrant creative community in White River Junction.

That sounds like something to party about, and Souza and others have been eyeing the space behind her shop for some time, if informally.

However, “I’m not sure we’re going to be able to pull it off this time,” Souza said. The weather forecast for Friday is calling for afternoon and evening thunderstorms. “If it’s just pouring rain, the stuff that’s going to happen anyway will just move indoors,” and the Parking Lot Party will be postponed to September’s First Friday.

That stuff includes food from Juel Juice and Smoothies and Piecemeal Pies and displays from independent shops and galleries, including Fat Hat Clothing, Long River Gallery and Scavenger Gallery. Revolution is bringing in DJ Skar, of Hartland by way of Chicago. He’s going to set up on the shop’s loading dock, if weather permits, and inside the shop if it doesn’t.

“If the weather somehow breaks, it will be really fun,” Souza said.

In addition to the happenings on Revolution’s back lot, writer and filmmaker Roland Tec is setting up in the store’s front window, a performance art staging in which he communicates with passersby via a computer screen, Souza said.

Whatever the weather, events in White River Junction run from 5 to 8 p.m., followed by a live music benefit at the Main Street Museum (see ‘Best Bets’ in Entertainment Highlights for more info).

The lone art show opening Friday in White River Juction is “Family,” prints by Sue Schiller, at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in the Tip Top Media Arts Building. A reception is planned for 5 to 7 p.m.

Openings and Receptions

To celebrate her co-workers, Kris Burnett, who’s retiring as the Howe Library’s head of circulation services, has crafted 30 small woolen gifts that will be on display in the library’s Ledyard Gallery. The show opens with a reception Friday afternoon, 3 to 4:30, and is on view through Oct. 3.

The Hall Art Foundation, in Reading, Vt., holds its monthly First Friday, which allows visitors to view the art on their own and at their own pace, and for free. (A scheduled tour with a docent that costs 10 bucks a head is the norm.) There’s wood-fired pizza available for purchase and plenty of contemporary art to look at. Patrick Dunfey, who has work in “Made in Vermont,” one of this year’s shows, says he plans to attend. He’s the head of exhibitions design and planning at the Hood Museum of Art.

Also on view: “The Solace of Amnesia,” a group show curated by Alexis Rockman and Katherine Gass Stowe from the Hall Foundation’s collections, and “Hope and Hazard: A Comedy of Eros,” curated by Eric Fischl, another group show of the foundation’s work.

White River Gallery at BALE, in South Royalton, holds a reception for Chelsea artist Susan G. Scott on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. Scott will talk about her work during the reception. “Streams of Light,” a show of Scott’s paintings, is on view through Aug. 26.

Of Note

The Jaffe-Friede Gallery in Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center hosts the annual POD Award. POD stands for “perspectives on design,” and the show features work by two recent Dartmouth Studio Art majors. This year’s winners are Beverly Alomepe and Julian MacMillan. Through Aug. 26.

Closing

Fifty artists from around New England, including some from the Upper Valley, exhibit work inspired by regional landscapes and wildlife in the juried show “Naturally New England,” at The Livery in Sunapee Harbor, through Sunday. The show is a fundraiser for the New London-based Center for the Arts and the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust.

Ongoing

AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon. An exhibition featuring work by the winners of last year’s juried exhibition of regional artists is on view through Aug. 24. The winning artists are sculptor Bruce Blanchette, of Walpole, N.H.; Quechee painter Helen Schulman; and Susan Wilson, a Putney, Vt.-based sculptor.

Aidron Duckworth Art Museum, Meriden. “Inside Out,” paintings by Galen Cheney, is on view through Sept. 9, and “Transparent Bodies,” a series of paintings by the late Aidron Duckworth, will stay up through Oct. 28. Column II, an outdoor sculpture by artist and musician John McKenna, is on view through Oct. 22. Parliament of the Souls, an outdoor sculptural installation by the Vershire artist Sande French-Stockwell, shows through Oct. 28.

BigTown Gallery, Rochester, Vt. “Wound Up Wound,” a show of sculptures by John Kemp Lee, who teaches in Dartmouth College’s Studio Art Department; “Hyper Flora,” paintings by part-time Vermont resident Joanne Carson, and “Light & Paper/Mes Plantes” by the Massachusetts photographer Peter Moriarty, continue through Aug. 25.

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. “Velvet Brown Disease,” a horse-themed exhibit by Chelsea painter Linda Ducharme, is on view through August.

Chew & Co. Design, Hanover. Art by recent Dartmouth graduates is on view through mid-August.

Cider Hill Gallery, Windsor. “Garden Visions,” a show of flower portraits and landscape paintings in egg tempera and gold leaf by Cider Hill co-owner Gary Milek, continues through Sept. 16.

Converse Free Library, Lyme. “Paintings: Places Near and Far” by Thetford artist Jean Gerber, shows through Sept. 29.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon. The hospital’s summer art exhibition features Becky Cook and NatEli, the Norwich artists behind the collaboration “Miss-Match”; Robert Chapla, an oil painter from Newbury, Vt.; the late David Eckert, who painted hundreds of watercolors while suffering from Parkinson’s disease; North Sutton, N.H.-based photographer Larry Harper; painter Doris Ingram, a part-time resident of Weston, Vt.; oil painter Tatiana Yanovskaya-Sink, based in Rockland, Mass.; and Keene, N.H. oil painter Anne Ward, as well as work by members of the Upper Valley Woodturners.

Gifford Gallery at Gifford Medical Center, Randolph. Watercolors by Bonnie Fallon, of Brookfield, Vt., are on view through Aug. 15.

Hood Downtown, Hanover. “The Firmament,” an exhibit of drawings by Toyin Ojih Odutola that explores the conceptualization of race, is on view through Sept. 2.

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 Wednesday.

Kilton Library, West Lebanon. Elizabeth R. Moore, of Grantham, exhibits mixed-media paintings in the library’s gallery space through Oct. 9.

Long River Gallery and Gifts, White River Junction. Piermont artist Stephanie Gordon’s show of encaustic (wax) paintings continues through August.

Matt Brown Fine Art, Lyme. John Lehet, of Hartland, exhibits decades’ worth of photographs of Lyme’s Post Pond in “Post Pond In and Out of Time.” Through Aug. 12.

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.

Norwich Public Library. Norwich resident Chad Finer exhibits his show “Back to Africa: A photographic return to Peace Corps Sierra Leone, 1968-70,” through Aug. 31.

Philip Read Memorial Library, Plainfield. “Marking the Moments,” an exhibit of oil paintings by Plainfield artist M.J. Morse, continues through Aug. 15.

Roth Center for Jewish Life, Hanover. Mort Wise shows photographs in “Fading Memories, Vanishing Voices” through Labor Day. A former Upper Valley resident who continues to summer in West Lebanon, Wise currently lives in Charlotte, N.C.

Royalton Memorial Library. Peter Shvetsov, a part-time Royalton resident and native of Saint Petersburg, Russia, shows a series of etchings. Two shows of his paintings are on view at South Royalton Market and Worthy Burger.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish. “Natural Forces: Three Sculptors’ Visions,” featuring work by Fabienne Lasserre, Clive Moloney and Rosalyn Driscoll, is scattered around the site through Oct. 31.

Scavenger Gallery, White River Junction. The gallery will be closed Saturday through Aug. 31. Revolution, in White River Junction, has a collection of Hopkins’ bronze work on permanent display. Sterling pieces from Scavenger can be purchased through Rachel Obbard, owner of Long River Gallery and Gifts next door.

SculptureFest, 509 Prosper Road, Woodstock. Thirty-six artists, many based in the Upper Valley, exhibit new or continuing work in the annual outdoor showcase of three-dimensional art. Featured artists this year are Mary Admasian, of East Montpelier, and Robert Hitzig, of Montpelier. The show typically continues through foliage season. A guide to SculptureFest, including audio clips of artists speaking about their work, is available on the mobile app Otocast.

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.

Tunbridge Public Library. Marion Lent, of Tunbridge, shows handmade felted figures in “Sprites To Live By.” Through Aug. 18.

White River Craft Center, Randolph. “Jack Rowell, Cultural Documentarian: Portraits of Vermont People and Other Wildlife,” a retrospective of the Braintree, Vt., photographer’s work, is on view into the fall.

Zollikofer Gallery, White River Junction. A show of abstract oil paintings and mixed-media on black-walnut-stained paper by Dian Parker, the curator and director of South Royalton’s White River Gallery, is up through Sept. 26.

Alex Hanson can be reached at ahanson@vnews.com or 603-727-3207.