Art Notes: Memorial Planned for Plainfield Artist Killed in World War I

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Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, August 09, 2018

Harry Dickinson Thrasher isn’t a household name in the Upper Valley, and he probably should be.

Born in Plainfield in 1883, he was the lone resident of the town to die in World War 1, on Aug. 11, 1918.

A group of Plainfield and Cornish residents plan to lay a wreath on Thrasher Road on Saturday afternoon at 3, in commemoration of the centenary of his death, said Peter Burling, of Cornish. The group also plans to place a marker at the site where Thrasher’s home once stood, on the Plainfield-Cornish line.

Thrasher was a well-known artist. A longtime assistant to Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Thrasher had won, in 1911, a three-year fellowship from the American Academy in Rome to study and travel, according to a brief profile of him on the website of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which holds some of Thrasher’s work, notably Young Duck, a realistic bronze sculpture.

Thrasher studied in New York and was living in Connecticut before he shipped off to war. He was stationed in France with the U.S. Army’s Camouflage Corps, which designed camouflage for military uses, when he was killed by a German shell. A pair of artists with Cornish Colony ties, Barry Faulkner and Paul Manship, crafted a memorial in Rome to Thrasher and to the architect Walter Ward, the only other fellow of the American Academy killed in the war.

That Thrasher’s death was a loss for American art seems beyond question. The American sculptor Lorado Taft later called Thrasher “an artist of undoubted ability whose gifts held great promise for the future.”

The event on Saturday is open to the public, but is likely to be a somber affair. Thrasher Road is about a mile south of Plainfield Village on Route 12A, on the left.


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 Wednesday.

Hall Art Foundation, Reading, Vt. “Made in Vermont” features work by six Vermont artists, including Upper Valley painter Patrick Dunfey. 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.

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.

Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hanover. The annual POD Award exhibition features work by two recent Dartmouth Studio Art graduates, Beverly Alomepe and Julian MacMillan. Through Aug. 26.

Kilton Library, West Lebanon. Elizabeth R. Moore, of Grantham, exhibits mixed-media paintings through Oct. 9.

Ledyard Gallery, Howe Library, Hanover. To celebrate her co-workers, Kris Burnett, who’s retiring as the library’s head of circulation services, has crafted 30 small woolen gifts that will be on display through Oct. 3.

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 Sunday.

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 Wednesday.

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.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction. “Family,” prints by Sue Schiller.

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.

White River Gallery at BALE, South Royalton. “Streams of Light,” paintings by Chelsea artist Susan G. Scott, is on view through Aug. 26.

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.