Art Notes: BigTown Gallery Hosts Varujan Boghosian

  • "Bonaparte's March," a 2018 collage by Varujan Boghosian. "Late Works," a show of Boghosian's recent collages and constructions, is on view now at BigTown Gallery in Rochester, Vt., and a reception is planned for Saturday afternoon. (Courtesy image)

Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Of the artists working in the Upper Valley, perhaps the one who most closely approaches national treasure status is Varujan Boghosian.

Over a long career — Boghosian is now somewhere north of 90 — he has placed works in some of the country’s biggest museums. And his impish spirit has drawn to him a circle of fellow artists who work in his chosen style of assemblage art. No one juxtaposes found imagery, text and objects quite like Boghosian does.

There’s a double dose of Boghosian on display at BigTown Gallery in Rochester, Vt. “Late Works,” an exhibition of his recent “construction and collage,” opened Wednesday. It is accompanied by “A Muse: A visit to the studio of Varujan Boghosian,” a portfolio of photographs by Erick Hufschmid, taken in 2011.

A reception is planned for Saturday afternoon, 3 to 4:30, followed by a private fundraiser and artist talk with a ticket price of $50.

The BigTown website has a brief essay about Boghosian by John Stomberg, director of the Hood Museum of Art. To read more about him, look for Nicola Smith’s 2015 Valley News profile, which captures his warm, impish spirit, and a 2017 Valley News story about a retrospective of his work at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester. Find them at www.vnews.com with a search for the artist’s full name.

In White River Junction, Long River Gallery and Gifts opens “The Mind Is a City,” an exhibition of mixed media work by Becky Coburn, with a reception Friday evening from 5 to 8. This show kicks off Long River’s series of exhibitions by emerging artists. Hartland singer-guitarist Jenna Rice will perform at the reception. Coburn, of Amesbury, Mass., is in long-term recovery from substance abuse and draws on her experiences to inform her work.

Around the corner, Scavenger Gallery holds its annual Holiday Party on Friday from 5:30 to 7:30. The festivities also celebrate new work by printmaker Lois Beatty. And as is often the case, there will also be a tasting of wines distributed by Artisanal Cellars and gallery owner Stacy Hopkins will display her handmade jewelry, which draws on natural history collections for inspiration.

Artist Dan Gottsegen holds an open house on Saturday afternoon, 2 to 5, at his studio at 81 Garvin Hill Road in Woodstock. He will be showing paintings and works on paper and notes that “work available from me directly is ‘studio priced.’”


White River Gallery, South Royalton. “Graphite Insomnia,” graphite drawings by Gerald Auten, who teaches art at Dartmouth College, is on view through Sunday.

Taylor Gallery, Kimball Union Academy, Meriden. “Between Two Worlds: The Sculpture of Lawrence J. Nowlan,” honors the late Cornish sculptor through Wednesday.


ArtisTree Gallery, South Pomfret. “Small Works,” an exhibition of art that’s bigger than a stocking stuffer but would still fit down the chimney, is up through Dec. 22.

AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon. The annual Holiday Exhibition is on view through Dec. 24. Also at AVA: Also at AVA: Partly to mark the season, and partly as a response to recent acts of violence, the nonprofit art center is hosting “Messages of Peace,” a wall of reflection in its entry lobby. Visitors are encouraged to leave a drawing, some writing or other expressions of peace on a small card. The cards will be strung on twine for display and reflection.

Center for the Arts, New London. Current exhibitions include: The seventh annual Juried Regional show at the New London Inn; artwork by Kearsarge Middle School students, at Whipple Hall; abstract paintings by Roger Wells and photographs by Jay Fitzpatrick, at Blue Moon Bakery; and paintings by Tom Pirozzoli and photographs by Ken Schuster, at Bar Harbor Bank and Trust.

Chandler Gallery, Randolph. The 17th annual Holiday Market, an exhibition of art and gifts, is on view through Dec. 23.

Chew & Co. Design, Hanover. Paintings in egg tempera and precious metals by Windsor artist Gary Milek are on view through February.

Converse Free Library, Lyme. “Chasing the Muse,” watercolor paintings by Lyme artist Stephanie Reininger, runs through December.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon. Fall exhibitions consist mainly of paintings, by artists Nan Darham, a Montana resident studying at Dartmouth; Maureen Harrington, of Killington, Vt.; Youngsheen Ahn Jhe, of Lexington, Mass.; Norman Rhodes, of Lebanon; Alison Vernon, of New London; and Richard Weis, of Castleton, Vt. Also on view is work by the Lone Mountain Artists, from the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, and the Upper Valley Ship Modelers Guild.

Gallery at the Space on Main, Bradford. “Blue x 2,” cyanotypes by Linda Bryan, is on view through Jan. 2.

The Great Hall, Springfield, Vt. “Healing: The Transformative Imagery of Art” features work by 12 artists, including Margaret Jacobs, of Enfield; Carolyn Enz Hack, of East Thetford; and Robert O’Brien, Robert Carsten and Neomi Lauritsen, all of Springfield. Through March 30.

John D. Bennett Gallery, Claremont. Paintings by Vermont artist Jamie Townsend are on view through Jan. 4.

Kilton Public Library, West Lebanon. Recent work by Todd Renninger, through January.

Library Arts Center, Newport, N.H. The annual Gallery of Gifts, a holiday show of fine art and craft, is on view through Dec. 23.

Main Street Museum, White River Junction. “Jack Rowell, Cultural Documentarian: Portraits of Vermont People and Other Wildlife,” is on view.

Matt Brown Fine Art, Lyme. A holiday show that features work by artists Susan Arnold and Sara Goodman is on view through Feb. 9.

North Common Arts, Chelsea. “Vessels,” an exhibition of still-life paintings by Carrie Caouette-De Lallo, is on view through December.

Norwich Public Library. “Redlining Our Souls,” recent works by Laura Di Piazza about segregation in America, is on view through Jan. 14.

Osher@Dartmouth, Hanover. “Barns & Backyard Discoveries,” an exhibition of drawings by Priscilla Eliades and photographs by Evelyn Swett and Shiela Swett, is on view through Dec. 20.

Philip Read Memorial Library, Plainfield. “Surf’s Up,” an exhibition of painting and sculpture by Cornish artist Jim Schubert, is on view through Jan. 7.

Royalton Memorial Library, South Royalton. Paintings by California artist Ciara Cumiskey.

Scavenger Gallery, White River Junction. “Im/migration” features recent paintings by Windsor artist Liz Ross that examine the migration and extinction of birds and the immigration and exile of people.

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. Photographs by South Royalton photographer Marianne Benoir are on view through Jan. 7.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction. A Holiday Show features work by the studio’s artist-members.

White River Craft Center, Randolph. “Branching Out,” an exhibition of watercolor paintings by Amy Hook-Therrien, a Randolph native who now lives in Windsor, is on view through Feb. 8.

Zollikofer Gallery, White River Junction. “I’ve Got It Covered,” photographs of manhole covers by Sharon artist Carol Langstaff, is on view through Dec. 26.

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