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Art Notes: AVA Gallery to open annual high school show

  • "The Canoe," an oil painting by Thetford artist Jean Gerber, is among the works on view in a show of Gerber's work at Zollikofer Gallery, in the Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction. (Courtesy Jean Gerber)

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 2/13/2019 10:00:42 PM
Modified: 2/13/2019 10:00:51 PM

If there is a main event in visual art for Upper Valley students, it’s the annual High School Exhibition at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon.

The show, which opens Friday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., and is now in its 11th year, usually teems with youthful expressiveness in genres that range from drawing and painting to ceramics and clothing.

The exhibition works like this: AVA contacts area high schools and encourages art teachers to forward work from promising students. As of the end of last month, participating schools included Hanover High School, Hartford High School, Holderness School, Kimball Union Academy, Lebanon High School, Ledyard Charter School, Mascoma Valley Regional High School, Newport High School, Proctor Academy, The Sharon Academy, Stevens High School, Thetford Academy, and Woodstock Union High School. The 11th Annual High School Exhibition is on view through March 8.

James Sturm, co-founder and director of the Center for Cartoon Studies signs copies of his new graphic novel, Off Season, at the White River Junction cartooning college at 4 p.m. Thursday. Set around the 2016 election, Off Season tells the story of a carpenter who’s going through a rough spot in his marriage and his working life. It’s set in a wintry version of the Upper Valley.

Also in White River Junction, South Woodstock gallerist Simran Johnston has installed new public artworks on the brick wall behind Revolution by artists Leah Danze and Lacey Carter.

Openings and receptions

The Library Arts Center, in Newport, N.H., holds a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday for its annual Juried Regional Exhibit and for “Text & Textiles,” a show that mixes artworks and poetry that refer to fabric. Both shows are on view through March 21.

The Mezzanine Gallery in Woodstock’s Norman Williams Public Library holds a closing reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday for “Love Your Library,” a group exhibition celebrating the beauty of the 1884 library, which was extensively renovated at the turn of the century.

Of note

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio is holding a series of workshops led by Upper Valley printmakers. The first, “Nontoxic Printmaking: Solarplates for Photographers,” taught by Linda Bryan, is scheduled for Feb. 23 and 24. For more information and to see the full slate of workshops, go to


Betty Grant Gallery, Converse Free Library, Lyme. “15 Years of Monday Painting: A Journey,” features oil paintings by the Monday painting class led by artist Aline Ordman. Through March 30.

BigTown Gallery, Rochester, Vt. “Late Works,” recent “construction and collage” by Varujan Boghosian, and “A Muse: A visit to the studio of Varujan Boghosian,” a portfolio of photographs by Erick Hufschmid, will remain on view through March 16.

Center for the Arts, New London. The New London Inn shows photographs by Marc Beerman; at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, abstract work of Roger Wells and sculptures by Loren Howar; Blue Loon Bakery, photographs by Rick Stockwell; Whipple Hall Gallery shows work by Proctor Academy students; and Emil Nelson Gallery and Annex shows work by 20th-century artists.

Chandler Gallery, Randolph. “Paper Possibilities,” a group show of works made on and of paper by 10 artists, through March 2.

Chelsea Public Library. “Aspects of the Universe,” paintings in acrylic and watercolor by Chelsea artist Marina Sprague, through Feb. 28.

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

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon. Winter exhibitions include: woodworker Put Blodgett, a Bradford native now living in Hanover; Neysa Russo, who makes wool felt tapestry in Corinth; Westminster, Vt., painter Liz Hawkes deNiord; photographer Bruce Parsons, of New London; painter Alan Zola Shulman, also of New London; pastelist Gale Sweet; painter Sharla Broughton; and oil painter Bill Turner, a retired automotive restorer from Milford, N.H.

Gallery at the Space on Main, Bradford, Vt. “Going With the Flow,” paintings by Newbury, Vt., artist Robert Chapla. Through February.

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

Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center, Hanover. “Where We Come From,” work by artist-in-residence Emily Jacir. In the adjacent Strauss Gallery is “Book Arts Across Disciplines: Work Made in the Dartmouth Book Arts Workshop.” Through March 3

John D. Bennett Gallery, Claremont. Paintings by Vermont artist Jamie Townsend are on view through mid-February.

Kilton Public Library, West Lebanon. Artwork by students at Hanover Street School. Through May.

Long River Gallery, White River Junction. “The Mind Is a City,” mixed media work by Becky Coburn, of Amesbury, Mass., and “Photographic Vision,” by Matthew Sergeant.

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

North Common Arts, Chelsea. Paintings by Swiss-born artist Friedrich (Fritz) Gross that combine folklore, myth, and fantasy. Through March 16.

Osher@Dartmouth, Hanover. “Explore the White Line Woodcut Print,” prints by Pomfret artist Marilyn Syme. Through March 22.

Royalton Memorial Library, in South Royalton, Paintings by South Woodstock artist Sue Lenfest.

Scavenger Gallery, White River Junction. “Bewildered,” recent work by Montpelier artist Daryl Burtnett in a variety of media and jewelry by gallery owner Stacy Hopkins.

Steven Thomas, Inc. Fine Arts & Antiques, White River Junction. Work by Upper Valley “vintage” artists, such as Alice Standish Buell, John Semple and Horace Brown is on view.

Tunbridge Public Library. “Coming Into the Light,” paintings by Tunbridge artist Anna Ross, is on view at through Feb. 25.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction. Work by the studio’s artist-members. Through February.

White River Gallery, South Royalton. “Americans Who Tell the Truth,” portraits by Maine artist Robert Shetterly.

Zollikofer Gallery, White River Junction. “Landscapes Near and Far,” paintings by Thetford artist Jean Gerber. Through March 30.

Alex Hanson can be reached at or 603-727-3207.

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