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Art Notes: Dark Months Bring a Multitude of Enlightening Talks

  • "#148," an assemblage by Bradford artist Cindy Blakeslee, is among the works on view in a show of Blakeslee's work at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon. Blakeslee's is one of four exhibitions opening with a reception from 5 to 7 Friday evening, Jan. 11, 2019. (Courtesy AVA Gallery)



Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Winter is an interior season, a time of the mind. The 19th-century Romantics reserved it for creative endeavors — reading and writing and painting, probably drinking absinthe, too.

In the Upper Valley, which prizes the out-of-doors, this is only partly true. Art venues offer a kind of in-between space: you have to get out of the house, but once there, the experience is more heady than sweaty.

A few galleries are offering opportunities to gather for talks and classes. And they’re pretty much all free, except where otherwise noted.

Of particular interest is a series of talks on literature and art at Matt Brown Fine Art in Lyme. The first talk is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night: Thetford author Dean Whitlock will give a presentation titled “Finn's Clock, the Year 1853, and a Short History of Boston Harbor,” that incorporates period maps, lithographs and paintings. The presentation takes off from Whitlock’s 2017 novel Finn’s Clock, which was set in 1853, a time of immigration, prejudice and changing technology.

The series continues the following two Wednesdays. “Thoughts on the Evolution of Story,” a conversation with Lyme author Allan Dooley about how writers shape stories, is slated for Jan. 23. And “Making Sense of Visual Imagery,” a talk by psychology professor Ming Meng examining how we process visual imagery, is planned for Jan. 30.

There are hands-on opportunities as well. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction holds a class on making monoprints taught by Susan Smereka. Monoprinting is the most painterly of printmaking techniques, which each impression resulting in a unique print. The class, which is suited for beginning printmakers and seasoned artists alike, is scheduled for Feb. 2 and 3, and costs $195 plus a materials fee.

AVA Gallery and Art Center, in Lebanon, opens four exhibitions by individual artists with a reception Friday evening from 5 to 7. The artists will give talks about their works as the exhibitions continue, starting with Newton, Mass., sculptor Michael St. Germain, who will talk about the work on display in “as is,” a show of his sculpture, on Friday at 4.

Other AVA shows, which are on view through Feb. 1, and artist talks include:

Cindy Blakeslee, a Baltimore native now living in Bradford, talks about “Leavings,” an exhibition of her recent assemblages, at 5:30 next Thursday. Joining her will be Norwich artist Luciana Frigerio, who will talk about her exhibition, “Paperworks,” in tandem with Blakeslee.

Weston, Mass., photographer Rich Perry will talk about “Route 66: A Defining Piece of American History,” photographs of the disused American highway, at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 24.

“Coming Into the Light,” paintings by Tunbridge artist Anna Ross, is on view at Tunbridge Public Library through Feb. 25. An opening reception is planned for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Kimball Union Academy’s Taylor Gallery, in Meriden, opens “Color and Energy,” an exhibition of acrylic paintings by Maine artist Maria Castellano-Usery, with a reception Friday evening from 5:30 to 7.

Of Note

Wednesday is the deadline for the Newport Library Arts Center’s Juried Regional Exhibition. Artists can submit up to two works made in the past two years. Painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography and mixed media are welcome. The show opens Feb. 9. For more information, go to libraryartscenter.org.

Closing

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

Ongoing

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.

BigTown Gallery, Rochester, Vt. “Late Works,” an exhibition of recent “construction and collage” by Varujan Boghosian, is accompanied by “A Muse: A visit to the studio of Varujan Boghosian,” a portfolio of photographs by Erick Hufschmid, taken in 2011. Through Jan. 26.

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.

Chelsea Public Library. “Aspects of the Universe,” paintings in acrylic and watercolor by Chelsea artist Marina Sprague, through Feb. 28. A reception for the artist is planned for 6 to 8 p.m., Jan. 25.

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

Gallery at the Space on Main, Bradford. “Mainly Street: Searching for that ‘Decisive Moment,’” photographs by Kathy Davidow.

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, of Springfield. Through March 30.

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

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

Ledyard Gallery, Howe Library, Hanover. Artwork by students at Hanover and Norwich schools are on display through Jan. 30.

Long River Gallery and Gifts, White River Junction. “The Mind Is a City,” an exhibition of mixed media work by Becky Coburn, kicks off Long River’s series of exhibitions by emerging artists. Coburn, of Amesbury, Mass., is in long-term recovery from substance abuse and draws on her experiences to inform her work.

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 featuring work by artists Susan Arnold and Sara Goodman is on view through Feb. 9.

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

Scavenger Gallery, White River Junction. Recent prints by Lois Beatty and handmade 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.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction. The studio’s holiday show continues through January.

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.

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