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Art Notes: Gallery Opens Show to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

  • This portrait of Martin Luther King Jr., is the centerpiece of an exhibition of paintings from artist Robert Shetterly's long-running series "Americans Who Tell the Truth," opening Monday, Jan. 21, in the White River Gallery in South Royalton. (Courtesy image)

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 1/17/2019 12:05:15 AM
Modified: 1/17/2019 12:05:23 AM

Last year, White River Gallery in South Royalton hosted a show of paintings by Robert Shetterly.

For the past 17 years, Shetterly has been painting portraits of “Americans Who Tell the Truth,” people who have spoken up for civil rights, the environment and economic fairness.

On Monday, the gallery, located in the headquarters of Building a Local Economy, or BALE, celebrates Martin Luther King Jr., with a return of 15 of Shetterly’s portraits, including one of King. A reception is planned for 4 to 6 p.m., and the show remains on view through March 12.

“I came up with the idea mainly to make myself feel better,” Shetterly, of Brooksville, Maine, told the Valley News last year. “It was a way for me to focus on the Americans I felt great about, rather than obsessing over the ones I didn’t.”

The portraits in this year’s exhibition include the writers Edward Abbey, Wendell Berry and Terry Tempest Williams, peace educator Betty Burkes, climate scientist James Hansen and folk musician Woody Guthrie.

Paper is having a moment at Upper Valley arts venues. Two of the current shows at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon are from artists who deploy paper in innovative ways, from folded books to assemblages (see below).

In addition, a group show of works by 10 artists, “Paper Possibilities,” opens with a reception from 4 to 7 Saturday evening at the Chandler Gallery, in Randolph’s Chandler Center for the Arts.

The gallery also will host a workshop, “Papercutting Your Story,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday with artist Carolyn Guest, who specializes in telling narrative stories with cut paper. The workshop is sponsored by the Vermont Art Teachers Association.

The Strauss Gallery, in Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center for the Arts, hosts “Book Arts Across Disciplines: Work Made in the Dartmouth Book Arts Workshop,” through March 3. Also in the Hop, “Where We Come From,” work by artist-in-residence Emily Jacir, is on view in the Jaffe-Friede Gallery.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is installing a cascade of new exhibitions in advance of a 5 p.m. reception and 5:30 p.m. art walk next Thursday. The artists 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.

Zollikofer Gallery, in White River Junction, hosts “Landscapes Near and Far,” an exhibition of paintings by Thetford artist Jean Gerber. A reception is planned for Feb. 1, and the show is up through March 30.

“Explore the White Line Woodcut Print,” a show of prints by Pomfret artist Marilyn Syme, is on view at Osher@Dartmouth through March 22. A reception is planned for 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 31.

Of Note

A pair of artists make a joint appearance at 5:30 this evening at AVA Gallery and Art Center, in Lebanon, to talk about their work. Cindy Blakeslee, a Baltimore native now living in Bradford, talks about “Leavings,” an exhibition of her recent assemblages. And Norwich artist Luciana Frigerio, who will talk about her exhibition, “Paperworks.”

Also at AVA: 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. next Thursday. Also on view: “as is,” recent work by Newton, Mass., sculptor Michael St. Germain. All shows are up through Feb. 1.

Matt Brown Fine Art in Lyme continues its series of talks about art and literature at 7 p.m. on Wednesday with “Thoughts on the Evolution of Story,” a conversation with Lyme author Allan Dooley about how writers shape stories. And “Making Sense of Visual Imagery,” a talk by psychology professor Ming Meng examining how we process visual imagery, is planned for Jan. 30.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction holds a class on making monoprints taught by printmaker Susan Smereka on Feb. 2 and 3, and costs $195 plus a materials fee.


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,” 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. 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, 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” 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.

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 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.

Taylor Gallery, Kimball Union Academy, Meriden. “Color and Energy,” an exhibition of acrylic paintings by Maine artist Maria Castellano-Usery, is in view through Feb. 9.

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. The studio’s holiday show continues through January.

White River Craft Center, Randolph. “Branching Out,” watercolor paintings by Amy Hook-Therrien, a Randolph native now living in Windsor, are up through Feb. 8.

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

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