Art Notes: Japanese block print master’s work returns to Lyme

  • "Danjuro VIII as Tokijiro," a wood block print by Utagawa Toyokuni III, from 1852, is among the works on view at Matt Brown Fine Art in Lyme (Courtesy Matt Brown Fine Art)

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 1/22/2020 5:00:16 PM
Modified: 1/22/2020 5:00:10 PM

Late last winter, I spent an hour or so talking with Lyme artist and gallerist Matt Brown about the 19th-century Japanese master of the woodblock print Utagawa Toyokuni III, better known as Kunisada.

Brown’s enthusiasm for Kunisada and his era has led him to collect a lot of prints, and, as he did last winter, Brown is putting a selection of those prints on display at Matt Brown Fine Art, in Lyme.

“Considering Kunisada and the Dynamic Nature of Visual Thinking,” an exhibition of Kunisada’s color woodblock prints, curated by Brown and Taylor McNeil, goes on view on Friday and runs through March 14.

The curators will give a talk and demonstrate Kunisada’s technique from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 8. Brown makes woodblock prints of the New England landscape in the style of 19th-century Japanese prints.

“White River Then and Now,” work by Gail Barton, Sue Rump, Keith Burnor, Ann and Johnathan Rose and Carla Kimball, is on view in the Hotel Coolidge’s Zollikofer Gallery through March 28. A reception for the artists is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 7.

Of note

The Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park in Cornish is holding a handful of events this winter, including a plein air painting session on Saturday with Royalton artist Joan Hoffmann at the park’s Blow-Me-Down Farm. See the park’s website for more information.

Last chance

Ledyard Gallery, Howe Library, Hanover. Artwork by students in the Hanover and Norwich schools. Through Wednesday.


AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon. “Rootless,” large-scale multimedia works by Alton, N.H., artist Margery Thomas-Mueller; “Meditations,” mixed-media collages by Barre, Vt., artist Athena Petra Tasiopoulos; “Syncopated Rhythms,” mixed-media work by Debra Claffey; “Wunderkammer,” work in a variety of media by Lebanon artist Sue Katz; “Jumper: Flying in the Heartland,” photographs of ski jumping in the Midwest by Hanover native Cooper Dodds; and “Artworks Made and Collected,” from Bradford, Vt., resident Phyllis Nemhauser.

Betty Grant Gallery, Converse Free Library, Lyme. “Focus on the Natural World,” photographs by Lyme residents Scott Kalter and John Skelly. Through March 29.

BigTown Gallery, Rochester, Vt. Small works for holiday giving. Also, “Family Matters,” work by outsider artists Jordan Laura MacLachlan and the late Morton Bartlett, is up through February.

Center for Art + Design, Colby-Sawyer College, New London. Art by members of Colby-Sawyer’s art faculty. Through Feb. 14.

Center for the Arts, New London. CFA members show work at the New London Inn and Bar Harbor Bank and Trust; Blue Loon Bakery shows photographs by Scott Snyder; Whipple Hall hosts work by Kearsarge Middle School students; and Tatewell Gallery features mixed-media work by Elizabeth D’Amico, photographs by Rick Stockwell and sculpture by Ann Feeley. Through Jan. 31.

Chelsea Public Library. Artworks by five generations of the Dunleavy/Reed family.

Chew & Co. Design, Hanover: Paintings in egg tempera by Windsor artist Gary Milek. Through February.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon. Winter exhibitions include photographers Mark Council and Belinda Emmons; oil painters Kathryn Field, Penny Koburger and Jon Macadam; assemblage and collage artist Lynda Knisley; wood inlay artist Craig Altobello; and members of the Vermont Pastel Society.

The Great Hall, Springfield, Vt. “Alchemy: Metal, Mystery & Magic,” features work by Jeanne Carbonetti, Sabrina Fadial, Alexandra Heller, Peter Heller, Pat Musick, Dan O’Donnell, Gerald Stoner and Johnny Swing, and is on view into February.

Hood Museum of Art, Hanover. “CIPX Dartmouth with Kali Spitzer and Will Wilson,” an installment of their ongoing project, Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange, featuring tintypes of members of the Dartmouth community made last week in one of the Hood’s galleries; “Vision 2020: What Do You See?” a pocket show about how mass media affects how we see. Through March 1; “In the Midst of Something Splendid: Recent Paintings by Colleen Randall,” abstract paintings on canvas and paper by a member of the Dartmouth studio art faculty, through May 31; “Reconstitution” takes on how museums and other art exhibitors “have long privileged Euro-American narratives.” Through May 31; “School Photos and Their Afterlives,” which combines school portraits with works by contemporary artists. Through April 12.

Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock. “Pages From a New England Storybook: Paintings by Margaret Dwyer.” Through Feb. 15.

Philip Read Memorial Library, Plainfield. “It’s A Seasonal Thing,” mixed-media and fiber art by Cindy Heath. A reception is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 7. Through April.

Piermont Public Library. “Gardening and our distorted relationship with nature,” new paintings by Piermont artist Ben Gitchel.

Scavenger Gallery, White River Junction. “Say nice things to me,” recent work by Brooklyn, N.Y., artist Myra Musgrove. Also on view are works by Rich Fedorchak, Ria Blaas, Lois Beatty and Luciana Frigerio.

Sculpture Fest, Woodstock. Contemporary sculpture in the fields at the Prosper Road home of Charlet and Peter Davenport.

Taylor Art Gallery, Meriden. “The Art of Slow Power — Landscapes and Flights: Watercolor Gouache by Judith Lerner.” Through Feb. 8.

Tunbridge Public Library. “My Winter World,” acrylic and watercolor paintings by Barnard artist Kate Reeves. Through Feb. 18.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction. Annual Holiday Show. Through Jan. 31.

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

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