Art Notes: Mixed-media exhibitions open at AVA Gallery

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 1/8/2020 5:23:02 PM
Modified: 1/8/2020 5:22:26 PM

AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon opens half a dozen new exhibitions, and holds a reception for the artists and viewers from 5 to 7 on Friday evening.

“Rootless,” large-scale multimedia works by Alton, N.H., artist Margery Thomas-Mueller, mixes images of tree branches with human forms. Thomas-Mueller, who worked as an interior designer for 40 years before turning to art full time, will talk about her work, which draws on her experiences at U.S. refugee centers, at 2 p.m. on Saturday and will lead a workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday on the use of Yupo, the recyclable, waterproof, tree-free synthetic paper on which she composes her work.

Also opening at AVA: “Meditations,” mixed media collages by Barre, Vt., artist Athena Petra Tasiopoulos (artist talk at 6 p.m. on Jan. 16); “Syncopated Rhythms,” mixed media work by Debra Claffey (artist talk, 6 p.m., Jan. 17; encaustic and oil mixed media workshop, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 18 and 19); “Wunderkammer,” work in a variety of media by Lebanon artist Sue Katz; and “Jumper: Flying in the Heartland,” photographs of ski jumping in the Midwest by Hanover native Cooper Dodds.

In addition, “Artworks Made and Collected,” works by and bought by Bradford, Vt., resident Phyllis Nemhauser, opens in AVA’s new Members Gallery. Her work consists of portraits in pen and pencil, and her collection includes works by such well-known Upper Valley artists as Ria Blaas, Bert Dodson and Trina Schart Hyman, among others, as well as Hiroshige. Proceeds from the sale benefit AVA.

Openings and receptions

“Pages From a New England Storybook: Paintings by Margaret Dwyer,” is on view in Woodstock’s Norman Williams Public Library. A reception is planned for 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Through Feb. 15.

“The Art of Slow Power — Landscapes and Flights: Watercolor Gouache by Judith Lerner” opens Friday with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Taylor Art Gallery at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden. Through Feb. 8.

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

At the Hood Museum of Art, in Hanover, Native American artists Will Wilson and Kali Spitzer are making tintype portraits of members of the Dartmouth and Upper Valley communities in one of the museum’s second-floor galleries. That includes exposing the light-sensitive emulsion and developing those images in a darkroom. Some of the portraits go on view in “CIPX Dartmouth with Kali Spitzer and Will Wilson,” an installment of their ongoing project, Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange, on Wednesday.

Also at the Hood: “Vision 2020: What Do You See?” a pocket show about how mass media affects how we see, opens Saturday. 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.

Ledyard Gallery, Howe Library, Hanover. Artwork by students in the Hanover and Norwich schools. A reception is planned for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and the show is on view through Jan. 29.

“Focus on the Natural World,” photographs by Lyme residents Scott Kalter and John Skelly, is on view in the Betty Grant Gallery in Lyme’s Converse Free Library. A reception is planned for 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and the show is up through March 29.

Of note

The Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park is holding a handful of events this winter, including a plein air painting session on Jan. 25 with Royalton artist Joan Hoffmann at the park’s Blow-Me-Down Farm. See the park’s website for more information.

Last chance

North Common Arts, Chelsea. Assemblages of found objects by longtime builder John Parker. Through Saturday.


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.

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.

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.

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.

White River Gallery, South Royalton. Silkscreen and block prints by Plainfield, Vt., artist and activist Erik “erok” Gillard. He will also teach a workshop on Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information and to register for the workshop, contact Chris Wood at

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

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