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Art Notes: AVA Gallery holds a subdued celebration

  • A line extends out the door for the first show in AVA Gallery's new location in Lebanon, N.H., in March 1990. (Courtesy AVA Gallery) Courtesy AVA Gallery

  • Attendees crowd into AVA Gallery's first opening in their new space in Lebanon, N.H., in March 1990. (Courtesy AVA Gallery) Courtesy AVA Gallery

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 3/11/2020 5:10:04 PM
Modified: 3/11/2020 5:09:54 PM

Large public gatherings are whatever the opposite of “all the rage” is right now.

That’s a shame, as there’s a milestone that deserves to be celebrated by the masses. Thirty years ago, AVA Gallery and Art Center opened its first exhibition in the ground floor of the H.W. Carter and Sons clothing factory in Lebanon.

The date was March 16, 1990. Founded in 1973, AVA had occupied space in a Norwich barn and in a second-floor space behind the Dartmouth Bookstore in Hanover. It was largely by artists and for artists.

The move to Lebanon changed that. In addition to the first-floor gallery, AVA also leased a teaching studio on the factory’s second floor. Over the years, AVA and its growing community of artists and students rented out more and more of the former factory. AVA acquired the building in 2003 and later renovated it and added a Sculptural Studies Building. Now, it is possibly the most comprehensive center for the visual arts in New England, with dozens of exhibitions, workshops, classes and camps taking place each year.

Thanks to the coronavirus, there will be no reenactment of that first opening night at 11 Bank St. But to celebrate the anniversary, AVA is offering a membership deal. On Monday, a person can become a new member of AVA for $30 (it usually costs $55), and a family can join for $45 (instead of $75).

And let’s hope there’s no pandemic in 2023, when AVA celebrates its 50th birthday.

AVA will hold a gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, an opening reception for “Solitude,” a show of photographs by Carla Kimball in AVA’s Members Gallery. A gallery talk is planned for 6 p.m on April 9. Also on view at AVA, black and white photographs of Lebanon by the late Cornelia Rahmelow.

The Wilder Club and Library hosts 30 original works by Norwich illustrator David Macaulay, through March 28. Macaulay is the author of a great many richly illustrated nonfiction books for children. For hours, go to

Openings and receptions

Charles B. Danforth Library, Barnard. Artwork in a variety of media by Barnard residents Kate Reeves and Julia Watson. A reception is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Through June 12.

Last chance

AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon. The 12th annual High School Exhibition, art from 18 Upper Valley high schools. Through Friday.

Matt Brown Fine Art, Lyme. “Considering Kunisada and the Dynamic Nature of Visual Thinking,” an exhibition of the 19th-century Japanese master’s color woodblock prints. Through Saturday.

North Common Arts, Chelsea. Assemblages by Corinth artist Chris Groschner. Through Saturday.

Of note

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction hosts a three-day workshop, “Solarplates with the Master Dan Welden,” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 21-23. Welden was a pioneer in advancing printmaking forms that don’t require toxic chemicals. Solarplate prints are made with just a light source and water. The workshop costs $350 plus a materials fee.

The Library Arts Center in Newport is calling for submissions in black, white and shades of gray. The Black and White Exhibition will be on view from April 4 through May 29, and the submission deadline is Monday.

Scavenger Gallery, White River Junction. The gallery, which features the work of owner and jewelry-maker Stacy Hopkins and a rotating cast of artists, is on vacation through March 25.


ArtisTree Gallery in the Village, Woodstock. Recent paintings by Katie Runde. Through March 20.

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

Center for the Arts, New London. Photographs by Iris Fisher-McMorrow at New London Inn; artwork by Hugo Anderson at Bar Harbor Bank and Trust; artwork by Alan Shulman at Blue Loon Bakery; photographs by Debbie Coyle and oils by Yvonne Shukovsky at Tatewell Gallery; artwork by Proctor Academy students at Whipple Hall Gallery; and work by William C. Turner, Amy Fortier, Amy Hook-Therrien, Kearsarge Regional High School students and Kate St. Cyr at New London Hospital Galleries.

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.

Davidow Center for Art + Design, Colby-Sawyer College, New London. “Seldom Seen: Drawings and Paintings by David M. Carroll.” Through May 9.

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; “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.

Kilton Public Library, in West Lebanon, shows artwork by Lebanon Middle School students from Friday through May.

Ledyard Gallery, Howe Library, Hanover. “Re-Imagining Images,” collages by artist Jools Skeet. Through April 29.

Library Arts Center, Newport. Annual “Selections” exhibition, recent work by Carol Corliss, Kate Emlen, Robert Frasier, Matthew Greenway, Michele Johnson, Aaron Kane, Maundy Mitchell and Alan Shulman. Through March 27.

Long River Gallery, White River Junction. “America’s Public Lands: National Parks and Monuments,” paintings by Royalton artist Joan Hoffmann. Through March.

Philip Read Memorial Library, Plainfield. “It’s A Seasonal Thing,” mixed-media and fiber art by Cindy Heath. Through April.

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

Taylor Gallery, Kimball Union Academy, Meriden. “Good News in a Bad News World,” art by 2002 KUA graduate Tony Bragg. Through March 28.

Tunbridge Public Library. Paintings by Brookfield, Vt., artist Jyl Emerson. Through April 30.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction. “TRPS and the Wise Collection: Selected Japanese Prints” is a benefit exhibition and sale for the nonprofit print studio.

Zollikofer Gallery, Hotel Coolidge, White River Junction. “White River Then and Now,” work by Gail Barton, Sue Rump, Keith Burnor, Ann and Johnathan Rose and Carla Kimball. Through March 28.

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

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