Art Notes: Tattooist shows off another skill at Tunbridge Library

  • An exhibition of art on wood by longtime Upper Valley tattooist Tom Ball is on vew at Tunbridge Public Library. A reception is planned for Sunday, March 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. (Courtesy image)

Valley News Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Tom Ball has been working as a tattoo artist in the Upper Valley for over 30 years at his shop Tatunka Tattoo, which is now in South Royalton. He also makes art by burning designs into wood and painting the results. A show of his work is on view at Tunbridge Public Library through May 3. A reception is planned for 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

A suite of pastels by former Norwich and Lyme resident Phyllis Orem, who now lives in Newbury, Mass., is on view at Chew & Co. Design in Hanover through June 1. A reception for Orem is planned for 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

BigTown Gallery, in Rochester, Vt., opens “Bringing the Bull Home,” work on paper and in ceramics and painted shoes by Rick Skogsberg, and “Figures in the Landscape,” paintings of bathers at swimming holes in and around Vermont, on Wednesday. A reception is planned for 3 to 5 p.m. on March 23. The shows run through May 4.

Congratulations to Margaret Jacobs. The Enfield artist and Dartmouth College graduate has received a grant from the First Peoples Fund, a South Dakota-based nonprofit that is led by Native Americans and makes grants to Native artists. Jacobs is a member of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and served as the exhibition coordinator at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon.

Jacobs plans to use her $5,000 grant to fabricate a custom powdercoating oven and spray booth. Powdercoating is a hard-wearing industrial finish most commonly applied to bicycles and car parts. “This process gives me the ability to add incredibly unique colors, textures, and layering choices to my work,” Jacobs said in a news release.

Of note

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio is holding a series of workshops led by Upper Valley printmakers through the spring. The next, Introduction to Woodcut, taught by Janet Cathey, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The workshop costs $195 per person, plus a materials fee. For more information and to see the full slate of workshops, go to tworiversprintmaking.org.


BigTown Gallery, Rochester, Vt. “Late Works,” recent “construction and collage” by Varujan Boghosian, and “A Muse: A visit to the studio of Varujan Boghosian,” a portfolio of photographs by Erick Hufschmid, will remain on view through Saturday.

North Common Arts, Chelsea. Paintings by Swiss-born artist Friedrich (Fritz) Gross that combine folklore, myth, and fantasy. Through Saturday.


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.

Center for the Arts, New London. The New London Inn shows photographs by Marc Beerman; at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, abstract work of Roger Wells and sculptures by Loren Howar; Blue Loon Bakery, photographs by Rick Stockwell; Whipple Hall Gallery shows work by Proctor Academy students; and Emil Nelson Gallery and Annex shows work by 20th-century artists.

Chelsea Public Library. “Promises of Spring,” watercolors by Brookfield, Vt., artist Marcia Hammond. A reception is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. on March 29. Through April.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon. Winter exhibitions include: woodworker Put Blodgett, a Bradford, Vt., 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.

Gallery at the Space on Main, Bradford, Vt. Photographs by Emily Marsh. Through March.

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.

Kilton Public Library, West Lebanon. Artwork by students at Hanover Street School. Through May.

Ledyard Gallery, Howe Library, Hanover. “Color Sculptures,” recent paintings by Alison Palizzolo. Through May 1. A reception is planned for 2 to 4 p.m., on April 13.

Library Arts Center, Newport, N.H. Juried Regional Exhibit and “Text & Textiles,” groups shows. Through March 21.

Long River Gallery, White River Junction. “The Mind Is a City,” mixed media work by Becky Coburn, of Amesbury, Mass., and “Through the Trees,” a show of pastels by White River Junction artist Kathryn Detzer.

Main Street Museum, White River Junction. “Jack Rowell, Cultural Documentarian: Portraits of Vermont People and Other Wildlife.”

Matt Brown Fine Art, Lyme. “Considering Kunisada and His Depictions of the Chushingura,” an exhibition of prints by the madly prolific and inventive 19th-century Japanese printmaker. Through April 6.

Osher@Dartmouth, Hanover. “Explore the White Line Woodcut Print,” by Pomfret artist Marilyn Syme. Through March 22.

Scavenger Gallery, White River Junction. “Bewildered,” recent work by Montpelier artist Daryl Burtnett in a variety of media, and 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.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction. Retrospective of prints by Norwich artist Penelope Bennett. Through April.

Zollikofer Gallery, White River Junction. “Landscapes Near and Far,” paintings by Thetford artist Jean Gerber. Through March.

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