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Art Notes: BigTown Gallery holds reception for two Vermont artists

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 3/20/2019 10:00:08 PM
Modified: 3/20/2019 10:00:12 PM

There’s a lull in the art calendar right now. Next week will see a spring sweeping, as many galleries close shows and prepare new ones.

But for now, we’ll have to content ourselves with a pair of new exhibitions by Vermont artists at BigTown Gallery, in Rochester, Vt.

“Bringing the Bull Home” features work on paper and in ceramics and painted shoes by Rick Skogsberg, a self-taught artist who lives in Rochester. And “Figures in the Landscape,” recent paintings by Burlington artist Peter Fried, features his studies of bathers at swimming holes in and around Vermont.

The show opened on Wednesday, and a reception is planned for 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The shows run through May 4.

It must be spring: The Library Arts Center in Newport, N.H., has set a submission deadline for its annual Peeps Diorama Contest. Submissions can be dropped off at the LAC from April 13 to 18 during regular hours, Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 to 2.

Also, the LAC is planning a show about color. Submissions of work for “ROY G BIV,” which must include every stripe in the rainbow, must be received through the arts center’s website, by next Thursday.

The Hood Museum of Art is closed through March 26, for routine maintenance. Next Thursday, the museum holds a workshop for educators hoping to use the Hood as a teaching tool. See the museum’s website for more info.

In honor of the first day of spring, White River Junction’s Scavenger Gallery is holding a sale on jewelry, through Saturday. Gallery owner Stacy Hopkins makes jewelry inspired by the natural world, including work based on specimens from the natural history museums. Also, the gallery exhibits “Bewildered,” recent work by Montpelier artist Daryl Burtnett in a variety of media.

Of note

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio is holding a series of workshops led by Upper Valley printmakers through the spring. The next, collagraph and monotype printing with Sarah Amos, is scheduled for April 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The workshop costs $350 per person, plus a materials fee. For more information and to see the full slate of workshops, go to


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

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


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.

Chew & Co. Design, Hanover. Pastels by former Upper Valley resident Phyllis Orem. Through June 1.

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.

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.

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.

Tunbridge Public Library. Woodburning and painting by tattoo artist Tom Ball. Through May 3.

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 or 603-727-3207.

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