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Art Notes: Saint-Gaudens National Park opens for the season

  • "Expectant Mothers," a painting by Cristine Kossow, is among the works on view in the Vermont Pastel Society’s Annual Juried Exhibition at the White River Craft Center in Randolph. (Courtesy image)

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 5/22/2019 10:00:42 PM
Modified: 5/22/2019 10:00:34 PM

The Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park opens for the season this weekend. Since the park’s major works are the massive outdoor sculptures of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, what the opening of the park means is that the buildings and their contents reopen to the public.

Not least of these is the Picture Gallery, which is given over to works by contemporary artists. “Fresco,” the first such exhibition, features recent paintings by Ruby Sky Stiler, who was last year’s recipient of the Saint-Gaudens Fellowship, an annual award given to promising artists.

“Fresco” opens along with the park on Saturday. Stiler will give a talk about her work at 4:30 on June 22 as part of a reception from 4 to 6. Admission to the park is $10 per person age 16 and above.

Belated congratulations are due to Woodstock Union High School student Isaac Emery. His drawing, Gallus Gallus Domesticus, won the “Congressman Welch’s Choice” Award in the 38th annual Congressional Art Competition when the awards were announced earlier this month. It’s worth noting that the contest itself was started in 1981 by then-Rep. Jim Jeffords.


Aidron Duckworth Art Museum, Meriden. “Duckworth XXXIII — Abstraction and the Infinite Plane,” the museum’s 33rd and penultimate exhibition of Aidron Duckworth’s work, through July 21; and “An Ocean of Galaxies,” recent work by New York city artist Tara Sabharwal, through June 2.

AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon hosts: “Restless,” ceramics by Newbury, N.H., artist David Ernster; “Rhythmic Compositions,” recent work by Waitsfield, Vt., sculptor John Matusz; and “Recent Paintings and Drawings” by Lyme’s Carl Mehrbach. Through June 14.

Betty Grant Gallery, Converse Free Library, Lyme. “Just People,” paintings by Liliana Paradiso. Through June.

BigTown Gallery, Rochester, Vt. “Grasp the Sparrow’s Tail,” photographs by Cathy Cone, of East Topsham, Vt., and “Pilgrimage,” mixed media paintings by Rochester artist Jason Horwitz. Through June 23.

Center for the Arts, New London. The New London Inn hosts a group photography show; Blue Loon Bakery shows watercolors by Mary Belecz and Bar Harbor Bank and Trust on Main Street shows work by Kearsarge Middle and High School students. Through July 31.

Chandler Gallery, Randolph. “Eye-catching,” the annual Area Artists Exhibition, is on view through June 15.

Chelsea Public Library. “Revered Vermont Libraries,” drawings in Prismacolor pencil by Woodstock artist Gary Barron. Through June 30.

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

Cider Hill Gardens and Gallery, Windsor. Outdoor sculpture by William Ballantyne and paintings in egg tempera and gold leaf by gallery co-owner Gary Milek.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon. Spring exhibitions include work by painter Collin Leech; photographers Joan Crimlisk and John Lehet; watercolorists Nick Mayer and Marion Blodgett; multi-media artist Stacy Harshman; and the hospital’s employees and volunteers.

Hall Art Foundation, Reading, Vt. “Made in Vermont,” works by Vermont artists; exhibitions by Richard Artschwager and the super-realist artist Malcolm Morley. On the grounds: “English Sculptors in New England.” Admission is $10, except on the first Friday of every month, when visitors get in free from 5 to 8 p.m.

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

Library Arts Center, Newport. “ROY G BIV: a community art exhibit,” and “Doll Houses: Obsession on a small scale,” doll houses collected and created by Newport resident Mindy Thorpe. Through July 25.

Long River Gallery, White River Junction. “Littles,” 72 small paintings by Amy Hook-Therrien, of leaves on the forest floor.

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

Norwich Public Library. “Dancing into Summer,” paintings by the en plein air painting group Odanaksis. Through June.

Philip Read Memorial Library, Plainfield. “Ink Slingers,” an exhibition of cartoon drawings from the collection of New Yorker cartoonist, and Cornish resident, Harry Bliss. Through June.

Scavenger Gallery, White River Junction. “Flower Portraits,” Claremont artist Sue Lawrence’s oil paintings of floral blossoms.

Steven Thomas Inc. Fine Arts & Antiques, White River Junction. Work by Upper Valley “vintage” artists, such as Alice Standish Buell, John Semple, Horace Brown, Neil Drevitson and Robert Caulfield.

Tunbridge Public Library. “Landscapes,” oil paintings by Thetford artist Jean Gerber, through June 17. A reception is planned for 2 to 4 p.m. on June 2.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio opens “You Are the Music,” prints by Hartford artist Joan Morris.

White River Craft Center, Randolph. The Vermont Pastel Society’s Annual Juried Exhibition. Through July 7.

Zollikofer Gallery, White River Junction. Paintings and fanciful Vermont tourism posters by Burlington painter Kevin Ruelle. Through June 26.

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

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