Art Notes: WRJ’s Twin Rivers Printmaking Studio Plans Auction, Workshop

  • 'Carpenter," a photograph by Braintree, Vt., photographer Jack Rowell, is among the work in "Jack Rowell, Cultural Documentarian: Portraits of Vermont People and Other Wildlife," which opens Saturday at the Main Street Museum in White River Junction with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. (Jack Rowell photograph)

Valley News Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

White River Junction’s First Friday takes place mostly after dark this month, and the first weekend in November is for stickers, that is, people who stick around when the weather turns bad.

The highlight is Two Rivers Printmaking Studio’s “(Not So) Silent Auction,” a fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit studio, which subsists mainly on member due, art sales and fees for workshops. Artists and businesses have donated items for the auction, and there will be food and drinks. It’s slated to run from 5 to 7 p.m.

Also, this weekend, Two Rivers holds a workshop by Brian D. Cohen titled “Mark Making in Metal.” The workshop, schedule for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, focuses mainly on drypoint, which involves drawing on a metal plate without using acids. Participation costs $195 plus materials.

Zollikofer Gallery in the Hotel Coolidge will host a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. for Sharon artist Carol Langstaff. “I’ve Got It Covered,” a series of Langstaff’s photographs of manhole covers, is on view through Dec. 26.

The redoubtable Main Street Museum holds its First Friday party fashionably late, on Saturday evening, with the opening of “Jack Rowell, Cultural Documentarian: Portraits of Vermont people and other wildlife” from 6 to 8 p.m. Rowell’s photographs already have made stops in Barre and Randolph, but this opening night will have something the others didn’t: Vermont soul and R&B singer Myra Flynn and her band. After the opening reception, Flynn will perform at 8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public; tickets to Flynn’s performance are $20.

Openings and Receptions

In Meriden, the Taylor Gallery at Kimball Union Academy opens “Between Two Worlds: The Sculpture of Lawrence J. Nowlan,” with a reception from 5:30 to 7 on Friday evening. Nowlan, who lived in Cornish and had a studio in Windsor, died too young in 2013, at 48. He worked in the figurative tradition of Saint-Gaudens, and he earned commissions to design memorials for a number of American legends, most notably heavyweight boxer Joe Frazier.

Center for the Arts hosts a First Friday art walk from 5:30 to 7 through five venues in New London, including the seventh annual Juried Regional show at the New London Inn as well as exhibitions at Blue Moon Bakery, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust and Whipple Hall.

Paintings by California artist Ciara Cumiskey go on view at Royalton Memorial Library in South Royalton on Saturday. Cumiskey will conduct a children’s drawing program on Saturday morning at 11 and an acrylic painting program for adults from 1 to 3 p.m. A reception will follow from 4 to 6.

Of Note

On view now through Nov. 9 in AVA Gallery and Art Center’s new Members’ Gallery is the second annual installment of ‘10”x10” for $100.’ The nonprofit Lebanon arts center gave 10-inch-square panels to 78 artists who have created 123 works. The panels will be sold on Nov. 9 at a closing party, and the proceeds benefit AVA.

Gifford Gallery, at Gifford Hospital in Randolph, exhibits paintings by Chelsea artist Greg Kotyk through Nov. 28.


Tunbridge Public Library. North Thetford photographer Allison Clayton shows her work through Saturday.


AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon. Four solo shows on display through Nov. 9 include “Relief,” prints by Hartland artist Rachel Gross; “Color — flow and form,” works on paper by Henniker, N.H., artist Wendy Briggs Powell; “Parallels,” recent work by Lyme sculptor Stina Kohnke; and “As time goes by...,” ceramics by Bulgarian artist Boyan Moskov, who will give talk about his work at 5:30 on Thursday.

BigTown Gallery, Rochester, Vt. “Landscape Mysteries,” paintings by longtime Hanover resident and Dartmouth College studio art professor Ben Frank Moss, and “Infinity of Worlds,” recent work by Erika Lawlor Schmidt. Through Dec. 8.

Converse Free Library, Lyme. “Chasing the Muse,” watercolor paintings by Lyme artist Stephanie Reininger, runs through December.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon. Fall exhibitions consist mainly of paintings, by artists Nan Darham, a Montana resident studying at Dartmouth; Maureen Harrington, of Killington, Vt.; Youngsheen Ahn Jhe, of Lexington, Mass.; Norman Rhodes, of Lebanon; Alison Vernon, of New London; and Richard Weis, of Castleton, Vt. Also on view is work by the Lone Mountain Artists, from the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, and the Upper Valley Ship Modelers Guild.

The Great Hall, Springfield, Vt. “Healing: The Transformative Imagery of Art” features work by 12 artists, including Margaret Jacobs, of Enfield; Carolyn Enz Hack, of East Thetford; and Robert O’Brien, Robert Carsten and Neomi Lauritsen, all of Springfield. Through March 30.

Hall Art Foundation, Reading, Vt. “Made in Vermont” features work by six Vermont artists, including Upper Valley painter Patrick Dunfey. Also on view: “The Solace of Amnesia,” a group show curated by Alexis Rockman and Katherine Gass Stowe from the Hall Foundation’s collections, and “Hope and Hazard: A Comedy of Eros,” curated by Eric Fischl, another group show of the foundation’s work. The shows are on view through Nov. 25.

Kilton Public Library, West Lebanon. Recent work by Todd Renninger, through January.

Ledyard Gallery, Howe Library, Hanover. “Brush Strokes and Beyond,” paintings by members of the White River Junction and New Hampshire chapters of the Vermont Watercolor Society, is on view through Nov. 28.

Matt Brown Fine Art, Lyme. “Forces of Land and Sea,” prints and drawings by Warner, N.H., artist Mary Mead, is up through Dec. 1.

Philip Read Memorial Library, Plainfield. “Surf’s Up,” an exhibition of painting and sculpture by Cornish artist Jim Schubert, is on view through Jan. 7.

Scavenger Gallery, White River Junction. “Im/migration” features recent paintings by Windsor artist Liz Ross that examine the migration and extinction of birds alongside the immigration and exile of people.

SculptureFest, Woodstock. The annual outdoor showcase of three-dimensional art at the Prosper Road home of Charlet and Peter Davenport and at the nearby King Farm typically runs through foliage season, though the art is visible year-round. Featured artists this year are Mary Admasian, of East Montpelier, and Robert Hitzig, of Montpelier. A guide to SculptureFest is available on the mobile app Otocast.

Steven Thomas, Inc. Fine Arts & Antiques, White River Junction. Work by Upper Valley “vintage” artists, such as Alice Standish Buell (1892-1964), Arthur B. Wilder (1857-1949) and Ilse Bischoff (1901-1990) is on view.

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