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Art Notes: Two Shows Look Beyond the Valley and Into the Surf

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    "Wave Five, Ocean Song Series," a print by Warner, N.H., artist Mary Mead, is among the work on view in "Forces of Land and Sea," an exhibition of her work at Matt Brown Fine Art in Lyme. A reception for Mead is planned for Friday. (Courtesy image) Courtesy image

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 10/18/2018 12:05:04 AM
Modified: 10/18/2018 12:06:18 AM

Water is a common theme in Upper Valley art, which is no surprise in a region defined by New England’s longest river.

But waves are something else entirely. A pair of unrelated shows in small New Hampshire venues, not far from the Connecticut, are preoccupied with oceans beating on the shore.

“Forces of Land and Sea,” an exhibition of prints and drawings by Mary Mead, opens Friday at Matt Brown Fine Art in Lyme. A reception featuring music by Dan Freihofer and friends is planned for 5 to 7:30 Friday evening and the show is up through Dec. 1.

Mead, who grew up in Hanover and now lives in Warner, N.H., is a member of perhaps the hardiest club in North America — she surfs the coast of New England.

As a result, her vigorous prints of waves are up close and personal, full of dark blues and greens, briny water in a viewer’s face.

On the same subject, Plainfield’s Philip Read Memorial Library hosts “Surf’s Up,” an exhibition of painting and sculpture by Cornish artist Jim Schubert, through Jan. 7

Openings and Receptions

“Landscape Mysteries,” paintings by longtime Hanover resident and Dartmouth College studio art professor Ben Frank Moss, is on view now at BigTown Gallery in Rochester, Vt. An opening reception is planned for Saturday afternoon, 3 to 5.

Also opening Saturday at BigTown is “Infinity of Worlds,” recent work by Erika Lawlor Schmidt.

The arts program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center opens its fall exhibitions with a reception today at 5 p.m. in the medical city’s Level 4 Mall lounge. The 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 reception will include an art walk with the artists at 5:30.

Kilton Public Library, in West Lebanon, opens an exhibition of recent work by Todd Renninger with a reception today from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The show runs through January.


Taylor Art Gallery, Meriden. “Focus on the World,” photographs by Dan Mead and Sally Eagle, are on view through Saturday.

Gifford Gallery, Gifford Medical Center, Randolph. Nature and wildlife photographer Lisa Manning shows work through Wednesday.

Library Arts Center, Newport, N.H. “From the Studio,” an exhibition of artwork made by students in the arts center’s classes is on view through Wednesday.


Aidron Duckworth Art Museum, Meriden. “Forest Recollection,” paintings by Johnson, Vt., artist Joseph Salerno, and “Transparent Bodies,” a series of paintings by the late Aidron Duckworth, are on view through Oct. 28. Column II, an outdoor sculpture by artist and musician John McKenna, is on view through Oct. 22. Parliament of the Souls, an outdoor sculptural installation by Vershire artist Sande French-Stockwell, shows through Oct. 28.

AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon. AVA hosts four solo shows: “Color — flow and form,” works on paper by Henniker, N.H., artist Wendy Briggs Powell; “Parallels,” recent work by Lyme sculptor Stina Kohnke; “Relief,” recent work by Hartland printmaker Rachel Gross; and “As time goes by...,” ceramics by Bulgarian artist Boyan Moskov.

Kohnke will talk about her work this evening at 5:30, Gross will give a talk at 5:30 next Thursday, and Moskov will talk about his work at 5:30 on Nov. 1.

BigTown Gallery, Rochester, Vt. “Cosmic/Quantum,” abstract paintings by Laurie Sverdlove, of Randolph. Also on view: works by Bruce Edelstein (sculptures and watercolors) and Lucy Mink-Covello (abstract paintings). Mink-Covello is the artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College this fall.

Center for the Arts, New London. CFA sponsors new shows of oil paintings by Katie Runde, at the New London Inn; paintings by Patty Fazio at Bar Harbor Bank and Trust; charcoals and pastels by Sasha Wolfe and photographs by James Mudie at Whipple Hall; and work by members of the Cardigan Mountain Art Association at New London Hospital.

Chelsea Public Library. “Flea Market Finds,” photographs by Mark Dixon, is on view through October.

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

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.

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.

Nearburg Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover. “We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages,” an exhibition of photographs by Liz Cooke, is on view through Oct. 30. The photographs are from a book of the same title by Thetford resident Annelise Orleck, a professor of history at Dartmouth.

Norwich Public Library. “Revitalize With Nature: Locally Inspired Landscape Photography,” by Norwich resident and molecular biologist Brenda Petrella, is on view through October.

Osher@Dartmouth, Hanover. “Mystical Moments,” watercolors by Perry Williamson, is on view through Oct. 29.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish. “Natural Forces: Three Sculptors’ Visions,” featuring work by Fabienne Lasserre, Clive Moloney and Rosalyn Driscoll, is scattered around the site through Oct. 31.

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. Dozens of artists, many based in the Upper Valley, exhibit new or continuing work in the annual outdoor showcase of three-dimensional art at the Prosper Road home of Charlet and Peter Davenport and at the nearby King Farm. Featured artists this year are Mary Admasian, of East Montpelier, and Robert Hitzig, of Montpelier. The show typically continues through foliage season. A guide to SculptureFest, including audio clips of artists speaking about their work, 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.

Tunbridge Public Library. North Thetford photographer Allison Clayton shows her work through Nov. 3.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction. For “Emblems,” Brian D. Cohen has made 40 small etchings based on the form of the 17th-century emblem book. Through Oct. 31.

White River Craft Center, Randolph. “Jack Rowell, Cultural Documentarian: Portraits of Vermont People and Other Wildlife,” a retrospective of the Braintree, Vt., photographer’s work, is on view into the fall.

Zollikofer Gallery, White River Junction. “I’ve Got It Covered,” a series of photographs of manhole covers taken by Sharon resident Carol Langstaff, is on view through Dec. 26.

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

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