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Art Notes: Lebanon Craft Store Hosts a Knitter of Place-Based Sweaters

  • Sam Barsky knits sweaters in homage to famous places, such as this 2014 sweater celebrating Stonehenge. Barsky will be at Scratch, the Lebanon-based makerspace, this evening at 6 to show and talk about his work. (Courtesy photograph) Courtesy photograph

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 10/25/2018 12:05:06 AM
Modified: 10/25/2018 12:05:15 AM

A look through the upcoming visual arts events shows that there aren’t a whole lot of them happening this weekend.

Maybe because it’s cold, the leaves are falling and the tourists are packing up, there are many more shows closing in the next few days than there are opening. Next weekend, on the other hand, looks like a bonanza for new art shows, about which more next week.

In the meantime, here’s something art-related: Sam Barsky who has become slightly more than internet famous for knitting sweaters of landmarks and posting photographs of himself at the landmark, wearing the corresponding sweater, shares his technique at Scratch, the Lebanon-based craft shop at 6 this evening.

On his own website,, Barsky has posted photographs from 2000 to the present. He appears to be as prolific a knitter as Charles Dickens was a writer or Henry Aaron was a hitter of home runs. His internet fame has led to stories in the New York Times, NPR, the BBC, Time and other outlets interested in both travel and knitting.

This appearance was announced too close to deadline to contact Barsky for an interview. But if you want to know more about his work, the man himself will be in our midst. Tonight’s event is free and open to the public and Barsky will have a selection of his sweaters on hand. Scratch is located at 1 Court St., in Lebanon. To learn more about Scratch, check out its Facebook page or go to

Of Note

Hartland artist Rachel Gross gives a talk about her work tonight at 5:30 at AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon. Gross makes prints that play with texture, color and shading to create the illusion of volume, which are on display in a show titled “Relief.”

AVA also shows work by three other artists: “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.

Moskov will talk about his work at 5:30 next Thursday.


Aidron Duckworth Art Museum, Meriden. “Forest Recollection,” paintings by Johnson, Vt., artist Joseph Salerno; “Transparent Bodies,” a series of paintings by the late Aidron Duckworth; and Parliament of the Souls, an outdoor sculptural installation by Vershire artist Sande French-Stockwell, are on view through Sunday.

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

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 Tuesday. 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 Wednesday.

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

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 Wednesday.

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.

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 Wednesday.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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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