Art Notes: Great Goose Egg Auction returns to White River Junction

  • "Space Mice," a painted goose egg by artist Priscilla Alpaugh, is among the works in the Great Goose Egg Auction, a biennial fundraiser for the Thetford-based Open Fields School. There's a preview for the auction from 4:30 to 8 on Friday evening and the show opens at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in advance of the auction at 1 p.m. (Courtesy Open Fields School)

  • "Space Eggsploration," by Norwich illuxtrator David Macaulay. (Courtesy Open Fields School)

  • "Virginia Rice Kelsey: A 64-Year Retrospective," is on view in the first floor gallery at Kendal at Hanover. (Courtesy photograph)

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 10/2/2019 10:00:19 PM

All art shows are pop-ups, to some extent, with the exception of the Hood Museum’s Assyrian reliefs, which haven’t popped since they were excavated, cut up and popped out of Mesopotamia in the 1850s.

But some shows pop more than others and perhaps the most enchanting pop up show in the Upper Valley takes place this weekend.

Every two years, Open Fields School, a private elementary school on Thetford Hill that runs on a shoestring budget, holds its Great Goose Egg Auction, at which hollowed out goose eggs, painted and decorated by artists both local and national go on display and in short order are auctioned off to benefit the school.

This year’s show features eggs decorated by Norwich illustrator David Macaulay, New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss and Massachusetts illustrator Priscilla Alpaugh. The sale also will include some of the eggs from the collection of the late Jean K. Aull, the school’s founder, and her partner, the late Trina Schart Hyman, a renowned illustrator.

The exhibition will be open for public viewing from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday in Newberry Market at the center of White River Junction’s First Friday celebration of visual art. The show reopens Saturday morning at 11:30 in advance of the 1 p.m. auction. See the school’s website,, for information about bidding and to place a remote bid.

Also at First Friday:

Claremont artists Sue Lawrence and Andrew Williams will have paintings of fall foliage at Scavenger Gallery. A reception and wine tasting are planned for 5:30 to 7:30 Friday evening. Through October.

Long River Gallery closes “Birches,” paintings by Amy Hook-Therrien, on Friday. On Saturday, the gallery opens “Feathers, Ferns and Fish,” prints by Coleen O’Connell. A reception is planned for 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Both “Feathers” and Long River’s show of “tattooed” guitars by Weathersfield artist Jenna Rice are on view through the end of the year.

Zollikofer Gallery, in the Hotel Coolidge, shows pastels by Diane Taylor-Moore and watercolor and oil paintings by Cathy Finnegan. A reception is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. next Friday, Oct. 11. Through Dec. 30

Openings and receptions

“Watercolor Journal: A work in progress,” paintings by Elizabeth Greene, opens Saturday in Ledyard Gallery in Hanover’s Howe Library. A reception is planned for 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 12. Through Dec. 4.

“Faces of Piermont,” photographs by Mel Gitchel, are on view at the Piermont Library.

Of note

“Virginia Rice Kelsey: A 64-Year Retrospective” gathers up work from the long and varied career of Winkie Kelsey, as she has long been known, in the first floor gallery space at Kendal at Hanover. Kelsey has worked in sculpture, painting and photography, and the stone carving studio at AVA Gallery and Art Center is named for her. Through Oct. 31.

The Betty Grant Gallery, in Lyme’s Converse Free Library, hosts “Serendipity: Street Photography by Jim Lustenader.” Lustenader, a Hanover resident, practices an art that had its heyday in the middle of the last century, made famous by such masters as Helen Levitt, Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander. The street remains a vital place for photography and there are few local practitioners. Through Dec. 30.


AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon. “Marked” and “Rough/Polished,” by Montpelier sculptors Mary Admasian and Robert Hitzig, respectively; “Love at First Sight” paintings by Rosemary Conroy, of Weare, N.H., and “What Is on Your Balcony?” paintings by Concord artist Pamela R. Tarbell. Through Thursday. Also at AVA: “Body of Work: An Exhibition to Benefit AVA,” which features work by West Lebanon artist Laura Boyajian. Through Oct. 13.

The Square Rabbit, New London. “Places We Call Home,” paintings by Marilyn Farnsworth Wendling. Through Saturday.


Aidron Duckworth Art Museum, Meriden. “Guest Artist Grand Salon,” featuring works by the nearly 60 guest artists who have shown work at the museum over the years, and “Exhibition XXXIV - The Multitudes Contained,” the museum’s final exhibition of Aidron Duckworth paintings and drawings, are on view through Oct. 27, when the museum is slated to close for good.

Center for Art + Design, Colby-Sawyer College, New London. “Coming Home: The Ceramics of Vivika and Otto Heino.” Through Oct. 15.

Center for the Arts, New London. Paintings by Penny Koburger, Ludmila Gayvoronsky and Marianne Stillwagon hang at Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, New London Inn and Blue Loon Bakery, respectively. Through October.

Chelsea Public Library. “Cats, Landscapes and Figures,” mixed media prints by Deborah Sacks. Through October

Chandler Gallery, Randolph. “An Archive of Feeling,” a group show curated by J. Turk. Through Nov. 3.

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. The shows feature Elliot Burg, Jane Masters and Mark Washburn, photographs; Bruce Conklin, oil paintings; Sherry Saint-Germaine, botanical drawings; Sara Goodman, textiles; Hartford High School Art Students and the Cardigan Mountain Arts Association.

The Great Hall, Springfield, Vt. “Alchemy: Metal, Mystery & Magic,” features work by Jeanne Carbonetti, Sabrina Fadial, Alexandra Heller, Peter Heller, Pat Musick, Dan O’Donnell, Gerald Stoner and Johnny Swing. and is on view into February.

Hall Art Foundation, in Reading, Vt. Shows include “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 the month, when it’s free.

Library Arts Center, Newport. The Soo Nipi Quilters Guild exhibits around 70 quilts, including three by the late Marie Bugbee, the show’s featured artist.

Long River Gallery, White River Junction. Tattooed guitars by Weathersfield artist Jenna Rice, and “Birches,” paintings by Amy Hook-Therrien.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock. “Creating an American Landscape,” a show of eight of Carleton Watkins’ Yosemite photographs, reproduced from originals in the Billings Family Archives. The show is on view in the park’s Carriage Barn visitors center through Oct. 31 and is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Matt Brown Fine Art, Lyme. Paintings by Marcie Maynard and handmade furniture by Peter Maynard, a husband and wife duo from South Acworth, N.H. Through Oct. 12.

North Common Arts, Chelsea. “Hanging Around,” figures made of found materials by Barre, Vt., artist Janet Van Fleet. Through Nov. 9

Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park, Cornish. “On View in Cornish: American Art at the Picture Gallery, 1948–2019” looks back at all of the exhibitions sponsored by the Saint-Gaudens Memorial and features work by Maxfield Parrish, Marguerite Zorach, Paul Sample, Varujan Boghosian, Ben Frank Moss and Shona Macdonald. Through Oct. 31.

Sculpture Fest, Woodstock. Contemporary sculpture in outdoor settings at the Prosper Road home of Charlet and Peter Davenport, at the nearby King Farm, and at the Woodstock History Center, which hosts “Vermont Carvers & Sculptors Exhibition,” work by 15 Vermont sculptors. Both the King Farm and History Center shows are open through the end of October. The work at the Davenports’ is on view year-round.

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. “Colors in Life,” paintings by members of the Connecticut River Chapter of the Vermont Watercolor Society. Through Nov. 10.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction. “Through the Curve,” recent prints by Hartland artist Rachel Gross. Through Oct. 28.

White River Gallery, South Royalton. “Breathe the Wind,” paintings by Kate Emlen. Through Dec. 20.

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

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