Scavenger Gallery Show Examines Migration of Birds and People

  • Painting II by Windsor artist Liz Ross is among her works that explore migration and extinction of birds alongside the immigration of people and will be on display in a new show opening at Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction on Friday.

Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, October 04, 2018

This space took note, some weeks ago now, of printmaker Sue Schiller’s work at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Her series of prints on the theme of “Family,” was a direct response to the ongoing crisis at the United States’ southern border, where children have been separated from their parents.

A new show, opening this week at Scavenger Gallery amid White River Junction’s First Friday festivities, takes another look at movement across borders. In “Im/migration” Windsor artist Liz Ross shows work from a recent residency at the Vermont Studio Center that examines the migration and extinction of birds alongside the immigration and exile of people.

A reception for Ross is planned for 5:30 to 7:30.

Next door, the Hotel Coolidge’s Zollikofer Gallery opens “I’ve Got It Covered,” a series of photographs of manhole covers taken by Sharon resident Carol Langstaff, with a reception from 5 to 7.

As a sort of ready-made, the manhole cover as art isn’t exactly a new thing, but it isn’t a well-worn subject. Photographer Robert Melnick put out a book of his manhole cover photographs in 1994. And in the Upper Valley, the late Kim Christiansen specialized in making colorful rubbings of manhole covers. Langstaff is well-traveled, and her photographs include designs from around the world. On view through Dec. 26.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio brings back one of its early directors and champions, Brian D. Cohen. For “Emblems,” Cohen has made 40 small etchings based on the form of the 17th-century emblem books, which ascribe associations to objects in ways that grant them enduring significance. A reception is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday.

Openings and Receptions

“Brush Strokes and Beyond,” paintings by members of the White River Junction and New Hampshire chapters of the Vermont Watercolor Society, opens with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Ledyard Gallery at Hanover’s Howe Library. Through Nov. 28.

Vermont North by Hand, a group of artists and artisans in the Thetford, Corinth, Bradford triangle, holds its 14th annual open studio tour this weekend, with studio doors open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For a list of artists and a tour map, look for Vermont North by Hand on Facebook or go to www.vermontnorthbyhand.org.

Several New London area artists also plan to hold open studios this weekend, an event organized by the Center for the Arts. For more information and a map, go to www.centerfortheartsnh.org.


Kilton Library, West Lebanon. Elizabeth R. Moore, of Grantham, exhibits mixed-media paintings through Tuesday.


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.

ArtisTree Gallery, South Pomfret. “Local Color,” an annual art show celebrating foliage and other ornamentation, is on view through Oct. 13.

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.

Canaan Meeting House. “And Still We Rise,” an exhibition of quilts made by members of the Women of Color Quilters Network and organized by Louisiana-based historian, curator and quilter Carolyn L. Mazloomi, is on view both at the meeting house and at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough, N.H. The show comprises 44 quilts, and the bulk of them, 34, are on display in Canaan. The meeting house is open weekends, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. Contact Donna Dunkerton at 603-523-7960. John Bergeron can also help to open the exhibit during the week by calling 603-523-9621 or emailing bergeronjh@gmail.com. The Mariposa Museum is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

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.

Gifford Gallery, Gifford Medical Center, Randolph. Nature and wildlife photographer Lisa Manning shows work through Oct. 24.

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.

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 Oct. 24.

Matt Brown Fine Art, Lyme. “In Search of Shapes by Land and by Sea,” paintings by Strafford artist Jennifer Brown, is on view through Oct. 13.

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.

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.

Taylor Art Gallery, Meriden. “Focus on the World,” photographs by Dan Mead and Sally Eagle, are on view through Oct. 20.

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.

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