Art Notes: Lyme Watercolorist’s Show Benefits Converse Free Library

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    "Turkeys," a painting by Lyme watercolorist Stephanie Reininger. A show of Reininger's work opens Monday in Lyme's Converse Free Library. A reception is planned for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. (Courtesy image) Courtesy image

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 9/27/2018 12:05:38 AM
Modified: 9/27/2018 9:08:25 AM

Art venues tend to open their exhibitions on Fridays and Saturdays, but a Wednesday art opening, a chance to look at paintings and sip a glass of wine in the middle of the week, has its own appeal.

Lyme’s Converse Free Library opens “Chasing the Muse,” a show of watercolor paintings by Lyme artist Stephanie Reininger, on Monday, and has planned a reception for Wednesday evening, 5:30 to 7.

The show runs through December and 50 percent of sales benefit the library.

“Paintings: Places Near and Far” by Thetford artist Jean Gerber, comes down Saturday.

Openings and Receptions

Aidron Duckworth Art Museum, Meriden. This weekend, the museum hosts puppeteer Kate Brehm with her “POOFS,” big, soft crinoline puppets. Go to for a full listing.

The Great Hall, Springfield, Vt. “Healing: The Transformative Imagery of Art” opens with a reception this evening at 5:30 p.m. Among the 12 artists featured in the exhibition are two from Upper Valley towns: Margaret Jacobs, of Enfield, and Carolyn Enz Hack, of East Thetford. The other artists are all from Vermont, including three from Springfield: Robert O’Brien, Robert Carsten and Neomi Lauritsen. The show is on view through March 30.

BigTown Gallery, in Rochester, Vt., opens “Cosmic/Quantum,” an exhibition of abstract paintings by Laurie Sverdlove, of Randolph, with a reception starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday. 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.

Call to Artists

Long River Gallery in White River Junction has put out a call for emerging artists. The first applications will be reviewed after Sunday. For more information, email


Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction. A show of prints made at a recent collaboration with Big Ink, the southern-New Hampshire outfit that makes prints on a grand scale, is on view through Sunday.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon. The hospital’s summer art exhibition features Becky Cook and NatEli, the Norwich artists behind the collaboration “Miss-Match”; Robert Chapla, an oil painter from Newbury, Vt.; the late David Eckert, who painted hundreds of watercolors while suffering from Parkinson’s disease; North Sutton, N.H.-based photographer Larry Harper; painter Doris Ingram, a part-time resident of Weston, Vt.; oil painter Tatiana Yanovskaya-Sink, based in Rockland, Mass.; and Keene, N.H., oil painter Anne Ward, as well as work by members of the Upper Valley Woodturners. Through Sunday.

AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon. Recent works by Nina Gaby, of Brookfield, Vt.; J. Turk, of Randolph; Janet Van Fleet, of Cabot, Vt., and Lauren Gillette, of York, Maine, are on view though Wednesday.

Ledyard Gallery, Howe Library, Hanover. To celebrate her co-workers, Kris Burnett, who’s retiring as the library’s head of circulation services, has crafted 30 small woolen gifts that will be on display 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.

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

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 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. A reception is planned for 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 28.

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

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.

Kilton Library, West Lebanon. Elizabeth R. Moore, of Grantham, exhibits mixed-media paintings through Oct. 9.

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 or 603-727-3207.

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