Art Notes: Shows Open in White River Junction and at AVA Gallery

  • Brookfield, Vt., artist, writer and psychiatric nurse practitioner Nina Gaby shows mixed-media works, mainly in the form of single-ediction artist books, in "Other Alphabets-Dimensional Memoir," one of four new exhibitions opening Friday at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon. A reception for the artists is planned for Friday evening from 5 to 7. (Courtesy AVA Gallery)

Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, September 06, 2018

The forecast looks promising for the Parking Lot Party planned for White River Junction’s First Friday celebration of the arts.

Readers of this column will recall that the party was planned for last month, but this summer’s capricious weather did not cooperate, driving the festivities indoors.

But this Friday seems more promising, so the party is back on. In the parking lot behind Revolution, look for food from Piecemeal Pies, among other local outlets, a DJ set up on the loading dock and other colorful amendments to the brick-and-asphalt décor.

As for art, Scavenger Gallery and Long River Gallery will exhibit work and Revolution can point to its recently installed public art, a pair of large photographic prints.

Up Main Street, Two Rivers Printmaking Studio is opening a show of prints made at a recent collaboration with Big Ink, the southern-New Hampshire outfit that makes prints on a grand scale. It’s art that you can mount on a sheet of plywood. Two Rivers holds a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

Also on Friday, AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon opens four new exhibitions, featuring works by Nina Gaby, of Brookfield, Vt.; J. Turk, of Randolph; Janet Van Fleet, of Cabot, Vt., and Lauren Gillette, of York, Maine. An opening reception is planned for Friday evening, 5 to 7.

Call to Artists

Center for the Arts, in New London, is seeking artists from New Hampshire and its contiguous states to submit work for a juried show this fall. The deadline is Sept. 18. For more information, look to the center’s website, cfavag.org.


Aidron Duckworth Art Museum, Meriden. “Inside Out,” paintings by Galen Cheney, is on view through Sept. 9, and “Transparent Bodies,” a series of paintings by the late Aidron Duckworth, will stay up 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 the Vershire artist Sande French-Stockwell, shows through Oct. 28.

BigTown Gallery, Rochester, Vt. “Sister Show,” an exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based sisters Carolie (paintings) and Laura Parker (photographs), is on view through Sept. 22. Also on view are sculptures and watercolors by Bruce Edelstein and abstract paintings by Lucy Mink-Covello, who’s the artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College this fall. A reception for Edelstein and Mink-Covellis is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 22.

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. The Canaan exhibition is open by appointment. Contact contact

Cider Hill Gallery, Windsor. “Garden Visions,” a show of flower portraits and landscape paintings in egg tempera and gold leaf by Cider Hill co-owner Gary Milek, continues through Sept. 16.

Converse Free Library, Lyme. “Paintings: Places Near and Far” by Thetford artist Jean Gerber, shows through Sept. 29.

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.

Gifford Gallery at Gifford Medical Center, Randolph. Watercolors by Vermont artist Barbara Geyselaers are on view through Sept 19.

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.

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 Oct. 3.

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.

Roth Center for Jewish Life, Hanover. Mort Wise shows photographs in “Fading Memories, Vanishing Voices” through Sept. 13. A former Upper Valley resident who continues to summer in West Lebanon, Wise currently lives in Charlotte, N.C.

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.

Tunbridge Public Library. A show of two dozen photographs by North Thetford photographer Allison Clayton is on view through Nov. 3. A reception is planned for Sept. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m.

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. A show of abstract oil paintings and mixed-media on black-walnut-stained paper by Dian Parker, the curator and director of South Royalton’s White River Gallery, is up through Sept. 26.

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