Art Notes: AVA Gallery Opens Four New Shows in Multiple Media

  • An untitled relief print by Hanover artist Sheri Hancock-Tomek, who is one of four artists with new work on view at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon. The new shows open Friday, Jan. 12, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. (Courtesy AVA Gallery)

  • “Post-Apocalyptic Woodcuts for ¾ Empire” brings the politically charged art of Bread and Puppet Theater founder Peter Schumann to White River Gallery at BALE in South Royalton, from Monday, Jan. 15, through March 3. (Courtesy image)

Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, January 11, 2018

Craig Sterritt, of White River Junction, hasn’t shown his art in more than 20 years, and never in the Upper Valley. But at 46, the painter is ready to jump back in the game with a show at AVA Gallery and Art Center, in Lebanon, where his work is part of a four-artist exhibition that opens Friday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

Sterritt got the inspiration for his show, “Ada Paintings,” when he magnified some old drawings on a Xerox machine, and was struck by the strange minutiae of what he’d blown up. He’s recreated these images into what he described in a phone call as “big, weird, abstract pieces” that explore the relationship between a sum and its parts. Sterritt will give an artist talk Jan. 25 at 6 p.m.

The exhibition also features Sheri Hancock-Tomek, manager of Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Her reliefs have tended to reflect both her love of nature and her graphic design background, and the pieces in “Line, Pattern, Form” are the result of “experimenting with layers of color, pattern and the combination of geometric and organic lines,” she writes in her artist’s statement.

“Layering,” by Sarah Heimann, an assistant ceramics instructor at Dartmouth College, also is rooted in the natural world. She incorporates both drawing and carving into her pottery: In her ornately textured Four-Part Stack, a tower of cylinders depicts a ladder climbing up toward the moon. Heimann’s artist talk will take place Saturday at 3 p.m.

Cecelia Kane’s paintings, from her series “A Year of Forgetting,” provide a poignant but good-humored glimpse into the inevitability of memory loss. April/May is a potpourri of drifting irregular shapes, some resembling human body parts and others with a vaguely cellular structure (think cilia and nuclei).

“Each painting is a visual recording of a month of daily lapses of memory,” writes the Peacham, Vt. painter in her statement. “I start with pencil composites of each day’s forgetting-symbols in my sketchbook. Later I make a fanciful painting that functions as a map or calendar of the mental-me, poking fun, I hope, at the aging process.” Kane will give an artist talk Friday at 4 p.m.

The exhibition opens Friday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. All shows run through Feb. 2. To learn more, contact AVA Gallery and Art Center at 603-448-3117.

Openings and Receptions

Sisters Patti Warren, of Lebanon, and Rosalie desGroseilliers, of Hardwick, Vt., exhibit work in “The Zen of Watercolor” at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Hanover. The reception is this afternoon from 2 to 4. The show continues through Feb. 27.

Kimball Union Academy’s Taylor Gallery will hold an opening reception tonight from 5:30 to 7 for “Ocular Means,” an exhibition of abstract and figural latex paintings by Jim Schubert, a graduate of the Meriden school who now lives in Cornish. Sales from the exhibit benefit the Hartford social services nonprofit Upper Valley Haven. Through Feb. 10.

Four shows open at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon on Friday, featuring the prints of Sheri Hancock-Tomek, of Hanover; pottery by Sarah Heimann, of Lebanon; multimedia artwork by Cecelia Kane, of Peacham, Vt.; and paintings by Craig Sterrit, of White River Junction. There will be an opening reception Friday night from 5 to 7.

Prior to the reception, Kane will give an artist talk at 4 p.m.; Heimann on Saturday at 3 p.m.; and Sterritt on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. All four shows are up through Feb. 2.

AVA also continues to show “Seasons,” a show of encaustic nature paintings by the Thetford Center artist William N. Peabody, through Jan. 26.

“Post-Apocalyptic Woodcuts for ¾ Empire” by Peter Schumann, founder of the politically-minded, Glover, Vt.-based theater company Bread and Puppet Theater, opens Monday at White River Gallery at BALE in South Royalton. An opening reception, featuring a performance by Schumann & Co., will take place on Feb. 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is by donation. Through March 3.

Call for Entries

The Library Arts Center in Newport, N.H., is asking artists to submit works in a variety of media for the exhibition “Black and White,” which will run at the LAC from Feb. 10 through April 7. Artists may submit paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, mixed media, fiber arts and weavings, as long as they are executed in black, white and gray. The deadline for entries is Jan. 21. For information and registration, go to libraryartscenter.org/exhibits/call-for-entries.

The VA Medical Center in White River Junction is seeking ready-to-hang artwork for an exhibit on the theme of “Sources of Hope.” Submissions must be in two-dimensional mediums, such as paintings, photos and poetry, and no larger than 16 by 24 inches. The deadline is Feb. 1. For more information, email vhawrjArtExhibit@va.gov.

Call for Student Artists

Claremont Opera House and Rural Outright, the LGBTQ support program of Claremont-based nonprofit TLC Family Resource Center, are seeking submissions for a student art exhibit in the John D. Bennett Atrium Gallery. Upper Valley students in grades K-12 can submit up to five pieces in any medium, which must address the exhibit’s theme of #KindnessInAction. The deadline is Friday. The exhibit will open on Monday to coincide with National No Name-Calling Week, and will run through Feb. 17.

Send submissions and questions to ruralnhoutright@gmail.com.


BigTown Gallery, Rochester, Vt. A retrospective exhibition by painter Nancy Taplin, of Warren, Vt., is on view until March 31.

The gallery has cut back its hours for January, and will be open only on Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Center for the Arts, New London. The Juried Regional Exhibition, which features work by 20 New Hampshire artists, runs through Jan. 27.

Converse Free Library, Lyme. Thetford ceramicist Amanda Ann Palmer’s show, “Recent Explorations in Clay,” includes rustic pieces as well as items from Palmer’s “Relics” series, inspired by seed pods. Ten percent of art sales will go toward the Friends of Lyme Library. Through March 30.

Chelsea Public Library. “Photographs: A Teenage Perspective,” a show by Strafford resident and Sharon Academy student Hadley Greene, runs through February.

Chew & Co. Design, Hanover. The egg tempera and gold leaf paintings of Windsor artist Gary Milek are on view through February.

Hartland Public Library. The aptly titled “It’s Cold Outside” features the work of the Odanaksis ArtGroup, a cluster of Upper Valley artists who gather weekly to paint, mostly outdoors. Through Feb. 14.

Hood Downtown, Hanover. “Reason’s Oxymorons,” a video installation by the French-Algerian artist and philosopher Kader Attia, dissects Western and non-Western conceptions of mental illness through a range of interviews.  There will be an artist talk and lecture Jan. 30, from 4:45 to 6 p.m.  Through March 18. 

Howe Library, Hanover. The annual show by Hanover High School students in grades 9 through 12 media includes drawing, photography, digital art, collage, printmaking, sculpture and jewelry. Through January.

Kilton Public Library, West Lebanon. East Randolph artist Marcia Hammond exhibits oil portraits through Jan. 31.

Philip Read Memorial Library, Plainfield. Christopher Rollins and Jenny Sprague, both of Plainfield, show their work in “Mending the Boom, Musicians & Local Color” through January.

Scavenger Gallery, White River Junction. “The Art of Place,” a show of encaustic paintings by Quechee artist Helen Shulman, is on display, in addition to work by Margaret Jacobs, Rich Fedorchack and owner Stacy Hopkins.

Tunbridge Public Library. David Fisk’s show, “Challenge and Happiness in Abstract Painting,” is on view through Jan. 19.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction. The studio continues its Holiday Show through January.

EmmaJean Holley can be reached at ejholley@vnews.com or 603-727-3216.