Art Notes: Friends Help Tunbridge Artist With Studio Sale

  • Artist George Lawrence in his studio in Tunbridge, Vt., on Feb. 15, 2012. Friends of Lawrence have organized a sale at the studio for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15, 2017, to help him move out. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Staff Writers
Thursday, October 12, 2017

There’s something false about art exhibitions. The paintings or sculptures are set against freshly painted gallery walls and in orderly, straight lines.

But this sense of Cartesian cool is at odds with the warmth of the artist’s studio, the profusion of materials, of devices, of works half-finished, a Hobbesian state of nature.

Tunbridge artist George Lawrence kept his studio pretty tidy, much as his realist paintings put all the details in the right places. I visited his studio in 2012, when he completed a commissioned painting of South Royalton that hangs in the village’s co-op food market. The painting was Lawrence’s last major realist work, and he had turned to making abstractions to keep himself going. The precision of his hand had been claimed by the onset of “intention tremor,” a quaking that affects him only when he concentrated on a focused task. He had also retired from his long-running membership in Jeanne and the Hi-Tops.

This weekend, Lawrence is closing up his studio with a sale of artwork, and the public is invited. He and his wife, artist Jacquelyn JiMoi, plan to head to North Carolina for the winter, and the art sale is a way to close up shop, disperse Lawrence’s remaining work, touch base with friends old and new and community members, and raise some money.

Lawrence’s work is varied. Sitting by the woodstove on winter evenings, he painted countless matchbooks, and his realist work is often on a small, affordable scale. His friends, who are helping get the word out about the sale, note that prices will be much less than what they would be in a gallery, which is one of the great secrets of the art world.

“Leaving my studio is a challenge, and leaving my art as I have practiced it for so long is hard,” Lawrence said in a statement his friends sent out. “Yet on the other hand, knowing that it will go live with friends and community members is wonderful.”

The sale runs Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Lawrence’s studio is at 52 Ordway Road in Tunbridge.

— Alex Hanson

Openings and Receptions

AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon holds a reception Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. for its exhibition “Doors and Windows: Open and Closed,” a juried exhibition featuring 16 works by 16 New England artists. Rebecca Lawrence, former director of the New Hampshire State Arts Council, selected the works from 126 works submitted by 74 artists. The gallery will award three Juror’s Recognition awards, each worth $200, during the reception.

The featured artists are: Charlet Davenport, Stephanie Gordon, Nira Granott Fox, Chris Groschner, Medora Herbert, William B. Hoyt, Carol Lake, Margaret Lampe Kannenstine, Travis Paige, Rebecca Rolke, Adele Sanborn, Helen Shulman, Stefania Urist, Janet Van Fleet, Jeffrey Wallace and Susan Wilson.

Also going on view at AVA are works by Mary Hart, a Portland, Maine, artist who graduated from Dartmouth College and whose work has been exhibited at the Portland Museum of Art and the University of Maine Art Museum, shows her paintings in “Every So Often.” Another Portland artist, Vivien Russe, shows abstract work in “Lumen.” Hart and Russe will give gallery talks at 4 p.m. Friday

“Recent Works” by Norwich artist Robyn Whitney Fairclough rounds out the AVA Gallery exhibitions. She is exhibiting both figurative work and studies of flowers that demonstrate her mastery of color. She will give a gallery talk on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m.

All of the shows at AVA run through Nov. 10.

Father and daughter Alan Gepfert and Grace G. Cooper exhibit, respectively, their sculpture and landscape paintings in an exhibition through Nov. 3 at the Tracy Library in New London.

Chelsea builder and sculptor John F. Parker will show his wall sculptures in an exhibition that opens Monday, Oct. 16, at White River Gallery in South Royalton. There will be an opening reception at the gallery on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m.


ArtisTree Gallery, Pomfret. The annual fall exhibition “Local Color,” which concentrates on the work of local artists inspired by the New England landscape, runs through Oct. 21.

Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction. “Opening Doors to the Heart, Mind and Imagination,” a show of work by Elizabeth D’Amico and Rich Gombar, continues through Nov. 3.

BigTown Gallery, Rochester, Vt. “Land, Sea and Sky,” paintings by Peter Brooke, are on view at the Rochester Gallery through Oct. 21; the wood sculptures of Hugh Townley are on view through Dec. 2. “See the Woods for the Trees,” arboreal-themed paintings by part-time Vermont resident Joan Kahn, is up through Saturday.

Center for the Arts, New London. Three exhibitions are on view in micro-galleries throughout town: “Kearsarge and Beyond,” a collection of photographs by New London resident Larry Harper, are on view at the Lake Sunapee Bank in New London. Enfield artist Amy Fortier exhibits “Faux-Zaic Designs” in the micro-gallery at Whipple Hall. Maria Blanck, a part-time resident of New London, and Yvonne Shukovsky, of Springfield, N.H., show their work in the exhibition “Potpourri” in the lobby of the New London Inn. All through Oct. 28.

Chandler Gallery, Randolph. “From Green to Fall: Celebrating Creativity in Mental Health, Wellness and Recovery,” an exhibition of work by local artists concerned with issues of mental health, runs through Nov. 5.

Chelsea Public Library. “In The Garden,” a show of watercolor and mixed-media paintings by part-time Corinth resident Megan Murphy, runs through October.

Chew & Co. Design, Hanover. The water photographs of Rockland, Maine resident Joan Wright are on view through November.

Cider Hill Gardens and Gallery, Windsor. “Converging Viewpoints,” a show of work by Gary Milek and Charlie Shurcliff, runs through Oct. 28. Also on view at the gallery and gardens are sculpture, painting and installations by Steven Proctor, Herb Ferris, Gary Haven Smith and the Mythmakers.

Converse Free Library, Lyme. “Landscapes: Lyme and Tuscany,” an exhibition of work by Greg Gorman in the Betty Grant Gallery runs through Dec. 29. Gorman will donate 10 percent of his art sales to the Friends of Lyme Library.

Aidron Duckworth Museum, Meriden. Massachusetts artist Tracy Spadafora exhibits her paintings and assemblages in “Everything Underlying: Work from the DNA and Evolve Series.” Sculptures by Claremont artist Ernest Montenegro are on view, as is “Pride of Plainfield,” a community exhibition celebrating the town’s agricultural richness through photographs, articles and audio. The shows end Oct. 29.

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

Library Arts Center, Newport. “Fall Into Quilts: an exhibit by the Soo-Nipi Quilters Guild” runs through Oct. 26.

Long River Gallery and Gifts, White River Junction. “The True Beauty of Clay,” a show of sculpture, pottery and jewelry by artist-in-residence Anna Hranovska Vincelette, runs through Oct. 31.

Norwich Public Library. An exhibition of photographs by Norwich resident Seth Goodwin, “Spaces and Places: Photographs from Near and Far,” is on view through Oct. 28.

Philip Read Memorial Library, Plainfield. “A World of Color,” a multimedia exhibit featuring work by 12 artists from Plainfield, Cornish and Windsor, ends Saturday.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish. Canadian sculptor Cal Lane’s show “It Was Never Like This” runs through October.

Scavenger Gallery, White River Junction. The gallery exhibits shadow boxes, assemblages and short films by Thetford resident Richard Fedorchak.

Tunbridge Public Library. An exhibition of “Landscapes from Around New England” by artist Pat Little continues through Oct. 20.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction. Artists Lois Masor Beatty and Maureen O’Connor Burgess show collagraph prints through Nov. 30.

Zollikofer Gallery, Hotel Coolidge, White River Junction. An exhibition of work by members of the Vermont Pastel Society continues through Dec. 27. There will be a reception for the artists on First Friday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m.

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