Art Notes: Hood and AVA Open Exhibitions

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    Kent Stetson's show "The Art of Handbags" will be on display at the Library Arts Center in Newport, N.H., from February 10 until March 24, 2017. An opening reception is to be held on Thursday, February 9, from 5-7 p.m. (Myke Yeager photograph) Myke Yeager photograph

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 3/23/2017 12:05:08 AM
Modified: 3/23/2017 12:05:14 AM

Two shows organized by the Hood Museum of Art under the umbrella title “Mining Big Data” go on view Friday at Hood Downtown and the Strauss Gallery in the Hopkins Center.

Hood Downtown, at 53 Main Street, exhibits “Ingo Gunther: World Processor,” an arrangement of 50 illuminated globes by a German artist and journalist who takes a form with which we’re all familiar, and uses its surface as a way to present geographic and societal data on environmental degradation, migration and employment patterns. “World Processor” runs through May 28.

The Strauss Gallery exhibits two works by San Francisco-based artist Amy Balkin and Mexican artist Luis Delgado-Qualtrough. Balkin’s poster The Atmosphere: A Guide looks at the human impact on the climate, while Luis Delgado-Qualtrough, in a print series and portfolio titled 10 Carbon Conundrums also examines the connections between human activity and climate. The exhibition continues through April 30.

AVA Gallery and Art Center’s annual Silent Auction opens for preview Saturday and continues through Saturday, April 1, with hours daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Thursday, March 30, the gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The auction itself kicks off on April 1 at 5 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m.

Nearly every artistic medium, in works donated by 80 artists and craftspeople, is represented in the auction: oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, photographs, sculpture, mixed-media works, drawings, prints, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, woodwork and glass.

Additionally, the gallery is introducing this year a new category of works for sale: “10”x10” for $100.” One hundred artists have donated works that are 10” by 10” in size, with an asking price beginning at $100. The point is that works of art can be purchased for a relatively low price.

The preview is free and open to the public, but there is a fee to attend the Silent Auction Party on April 1: $25 for members and $35 for non-members, in advance, or $50 at the door, as space allows.

The gallery is also exhibiting vintage posters from the collection of Alfred J. Quirk in the second floor library.

The Library Arts Center, in Newport, N.H., holds a reception this evening, from 5 to 7, for “Kent Stetson: The Art of Handbags.” Stetson has made a career of designing high-end handbags, and got his early exposure to creativity at home in Lempster, N.H., and at the Library Arts Center and in classes at Newport Middle High School. The show is on view through Friday.


Arabella, Windsor. The gallery exhibits works by local artists and artisans in a variety of media, including jewelry, oils, acrylics, photography, watercolors, pastels and textiles.

ArtisTree Gallery, South Pomfret. Come in to the gallery for its annual Cabin Fever show, when visitors are invited to make their own art on the walls. There will be a closing reception Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Baker-Berry Library, Dartmouth College, Hanover. “Tibetan and Himalayan Lifeworlds” runs through March 31.

Center for the Arts, New London. The center shows work by Penny Koburger at the New London Inn, and pastels and oils by Gwen Nagel at the Lake Sunapee Bank on Main Street. In celebration of Youth Art Month, work by students from New London Elementary School also is on view at the Whipple Gallery in New London. All three shows end April 29.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon. The winter exhibitions include stained glass by Kathleen Curwen; wildlife paintings by Bradley Jackson; watercolors by Kathleen Fiske; a selection of work from the Vermont Watercolor Society; photographs by Seth Goodwin; pen and ink drawings by David Cooper; and photographs by Ruth Connor, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the Geisel School of Medicine, who spent time in Western Kenya documenting the work done by I-Kodi, a grassroots non-governmental organization dedicated to improving education and healthcare in the region. Through March.

Howe Library, Hanover. Boston artist Tatiana Yanovskaya-Sink, who also spends time in the summer in the Sunapee area, exhibits paintings in the library’s Ledyard Gallery through May 3.

Kilton Library, West Lebanon. A selection of work from Hanover Street School and Mount Lebanon School will be exhibited at the library: Hanover Street students show their art through Wednesday; Mount Lebanon students’ work will be on view April 6 through May.

Long River Gallery and Gifts. “As If — Weavings From Oz,” by Henniker, N.H., artist Doug Masury, continues at the Long River store in White River Junction. An exhibition of paintings by Stephanie Reininger continues at Long River Gallery and Gifts in Lyme through March.

Royalton Memorial Library, South Royalton. A show of work by South Royalton School students continues through April 14. There will be a public reception on March 30, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Scavenger Gallery, White River Junction. After a brief hiatus, the gallery is open again with the jewelry of Stacy Hopkins on view. Also for sale: wines from boutique vineyards in Italy and France.

SculptureFest, Woodstock. The annual celebration of three-dimensional art generally ends when foliage season does, but 80 percent of the show is still on view. “Grounding,” a show of site-specific work curated by sculptors Jay Mead and Edythe Wright, is on view at the King Farm. For more information, go to

Tunbridge Public Library. “Two Perspectives of Rural Vermont,” a show of multi-media collages by South Strafford artist Jeanne McMahan, and pen and ink drawings by Peter Neri, of Sharon, runs through Sunday.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction. An exhibition of prints by Sheri Tomek runs through March 31.

Zollikofer Gallery, Hotel Coolidge, White River Junction. “The Spirit of Odanaksis,” an exhibition of work by members of a group Upper Valley plein air painters, is on view through May 10.

White River Gallery at BALE, South Royalton. “Expansions,” a show of paintings by Jasper Tomkins, is on view through April 30.

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