Art Notes: White River Valley Venues Open Fresh Shows

In the interest of bringing more people to Chelsea, a group of artists is holding a quiet opening this weekend of a new gallery.

North Common Arts, at 3 Church St., in Chelsea, will hold a reception for a show of work by members of the Chelsea Arts Collective on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If those hours suggest more of an open house than a reception, that’s by design. Inspired by recent events they’ve organized in the shire town of Orange County, a group of a dozen or so artists has decided to create a clubhouse where they can show their work and hold events, but also to promote civic engagement. Members are planning a monthly calendar that would include art shows, music and dinners with guest chefs, as well as art and craft workshops.

For more information, contact Carrie Caouette-De Lallo at [email protected]

Also on view on the First Branch of the White River this weekend is an exhibition of photographs by South Royalton photographer Marianne Benoir at Tunbridge Public Library. The show is on view now and a reception is planned for 2 to 4 on Sunday afternoon. On view through Jan. 7.

“Branching Out,” an exhibition of watercolor paintings by Amy Hook-Therrien, a Randolph native now living in Windsor, opens Friday at the White River Craft Center in Randolph with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday. The show is on view through Feb. 8.

If you visit any of the above White River Valley venues, stop by South Royalton’s White River Gallery, in the cozy headquarters of BALE (that’s Building a Local Economy). “Graphite Insomnia,” a set of drawings in graphite by Gerald Auten, is on view through Dec. 16. Auten, who teaches in the Studio Art department at Dartmouth College, produces dark, precise yet smoky works on paper.

“Barns & Backyard Discoveries,” an exhibition of drawings by Priscilla Eliades and photographs by Evelyn Swett and Shiela Swett, opens today with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. at the [email protected] offices in Hanover. The show is on view through Dec. 20.

The Library Arts Center in Newport, N.H., opens its annual Gallery of Gifts, a holiday show of fine art and craft, with a reception from 5 to 7 on Friday evening.

Closing

On view through Friday in AVA Gallery and Art Center’s new Members’ Gallery is the second annual installment of ‘10”x10” for $100.’ The nonprofit Lebanon arts center gave 10-inch-square panels to 78 artists who have created 123 works. The panels will be sold at a closing party Friday, from 3 to 7 p.m., and the proceeds benefit AVA.

Also closing Friday at AVA are four solo shows: “Relief,” prints by Hartland artist Rachel Gross; “Color — flow and form,” works on paper by Henniker, N.H., artist Wendy Briggs Powell; “Parallels,” recent work by Lyme sculptor Stina Kohnke; and “As time goes by…,” ceramics by Bulgarian artist Boyan Moskov.

Ongoing

BigTown Gallery, Rochester, Vt. “Landscape Mysteries,” paintings by longtime Hanover resident and Dartmouth College studio art professor Ben Frank Moss, and “Infinity of Worlds,” recent work by Erika Lawlor Schmidt. Through Dec. 8.

Center for the Arts, New London. Current exhibitions include: The seventh annual Juried Regional show at the New London Inn; artwork by Kearsarge Middle School students, at Whipple Hall; abstract paintings by Roger Wells and photographs by Jay Fitzpatrick, at Blue Moon Bakery; and paintings by Tom Pirozzoli and photographs by Ken Schuster, at Bar Harbor Bank and Trust.

Converse Free Library, Lyme. “Chasing the Muse,” watercolor paintings by Lyme artist Stephanie Reininger, runs through December.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon. Fall exhibitions consist mainly of paintings, by artists Nan Darham, a Montana resident studying at Dartmouth; Maureen Harrington, of Killington, Vt.; Youngsheen Ahn Jhe, of Lexington, Mass.; Norman Rhodes, of Lebanon; Alison Vernon, of New London; and Richard Weis, of Castleton, Vt. Also on view is work by the Lone Mountain Artists, from the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, and the Upper Valley Ship Modelers Guild.

Gifford Gallery, Gifford Medical Center, Randolph. Paintings by Chelsea artist Greg Kotyk are on view through Nov. 28.

The Great Hall, Springfield, Vt. “Healing: The Transformative Imagery of Art” features work by 12 artists, including Margaret Jacobs, of Enfield; Carolyn Enz Hack, of East Thetford; and Robert O’Brien, Robert Carsten and Neomi Lauritsen, all of Springfield. Through March 30.

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. The shows are on view through Nov. 25.

Kilton Public Library, West Lebanon. Recent work by Todd Renninger, through January.

Ledyard Gallery, Howe Library, Hanover. “Brush Strokes and Beyond,” paintings by members of the White River Junction and New Hampshire chapters of the Vermont Watercolor Society, is on view through Nov. 28.

Main Street Museum, White River Junction. “Jack Rowell, Cultural Documentarian: Portraits of Vermont People and Other Wildlife,” is on view.

Matt Brown Fine Art, Lyme. “Forces of Land and Sea,” prints and drawings by Warner, N.H., artist Mary Mead, is up through Dec. 1.

Philip Read Memorial Library, Plainfield. “Surf’s Up,” an exhibition of painting and sculpture by Cornish artist Jim Schubert, is on view through Jan. 7.

Royalton Memorial Library, South Royalton. Paintings by California artist Ciara Cumiskey.

Scavenger Gallery, White River Junction. “Im/migration” features recent paintings by Windsor artist Liz Ross that examine the migration and extinction of birds and the immigration and exile of people.

SculptureFest, Woodstock. The annual outdoor showcase of three-dimensional art at the Prosper Road home of Charlet and Peter Davenport and at the nearby King Farm typically runs through foliage season, though the art is visible year-round. Featured artists this year are Mary Admasian, of East Montpelier, and Robert Hitzig, of Montpelier. A guide to SculptureFest 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 Gallery, Kimball Union Academy, Meriden. “Between Two Worlds: The Sculpture of Lawrence J. Nowlan,” honors the late Cornish sculptor through Dec. 19.

Zollikofer Gallery, White River Junction. Sharon artist Carol Langstaff. “I’ve Got It Covered,” a series of her photographs of manhole covers, is on view through Dec. 26.

Alex Hanson can be reached at [email protected] or 603-727-3207.

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