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2017 Juried Exhibition
Jul 14 @ 11:00 am – Aug 23 @ 5:00 pm

AVA Gallery and Art Center’s 2017 Juried Summer Exhibition

Featuring 103 Works by 81 Regional Artists


Juror: John Stomberg

Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College


July 14 – August 23, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, July 14, 5 -7pm


Sponsored by:

Ledyard National Bank



AVA Gallery and Art Center’s 2017 Juried Summer Exhibition continues to be on display throughout AVA’s downstairs galleries at 11 Bank Street in Lebanon, NH through Friday, August 23.


The works in the exhibit were chosen from 213 entries by 121 artists from 63 communities throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.  Of these, 103 works by 81 artists were selected.  The juror, John Stomberg, states “When I work as juror for an exhibition, I try to make a show that hangs together. I do not believe in absolute measures of quality, only what strikes me as strong work that will add to a robust exhibition.  This is the inherent blessing and curse of asking an individual to be a juror—the process is subjective. It may seem somehow objective because I’m an art professional, but really the selection has to do with a particular temperament (mine in this case) looking at art in a given moment and location. I do take into account many factors that one can point to, such as the complexity of the work compositionally, the competency of the craft involved, and the clarity of the ideas. Ultimately, though, my goal is to make a great show, filled with terrific artworks that hang together in interesting ways and to offer an engaging viewing experience to all who visit AVA in the coming weeks. It is my hope that you will enjoy this special representation of the vibrant and diverse regional art scene as much as I have enjoyed putting it together.”


The Juror’s Recognition Awards were given to Bruce Blanchette of Walpole, NH for his mixed media work Space-Time Artifact; to Helen Shulman of Quechee, VT for her oil painting Three Part Harmony; and to Susan Wilson of Putney, VT for her sculpture Vigil. The three award winners received cash prizes made possible by Ledyard National Bank’s sponsorship of this exhibition. Shawna Gibbs of Claremont, NH received this year’s Cornelia M. Rahmelow Photography Prize for his photograph Movie Night.


The 2017 Juried Summer Exhibition is free and open to the public during gallery hours (Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm, Thursdays, 11am – 7pm or by appointment.)  The exhibition will remain on display through Friday, August 23, 2017.


Exhibiting Artists

Jane Ashley

Bob Ballou

Barbara Bartlett

Marc Beaudette

Rachel Benoit

Bruce Blanchette

Megan Bogonovich

Shari Boraz

Barbra Bragg

Tafi Brown

Janet Cathey

Carole-Anne Centre

Jane Cohen

Brenna Colt

Becky Cook

Nicole Czapinski

Elizabeth D’Amico

Betsy Derrick

Nance Driscoll

Tom Driscoll

Hazel-Dawn Dumpert

London Dupere

Kate Emlen

Edibeth Farrington

Richard Fedorchak

Bess French

Ira Gavrin

Mary Gerakaris

Shawna Gibbs

Pat Glowa

Seth Goodwin

Greg Gorman

Nira Granott Fox

Laura Graveline

Christopher Groschner

Christine Hawkins

Cindy Heath

Kelley Hersey

Victoria Shalvah Herzberg

Beatrice Jillette

Nils Johnson

Timm Judas

Ree Katrak

Winkie Kelsey

Judy Laliberte

Judy Lampe

Anne Leeds

Mark Lennon

John Matusz

Elizabeth Mayor

Mary Mead

Marjorie Merena

Scott Neimi

Karyn Neubauer

Timothy Olson

Travis Paige

Alison Palizzolo

Jessie Pollock

Marcy Pope

Terry Racich

Todd Reuben

Linda Roesch

Jonathan Rose

Joseph Saginor

Carrie Salsberg

Sue Schiller

Linda Scott Taylor

Ann  Semprebon

Helen Shulman

Erin Smart

Martia Smith

Tom Urgo

Denis Versweyveld

Reginald Vessey

Jim Walsh

Roger Wells

  1. Seano Whitecloud

Sandra Williams-Crossley

Susan Wilson

Richard Wilson

Elizabeth Young


Kira’s Garden Sculpture Exhibition
Jul 14 @ 11:00 am – Aug 23 @ 5:00 pm

Kira’s Garden and the AVA Grounds

Opening Reception: Friday, July 14, 5 – 7pm

Featuring work by: Herb Ferris, Lela Jaacks, and John Matusz


AVA Gallery and Art Center, located at 11 Bank Street in Lebanon, NH, is pleased to present a new installation of sculpture in Kira’s Garden, located on the east side of the Carter-Kelsey building.

Featured sculptures include works by the following artists: Scott Gordon of Norwich, VT; Lela Jaacks of Brownsville, VT; Fitzhugh Karol of Brooklyn, NY; Michael Kraatz and Susan Russell of Canaan, NH; John Kemp Lee of White River Junction, VT; Phil Lonergan of Campton, NH; John Matusz of Waitsfield, VT; Abraham Oort of Hartland, VT; Jessie Pollock of Peterborough, NH; Teresa Taylor of Barnstead, NH; and Jamie Townsend of Springfield, VT.  In addition to the works in Kira’s Garden, work by artist Herb Ferris of Windsor, VT will be on display outside of AVA’s West Entrance and works by Torin Porter of Glover, VT; Stephen Procter of Brattleboro, VT; and Judith Wrend of Morrisville, VT will be on view in the Courtyard and Rooftop Garden at the Bente Torjusen West Sculptural Studies Building.

There will be an Opening Reception, free and open to the public, for Kira’s Garden and AVA’s 2017 Juried Summer Exhibition on Friday, July 5, 5-7pm. Kira’s Garden, created in memory of Kira Fournier (1950-2002), was inaugurated in 2008. Fournier, who began her career as a ceramic artist, was particularly noted for her work in cast glass and bronze. On permanent display in Kira’s Garden is one of Fournier’s bronze sculptures from 2001, Split Lady, a reclining female figure on a black granite plinth, situated adjacent to a bench of the same material. The garden is a gift from Fournier’s husband, Benjamin Schore

Pop-up Exhibition in AVA’s Members’ Gallery!
Aug 4 @ 11:00 am – Aug 25 @ 5:00 pm

August 4 – 25

Opening Reception: Friday, August 4, 5-7pm


Featuring work by AVA’s 2017 Summer Interns:

Stefanie DeSimone

Laura Borchert

Andy Ostler

Kristiana Ploss


And 2016 Intern:

Jennifer Lay

AVA and Pompanoosuc Mills: A Celebration of Upper Valley Artists @ Pompanoosuc Mills Showroom
Aug 5 @ 10:00 am – Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm
Sep 8 @ 11:00 am – Nov 10 @ 5:00 pm

Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 5-7pm


Stephanie Gordon:

Close to Home: Encaustic Paintings

Johnson Sisters Library (second floor)

Gallery Talk: Thursday, October 26, 5:30pm

Marks, Bleicken, Woods
Sep 8 @ 11:00 am – Oct 6 @ 5:00 pm

Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 5-7pm


China Marks: Gods and Men

Rebecca Lawrence Gallery Entry & Clifford B. West Gallery

Gallery Talk: Friday, September 8, 4pm


Janet Hulings Bleicken: When I Grow Up I’ll Be a Painter Too

E.N.Wennberg Gallery

Gallery Talk: Saturday, September 30, 3pm


Leah Woods: Recent Works

Mayor Gallery

Gallery Talk: Saturday, September 23, 3pm



Gallery Talk :: China Marks
Sep 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Gallery Talk :: Leah Woods
Sep 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Gallery Talk :: Janet Hulings Bleicken
Sep 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lawrence, Fairclough, Russe, Hart
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – Nov 10 @ 5:00 pm

Opening Reception: Friday, October 13, 5 – 7pm


Doors & Windows: Open and Closed

A Curated Exhibition by Rebecca L. Lawrence former New Hampshire State Arts Council Director

Rebecca Lawrence Gallery Entry


Robyn Fairclough

Clifford B. West Gallery

Gallery Talk: Thursday, November 2, 5:30pm


Vivien Russe

E.N. Wennberg Gallery

Gallery Talk: Friday, October 13, 4pm


Mary Hart

Elizabeth Rowland Mayor Gallery

Gallery Talk: Friday, October 13, 4pm