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Sculptures by fourteen artists will be featured for the 2016-2017 installation:
- Bill Martin of Grantham, NH
- Herb Ferris of Windsor, VT
- Liz Sibley Fletcher of Mason, NH
- Scott Gordon of Norwich, 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
- Lynn Newcomb of Worcester, VT
- Abraham Oort of Hartland, VT
- Teresa Taylor of Barnstead, NH
- Jamie Townsend of Springfield, VT
This exhibition is generously sponsored by Four Seasons Southeby’s International Realty.
Opening Reception: Friday, April 28, 5-7pm
AVA Members’ Gallery
The exhibition will feature artwork by students who won “Best in Category” awards from AVA’s 2017 Best of the Upper Valley High School Exhibition. This is the first year that this unique opportunity as well as a free printmaking workshop were added as prizes. Roger Goldenberg—artist, educator and founder of In Ears ‘n’ Eyes—chose the award winners from 17 participating schools. AVA’s commitment to providing youth with meaningful engagement in the arts also includes internship and camp assistant opportunities that promote professional development; scholarships towards AVA’s classes and workshops; access to AVA’s Digital Arts Media Lab; The Greg Hemberger Sustainable Architecture Workshop for grades 10–12; and summer programs which include portfolio development, a collaborative summer program with the Upper Valley Music Center and summer art-and-science intensive programs offered in partnership with Dartmouth College.
The Rotary Club of Lebanon
Opening Reception: Friday, April 28, 5-7pm
Rebecca Lawrence Gallery Entry & Clifford B. West Gallery
Stephen Procter, of Brattleboro, VT, is primarily a self-taught artist. He first encountered clay
watching his young daughter throwing in a children’s class and this intrigue led to an introductory
class. Procter’s formal training and earlier career in music greatly influenced his early years working
in clay. A trip to North Carolina in 2007 initiated a turning point and in 2009, Procter established his
own studio and began his professional pursuit of pottery.
Recent exhibitions include shows at the Simon Pearce Gallery in Quechee, VT; the Blithewold
Mansion & Arboretum in Bristol, RI; and Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts in Brattleboro, VT. Procter has
received several grants and awards for his work including a 2015 Vermont Arts Council Artist
Development Grant and an artist scholarship to attend the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.
For his exhibition at AVA, Procter will show both medium and large-scale stoneware forms.
Procter states: “My work reflects my fascination with large ceramic forms. A good large vessel has
the potential to touch those who come into its presence, and viewers often are moved to touch in
return. Whenever I see people stroke, hug, or sing into my pots (as they often do!), I feel satisfied that
something has been awakened, a connection has been made, and the piece is doing its work.”
E.N. Wennbery Gallery
Janet Fredericks has lived and worked in Lincoln, VT for over twenty years. She is the
recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including a Bertek Fellowship from the Vermont
Council on the Arts; a Works on Paper Fellowship from the New England Foundation for the Arts;
and The Middlebury College Friends of the Art Museum Award for Distinction in the Visual Arts.
Recent exhibitions include shows at the Vermont Arts Council in Montpelier, VT; the Furchgott
Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne, VT; and West Branch Gallery in Stowe, VT.
For her exhibition at AVA, Fredericks will show works from her anthill series. Fredericks
states: “For me, the anthill brings forth the archetypal image of the mound, seemingly imprinted in
my imagination and calling to mind mountain, city, hill town, civilization. In response, I draw and
redraw, allowing my imagination to explore the surface, the atmosphere above, its hidden interior,
and what lies below.”
Elizabeth Rowland Mayor Gallery
Joseph Montroy received a MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and a
BA from SUNY Potsdam in New York. His sculpture and jewelry is shown though the central and
eastern US and recent exhibitions include shows at the Chester F. Sidell Gallery in Lawrence, MA; the
Currier Museum in Manchester, NH; and the Peabody Institute in Danvers, MA. Montroy has
received numerous awards and commissions and frequently gives metal casting demonstrations.
Montroy teaches as an adjunct professor at the New Hampshire Technical Institute and New
Hampshire Institute of Art, and offers workshops at several art centers across the northeast.
For his exhibition at AVA, Montroy will show sculpture and jewelry. Montroy states, “I am
intrigued by how we have meaningful relationships to objects small in size but not in significance. I
am inspired by prehistorical artifacts, how they became imbued with meaning, and acquired value,
spiritual essence, ritual significance, and contain meanings beyond their materiality.”