Community Programs

Upcoming events are listed below by date.


If you’re looking for information about any of the following regularly scheduled programs, please click through for more complete details.

Art for Kids

Art Lab


CAOS (Community Arts Open Studio)

Group / School Visits


Public Art Projects

Senior Art Class


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

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 Director of New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

Rebecca Lawrence Gallery Entry


Robyn Whitney Fairclough: Recent Works

Clifford B. West Gallery


Vivien Russe: Lumen

E.N. Wennberg Gallery

Gallery Talk: Friday, October 13, 4pm


Mary Hart: Hours

Elizabeth Rowland Mayor Gallery

Gallery Talk: Friday, October 13, 4pm


Gallery Talks :: Stephanie Gordon
Oct 26 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm


AVA Gallery and Art Center, located at 11 Bank Street in Lebanon, NH, is pleased to present the exhibition Close to Home: Encaustic Paintings by Stephanie Gordon, on display from September 8, 2017 through November 10, 2017 in the Johnson Sisters Library (Second Floor). A reception, free and open to the public, will take place on Friday, September 8 from 5 to 7pm.

Stephanie Gordon, of Piermont, NH, studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts at the Université d’Aix-Marseille in France and received her BFA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Gordon has taught a range of ages and she has received numerous awards and grants both for her work as an artist as well as an art teacher. Residencies include programs at the Camden-Frontier School in MI and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. Recent exhibitions include shows at the Ledyard Gallery in the Howe Library in Hanover, NH; Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT; and South Shore Arts Center in Weymouth, MA.

For her exhibition at AVA, Gordon will show mixed-media encaustic paintings. She states: “My enthusiasm for encaustic painting began when I saw the Fayum mummy portraits done in encaustic at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2008. I was captivated by the medium and trained in the use of encaustics at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. I am intrigued by the depth and luminosity that can be created with encaustics and I enjoy the opportunity to integrate other materials into the work. The qualities of depth and light created by the use of layers of semi transparent wax are well suited for painting the landscapes of the natural and pastoral New England that I love. Throughout my career as an artist, I have returned to the landscape as my subject. The inspiration for the work here is the Upper Valley. These paintings show the places here that I enjoy and that I see every day during walks, hikes and drives.”

Stephanie Gordon will give a gallery talk on Thursday, October 26 at 5:30pm. The talk is free and open to the public.

AVA’s Open House
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Throughout the downstairs galleries and three floors of the Carter-Kelsey Building

Holiday Exhibition and Sale
Dec 2 2017 @ 11:00 am – Jan 1 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 5-7pm

Every year, our Holiday Show is the place to find unique gifts. Our member artists offer a range of beautiful and fun items from artwork in all media to handmade ornaments and fine jewelry. We have hand-dyed shibori scarves, uncycled mittens, and cool snow globes that make great gifts for the holidays. Our galleries are the perfect place to shop or take a break from the holiday madness!