A Quarterly Social Gathering
Next Program: “Spring Fling”
March 13, 7-9pm
The Mudroom, an
initiative modeled after NPR’s
The Moth Radio Hour, kicked off this fall in AVA’s spacious galleries. This program, the brainchild of AVA Board
member and physician Emily Ridgway, is designed as a social gathering for
adults in the Upper Valley, offering an opportunity to meet new people, connect
with friends, and to hear amazing real-life stories that might otherwise go unshared.
first and second gatherings of this quarterly program were extraordinary – the
stories were compelling and the atmosphere was lively, with good music,
conversation, and refreshments before and amidst the storytelling. We thank all
our storytellers for the enthusiastic sharing of their tales.
next Mudroom will be on March 13.
The evening’s theme will be brought to life as five pre-selected individuals share
personal accounts of a “Spring Fling.” Please join us for a memorable evening!
you would like to share a story, please send an email to
Open to the public, adults only please.
Refreshments will be available. $5 Admission.
AVA's 2014 Spring & Summer Classes!!!
Now Available Online
AVA's full selection of classes, workshops, and camps for all ages and abilities is now available for enrollment online.
Children & Teen's Spring 2014 Classes & Camps
Children & Teen's Summer 2014 Art Camps
Adult's Spring 2014 Classes & Workshops
Adult's Summer 2014 Classes & Workshops
A Special Silent Auction Exhibition: Framed Vintage Posters from
the Collection of Alfred T. Quirk
13 - 29
Opening Reception: March 13, 4:30-6:30pm
Al Quirk, a longtime AVA
supporter, donated the nineteen framed vintage posters from his extensive
collection to be sold for the benefit of our nonprofit visual arts
organization. This special exhibition and auction features a selection of
beautifully framed classic posters, including Harper's Bazaar and World War I propaganda
posters by artists such as Edward Penfield, James Montgomery Flagg, and Charles
Livingston Bull. One particularly impressive poster is a color lithograph by
Flagg titled Wake up America
Day, depicting a woman as a town crier carrying a lantern and
here to download the press release for the Framed Vintage Posters exhibition.
AVA Receives a Challenge Grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
AVA is pleased to announce that a $15,000 challenge grant for operating support from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF) will be awarded upon the completion of the grant’s matching requirement. This generous grant will support and enhance AVA’s education, exhibition, and community programming, including numerous free and low-cost programs, as the organization simultaneously strives to reach its recently announced $2.5 million capital campaign goal.
This challenge grant will help AVA achieve its primary goals of reaching more diverse audiences, increasing membership, and broadening opportunities for artists, while sustaining current programs and operations during AVA’s capital campaign. In addition to rotating exhibitions of work by local and regional artists, AVA offers a comprehensive year-round art education program for adults and children of all ages and abilities, as well as vacation art camps for children and teens. Scholarships are available for all ages, and internship opportunities are in place for high school and college students.
AVA also a offers a number of free and low-cost programs for all ages, including CAOS (Community Arts Open Studio), CAOS for Toddlers, a Senior Art Class in collaboration with the Upper Valley Senior Center, Art Lab in conjunction with the Special Needs Support Center, Art for Kids in collaboration with students from Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and ART STOP! for middle and high school students. Films, artist talks, and The Mudroom (live storytelling) are all part of AVA’s extensive community programs.
In awarding this grant, The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation recognized the challenges of sustaining current operations during a capital campaign period, while also acknowledging the positive impact that AVA’s rich programming has on the community.
AVA’s $2.5 million capital campaign will raise funds for the development of a recently acquired property contiguous to AVA’s LEED Gold-certified Carter-Kelsey building, thus creating increased opportunities for artists and community members alike. The campaign will also fund the creation of a new exhibition space to accommodate a broader variety of art; the expansion of AVA’s environmental initiatives, including the installation of solar panels and the goal of becoming net zero by 2017; and for the establishment of a reserve fund for operations.
One of the Foundation’s goals is to help the community maximize its support of AVA by doubling the dollar value of each donation. New and upgraded memberships and first-time contributions, as well as donations that exceed previous gift levels, qualify for the NHCF’s challenge grant. Generous donors who have recently given to AVA may also direct an additional gift to go specifically toward the challenge. To participate in this important challenge, please contact AVA Gallery and Art Center at 603-448-3117, or
Download the press release by clicking here.
AVA Seeks Interns
and Camp Assistants for 2014
Deadline: April 1, 2014
AVA’s diverse programs provide dedicated
and capable high school and college students the opportunity to make an
essential contribution to the work we do in the community, while also gaining
skills as they learn about the art world.
who are generally high school students passionate about the visual arts, work
directly with faculty members to create exciting and memorable Summer Art Camps
for children and teens. The application deadline is April 1.
Interns, who are generally high school seniors and
college students, help in multiple ways with our education, exhibition, and
community arts programs. AVA internships are designed with the unique interests
of each applicant in mind — individuals seeking experience in a fine art
gallery, arts education and community arts programming, or arts administration
would be rewarded by their time at AVA. The application deadline is April 1.
Interested individuals may download an
application by clicking the title above or by calling the AVA office at (603) 448-3117.
AVA's 6th Annual Best of the
Upper Valley High School Exhibition
February 21 - March 14, 2014
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony:
Friday, February 28, 5-7pm
Thanks for Supporting Our Region's Young Artists with an Amazing Opening Reception Upper Valley!!!
2014 Silent Auction
March 22 – 29, 2014
Silent Auction Party
and Final Bids
Saturday, March 29, 5:30 – 8:00pm
Mark your calendars now, and be sure
not to miss AVA’s 2014 Silent Auction!
All the donated auction items—artwork
in a variety of media and donations from the business community, ranging from
furniture to gift certificates—will be available for preview and early-bird
bidding from March 22-29. Admission is free during the preview
period, and anyone who wishes may place early-bird bids.
There is an admission
fee, however, to attend the festive Silent Auction Party, where good friends, good food, and the final
bidding will all come together.
So stay tuned! As time draws near, specific details about
AVA’s liveliest and most anticipated fundraising party will be coming your way!
Click here if you wish to purchase your admission fee to the Silent Auction Party now!
Many thanks to our generous 2014 Sponsors:
American Trust Investment Advisors
Coldwell Banker Redpath & Co.
Three Tomatoes Trattoria
Vitt Brannen & Loftus, PLC
Upcoming AVA Classes and Workshops
Children and TeensThere are no classes starting this week.
Classes Starting March 23-March 29
Adults There are no classes starting this week.
Children and Teens
There are no classes starting this week.
Please Support AVA's 2013-2014 Annual Fund
Dear Friends of AVA,
In this, our 40th
anniversary year, it is especially gratifying that AVA Gallery and Art Center was
acknowledged in a recent review in Art
New England as “one of the anchors of the visual arts” in our region. Your donation to our Annual Fund supports all aspects of the innovative
art programming we provide, as we work to meet the needs of artists and community members alike.
Donations to AVA's 2013-2014 Annual Fund can be made by clicking here.
We thank you for your generous
support. Your contribution makes a difference!
Please click "read more" to access our entire 2013-2014 Annual Fund letter.