Kira’s Garden 2014-2015
Jun 13 @ 5:00 pm – Oct 31 @ 6:00 pm

Split by Kira Fournier

The 2014-2015 Exhibition in Kira’s Garden features sculptures by:

  • Peggy Brightman of Woodstock VT
  • Elizabeth D’Amico of Springfield, NH
  • Liz Sibley Fletcher of Mason, NH
  • Dimitri Gerakaris of Canaan, NH
  • Sue Katz of Meriden, NH
  • Michael Kraatz and Susan Russell of Canaan, NH
  • John Kemp Lee of White River Junction, VT
  • Phil Lonergan of Campton, NH
  • Joe Montroy of Auburn, NH
  • Teresa Taylor of Barnstead, NH
Third Annual Celebration of Upper Valley Artists in Collaboration with Pompanoosuc Mills
Aug 9 @ 5:00 pm – Sep 13 @ 5:00 pm

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The works shown are by Sally Wellborn and Christopher Rollins.

Click here to download the press release for the AVA and Pompanoosuc exhibition.

Glass, Lubin, Karetzky and Sosa
Sep 5 @ 5:00 pm – Oct 8 @ 5:00 pm

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Louise Glass – Slow Transformations through Matter

Rebecca Lawrence Gallery Entry and Clifford B. West Gallery

Click here to download the press release for Louise Glass’ exhibition.


Sarah Lubin – Reading into Things

Gallery Talk: Thursday, October 2, 6:00pm

E.N. Wennberg Gallery

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Laura Karetzky – Opening to page 48…

Also featuring Cantus III, a sound-space piece by composer Manuel Sosa

Gallery Talk: Saturday, September 6, 4:30pm

Elizabeth Rowland Mayor Gallery

Click here to download the press release for Laura Karetzky’s exhibition.


Opening Reception: Friday, September 5, 57pm

Kathleen Swift
Sep 5 @ 5:00 pm – Oct 8 @ 5:00 pm

AVA Swift

Homage to Aya – Sumi-e Ink Paintings by Kathleen Swift

Proceeds to Benefit The Aya Itagaki Art Scholarship Fund at AVA

Johnson Sisters Library (second floor)

Click here to download the press release for Kathleen Swift’s exhibition.


Opening Reception: Friday, September 5, 57pm

Opening Reception: Glass, Lubin, Karetzky and Sosa, Swift
Sep 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Gallery Talk :: Laura Karetzky and Manuel Sosa
Sep 6 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
AVA’s Annual Meeting
Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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To better coincide with AVA’s fiscal year, which runs from September 1 through August 31, our Annual Meeting will now be held in September rather than November.

All AVA members are cordially invited to our Annual Meeting on Tuesday, September 16, from 6:00 to 7:30pm. Election of new officers and Board members will take place, and the proposed budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 will be discussed and voted on. There will also be a presentation of our exciting plans for the future, and a progress report on recent accomplishments. Please join us for this very special opportunity to learn more about the organization you so generously support! Refreshments will be served.

The Mudroom :: Sparks
Sep 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Gallery Talk :: Ben Kilham, The Social Brown Bear
Sep 27 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

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The Social Black Bear: What Bears Have Taught Me about Being Human

A Lecture and Slide Presentation
by Ben Kilham


Ben Kilham, a resident of Lyme, New Hampshire, is a noted wildlife biologist and an expert in black bear behavior. For more than two decades, Kilham’s devotion to black bears has enabled him to closely study their habits and to interact with them. He and his wife Debra have accepted orphaned and injured bear cubs into their home, and, through rehabilitation, enabled them to successfully return to the wild.

Black bears, though thought to be solitary, have a different type of social behavior that possibly parallels early human behavior. Kilham’s talk will demonstrate how black bears show evidence of reciprocal altruism, food sharing, and early group formation of unrelated individuals. Bears can live for as many as forty years, which affords them the long-term benefits of forming relationships with fellow cooperators.

Kilham has been featured in numerous news articles and documentaries, including National Geographic’s A Man among Bears and Animal Planet’s Papa Bear. His most recently published book, Out on a Limb: What Black Bears Have Taught Me about Intelligence and Intuition (Chelsea Green Publishing), appeared in 2013 to critical acclaim.

Saturday, September 27 promises to be a “bear-themed” day at AVA. Kilham’s much anticipated talk will follow on the heels of a stone-carving workshop—Carving Bears in Alabaster—taught by Winkie Kelsey and Andrea Brownell from 9am to 1pm. And our Saturday CAOS (Community Arts Open Studio) participants will be encouraged to create bear-inspired imagery in a variety of media. (CAOS is offered from 11am to 4pm.)

On special display in our galleries for this unique occasion will be wooden sculptures by Grantham, New Hampshire artist Mike Hoisington. His sculptures are carved from decaying trees from the Lyme habitat that is home to many of the black bears cared for by Kilham. This protected land belongs to longtime AVA members Barbara and David Roby.


Gallery Talk :: Sarah Lubin
Oct 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm