Click here to download the press release for AVA’s 8th Annual Best of the Upper Valley High School Exhibition.
Postcard design by Luke Eastman
Award Winners Chosen by Gerald Auten, Director of Exhibitions | Senior Lecturer in Studio Art, Dartmouth College
This celebration of the creative achievements of our regional youths is made possible by the generous support of:
Amberger Design Group
Saturday, March 5, 12-2:30pm
Poets of all ages and experience levels are invited to this free workshop on ekphrastic poetry—writing that takes inspiration from art! AVA’s 2016 Best of the Upper Valley High School Exhibition will be on display in the galleries, featuring diverse works in multiple mediums that will serve as the visual prompts for our writing. Experienced poets will be available to guide writers as they create new works.
Participants are invited back to read their poems at AVA’s Ekphrastic Poetry Reading—Friday, March 11, 6:30pm.
Pre-registration is requested (click here – thank you!), though drop-ins are welcome.
Since 2010, the improvisational comedy troupe Valley Improv, or Improv for short, has performed throughout the community in a variety of venues. In fact, the then fledgling troupe appeared at AVA in 2011 in a program that combined the literary, performing and visual arts. Now, Valley Improv and AVA have formed a partnership that will showcase myriad aspects of the creative process.
Improv’s founder, Becky Byars of East Thetford, VT, states that her goals in forming this troupe were to create a fun family show and to establish a creative outlet for local talent. “We live life on the edge by creating comedy in the moment based exclusively on audience suggestions,” says Becky, a longtime performer in children’s theater and improvisational troupes nationwide.
The performance at AVA is free and open to the public. The audience is always engaged, sometimes even on stage. The comedy is fast-paced, energetic, upbeat, and family friendly.
Johnson Sisters Library
Saturday, March 11, 6:30pm
Participants in AVA’s March 5 Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop are invited back to read their original works alongside established poets as part of the closing festivities for the 2016 Best of the Upper Valley High School Exhibition. Live music and light refreshments. Join us!
Preview and Early-Bird Bidding: Saturday, March 26 through Saturday, April 2, 11am-5pm and Thursday, March 31, 11am-7pm. Free admission.
The Silent Auction Party and Final Bids will be Saturday, April 2, 5:30-8pm. There is an admission fee for the Silent Auction Party.