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

AVA Sept 2014

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

Click here to download the press release for Sarah Lubin’s exhibition.


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

The Mudroom :: Sparks
Sep 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Gallery Talk :: Ben Kilham, The Social Black 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


Click here to download the press release for The Social Black Bear at AVA.

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
Hathaway-Zepeda, Vivell, Wennberg
Oct 17 @ 5:00 pm – Nov 14 @ 5:00 pm

Case Hathaway-Zepeda – Surfacing

Gallery Talk: Thursday, November 6, 6:00pm

Rebecca Lawrence Gallery Entry


Judith Vivell – Out Along the Connecticut: New England’s Magnificent Wild Turkey

Gallery Talk: Saturday, October 18, 4:30pm

Clifford B. West Gallery


Coralea Wennberg – River Paintings

Gallery Talk: Thursday, October 23, 5:30pm

E.N. Wennberg Gallery and Elizabeth Rowland Mayor Gallery


Opening Reception: Friday, October 17, 57pm


AVA wishes to thank Caldwell Law for underwriting this exhibition.

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Opening Reception: Hathaway-Zepeda, Vivell, Wennberg
Oct 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Gallery Talk :: Kyudo–The Way of the Bow
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Free Kyudo Demonstration

Friday, October 17, 6-7pm

 Chin Kyudo First Shot

“You do not practice kyudo to polish your form. You practice kyudo to polish your heart.” —Kanjuro Shibata Sensei XX

Kyudo means “the way of the bow” and is an ancient form of Japanese archery. It is also a meditation practice, often referred to as “Zen archery.” Practicing kyudo involves focusing one’s attention and calming one’s mind for the precise drawing of the bow and release of the arrow. It is a path to opening one’s heart and mind to the natural dignity of being human, beyond the obstacles of ambition, doubt, and loneliness. Hitting the target is not considered important.

Those interested in learning kyudo can sign up for the “First Shot” Workshop, a daylong program to be held on Saturday, October 18, 9am-4pm. “First Shot” gives the beginner an introduction to the Seven Coordinations (Shichido), the basic form of kyudo as meditation. A portion of the proceeds from the “First Shot” Workshop will go to the Aya Itagaki Scholarship Fund at AVA. Adults and older teenagers are welcome to participate.

Ray Chin is the instructor of a small group of kyudokas who practice regularly in Thetford, VT. He was a student of Kanjuro Shibata Sendai, a bow maker and kyudo master whose lineage spanned 20 generations of master bow makers. Shibata Sendai died in October 2013.



Gallery Talk :: Judith Vevill
Oct 18 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm