AVA’s ArtReach program invites you to join artists LIVE each week. Get a glimpse into the creative minds of experienced artists as they take you through the art-making process – from beginning with a blank canvas or raw materials, through decisions about themes, materials, media, colors, techniques, and other aspects of their practice. Flyers for new ArtReach sessions are emailed every Monday. To get on the e-mail list for current and future ArtReach sessions, or have any questions about the program, please email

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ArtReach airs live via Zoom and Facebook Live every Friday 10:00AM


ArtReach is generously funded by Gail and John Wasson.

Upcoming ArtReach Online Programs:

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Past ArtReach Online Programs:

Valerie Dearing: Earthen Forms

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Valerie Dearing is a NH-based ceramicist and mixed-media artist.

Valerie studied at the School of American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, and the University of Michigan School of Art. For over 40 years, she taught at several university art departments, public and private elementary/middle school art departments in Maryland, schools in Mexico, India, the Omega Institute of Holistic Studies in New York, and several retreat centers in Central America.

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22 September 2023

James M. O’Brien: Invented Spaces

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James M. O’Brien is a NH-based painter. His evocative landscapes are deeply atmospheric, otherworldly and pull from a rich history of New England landscape painting. He spent the majority of time living among the rural parts of New Hampshire. Early in his youth he was raised among the majestic Catskills, Adirondacks and White Mountains regions and often admired the Hudson Valley scenery. He began drawing and painting early and was instantly inspired by the British and American romantic landscape painters of 18th and 19th centuries.

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08 September 2023

Don Williams: Assembly Required

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Don Williams is a NH-based ceramicist and sculptor. The artist works with clay and found objects, assembling different elements to create engaging new forms that reference architecture, landscape, manufactured parts and artifacts. The carefully constructed ceramic works are richly textured and glazed, alluding to rust, corrugation, steel, concrete and aluminum. Recently, in his wall-hanging sculptures, found objects like burnt wood, machine parts, and natural objects have become a part of the works. Though, where the ceramic forms end and the found objects begin become intentional and seamless. 

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01 September 2023

Bob Dorr: Visible Mending

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ArtReach Demonstration with fiber artist Bob Dorr. Bob Dorr is a NH-based embroidery and mixed media artist. He creates intricate fiber-art brooches, garments and sculptures. The artist also works with mixed media, with an emphasis on layering similar to his fiber works. He is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen and has won numerous awards for his work.  Dorr is also an educator and teaches at Kimball Jenkins School of Art.  The artist will be demonstrating techniques in visible mending.

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25 August 2023

Sabrina B. Fadial: Steel Wildflowers

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Sabrina B. Fadial is a VT-based sculptor and mixed media artist. She earned a BFA in Textiles from Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Art. Fadial studied blacksmithing and metal work at Penland Craft School and Haystack Mountain Craft School. In addition to her active studio practice, she teaches in the School of Architecture + Art at Norwich University and is the executive director of T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier, VT.

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11 August 2023

Hannah Cole Dahar: Choice, Chance, Intuition

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Hannah Cole Dahar is a painter, jewelry maker and mixed media artist. She often paints on aluminum and brass, as well as working with jewelry and sculpture. Dahar’s surreal and otherworldly works explore themes of dreams, mythology,  and intuition. In her jewelry work, the artist assembles found objects and miniature paintings with more traditional chains, pearls and metalwork. Her paintings include intricate portraiture in oils with elaborate ornamentation, often including allusions to religious iconography and myth.

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04 August 2023
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