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AVA’s 50th Anniversary Benefit: Bloom! Exhibition and Live + Silent Auction

Exhibition dates: April 14 – April 28 | All Galleries | Delivery: Thursday, April 6, 10-5pm, OR, Monday, April 10, 10-5pm. Bloom! Exhibition and Live + Silent Auction Party: Friday, April 28, 5 – 8pm 

We are inviting all artists to participate in AVA’s 50th Anniversary Benefit: Bloom! Exhibition and Live + Silent Auction which will be featured in our named galleries. Create and donate artwork for our big 50th Year Fundraiser! (Or donate an existing original artwork) Your donation to AVA is an important ingredient to sustaining our community non-profit art center, please join us in nurturing the Bloom! Lend a hand by making and donating original artwork to aid in our fundraising effort. We love artists, we love AVA (we know you do too!), and this is your way of showing the community how important AVA is to you. 

The success of this fundraiser has always relied on the high-quality artwork that so many loyal and talented artists generously donate. We appreciate your donation of artwork valued at no less than $500.00. We hope you will join us and contribute to AVA’s 50th Anniversary Benefit: Bloom! Exhibition and Live + Silent Auction by donating a work of art for this very special 50th anniversary event. 

We understand that artists are frequently asked for donations and so we want to stress that contributing your artwork is entirely up to you.  Please fill out this electronic form to let us know if you are interested in participating. Click here to let us know if you are interested: AVA’s 50th Anniversary Benefit: Bloom! Exhibition and Live + Silent Auction: Artist Donation Query Form 

We will follow up with you soon. Many thanks! Team AVA

Carter-Kelsey Gallery Exhibitions |

Due to gallery size limitations these exhibitions are curated. Unfortunately, not all submissions can be accepted. Thank you for participating!

February 17- March 30, 2023 | Chiaroscuro | a group exhibition

The definition of the Italian word Chiaroscuro, in art, “is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. It is also a technical term used by artists and art historians for the use of contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in modelling three-dimensional objects and figures.” Chiaroscuro may also be employed to illustrate meaning/content or narrative metaphor within a work of art. Asking for submissions which articulate chiaroscuro in the traditional sense, depicting light and shadow, as well as examples in the allegorical sense which seek to convey a deeper message. Notice, 1/30; Delivery date: 2/15

Image credits: Top, Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, oil painting; Bottom, Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Stills, photograph (great examples of chiaroscuro with heavy content)



Main Gallery Exhibitions | Rebecca Lawrence | Elizabeth Rowland Mayor | Clifford B. West | E.N. Wennberg 

Solo Exhibition Proposals 

Thank you for your interest in exhibiting at AVA Gallery and Art Center. AVA features single exhibiting artists showing concurrently in our three/four spacious exhibition spaces. AVA’s Exhibition Committee consists of artists, art curators, and art professionals who review proposals with thoughtful consideration and equal representation given to artists with strong connections to NH, VT, and the greater New England region. Since there are limited opportunities for single/solo exhibitions, artists who submit a proposal may be invited to participate in a curated group exhibition. Please be aware that AVA’s exhibition schedule is planned 1-2 years in advance.  AVA is committed to exhibiting artists through meaningful, engaging contemporary art, cultivating an exchange of ideas and dialogue between the local art community and beyond. 

The next call for 2024 proposals will open January 1, 2023. Click here to submit a proposal, link is live on January 1, 2023.  The deadline for submission of proposals for the 2024 calendar year is midnight, March 31, 2023. Notice of final decision no later than July 31, 2023. For questions regarding the submission process email Exhibition Manager Samantha Eckert at Thank you!

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Artist Members – Artwork for The Members Gallery at AVA

Robert Chapla  Amy Hook-Therrien  Julie Puttgen  

AVA Artist Members receive many benefits that are separate from Individual, Family or higher level memberships, one of which is to have a presence in both our online gallery (The Shop) and our bricks and mortar gallery, The Members Gallery. (Please visit our Membership page for full details.)

Please email Sheryl Trainor, Members Gallery Manager, to learn if this level of membership is right for you. 


1. Two-dimensional work must be framed, professionally presented, and wired for hanging. No sawtooth or D-ring hangers will be accepted. Table frames will likewise not be accepted.
2. Three-dimensional work must be stable on a pedestal or secured to a base.
3. All work must be for sale. Artwork should be fairly and reasonably priced according to fair market value.
4. Two-dimensional work may not exceed 48 inches in any dimension. Diptychs and triptychs are considered and sold as a single piece and must conform to the above limitations.
5. All work must be properly labeled with the artist’s name, title, medium, and price.
6. Three-dimensional work may not exceed 50 pounds. Work exceeding 50 pounds must be placed by artist.
7. Jewelry must be tagged with the artist’s initials, a number that corresponds to a written inventory list, and price. All jewelry should be prepared for presentation. Jewelers supply their own boxes or jewelry bags.
8. Work for the flat files must be shrink-wrapped or in clear bags to protect it and surrounding work. Each piece must be labeled with artist’s name, title, medium, and price.
9. Fiber hangings must be mounted on a rod.
10. Artists are responsible for transporting work to and from the gallery.
11. Artwork should not be based on a photograph/artwork made by someone else.
12. AVA reserves the right to reject any work submitted. Work may be rejected for any reason including, but not limited to: the work is too fragile for display; the work is improperly prepared for exhibit; the work or frame is damaged; etc.