April Classes + Workshops are postponed + April Camps are cancelled

March 21, 2020

Dear Friends of AVA,

Please be aware that AVA’s Spring + Summer Brochure that was distributed in The Valley News today contains class information that has drastically changed since printing. (Boy, is that an understatement!) Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, AVA’s campus is closed to the public. This means all classes, community programs, and events (including AVA’s Annual Silent Auction and current exhibitions) are postponed until a later date. We are accepting online registrations for classes beginning in May, with the understanding that those classes might eventually be postponed, as well.

Those of you who previously registered for an April camp, class, or workshop should already have been contacted by AVA’s Education Manager, Nick Gaffney, (nick@avagallery.org) about receiving a credit for a future class, a refund, or generously offering your tuition to AVA as a fully tax-deductible donation. If you have not seen an email in your inbox, please check your junk or spam folder.

Many, many organizations in our community will suffer significant and crippling losses because of closures. Please consider donating to those entities. Should you wish to donate to AVA, you may do so here: Donate Today! Our staff, instructors, students and community program participants thank you heartily!

We appreciate your patience and support as we all adjust to the daily influx of information and changes taking place. Staff members are busy planning for future classes, programs and events from home. Some of us will be in the office on an as-needed basis and we will return voice messages as we receive them. If you need immediate assistance, we encourage you to reach out via email with questions:

Heidi Reynolds
Executive Director  heidi@avagallery.org

Bente Torjusen
Strategic Advisor bente@avagallery.org

Nick Gaffney
Education Manager  nick@avagallery.org

Joshua Dacey
Exhibition Manager joshua@avagallery.org

Sheryl Trainor
Office Manager  sheryl@avagallery.org

Roger Goldenberg
Sculptural Studies & Facilities Manager  roger@avagallery.org

Abbe Murphy
Bookkeeper  abbe@avagallery.org

Jan Henshaw Longwell
Development Coordinator jan@avagallery.org

Karl Neubauer
Core Studio Instructor  karl@avagallery.org

Maggie Kundtz Joseph
Core Studio Instructor mayfly@avagallery.org

We will have the current Carla Kimball | Solitude exhibition posted in our Off the Wall online gallery, soon. All artwork in AVA’s Off the Wall online gallery is for sale by calling 603-448-3117 or emailing Exhibition Manager, Joshua Dacey, at joshua@avagallery.org. Consider how a piece of artwork makes a great, long-lasting gift for someone in your life. You’ll not only support AVA, but the artists we represent.

Keep an eye on AVA’s website www.avagallery.org, Facebook Page, and Instagram for updated information as well as creative, uplifting and informative content, including The Mudroom storytelling sessions and online classes by some of our most beloved instructors.

Sending light and happy thoughts! ~ The Entire AVA Crew

Further information sources:

Upper Valley Organizations working to keep you connected…

Please visit the below local organizations to find content to keep you informed and entertained, and also consider supporting these organizations to keep the Upper Valley humming!


Camerata New England


Center for Cartoon Studies

City Center Ballet


Dance Collective

Hood Museum

Howe Library

JAG Productions

League of New Hampshire Craftsmen

Lebanon Opera House

Lebanon Public Libraries

Library Arts Center

Montshire Museum of Science

North Country Chordsmen

Northern Stage

Norwich, VT Library

Opera North

Parrish Players

Pentangle Arts

Revels North

Shaker Bridge Theater

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio

Upper Valley Arts Alliance

Upper Valley Music Center

We The People Theater

White River Indie Film




AVA Campus Closed Until April 6

March 16, 2020, 12 pm

Dear Friends of AVA,

New Hampshire Governor Sununu and Vermont Governor Scott declared a state of emergency and ordered all NH and VT public and private schools closed until April 6. Naturally, AVA takes this action very seriously and wants to adhere to measures that will keep our community safe. In order to remain consistent with protocols for social distancing and preventing further spread of COVID-19, we have decided to close AVA’s campus to the public. This means all classes, community programs, and events (including AVA’s Annual Silent Auction and current exhibitions) are postponed until a later date. Reduced staff will be in the office and studio tenants will be able to access their studios, but the general public is asked to please view exhibitions online.

We will have the current Carla Kimball | Solitude exhibition posted in our Off the Wall online gallery, soon. All artwork in AVA’s Off the Wall online gallery is for sale by calling 603-448-3117 or emailing Exhibition Manager, Joshua Dacey, at joshua@avagallery.org.

Instructors and students should expect to be contacted by AVA Staff regarding re-scheduling of classes or refunds/credits for cancelled or postponed classes they will not be able to attend. Questions may be directed to Education Manager, Nick Gaffney, by calling 603-448-3117 or emailing nick@avagallery.org. We ask for your patience when waiting for a reply during this very busy time.

Keep an eye on AVA’s website www.avagallery.org for information on public events, free community programs, and classes.

Further information sources:

AVA’s COVID-19 Policies

March 15, 2020, 3:00 pm
Dear Friends of AVA,

In consideration of State of New Hampshire mandate to close all public and private schools, AVA is cancelling all current classes, community programs and events effective immediately. That means no classes, community programs or events will take place beginning Monday, March 16 through Sunday, April 4.

We ask for your patience while we speak with instructors and develop a plan of action. Staff will contact current students (as of 3/15/2020) to discuss reimbursement of pro-rated tuition or possible rescheduling of remaining class sessions. Classes that have not begun meeting that are scheduled to start during this time will be rescheduled for a later date if at all possible. If we are not able to reschedule a class, or if a student is not able to attend the rescheduled class, AVA will offer a full refund or credit toward a future class at AVA.

The March 12 Mudroom and March 28-April 4 Silent Auction have been postponed.

The Mudroom has been postponed until June 11. Anyone with tickets may use those tickets at the June 11 event. Anyone seeking a refund may call the office at 603-448-3117 or email info@avagallery.org

The Annual Silent Auction date is to be determined. Anyone who has donated artwork or items to the auction will receive their donation thank you and tax deduction letter, and the items will be kept at AVA until the event takes place later in 2020. Anyone wishing to hold onto their donation for now will be contacted closer to the event date for item collection. We thank you for your generosity and patience.

Cancellation Policy Changes During COVID-19 Outbreak

If AVA cancels a class currently in session, tuition will be pro-rated for the remainder of the session and/or the remaining sessions will be re-scheduled. Students enrolled in classes that have not yet begun to meet will be offered either a refund or the option to apply their tuition the another class at AVA.

If a class participant cancels 10 business days or more before the first class, full tuition will be refunded in the form of a check or as a credit towards another AVA class within one year of date of issue. If a class participant cancels 9 or fewer business days before the first class, a credit towards another AVA class withing one year of date of issue will be offered. Administrative fees surrounding class cancellations have been waived during the pandemic.

We ask you to do your part!
  • Stay home when you are sick and seek medical care if needed
  • Stay home if you have been in contact with infected persons
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Use elbow bumps or fist pumps instead of handshakes and hugs
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
WHO: How to handwash? With soap and water

Thanks for your vigilance in keeping our community safe and healthy!

AVA Celebrates 30 Years in Lebanon!

By ALEX HANSON – 3/11/20

Features > Arts-Entertainment-Theater

Art Notes: AVA Gallery holds a subdued celebration

A line extends out the door for the first show in AVA Gallery’s new location in Lebanon, N.H., in March 1990. (Courtesy AVA Gallery)

Attendees crowd into AVA Gallery’s first opening in their new space in Lebanon, N.H., in March 1990. (Courtesy AVA Gallery)


Valley News Staff Writer

Published: 3/11/2020

Large public gatherings are whatever the opposite of “all the rage” is right now.

That’s a shame, as there’s a milestone that deserves to be celebrated by the masses. Thirty years ago, AVA Gallery and Art Center opened its first exhibition in the ground floor of the H.W. Carter and Sons clothing factory in Lebanon.

The date was March 16, 1990. Founded in 1973, AVA had occupied space in a Norwich barn and in a second-floor space behind the Dartmouth Bookstore in Hanover. It was largely by artists and for artists.

The move to Lebanon changed that. In addition to the first-floor gallery, AVA also leased a teaching studio on the factory’s second floor. Over the years, AVA and its growing community of artists and students rented out more and more of the former factory. AVA acquired the building in 2003 and later renovated it and added a Sculptural Studies Building. Now, it is possibly the most comprehensive center for the visual arts in New England, with dozens of exhibitions, workshops, classes and camps taking place each year.

Thanks to the coronavirus, there will be no reenactment of that first opening night at 11 Bank St. But to celebrate the anniversary, AVA is offering a membership deal. On Monday, a person can become a new member of AVA for $30 (it usually costs $55), and a family can join for $45 (instead of $75).

And let’s hope there’s no pandemic in 2023, when AVA celebrates its 50th birthday.

AVA will hold a gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, an opening reception for “Solitude,” a show of photographs by Carla Kimball in AVA’s Members Gallery. A gallery talk is planned for 6 p.m on April 9. Also on view at AVA, black and white photographs of Lebanon by the late Cornelia Rahmelow.