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Creative Beginnings—Arts and Crafts at AVA

February 9–May 17, Every Other Tuesday



Come create a baby mobile for your little one at the February 9 gathering!

This new arts and crafts drop-in class was specifically designed for the Upper Valley Mamas in conjunction with AVA. Every other Tuesday, Upper Valley Mama Emily Battles will walk us through a project useful in bringing up baby. Attendees are free to work on that project or bring their own.

$5 fee. Class activities are geared towards moms, caregivers and expectant mothers (little ones more than welcome). Anyone interested in an art program geared towards kids should check out AVA’s CAOS program on Friday mornings.

Please click here to register in advance. Drop-ins welcome.

AVA 2016 Summer Art Camps

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Enrollment in AVA’s 2016 Summer Art Camps is now open for AVA members!

Our exciting, nine-week program features some AVA classic camps combined with a selection of brand new offerings. Camps includine partnerships with: the Dartmouth College Architecture Faculty, the Dartmouth College Biology Department, the Dartmouth College Computer Science Department, the Enfield Shaker Museum, the Upper Valley Land Trust and the Upper Valley Music Center.

We are also happy to announce a new program partnership with Crossroads Academy—with full-day AVA Summer Art Camps now available at Crossroad’s campus in Lyme, NH.

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Kyudo – First Shot

Chin Kyudo First Shot

Kyudo: The Way of the Bow


Free Kyudo Demonstration

Friday, October 16, 6-7pm

“First Shot” Workshop

Saturday, October 17, 9am-4pm

Click here to enroll in Kyudo – First Shot.


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.

“You do not practice kyudo to polish your form. You practice kyudo to polish your heart.” —Kanjuro Sendai

Those interested in learning kyudo can sign up for the “First Shot” Workshop, a daylong practice to be held on Saturday, October 17, 9am-4pm. “First Shot” gives the beginner an opportunity to practice 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.

A Kyudo demonstration to introduce the “First Shot” Workshop will be offered on Friday, October 16, from 6-7pm. The Kyudo demonstration is free and open to the public.

Instructor: 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.

Click here to enroll in Kyudo – First Shot.


Remembering John Joline, AVA Instructor par excellence

JJ on Cardigan 714

The AVA family has lost one of its cherished members: John F. Joline IV died on June 3, following an almost three-year long valiant fight with cancer. For more than twenty years, John has been one of our core instructors, teaching magnificent art classes for children as well as adults, including Cartooning, Delights of Drawing in Pencil and Pen, Digital Photography for Kids, Acrylic Painting, Rigorous Representation, Architectural Design and Holistic Collaborative Drawing. Over the years, hundreds and hundreds of children delighted in his teaching, and John, in turn, took the greatest pleasure in encouraging the talent of his students.

John, who held a degree in Studio Art from Dartmouth College and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, was an expert in the theory of Cubism. He was a passionate mountain climber and touched hundreds of lives as a mentor and climbing guru through the Dartmouth Outing Club. Not surprisingly, the natural world always served as a source of inspiration for his art, though his paintings—some of which will be displayed at AVA in the fall—are more expressionistic, relating visually to the “abstract thankas” of Eastern Art.

According to the wishes of his family, memorial contributions can be made to AVA’s Scholarship Fund, and mailed to 11 Bank Street, Lebanon, NH 03766. Gifts in John’s memory will be applied to scholarships for children and teens to take classes at AVA.

John leaves a huge void and is deeply missed by us all.