Welcome Hildegard Ojibway

February 25, 2019

The AVA community and Board of Directors are pleased to welcome Hildegard Ojibway as interim Executive Director to AVA Gallery and Art Center beginning February 25, 2019. Hilde is a long-time Upper Valley resident and has been Executive Director of LISTEN Community Services and the Good Neighbor Health Clinic & Red Logan Dental Clinic.

More recently, she identified a need for interim administrative services in the area and has specialized in this capacity, serving as interim Executive Director at Headrest, Good Neighbor Health Clinic, Vital Communities, and Hannah House.

Hilde also served as a State Representative in the Vermont House of Representatives from 2006-2008. She is a singer/songwriter and has appeared in AVA’s Mudroom as part of the band, “Never Too Late,” and most recently as a storyteller.

AVA is also pleased to welcome Bente Torjusen, who served for 30 years as AVA’s Executive Director until 2016, as Strategic Advisor in this interim period.

The search for a permanent Executive Director will begin immediately.

AVA is buzzing with activity! Hilde Ojibway notes, “I love the way AVA engages people of all ages and abilities. The current exhibit of art by area high school students is a great example of how AVA encourages creative development and provides ways to showcase that art throughout the community.”

We hope you will attend the High School Show now on display in the galleries through March 8, 2019. There are exciting educational opportunities for artists of all ages and levels of experience in our new spring and summer classes and camps brochure which can be found here. Finally, please join us for our Annual Silent Auction Party on Saturday, April 6 to celebrate art in our lives and enjoy the company of other members of the AVA community.

June 7 :: NH Day of Giving

NH Gives Logo


Click here to donate to AVA as part of the NH Gives campaign on June 7.

What is NH Gives Day?

NH Gives Day is a 24-hour online fundraising campaign, designed to raise awareness about how essential nonprofits are to our quality of life and to highlight the generous spirit of the citizens of our state. Our goal is to unite people around the causes they care about and help nonprofits connect to the larger community.

On June 7, New Hampshire’s nonprofit sector will come together to celebrate our impact and amplify the generosity of our community, and we would love for you to be a part of it. NH Gives Day is brought to you thanks to the generous sponsorship of the NH Charitable Foundation, St. Mary’s Bank, Grappone Automotive Group, the New Hampshire Union Leader, and Heartwood Media, and with support from NH Businesses for Social Responsibility, the Granite, Monadnock, Greater Nashua, Greater Seacoast, and Sullivan County United Ways.

Click here to donate to AVA as part of the NH Gives campaign on June 7.

Thank you donors to AVA’s 2016 Silent Auction


Our 2016 Silent Auction Exhibition looks fantastic. The display features donations of artworks as well as essential goods and services from local businesses.

Click here to see the entire suite of donors and then come see the show to place your bids!

Click here to purchase your tickets to the Silent Auction Party and Final Bidding, Saturday, April 2, 5:30-8pm.

Thank you!

AVA’s 2016 Silent Auction is generously sponsored by:

Coldwell Banker, Redpath & Co. Realtors

Geokon, Inc.

Tyler, Simms & St. Sauveur, PC