Climate Change and Art

Join us in the West Gallery at AVA for these two talks about Climate Change.

Lyn Swett, This is Compost, 12 & This is Compost, 13
Gallery Talk: Thursday, July 25, 6 pm

Dartmouth Earth Sciences PhD candidate Huanping Huang will bridge the gap between visitor perception of the natural world through art and the measurable and scientific ways in which the world around us is changing.

Artist Talk: Thursday, August 15, 6 pm

“Climate Joy: How Creativity and Climate Action can Inspire Joy and New Ways of Being” Photographer Lyn Swett shares how composting influenced her work and her life, providing a metaphor for society and ourselves.

AVA in the News

Reginald Vessey 911 on Vesey Street

Reginald Vessey, Juror’s Recognition Award recipient in AVA’s 2019 Summer Juried Exhibition, is featured in the Thursday, July 18th Valley News. The story of his posthumous submission to the exhibition by his widow, Dorothy Stanley, is touching and inspiring. Read the full Valley News article.

Interns and Volunteers!

Interns and Volunteers!

AVA Gallery and Art Center is thrilled to have an enthusiastic and talented group of Exhibition interns and volunteers this summer. Whether patching and painting gallery walls, curating the Staff and Intern Exhibition in the newly remodeled Member Gallery, hanging artwork for the 2019 Summer Juried Exhibition, organizing storage spaces, or fine tuning spreadsheets, these women do loads of work that allow us to operate at full speed this summer. When you see them in the building, say hello, ask about their future studies and plans, and wait to be impressed by their amazing resumes and collective knowledge!

AVA is very thankful for the 2019 Summer Interns who are generously sponsored by Gail and John Wasson.

(l-r) Annie Tilley, Elif Usuloglu, Allison Collins take a break and admire their handiwork in hanging the 2019 Summer Juried Exhibition. Not pictured is volunteer Amy Hansen.

Lobby Artist of the Month

Joseph Saginor is our Lobby Artist of the Month. Joseph’s artwork is on display in AVA’s lobby until the end of July. Each month we hope to highlight the artwork of a different artist renting one of the 20 studio spaces in the Carter-Kelsey building. Artwork by tenants is on display throughout the 2nd and 3rd floors, and is changed by the artists as their work progresses. Come take a look!

Joseph Saginor, He’s Leaving, Bye-Bye
Joseph Saginor, Untitled
Joseph Saginor, Morning, Nevis

Member Gallery Improvements

Big plans are under way in our Member Gallery! In an effort to make the space as beautiful as AVA’s main galleries, electrical conduits and a ventilation fan were removed to provide larger expanses of walls to hang art. A new flat file for member artists to store their work is in place, and a schedule of member artist exhibitions and socials will soon be published.

If you would like to be included in the Member Gallery Committee, the body responsible for planning and implementing member artist exhibitions and monthly social gatherings, please contact Interim Exhibition Manager Heidi Reynolds at or (603) 448-3117.