The Mudroom: Breaking the Rules

Food at 6:30pm | Storytelling at 7pm
Advance Mudroom tickets are on sale now! The evening’s theme, Breaking the Rules, will be brought to life as individuals share personal accounts of their experiences. Delicious Asian food by Pon and beverages will be available for purchase before the performance. Music will be provided by the band ChickenSlax. This live-storytelling event offers an opportunity to meet new people, enjoy a fun evening with music, food and beverage, and hear entertaining stories.

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Free Art Swap!

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 11 am – 5 pm

Back by popular demand, AVA’s Free Art Swap is a way to put your unused artwork and art supplies to good use, or find something to inspire your creativity. Bring works of art and as many art supplies as you can carry. Take as much as you need. You don’t have to bring items in order to take items!
Drop-off begins 9am on the patio of the Bente Building and Kelsey Stone Carving Studio. Send questions to or call 603-448-3117. Free and open to the public.

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 Gallery Appoints Alicia Bergeron as Marketing Communications Manager

Lebanon, NH (September 28, 2017)

AVA Gallery and Art Center (AVA) announced today that Alicia Bergeron has been selected as Marketing Communications Manager. Ms. Bergeron will officially begin transitioning into the position part-time starting October 8th and will assume full-time responsibilities on November 1, 2017.

The announcement came jointly from AVA Board Chair Andrew Garthwaite and Executive Director Trip Anderson. “AVA’s connection with both artists and the wider community of art lovers and art students is critical,” stated AVA Board Chair Andrew Garthwaite. “Alicia displays a strong understanding of all three key consituencies. We are thrilled to have Alicia join the AVA staff and to lead our marketing and communications activities. Her experience, skills and visual sensibility are a welcome addition to our excellent team.”

Bergeron has worked at Sullivan Creative in Concord, NH and also pursues her own freelance graphic design and photography at Alicia Bergeron Design. She has recently done design and marketing for the League of NH Craftsmen, David Ernster Ceramics, Colby-Sawyer College, Kearsarge Magazine, and MJ Harrington & Co.

Bergeron commented, “AVA has inspired me for years. I am more than excited to become part of AVA’s incredible art community.”

Bergeron’s appointment comes at a pivotal time for the organization. AVA Gallery and Art Center has recently announced the addition of Mila Pinigin as its new Exhibition Manager. In September 2017, AVA launched public programming in its new 4,000 square foot Bente Torjusen West Sculptural Studies Building, with metal, ceramic, wood, glass, and stone workshops planned. The Bente Building is designed to LEED Gold standards and features solar panels and new energy initiatives to further AVA’s ambitions towards net-zero energy-consumption. New Board members and officers have been elected in AVA’s Annual Meeting held September 19th. Additionally, AVA is about to launch a new Strategic Long Range Planning process to leverage its new directions and opportunities.

AVA’s Executive Director Trip Anderson added, “Alicia has a keen eye and excellent design sense. She truly understands the power and potential of visual communications. I’m excited to be working with Alicia to refresh AVA’s marketing communications and enhance the AVA brand. Alicia will be instrumental in the continued evolution of AVA’s communications and conveying the essence of our mission to our growing public audiences.”

Alicia holds a BA in Art and Photography from New England College in Henniker, NH and has completed graphic design coursework at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH. She has a passion for the outdoors and enjoys hiking, camping, and abstract photography.

Photo: Michael Seamans



AVA Gallery Appoints Mila Pinigin as Exhibition Manager

Lebanon, NH (August 25, 2017) AVA Gallery and Art Center (AVA) announced today that Mila Pinigin has been selected as Exhibition Manager. Ms. Pinigin will officially begin transitioning into the position part-time starting in midSeptember and will assume full-time responsibilities on November 1, 2017.

The announcement came jointly from AVA Gallery Board Chair H. Sloane Mayor and Executive Director Trip Anderson.

“We are elated to have Mila joining us at AVA,” said Mayor. “With her strong background in the arts and exhibitions, combined with her knowledge of the Upper Valley arts scene, we could not have been more fortunate. AVA has such an exciting future ahead, with sculptural programming rolling out in the Bente Building this fall, and new exhibition space in our members’ gallery, the strength of our team is as important as ever. Mila brings the skills to connect AVA with the community through exhibitions that use inventive applications of education, outreach and business associations.”