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The Members Gallery

The Members Gallery came to be in 2020 as a gallery selling fine art and craft created by AVA Artist Members. There’s something for everyone: paintings, pottery, jewelry, sculptures, and more! Shop local and pick up a unique work of art for your home, or buy a gift for a friend. Artwork is available to purchase in our gallery located at 11 Bank Street, Lebanon, NH 03766.

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ClassRegister NowInstructorDescriptionDatesTime Members Price (15% off) Non-members PriceAdditional Fees / Materials
The Active Observer – Basic DrawingIn SessionMeg McLeanPut pencil (and charcoal) to paper and see where you can go! Learning to draw is learning to see and a wonderful way to slow down. Understand line, contour, gesture and form while using various materials and the unique marks they make. Begin your creative journey at AVA! Working from a model included.Mondays, June 24-July 296-8:30 PM$234$275
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MonitorWeekly monitored life drawing sessions, without instruction, open to individuals of all levels of experience.Wednesdays, June 26 - August 289 am - Noon$145$170$20 Daily Drop-In Fee
Evening Open Studio (Summer Session)

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MonitorWeekly monitored life drawing sessions, without instruction, open to individuals of all levels of experience.Wednesdays, June 26 - August 286:30 - 9:30 pm$145$170$20 Daily Drop-In Fee
Intensive Drawing (S19A20D)This workshop is full. Please call AVA at 603-448-3117 to be placed on a waiting list.Gerald AutenThis one-day intensive workshop is designed for both beginning and more experienced students to both freshen up their drawing skills and learn to think about this foundational medium in new ways. Part of the workshop will involve drawing from a live model. Saturday July 209 AM - 5 PM$85$100

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Mudroom: Holiday Disasters

Thursday, December 13  Food at 6:30pm  |  Storytelling at 7pm

The evening’s theme Holiday Disasters will be brought to life as six pre-selected individuals will share personal accounts of their experiences of this theme. Delicious Asian food by Pon will be available for purchase before the performance. Music will be provided by the band Never Too Late.

This live-storytelling event offers an opportunity to meet new people, enjoy a fun evening with live music, and connect with friends.

The Mudroom is sold out. Please check back on Dec. 13 for last minute availability.

Watch the latest Mudroom: Life and Death

We would like to hear from storytellers of all ages and from all towns in the Upper Valley and beyond. Storytellers will be awarded an AVA membership and may bring a guest to enjoy the evening. For story submission, please include a very brief summary of your story (no more than 300 words) and a short bio (no more than 150 words) by November 23. We will select five stories from the submission pool and hold a rehearsal at AVA the Sunday before the performance.


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Call For Entries: Holiday Exhibition

You are invited to submit your work to our Annual Holiday Exhibition and Sale! Every year our Holiday Show is the place to find fun and unique gifts ranging from artwork in all media to handmade ornaments and fine jewelry. This year’s opening reception will coincide with our Open House on Saturday, December 2. Our resident artists will have their studios open to the public and there will be live music!

Entry Deadline: November 7, 2017 at 11:59pm
Entry Fee: $25 per artist (must be a current member)

Drop-off: Thursday–Saturday, Nov 16-18, 10am-5pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 5pm
Exhibition Dates: December 2–23, 2017



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.”



Call for Entries Doors & Windows

AVA Gallery and Art Center is now accepting submissions for Doors & Windows: Open & Closed a juried and curated exhibition by Rebecca L. Lawrence, former New Hampshire State Arts Council Director.

The exhibition will run October 13- November 10, 2017 in the Rebecca Lawrence Gallery Entry with an Opening Reception on Friday, October 13, 5 – 7pm.

Entry Deadline: September 8, 2017 at 11:59pm

Entry Fee: $20

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Entry instructions HERE

Call for Entries: AVA Gallery and Art Center’s Holiday Sale and Exhibition 2015

Click here to download the 2015 Holiday Sale and Exhibition Call for Entries.

Click here to download the 2015 Holiday Sale and Exhibition Form.


November 27 – December 24, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, November 27, 5-7pm


Artwork Delivery Dates:

Saturday, November 14, 11am-5pm

Monday, November 16, 11am-5pm

Tuesday, November 17, 11am-5pm


Pick Up Dates:

Tuesday or Wednesday, December 29 and 30; 11am – 6pm


Eligibility: Current AVA membership. Membership not current? Join or renew today! Annual membership is $55 for an individual or $75 for a family.


Entry Fee: $20 (per artist, not per piece)


Gallery Commission: AVA retains 40% of sales on artwork. All works must be for sale; in previous years, works priced under $400 have sold especially well.


Click here to download the 2015 Holiday Sale and Exhibition Call for Entries.

Click here to download the 2015 Holiday Sale and Exhibition Form.

Call for Entries: AVA’s 2015 Juried Summer Exhibition!


AVA Gallery and Art Center’s 2015 Juried Summer Exhibition

Click here to download / print the Call for Entries for AVA’s 2015 Juried Summer Exhibition.

Susan Strickler, Director, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH

Please hand deliver works to:
AVA Gallery and Art Center, 11 Bank Street, Lebanon, New Hampshire
Saturday, July 11; Monday, July 13; or Tuesday, July 14, 2015
11:00am – 5:00pm
Eligibility: All artists residing in New Hampshire or Vermont

•  Up to two recent works (made during the past three years) that were not shown previously in one of AVA’s Juried Exhibitions. Submissions must be delivered together.
•  All works must come gallery-ready for exhibition. All wall pieces must have a strong hanging wire or other hanging mechanism attached to the back of the piece.
•  Please come ready to supply the title, medium, date and price for each submission, as well as the names of people authorized to pick up your work.
•  Works must be dry and finished.
•  Two-dimensional works are not to exceed 60 inches in any dimension.
•  Sculpture entries are not to exceed 200 lbs.
•  All works must be for sale. (AVA retains 40% commission on sales.)
•  Submission of work does not guarantee that either piece will be selected for the exhibition.

One entry: $20 member/$25 non-member
Two entries: $25 member/$30 non-member

Notification cards will be mailed by July 20, 2015

Works not accepted must be picked up
Tuesday – Saturday, July 21 – 25
11:00am – 5:00pm
Unsold work from the exhibition must be picked up at the end of the show (Artists will be notified as works sell)
Saturday, August 29;
Monday, August 31; or Tuesday, September 1**
11:00am – 5:00pm
**AVA is not liable for artwork left beyond the designated pickup dates.**

Three Juror’s Awards &
The Cornelia M. Rahmelow Photography Prize

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Click here to download / print the Call for Entries for AVA’s 2015 Juried Summer Exhibition.