Elizabeth Mayor: Playing with Choice, July 30-August 20, 2021

Playing with Choice by Elizabeth Mayor will be on view in the Rebecca Lawrence and Clifford B. West Galleries, July 30 through August 20, 2021. Opening reception: 5-7PM, Friday, July 30, 2021

AVA Gallery and Art Center is pleased to present, Playing with Choice, an exhibition of woodcut prints and sculpture by New Hampshire artist Elizabeth Mayor. Elizabeth Mayor received her BA from Smith College and an MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, and has exhibited throughout the New England and New York. Selected solo exhibitions include previous exhibitions at AVA Gallery and Art Center; Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA; Saint-Gaudens Historical Site, Cornish, NH; the Cynthia Reeves Gallery; the Currier Museum of Art, which purchased her work for its permanent collection; and her sculpture was included in the American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture in 1993.  Elizabeth Mayor’s awards include “Remarkable Women of the Arts” 2007, New Hampshire Magazine; “In Honor of the Arts Award” River City Arts, White River Junction, VT; and seven New Hampshire Art Association Awards. Originally a painter, Elizabeth Mayor learned woodcut printmaking under the tutelage of well-known artist Leonard Baskin, paving the way for a long tenure into the medium and a beloved body of work focused on animals. Elizabeth Mayor taught drawing for two years at the Boston Museum School and has been on the faculty of AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, NH and Two Rivers Printmaking, White River Junction, VT. In addition to co-founding AVA Gallery and Art Center, she served on the Board of Directors at various times between 1973-1999.

Elizabeth Mayor’s lifetime of work is extensive and prolific. She continues to create new work by cutting up woodcut prints and reinventing the work into collaged compositions using glue and stitching. While her woodcut animal series prints are well known and included in the exhibition, she is most proud of the recent works in collage.  Also included in the exhibition are sculptural works not exhibited in many years. These works constructed with rubber, wood, and metal are playful and capture the artist’s personality as they embody her wit and refined sensibility, skilled hand, and great attention to detail.  Several of her woodcut blocks that are in themselves sculptural works of art, will also be installed in the exhibition.

Playing with Choice by Elizabeth Mayor will be on view in the Rebecca Lawrence and Clifford B. West Galleries, July 30 through August 20, 2021. Opening reception: 5-7PM, Friday, July 30, 2021

Exhibition generously supported by:

Bill Dunn & Tommy Reidy

Norwich Wines and Spirits