AVA Gallery and Art Center is pleased to announce the inaugural exhibition in our newly remodeled and named lobby gallery, The Linda Roesch Visual Arts Gallery. Presenting Linda Roesch, A Lifetime of Unfinished Discovery, August 18-September 23, 2023. Opening reception, Friday, August 18, 5-7 PM.
Linda Roesch’s lifelong artistic practice began as a young girl growing up in San Marino, California. As a student at the University of Redlands, she enrolled in design, sculpture, and calligraphy classes and was sought out to create sorority parade floats for Homecoming and paint fraternity paddles. After college, Linda Roesch became a teacher. Her husband Rick reflects that her school room was always filled with art, and that was what caught his attention!
Linda and Rick married in 1964, and spent a decade in Asia– Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand. She studied languages, oil painting, Sumi-e, and began experimenting with photography. Returning to the States and living in Darien, CT, she took photography classes and began as a freelance family photographer as well as volunteering as a photographer for the local junior high school. Watercolor painting classes followed, and she was captivated by the fluid mysteries of color; the process reminded her of many years watching the magic of photographic images developing in the darkroom. For 20 years she exhibited her photography and later watercolors at the Rowayton Art Center, Norwalk, CT, and Darien’s Annual Art shows.
Upon retirement in 1999, she moved to Hanover, NH, where her first “mission” was to discover where she could continue her love of making art. On day two, she found herself at AVA, where she met Bente Torjusen, AVA’s former Executive Director and became a member that very day. She joined the AVA Board in 2002, when the Carter Building was purchased, later becoming Board Chair. In AVA’s newly named Carter-Kelsey Building, she studied drawing, watercolor, monoprint, encaustics, and cold wax with AVA’s many talented instructors. She feels honored to have had several solo shows in the Upper Valley, exhibiting regularly at AVA, the Montshire Museum, Upper Valley Land Trust, and West Central Behavioral Health. Her artistic practice is a source of endless joy, especially while experimenting with new forms of expression. Her personal pleasure is drawing with a black Uni-ball pen, doodling on finished or unfinished watercolor paintings. Whatever the form, it’s all part of her Unfinished Discovery. Linda Roesch has been a loyal and beloved AVA member since 1999.
All proceeds from the exhibition are generously donated by the artist to AVA.