Tethered by Light, April 23- June 4, 2021

Tethered by Light: A Group Exhibition Inspired by National Mental Health Awareness Month of May Exhibition: April 23-June 4, 2021



Passage by Holle Black, oil on plaster, 24×18, $750.00

AVA Gallery and Art Center, located at 11 Bank Street in Lebanon, NH in collaboration with West Central Behavioral Health, 9 Hanover Street in Lebanon, NH, is pleased to present, Tethered by Light: A Group Exhibition Inspired by National Mental Health Awareness Month of May. As artists we create work inspired by our thoughts, our dreams, by what we see or feel. We spend much of our time alone in the studio, alone in our head. Through our work we connect to others, the connection is invisible and impermanent, yet transcendent; we are tethered together by light. The exhibition is comprised of artwork depicting themes related to light, spirit, hope, community, isolation, and Covid-19 imposed isolation. “There are various kinds of light that are available to us that we may need at times to stay tethered, to know that we are tethered or to re-tether if we have lost our line.” – Jan Sandman, artist


Reflection by Stephanie Gordon, 8×10, Encaustic, $420.00

“Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The creative process involved in expressing one’s self artistically can help resolve issues as well as develop and manage behaviors and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness. Art therapy deals with the concept of art as a powerful means of expression and communication using different expressive styles from drawing and painting, to dance and music, to writing and creative movement in order to help people express themselves and communicate more fully with their therapist on the path toward healing and recovery.” – Dave Celone, Director of Development & Community Relations, West Central Behavioral Health.

Tethered by Light: A group exhibition inspired by National Mental Health Awareness Month will be on view in the Carter-Kelsey Lobby Gallery, at the entrance of AVA Gallery and Art Center, April 23 through June 4, 2021.

Saturday, May 15: 4 pm – 5 pm: Gallery Talk – A conversation with Anna West MA, LCMHC of West Central Behavioral Health, and Julie Puttgen MFA, MA, CHMC of Center for Integrative Health. 


Pandemic Self-Portrait by Samantha Weibkin, 12 7/8 x 16 1/16, Gouache, cotton fabric, embroidery floss and ribbon, $220.00


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Generously sponsored by:

Couch Family Foundation