Margery Thomas-Mueller

Clifford B. West Gallery – January 10 – February 7, 2020

Liminal space… the world in between – between a world I live in and a world I listen to, that has always been what has driven my imagery. For 56 years since I read Edna St Vincent Millay’s poem Renascence, the place in between life’s state of being and how we treat the other, has been an internal focus.

In recent years, finally being able to work in my studio full time, the connection has become deeper and stronger. Investing time in understanding the travails of the other, has consumed my emotions and driven my imagery. Watching the world move from continent to continent, seeing humanity being uprooted as they seek a solid resting place makes my landscapes evolve. The branches, the thickets, the thorns reveal the human tales. As I work on Yupo paper, an unstable ground in itself, the moving ink and moving graphite speak to those emotions. Knowing that I can erase the entire picture plane with strokes of water and ammonia relates to what is happening in the human landscape as it transforms.

Liminal space is the space in between. In between, knowing, owning, being connected and permanent into a space that is in flux. Where life is unknown. A landscape where only the ground is stable. My work starts with a basic composition, a layout and then the medium leads me through the fluid reaction. I listen to the ink, as we listen to the land.

Steve Chase: Lobby Artist of the Month

Steve Chase, an accomplished artist who studied at AVA Gallery and Art Center with Clifford B. West, is known for his bold and colorful works of oil pastel on paper or Yupo synthetic paper. Some of the artwork is created from studying photographs and others are works of the artist’s imagination. The below artwork is available for sale on a permanent basis. Artwork is sold on a “Cash and Carry” basis, and may be purchased in person, by calling AVA at 603.448.3117, or emailing Executive Director Heidi Reynolds at for details.

Bente Torjusen receives award for Distinguished Arts Leadership

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards, who will be formally honored at a gala on Oct. 21, 5-7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts’ Bank of New Hampshire Stage in Concord.

New Hampshire’s Governor’s Arts Awards recognize the contributions of individuals, organizations and communities that make a difference in quality of life in New Hampshire through the arts. To be eligible for nominations, individuals must reside in New Hampshire or have made significant contributions to the arts while living in New Hampshire; nominated organizations, cities and towns must be physically located in New Hampshire.

The 2019 Governor’s Arts Award winners are:

  • Arts Education: Theo Martey, Manchester
  • Arts in Health: Crotched Mountain School, Greenfield
  • Creative Communities: Town of Mason
  • Distinguished Arts Leadership: Bente Torjusen, Lebanon
  • Folk Heritage: Jane McBride Orzechowski, Newport
  • Individual Arts Champion (two awards): Stephen Duprey, Concord and Robert O. Wilson, Concord
  • Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure: Sylvia Nicolas, Mont Vernon

To learn more about the 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards and to see lists of previous winners, visit

Limited tickets to the 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards event, which will include a reception with light refreshments, are available online from the Capitol Center for the Arts or by calling their box office at 603-225-1111.

Award sponsors for the event are Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, Eversource, New England College, Northeast Delta Dental, Sanborn Mills Farm, Shannon Chandley and Tom Silvia, and Christine Dwyer. Event sponsors are Blue Orchid Interiors, Carol and Roger Brooks, the Capitol Center for the Arts, the Hotel Concord, Kelley Family Properties, O Steaks and Seafood, and WMUR.

The N.H. State Council on the Arts is a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The State Arts Council provides a wide variety of services, competitive grants, and technical assistance to not-for-profit organizations, schools, health care facilities, and individual artists, helping to ensure that the arts thrive in New Hampshire and are accessible to all. Funding for grants and services is provided by the New Hampshire Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Learn more at

The Mudroom Online!

MudZoom– Change: Coming September 10th!

2020 has inundated us with a torrent of change. A world-wide pandemic has changed millions of lives; a new awareness of systemic racism has inspired calls for change and reform; and an upcoming national election, no matter what the outcome, will bring about even more change. It is for these reasons that AVA Gallery’s quarterly storytelling series, The Mudroom, is embracing the theme of “Change.” The event will be held the evening of Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 7 pm.*

The MudZoom will take place on September 10, 2020 at 7 pm. 

Click here to watch the Mudroom live stream via AVA’s YouTube Page


Click here to watch the Mudroom live via Zoom


Check out the Mudroom’s Facebook page to get a flavor of the event. Click here to see recent Mudrooms on CATV. The April and June MudZoom events may also be seen on AVA Gallery’s YouTube channel.

Please spread the word! 

The Mudroom Team

*The Mudroom will be held in a way that provides the best and safest experience for our community. Details will be released as we get closer to the performance date. This event is free, but a donation to our Here to There Fund is encouraged to support AVA’s continued programming during this challenging time.

The Mudroom team:

Sally Bacon

Casey Carpenter

Judith Hertog

Mike Lovell

Lianne Moccia

Sheryl Trainor

A Zoom link will be posted here a day before the next event

Please spread the word!  Many thanks!

The Mudroom Team


Mudroom has gone virtual. Below are details for Pre-COVID-19 Mudroom events at AVA Gallery and Art Center 

Food at 6:30 pm | Storytelling at 7 pm
This live-storytelling event offers an opportunity to meet new people, enjoy a fun evening with music, food and beverage, and hear entertaining stories. Delicious Asian food by Pon and beverages will be available for purchase before the performance. Live music will be provided by Dave Clark and Juke Joynt. 

Ticket Price: $7.50 for Members (discount will be reflected at check-out), $10 general public, $20 at-the-door (limited availability)

  • Limit 2 tickets per person; Contributing Members and higher may purchase up to 4 tickets
  • AVA Members can purchase a limited number of tickets Online Only two months before the event.
  • Tickets for the general public will go on one month before the event.
  • Membership Discounts will be applied at checkout, after registration information is completed.

To become a member please click here.



AVA Announces New Executive Director

AVA Gallery and Art Center Appoints Heidi Reynolds as Executive Director

Lebanon, NH (October 14, 2019) The Board of Directors of AVA Gallery and Art Center today announced the appointment of Heidi Reynolds as AVA’s new Executive Director.  AVA’s Board Chair, Andrew Garthwaite stated: “The Search Committee considered many qualified applicants from across the country.  Heidi’s natural leadership qualities, her dedication to the role of the arts in the Upper Valley community and her commitment to the future of AVA made her the clear choice for Executive Director.”

Reynolds recently joined the staff at AVA as Interim Exhibition Manager in June and was retained permanently after successfully integrating into the culture at AVA. She will continue her duties as Exhibition Manager until her successor is named, assuming the Executive Director mantle from Bente Torjusen, AVA’s previous Executive Director who returned to AVA on an interim basis during the directorship search.

“I follow in the footsteps of a formidable leader and am grateful to have Bente as a mentor and guide as AVA embarks on this new chapter,” says Reynolds. “AVA is experiencing a groundswell of support since Bente spearheaded the Spring Into Summer Campaign and I intend to continue honoring AVA’s past and improving upon the traditions that make this institution the core source of support and community for visual artists and patrons in the Upper Valley and beyond.”

A life-long photographer who studied at Columbia College in Chicago, Reynolds served on the board of Fotofest in Houston, Texas, while continuing her photographic studies at Maine Media and Santa Fe Workshops. Reynolds’ family later moved from San Francisco to settle in Hanover, New Hampshire in 2004 where she continued her commitment to service as a volunteer and board member at several non-profit organizations. Most recently, Reynolds worked in development at Northern Stage, managing the corporate sponsorship and exhibiting artist programs, and at the Montshire Museum of Science, coordinating development events and managing volunteers.

Reynolds feels a strong responsibility toward supporting non-profit organizations that sustain our rich community life. “Having worked or volunteered at many Upper Valley organizations, I understand how interwoven these teams are among the lives of the people they serve. I am honored to have relationships with those who are dedicated to the arts, social services, education, and research, whether as employees, clients, members, or donors. I hope to nurture these relationships and continue to foster collaboration among as many fellow non-profits, supporting businesses, and benefactors as possible. Working together only makes us stronger.”

Valley News Article

Concord Union Leader Article

A Welcome Reception for Heidi is planned in the Gallery at AVA on Friday, November 8, 2019, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. All are welcome!