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.