The Thing With Feathers | Group Exhibition

The Thing With Feathers | Carter-Kelsey Gallery | April 15-May 21, 2022
Artist Reception and Poetry Reading: Saturday, May 14, 3-5 PM

AVA Gallery and Art Center, located at 11 Bank Street in Lebanon, NH, is pleased to present a group exhibition in collaboration with West Central Behavioral Health in support of Mental Health Awareness, May 2022. The theme is inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem, “Hope” is the thing with feathers. Visual artists and poets were invited to submit work in themes reflecting on hope, and answering the question, what brings you light and lifts you up? Nineteen visual artists will be exhibiting work in the Carter-Kelsey Gallery and 8-10 poets will be included in the Community Poetry Reading event on May 14, from 3-5 PM.  Featured guest poet will be Alice B. Fogel, former NH Poet Laurate. Exhibiting artists include Sally Bacon, Cheryl Betz, Lynn Bohannon, Courtney Brockett, Robert Chapla, Elizabeth D’Amico, Daniela Edstrom, Kate Fetherston, Erin Hanley, Lyn Swett Miller, Emma Percy, Evelyn Roberts, Linda Roesch, Jonathan Rose, Michelle Saffran, Heather Stearns, Barbara Stubbs, Jose Trejo-Maya, and Dana Zeilinger. Poets include: Pam Ahlen, Cole As’sude, Partridge Boswell, Debby Franzoni, Don Herzberg, Marjorie Matthews, Marjorie Moorhead, Catherine O’Brian, Judith Taylor, and Betsy Vickers.

“The creative process involved in expressing oneself artistically can help resolve issues as well as develop and manage behaviors and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness.” Dave Celone, Director of Development & Community Relations, West Central Behavioral Health.

“For me, maintaining an artwork practice is integral to keeping my anxiety at bay. I believe an active right brain is essential to a healthy state, body, and mind.” Samantha Eckert, Exhibition Manager, AVA Gallery and Art Center.

Image credits, left to right: Robert Chapala, Ascension, Mixed Media on Panel, 16×20, $950.00; Linda Roesch, Moving Forward, Watercolor, 22×30, $1000.00; Jonathan Rose, Morning Light, Acrylic, 30×40, $1500.00.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –

That perches in the soul –

And sings the tune without the words –

And never stops – at all –

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –

And sore must be the storm –

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –

And on the strangest Sea –

Yet – never – in Extremity,

It asked a crumb – of me.


The Thing With Feathers, will be on view in the Carter-Kelsey Gallery at AVA Gallery and Art Center, April 15-May 21, 2022.

Artist Reception and Community Poetry Reading: Saturday, May 14, 3-5 PM. CATV8 will be recording the event.


Generously Sponsored by:

The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation

 Geokon | Mascoma Bank

Mt. Roeschmore Foundation

West Central Behavioral Health

Doug and Leslie Williamson