Upcoming Exhibitions + Events

Galleries are open Wednesday-Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm by walk-in or appointment.

AVA’s exhibitions may be viewed on a drop-in basis (subject to availability) or by appointment if you need a private viewing for health reasons. Social distancing and health precautions apply. View our Visitor Guidelines. Please call the office 603-448-3117 to schedule appointments. 

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 A graduate of Harvard College and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard, Charles Platt (1932 – 2020) was an award-winning architect in New York City, founding the firm Platt Byard Dovell White (PBDW). Platt’s career as an artist was closely aligned with his career as an architect. He approached both with the same highly tuned visual ability, seeking to bring the balance and beauty of the world into focus for those around him.

The Platt family has had a long association with the Upper Valley that began when the artist’s grandfather Charles A. Platt moved to Cornish, NH, with other creatives who gravitated to the area following the arrival of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens in the late 19th Century. This loose group of artists, writers, performers, architects and landscape designers became known as the Cornish Art Colony. Charles A. Platt designed homes in Cornish and Plainfield for other members of the Colony and was famous for integrating the interior with the exterior through architectural elements in the gardens he also designed. The family has maintained a presence in Cornish for four generations

Platt was also a member of the board of trustees and former president of the board for the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial at the National Historic Site.


Generously Sponsored by The Charles A. Platt Family Estate and:

Banwell Architects                          Domus Custom Builders                             MAKE Architects             

  Randall T Mudge & Associates Architects         Sargent Design Company      Smith & Vansant Architects

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Shadowing Alfred – An AVA Dog Show
Members Gallery: Extended! September 26 – November 6, 2020

AVA has been a dog-friendly space throughout its 30 years in Lebanon, beginning with the gentle presence of Bente Torjusen and Clifford West’s two German Shepherds, Vincent and Phoenix. (Phoenix was happy to pose for life drawing classes when the model was late!) Through the years, staff and artists have brought their dogs to AVA, and from spring 2018 until his death in June of 2019, a special rescue hound named Alfred touched countless lives at AVA. He has a well-loved Instagram account @alfredthehound.

We are celebrating Alfred’s life as well as the lives of all the pets that effect us in ways great and small. An exhibition of artwork created by community members young and old takes place in AVA’s Members Gallery from September 26 – October 23, 2020. Enjoy this community-building event with your special furry friend. Leashes are required! You can also view the exhibition online by clicking here.

Generously underwritten by:

       Mt. Roeschmore Foundation   


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Derek Bell: Perfect Poultry
Lobby Gallery: Extended! September 26 – November 6, 2020

AVA’s Lobby Gallery is full of fluffy, feathered, friendly fowl. Over seventy-five 7 x 7 and 8 x 8 oil paintings on wood panel, along with a few larger works of art, have captivated our visitors. You have to see them to believe them!

Derek grew up on a horse farm in West Windsor, VT, and first began expressing his imagination through drawing. He was surrounded by a family that loved animals and the land.  Throughout his early childhood, Derek was always interested in art, and was supported by his parents in taking lessons. In his late teens, Derek went through an almost monastic training in art – mostly in drawing and painting.

In 2008, he graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in painting where he spent three years as a teaching assistant. Since he graduated, Derek has taught oil painting and printmaking to teens at AVA. Derek still lives in West Windsor, VT, surrounded by his dogs, cats and ferrets, and he continues works out of his studio at AVA.

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