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Juried Summer Exhibition
July 12–August 21, 2019
Juror Alan Chong commented, “This summer’s AVA exhibition is filled with provocative and striking works. The theme challenged artists to consider the role of art in our changing world, and many works logically considered issues of environmental destruction, memory, loss, and even apocalypse. The awards were presented to those technically assured works that also had a strong emotional resonance with these themes – whether of sadness, nostalgia, or conflict.”
Click here to view the three Juror’s Recognition Awards and the Cornelia M. Rahmelow Photography Prize awarded by juror Alan Chong, Director and CEO of the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH.
July 12, 2019–June 1, 2020
Summer Intern and Staff Exhibition
July 12–August 31, 2019
Curated and hung by the interns, along with volunteer Elif Usuloglu, the Intern and Staff Exhibition features a range of colorful and playful artwork. Please explore this newly remodeled space and help us applaud the talent and inventiveness of the AVA team.
Lobby Artist of the Month
July 29 – August 25, 2019
Veteran artist Steve Chase’s colorful oil pastels on paper will be featured in the lobby of Carter-Kelsey building this summer. The large-scale artwork is for sale on a “cash and carry” basis, so hurry in for a splash of color to brighten your walls before it’s all gone!
Lobby Artist of the Month
Travis Paige: The Leica Project
August 27 – September 7, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, August 30, 5:30-7pm
The Leica Project places a refurbished 1937 Leica IIa screw-mount camera into the hands of eight local photographers who had two weeks to master the camera. Their work was shot with black and white or color film, developed, and printed. You can view their photographs, biographies, and the camera in the Carter-Kelsey Building lobby at AVA through September 16, 2019. Prints are available for order through AVA at 603-448-3117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 6-October 2, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6, 5-7pm
Rosemary Conroy : Love At First Sight
Clifford B. West Gallery – Rosemary Conroy was inspired to fulfill her life-long dream of painting full-time after witnessing (from afar) her former office building collapse on 9/11. Rosemary truly believes that passion for your subject is just as important as any formal pedigree. “People tell me that my work brings them joy,” says Rosemary. “That is so incredibly gratifying! I feel lucky to be able to celebrate the beauty, wonder and mystery of all our wild beings through my art — and have it really connect with people.” Mesmerized by wildlife, she regularly visits far-flung places to find inspiration for her colorful paintings and has served on land trust boards that help protect local habitats.
Mary Admasian: Marked
Elizabeth Rowland Mayor Gallery – Mary Admasian is a multidisciplinary artist who explores how raw forms, layered spaces, and abstract perception can symbolize the psychological tension between our outer and inner lives. As she states, “By transforming common and found materials into conceptually stimulating images, I want my work to create a narrative that provokes insight, thought, and social awareness in the viewer.”
Rob Hitzig: Rough/Polished
Rebecca Lawrence Gallery – Rough/Polished is a collection of work (paintings and painted sculpture) that use contrasting textures to express emotions, feelings, and experiences that are beyond words. They are improvised and intuitive pieces with a conceptual basis but without preconceived design. Unexpected shapes and colors are an intentional element of the series. In fact, the specifics of shape and color are essentially unimportant; what is important is that, through they polishing process, each piece demonstrates they are intensely cared for and loved.
Pamela Tarbell: What Is On Your Balcony
E. N. Wennberg Gallery – Pamela R. Tarbell paints complex compositions with layers of colors in her oil paintings, creating a kaleidoscope affect to dazzle the eyes. “When visiting Spain last year I became fascinated with the beautiful balconies on the old buildings from Barcelona, City of Olot, and medieval villages. The colors, architectural design, wood carvings, and tile work on numerous structures were visually stimulating. I took a multitude of photographs, and when home, rearranged the images into unique balconies with lots of colorful flowers and design patterns.”
Meet the Artists
Artist Talk: Thursday, September 26, 2019, 6pm
Contrast and Connections – An open discussion with Mary Admasian and Rob Hitzig about how the two strive to create art with a sense of personal connection through abstraction. The discussion will also take the audience to a place in how they identify with abstract and conceptual artwork. Free and open to the public.
Free Art Swap!
Saturday, September 7, 2019, 11am-5pm
Back by popular demand, AVA’s Free Art Swap is a way to put your unused artwork and art supplies to good use, or find something to inspire your creativity. Bring works of art and as many art supplies as you can carry. Take as much as you need. You don’t have to bring items in order to take items! Free and open to the public.
Drop-off begins 9am on the patio of the Bente Building and Kelsey Stone Carving Studio. Send questions to email@example.com or call 603-448-3117.