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Members Gallery 
Inaugural Members Gallery Exhibition

November 22–December 28, 2019

AVA Gallery and Art Center invites you to celebrate the opening of our first Members Gallery Exhibition. Nineteen artists from multiple disciplines, all of whom have been advisers for this new gallery space, will sell their artwork, hold special events, and perform demonstrations throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Lobby Artist of the Month: Margaret Dwyer
November 22–December 28

AVA watercolor instructor and studio tenant Margaret Dwyer will showcase her multi-media artwork in the Carter-Kelsey building lobby during the month of December. Join us for an opening reception on Friday, November 22, 5-7 pm. Complementary food and beverages will be provided. Free and open to all.


Open House
Saturday, December 7, 2019

We invite the public to join us beginning at 11:00am on Saturday, December 7, for a full day of art-making, art-viewing, and art-buying. Our Open House will feature open studios by many of our tenant artists; demonstrations and “try it yourself” opportunities in hot forging, clay sculpting, stone carving, and wood working; CAOS for children and families; a children’s art exhibition; live music; a chance to win an original pastel from Aline Ordman, and more!

The following free artist and teacher demonstrations will take place in the Bente Torjusen West Sculptural Studies Building and the Kelsey Stone Carving Studio – the new building on the campus. All ages welcome – this is a child friendly event!

Wood Shop

11:30am- 1:30pm: Hand Carving Wooden Masks, Spoons, and Bas Reliefs with David Hurwitz

11:30am-1:30pm: Texturing and Carving using Dremel and other small power tools with Jay Singh

2:30-4pm: Hand Carving Wooden Masks, Spoons, and Bas Reliefs with David Hurwitz

2:30-4:30pm: Colorizing Wood Textures with Jay Singh

3-5pm: Layout and Hand Cutting Dovetails with Ward Newmeyer

Clay Studio

1-3pm: Hand Building with Clay – Coils, Slabs and Tiles with Karen Earls

3-5pm: Throwing Vessels at the Wheel + Making and Applying Handles with Evan Williams

Stone Carving Studio

12-2pm: Hand Carving in Alabaster with Heather Milne Ritchie

2-4pm: Hand Carving in Alabaster with Heather Milne Ritchie

Metal Shop

11:30am-1pm: Hot Forging Decorative Twists with Roger Goldenberg

11:30am-1:30pm: Sculpting in Mixed Media using Cold Fasteners w/Michael Kraatz

1:30-3:00pm: Hot Forging Decorative Twists with Roger Goldenberg

4-5pm: Plasma Cutting Demonstration with Roger Goldenberg


The following free performances and demonstrations will take place in the Carter-Kelsey Building – the main building on the campus

Musical Performances

12 noon: Flute students of Hanover music teacher Heidi Baxter – Johnson Sisters Library 2nd floor

2pm: Piano students of Hanover music teacher Heidi Baxter – Johnson Sisters Library 2nd floor

4pm: Revels North The Christmas Revels: An English Celebration of the Winter Solstice – Members Gallery 1st floor

Artist Open Studios

Throughout the day: Drawing demonstrations with Karl Neubauer, ART STOP! Instructor – North Studio, 2nd Floor

1 pm: Encaustic demonstrations with Lea Rothstein – South Studio, 2nd Floor


Holiday Exhibition and Sale
November 29–December 28, 2019
Opening Reception: Sat, December 7, 5

All four galleries (and the Members Gallery and Lobby!) feature the work of member artists from all over Vermont and New Hampshire. Works in a variety of media—oil, watercolor, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, photography, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, jewelry, and glasswork— are on display and available for sale in a wide range of prices. Items may be taken as soon as they are purchased, and the exhibition will be replenished as work sells, so be sure to visit more than once! AVA’s Holiday Exhibition and Sale offers not only a lively view of the state of the arts in the Upper Valley, but also the perfect occasion to acquire gifts of lasting value while supporting local artists.

5:15 pm: Aline Ordman Pastel Raffle

Beginning at 5:15pm, master painter and pastel artist Aline Ordman will create a gorgeous pastel artwork before your very eyes in the Carter-Kelsey Building lobby. Anyone purchasing a $20 raffle ticket (3 for $50) has a chance at winning this original piece of artwork from a nationally renowned, juried and published artist.

AVA’s special holiday gallery hours:

Monday – Saturday 11am-5pm

Thursday until 7pm

Sunday 12-4pm

Tuesday, December 24, 11am–2pm

As always, our open house and exhibition is free and open to the public!

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6–9pm

AVA Gallery’s quarterly story-telling series, The Mudroom, is featuring storytellers who can tell a good story related to the theme “Family Ties.” Members may purchase tickets online now. Click here to sign in and purchase your tickets online. The general public may purchase tickets starting on November 12.

Check out our web page or Facebook page to get a flavor of the event.  
CATV8.org has on-demand video of recent Mudrooms as well.

Solo Exhibitions
January 10–February 7, 2020

See the work of four artists throughout our galleries, and come for the discussions and workshops they offer. Athena Petra Tasiopoulos will give a talk on Thursday, January 16 at 6 pm. Margery Thomas-Mueller will discuss her work on Saturday, January 11 at 2 pm, and conduct a Yupo Workshop on Sunday, January 12, 10am-4pm. Debra Claffey will also have a talk, on Friday, January 17 at 6 pm, and a workshop on Saturday and Sunday, January 18 & 19 from 10 am to 4 pm. Sue Katz will have an eclectic display of a lifetime of her work, Wunderkammer, in our Elizabeth Rowland Mayor Gallery.