Upcoming Exhibitions + Events

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Solo Exhibitions
October 11-November 16, 2019


Shari Wolf Boraz + Mary Gerakaris:
Borders of Consciousness: Dreaming in Color

E.N. Wennberg Gallery 

I “paint” with meticulous embroidery stitches, often without a plan, letting the imagery flow out of my subconscious, often resulting in Jungian dream type symbols. This process is meditative and evolves at its own pace, as my conscious self struggles to understand.    

Though my art is presented as two-dimensional wall art, I try to capture the 4th dimension of time, or the progression of time, rather than a snapshot.  A variety of embroidery stitches and color combinations are used, at times creating vibrating pointillist effects and/or nuanced colorations.

– Shari Wolf Boraz

I am intrigued by the details found in decaying buildings and rusting metal. My goal is to enlarge them into thought provoking abstractions that extract a question or strong emotion from the viewer. These are printed on aluminum with a satin finish. This gives a depth and luminescence to the image, somewhat like underpainting. In this exhibit my hope is to inspire a sense of mystery: of seeing the actual image, while questioning what it really is.

– Mary Gerakaris

See Shari Wolf Boraz’s artwork here…

See Mary Gerakaris’s artwork here…


Evelyn R. Swett: Compost Compositions

Elizabeth Rowland Mayor Gallery 

What started as a simple celebration of color one summer afternoon evolved into a multiyear exploration of our compost heap. The pomegranates in winter, the apple peels in fall, and the egg shells year round became objects of fascination – – no longer mere kitchen scraps, they were celebrations of light, texture and the energy embodied in each piece of waste.

For me, they carry a powerful message not just about the foods we eat and throw away, but also about what it means to live in a healthy, democratic and diverse society. I think compost is like people and ideas, needing to be turned over once in a while, mixed up and mingled with others. There is power in the transformation of waste – – it gets me every time.

See Evelyn’s photographs here…


Martha Stein: A 40 Year Retrospective

Rebecca Lawrence & Clifford B. West Galleries 

Fiber sculpture artist Martha Stein’s work has been exhibited across the nation. Her commissions have appeared in dance performances and theatrical productions. Once a pariah of fine art genres, she has elevated fiber art to extreme levels of beauty, fantasy, and refinement. Stein’s important work is a testament to the unchained mind, and an inspiration for future generations of fine art fiber artists. This extraordinary exhibition spanning creations from 40 years of work is not to be missed.

See Martha Stein’s artwork here…

Exhibition generously sponsored by:


Members Gallery 
Aya Itagaki: Remembering Aya
October 18-November 16, 2019

AVA Gallery and Art Center invites you to honor the late Aya Itagaki, a founding member of AVA and an accomplished artist trained in traditional Japanese calligraphy. Aya’s loving spirit and boundless energy propelled AVA and many artists toward a bold and exciting future. All proceeds from the sale of Aya’s artwork benefit the Aya Itagaki Scholarship Fund, created to provide access to classes at AVA and the Okinawan Karate Academy. Complementary food and beverages will be served.

ART NEW ENGLAND: 40 Years of Celebration
Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6-8pm

Join AVA and Art New England in celebrating ANE’s season and publication of their November/ December Issue featuring Destination: New Hampshire

Meet staff from Art New England and socialize among fellow members in
the art community of New England. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. 

Members Gallery 
Inaugural Members Gallery Exhibition

November 22-December 28, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, November 22, 5-7pm

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

Opening Reception: Friday, November 22, 5-7pm


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.


Holiday Exhibition and Open House
December 7-24, 2019

11am–5pm Open HOUSE W/ COOKIES & CIDER
  • Shop the work of many AVA artists
  • Try free hot forging, clay, sculpting, stone carving, and woodworking demonstrated by AVA instructors
  • Visit 2nd & 3rd Floor Artist Open Studios
  • Enjoy student art show and art-making activities

12 & 2pm Flute & Piano Recitals in the Johnson Sisters Library

4pm–5pm Preview of REVELS NORTH

5pm–7pm Opening celebration W/ FOOD & WINE

The exhibition will continue until 2pm on December 24.

Active AVA members may now submit their work to the 2019 Holiday Exhibition! Members may submit up to two 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional artworks and up to three sets of multiple items. AVA’s Holiday Exhibition opens on December 7, and runs until December 24.

  • Only active AVA members may submit to the 2019 Holiday show. Click here to become an AVA member.
  • Submission registration must happen by Friday, November 15
  • Artwork must be delivered from Monday – Wednesday, November 18-20, 10 AM-4 PM
  • Single submission fee for all entries: $25 per artist

For questions about submissions to the Holiday Show, please call AVA at 603.448.3117 or email info@avagallery.org

Submit work to the Holiday Exhibition by clicking here…

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.

We would like to hear from storytellers of all ages and from all towns in the Upper Valley and beyond. Storytellers will be awarded an AVA membership and two guest tickets to the performance. Stories are limited to no more than 10 minutes, must be true and autobiographical, and must be told live (not read).

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.

Story submissions and any questions may be directed to mudroom@avagallery.org. The deadline for story submissions is November 22. By November 25, we will select five or six stories from the submission pool and will contact storytellers. Selected storytellers will be expected to attend a rehearsal held on the afternoon of Sunday, December 1, at AVA. Spread the word!