Art Notes: Holiday Shows Still Opening Doors
A handful of new shows open this weekend with modest festivities.
First, Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction opens its Holiday Show with a First Friday reception from 5 to 7. The group show features work by the studio’s artist-members.
There are other receptions planned for First Friday, including at Zollikofer Gallery for “I’ve Got It Covered,” photographs of manhole covers by Sharon artist Carol Langstaff, which is on view through Dec. 26.
Also on Friday evening, fresh from a stint at Two Rivers, “Blue x 2,” cyanotypes by Linda Bryan, opens in the Gallery at the Space on Main, in Bradford, with a reception from 5 to 7. On view through Jan. 2.
Here’s something you don’t see every day, but that makes eminent sense: Cartoonist and cineaste Stephen Bissette, of Hartland, and author Joe Citro, of Windsor, will be joined by students and graduates of the Center for Cartoon Studies from 6 to 8 this evening at the Windsor Diner, where they will be selling their work and personalizing it for patrons. The event repeats on Saturday, noon to 5, minus Citro, who will be in attendance only this evening.
Artists and diners seem like a natural pairing. And the Windsor Diner is perhaps the only Upper Valley eatery to be featured in a major American cartoon strip, Zippy the Pinhead, in 2002.
The John D. Bennett Gallery, in Claremont Opera House, opens an exhibition of paintings by Vermont artist Jamie Townsend with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday.
Chew & Co. Design, Hanover. Paintings in egg tempera and precious metals by Windsor artist Gary Milek are on view through February. A reception is planned for 2 to 4 p.m., on Saturday as part of the firm’s open house.
Matt Brown Fine Art in Lyme opens a holiday show that features work by artists Susan Arnold and Sara Goodman with a reception from 1 to 4 on Sunday afternoon. On view through Feb. 9.
BigTown Gallery, Rochester, Vt. “Landscape Mysteries,” paintings by Hanover resident and Dartmouth College studio art professor Ben Frank Moss, and “Infinity of Worlds,” recent work by Erika Lawlor Schmidt. Through Saturday.
ArtisTree Gallery, South Pomfret. “Small Works,” an exhibition of art that’s bigger than a stocking stuffer but would still fit down the chimney, is up through Dec. 22.
AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon. The annual Holiday Exhibition is on view through Dec. 24. Also at AVA: Also at AVA: Partly to mark the season, and partly as a response to recent acts of violence, the nonprofit art center is hosting “Messages of Peace,” a wall of reflection in its entry lobby. Visitors are encouraged to leave a drawing, some writing or other expressions of peace on a small card. The cards will be strung on twine for display and reflection.
Center for the Arts, New London. Current exhibitions include: The seventh annual Juried Regional show at the New London Inn; artwork by Kearsarge Middle School students, at Whipple Hall; abstract paintings by Roger Wells and photographs by Jay Fitzpatrick, at Blue Moon Bakery; and paintings by Tom Pirozzoli and photographs by Ken Schuster, at Bar Harbor Bank and Trust.
Chandler Gallery, Randolph. The 17th annual Holiday Market, an exhibition of art and gifts, is on view through Dec. 23.
Converse Free Library, Lyme. “Chasing the Muse,” watercolor paintings by Lyme artist Stephanie Reininger, runs through December.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon. Fall exhibitions consist mainly of paintings, by artists Nan Darham, a Montana resident studying at Dartmouth; Maureen Harrington, of Killington, Vt.; Youngsheen Ahn Jhe, of Lexington, Mass.; Norman Rhodes, of Lebanon; Alison Vernon, of New London; and Richard Weis, of Castleton, Vt. Also on view is work by the Lone Mountain Artists, from the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, and the Upper Valley Ship Modelers Guild.
The Great Hall, Springfield, Vt. “Healing: The Transformative Imagery of Art” features work by 12 artists, including Margaret Jacobs, of Enfield; Carolyn Enz Hack, of East Thetford; and Robert O’Brien, Robert Carsten and Neomi Lauritsen, all of Springfield. Through March 30.
Kilton Public Library, West Lebanon. Recent work by Todd Renninger, through January.
Library Arts Center, Newport, N.H. The annual Gallery of Gifts, a holiday show of fine art and craft, is on view through Dec. 23.
Main Street Museum, White River Junction. “Jack Rowell, Cultural Documentarian: Portraits of Vermont People and Other Wildlife,” is on view.
North Common Arts, Chelsea. “Vessels,” an exhibition of still-life paintings by Carrie Caouette-De Lallo, is on view through December.
Norwich Public Library. “Redlining Our Souls,” recent works by Laura Di Piazza about segregation in America, is on view through Jan. 14.
Osher@Dartmouth, Hanover. “Barns & Backyard Discoveries,” an exhibition of drawings by Priscilla Eliades and photographs by Evelyn Swett and Shiela Swett, is on view through Dec. 20.
Philip Read Memorial Library, Plainfield. “Surf’s Up,” an exhibition of painting and sculpture by Cornish artist Jim Schubert, is on view through Jan. 7.
Royalton Memorial Library, South Royalton. Paintings by California artist Ciara Cumiskey.
Scavenger Gallery, White River Junction. “Im/migration” features recent paintings by Windsor artist Liz Ross that examine the migration and extinction of birds and the immigration and exile of people.
Steven Thomas, Inc. Fine Arts & Antiques, White River Junction. Work by Upper Valley “vintage” artists, such as Alice Standish Buell (1892-1964), Arthur B. Wilder (1857-1949) and Ilse Bischoff (1901-1990) is on view.
Taylor Gallery, Kimball Union Academy, Meriden. “Between Two Worlds: The Sculpture of Lawrence J. Nowlan,” honors the late Cornish sculptor through Dec. 19.
Tunbridge Public Library. Photographs by South Royalton photographer Marianne Benoir are on view through Jan. 7.
White River Craft Center, Randolph. “Branching Out,” an exhibition of watercolor paintings by Amy Hook-Therrien, a Randolph native who now lives in Windsor, is on view through Feb. 8.
White River Gallery, South Royalton. “Graphite Insomnia,” graphite drawings by Gerald Auten, who teaches art at Dartmouth College, is on view through Dec. 16.
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