Thursday, December 13, 2012

UPPER VALLEY: "The Way We Worked" at AVA

The Way We Worked: A Smithsonian Exhibition Exploring the American Workforce 
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 15, 3-5 pm
AVA Gallery and Art Center
Exhibit runs: December 15, 2012 – January 27, 2013
(See below for hours)

"The Way We Worked," is a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition that uses historical photographs, archival accounts and interactive components to trace the nation's changing workforce and work environments over the last 150 years. The exhibit, which explores how work has become a central element in American culture, will be on display through January 27, 2013 at AVA Gallery and Art Center. New work by Vermont photographer Jack Rowell enhances the exhibit with a local connection to Lebanon's history as a mill town.

Every organization throughout the United States that hosts The Way We Worked has been encouraged to amplify the exhibition with displays and information plays about the history of work in their local community.

Lebanon has a long and distinct history as a mill town, and AVA Gallery and Art Center’s Carter-Kelsey building at 11 Bank Street, formerly H.W. Carter & Sons overall factory, provides a fitting venue for an exhibition of this nature.

While at AVA, The Way We Worked will be augmented with items and photographs focusing on local work history, and most specifically on the manufacturing past of the Carter factory, which for more than a century, until it closed in 1985, was known nationwide for its production of work clothes. Images of former Carter factory workers and relatives of owners and managers, recently taken by noted photographer Jack Rowell, will be on display; items on loan from Lebanon Historical Society will also be on exhibit.

Eugene Dauphinais presses pants at H.W. Carter & Sons

Eugene Dauphinais (2012) photo by Jack Rowell
Adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives and Records Administration, "The Way We Worked" traces changes that have affected the workforce and work environment over the past 150 years, including the growth of manufacturing and increasing use of technology. It draws from the Archives’ collections, including historical photographs and archival accounts of workers, and makes use of film, audio and interactive components to tell the compelling story of how work impacts our individual lives and the historical and cultural fabric of our communities.

The exhibit examines the effects of industrialization, urbanization, immigration, labor unrest, wars and economic depression on ordinary working Americans, and exhibition section titles include: Why We Work, How We Worked, Where We Worked, Who Works.

Throughout January 2013, a number of programs related to the theme of The Way We Worked will also take place at AVA.

Ms. Follensbee (2012) photo by Jack Rowell

(1) From "The Way We Worked" exhibit. No further attribution.
(2) Eugene Dauphinais presses pants at the H.W. Carter & Sons factory where he worked for more than 38 years until it closed in 1985. Courtesy of Eugene Dauphinais, AVA Gallery and Art Center.
(3) Eugene Dauphinais portrait (2012) by photographer Jack Rowell.
(4) Ms. Follensbee portrait (2012) by photographer Jack Rowell.

About Jack Rowell
A 5th generation Vermonter, Jack Rowell was born and raised in Central Vermont and has been a professional photographer for over 30 years making a living shooting documentary, commercial and advertising photographs. His  work has been published nationally and internationally in publications such as People Weekly, London Independent, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Economist, and the Times of London.

Rowell has had successful one man exhibitions at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH); AVA Art Center (Lebanon, NH); The Governor’s Reception Area (Montpelier, VT); and the Main Street Museum of Art (White River Junction, VT). Since 1992 he has worked as Associate Producer on the feature films “Man With A Plan” and “Nosey Parker.” In addition Rowell is an enthusiastic and experienced angler with extensive contacts in the hunting and fishing communities.

“It is Rowell's heart that grants him entree into his subjects' worlds.  He is welcomed there by virtue of a compassion that is evident in what he sees.” - William Craig, art review

Jack Rowell, Photographer

65 Fogey St.
Braintree, VT 05060
(802) 728-5708

About AVA Gallery and Art Center
AVA Gallery and Art Center (Alliance for the Visual Art) is dedicated to promoting the visual arts through exhibitions and educational programs that nurture, support and challenge New England artists, and to providing art classes for children, teens and adults of all levels and abilities.  AVA’s programs—including special events that foster interaction among artists, patrons of the arts and the community, and which emphasize sustainability— are dedicated to recognizing the ways in which art enriches our lives.
Scholarship, internship and volunteer opportunities are integral to AVA’s programming.

AVA Gallery and Art Center/Alliance for the Visual Arts
11 Bank Street (right off Colburn Park)
Lebanon, NH
Contact: Bente Torjusen, Executive Director

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 11AM to 5PM
Thursdays from 11AM to 7PM
and by appointment
Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Admission is free, and the gallery is accessible to the handicapped.

The Way We Worked is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). Historic New England is partnering with SITES for its Museum on Main Street (MoMS) initiative to host this exhibition throughout New England. This national/state/local partnership is designed to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. Support for MoMS has been provided by the United States Congress.

AVA is one of three New Hampshire organizations expressly chosen by the New Hampshire Humanities Council to host The Way We Worked; this statewide tour is made possible by Historic New England and the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  AVA is the final stop in the state before the exhibit travels to Maine.

Local support for The Way We Worked and related programs at AVA has been provided by Mascoma Savings Bank.

Friday, December 7, 2012

WHITE RIVER JCT: Two Rivers "Holiday Print Show"

MONTPELIER: Art Walk - Friday, Dec 7, 4 to 8 pm

December 7
Montpelier Art Walk 4-8 pm

Stroll Montpelier's holiday Art Walk which kicks off Montpelier Art and Craft Weekend.
Over 30 venues will display fine art.

List of venues and information:

SHELBURNE: Jane Ann Kantor paintings at Fiddlehead Brewing Co.

Opening: Thursday, December 6, 2012
"Pint Night" Opening, 4 to 9 pm
Exhibit continues through December 2012

Kantor's expressive, lively paintings range in size from 12" x 24" to 18" x 36."All works are acrylic on panel. Some of these works were exhibited at the Art Hop earlier this year.

Fiddlebrewing Company
6305 Shelburne Rd.
Shelburne, VT 05482
(802) 399-2994

Hours: Sun: 12pm - 7pm
Mon- Sat: 12pm - 9pm

WOODSTOCK: Fine Works in Miniature Holiday Show

Opening Reception: 
Saturday Dec. 8, 5:30 ~ 7:30 pm
December 8 - 22, 2012

An exhibit of small works & crafts presented for sale during the holiday season.

This year ArtisTree is reprising the "Artis-Tic Clocks." Artist fabricated, functional timepieces make for unique gift giving.  Also, crafts made locally by some of the many artisans working in the area will display their wares.

All in all, a great opportunity to Buy Local!

ArtisTree Gallery
1206 Route 12, Mount Tom Building
Woodstock, VT

802 457-3500
Gallery Hours - During exhibitions:
11am - 4pm, Tuesday - Saturday

SHELBURNE: The 21st Annual Winter Group Exhibit features sculptor Kerry O. Furlani

Artist Reception: Friday, December 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
December 1, 2012 - January 31, 2013

Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery will be showing "This Place of Vision:  21st Annual Winter Group Exhibit," featuring sculptor Kerry O. Furlani. 
So She Will Fly Again, by Kerry Furlani, slate, 12' x 12"

 Other artists in the exhibit will include Elizabeth Allen, Elizabeth Billings, Matt Brown, Kevin Fahey, Steven P. Goodman,Karen Henderson, David Maille, Virginia Mcneice, Dianne Shullenberger, Linda Smith, Brian Sweetland, Adelaide, Tyrol, Barbara Wagner, Nancy Weis, and Richard Weis

The Offering, slate, 20 x 16" by Kerry O. Furlani


 Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery
86 Falls Road
Shelburne, VT

Hours are Tue-Fri 9:30-5:30, and Sat 10-5.

For more information contact:

BURLINGTON: Small Works & Ornaments at S.P.A.C.E.

Friday, December 7
Small Works & Ornaments!
Opening Reception from 5 - 9 pm

The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery is pleased to host its' 4th Annual Small Works exhibit this December and January, now with artist-made ornaments! 
The show is a response to an open call to artists, in which everything submitted that measures 12" or under will be shown. 
The result is an exhibit filled with pleasant surprises found in work perfectly sized for holiday gift giving. 
Perfectly priced for holiday gift giving, the Small Gifts $50 and Under exhibit features work by 10 local artists. All work is priced at or below $50 and includes vignettes by Aaron Stein, Ashley Roark, Benjamin Peberdy, Christy Mitchell, HIlary Glass, Jody Desjardins, Justin Atherton, Katherine Taylor-McBroom, Stephanie Thwaites, and Wendy James.

Both exhibits are up through January, though the work may not last that long! Join us for First Friday Art Walk on the 7th and again for the Holiday Hop, during the weekend of the 14th, 16th, & 17th of December.

BURLINGTON/SHELBURNE/WINOOSKI: First Friday Art Walk - December 7

Haley Bishop Burlington in the Winter (11"x8.5"; mixed media; 2011)
Haley Bishop Burlington in the Winter (11"x8.5"; mixed media; 2011)

Art Map Burlington lists the 41 participating venues in December's First Friday Art Walk. Visit their site for all the details! Art Map Burlington

On December’s First Friday Art Walk, there are 41 venues in Burlington, Shelburne, and Winooski staying open late to welcome Art Walkers and share in our incredible art scene. In the print edition of Art Map Burlington, look for listings with a *, which indicates the venue is open for First Friday Art Walk.

Some venues are having events, several have live music, and all of them have something worth checking out. You might also find a special gift for the holidays.

Here are the First Friday Art Walk events and some other venues that Art Map recommends checking out:

Old North End:
The Rose Street Gallery is hosting an artist reception for the capstone class in Visual Arts at CCV. “Project of 8″ presents work by Jessica Adcock (mixed media on canvas), Mary Arnold (ceramics), Grace Byrne (acrylic and fabric on canvas), Randi-Lynn Crowther (acrylic and pastel on canvas), Jaime Jimenez (mixed media on board), Kasey Loyer (watercolor on paper), Amber Rizzo (mixed media on paper), and Carter Shappy.

Award-winning Vermont artist Mark Boedges is always open for First Friday Art Walk. He recently celebrated his gallery’s first anniversary. Stop by and see his latest work at Mark Boedges Fine Art Gallery on Battery Street.

The Winooski Holiday Art Market is in full swing at the Winooski Welcome Center and Gallery. Over 30 artists present a wide range of fine art, fine craft, jewelry, food, and more for the holidays.

The Shelburne Pond Studios is off the beaten path, but Ruth Murphy of Vermont Glass Designs and Lyna Lou Nordstrom of the Lyna Lou Line will be on hand to welcome you. At Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, stop by for the opening of the 21st Annual Winter Group Exhibit with featured artist, sculptor Kerry O. Furlani.

South End Arts District:
If you haven’t made it down Flynn Avenue to Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace, December’s First Friday Art Walk offers an added enticement: the opening reception for Haley Bishop’s mixed media imagery, “The Places I Know” (image left). Creative Competition is on once more at RL Photo on Sears Lane. At Christ the King on Locust Street, enjoy some classical music performed by local youth while viewing Edward Alonzo’s photography series, “Icons”.

On Pine Street, S.P.A.C.E. and The Backspace welcome holiday shoppers for the 4th annual “Small Works & Ornaments” show. Brickels Studio Gallery opens a show of work created in the 3AM Mad Scientist Workshop VII. The “Sunday Series” by Lincoln Halloran opens with live music at Speaking Volumes. In the Unsworth Block, the SEABA Gallery opens its South End Holiday sHOP Holiday Market. SEABA’s neighbor, Davis Studio Gallery, also has holiday shopping on offer, with art and craft by Teresa Davis, Sarah Bunker, Lydia Littwin, Jesse Cronin, and Charlotte Albers. Studio 266 opens their Group Holiday Art Exhibit.

Joy Huckins-Noss’ oil paintings, “The Texture of Light”, are up at Pompanoosuc Mills only until January 3, so December’s First Friday Art Walk is a great opportunity to see this luminous work. At Nectar’s, check out the opening for painter Christian Tubau Arjona and photographer Brian Jenkins.   

Vintage Jewelers swings with the work of Jolene Garanzha and Dana Dale Lee and the music of Aristocat. Kathryn Milillo paints Vermont landscapes, see them at the opening reception at Left Bank Home & Garden. On Church Street at Salaam & The Men’s Store, enjoy live music while looking at portraiture, abstracts, and multimedia work by Burlington artist Mary Angelina. At Red Square, get a kick at the opening of Jesse Azarian’s series, “To Boldly Search for Bacon”. Burlington artist Jenna Endresen is on hand for her gallery debut at New City Galerie.

ST. JOHNSBURY: Shine at Catamount Arts

Sunday, December 2, 2012

BURLINGTON: Kathryn Milillo at Left Bank

Opening Reception: December 7, 6-8pm
During Burlington's First Friday Art Walk

Exhibit continues through January 13, 2013

Lovingkindness, 18" x 24", oil on linen
Left Bank features a collection of landscapes and barns by Vermont artist, Kathryn Milillo.  Milillo's works are a visual poem - an honoring and a coming to life of relationships within the surrounding natural environment and built structure. 

A selection of giclee prints and notecards are also available for sale. 

Bend to Me, 16" x 20", oil on linen

Left Bank Home & Garden
127 Bank Street
Burlington, VT
Store Hours:  Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm