Valley News – Art Notes: In Norwich, photographs that lead viewers to nature


“Revitalize With Nature: Locally Inspired Landscape Photography” by Norwich resident and molecular biologist, Brenda Petrella opens with a reception Friday evening from 5-6:30 p.m. at Norwich Public Library.

Artist statements tend to be either cryptic or indecipherable, cramped with two-bit art school lingo. Perhaps because of his background as a scientist, Petrella writes with refreshing ease about the direct impetus behind his work:

“As an ever-changing digital society, most of us interact more with armored devices and man-made materials than with the natural world. We too easily forget that we are made of nature, not separated from her, and that some of the best ways to reduce stress involve reconnecting with the natural world. Through this exhibit, I hope to inspire others to find ways to take time out and find comfort in our beautiful local landscape.

The show is on view until October.

“And Still We Rise,” an exhibit of quilts made by members of the Women of Color Quilters Network and curated by Louisiana-based historian, curator, and quilter Carolyn L. Mazloomi, opens Saturday at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough, NH , and to Canaan Meeting House. The exhibit includes 44 quilts, and most of them, 34, will be on display at Canaan. The Meeting House was chosen as the venue for the show’s tour because the establishment of Noyes Academy, an integrated school which was burnt down by racist protesters in the 1830s, was debated and approved within the walls of the building.

Organized by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Cincinnati Art Museum, “And Still We Rise” toured the country. Its New Hampshire debut, co-presented by the Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center and historic Canaan, kicks off a tour of New England states coordinated by the Mariposa Museum.

The Mariposa Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The Canaan exhibition is open by appointment. Contact Donna Dunkerton at 603-523-7960. John Bergeron can also help open the exhibit during the week by calling 603-523-9621 or emailing [email protected]

“Sister Show,” an exhibition of the work of Los Angeles-based sisters Carolie and Laura Parker, is on view at BigTown Gallery in Rochester, Vt. Carolie specializes in painting, sculpture and poetry, while Laura works as a photographer and in installation and video animation. A reception is scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m., followed by the final episode of the Joan Hutton Landis reading series, at 5:30 p.m. Carolie Parker will read excerpts from her poems, with Margi Rogal and Woon Ping-Chin.

Also on view at BigTown are sculptures and watercolors by Bruce Edelstein, inspired by his years in Oaxaca, Mexico, and abstract paintings by Lucy Mink-Covello, a resident of Contoocook, NH, who is the artist in residence at Dartmouth College this grave. A reception for these two artists is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on September 22.

As artist-in-residence, Mink-Covello will also exhibit work at the Hopkins Center’s Jaffe Friede Gallery. She will talk about her work in the college’s Loew Auditorium at 4:45 p.m. on September 18, the day the show opens, followed by a reception in the gallery.

western lebanon Kilton Public Library will host a reception for Elizabeth Moore tonight from 5-7 p.m. Moore’s paintings are on display until October 9.


Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, Junction of the White River. “Family”, prints by Norwich artist Sue Schiller, inspired by the country’s immigration crisis, are on display until Friday.

Chelsea Public Library. “Velvet Brown Disease,” a horse exhibit by Chelsea painter Linda Ducharme, is on view until Friday.

New London Hospital. The latest rotating art exhibit features Garrett Evans, a photographer based in South Sutton, NH; Bow, New Hampshire, photographer Charles S. “Whitey” Joslin, Jr.; and Enfield painter Penny Koburger. Until Friday.

Long River Gallery and Gifts, Junction of the White River. The exhibition of encaustic (wax) paintings by Piermont artist Stephanie Gordon continues until Friday.

Downtown Hotte, Hanover. “The Firmament”, an exhibition of drawings by Toyin Ojih Odutola that explores the conceptualization of race, is on view through Sunday.

Call for artists

Arts Center, in New London, is seeking artists from New Hampshire and its contiguous states to submit work for a juried exhibition this fall. The deadline is September 18. For more information, see the center’s website,

In progress

Aidron Duckworth Museum of Art, Meriden. “Inside Out”, paintings by Galen Cheney, are on view until September 9, and “Transparent Bodies”, a series of paintings by the late Aidron Duckworth, will remain until October 28. Column IIan outdoor sculpture by artist and musician John McKenna, is on view until October 22. parliament of soulsan outdoor sculptural installation by Vershire artist Sande French-Stockwell, is on view until October 28.

arts center, New London. The work is shown in three micro-galleries: at New London Inn, showing paintings by Vicki Koron, of Sunapee; at Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, with works by oil painter Ludmila Gayvoronsky of Newport, NH; and at the Whipple Hall Gallery, which exhibits the work of Proctor Academy students.

Cider Hill Gallery, Windsor. “Garden Visions,” an exhibition of flower portraits and landscape paintings in egg tempera and gold leaf by Cider Hill co-owner Gary Milek, continues through September 16.

Converse Free Library, Lyme. “Paintings: Places Near and Far” by Thetford artist Jean Gerber, until September 29.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon. The hospital’s summer art exhibition features Becky Cook and NatEli, the Norwich artists behind the ‘Miss-Match’ collaboration; Robert Chapla, an oil painter from Newbury, Vermont; the late David Eckert, who painted hundreds of watercolors while suffering from Parkinson’s disease; Larry Harper, photographer based in North Sutton, NH; painter Doris Ingram, a part-time resident of Weston, Vermont; oil painter Tatiana Yanovskaya-Sink, based in Rockland, Mass.; and Keene, NH Anne Ward oil painter, as well as works by members of the Upper Valley Woodturners.

Gifford Gallery at Gifford Medical Center, Randolph. Watercolors by Vermont artist Barbara Geyselaers are on display until September 19.

Hall Art Foundation, Reading, Vt. “Made in Vermont” features works by six Vermont artists, including Upper Valley painter Patrick Dunfey. Also on view: “The Solace of Amnesia,” a group exhibition curated by Alexis Rockman and Katherine Gass Stowe from the Hall Foundation collections, and “Hope and Hazard: A Comedy of Eros,” curated by Eric Fischl, another collective exhibition of the work of the foundation.

Kilton Library, West Lebanon. Elizabeth R. Moore, of Grantham, is exhibiting mixed media paintings until October 9.

Ledyard Gallery, Howe Library, Hanover. To celebrate his colleagues, Kris Burnett, who is retiring as head of circulation services at the library, has made 30 small woolen gifts which will be on display until October 3.

Matte Brown Fine Arts, Lyme. “Searching for Shapes by Land and Sea,” paintings by Strafford artist Jennifer Brown, are on view until October 13.

Philip Read Memorial Library, Plainfield. “Marking the Moments,” an exhibition of oil paintings by Plainfield artist MJ Morse, continues through Wednesday.

Roth Center for Jewish Life, Hanover. Mort Wise shows photographs in “Fading Memories, Vanishing Voices” through Labor Day. A former resident of the Upper Valley who continues to summer in western Lebanon, Wise currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Royalton Memorial Library. Peter Shvetsov, a part-time resident of Royalton and originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, shows a series of prints. Two exhibitions of his paintings are shown at the South Royalton Market and the Worthy Burger.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish. “Natural Forces: Three Sculptors’ Visions,” featuring art by Fabienne Lasserre, Clive Moloney and Rosalyn Driscoll, is dispersed on the site until October 31.

Scavenger Gallery, White River Junction. The gallery will be closed from Saturday to August 31. Revolution, at White River Junction, has a collection of Hopkins bronzes on permanent display. Scavenger’s sterling silver coins can be purchased from Rachel Obbard, owner of Long River Gallery and Gifts next door.

SculptureFest, Woodstock. Dozens of artists, many of them based in the upper valley, display new or continuing work in the annual outdoor showcase of three-dimensional art at the Prosper Road house of Charlet and Peter Davenport and the nearby King Farm. Featured artists this year are Mary Admasian, from East Montpellier, and Robert Hitzig, from Montpellier. The show usually continues during foliage season. A SculptureFest guide, including audio clips of artists talking about their work, is available on the Otocast mobile app.

Steven Thomas, Inc. Fine Art and Antiques, Junction of the White River. Works by “vintage” artists from the Upper Valley, such as Alice Standish Buell (1892-1964), Arthur B. Wilder (1857-1949) and Ilse Bischoff (1901-1990) are on display.

Tunbridge Public Library. An exhibition of two dozen photographs by North Thetford photographer Allison Clayton is on view until November 3. An opening reception is scheduled for September 23, from 2 to 4 p.m.

White River Craft Center, Randolph. “Jack Rowell, Culture Documentary: Portraits of Vermonters and Other Wildlife,” a retrospective of the Braintree, Vermont photographer’s work, is on view in the fall.

Zollikofer Gallery, Junction of the White River. An exhibition of abstract oil paintings and mixed media on black walnut stained paper by Dian Parker, curator and director of White River Gallery in South Royalton, runs until September 26.

Alex Hanson can be reached at [email protected] or 603-727-3207.


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