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     Winter 2014


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Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm
Thursdays until 7pm
(summer only)
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Saturday 11am-5pm

(603) 448-3117
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Lebanon, NH 03766




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AVA offers a vibrant, year-round art education program for students of all ages, ranging in ability from novice to professional. Classes introduce students to the creative process, teach basic drawing skills, offer students exposure to media ranging from watercolor to sculpture, and allow participants to pursue advanced study in areas like oil painting, printmaking, watercolor painting, and figure drawing and painting. AVA draws on a strong faculty composed of more than 35 nationally and regionally known artists.

If you haven't taken a class at AVA before, you may be in for a surprise. You won't be striving for grades or credits, because there aren't any here. Instead you can expect:

  • freedom to learn in your own style
  • engaged, supportive fellow students with a variety of perspectives
  • the satisfaction and challenge of defining your own goals

Morning Classes on Thursday 3/13 are cancelled due to the winter weather.

Be safe and make art!


AVA's 2014 Spring & Summer Classes!!!

Now Available Online

AVA's full selection of classes, workshops, and camps for all ages and abilities is now available for enrollment online.

Children & Teen's Spring 2014 Classes & Camps

Children & Teen's Summer 2014 Art Camps

Adult's Spring 2014 Classes & Workshops

Adult's Summer 2014 Classes & Workshops 




Upcoming AVA Classes and Workshops


Children and Teens

There are no classes starting this week.



Faculty Winter 2014

Clicking the faculty's name will deliver you to their website, if they have one

Derek Bell earned a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design. He works in sculpture, printmaking and drawing. His work won first place in the 22nd Annual Congressional Art Competition and second place in The Artist's Magazine annual competition.  

Shari Boraz holds a BFA in Textile Design and Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her hand-embroidered art has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. Boraz is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen.

Barbra Bragg attended RISD, SUNY and Johnson State College. She earned a BFA in Ceramics, an MFA in Painting, and studied with Clifford B. West. Bragg has been on the studio art faculties of several colleges and universities in New England and was a recipient of a "% for the Arts Grant" from the NH State Council on the Arts.

Debbe Callaghan has been teaching knitting to adults and children regionally and at AVA for a number of years. Callaghan also serves as AVA's Capacity Builder.

Michael Cappabianca received his MFA from California College of the Arts and his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. He has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions. He lives in Cambridge and is a bibliophile. Cappabianca exhibited at AVA in 2011.  

Robert Carsten graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and was a scholar at Academia di Belle Arti in Carrara, Italy. He is a board and signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a contributing writer to the Pastel Journal and The Artist's Magazine. Carsten is a Master Circle artist of the International Association of Pastel Societies; his paintings and drawings have been shown in many museums and galleries, are collected worldwide, and have won many awards.  

Genevieve Cole earned a BFA in Glass and Ceramics from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She has worked primarily with glass, both as a glass blower in France and at Simon Pearce in Philadelphia. She teaches and creates custom glass art pieces for private collectors. In 2010, she curated a major glass exhibition at AVA.

Elizabeth D’Amico, a graduate of Syracuse and Columbia Universities, teaches in the Visual Arts department at Plymouth State University. A mixed-media artist, she shows regionally and nationally and is a signature member of the National Collage Society and an active member of the Women’s Caucus for the Arts/NH Chapter. D’Amico exhibited at AVA in 2009.   

Jane Davies is a full-time artist working in collage, painting, and encaustics. In addition to her fine art, Davies licenses artwork for calendars, greeting cards, and fabrics. She is the author of four instructional art books.

Carolyn Demers is a mixed-media artist specializing in glass. She has taught stained glass and mosaic art for over ten years in the Manchester, Concord and Kearsarge school districts, as well as at community art centers. Demers' studio is in Bradford, VT.

Karen DePrizio is a multimedia artist with a BA from American University and an MA in Media Arts from Emerson College. DePrizio has taught classes at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and at various organizations. She currently works in marketing at her design firm, Sundial Digital, in Woodstock, VT.

Laura Di Piazza is a visual and conceptual artist working in a variety of media, including calligraphy, poetry and abstract art. She has worked as a professional calligrapher throughout the US and abroad. Di Piazza holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.

Edward Fielding has been working with kids at AVA since 2010, leading robotics classes and teaching creative programming.  

Charley Freiberg has done commercial photo shoots for clients that include IBM, Kodak, and McGraw-Hill, as well as other companies. He has been teaching and shooting for artists and craftspeople for 30 years.  

Dan Gottsegen has taught at the California College of the Arts and UMass Lowell. He has exhibited nationally, including one-person shows at the Prince Street Gallery in NYC and the Whistler House Museum in Lowell, MA. Gottsegen's awards and fellowships include a Vermont Arts Council Individual Artist Creation Grant, the University Teaching Excellence Award at UMass Lowell, and a Ucross Foundation Residency. He has an MFA from California College of the Arts.  

Althea Goundrey studied Studio Art and Art Education at Plymouth State University, University of Southern Maine, University of New Hampshire, and the Art Institute of Boston. She holds a Master of Education from Plymouth State University and a Museum Studies Certificate from Tufts University. Goundrey has taught children's classes at AVA since 2010.

Sonja Hakala is the author of Your Book, Your Way, plus five other titles, She has been a freelance writer for 25 years, working for newspapers and magazines as well as in the book publishing industry. In addition to writing, Hakala provides professional editorial and book design services for writers publishing their work through her company, Full Circle Press LLC.  

Michael Heffernan received his MFA in Painting from The New York Academy of Art and teaches Studio Art at Plymouth State University. He has exhibited throughout the northeast, including a show at the Flowers Gallery in NYC in 2008.

Michael D. Kraatz holds a BS in Art from the University of Wisconsin and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has been a roster artist with the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts for many years, completing numerous Arts in Education residencies in public schools. He works both in 2-D and 3-D and is particularly well known for his blown glass. Michael’s work has been shown both nationally and regionally, including at AVA.  

Christine Orcutt Henderson, who works primarily in acrylics, attended the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her work has been shown at galleries and colleges throughout New England, and she teaches at various Upper Valley art centers.

Joan Hoffmann, who studied at Colorado State University and Scottsdale Artists School, celebrates forty years of oil and watercolor painting, teaching, and preserving the landscapes that she paints. She lectures on the History of Landscape Painting and Public Lands and was an artist-in-residence in Yosemite in 2005.

John Joline holds a BA in Studio Art from Dartmouth College and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. A specialist in cubism, he has taught Studio Art as well as Art History and Architectural Design. Joline is a longtime AVA faculty member; he had an exhibition at AVA in 2006.

Patricia Killian studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and earned her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for her painting.

Joseph Montroy holds an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is an active sculptor, creating and showing work throughout the eastern and central US. Montroy is an adjunct professor at the Chester College of New England; he also offers workshops at art centers across the northeast.

Murray Ngoima is an art educator and mixed-media artist who, for many years, has taught in local schools and at AVA, where her children's classes and camps are legendary. She has painted murals, designed theater sets, and taught children’s workshops in Boston, Woodstock, and Nairobi, Kenya.

Robert O’Brien has worked in watercolor for 40 years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on the landscape and architecture of New England. He studied with James Whatford, Tony Couch, and the late Marshall Joyce.

Julie Püttgen holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Georgia State University. She works across media (painting, photography, digital animation, installation, book arts) and also curates exhibitions. Püttgen exhibited at AVA in 2012.  

Lia Rothstein has BA and MFA degrees from Boston University. She has been a professional photographer for over 25 years and has taught digital photography and imaging in colleges and art centers. Her photographic work is found in many private and corporate collections, including the Polaroid International Photography Collection, and has been exhibited widely. From 2009-2012, Rothstein directed the PHOTOSTOP Gallery in White River Junction, VT.

Meredith Smith holds a BFA in Apparel Design and an MAT with a studio focus in Costume Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen and coordinates AVA's Fiber Mondays Open Studio program.

Linda Treash is a multimedia artist with an MFA in Creative Writing; she has worked as an art photographer and performing trapeze artist. Treash teaches at the Community College of Vermont and is on the board of BarnArts Center for the Arts.

Erica Venuti earned her BFA in Fine Arts from Long Island University and her MA in Health Arts and Sciences from Goddard College, focusing on the transformative qualities of art. She designs expressive art programs for people of all ages through SafeArt and Goddard College.

Robin Weisburger is an artist who works in both pastel and acrylic and is a founding member of the Orford Art Group. She provides professional framing services at her studio in Orford, NH. Weisburger has exhibited throughout the eastern US and Canada and teaches children's art workshops in Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland.

Christopher Wilson is a portrait and figurative sculptor. While his primary mentor is Jerry Williams, he has also studied with Bruno Lucchesi, Richard MacDonald, Philippe Faraut, Andrew Cawrse, Milton Cramer and Lincoln Fox. Wilson's work has been exhibited in New England and the southwest.

Michael Yatsevitch earned his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He has been an active member of the AVA community for many years and is instrumental in AVA's Life Drawing Open Studio.

Josh Yunger is a painter, printmaker and musician. He began taking classes at AVA at age 14. In 1999, he received a BFA in Printmaking and Sound Design from The Art Institute of Chicago. Yunger is the author of the children's book Hippo and Monkey.






Storytelling with Shadows

Presented at AVA in Partnership with The Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College

Wednesday, January 8, 6:30-8:30pm




Join Shadowlight’s Larry Reed, award-winning theater director and shadow master, to create your own unique shadow puppets and learn to perform in shadows. Ages 13+. This workshop is being held at AVA Gallery and Art Center. 


Click here to enroll in this fantastic workshop or call The Hopkins Center Box Office at (603) 646-2422. There is a $10 participation fee. 


Shadowlight Productions will be presenting Poro Oyna: The Myth of the Aynu on Friday and Saturday, January 10 & 11, at 8pm at The Hopkins Center.


Public Art Sculpture This Fall!

AVA is delighted to be partners with the PowerHouse Mall in West Lebanon, NH to offer a new Public Art Project this fall.

In our upcoming Sculpture Modeling, Plaster Casting and Public Art! class, led by Ernest Montenegro this September, participants will work with clay to make their own small three-dimensional artwork. Once their designs are finalized, everyone will create molds and produce a series of cast-plaster multiples of their original works! The series of small multiples will then be hidden throughout the PowerHouse Mall, creating a Halloween wonderland for children and families to find as part of the October celebrations. Learn a new sculpture process, enhance your resume, and celebrate the arts with your neighbors!

Click here to see a project with a similar spirit that went around the world! 

This AVA public art project is sponsored in part by the PowerHouse Mall.  Thank you!





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