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Exhibition Archives

Artwork by Students from Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth:

Benjamin Blais and Thanapoom (Mo) Boonipat

February 8 - March 1, in the Johnson Sisters Library

 Friday, February 15, 5-7pm




Click here to download the press release for Artwork by Students from Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.



A Series of January Programs and Events

Presented in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition THE WAY WE WORKED

On four consecutive Sunday afternoons in January, AVA will be hosting programs by authorities on the history of the industrialization in New England mill towns, including Lebanon. Two of these programs—a lecture and the premiere of a documentary film— are offered in conjunction with Historic New England, one of the sponsors of The Way We Worked exhibition. (Historic New England is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation, sharing the region’s history through vast collections, publications, museum properties, archives and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England.)


Sunday, January 6, 4pm

The New England Mill Town
Lecture by Jere Daniell, Dartmouth College History Professor Emeritus

Professor Jere Daniell, who grew up in the paper mill town of Millinocket, Maine, has a particular interest in the early industrialization of New England. His talk will range from the first water-powered mills to the flourishing of Lebanon’s textile industry.

Thanks for a great event, everyone!


Thursday, January 10, 6pm

Talk and Reading from Never Back Down by Ernest Hebert
”The Web Boy: Jack Landry's Purgatorial Summer Working in Father's Shop”

Ernest Hebert, whose father worked in a textile mill in Keene, NH for nearly half a century, will talk about his family’s work ethic. He will also read a passage from his new novel, Never Back Down, which takes place in a textile mill in 1957. The novel is based on Hebert’s experience, at age sixteen, of working a summer as a “web boy” at International Narrow Fabric Company, the workplace of his father.

Hebert is the author of eleven published books, including nine novels, and Professor of English at Dartmouth College. He is also a former AVA board member.

Thanks for a great event, everyone!



Sunday, January 13, 4pm

Connecting the Threads: Overalls to Art—H.W. Carter & Sons Factory
A Documentary Film

This screening marks the premiere of a 35-minute documentary film featuring interviews with former H.W. Carter & Sons factory workers. Among those interviewed is 94-year-old Thelma Follensbee, who worked in the factory from age 16 until it closed in 1985. There are also interviews with relatives of factory owners and managers. Additionally, the film ties the building’s important manufacturing past to its present role as the home of AVA Gallery and Art Center. Several of the subjects who appear in the film will offer remarks following the screening.

A Historic New England/CATV/AVA Co-production.

Thanks for a great event, everyone!



Sunday, January 20, 4pm

Voices from the Back Stairs: Domestic Servants in 19th- and 20th-Century New England
Lecture by Jennifer Pustz, PhD, Museum Historian at Historic New England

Focusing on three Historic New England properties, this illustrated lecture will explore the diversity of domestic service in New England, illuminating the lives of servants and their relationships with their employers.

Thanks for a great event, everyone! 



Sunday, January 27, 4pm

Mill Buildings in Lebanon
Lecture by Robert Welsch, Professor of Anthropology at Franklin Pierce College

Professor Robert Welsch, current Chair of Lebanon’s Heritage Commission and former Curator of Lebanon Historical Society, will discuss the industrial entrepreneurs of Lebanon since the Civil War. His talk will emphasize how the H.W. Carter & Sons factory was not a unique example of Lebanon’s role in industry, but merely one of the more successful ones.

Thanks for a great event, everyone! 


The Way We Worked
A Smithsonian Exhibition Exploring the American Workforce

December 15, 2012 – January 27, 2013

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 15, 3:00-5:00pm


Adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives and Records Administration, The Way We Worked traces the many 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’ rich 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.

Click here to download the The Way We Worked press release.

Support for The Way We Worked has been provided by The Smithsonian Institution, The National Archives, The New Hampshire Humanities Council, Historic New England, and Mascoma Savings Bank.





AVA Invites You To A

Denim Party

Saturday, January 26   4-7pm

As a nod to our building's manufacturing past, don your jeans or overalls and join us for:

  • Food and Drink
  • Music
  • Children's Art Activities
  • Free Raffle
  • A Screening of "Connecting the Threads: Overalls to Art -- HW Carters and Sons Factory"

  • The Way We Worked Exhibition
  • The Way We Work Exhibition



Call for Entries to AVA's 2012 Holiday Salon

November 30 - December 24, 2012

E.N. Wennberg Gallery and Gallery 3

This year, AVA’s annual holiday extravaganza will have a new look. The exhibit, to be displayed in the E.N. Wennberg Gallery and Gallery 3, will be a “salon-style” affair; all the artwork will be hung or displayed salon-style! The adjacent spaces—the Rebecca Lawrence Gallery Entry and the Clifford B. West Gallery—will feature The Way We Worked, a Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition exploring America’s work history
(December 15, 2012 – January 27, 2013).

Artwork Delivery Dates:

Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18, 11am-5pm; Monday, November 19, 11am-7pm

Read more...


The Way We Work

Work by Artists with Studios in AVA’s Carter-Kelsey Building

January 4 – February 1, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, January 4, 5-7pm

The Way We Work will show how artists are currently working in our building—featuring art in progress next to finished pieces, along with tools and materials used in each media. The Way We Work is a poignant juxtaposition to the Smithsonian’s The Way We Worked, also on display in the galleries.

The Way We Work will feature nineteen artists, including Derek Bell, painting; Carrie Fradkin, mosaic;  CATV, video; Jenny Lynn Hall, sculpture; Stacy Hopkins, jewelry and metalwork; John Joline, drawing;  Winkie Kelsey, stone carving; Richard Langdell, papermaking; Sloane Mayor, architectural design; Dolly Miller, painting; Victoria Moors, printmaking; Edward Rosario, painting; Joseph Saginor, painting; Richard Saunders, stone carving; Nance Silliman, painting; Everett Webber, stone carving; Kay Wegner, fiber art; Paulette Werger, encaustic and metalwork; and Ann Wilson, architectural design.

There will be a gallery talk by participating artists, free and open to the public, on Thursday, January 17 at 5:30pm.

The Way We Work, AVA’s first exhibition of 2013, inaugurates an intriguing series of exhibitions that will takes place during AVA’s 40th anniversary year.  It aptly fits with the slogan for this celebratory year—“Art Works at AVA.”


October 19 - November 16

Opening Reception, Friday, October 19, 5-7pm


Affinity: Cyndy Barbone, Deborah Frazee Carlson, Fuyuko Matsubara and Bhakti Ziek

Rebecca Lawrence Gallery Entry and Clifford B. West Gallery

Gallery Talk: Thursday, November 1, 5:30pm

Click here to download the Affinity Press Release


Kiranada Sterling Benjamin - Moon Ascending: Japanese Rozome Batik

E.N. Wennberg Gallery and Gallery 3

Gallery Talk: Saturday, October 20, 1:30pm

Click here to download the Benjamin Press Release


Barbara Bartlett - The Art of Tea II

E.N. Wennberg Gallery and Gallery 3

Gallery Talk: Thursday, November 15, 5:30pm

Click here to download the Bartlett Press Release



AVA May – June Exhibitions

May 18 – June 15, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday, May 18, 5-7pm




Torin PorterOut of this World

Gallery Talk: Saturday, June 2, 3pm

      Rebecca Lawrence Gallery Entry and Gallery 3


Lou HicksContemporary Landscapes

      Clifford B. West Gallery


Karolina Kawiaka2-D and 3-D Drawings

Gallery Talk: Thursday, June 7, 5:30pm

      E.N. Wennberg Gallery