Jaffrey Civic Center

(a designated 501(c)3 non-profit)
40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452

Rosemary Tracey Newman
Silent Auction Closing Reception
(Proceeds from sales will be used for the elevator fund)
Bidding Closes On Tuesday, September 26th
At A Final Bids Reception From 5:00pm To 7:00pm. (Winners Announced At 7) All Are Welcome

This reception is Free and Open to the public.

NH Women Artists Exhibit, Sept. 28-Oct. 12,
Auditorium Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 29, 5pm-7pm

In honor of October's Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Civic Center will host a mixed media exhibit in which 20 percent of proceeds from sales of the show will go toward breast cancer research. The exhibit, NH Women's Artists Give Back, will feature contributing New Hampshire artists: Alberta Geyer, Paula Guhse, Jennifer McCalmont, Chris Reid, and Marci Tripp Graham. Proceeds from sales from this exhibit will be donated for breast cancer research. The exhibit runs from Thursday, Sept. 28th through Thursday, October 12th. The Opening Reception will be Friday, Sept. 29th from 5 pm to 7 pm. Free and open to the public.

Call for Vendors-JCC Holiday Craft Fair, Saturday, December 9th, 9 am to 2 pm

The Jaffrey Civic Center is seeking vendors for our Holiday Craft Fair, which will be held on Saturday, December 9th from 9 am to 2 pm. The Fair will be held in our beautiful gallery rooms on the ground floor and second floor. We are seeking handmade items, pottery, art, jewelry, gourmet foods and other items which would make desirable holiday gifts. The fee for space is $25. For more information or to reserve a space, please contact us at info@jaffreyciviccenter.com or call us at 532-6527. The Jaffrey Civic Center is located in beautiful downtown Jaffrey on Main Street next to the Public Library. Space is limited so please reserve your table early.

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2017 Marion Mack Johnson
Civic Leadership Award

The public is cordially invited to attend a reception at the Jaffrey Civic Center to honor Carolyn Edwards, the seventh recipient of the annual award. The reception will be held on Thursday, October 5th at 5 pm in the Auditorium Gallery. The presentation will start at 5:30 pm. Light refreshments will be available. Carolyn is the owner of Sunflowers in Jaffrey and she has donated her time and energy tirelessly, helping out with many local organizations and projects, throughout the community. Please join us in honoring her work and spirit of commitment to the community.

The Jaffrey Civic Center instituted the Marion Mack Johnson Civic Leadership Award as a way to honor the commitment of citizens who have worked tirelessly for civic goals. It was Mrs. Johnson who built the Center in 1966.

Past recipients have been Marc Tieger (2011), Bill Driscoll (2012), Joe Manning (2013), Caroline Hollister (2014), David Tower (2015), and Dennis Wright (2016)

Donation for this event is $10. We hope you can join us.

Public Call-of-Entry
Jaffrey Civic Center - Annual Autumn Art Exhibit

The Jaffrey Civic Center is seeking artwork from the public to be included in our Annual Autumn Art Exhibit. We are looking for all types of media including but not limited to: photographs, paintings, drawings, textiles, glassworks, paperworks, pottery pieces, woodwork and other 3D disciplines. The show will run from Friday, November 17th through Saturday, December 16th. There will be an Opening Reception, which is free and open to the public on Saturday, November 18th from 5-7 pm with great food and drink. Dates to drop off artwork are Monday, November 6th through Saturday, November 11th.

Please call or email us at if you have any questions. The Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire (next to Library, parking in rear.) Like us on Facebook.

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Jaffrey Civic Center to host Silent Auction

The Jaffrey Civic Center will host a silent auction and exhibit of paintings and figurines by the late artist, Rosemary Tracey Newman formerly of Harrisville, NH, and Hammonton, NJ. The event will be held in the Auditorium Gallery from Friday, September 1st - Tuesday, September 26th. All of Ms. Newman's work will be for sale via silent auction and proceeds from the show will go toward the Jaffrey Civic Center Elevator Fund. An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, September 1st from 5pm - 7pm. Bids for the work will open at 5 pm and will close on the last day of the exhibit on September 26th.

Free and Open to the public.

Rosemary Tracey Newman: A Legacy of Art

Rosemary Tracey Newman was an artist formerly of Harrisville, NH and Hammonton, N.J. She was born in Philadelphia, Oct. 3, 1924, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Tracey. She grew up in Philadelphia and her love of art began at an early age. After graduating from high school, she wanted to go to art school, but with World War II raging halfway around the globe, she decided to join the Navy instead, serving as a WAVE from 1944 to 1945. She was stationed in Washington, D.C., and drew maps for the war effort. Working with a small team of cartographers, she added the finishing touches to maps drawn from aerial photographs of the Pacific islands, which she later found out were used in the invasion of Japan. After the war, and with the benefit of the GI Bill, she attended the Philadelphia Museum School, now known as the University of the Arts. She studied illustration and painting. In 1951, she married Richard G. Newman, an engineer and the roommate of one of her friends from art school. She exhibited paper mâché figures in Bergdorf Goodman window displays in New York and her paintings in galleries in Philadelphia including the Arnold Finkel Gallery in the 1960s. Her paintings were exhibited in many local galleries in southern New Jersey and in the Monadnock Region. Her paintings are also included in many private collections. Rosemary touched the lives of many of her friends, neighbors and caregivers with her good humor, sparkling laugh and generous spirit. After her death in 2014, her daughter Catherine Newman of New York City inherited her mother's art and simply ran out of space to hang it all. Her mother was a frequent exhibitor at the Jaffrey Civic Center so she contacted Regina Vorce, the Executive Director, to ask if they would be interested in a fundraiser and exhibit of her artwork. Regina and the Jaffrey Civic Center Board of Trustees agreed to accept the generous offer. They loved Ms. Newman's work and figured they could use any proceeds from sales toward the Jaffrey Civic Center Elevator Fund, which the Board has been trying to raise money for in order to provide handicapped accessible access to the second floor of the Jaffrey Civic Center for years. The Jaffrey Civic Center is grateful for the opportunity to showcase Ms. Newman's beautiful work.

(Excerpts above taken from the obituary of Rosemary Tracey Newman from the Keene Sentinel, 2014).

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Jaffrey Civic Center to host a Nature Art
Photography Exhibit by Larry Davis

Local naturalist and mountain climber, Larry Davis will exhibit a display of his nature photography at the Jaffrey Civic Center from Sept 1st-October 6th in the Display Case Gallery. A local celebrity for climbing Mount Monadnock thousands of times, Larry is a skilled mountain climber and nature photographer. Originally from the Monadnock region, Larry took up hiking and photography after his graduation from college in Florida.

Larry has been a volunteer for the Park Service since 1984. He has joined the AMC and adopted part of the Appalachian Trail on the Osgood Trail in Mount Madison in the Northern Peaks of the Presidential Range.

Larry has been published in "Backpacker Magazine", "Outside Magazine", "Yankee Magazine", Craig Brandon's, Monadnock: More than a Mountain, and various EMS advertisements.

To check out more of his work, go to the website www.LarryDavisNH.com. An opening reception will be held Friday, September 15th from 5pm to 7pm in the downstairs Auditorium.

Mixed Media Exhibit by Maureen Ahern
at the Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center will host a mixed media exhibit of paintings by New Hampshire artist, Maureen Ahern from September 8th-October 7th, 2017. An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, September 8th from 5pm to 7pm in the Cunningham Gallery. Both the reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Most of Maureen Ahern's latest work uses interference paint, along with other media. Interference paint has the property of reflecting just half of the light spectrum. For instance, blue paint looks blue, but depending on the light source and where the viewer stands, will instead appear yellow (its opposite color on the light spectrum.) The effect this has had on such pieces can be seen in this video [http://ahernartist.com/video/] where light is shown moving across the painting surface, causing the colors to change to their opposite. In addition to interference paint, many of Ahern's works utilize pieces of compact disc. The reflective surface of the disc amplifies the variable nature of the interference paint. Other media may include oil sticks, pencil, wax, nails, feathers, and other materials. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Maureen lives in New Hampshire where she works full-time in her studio.

"I grew up and lived by the coast of Massachusetts for many years. My fascination with the beauty and the power of the ocean continues to influence my work. Since coming to the Monadnock region of New Hampshire in 1981, I have explored the ever-changing aspects of water, the variables of light, air, color, and motion in nature; and the human spirit."

Project Shakespeare and
Jaffrey Civic Center celebrate partnership

The Jaffrey Civic Center and Project Shakespeare are delighted to announce a new collaboration to begin in the Fall of 2017. The Jaffrey Civic Center will work to support Project Shakespeare theatre students by providing rehearsal and class space to the home school community. Home school classes for Project Shakespeare students will begin in the Fall at the Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main Street, Jaffrey. The JCC joins the United Church of Jaffrey in partnering with Project Shakespeare in support of their homeschool initiatives. Additonal information about home school classes will be available in the Fall or through contact with Deborah Thurber at projectshakespeare@gmail.com.

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