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Press Release. Please print immediately.
Submitted on 6/09/2017. Thank you! Regina Vorce

Wildlife Watercolor Exhibit by Jeanette Fournier

The Jaffrey Civic Center is hosting a Wildlife Watercolor Exhibit by wildlife artist Jeanette Fournier from June 30th to July 28th in the Auditorium Gallery. There will be an Opening Reception on Friday, June 30th from 5-7 pm. Jeanette is a wildlife artist whose work is inspired by nature, particularly the mountainous areas of New Hampshire and Vermont. Growing up with family ties in both the White Mountains of New Hampshire and northern Vermont, she spent a great deal of time in the woods observing and drawing nature. It was during this formative period when she began developing her artistic skills. She is a self-taught artist and specializes in detailed graphite drawings and illustrative watercolor paintings of animals, birds and nature, which reflect a distinct and original style. Her meticulous attention to detail is one of the hallmarks of her artwork.

Jeanette's work hangs in private collections throughout New England and beyond. Her art has received numerous awards and been accepted in the "Art of The Animal Kingdom", the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors" and the "North East Watercolor Society International Exhibition". She has also exhibited with the national organization, The Society of Animal Artists.

Her artwork can be found at the galleries of WREN in Bethlehem, New Hampshire and the Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire and the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville, Vermont. She is a member of the Society of Animal Artists, the Pencil Art Society, a Signature member of the North East Watercolor Society and the Vermont Watercolor Society, the Women's Caucus for the Arts and the W.R.E.N. organization. The exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

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Press Release. Please print immediately. Submitted 6/02/2017
Thank you! Regina Vorce

Patty B. Driscoll to exhibit Oil paintings at
The Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center is excited to host an oil exhibit by Birmingham, Alabama artist, Patty B. Driscoll in the first floor Display Case Gallery from June 23rd to July 30th. There will be an Opening Reception on Friday, June 23rd from 5pm to 7pm. A frequent visitor to Jaffrey, Patty B.'s career in still life painting arose from her love of the decorative arts and the potential of realism to convey a symbolic narrative. Driscoll distills moments, where light, object, and flowers reveal themselves like characters on a stage. The paintings invite the viewer into an ephemeral world, where compositions are carefully prepared as treats for the eye. Driscoll considers each object as a memory keeper, family artifacts that represent the history of gatherings and celebrations. Awed by the magic of realism, Driscoll draws inspiration from the often overlooked female Still-life painters of the Golden Age; particularly works by Fede Galizia, Giovanna Garzoni, and Maria Van Oosterwyck. Considered the lowest genre of academic art during the Renaissance, still-life painting was considered an acceptable realm of painting for these women to express themselves and earn a living. After years of working with the intricate processes of weaving and cake decorating, Driscoll is attracted to the exacting detail of the seventeenth century masterpieces and their depictions of intimate settings within the domestic interior. Driscoll received her MFA from the California College of Arts after completing her undergraduate work in Studio Art and Art History at Skidmore College. She now lives and works in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, two children, two dogs, and two cats.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

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Press Release, Please release immediately! Thanks.
Regina Vorce (submitted 6/2/2017)

Summer Internship at The Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center is looking for a summer intern for approximately 10 hours a week. Flexible days/hours. This would be a fun opportunity and great resume builder for those interested in art and needing some volunteer credits for either high school or college. Responsibilities include general phone and computer work, greeting guests and patrons, updating artist and patron lists, assisting the Exec. Director with hanging art shows, planning venues/opening receptions and general duties related to the day to day operations of the Center. The mission of the Jaffrey Civic Center is to provide and sustain a public venue where citizens of the Monadnock Region can pursue artistic, educational and civic activities. The Center's goal is to contribute to the cultural enrichment and enlightenment of the community. Contact Regina for more info. 532-6527.


Press Release. Please print immediately. Submitted on 5/15/2017.
Thank you! Regina Vorce

Jaffrey Civic Center seeking vendors
for Summer Market

The Jaffrey Civic Center is excited to open its new summer market "The Farmer and the Flea" on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm beginning Saturday, June 17th through October 14th. The farmer's market component of the event will include traditional agricultural produce in addition to handmade crafts and food. There will also be flea market items for sale.

A community-wide event, the Jaffrey Public Library will partner with the Jaffrey Civic Center throughout the summer season providing crafts and outdoor story time. In addition to our vendors, the Villa Pony Farm will be there to offer pony rides for the kids and Project Shakespeare will be around for the occasional sword fight. Please join us on the front lawn to celebrate summer.

We are still accepting vendors. Day rates of $20, half-season of $50 and full season rates of $100. We are centrally located on Main Street in the scenic town of Jaffrey and our spacious lawn can offer high visibility to visitors and residents alike. For an application as a farmer or a flea, click on the appropriate links below.

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Press Release. Please print immediately.
Submitted on 5/5/2017. Thank you! Regina Vorce

Mixed Media Exhibit:
A Retrospective by Barbara Alden Campbell

The Jaffrey Civic Center will host a mixed media exhibit by Barbara Alden Campbell beginning Friday, May 26th - June 27th, in the first floor Auditorium Gallery. The title of the exhibit is A Retrospective by Barbara Campbell. There will be an Opening Reception on Friday, May 26th from 5-7 pm. Ms. Campbell began painting at the age of four, when she created her first watercolor painting. She majored in Art & Art History at Beaver Country Day School and after high school attended the Museum School in Boston concentrating on drawing and Art History. Marriage and children interrupted her studies for a substantial time and then she moved to Hancock, NH in 1968. Here she was able to resume her painting.

She studied with NH artist Sydney Willis for eleven years and later with Numael Pulido, Richard Whitney and Maine artist Sharon Yates. Ms. Campbell enjoys painting and continues to do so with oils as her preferred medium and "en plein air" as her first choice. Her style is "Impressionist". The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.


Press Release. Please print immediately. Submitted on 5/1/2017.
Thank you! Regina Vorce

Jaffrey Civic Center to host group exhibit
by Monadnock area artists

The Jaffrey Civic Center will host a mixed media exhibit by eight Monadnock area artists from May 26th through June 27th. The exhibit, organized by Jaffrey resident and artist, Barbara Danser, is titled Continuum: Variations on a Theme and will include works by: Maureen Ahern, Barbara Danser, Susan Ellis, Lulu Fichter, Marsha Hewitt, Maureen Hsu, Earl Schofield and Pam Tarbell. The exhibit will be held in the upstairs Cunningham Gallery. There will be an Opening Reception on Friday, May 26th from 5 to 7 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.


Press Release. Please print immediately. Submitted on 4/24/2017.
Thank you! Regina Vorce

Photography Exhibit on The Villi Pony Farm
by Rich Damboise at the Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center will host a photography exhibit on The Villi Pony Farm by wildlife and portrait photographer, Rich Damboise from May 13th through June 19th in the ground floor Display Case Gallery. The subjects of the exhibit are the Newfoundland ponies who have been rescued by The Villi Pony Farm in Jaffrey.

Mr. Damboise is a native of New Hampshire and grew up exploring nature all his life and now captures the beauty of New England from behind the lens. His love of animals and the outdoors has brought him from his backyard to the edge of the Grand Canyon, shooting from hiking trails, helicopters, kayaks, and drones. He has donated his time to help endangered animals such as the Newfoundland Pony and Kerry Cattle. His work has been featured in publications and magazines throughout Canada and New England and his artwork was also used for the movie poster for "Where Once They Mattered," a documentary about the plight of the Newfoundland Pony. Rich lives in Goffstown, NH with his wife Jody and their 2 dogs, Mikki and Reese. Once a champion motocross racer, Rich still loves action sports. He has done national shoots for the Ironman competitions, snowboarding and BMX.

There will be a special Opening Reception for this exhibit held on Founders Day on Saturday, May 13th from 12 noon to 2 pm. Refreshments will be available and a few resident ponies of the Villi Pony Farm will be on the lawn at the Civic Center to greet visitors. All are welcome.


Press Release, submitted 3/29/2017 by Regina Vorce, For immediate release. Thanks!

COFFEE, QUILTS AND CRAFTS AT THE JAFFREY CIVIC CENTER

The Jaffrey Civic Center announces a new monthly gathering for quilters and crafters and anyone who wishes to try out a new handicraft. Meetings will take place on the second Thursday of the month, starting April 13, from 10 to noon. Join friends and neighbors for a drop-in morning of working creatively in the Civic Center's sun-filled Auditorium Gallery. Bring your own project along with the needed supplies, tools/machines. Enjoy coffee, tea and light refreshments on us in a congenial social settling surrounded by our fine art exhibits while working on your quilt or craft project such as needle, fabric and paper arts, scrap-booking, basket-making, beading, carving/whittling etc.

All are welcome-men, women, young and old! Days and times can be adjusted or added to depending on interest, so please let the Civic Center know if different days are more accessible for you. The first session on Thursday April 13 will feature Easter card-making. If you don't have a project of your own you wish to work on, try out this fun and rewarding craft. Supplies provided; a small donation to help cover their cost is appreciated but optional.

For more information contact the Jaffrey Civic Center ~ 532-6527.


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Ponies will help celebrate Founders Day at
The Jaffrey Civic Center

In honor of Marion Mack Johnson, Founder of the Jaffrey Civic Center, there will be a special reception held in her honor at the Civic Center on Saturday, May 13th from 12 noon to 2 pm. Mrs. Johnson was a local school teacher and a dedicated public servant to the town of Jaffrey. She created and dedicated the Jaffrey Civic Center "for the cultural enrichment" of the people in the Monadnock area.

A photography exhibit of the Villi Pony Farm by Rich Damboise, will be part of the reception and will be on exhibit in our Display Case Gallery. Accompanying Rich will be our special guests of the day, a few residents of the Newfoundland ponies from the Villi Pony Farm will be here on our front lawn to greet visitors. Artwork from Jaffrey and Rindge children will also be on exhibit in our upstairs Cunningham Gallery as part of our Annual Young Person's Show. Come meet the ponies in person and see the wonderful children's artwork. Refreshments will be provided. Admission is free to all of our exhibits.


Jaffrey Civic Center
Annual Spring Art Show Winners

The Jaffrey Civic Center is very pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Annual Spring Art Show. For the photography portion of the show, the winners of the Kana Riley Poets and Artistic Fund include Gordon Ripley, who came in first place with his photograph, Jesup Path in Winter and also second place for his photograph, Zion Narrows. Honorable Mention goes to artist Ira Gavrin for his photograph, Eggplant. For the mixed media portion of the show, Ellen Chapman came in with her first place winner, Eleora. Second place winner was Stella Arventaki for her work, Dinner in Alaska and Sherry Huntley's Solitude came in as Honorable Mention.



Mixed Media Exhibit by Mary Denise NiConnor
at the Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center extends a warm welcome to Mary Denise NiConnor, who will exhibit a mixed media show beginning April 14th through May 11th, 2017 in the Display Case Gallery at the Jaffrey Civic Center. The exhibition includes a group of mixed media pieces on canvas and paper. The show features reflections on house, home and familial connections together with a group of retrospective work. Please stop by to see the show. As always, our exhibits are free and open to the public.


Jaffrey Civic Center Annual Spring
Art Exhibit and Opening Reception

The Jaffrey Civic Center is looking forward to celebrating Spring with the Opening Reception of the Annual Spring Art Exhibit, which will be held on Friday, March 17th from 5-7 pm. The second floor Cunningham Gallery will host mixed media selections of art and the 1st floor Auditorium Gallery will house photographs. The public is invited to attend. Admission is free. Enjoy the art, refreshments and vote for both your favorite photo and mixed media entry. Cash awards will be given to first place and second place winners in both categories. There will also be Honorable Mention awards. The show will run through April 14th, 2017.

*If you are an artist and would like to submit work for the show,
we are accepting artwork beginning March 6th through March 11th.*

Entry forms available at the Civic Center.


Jaffrey Civic Center Farmer's Market
seeking vendors for 2017 Summer Season

The Jaffrey Civic Center is now accepting applications for our summer Farmer's Market. We are centrally located on Main Street in the scenic town of Jaffrey and our spacious lawn can offer high visibility to visitors and residents alike. We will plan to open our summer Farmer's Market on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm beginning Saturday, June 17th through October 14th. The Jaffrey Public Library will partner with the Jaffrey Civic Center throughout the summer season providing crafts and outdoor storytime. For an application or more information, please go to our website www.jaffreyciviccenter.com and download our application form or contact us at 532-6527.

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2017.
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Jaffrey Civic Center
Annual Spring Art Show Winners

The Jaffrey Civic Center is very pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Annual Spring Art Show. For the photography portion of the show, the winners of the Kana Riley Poets and Artistic Fund include Gordon Ripley, who came in first place with his photograph, Jesup Path in Winter and also second place for his photograph, Zion Narrows. Honorable Mention goes to artist Ira Gavrin for his photograph, Eggplant. For the mixed media portion of the show, Ellen Chapman came in with her first place winner, Eleora. Second place winner was Stella Arventaki for her work, Dinner in Alaska and Sherry Huntley's Solitude came in as Honorable Mention.



Jaffrey Timeline Murals on display
at the Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center presents the annual display of the Jaffrey timeline murals which depict the history of Jaffrey from the time of the Native American occupancy of the region up to 1992 and the final decade of the 20th century. The display will open on Friday, April 21, 2017 in the Auditorium Gallery and run through Saturday, May 20th.

It was in 1992 that DD Bean and Sons observed the 100th anniversary of the paper book match. The "Match Company" sponsored the production of the panels. Other activities in the centennial celebration included a golf tournament at the Shattuck Golf Club, "Americana - Yesterday and Today", a giant parade in downtown Jaffrey, and a grand fireworks display.

Karen Becker, renowned Vermont muralist, was retained to direct the creation of the murals. Art directors of the region's public schools helped select a core group of students to work as apprentices, and community members from all age groups participated in the project. Over a dozen young people researched and assisted in planning the project. Painting commenced on July 15 and was completed by August 15, in time for the golf tournament, parade and fireworks events.

The murals were unveiled at the Annual Meeting of the Jaffrey Historical Society on August 18, 1992. From the initial conception of creating the panels it was determined that the end product would be donated to the Historical Society so that the murals would be permanently available for public display.


Jaffrey Civic Center looking for Contributors to our Pollinator Garden Project

The Jaffrey Civic Center is looking for interested volunteers to be part of our Pollinator Garden Project. Our plan is to designate an area of our front lawn to a few raised beds so that we can plant a pollinator garden. We are looking for contributors who are willing to volunteer both their ideas and a little time to the garden. The first meeting of this group will be held on Wednesday, April 19th at 7 pm at the Jaffrey Civic Center. All are welcome.


Mixed Media Exhibit by Mary Denise NiConnor
at the Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center extends a warm welcome to Mary Denise NiConnor, who will exhibit a mixed media show beginning April 14th through May 11th, 2017 in the Display Case Gallery at the Jaffrey Civic Center. The exhibition includes a group of mixed media pieces on canvas and paper. The show features reflections on house, home and familial connections together with a group of retrospective work. Please stop by to see the show. As always, our exhibits are free and open to the public.


Beginning Yoga Class
at The Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center will be offering a weekly Beginning Yoga class on Tuesdays at 4 pm starting Tuesday, April 4th. The class will be taught by Lynn Heckathorn, who is a certified fitness instructor from The Bond Wellness Center at Monadnock Community Hospital. Lynn has been an instructor for over 25 years. The cost of the class is $5. Walk-ins are welcome. Just bring some water and a mat.


Children's Lego Exhibit
March 17th to April 12th, 2017

The Jaffrey Civic Center will host a Children's Lego Exhibit in our Display Case Gallery beginning March 17th through April 12, 2017. Our neighbors at the Jaffrey Public Library have been working with local children through their Lego Club to create some wonderful designs. A display of the children's design work will be exhibited beginning March 17th through April 12th in our ground floor Display Case Gallery. To honor the creative work of the children, we will have an Opening Reception with refreshments on Saturday, March 18th from 12 noon to 2 pm in the Auditorium Gallery.

Free and Open to the public. We hope to see you there.


Pilates Classes offered at
The Jaffrey Civic Center

Beginning on Monday, February 27th at 6 pm, Lynn Heckathorn will offer a free introductory Pilates Class to interested participants. The class will be held in the Auditorium Gallery and will run from 6 pm to 7 pm. Keeping with the teachings of Joseph Pilates, the creator and visionary of the Pilates Method of exercise, the class will be exploring the fundamentals of Mr. Pilates and those of Stott Pilates. Joseph Pilates searched for body perfection. We will strive for re-awaking dormant muscle cells along with dormant brain cells. The body & mind work together making you acquire a natural rhythm and co-ordination allowing the body to become stronger and longer.

Following the introductory class, Pilates will be offered every Monday and Wednesday evening at 6 pm for $10 per class. Long term rates are negotiable. Walk ins are welcome. Lynn is a certified Stott Pilates instructor at The Bond Wellness Center at Monadnock Community Hospital and has many years of experience training and teaching fitness courses. Just bring your exercise mat!


ANNUAL SPRING ART SHOW AT THE JAFFREY CIVIC CENTER

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce the Call of Entry for the 2017 Annual Spring Art Show. The show will run from Friday, March 17, 2017 through Friday April 14th, 2017. This show will be held in the second floor Cunningham Gallery and first floor Auditorium Gallery and will start with an opening reception on Friday, March 17th, 2017 from 5-7 pm. This is a great opportunity for both established artists and new local artists to showcase their work.

Each artist may submit two pieces in any medium, and 2 shrink-wrapped, matted pieces of art for the floor portfolio. The entry fee is $25 per person. The sales commission is 30%. Artists may bring artwork to the Center beginning Monday, March 6th through Sat. March 11th. After the exhibit, work should be picked up beginning Monday, April 17th through Saturday, April 22nd. Call of Entry forms are available on our website or at the Center. For more information, contact us at 603-532-6527, via email at info@JaffreyCivicCenter.com and on our website, www.JaffreyCivicCenter.com.


STUDENT CONTEST WINNERS AND NH POET LAUREATE
ALICE FOGEL AT MLK DAY EVENT

All are invited to the Jaffrey Civic Center's 2017 Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. on the date of the national holiday, Monday, January 16, with bell-ringing ceremony starting at 4:45 and program 5-6 p.m. at the United Church of Jaffrey, 54 Main St., followed by a reception at the Civic Center, 40 Main St. The event brings people together to remember the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to renew the values he stood for. Courage being a salient feature of Dr. King's life, the theme for this year's event and related student contests and activities is "What Is Courage?"

This year's event is dedicated to Bill Perry, Jr., recently deceased, a Peterborough resident and founding member of the MLK Committee who was active in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's and was acquainted with Dr. King.

The Civic Center is delighted to announce that NH Poet Laureate Alice Fogel will deliver the keynote address. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Ms. Fogel is the author of Strange Terrain, a guide to appreciating poetry without necessarily "getting" it, and of four poetry collections, including the award-winning Interval: Poems Based on Bach's Goldberg Variations and the national best-seller Be That Empty.

Winners of the MLK High School Student Poetry Contest and Middle School Poster Contest will be announced and prizes awarded. Poetry Contest winners will present their poems, including a dramatic poetry performance. Jaffrey and Rindge Grade School choirs will provide music.

The reception will include refreshments and the opportunity to meet the poet laureate and view an exhibit of student poems and posters along with a retrospective of Civil Rights poetry. The exhibit will continue on display at the Civic Center through January 27.

As a special feature, starting this year we will join the national "Let Freedom Ring: Choose Non-Violence" Bell-Ringing Ceremony with the ringing of the United Church's Revere bell starting at 4:45 to open the event. Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. and the student contests are funded by a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The event, reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. In the event of questionable weather please check the Jaffrey Civic Center website or facebook page.


MLK MIDDLE SCHOOL POSTER CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce the winner of its Middle School Poster Contest for Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017. Middle School Students were invited to submit posters related to the event theme "What Is Courage?" for use in our publicity including posters and event program. Sixth grader Clayton Kulczyk's striking drawing of a silhouetted profile against the American flag was chosen for the $75 prize and this year's poster and program cover. Additionally, Zoe Boyd's creative and well executed poster of a cat looking into a mirror image of a lion was chosen for special merit, a $35 prize and use in the event program.

The Jaffrey Civic Center's Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. is an annual event held on the national holiday to honor and renew the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year high school and middle school contests and related grade school activities are held in concert with the event. Save the date to join us on January 16, 2017, at the United Church of Jaffrey, where along with a celebrated keynote speaker and music by district students, the winners of the Middle School Poster Contest and High School Poetry Contest will be honored and receive their prizes. The event takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by a reception at the Civic Center where the Middle School posters and the winning poems will be on exhibit.


Clayton Kulczyk

Zoe Boyd
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JCC to host A Series Study by Chris Reid

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce A Series Study by Chris Reid in the first floor Gallery Display Cases from November 18th through December 22nd. A native of Jaffrey, Ms. Reid is an internationally respected New England Artist known for her pastel and oil landscapes. Chris received a B.S. in Art Education at Suny College in Buffalo, and trained at the University of Sienna (Sienna, Italy), the American School of Crafts, the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY), and NY State Colleges at Brockport and Buffalo. Chris has taken numerous master classes with: Wolf Kahn, George Thompson, Christina DeBarry (PSA), Betsey Apgar Smith (PSA), Elizabeth Mowry (PSA), Frank Zuccarelli (PSA); and has studied under Alexander Farquharson and Jeanne Duval. Her painting, "Spectra" was recently awarded the Ampersand/Pastel Journal Award in the 8th Annual National Juried Pastel Society of New Hampshire's Show, It's Pastel!


Encaustic Exhibit Opening Reception and Exhibit
Friday, February 17th, 5pm - 7pm

This beautiful Encaustic exhibit runs from February 13th through March 14th in the Cunningham Gallery. The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, February 17th from 5-7 pm. This is a group exhibit which includes the following local artists: Joan Barrows, Barbara Danser, Marsha Hewitt, Kenneth Kraft, Danielle Le Bris, Jessie Pollock, and Linda Widstrand. We hope you can join us!


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Public Call-of-Entry
Jaffrey Civic Center Encaustic Exhibit

The Jaffrey Civic Center is currently seeking artwork from the public to be included in an Encaustic Art Exhibit in February 2017! The show will run from Tuesday, February 13th through Tuesday, March 11th. There will be an Opening Reception, which is free and open to the public scheduled on Friday, February 17th, from 5-7 pm. Details to enter are included on the Call of Entry form, available either on our website www.JaffreyCivicCenter.com or at the Civic Center. The entry fee is $25 per person, with no limit on entries. (If writing a check, please make it out to the Jaffrey Civic Center and mail to: 40 Main Street Jaffrey, NH 03452)

Please submit jpeg images ONLY to: info@JaffreyCivicCenter.com include Encaustic Show in the subject line as well as your contact information and artwork dimensions. The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 16th, 2016. Not all entries will be exhibited in the show, but we will include work from each artist. Work needs to hang with a wire. Artwork does not have to be for sale. Sales commission is 30%. Wall pieces may not exceed 30" including frame in either direction. Artists will be notified via email by December 23, 2016.

DROP OFF will be from Tuesday, February 7th through Saturday, February 11th 2017 and during normal business hours. Unsold pieces can be picked up Wednesday March 15th- Saturday March 18th.


Jaffrey Winters: An Exhibit

The Jaffrey Historical Society and the Jaffrey Civic Center will jointly launch an exhibit in the Display Cases at the Center combining two winter subjects: Sled Dog Racing in Jaffrey, New Hampshire...and further afield. Some of you will recognize those who were so much involved locally in this sport back in the 1940s, one that is still being pursued today! Names such as Tat Duval, William Belletete, Oren Belletete and William Shearer. Winter Scenes in Jaffrey. We've scoured the Society's collections and archives and have come up with an array of images & items highlighting Winter in Jaffrey-postcards, photographs, paintings, ice saws, toboggans, ice skates and a lot more! The exhibit will run throughout the month of February 2017 and may be enjoyed during the regular open hours of the Civic Center. All are invited to come to the launch of the exhibit at the Civic Center, Friday, February 3, from 5-6pm.

Wine and cheese and other comestibles will be served. Please come!

All of our exhibits/receptions are free and open to the public.


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Contemporary Oil Painting Exhibit
at The Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center will be hosting a group exhibit featuring the works of three local Monadnock area artists: Elizabeth Dinowitz, Alicia Drakiotes, and Anne Ward. The title of this beautiful oil exhibit is "The Three Palettes". These contemporary oil paintings combine techniques of realism and impressionism to represent many local and regional themes, including landscapes - urban and rural, people, places, flora and fauna. The show runs from Friday, February 3rd through March 8th and will be held in the Auditorium Gallery. For more information about the show, please contact the Jaffrey Civic Center.



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JAFFREY CIVIC CENTER
ANNUAL AUTUMN ART SHOW WINNERS

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Annual Autumn Art Show. For the Photography portion of the show, the winners of the Kana Riley Poets and Artistic Fund include first place winner, Charles Mathis (for his photograph, Portland Head Lighthouse), second place recipient Gerrit Bradley for his photograph, Annapurna Prayers and a tie for the Honorable Mention category to artists Owen Richards for his photograph, "Snowy" and Michelle Plourde-Eddy for her photograph, "The Road Less Traveled". For the mixed media portion of the show, Conant High School student Dominique Marshal came in first place with her work "Hands" and David Nelson came in second place with his piece, "Past Imperfect: Roadster". Honorable mention for the mixed media portion of the show was Donna Eaton's work, "After the Storm".


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Jaffrey Civic Center receives grant from
The KMS Foundation in support of new Afterschool Program

The Jaffrey Civic Center has received a $750.00 grant from The Keith M. Sullivan Foundation of Greenfield, NH in support of its new After School program. In keeping with their foundation mission, the KMS Foundation awards grants to organizations or programs "which provide social, health and safety services to children." The Jaffrey Civic Center is planning to offer a small K-8 After School program in 2017 through the end of the school year in June 2017. The program will take up to 30 children on a first come first serve basis. The program is a student-centered enrichment program which is based on respect, outside activities, critical thinking skills and access to art, math, writing and more. Fees for the program will be based on a sliding scale between $60-$80 per month. The grant will allow the Civic Center to offer a select number of scholarships to Jaffrey children which will completely cover the costs of the program. For more information about the Jaffrey Civic Center Afterschool program and how to apply for a scholarship, please contact Regina Vorce at 532-6527.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ANNUAL STUDENT CONTESTS

CASH PRIZES $50 - $100

The Jaffrey Civic Center has announced its annual Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. student contests. Jaffrey and Rindge High School students are eligible for our poetry contest with cash prizes of $100 for first place and $50 for second place in each of two categories: written poems and performed poems.

Middle School students are eligible for our poster contest. The winning poster or image from the poster will be used in our publicity and printed program for Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017, and the winning student will be awarded a cash prize of $75.

The theme for all contests is "What Is Courage?". All student work will featured in a special exhibit at the Civic Center in January.
For further details, click the "MLK Contests" menu.

Save The Date

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. , January 16, 2017, 5-6pm at the United Church of Jaffrey, followed by reception at the Jaffrey Civic Center.


Civic Center 50th Anniversary Reception to include guest speaker and a chocolate fountain

The Jaffrey Civic Center will host its 50th Anniversary Exhibit to be held in the ground floor Display Cases beginning Friday, Sept. 23 through October 20th. The exhibit will showcase early photographs and other documentation of people, art shows as well as special events and activities which have taken place during the first half century at the Civic Center.

A reception will open the exhibit on Friday, Sept. 23 from 5 pm to 7 pm and will include a brief program and guest speaker, Robert D. Putnam, who is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. In addition to teaching, Professor Putnam is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the British Academy, and past president of the American Political Science Association. He has received numerous scholarly honors and has written fourteen books, translated into more than twenty languages, including Bowling Alone and Making Democracy Work, both among the most cited publications in the social sciences in the last half century. His 2010 book, co-authored with David E. Campbell, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, won the American Political Science Association’s 2011 Woodrow Wilson award as the best book in political science. His latest book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, on the growing class gap among American young people, was published in March 2015.

The reception will include light fare and for dessert a chocolate fountain from Ava Marie will cap our celebration. Please join us to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. The reception is free and open to the public.


Holiday Craft Fair at The Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center is having a Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 10th from 9 am to 2 pm. We will have over 15 local vendors with wonderful gifts available for the holidays. In addition to our vendors, we will have unframed Off the Wall Art for sale, new Jaffrey Civic Center 2017 Calendars and a Christmas cookie sale. Santa will be here from 12:30 to 2 pm and kids can decorate their own Gingerbread cookie. Hope to see you there!


Call for Vendors-JCC Holiday Craft Fair, December 10th, 9 am to 2 pm

The Jaffrey Civic Center is seeking vendors for our Holiday Craft Fair, which will be held on Saturday, December 10th 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.


Classes
Teen Art Camp in July

The Jaffrey Civic Center is very excited to announce a summer Art Camp for Teens to be held in July. The class will be held from Monday, July 11th through Friday July 15th from 1pm to 5pm in the upstairs art class room at the Civic Center. The class will be taught by Anna Fairbanks, who is the Head of the Art Department at Conant High School. The cost of the class is $99 and includes all materials. Students will explore various processes in the art world and will be exposed to different styles of drawing using two-dimensional materials. A series of studio problems provides direct experience with the tools and materials employed to produce drawings. Instruction and assigned work emphasizes skill-building in observational drawing and engagement with two-dimensional design, principles and visual communication. Students will also (weather permitting) explore 3-D design as well. This Art Course will act as a FLEXABLE guideline as to what the students will participate in. This is a summer art camp geared towards meeting the request and interest of the students. This camp is open to any student looking for an opportunity to be in an artistic environment over the summer. Projects will go from observation to 3-d projects and will be hosted in the studio at the Jaffrey Civic Center and outside. Any students taking A.P Art are welcome to bring their art work for informal evaluation. Space is limited and is filling up fast!. Call the Civic Center or email to sign up.


Photos From The Encaustic Workshop in March

A recent ecaustic workshop taught by Danielle Le Bris at the Civic Center. Photo by Dion Owens.
Photo by Dion Owens.

Kid's Pottery Class at The Jaffrey Civic Center

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The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce that local artist, Shana Brautigam of "Rooted in Clay" will be offering a Kid's Pottery Class during February School Vacation week. The class will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, February 22nd through February 24th from 3pm to 5pm in the upstairs art classroom of the Jaffrey Civic Center. Materials will be provided by the instructor. The cost is $85. Space is limited to 12 students. The deadline to sign up is Friday, February 19th. Contact the Jaffrey Civic Center for more information or to sign up, call us at 532-6527 or via email: info@jaffreyciviccenter.com.

Shana Brautigam owns and operates "Rooted in Clay" pottery studio in Rindge. She has been creating pots there and teaching classes since 2003. Shana specializes in hand-built, wood-fired pottery. She often uses leaves, ferns, and tree bark to press into the clay, creating beautiful, nature inspired, one of a kind pieces. Shana creates a variety of functional work, including mugs, bowls, teapots, vases, etc. She also makes clay instruments, such as horns, ocarinas (whistles), didgeridoos, and xylophones. Shana teaches a number of pottery making classes at her studio in Rindge, and sometimes goes into school to lead special artist residency programs. Her pottery is available locally at Hannah Grimes in Keene and the Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough. To see more of Shana's work, please check out her website at: http://rootedinclay.com/ or on Facebook.


Jaffrey Civic Center to offer After School Program in 2017

The Jaffrey Civic Center is planning to offer a small K-8 After School program beginning in January 2017 through the end of the school year in June 2017. The program will take up to 30 children on a first come first serve basis. The program is a student-centered enrichment program which is based on respect, outside activities, critical thinking skills and access to art, math, writing and more. Fees for the program will be based on a sliding scale between $60-$80 per month. Pre-registration for the program is required by November 4th, 2016. For more information about the program or to pre-register, please contact the Jaffrey Civic Center.


JCC Holiday Craft Fair, December 10th, 9 am to 2 pm

The Jaffrey Civic Center is having a Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 10th from 9 am to 2 pm. We will have over 15 local vendors with wonderful gifts available for the holidays. In addition to our vendors, we will have unframed Off the Wall Art for sale, new Jaffrey Civic Center 2017 Calendars and a Christmas cookie sale. Santa will be here from 12:30 to 2 pm and kids can decorate their own Gingerbread cookie. Hope to see you there!


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 18th through December 16th. There will be an Opening Reception, which is free and open to the public on Friday, November 18th from 5-7 pm with great food and drink. The deadline to drop off artwork: Tuesday, November 8th through Saturday, November 12th.

Among the other exhibits scheduled for the 2016 calendar year, the Center holds two annual public call-of-entry shows which showcase all the arts: one in the fall and one in the spring. If you have never been to the Center to enjoy a show, please mark your calendar.

Entry Form (.pdf)

Entry Form (.docx)


JCC to host group exhibit: Monadnock Farming: Our Heritage

Buck by Dave Bolger

"Monadnock Farming: Our Heritage" is the fourth triennial exhibit of fine art featuring agriculture - its landscapes, activities, and participants, both human and animal-- in the Monadnock Region.

The exhibit will be on display from October 14-November 12, 2016 at the Cunningham Gallery in the Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH. Participating artists include Dave Bulger, Francelia Clark, Mary Iselin, Deb Pero, Chris Reid, Ann Sawyer, and Jeanne Maguire-Thieme. Members work in various mediums, including oil, pastel, watercolor, and mixed media. All are professional artists, and all have a personal voice, but all are inspired by the agricultural activity which surrounds us. "Agriculture is what we paint. Many of us are directly involved with farming. Also, people forget that it is agriculture which keeps open many of our most beloved scenic vistas, and which keeps alive our New Hampshire lifestyle. We are Monadnock area artists, and would paint these paintings anyway, because it is what we do and what we love, but it is wonderful to show our work as a body, all together, before individual pieces 'go out into the world to seek their fortunes.'"

The public is invited to help celebrate the exhibit with an Opening Reception Friday, Oct 14, from 5:00-7:00. Please remember that, due to the subject matter, which includes animals, children might enjoy this exhibit more than usual!


William C. Turner Oil Painting Exhibit at Jaffrey Civic Center

Plight of the Jaguar by William C. Turner

The Jaffrey Civic Center is delighted to display the works of William C. Turner in an upcoming exhibit entitled Machines, Motions and Myth. The show runs from October 14th through November 12th. The exhibit will be held in the ground floor Auditorium Gallery and there will be an Opening Reception on Friday, October 14th from 5 - 7pm in the Auditorium Gallery. Mr. Turner received a BFA-Painting in 2006, with high honors from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester and an MFA in Visual Arts -Painting in 2015 also from the NH Institute of Art. In addition to his formal training, he taught drawing and art history for nine years. His mentors over the years include: James Aponovich, Colin Berry, Patrick McKay, Sean Beavers, Richard Whitney, Anthony Apesos, and Shelley Reed to name a few.


Tuesdays with Bridge

Attention men and women... Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30, the Jaffrey Bridge group will welcome beginner and seasoned players to join. The group meets in the first floor Auditorium Gallery each week. There is no limit for enrollment and no cost.

No competition, just FUN!

Call the Center to sign up now.


Check Out the New Floors!

Please stop by the Jaffrey Civic Center and check out our new 1st floor gallery floors. We've covered the 50 year old asbestos tile with a beautiful wood laminate. Let us know if you like it.


Jaffrey Civic Center receives $5000 Grant

The Jaffrey Civic Center has been awarded a $5000 grant from The Horne Family Foundation. Based in Mill Valley, California, the foundation focuses support on community efforts in the Massachusetts Merrimack Valley region and in southern New Hampshire primarily in the areas of land and wildlife conservation, education, healthcare and human services.

The grant was submitted to request funding for scholarships for school age children to take classes at the center and to upgrade the main floor Auditorium Gallery- which is the original asbestos floor, now 50 years old. The Civic Center is seeking matching funds from the community and other donors to replace all of the aging asbestos flooring in the building which cover the upstairs gallery and classroom. Wright Painting of Jaffrey has already designated $500 to the project. The Jaffrey Civic Center is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and will be focusing on much needed upgrades to the building as well as additional program development for the community. Donations to the Jaffrey Civic Center Asbestos Floor Upgrade Project can be made through our website directly or via mail at 40 Main Street.


The Jaffrey Civic Center is having a Lego Drive

Did you know that Lego is the most popular toy ever made? The problem is that it is not recyclable. L Rather than storing it in your attic or sending it to the landfill, beginning in December, you can donate it to The Jaffrey Civic Center. We are collecting gently used Lego so that we can sort and prepare for redistribution. We will be looking for student volunteers to help with this project. Contact the Jaffrey Civic Center for more information.