Events and Exhibits Calendar

“Covid” art at the Jaffrey Civic Center

How do artists create in the year of Covid? For some artists, the fear of contracting Covid has affected them too deeply to create much, while others are wildly experimenting with new materials. Meanwhile, other artists are clearing out their studios, preparing for new work. To lessen the Covid contagion, many shows are exclusively online, but the Jaffrey Civic Center is having in-person exhibitions. The new shows in the upstairs Cunningham Gallery have work by three New Hampshire women artists that will be on view from Saturday Feb. 13th through March 27th. Linda Greenwood is from Peterborough, Susan Wadsworth lives in Rindge, and Elsa Voelcker had lived in Antrim before moving recently to Kingston.

As a photographer, Linda Greenwood has recently begun featuring her photographs in collages and mixed media projects. With more time at home, due to Covid restrictions, she‘s been able to pursue new ventures in art. Her new assemblages allow her to play with the juxtaposition of various images: from cast off metal parts from her local landfill to ribbons and laces and many things in between. The new trend in “steampunk” art is also fascinating: clock gears, antique jewelry, nails, and old skeleton keys are fair game.

Elsa Voelcker will be showing her earlier color works investigating the interior of flowers. She strives to portray their visual beauty and individual character. She likes to get close, exploring them much the way an insect might. Although she began her 50-year career working in black and white film making gelatin silver prints, when she began looking at flowers with a macro lens, her images became linked with the powerful communicatory capacity of color to convey a flower’s presence – a presence that is sensual, spiritual, and metaphoric.

These works shown in Jaffrey reveal the beauties of her Antrim garden. Her new house in Kingston is surrounded by large pines, thus it has less sun and few flowers at this time, but Voelcker intends to change that this summer. She is having a retrospective show beginning March 1st at the Thoreau Gallery at Franklin Pierce University; hence these are for the most part, her older work. You can find her nature cards for sale in bookstores around the state.

The third artist, Susan Wadsworth, has begun to work even larger than usual. For her, the Covid pandemic meant that she had day after day to work in her Rindge studio, pioneering extra-large works. She has two works in the second gallery that are over ten feet wide. Stretched across two large walls in the second gallery, these look as if they are oil on canvas. However, they are pastel and ink on paper, blending the abstraction of the Japanese with the Early American Modernists like Georgia O’Keeffe. Magical Spring is based on the hills of southern Vermont, with the colors and light changing with spring and the winding of the Battenkill River. Japanese Garden, Silver Pavilion, Kyoto is an abstraction of a famous garden in Japan. These are bold and experimental pieces, and she will be interested in getting feedback from visitors. A catalog from her last JCC show in 2019 will also be available for sale.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is open 12-5 Wed-Friday, 10-2 on Saturday. It is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey NH; 603-532-6527. Limits may still be placed upon the number of persons in the galleries, the use of masks and social distancing, will be upheld. So stay tuned.

Daydreaming: Mixed Media by Laura Blackmer and Mary Ann Sullivan

Sometimes our best ideas come to us when we’re daydreaming. Temple artist Mary Ann Sullivan joins Peterborough artist Laura Blackmer to exhibit their work in the Auditorium Gallery through March 20th. Inspired by daydreams and the surrounding landscape, Mary Ann’s tranquil abstracts and Laura’s ethereal foggy landscapes transport you to another place after a tumultuous year. Both artists work in a wide range of media, showcasing their encaustic, oil, acrylic, and mixed media pieces in this exhibition.

 

  • Laura Blackmer graduated from Franklin Pierce University in 2016 with a BA in Fine Arts and Psychology. There she discovered a love for many mediums, and has continued to explore and experiment since. Inspired by the natural world, she aims to bring a dream-like quality and new perspective to the landscape with elements of texture and depth. 
  • Mary Ann Sullivan: Mary Ann is originally from the Chicago area, and worked for many years as an interior designer. Upon retiring, Mary Ann realized her passion for painting, and now creates beautiful, affordable works that enable viewers to find their own interpretation.

Valentines – A History of Love

The Jaffrey Civic Center and the Jaffrey Historical Society join forces to display antique and historic valentines from area collections. Each is beautiful and unique, and some have been cared for so well that they look brand-new! The historical context of the valentines gives them an extra level of meaning. During a time of COVID cloistering and dark winter days, come and enjoy a very safe walk-through exhibit at the Center. The show begins January 30 and runs through February 27, 2021.

 

Samples from Past Exhibits:

 

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