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2019 Marion Mack Johnson Civic Leadership Award

Time to save the date for the annual Jaffrey Civic Center’s Marion Mack Johnson Civic Leadership Award. This year’s award will be held on Thursday, Oct. 3rd, 5 pm -6:30 pm at the JCC. This is a public event and all are invited to attend. There will be an array of delicious refreshments and a short presentation to this year’s distinguished recipient, Robert B. Stephenson.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard, Rob moved to Jaffrey in 1977 and has been a committed public servant to the area since he arrived. His local civic involvement includes the following: Village Improvement Society (Secretary, Vice-President, President, Treasurer); Jaffrey Historic District Commission (Chairman); Amos Fortune Forum (Co-Chairman, Secretary); Jaffrey Historical Society (President); Jaffrey Historic Preservation Conclave (Organizer); Jaffrey Downtown Study Committee (Chairman); Jaffrey Sounding Board (Steering Committee); Jaffrey Cemetery Committee (Chairman); Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce (Sign Committee; Bandstand Restoration Committee); Jaffrey Memorial Park Committee; Jaffrey Meetinghouse Restoration Committee; Jaffrey Meetinghouse Committee; TEAM Jaffrey (Design Committee); Park Theatre, Inc. (Director); Cutler Memorial Restoration Committee; Monadnock Perspectives (Advisory Board); Monadnock Crossroads (Advisory Board); Monadnock Conservancy (Founder, Treasurer); Terra Nova Trust (Trustee); Inherit New Hampshire (Treasurer); New Hampshire Association of Historic District Commissions (Chairman); Harvard Travellers Club (President); Boston GreenSpace Alliance (Director); Central Branch (Boston) YMCA Board of Managers (Chairman, Building & Property Committee); Committee on Investigations Involving Human Subjects, Forsyth Dental Center; American Jewish Historical Society (Honorary Bibliographer); Historical Society of Cheshire County (Trustee); New Hampshire Old Graveyard Association; New Hampshire Historical Society; New Hampshire Archives Group (Director); Webmaster: JaffreyHistory.org; Moderator’s Advisory Committee on Town Meeting; Jaffrey Energy Committee; Trustee of Trust Funds, Town of Jaffrey. His professional experience is extensive and he is currently serves as Coordinator, THE ANTARTIC CIRCLE, an information resource for those researching historical, cultural and bibliographical aspects of the South Polar Regions.

The MMJ Award was created by the JCC Board of Trustees to honor a dedicated public servant to the community whose commitment to civic activity reflected the values of Mrs. Johnson. Past recipients of the award includeTony Albee (2018), Carolyn Edwards (2017), Dennis Wright (2016), David Tower (2015), Caroline Hollister (2014), Joe Manning (2013), Bill Driscoll (2012), and Marc Tieger (2011).

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The Jaffrey Civic Center, is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, parking in rear. We are a designated 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to art, education and civic activities. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am- 12 noon, 1to 5 pm and Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at info@jaffreyciviccenter.com. Find our website, www.jaffreyciviccenter.com, or “Like” us on Facebook.

NH Art Association Exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Suzanne Laurent

Public Relations Coordinator

New Hampshire Art Association

603-431-4230

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NH Art Association Exhibition at Jaffrey Civic Center

JAFFREY – The New Hampshire Art Association has partnered with the Jaffrey Civic Center to exhibit and sell its members’ works in the Center’s Cunningham Gallery.

The show will run Sept. 11 through Oct. 14, with an opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The New Hampshire Art Association, based in Portsmouth, is the oldest statewide art association in New Hampshire. Founded in 1940, it is one of the oldest associations in the country.

NHAA consists of approximately 300 visual artists who are painters, printmakers, photographers, mixed media artists, and sculptors.

This association has a rich history and is thriving with active artists. The Board of Directors is poised and dedicated to providing longevity and vision.

NHAA’s mission is to connect visual artists with the public through ongoing exhibits and educational activities that encourage appreciation for contemporary culture, foster creativity, and enhance community spirit.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is a designated non-profit cultural facility, which first opened its doors in April 1966. It was funded and built by Jaffrey native and teacher, Marion Mack Johnson, a dedicated public servant, who wanted to make sure that all residents in the Monadnock region had access to cultural events.

The mission of the Jaffrey Civic Center is to provide and sustain a public venue where citizens, residents and visitors 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.

“Darkness Descending”, an acrylic by Gail Allen

Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, next to Library, parking in rear. Hours are Monday to Friday 105pm, (closed for lunch 12 to 1pm) and Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at info@jaffreyciviccenter.com  find our website, www.jaffreyciviccenter.com, or “Like” us on Facebook.

July Exhibits at the Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center will host three new exhibits for the month of July. The Auditorium Gallery will feature the mixed media work of Fitzwilliam resident, William Barefoot. Bill has decades of experience in different art media including watercolor, pastels, acrylics, oils, and pen and ink.  His main focus is watercolor because it allows him to use his drawing skills as well as the layering of color.  His early works featured animals and people, and he later moved to landscapes.  Bill studied and received degrees at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and The Maryland Institute, Baltimore.

The Display Case Gallery will feature oil paintings by Susan Heuck Allen of Harrisville. Susan Heuck Allen studied painting at Amherst College and the Cincinnati Art Academy. This is her first show in New Hampshire, the subject of much of her work, “The Many Faces of Mount Monadnock” will showcase a selection of Allen’s landscapes of the mountain in oil, watercolor, and monotype.   Allen is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Classics, Brown University and resides in Providence and on Silver Lake in Harrisville for almost three decades. She has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Smith College, Providence College, Tufts University, and Yale University as well as on a ship that circumnavigated the globe in a semester, known as Semester at Sea. “

The upstairs Cunningham Gallery will feature the work of Heidi Hadley. Heidi was born in Peterborough and raised in the Lakes Region.  She graduated from Mary Hitchcock School of Nursing and spent her professional life as a Registered Nurse, starting at Monadnock Community Hospital in the emergency room.  She also served as a hospice nurse, private duty nurse and office nurse.  Heidi learned to sew as a 4-H project.  As a young adult, she became interested in quilting as a way to use her creativity and relax.  Since that time, she has made hundreds of quilts, table runners, and wall hangings. Following her retirement, Heidi established her business, One of a Kind Quilts by Heidi.  She has participated in numerous craft shows and has a site on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/OneofaKindQuiltsH94).

An Opening Reception for the three exhibits will be held on Saturday, July 6th from 5 pm to 7 pm. All of the exhibits will run through August 2nd. The reception and the exhibits are free and open to the public.

Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, next to Library, parking in rear. Hours are Monday to Friday 105pm, (closed for lunch 12 to 1pm) and Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at info@jaffreyciviccenter.com ,  find our website, www.jaffreyciviccenter.com, or “Like” us on Facebook.

Watercolor exhibit – Diane Kidd

The Jaffrey Civic Center welcomes Hancock artist, Diane Kidd, who will display her watercolors in an exhibit in the Auditorium Gallery from May 31 through June 28th. Diane earned a BFA degree from Beaver College (now Arcadia University) where she studied painting and printmaking with Benton Spruance and John Hathaway.  Years later, she made the switch from oils to watercolor under the tutelage of John Cook of Toledo Ohio. While living in Ohio she continued to paint and worked as a graphic artist for Tiffin University.  She founded and managed the University Gallery to nurture an interest in the arts at the University as well as in the town.  The University, in 1999, awarded her the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters and renamed the Gallery for her.

    According to Ms. Kidd, “I paint what I like and hope others will share my enthusiasm.  I view the world as a series of potential paintings; always looking for that special piece of paradise. Painting is what I do.  It is my reason for being.” An Opening Reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, May 31st at 5 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

The Jaffrey Civic Center, is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, parking in rear.  We are a designated 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to art, education and civic activities. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am- 12 noon, 1 pm to 5 pm and Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at info@jaffreyciviccenter.com.

Find our website, www.jaffreyciviccenter.com, or “Like” us on Facebook.

Pastel Society of NH Exhibit

The Jaffrey Civic Center is hosting a group pastel exhibit by the Pastel Society of New Hampshire beginning Sunday, June 2nd -Thursday, June 27th, 2019. There will be an Opening Reception on Sunday, June 2nd from 2 pm to 4 pm. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Reaching Out by Chris Reid

The mission of the Pastel Society of NH is “to set standards of excellence and to encourage the use of soft pastels; to unite pastelists through membership in the society; to establish pastel as a separate category in major art exhibitions; to focus attention on the renaissance of pastel and to educate the public regarding the permanence and beauty of the medium; to offer workshops, critiques, classes, demonstrations and scholarships as part of our educational program; to offer a vehicle of communication for the exchange of news and ideas through our web site and our publications; to hold member’s shows at appropriate gallery locations ; to culminate the year’s activities with a national annual juried exhibition open to members and non-members.” For more information about the Pastel Society of NH, check out their website at: www. http://pastelsocietynh.com/

The Jaffrey Civic Center, is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, parking in rear.  We are a designated 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to art, education and civic activities. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am- 12 noon, 1to 5 pm and Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at info@jaffreyciviccenter.com.

Find our website, www.jaffreyciviccenter.com, or “Like” us on Facebook.

Mixed Media Exhibit – Susie Choate

Local resident and artist, Susie Choate will exhibit her mixed media artwork in the Display Case Gallery at the Jaffrey Civic Center from March 22 to April 19. Susie specializes in colored pencil, water soluble oils and Pysanky (Ukrainian decorated eggs). Her paintings and pencil-works can be seen throughout the year at various shows and auctions, and her Pysanky work has been recognized in area newspapers, as well as local and international magazines.  Her goal is to never stop learning and creating. There will be an Opening Reception for Susie’s work on Saturday, March 23, from 5 pm to 7 pm. Free and open to the public.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, next to Library, parking in rear. Hours are Monday to Friday 105pm, (closed for lunch 12 to 1pm) and Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at info@jaffreyciviccenter.com ,  find our website, www.jaffreyciviccenter.com,

Colored pencil work by Susie Choate

A concert with Virginia Eskin

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Jaffrey Civic Center will host a March concert with Virginia Eskin, who will perform the works of Amy Beach and Florence Price. The performance will take place on Saturday, March 2nd from 4 pm to 6 pm in the Auditorium Gallery.

A native of San Diego, California, Virginia Eskin has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, throughout the United States and Europe.

She studied in London with Gina Bachauer and Dame Myra Hess and developed a strong interest in Spanish music during a four-year appointment at the International Institute in Madrid, 1983-1987.  In 2007, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Edward MacDowell’s death, Ms. Eskin performed his Piano Concerto No. 2 with the New Hampshire Philharmonic and with Boston’s Civic Symphony at Jordon Hall. She has continued her lengthy collaboration with the Portland String Quartet, with whom she performed the Amy Beach Quintet to open their 2008-09 season. In 2009 she premiered Vítezslava Kaprálová ‘s “Partita” with the Chamber Orchestra of Boston at Jordan Hall and performed Beethoven’s Piano Concertos No. 3 and No. 5 with the Boston Civic Symphony.  Recent performances include a recital tour of Croatia (June 2014), a presentation of works by African American women composers at Boston University (March 2014), a recital at the U.S. embassy in Madrid (January 2014), performances of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466, with the Augusta (Maine) Symphony (April 2013). Virginia is adjunct professor music at Keene State College, which in 2009 awarded her an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in recognition recognize her contributions to women’s music.

Tickets for the concert are $25 and can be purchased via the website or at the JCC. Light refreshments will follow the performance.

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The Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, next to Library, parking in rear. Hours are Monday to Friday 105pm, (closed for lunch 12 to 1pm) and Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at info@jaffreyciviccenter.com ,  find our website, www.jaffreyciviccenter.com,

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

Call of Entry for JCC Annual Spring Art Exhibit

The Jaffrey Civic Center is seeking artwork from the public to be included in our Annual Spring 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, March 22 through Friday, April 19th. There will be an Opening Reception, which is free and open to the public on Saturday, March 23 from 5-7 pm with great food and drink. The deadlines to drop off artwork: Monday, March 9th through Saturday, March 16th, 2019.

Entry forms are available on our website at www.jaffreyciviccenter.com or at the center. 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.

 

Peoples Choice Award

Congratulation to the winners of the Jaffrey Civic Center’s Annual Fall Art Exhibit “People’s Choice Awards”. Twice a year, the Jaffrey Civic Center hosts a public art exhibit which is open to anyone who would like to exhibit two pieces of their artwork. The cost is $25 to be in the show. While not a juried exhibit, the “winners” are voted on by the public. The winners from our Fall exhibit are: 1st place: Amber Martin’s Untitled acrylic, 2nd place: Donald Wilson’s, “The Dory” and Honorable Mention: Carole Beckwith’s “Monadnock Afternoon”. The exhibit and the Opening Reception are free and open to the public.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, next to Library, parking in rear. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am- 12 noon, 1 pm to 5 pm and Sat 10-2.
Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at info@jaffreyciviccenter.com find our website, www.jaffreyciviccenter.com, or “Like” us on Facebook.

 (Below, Amber Martin’s 1st place entry, Untitled watercolor.)

A DICKENS CHRISTMAS AT THE JCC

Join the Jaffrey Civic Center for a very special fundraiser, A Dickens Christmas”, Saturday, Dec. 22nd at 5 pm. Arrive at the Civic Center where the heavenly voices of festively attired Victorian carolers will greet you at the door, attend a special presentation of Project Shakespeare’s “A Christmas Carol”, and feast on a traditional Victorian era dinner with roast turkey, plum pudding and authentic fare from the era of Dicken’s. Adults can enjoy a nice glass of Smoking Bishop. Live piano music in the background will be provided courtesy of Louise and Bernie Watson. Tickets can be purchased on the homepage of our website at www.Jaffreyciviccenter.com or at the Civic Center. Ticket prices are Adults: $50 and Children (under 10): $35. (Purchase your tickets by Dec. 8th and receive 20% off the price). Limited seating available. Proceeds will directly benefit the Jaffrey Civic Center and Project Shakespeare.

The Jaffrey Civic Center, is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, parking in rear. We are a designated 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to art, education and civic activities. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am- 12 noon, 1to 5 pm and Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at info@jaffreyciviccenter.com. Find our website, www.jaffreyciviccenter.com, or “Like” us on Facebook.

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