I currently have two large 20 x 30 inch metal prints on display at the AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH. Tree of Life a black and white photograph taken in Deep River, CT at Pratt Cove in the Connecticut River Valley area where the Essex Steam Train runs through a marshy area along the Connecticut River and Vermont Grist Mill which is a stunning autumn landscape taken in the Northeast Kingdom region of Vermont on a perfect afternoon in peak foliage season. Both prints are available for purchase at the show or online.
Recently the AVA Gallery was featured on the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Several years ago, the organization purchased and renovated the 1850s former H.W. Carter & Sons overalls factory and turned it into an energy-efficient art center with studios, classrooms, and exhibition space.
Our renovation was completed in Fall 2007. It’s a big building, 41,500 square feet, three stories. After we had gone though all the various initiatives that made us earn LEED Gold certification, this building became one of the most energy-efficient buildings in New Hampshire. And the cost of running the building was so significantly reduced that for the first three years, we did not increase the rent on the artists’ studios at all.
Current plans include an expansion of the center. The AVA purchased a house in the back of the property, scavenged it for flooring and mill work and then let the fire department use it for exercises before taking it down. A new building for “messier” arts such as sculpture will be erected in its place.
1000 sq ft HardwoodFlooring, Vinyl Replacement Windows, Kitchen Cabinet Set, Cast Grates and Front Door are available for purchase.
A new building for 3-dimensional studies, to be constructed on the recently acquired property behind the parking lot on the north side of our Carter-Kelsey Building.
Construction of the new building will begin late summer/early fall 2015; completion is scheduled for spring 2016. It will be constructed to meet “LEED” (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) requirements.
In spring 2016, the current Stone Carving Studio will move from AVA’s Carter-Kelsey Building.
Already the site has been cleared and ready for new construction.
A $3.5 million capital campaign is underway to realize these plans. This campaign also includes
Initiatives that will make our facilities net-zero by 2017 (including the installation of solar panels). In addition, it will help eradicate the mortgage on the Carter-Kelsey Building and make possible the establishment of a reserve fund to position AVA for a vibrant future.
Currently AVA is hosting a holiday members show featuring artwork from its diverse creative members.
AVA’s Annual Holiday Sale and Exhibition, opens on Friday, November 27.
Additional Holiday Hours:
Sundays, December 13 & 20, 12noon–4pm
Mondays, December 7, 14 & 21, 11am–5pm
Thursday, December 24, 11am–3pm
Contact information for the AVA Gallery is:
11 Bank Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
If you purchase my work at the AVA Holiday sale, 40% of the proceeds will be donated to the AVA to help support arts in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont.