Jaffrey Civic Center

40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452
603-532-6527 info@jaffreyciviccenter.com
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Jaffrey Civic Center Closed from Aug 22nd to August 25th

The Civic Center will be closed next week from Monday, August 22 - Thursday, August 25th due to some work being done on the first floor. Thanks for your patience and we will re-open on Friday, August 26th.

Jaffrey Civic Center to host RUSTED REMNANTS Exhibit

Lying+in+Wait by Lynn Parmenter

On Sept 9th the Jaffrey Civic Center will be celebrating the opening of "Rusted Remnants" a collaborative exhibit honoring vintage North America. Artists Guy Biechele, Alicia Drakiotes, Susan Ellis, Louise Parmenter-Hammerman and Brad Willard will present works in Fine Art, Fine Art Photography and Sculpture. Works will honor the history of the iron horse, shipping vessels, early farming sheds and many more subjects that have influenced North American life and lifestyles. This exhibit will be held in the Cunningham Gallery and runs through Oct 1, 2016 during regular business hours. The public is invited to attend at their leisure during open hours. All work is available for purchase. An opening reception will be held Friday, September 9th from 5-7 PM.

Guy Biechele is an accomplished Fine Art photographer whose images have been exhibited in galleries in New England and across the United States. His work has been featured on book and magazine covers as well as corporate advertising campaigns and in magazine and newspaper articles. In addition, his images have won numerous awards on the internet, and are featured in several online galleries. Guy teaches digital photography workshops at the Sharon Arts Center, NH and the Petersham Art Center, MA. His goal is to better "see" the world around him and capture New England's unique beauty in a way that can be shared to provide inspiration to others. Please visit his web site http://www.guybiechele.com for more information.

Alicia Drakiotes is a full time New England artist. She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and completed her formal education at Keene State College where she earned a B.A. in Visual Art / Communications with a concentration in painting. Currently, she is an adjunct art instructor for New Hampshire Institute of Art on the Sharon Arts Campus in Sharon,NH. She also to instructs for art organizations throughout New England in addition to her studio and en plein air works. Additionally she has served as curator and committee chair for several community art exhibitions. Her primary medium is oil painting and she focuses on Vintage Americana subjects and local landscapes. Her painterly work is energetic and is in a colorists interpretation. Alicia has participated in many shows both on the national and international level and participates in many local venues. Recently one of her landscapes was purchased for a permanent collection in a Vermont Institution. Alicia’s work can be found at: Vault Gallery, Main St, Springfield,VT, Hannah Grimes, Main St, Keene, NH, and Bernerhof Inn, Glen, NH. She resides in southern NH.

Susan Ellis: “Blessed to have been born with a creative eye, in my studio I lose track of time and reality. It’s very meditative! At present I am searching for found objects and creating fundamental sculptures. One person’s trash is another’s treasure. It’s not what you’re looking at but what you identify with. It’s not work when you are doing something you enjoy..”

Louise Parmenter Hammerman, a retired NH high school art teacher lives in Westminster, MA., and has been actively painting for the past 14 years. Although primarily an oil painter, she also works in acrylics and soft pastel. She has and continues to exhibit in group shows and having received awards from the Gardner Area League of Artists and the Princeston Art Society. Parmenter-Hammerman’s interest in rusty vehicles was inspired by her late father’s interest in antique cars. “At one point in my teen years we had three rusty old Dodges in the yard and a restored one in the garage. Nostalgia is a large part of my motivation.” Added to the interest in vehicles is any rusty thing she finds interesting to paint usually of a mechanical nature. Favorite subjects to paint can be found as close to home as in her neighborhood or as far as a plane ticket will take her. She always has a camera handy to capture rusted remnants found in the landscape.

Brad Willard: “I have a love of the outdoors and photography. I try to find the art in things that some consider junk. I try to take the abstract out of things you see every day in a urban setting or on a hike in the woods. “Most of my photos can be purchased as prints. Please contact me for more information. I hope you enjoy these photos. I will update the site often so please return.

Jaffrey Civic Center to host Water Color Exhibit by Susan Bull Riley

Iris by Susan Bull Riley

The Jaffrey Civic Center is delighted to host a watercolor exhibit by Vermont artist, Susan Bull Riley. The exhibit will run from September 10th to October 8th and will be held in the first floor Auditorium Gallery. There will be an Opening Reception on Saturday, September 10th from 5 to 7 pm. Susan lives in East Montpelier, less than an hour away from her South Burlington roots. Her subject matter ranges from delicate botanical watercolors to large oil landscapes. Her work has a classical feel to it and according to the artist is “perhaps a reflection of my training in music of earlier centuries. Art has also led me to collaborate with a number of institutions that seek to protect the natural world” which she considers her “primary muse”. A graduate from Dartmouth College with a degree in music, Susan subsequently earned a masters degree in flute performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. Susan’s work in the realm of natural history has received honors in galleries and institutions where there is national and international representation; it has been used by organizations such as The New York State Museum, The National Science Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation, the American Chestnut Foundation, the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, and local land trusts.


The Jaffrey Civic Center will host an upcoming photography and poetry exhibit, PLACE: Image and Emotion by Kathleen Williams beginning Monday, August 29th through Sept. 22. The exhibit will be held in the first floor Display Case gallery and there will be an Opening Reception on Friday, September 2, from 5 to 7 pm. According to Ms. Williams, “my introduction to serious photography came nearly forty years ago when I purchased a Pentax Spotmatic and started looking at life in a whole new way. For the past 25 years, my career in marketing and communication has allowed me to continue that exploration of photography and writing more deeply. I studied photography at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and professional writing at New England College. I have lived in Jaffrey for the past 15 years.”

“There are many places, both natural and created, that inspire us for their beauty, magnitude, and complexity. For me, the connection to the physical environment often evokes a strong emotional response. I imagine that we all have our special places that resonate deeply in our memories. These places inspire us, energize us, and contribute to our sense of understanding and belonging in the world. For the past several years, I have been fascinated by the relationship between words and images and have explored ways to combine the two. In this selection of work, I looked for pieces that focused on emotions and their relation to place. In some cases, the words attempt to illuminate the image. In others, the image suggests an element present in the writing. Neither is expected to be a literal translation of the other, but to inform the other in subtle ways. Together, the words and images created a deeper understanding for me than either could have alone. My hope is that the examples here will allow visitors to experience their own association with emotion and place.” --Kathleen Williams

Jaffrey Civic Center to host Annual Historical Society Exhibit

The Jaffrey Civic Center is very pleased to announce the annual exhibit by The Jaffrey Historical Society which will run through August 25th, in the Display Case gallery on the ground floor. The exhibit will focus on the Buddies World War 1 Monument by well known artist Viggo Brandt-Erichsen. The secondary focus of the exhibit will be the recent Conant Cemetary Walking Tour which took place in June. The Opening Reception for the exhibit will be held at the Annual Meeting of the Historical Society on Thursday, August 11, at 7 pm at The Jaffrey Civic Center.

Jaffrey Master Plan Survey

The Town of Jaffrey is currently working to update the existing Master Plan Vision and Community Character Chapter. This chapter is the cornerstone for the Master Plan and organizes the principles and goals that will guide the subsequent specialized chapters.

Please take a moment to fill out this survey - your feedback is important and be sure to share this link with friends and neighbors.

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.

Water Soluble Oil Painting Classes by Betty Glass

Betty Glass is currently teaching an ongoing painting class using water soluble oils at the Jaffrey Civic Center on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 pm. (Bring a snack!) This class is open to any level painter, and encourages all to enjoy the process. The class will continue throughout the year (with a break in April).The emphasis of subject matter will be with still life and landscapes. Call 532-6527 or e-mail at info@jaffreyciviccenter.com to register. The cost is $30 a class.


Betty was a full-time art teacher in Virginia for over 20 years and moved to New Hampshire 17 years ago. She has a degree in Art Education from the University of North Carolina. She loves the coastline but is also attracted to the natural beauty of the mountains and the forests. Betty has been a painting teacher in watercolors, oils and now her favorite passion is water soluble oils.

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.

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.

The Jaffrey Civic Center Partners with TD Bank Affinity Program

The Jaffrey Civic Center recently received a cash contribution from TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, through the bank’s Affinity Membership Program.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to work with TD Bank in this program for a second year. The Center is a beautiful building, which has become integral for many school and community organizations to meet. The Affinity Program is helping fund structural upkeep and replacement projects, such as a much needed entire second floor ceiling replacement, interiors of all windows painted, and an installation of a new furnace.

TD Bank’s Affinity Membership Program helps non-profit organizations raise money by receiving an annual cash contribution from TD Bank based upon the participation of qualified member accounts.

For more information about TD Bank’s Affinity Membership Program or to find a store near you, call 888-751-9000.

The Civic Center provides and maintains 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.

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