Jaffrey Civic Center

40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452
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Boston’s Best - Harvard Art Museums, City Tour & French Bistro Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The day begins with a guided bus tour of Cambridge. Our guide will show us the Longfellow House where George and Martha Washington also lived, we’ll find Julia Child’s favorite spots, learn about its historic architecture and hear many unknown stories of Boston. Our luncheon will be at the Petit Robert Bistro.

Next, we visit the Harvard Art Museums. Harvard had a $350 million renovation and expansion to the museums. A 40% increase in gallery space will allow substantially more of Harvard’s 250,000 piece collection, one of the country’s largest, to go on public display.

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Follow Me to the High-Plateaus of Himalaya, and the Corners of Central Park

Bathesda at Night

The Jaffrey Civic Center is very pleased to announce a photography exhibit by Hue Way He of New York City in the first floor Auditorium Gallery beginning on Friday, August 7 and running until Saturday, August 29.

A violin playing kid;
An engineering student;
An advertising creative;
and finally,
A photographer!

“I try to capture the serene, and to a degree, surreal moments of our lives and environment. My subjects are mostly the cityscapes of New York City and landscapes of China, Tibet and Nepal. I intentionally display them side-by-side to highlight the contrast between two equally beautiful environs: one developed, civilized, mechanized; the other, natural, wild, elemental.

All my works are photographed, processed, printed and finished by myself.”


Jaffrey Historical Society to Feature The Park Theater in Month-Long Exhibit

Romolo Vanni, circa 1950, in front of his general store and The Park Theatre.
Mount Monadnock, one of four WPA murals commissioned for the Park Theatre depicting Mt. Monadnock as seen from Jaffrey in the summer.

The historic exhibit on The Park Theatre opens with a Reception on Friday, July 31 from 5 to 7 pm at the Jaffrey Civic Center on Main Street in Jaffrey. The exhibit is another in a series of unique historical presentations by the Jaffrey Historical Society. The public is invited to attend the Opening Presentation on July 31 which will include a video presentation, the Theatre model and a display of the original facility, the four WPA murals, along with the contemporary mural-mosaic and architectural plans for the future building.

The Park Theatre, first opened in 1922, was the creation of Italian immigrant Romolo Vanni. He expanded it once in 1935, renovated it completely in 1941 and reopened it as the “New Park Theatre”. The Theatre, featuring vaudeville and films, was a lively gathering spot for the town and a center of community life for more than 50 years. After Vanni’s death in 1954, the Theatre changed hands several times, finally going dark in 1976. Rediscovered in 2002, it has been the subject of a community-wide effort to rebuild and reopen it as a film and performing arts theater for the community and the region.

The historic exhibit will feature early photos of the Vanni family and downtown Jaffrey, Theatre artifacts, season programs, reproductions of the four WPA murals of Mount Monadnock, commissioned in 1941 by Vanni, and the 2009 mural-mosaic created by 120 artists throughout New England. Visitors will also get a preview of the Theatre’s upcoming reconstruction as a state-of-the-art facility presenting plays, children’s productions, concerts, movies, dinner theatre, “pop” concerts, touring companies and regional performing artists, as well as providing meeting and performance space for community, civic and school groups.

The Park Theatre is currently presenting its 9th Annual Movie Season with free movies every Thursday night at the Jaffrey Woman’s Club. Once a month, movies will be shown at La Mia Casa Pizzeria in Peterborough. Visit www.theparktheatre.org for schedules and details.


Mixed-up Media

"84 Grove Street, Winter #2," Mixed-media by Kris Calnan

Ann Falby and Kris Calnan are exhibiting their very creative 2 and 3 Dimensional pieces of art at the Jaffrey Civic Center’s second floor Cunningham Gallery beginning with an opening free to the public on Friday, July 3 from 5-7 . The public is invited to visit and enjoy this showing of both abstract and representational works achieved with the use of found objects, fabrics, hardware, paper, wire, paint, hand built ceramic stoneware, wood, glass and imagination. These two artists come together with an equal respect for the process of creation. Kris indicates his work attempts to challenge the viewer with a visual conflict between spatial illusion and the obvious two dimensional reality of the medium. Ann says occasionally her work is referenced to experienced events, but primarily is abstract with a goal of articulating a personal sense of awe at the mystery and energy of life. This show will run through Saturday, August 1.


Unique Photo Processes by Robert Santangelo

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce a very unique exhibit of photographs by Robert Santangelo beginning with an opening to the public from 5-7 pm on Friday, July 3 in the first floor Auditorium Gallery and run until Saturday, August 1.

This showing of photographs are in the unusual form of Metal Prints, Hand Prints using chemicals and Digital Prints using quality photolustre paper. The Metal Prints were processed with compliments by Adorama, Inc of New York. All of these processes lend unusual visual appreciations. The stunning images range from New York City’s Central Park to Jaffrey and some islands of Maine. Architecture, flora, fauna and the people who live in and among it all are the subjects for you to enjoy.


“A Closer Look”, a Photography Exhibit by Melissa Gentle

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to present Melissa Gentle’s in-depth photographs in the first floor Display Cases from Friday, July 3 through Thursday, July 30.

Inspiration can bloom from many things, in my case it was family. Two grandmothers with an admirable amount of creativity have motivated me to explore and interpret the world in my own way. I began drawing as a child, and learned the techniques of painting from my grandmothers. I eventually realized photography was my true calling and became devoted to it. New Hampshire reveals many photographic opportunities, and more often than not, I find myself mesmerized by a single subject for hours at a time.

When I am looking through the camera it is as if the viewfinder is my picture frame. Macro photography inspires me to interpret textures, shapes and patterns to transform simple subjects into a particular composition, and even into abstract photographs. A developed patience for timing has become my biggest reward. Viewing each subject at all angles in different lighting helps me understand and connect with the natural world capturing it more appropriately.

Nature has a certain degree of healing, whether it is the shape of a bouquet after the passing of a loved one, or a simple walk through the woods to clear the mind. The connection between human and nature is undeniable, although it seems to be commonly overlooked, that is, until we need healing.

I intend to portray the sense of calmness and inner peace through color, rhythm and balance throughout my work.


New Ipswich Sampler

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce an exhibit of work by the New Ipswich Artists League, “New Ipswich Sampler”, in the first floor Auditorium-Gallery, beginning with an opening, free to the public, on Friday, May 29 from 5-7 and running through Saturday, June 27.

Would you like to see how four different artists handle the exact same subject - A seascape in the South Seas? Would you like to see the works of 12 different artists in all stages of their careers? Would you like to see many different mediums from oils to watercolor to colored pencils to encaustic, to fabric, to wood carving, to fairy houses?

If you would, come to our opening. You will be excited and pleased with what you see. And while you're at it, talk with the different artists from the New Ipswich Artists League over wine and hors-d’oeuvres at the opening.

League members are Steve Brosque, Roland Coates, Carol Culhane, Debra Johnson, Mickey Katz, Danielle Le Bris, Karen Miller, Erin & Matt Patterson, Francie Riggs, Regina & Shannon Stirnweis, Betsy Thoms, and Susan Williams.


Pastel Society Exhibition

Porcelain and Peach by Mary Eldred

The Pastel Society of New Hampshire presents its 10th Annual Members’ Exhibition at the Jaffrey Civic Center in Jaffrey, NH. The show opens in the second floor Cunningham Gallery on May 30 and runs through June 27, with a reception June 6, from 11am-1:30pm. This event is free and open to the public. Paintings by pastel artists throughout the state of New Hampshire are included in the exhibition, as well as the works of other pastelists from New England.

The juror of awards for the exhibition is Paul Ingbretson, an accomplished professional artist from Manchester, NH. His background includes several years at the Art Students League of New York with numerous of their top artists but who ultimately organized his artistic approach around the values associated with the "Boston School" as interpreted by the late R. H. Ives Gammell.

The Pastel Society of New Hampshire is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation of soft pastels as a fine art medium. Founded in January 2006 by a group of pastel artists, the purpose of the society is to promote the arts in New Hampshire, and to foster connections among pastelists of all levels throughout New Hampshire, the New England region, and other states. All pastel artists and people interested in the pastel medium are welcome and encouraged to join. For information, visit the website at www.pastelsocietynh.com .


Tuesdays with Bridge

Attention men and women… Tuesdays 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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