Jaffrey Civic Center

40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452
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Tell Me a Story: Juried Exhibition Opening on Friday, October 17, 2014

Dream" by Yuan Pan

Tell Me a Story juried exhibition will be showing October 17-November 15, 2014 at the Cunningham Gallery, Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH. The New Hampshire Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art is the sponsor of this exhibition.

Juror’s choice awards will be presented for first, second and third prize, at the opening reception on Friday, October 17, from 5 to 7 pm. The reception is open to the public.

In this exhibition, 41 New Hampshire artists, working in a rich variety of styles and techniques, express stories based in personal or ethnic narrative, myths, legends, popular culture or wherever stories are found. Some of the media represented will include handmade artist’s books, quilted wall hangings, assemblages and collage, sculpture and mobiles, mixed media, monoprints, hand-colored etching, acrylics, watercolors, photography, photo collage, and digital prints.

In addition to presenting their artwork, the exhibition will include statements from each artist, relating to their artwork and stories. These will be placed next to their work for viewers to read.

Maureen Ahern, Director of the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, Keene State College, Keene, NH served as juror for this exhibition. According to Ahern, “It was a pleasure to see the breadth and depth of expression in the work of the 60 artists who submitted to the show. My hope is that visitors to the exhibit will have as much pleasure as I did in seeing the talents of these New Hampshire artists.”

The Women’s Caucus for Art is a national organization for artists, art historians, students, educators, and museum professionals, which creates community through art, education, and social activism. To learn more about WCA/NH visit www.wcanh.org.


The Art of Miniatures

This roombox represents the public serving room of the c:1750 Charlton Coffee House in Colonial Williamsburg, VA., which was a meeting place for politically-minded men. Michele built this in June of 2013, and she created all of the tables and accessories shown. The chairs were made by Bill Clinger.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to host this exceptional exhibit of work by Michele Carter and Dan Worsham in the first floor Display Cases from Friday, October 17 through Thursday, November 13.

Michele Carter

A passion for art and miniatures has defined Michele Carter's entire life. As soon as she could hold a crayon, she started drawing and never stopped. As a young girl, she played with her post WWII stamped tin dollhouse. She often wished she could shrink herself and live in her dollhouse. Many years later, she still wishes she could time travel to the historic rooms she creates in miniature.

Her love of art made her choose to attend Massachusetts College of Art, and graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design and Advertising. For over 25 years Michele moved up the career ladder, using her talents to create award-winning marketing programs for several corporations. When the economy turned sour in Silicon Valley in early 2001, Michele was given an "opportunity" to find something more fun to do. Having been an active miniature hobbyist for years, she looked for a way to turn this hobby that she loves into a home-based business.

Having been an avid gardener for years, she realized that her knowledge of flowers and plants could possibly translate into making miniatures. Michele started experimenting with making miniature flowers. She was immediately hooked, and quickly decided to make it her new career. She now makes floral arrangements and plants in 1/12th scale (one inch equals one foot) which she sells through her website (www.pepperwoodminiatures.com) and at miniature shows around the country.

Dan Worsham

Dan Worsham was first influenced artistically by his artisan grandfather. As a young boy, Dan frequently visited his cabinet shop as the old Italian immigrant crafted masterpieces in wood for William Randolph Hearst, Herbert Hoover, and other renowned patrons. At home, he spent hours drawing at his kitchen table.

Following in his grandfather's footsteps, Dan developed a passion for the decorative arts. He attended Foothill College in California, studying art and design, and immersed himself in a curriculum of drawing and painting. After college he became fascinated with the medium of stained and leaded art glass. He studied the masterworks of Louis Comfort Tiffany and opened his own studio, Worsham Art Glass in Los Gatos, California.

Dan Worsham is married to Michele Carter and shares her love of both miniatures and painting. Most of his early oil paintings were of lush Hawaiian and Californian landscapes. However, since moving to New Hampshire in 2009, he has taken to doing full-sized “plein air” painting. The beautiful Monadnock region supplies a bountiful selection of scenic subjects to capture on canvas. Dan's interest in miniatures started as a young boy when he discovered scale model car kits, a hobby that has continued into his adult life. After helping Michele build her first dollhouse from a kit, he discovered he had an interest in creating 1/12th scale buildings from his own imagination. Dan has built several buildings from scratch, including two that will be on display: a replica of his grandfather's garage as he remembers it as a child; and a wooden-shoe sailboat.

Joining his wife, Michele Carter, as a creative partner in PepperWood Miniatures, Dan is now creating one-inch scale oil paintings that are copies of famous master works, and Art Nouveau style lamps and windows using classic Tiffany patterns as well as his own designs. He saw an opportunity to take his vast knowledge of oil painting and art glass and applying it to miniatures.

With their exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center, they hope to introduce visitors to the art of 1/12th scale miniatures. Many hours of research go into making and finding historically correct furniture and accessories for the historic roomboxes that Michele creates. And both Dan and Michele build some of their own furniture for their rooms. They hope you will agree that these exhibits are not your average dollhouse hobby.


“A Garden Party”: Paintings by Jeanie Doris

Grapes by Jeanie Doris

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce the exhibit of oil paintings by Jeanie Doris in the first floor Auditorium Gallery from Friday, October 10 through November 15. Her opening, free to the public, will be on Friday, October 17 from 5-7 pm. Jeanie is an award winning artist who has painted for over three decades. She began after an aunt, whose work in oils she admired, gave her a set of oil paints to experiment with on her own. After encouragement from family and friends to pursue her artistic talent, she began to enjoy drawing and painting.

She then studied pastel painting under the direction of Susan Jenkins and leaned toward painting still lifes – but her favorite subjects were flowers. She has taken art instruction from Marley Watton and Evelien Bachrach Seeger working with watercolor and developed a loose style of her own. She has had instruction in oils with Jeanne Lachance and Steve Previte and appreciated the medium for being able to create a piece through emotion and attaining surprising effects.

She feels her floral paintings are a direct influence of growing up with her Grandmother and her Mother. As a child, her Grandmother would cut fresh flowers from her garden and arrange them while lending advice on the plant variety and the arrangement design. Her Grandmother’s pointers were very helpful and her appreciation of nature, along with her Mother’s love of planting, has given her a passion for gardening and a way of expressing herself through art.

“As an artist for over thirty years I have recognized things about myself that I would have never explored before. It has given me an incite as to how my passion can be demonstrated various times in my life being intense or light, depending on the situation in my life, and it does convey through my art. There is definitely a romantic side of my paintings that I feel especially in my florals.

Jeanie resides in Milford, NH with her husband, Phil.

They hope you will enjoy their show.


Paintings by Students of Betty Glass

Oil Pansies by Dolores Gosselin

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce a show of artwork by five students of Betty Glass in the first floor Display Cases from September 19 through October 16.

Diana Conrad, Sandy Gemmell, Dolores Gosselin, Gay Hartman and Nancy Massey have much in common in their backgrounds and exposure to the arts as well as the joy they each glean from their class time and information they’re each able to translate to their canvases.

Landscapes, seascapes, still lifes… pallatte knife or brush strokes, plein air or studio work… the results are individually their own styles and yet they share the commonality of the classroom educator, Betty Glass, and her wealth of information and life lessons. These artists range from award winners to intermediate painting experience, yet the cohesiveness of the exhibit reveals each of the talents.

They hope you will enjoy their show.


Caroline Hollister Honored for Her Civic Leadership

Caroline Hollister receiving the Marion Mack Johnson Civic Leadership Award from Bill Driscoll on behalf of the Center’s Board of Directors. Photo by Tom doane

Caroline Hollister of Jaffrey was the recipient of the Marion Mack Johnson Civic Leadership Award, the annual honor bestowed for exemplary leadership by the Jaffrey Civic Center.

The ceremony was held at the Center on September 17 and attended by many friends and admirers of Ms. Hollister’s years of selfless commitment to the betterment of Jaffrey and the Monadnock region.

The Jaffrey Civic Center has instituted the Marion Mack Johnson Civic Leadership Award as a way to honor the commitment of citizens who have worked tirelessly for civic goals. It was Mrs. Johnson who built the Center forty-five years ago.

The Mission of the Center is to provide and sustain 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.


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.

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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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