Jaffrey Civic Center

40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452
603-532-6527 info@jaffreyciviccenter.com
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JCC to host A Series Study by Chris Reid

Chris Reid: Vivace
Vivace by Chris Reid

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce A Series Study by Chris Reid in the first floor Gallery Display Cases from November 18th through December 22nd.

A native of Jaffrey, Ms. Reid is an internationally respected New England Artist known for her pastel and oil landscapes. Chris received a B.S. in Art Education at Suny College in Buffalo, and trained at the University of Sienna (Sienna, Italy), the American School of Crafts, the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY), and NY State Colleges at Brockport and Buffalo. Chris has taken numerous master classes with: Wolf Kahn, George Thompson, Christina DeBarry (PSA), Betsey Apgar Smith (PSA), Elizabeth Mowry (PSA), Frank Zuccarelli (PSA); and has studied under Alexander Farquharson and Jeanne Duval.

Her painting, “Spectra” was recently awarded the Ampersand/Pastel Journal Award in the 8th Annual National Juried Pastel Society of New Hampshire’s Show, It’s Pastel!

Public Call-of-Entry Encaustic Exhibit

The Jaffrey Civic Center is currently seeking artwork from the public to be included in an Encaustic Art Exhibit in February 2017! The show will run from Tuesday, February 13th through Tuesday, March 14th. There will be an Opening Reception, which is free and open to the public scheduled on Friday, February 17th, from 5-7pm. Details to enter are included on the Call of Entry form, also available at the Civic Center.

The entry fee is $25 per person, with no limit on entries. (If writing a check, please make it out to the Jaffrey Civic Center and mail to: 40 Main Street Jaffrey, NH 03452). Please submit jpeg images ONLY to: info@jaffreyciviccenter.com include Encaustic Show in the subject line as well as your contact information and artwork dimensions. The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 16th, 2016. Not all entries will be exhibited in the show, but we will include work from each artist. Work needs to hang with a wire. Artwork does not have to be for sale. Sales commission is 30%. Wall pieces may not exceed 30” including frame in either direction. Artists will be notified via email by December 23, 2016. DROP OFF will be from Tuesday, February 7th through Saturday, February 11th 2017 and during normal business hours. Unsold pieces can be picked up Wednesday March 15th - Saturday March 18th.

(Call of Entry form Download)

JCC Holiday Craft Fair, December 10th, 9 am to 2 pm

The Jaffrey Civic Center is having a Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 10th from 9 am to 2 pm. We will have over 15 local vendors with wonderful gifts available for the holidays. In addition to our vendors, we will have unframed Off the Wall Art for sale, new Jaffrey Civic Center 2017 Calendars and a Christmas cookie sale. Santa will be here from 12:30 to 2 pm and kids can decorate their own Gingerbread cookie. Hope to see you there!


CASH PRIZES $50 - $100

The Jaffrey Civic Center has announced its annual Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. student contests. Jaffrey and Rindge High School students are eligible for our poetry contest with cash prizes of $100 for first place and $50 for second place in each of two categories: written poems and performed poems.

Middle School students are eligible for our poster contest. The winning poster or image from the poster will be used in our publicity and printed program for Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017, and the winning student will be awarded a cash prize of $75.

The theme for all contests is “What Is Courage?”. All student work will featured in a special exhibit at the Civic Center in January.
For further details, click the "MLK Contests" menu.

Save The Date

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. , January 16, 2017, 5-6pm at the United Church of Jaffrey, followed by reception at the Jaffrey Civic Center.

Jaffrey Civic Center receives grant from The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

The Jaffrey Civic Center has received an $1,800 grant from The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation in support of its annual event, Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. which will be held on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 16th, 2017. The purpose of the event is to bring people together to remember and find inspiration in the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the occasion of the national holiday. To deepen our youth's understanding of Dr. King and his values, the Civic Center works closely with the local schools andholds a cash-prize art contest in the fall leading up to Martin Luther King Day. All district high school students are eligible for the art contest, including home-schoolers and students in private schools and out-of-district placements. This year’s celebration is titled, What is Courage? and includes a high school poetry contest, a church ceremony at the United Church of Jaffrey featuring keynote speaker, Alice Fogel, NH’s poet laureate followed by a reception at the Civic Center. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about our Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Event, please contact the Jaffrey Civic Center.

Jaffrey Civic Center to offer After School Program in 2017

The Jaffrey Civic Center is planning to offer a small K-8 After School program beginning in January 2017 through the end of the school year in June 2017. The program will take up to 30 children on a first come first serve basis. The program is a student-centered enrichment program which is based on respect, outside activities, critical thinking skills and access to art, math, writing and more. Fees for the program will be based on a sliding scale between $60-$80 per month. Pre-registration for the program is required by November 4th, 2016. For more information about the program or to pre-register, please contact the Jaffrey Civic Center.

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

The Jaffrey Civic Center is seeking artwork from the public to be included in our Annual Autumn 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, November 18th through December 16th. There will be an Opening Reception, which is free and open to the public on Friday, November 18th from 5-7 pm with great food and drink. The deadline to drop off artwork: Tuesday, November 8th through Saturday, November 12th.

Among the other exhibits scheduled for the 2016 calendar year, the Center holds two annual public call-of-entry shows which showcase all the arts: one in the fall and one in the spring. If you have never been to the Center to enjoy a show, please mark your calendar.

Entry Form (.pdf)

Entry Form (.docx)

JCC to host group exhibit: Monadnock Farming: Our Heritage

Buck by Dave Bolger

“Monadnock Farming: Our Heritage” is the fourth triennial exhibit of fine art featuring agriculture—its landscapes, activities, and participants, both human and animal-- in the Monadnock Region.

The exhibit will be on display from October 14-November 12, 2016 at the Cunningham Gallery in the Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH. Participating artists include Dave Bulger, Francelia Clark, Mary Iselin, Deb Pero, Chris Reid, Ann Sawyer, and Jeanne Maguire-Thieme. Members work in various mediums, including oil, pastel, watercolor, and mixed media. All are professional artists, and all have a personal voice, but all are inspired by the agricultural activity which surrounds us. “Agriculture is what we paint. Many of us are directly involved with farming. Also, people forget that it is agriculture which keeps open many of our most beloved scenic vistas, and which keeps alive our New Hampshire lifestyle. We are Monadnock area artists, and would paint these paintings anyway, because it is what we do and what we love, but it is wonderful to show our work as a body, all together, before individual pieces ‘go out into the world to seek their fortunes.’”

The public is invited to help celebrate the exhibit with an Opening Reception Friday, Oct 14, from 5:00-7:00. Please remember that, due to the subject matter, which includes animals, children might enjoy this exhibit more than usual!

William C. Turner Oil Painting Exhibit at Jaffrey Civic Center

Plight of the Jaguar by William C. Turner

The Jaffrey Civic Center is delighted to display the works of William C. Turner in an upcoming exhibit entitled Machines, Motions and Myth. The show runs from October 14th through November 12th. The exhibit will be held in the ground floor Auditorium Gallery and there will be an Opening Reception on Friday, October 14th from 5 – 7pm in the Auditorium Gallery. Mr. Turner received a BFA-Painting in 2006, with high honors from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester and an MFA in Visual Arts –Painting in 2015 also from the NH Institute of Art. In addition to his formal training, he taught drawing and art history for nine years. His mentors over the years include: James Aponovich, Colin Berry, Patrick McKay, Sean Beavers, Richard Whitney, Anthony Apesos, and Shelley Reed to name a few.

Check Out the New Floors!

Please stop by the Jaffrey Civic Center and check out our new 1st floor gallery floors. We’ve covered the 50 year old asbestos tile with a beautiful wood laminate. Let us know if you like it.

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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