Jaffrey Civic Center

40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452
603-532-6527 info@jaffreyciviccenter.com
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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.

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Monadnock Art/ Friends of Dublin Art Colony

The Monadnock Art/Friends of the Dublin Colony will begin its 21st Art Tour with a Preview Exhibition and Opening Reception on Monday, October 3rd from 5-7 pm at the Jaffrey Civic Center’s second floor Cunningham Gallery. This opening is free and open to the public and the exhibit will run through Monday, October 10, from 10 am -5 pm.

The Monadnock Art Tour/Friends of Dublin Art Colony will be held on October 8th, 9th and 10th. The Tour travels through the towns surrounding the beloved Mount Monadnock: Chesham, Dublin, Hancock, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Marlborough, Peterborough, and Sharon. A remarkable range and diversity of the visual arts is represented through the work of the artists. Visitors tour the workplaces of painters and printmakers, potters and jewelers, sculptors, fiber artists, photographers, woodworkers, glass shapers, and more. Many artists offer work for sale, often specially priced for the Tour. For a look at a sampling of their work, please visit the Artists pages of this site at www.monadnockart.org. Studios are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Free self-guided tour maps are available at many locations throughout the region, including the Civic Center. During the Tour weekend, studio locations will be marked with distinctive black and white signs. Information and an online gallery of some of the participating artists’ work are also available at the organization’s website, www.monadnockart.org.

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 which 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 21st from 5 – 7pm. 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.

Call for Vendors-JCC Holiday Craft Fair, December 10th, 9 am to 2 pm

The Jaffrey Civic Center is seeking vendors for our Holiday Craft Fair, which will be held on Saturday, December 10th from 9 am to 2 pm. The Fair will be held in our beautiful gallery rooms on the ground floor and second floor. We are seeking handmade items, pottery, art, jewelry, gourmet foods and other items which would make desirable holiday gifts. The fee for space is $25. For more information or to reserve a space, please contact us at info@jaffreyciviccenter.com or call us at 532-6527. The Jaffrey Civic Center is located in beautiful downtown Jaffrey on Main Street next to the Public Library. Space is limited so please reserve your table early.

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 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 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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