Jaffrey Civic Center

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

Jaffrey Civic Center welcomes additional Board Members

The Jaffrey Civic Center is very pleased to announce the appointment of 2 additional Board of Trustee members, Anna Fairbanks and Karen Chiasson. Anna is the Head of the Art Department at Conant High School in Jaffrey, N.H. She has been an Art teacher for five years. She is a graduate of Plymouth State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education and Minor in Drawing. After graduating from college, she worked in Lausanne, Switzerland, and she traveled to Brussels, Belgium and parts of France. When she returned from Europe, she was the Art Director for a prestigious summer camp in West Virginia. She has been at Conant High School for the last three years, and in addition to teaching art classes ranging from Advanced Placement to Foundations of Art, she has coached Field Hockey and has been the Gay Straight Alliance club adviser.

Karen Chiasson is a long time resident of Jaffrey. She lives with her husband and has 2 grown daughters. She is currently working at Oracle in Nashua NH in software engineering. In her spare time, Karen enjoys entertaining, working with fiber and textiles and drawing. Karen is excited about helping out the civic center with communication and community-based events.

Jaffrey Civic Center to offer Teen Art Camp in July

The Jaffrey Civic Center is very excited to announce a summer Art Camp for Teens to be held in July. The class will be held from Monday, July 11th through Friday July 15th from 1pm to 5pm in the upstairs art class room at the Civic Center. The class will be taught by Anna Fairbanks, who is the Head of the Art Department at Conant High School. The cost of the class is $99 and includes all materials. Students will explore various processes in the art world and will be exposed to different styles of drawing using two-dimensional materials. A series of studio problems provides direct experience with the tools and materials employed to produce drawings. Instruction and assigned work emphasizes skill-building in observational drawing and engagement with two-dimensional design, principles and visual communication. Students will also (weather permitting) explore 3-D design as well. This Art Course will act as a FLEXABLE guideline as to what the students will participate in. This is a summer art camp geared towards meeting the request and interest of the students. This camp is open to any student looking for an opportunity to be in an artistic environment over the summer. Projects will go from observation to 3-d projects and will be hosted in the studio at the Jaffrey Civic Center and outside. Any students taking A.P Art are welcome to bring their art work for informal evaluation. Space is limited and is filling up fast!. Call the Civic Center or email to sign up.

Jaffrey Civic Center to photography exhibit by Dr. Stephen Gehlbach

The Jaffrey Civic Center will be hosting a photography exhibit by local artist, Stephen Gehlbach beginning June 3th through June 30th, 2016 in the display case galleries on the ground floor. The title of the exhibit is: Water: Forms and Patterns. There will be an opening reception on Friday, June 3rd from 5 to 7 pm. Stephen Gehlbach is a mostly-retired academic physician who lives in Jaffrey. He spends increasing amounts of his time trying to capture aspects of nature through his Sony mirror-less lenses. Over time his images have evolved from documentation of wildlife and landscape to an emphasis on more abstract representation of nature’s forms and colors and patterns –trying to see this world more clearly.

About his exhibit:

“It’s the most abundant compound on earth. It makes up over 80% of our planet’s surface (and 60% of our bodies). Life could not exist without it. Water is a marvelous compound-not simply for its vital functions but for the multiplicity of its forms. We experience it as mist and fog and dew, as cumulus and cirrus clouds, as rain and snow, as crystals of ice, as reflections or ripples on still ponds, as musical streams, as roiling waves or receding ocean eddies. We feel it, hear it, taste and see it. This photo essay is all about water- in its varying forms- as visual patterns. These abstractions help us see the too familiar with greater clarity and argue for another of the compound’s attributes- water as art.” -- Stephen Gehlbach

Jaffrey Civic Center presents “Girls on Art: A Passion for Pastels"

Little Blue Catching the Breeze, by Pam Mullet

The Jaffrey Civic Center is delighted to host a pastel exhibit featuring artists, Karen Israel, Maryann Mullet, and Pam Short. The exhibit runs from May 23 through June 25th in the upstairs Cunningham Gallery. An Opening Gallery Reception will be held on Friday, May 27th from 6-8 pm in the gallery and will include Scott Mullett playing the saxophone accompanied by Draa Hobbs on guitar. We hope you can join us.

About the Artists:

Karen Israel

A nationally recognized award-winning painter, holds Master Pastelist status in the Pastel Society of America and the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her work has been published in the Pastel Journal where she has twice won Third Place in the Portrait and in the Wildlife Categories of the Pastel 100. Karen has established herself as an accomplished artist through elevated status in professional art associations and through teaching and live demonstrations. Karen is Signature Member and President of the Connecticut Pastel Society. Her work can be found in many private and public collections in the United States and Canada. Karen has had work exhibited at several museums and galleries in Connecticut and New York City, including the Salmagundi Club, The National Arts Club, The Slater Memorial Museum and the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Maryann Mullet

A Dublin resident, Maryann initially worked in graphic arts and illustration, switching to pastel painting six years ago. Her inspiration comes from nature, whether it be close-up views of flora, luminous berries and vegetables, or birds and animals. She has won numerous awards for her paintings and has been published in national magazines. "Painting feeds my soul. It relaxes me yet challenges me. It makes me feel complete. I am blessed to be able to paint and I'm enjoying the journey." Maryann’s paintings can be viewed at www.maryannmullettart.weebly.com

Pam Short

“Painting gives me a sense of freedom and peace whether I’m outside with nature or in the studio painting a memory. I find inspiration in almost everything from the mountains to the ocean, farm to the city, snow to sand, pets and more. There is beauty everywhere if we choose to see it. The list is endless. I am drawn to light, shadows and atmosphere. When I choose to paint something, it’s moved me in some way or another. I hope that my work will awaken an emotion in the viewer as well.” -- Pam Short

Summer Internship at The Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center is looking for a summer intern for approximately 10 hours a week. Flexible days/hours. This would be a fun opportunity and great resume builder for those interested in art and needing some volunteer credits for either high school or college. Responsibilities include general phone and computer work, greeting guests and patrons, updating artist and patron lists, assisting the Exec. Director with hanging art shows, planning venues/opening receptions and general duties related to the day to day operations of the Center. The mission of the Jaffrey Civic 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. Contact Regina for more info. 532-6527.

Jaffrey Civic Center and Sunflowers welcomes back…Night of 1,000 Cupcakes

You may have heard already, but the Jaffrey Civic Center's Night of 1,000 Cupcakes is BACK this July and we're so excited we're celebrating early! Sunflowers is hosting their final Ladies Night of the season on Wednesday, May 18th beginning at 5 pm with a cupcake theme. Bring all your friends as we help kick off the Civic Center's 50th year! Sunflowers will have themed drink and appetizer specials as well as some special raffle and door prizes too! Join the ladies of the Civic Center, artists and friends for a toast to the Jaffrey Civic Center. We hope to see you there.

Jaffrey Civic Center celebrates Founder’s Day and 50th Anniversary!

Marion Mack Johnson, Founder of the Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center will be holding its annual Founder’s Day Celebration at The Jaffrey Civic Center on Thursday, May 12th at 7 pm in The Auditorium Gallery. The event is held annually to honor Marion Mack Johnson, Founder of The Jaffrey Civic Center and includes musical and drama performances from students in the Jaffrey-Rindge School District. This year’s event commemorates both, Marion Mack Johnson, the Founder of the Jaffrey Civic Center and the 50th Anniversary of The Jaffrey Civic Center. Accompanying the event is the Annual Young Person’s Exhibit, which is held upstairs in The Cunningham Gallery and showcases the artwork of students in the school district from Kindergarten through grade 12. We hope you can come celebrate with us on this very special evening. Cake and refreshments will be available. As always, the reception is free and open to the public.

Annual Spring Art Show Winners

L-R: James O’Rourke, Michelle Plourde-Eddy, and Yeiter

The Jaffrey Civic Center is very pleased to announce the winners of the Annual Spring Art Show. For the photography portion of the show, the winners of the Kana Riley Poets and Artistic Fund include the artist by the name of Yeiter (far right), who came in first place with his photograph, The Monk and also second place for his photograph, Silver Ranch. Honorable Mention goes to artist Michelle Plourde-Eddy (middle) for her photograph, Spring in Washington, D.C. For the mixed media portion of the show, James O’Rourke (far left) came in with his first place winner, Cold Air Warm Water; and Awaiting Renewal for second place winner. The Brewmeisters by Bob Askey (not present) came in as Honorable Mention for the mixed media portion of the show.

Ashley Hall-Young Artist Spotlight Exhibit at The Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center is very pleased to announce the second exhibit in a series showcasing the work of local young artists under the age of 30. Greenfield artist, Ashley Hall will be exhibiting at the Civic Center from Thursday, April 14th through May 28th in the ground floor display cases. The Opening Reception for her show titled: Foundations: A Journey to Finding Myself, will be held on Thursday, April 14th from 5-7 pm in the upstairs Cunningham gallery. A mixed media exhibit, Hall uses primarily two dimensional media such as pastel oils, acrylic and charcoals.

“Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have always found a way to incorporate it in my life no matter how busy I have been. I am a mother to the most beautiful little girls and they inspire me daily with their curiosity and incredible personalities. I am also a registered nurse and am one of the few people in the workforce who can honestly say I love what I do. I tend to draw most of my inspiration from nature as I love being outdoors. For me, art is an escape, where I can get lost and forget about any real world stress that I may be experiencing. I absolutely cannot imagine life without it.” -- Ashley Hall

Adult Pottery Class at The Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce that local artist, Shana Brautigam of “Rooted in Clay” will be offering a Hand-building Pottery Class for Adults beginning Tuesday, April 26th. There will be a total of 4 classes (4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/24) which will be held Tuesdays from 10 am to 12 noon in the upstairs art classroom of the Jaffrey Civic Center with the final class to be held in Rindge at Rooted in Clay studio. Students will learn to pinch, stretch, roll, coil, and hand-sculpt the clay into many different shaped pots. Surface design will be explored through the use of stamps and natural textures to imprint into the clay. Students will have the opportunity to make bowls, mugs, vases, and pots with lids. This class is great for beginners, or those who have had experience with clay. Materials will be provided by the instructor. The cost is $120. Space is limited to 12 students. The deadline to sign up is Friday, April 22. Contact the Jaffrey Civic Center for more information or to sign up, call us at 532-6527 or via email: info@jaffreyciviccenter.com. Shana Brautigam owns and operates “Rooted in Clay” pottery studio in Rindge. She has been creating pots there and teaching classes since 2003. Shana specializes in hand-built, wood-fired pottery. She often uses leaves, ferns, and tree bark to press into the clay, creating beautiful, nature inspired, one of a kind pieces. Shana creates a variety of functional work, including mugs, bowls, teapots, vases, etc. She also makes clay instruments, such as horns, ocarinas (whistles), didgeridoos, and xylophones. Shana teaches a number of pottery making classes at her studio in Rindge, and sometimes goes into school to lead special artist residency programs. Her pottery is available locally at Hannah Grimes in Keene and the Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough. To see more of Shana’s work, please check out her website at: http://rootedinclay.com/ or on Facebook.

Jaffrey Civic Center Hosts Jaffrey-Rindge Children’s Art Show

The Jaffrey Civic Center is excited to announce that once again we will be hosting the Annual Young Person’s Show which showcases the artwork of Jaffrey and Rindge children from Kindergarten to 12th grade. This year, we will have artwork from Jaffrey Grade School, Rindge Memorial School, Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School and Conant High School. The exhibit will be held in the upstairs Cunningham Gallery and opens Friday, April 22 and runs through May 21.

The Opening Reception for this show will be held on a special evening, Founder’s Day, on Thursday, May 12th beginning at 7 pm in The Auditorium Gallery. This evening commemorates both, Marion Mack Johnson, the Founder of the Jaffrey Civic Center and the 50th Anniversary of The Jaffrey Civic Center. The evening begins with student musical performances from the Jaffrey Rindge Middle School, Rindge Memorial School , and the Drama Club from Conant High School. We hope you can come celebrate with us on this very special evening. As always, the reception is open to the public and admission is always FREE.

Jaffrey Civic Center elects Board Members and Incorporators for 2016

The Annual Meeting of the Jaffrey Civic Center was held on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 at the Civic Center.

Leaving the Board after many years of dedicated service include Board President Lee S. Sawyer, Stephanie Minteer and Bruce Edwards, all of whom will remain active as Incorporators for 2016. Newly elected Board members include: Karen Ayers, Ramona Johnson and William Schofield. Re-elected to the Board were William M. Driscoll, David Lang, John Sepe and Peggy Ueda. Stepping down as Incorporators are Valerie Atkins and Cindy Foley and newly elected Incorporators are: Tom Doane, Paula Guhse and Sadie Halliday.

The Annual Meeting takes place every February and provides a review of the art exhibits, classes, special events and public uses of the center over the course of the year as well as the official voting in of new Board members and Incorporators for the year.

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 12 to 3pm. (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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