Jaffrey Civic Center

40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452
Photo by Jeffrey Newcomer. All rights reserved

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 .

Alchemy: The Transformative Power of Creativity & Love & The Honoring of Loss

Rhapsody in Red and Yellows by Evie Loy

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce the exhibit of paintings by Evie Loy of Peterborough, in the first floor Display Cases from Friday, May 8 through Thursday, June 4.

Due to the very untimely and tragic recent passing of my sweetheart, Patrick Neary, the title of this show has changed from “The Alchemy of Glass” to “Alchemy: The Transformative Power of Creativity and Love and the Honoring of Loss.”

For over forty years, my late husband’s, Bob Loy’s, passionate avocation was buying, selling and collecting perfume bottles and powder boxes from Murano, Italy, 1920–1970. Bob became one of the foremost experts in this niche market. He had full knowledge of how they were made, from the initial grains of sand to the blowing and shaping of the hot molten glass. He, also, studied these amazing glass blowers and creators of the time.

Many years ago, when I first saw Bob’s breathtaking collection of glass pieces, they were displayed and reflected in mirrored and lit glass cases. All the colors, shapes, and textures were gorgeous and so unique. I was in awe!

After Bob’s passing in 2011, these beautiful glass bottles were left in my care. My inner voice, softly, told me to paint a series representing this wonderous glass. It wasn’t until 2012, after I was joyfully reunited with my college sweetheart, Pat, that I started this series. With Pat’s loving, encouraging, generous and supportive presence in the home, I felt held and safe to launch this series with glass as my muse.

Little did I know that ‘alchemy’ would be ever present while creating this series: There was the more obvious alchemy that happened in the making of the bottles from grains of sand to the beautiful glass. But there has been so much more. In the process of painting, I witnessed other transformations/alchemy: I became more aware of my creative process of writing down my intentions for each piece and saw how each painting informed and transformed into the next. From one painting to the next, there were, also, changes in style, color and technique. There has been a sweet, healing/alchemy on a spiritual level ~The creation of this series has allowed me to heal more deeply from Bob’s loss and continue to honor him as such a bright, gifted, generous soul and renaissance man.

Now, I have a very deep need to honor my Pat. I feel his loss so profoundly. This show honors Pat, his beautiful heart and generous soul. Without him, this show would not have been possible.

And so, I am deeply grateful for Bob and his glass and Pat’s magnificent heart and generosity of spirit. With profound reverence for both these beautiful beings, I dedicate this show. Alchemy is a celebration of life, the transformative power of creativity and love and an honoring of loss.

Young People’s Show

The walls of the 2nd floor Cunningham Gallery once again explode from ceiling to floor at the Jaffrey Civic Center. It’s that time of year again when we get to see the artwork of the children from Kindergarten to 12th grade. This year we have artwork from the classes taught by:

Mary Giandalone classes: Jaffrey Grade School
Sam Pikcilingis classes: JRindge Memorial School
Zelda Alibozek classes: JConant Middle School
Kerry Mitschmyer classes: JConant High School
Anna Fairbanks classes: JConant High School
Heather Stirnweis classes: JSt Patrick’s School
Amanda Bastoni classes: Jonval High School

There is guaranteed a treat for every age, so come see the talents of your fellow citizens in our area and you’ll not walk away disappointed. This show will run through Saturday, May 23

The gallery will also be open on a special evening, Founder’s Day, on May 7th beginning at 7 pm. This evening commemorates the woman, Marion Mack Johnson, who built the Jaffrey Civic Center. Musical students who represent each of the schools will perform with their voices or instruments. The evening is open to the public Admission is always FREE.


an original story and unique prints

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to present an exhibit of prints by Joyce Collier Fearnside in the first floor Display Cases until May 7. These monotype, monoprint and collagraph prints are affordably for sale as well as the small book, “Five Fantastic Frogs” in which the illustrations are found.

“Ever since my daughter walked around for hours with a wild green frog on her shoulder, I was hooked. Frogs are our environmental barometers for the well being of our planet for many millions of years. Their defenses are numerous and I like the fact that they eat copious insects. Their strong legs help the frog jump ten times its length. Other defenses also prolong their life. Their evening songs are soothing to our ears as well.”

“By age twelve, I made my first woodcut. Printmaking has become my main focus, because of its versatility by using painting, drawing, and texture. I include dry point or collagraph with monotype or monoprint to help keep the artwork new. I continue to sketch from my kayak while visiting ponds and lakes.”

“My challenge was to create a small book inspired by the artist Beatrix Potter. Growing up my family would read her little books at bedtime. Not long ago, I visited her home to see what gave her the vision to write and illustrate her little books.”

“This year I am working on another little book about bubbles at a rambling brook where creatures come to visit.”

Spring Show Many-Media Winners

The winners for the Many-Media portion of the Spring Show at the Jaffrey Civic Center are chosen by public voting during the length of the show. Left to right are winners: Joan Tierney of Wilton, New Hampshire, with her 2nd place image on bottom left, “Monadnock with Birds”, the 1st place image, center top, “Jaffrey”, by David Zerba of Croydon, New Hampshire standing at right, and the Honorable Mention image , bottom right , “Verdant Wild”, by Shannon Stirnweis of New Ipswich, New Hampshire.

Photography Winners at Jaffrey Civic Center

Shirley Chodin with "Birch in Autumn's Glow

Standing on left is Shirley Chodin of Winchendon, MA, with her 1st place image, “Birch in Autumn’s Glow”, next is “After Oz”, the Honorable Mention photo by Jonathan Route of Leominster, MA, and the 2nd place image, “Waiting for Tomorrow” by Gerrit Bradley of Swampscott, MA and Jaffrey, NH.

The show was held in two portions: Photography and Multi Media, and ran from November 21 through December 20. The winners were determined by public voting and received awards from the Kana Riley Poetry and Artistic Fund.

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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