Jaffrey Civic Center

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

“Imagination” by Bob Askey

The Supply Boat by Bob Askey

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to host the solo exhibit of works by Keene artist Bob Askey in the 2nd floor Cunningham Gallery from July 18 through August 16th.

There will be over 150 pieces of art in various media including oils, watercolor, colored pencil, mixed media, pen & ink, graphite and etchings. The artist will be in the gallery during all open hours to conduct art demonstrations and lead art discussions.

Wallace Tripp will be a special guest artist with the exhibit. Wallace Tripp might well have been the best known artist in NH thirty years ago. He published 9 of his own picture books and illustrated over 35 more picture books for other authors and publishers. The lovable animal characters he created experienced nationwide distribution as the stars of Pawprints, his greeting card company. After twenty years of great success he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and a brilliant career was over. Samples of Wallace Tripp's books, cards and illustrations will be on display as an important part of this exhibit.

Another unique feature of this exhibit is the “Free Raffle”. One of the pictures on display will be designated as the art to be awarded free of charge to the gallery visitor whose name is drawn from the raffle box. The raffle tickets are free so just drop one with your name in the box and cross your fingers. The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, July 25 from 5 to 7 PM.


Plein Air and Studio Painting Workshops: Abstracting the Landscape

Barbara Danser is announcing 3 workshops that she is instructing this summer in the Jaffrey area: Abstracting the Landscape. They are 4-day plein air and studio painting workshops, 10am to 4pm daily. The workshops welcome artists of all painting levels of experience in all painting media.

Each workshop is geared for artists who would like to expand beyond traditionalism and realism. Instruction will not seek to replace each artist’s traditional way of painting, but will add new dimensions to the way that an artist approaches the subject, both in vision and in paint application. Metaphorical responses will be emphasized, enhancing an artist’s freedom of emotions and sensitivity to the landscape, which will result in freedom of voice and innovative painting techniques. Individual attention will be given to each artist, maintaining and encouraging individual style in a supportive group setting.

Each morning artists will be visiting private properties known for their views and gardens. The large art studio at the Jaffrey Civic Center will be available for use in the afternoons, where artists will pursue abstracting their plein air paintings. Daily sessions will end with a gentle group critique. Oil, pastel and water media artists of all levels are welcome.

Abstracting the Landscape: July 14 – 17

Abstracting the Landscape: July 29 – August 1

Abstracting the Landscape August 25 – 28

All workshops are $200.


Hand Blown Glass by Alex Kalish

Glass vessels by Alex Kalish.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce the exhibit of hand-blown glass by Alex Kalish in the first floor Display Cases from June 27th through July 24th.

Alex has been in love with hot glass since his exposure in 1985 at Franklin Pierce College. He came to New Hampshire from New York City and began creating his unique designs including stemware and vases, jewelry, ornaments and more. His works now include lighting and collaborative sculptural installations. Each year he hosts special open house events in his studio, where he invites the public to come and watch him create his works.

“After graduating in 1991, I started working for another glass blower in New Hampshire. It was then that I began developing my own designs. A few years later I built my own glass blowing equipment and studio where I continued to produce my own unique line of blown glass art. My pieces are all hand blown without the use of a mold, allowing each piece as individual and unique. I believe this adds to their appeal… especially to the fine craft consumer.”

Alex is a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, and his work has been sold throughout the USA and abroad.


New Light Through Old Windows

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce the exhibit, an art collection of prints photographed, and printed by Stephen Baker. Obvious in his work is a love for light. Through decades of shooting film and digital images, Stephen noticed a theme emerging in his work that went beyond any conscious purpose. It was the emotional quality of light passing through, and reflecting from windows. These man-made portals create a frame for light that almost everyone finds to be a common point of reference. The process of rendering these "moments" without losing the impact on paper requires digital painting and light reinforcement. This important final step in expression is not adding something that wasn't in the original image; it's an expression of the emotion the artist experienced capturing the moment. While most of the images are derived through modern digital means, many of the artist's favorite prints are from 35mm color negative film. Merging the organic film grain with digital imaging/print effects creates deep textures and tones.

Stephen Baker has spent his career working in television and film. He taught at the Kansas City Art Institute and has been shooting 35mm and medium format film for more than 30 years. After working extensively in traditional darkrooms, he became an early adopter of digital photography/painting, and Giclée printing techniques. Some of his prints are derived from film negatives because of the beautiful results that come from digital manipulation and the artistic rendering of organic film grain. While many prints are made from single exposures, Stephen also explores super-high resolution images made from 4-5 separate digital shots. His passion for exhibition prints is equally divided between shooting the image, and finalizing the desired complete rendering during post-processing. He uses archival papers exclusively. Stephen currently resides in New England and works as a Senior Creative Director at a large Boston non-profit company. He hopes you will enjoy the collection.


Watercolors by James Trask

Watercolor by James Trask

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to exhibit the fine watercolors by James S Trask (deceased) in the first floor Auditorium Gallery from June 6 through Saturday, July 5, 2014.

A native of Keene, he graduated from both UNH and Penn State with his BS and MS in Forestry.

A former forester of thirty-five years, he painted what he knew and surrounded him. In 1994 he followed advise from friends to “paint your passion” and started developing his artistic abilities. The majority of this work is based on inspirations from the family woodlots which he inherited in the towns of Chesterfield and Swanzey, New Hampshire. Due to the ever changing nature of the forest he captured these inspirations in photographs and then used as references for his paintings. James passed away in July 2008. His dream had been that one day he would become a well known artist.

There will not be a formal opening for this show.


Encaustics by Daniel J Mortell

Encaustic by Daniel J. Mortell

Daniel Mortell will be showing his encaustic paintings in the first floor Display Cases in the Jaffrey Civic Center from May 30 through June 26.

“My interest in the visual arts has been a life-long search. I have explored working with watercolor, batik, block printing, pen and ink, collage and even tried ivory carving but none of these held my interest.

“In 2009 I took a workshop at the Worcester Art Museum in Encaustic Painting, and as they say, I never looked back. This medium gives me the opportunity to explore and experiment. I feel like an alchemist every time I sit down at my work-table. What happens when I put the hot wax on this background? What happens when I raise /lower the temperature of the wax? If I combine two different waxes, what happens? The questions are endless, the results are sometimes disappointing, but each experiment has the potential of providing me with a new tool for my bag of tricks.

“I have a strong sense of controlled design, and working in encaustic helps me to become more intuitive and flexible in expressing my ideas. I find this a fascinating and demanding art form which will provide me with many years of pleasure and frustration.


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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Bridge, Anyone?

Men and Women… Would you like to sharpen your mind?

Come to the Jaffrey Civic Center and join a beginner and intermediate class to learn to play Bridge.

Meetings will be held in the first floor Auditorium-Gallery weekly on Tuesdays from 1 pm for one hour and one half hours. There is no limit for enrollment and no cost.

No competition, just FUN!

Call the Center to sign up now.