Jaffrey Civic Center

40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452
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Wearable Feltwork by Miriam Carter

The wonderfully rich colors and invitingly tactile feltworks by Miriam Carter will be on display and for sale in the first floor Display Cases at the Jaffrey Civic Center from June 5 through July2. You’ll see hats, vests, scarves, of both whimsy and traditional style.

Miriam Carter comes from a long line of family felters. Her great uncle brought the traditional trade with him to the United States when he moved here from Germany, and her father worked in a felt mill. She took up the handicraft more than 20 years ago when she was spending time with her dad as he awaited a heart transplant. "We decided to explore craft making together. I couldn't find a hat to fit my head, so my dad went off to create a felt body hat. I styled it and thought, 'Hey, we have a product.'"

Felt making is one of the oldest fabric-making techniques. It's one of those seemingly magical processes, transforming fiber into cloth. If viewed under a microscope, wool fiber has hooks and scales, much like Velcro, Miriam explained. "The process is to get those fibers locking onto each other. You do that with moisture, agitation and pressure. It can sometimes happen by accident when you wash a wool sweater."

She dyes the fiber, makes felt, forms it into a hood then shapes it on a hat block and "cooks" it for about 10 to 20 minutes in a low-temp oven to set the form. "Wool has a memory," she says. "You're taking advantage of what the fiber naturally has to offer." Miriam describes her hats as "colorful, happy stuff," an apt description for her vibrant hued swirls and moire-like patterned cloches and brimmed designs. She also makes felt clothing. But the lightweight hats are a love. "First and foremost I started out as a feltmaker who made hats, then I moved into clothes."


Unique Photo Processes by Robert Santangelo

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce a very unique exhibit of photographs by Robert Santangelo beginning with an opening to the public from 5-7 pm on Friday, July 3 in the first floor Auditorium Gallery and run until Saturday, August 1.

This showing of photographs are in the unusual form of Metal Prints, Hand Prints using chemicals and Digital Prints using quality photolustre paper. The Metal Prints were processed with compliments by Adorama, Inc of New York. All of these processes lend unusual visual appreciations. The stunning images range from New York City’s Central Park to Jaffrey and some islands of Maine. Architecture, flora, fauna and the people who live in and among it all are the subjects for you to enjoy.


“A Closer Look”, a Photography Exhibit by Melissa Gentle

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to present Melissa Gentle’s in-depth photographs in the first floor Display Cases from Friday, July 3 through Thursday, July 30.

Inspiration can bloom from many things, in my case it was family. Two grandmothers with an admirable amount of creativity have motivated me to explore and interpret the world in my own way. I began drawing as a child, and learned the techniques of painting from my grandmothers. I eventually realized photography was my true calling and became devoted to it. New Hampshire reveals many photographic opportunities, and more often than not, I find myself mesmerized by a single subject for hours at a time.

When I am looking through the camera it is as if the viewfinder is my picture frame. Macro photography inspires me to interpret textures, shapes and patterns to transform simple subjects into a particular composition, and even into abstract photographs. A developed patience for timing has become my biggest reward. Viewing each subject at all angles in different lighting helps me understand and connect with the natural world capturing it more appropriately.

Nature has a certain degree of healing, whether it is the shape of a bouquet after the passing of a loved one, or a simple walk through the woods to clear the mind. The connection between human and nature is undeniable, although it seems to be commonly overlooked, that is, until we need healing.

I intend to portray the sense of calmness and inner peace through color, rhythm and balance throughout my work.


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 .



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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