Jaffrey Civic Center

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

Bird's Eye View by Jeanette Fournier

The Jaffrey Civic Center is hosting Bird's Eye View Exhibit by wildlife artist Jeanette Fournier from June 30th to July 28th in the Auditorium Gallery. There will be an Opening Reception on Friday, June 30th from 5-7 pm. Jeanette is a wildlife artist whose work is inspired by nature, particularly the mountainous areas of New Hampshire and Vermont. Growing up with family ties in both the White Mountains of New Hampshire and northern Vermont, she spent a great deal of time in the woods observing and drawing nature. It was during this formative period when she began developing her artistic skills. She is a self-taught artist and specializes in detailed graphite drawings and illustrative watercolor paintings of animals, birds and nature, which reflect a distinct and original style. Her meticulous attention to detail is one of the hallmarks of her artwork.

Jeanette's work hangs in private collections throughout New England and beyond. Her art has received numerous awards and been accepted in the "Art of The Animal Kingdom", the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors" and the "North East Watercolor Society International Exhibition". She has also exhibited with the national organization, The Society of Animal Artists.

Her artwork can be found at the galleries of WREN in Bethlehem, New Hampshire and the Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire and the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville, Vermont. She is a member of the Society of Animal Artists, the Pencil Art Society, a Signature member of the North East Watercolor Society and the Vermont Watercolor Society, the Women's Caucus for the Arts and the W.R.E.N. organization. The exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

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Patty B. Driscoll to exhibit Oil paintings at
The Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center is excited to host an oil exhibit by Birmingham, Alabama artist, Patty B. Driscoll in the first floor Display Case Gallery from June 23rd to July 30th. There will be an Opening Reception on Friday, June 23rd from 5pm to 7pm. A frequent visitor to Jaffrey, Patty B.'s career in still life painting arose from her love of the decorative arts and the potential of realism to convey a symbolic narrative. Driscoll distills moments, where light, object, and flowers reveal themselves like characters on a stage. The paintings invite the viewer into an ephemeral world, where compositions are carefully prepared as treats for the eye. Driscoll considers each object as a memory keeper, family artifacts that represent the history of gatherings and celebrations. Awed by the magic of realism, Driscoll draws inspiration from the often overlooked female Still-life painters of the Golden Age; particularly works by Fede Galizia, Giovanna Garzoni, and Maria Van Oosterwyck. Considered the lowest genre of academic art during the Renaissance, still-life painting was considered an acceptable realm of painting for these women to express themselves and earn a living. After years of working with the intricate processes of weaving and cake decorating, Driscoll is attracted to the exacting detail of the seventeenth century masterpieces and their depictions of intimate settings within the domestic interior. Driscoll received her MFA from the California College of Arts after completing her undergraduate work in Studio Art and Art History at Skidmore College. She now lives and works in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, two children, two dogs, and two cats.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

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 to host group exhibit
by Monadnock area artists

The Jaffrey Civic Center will host a mixed media exhibit by eight Monadnock area artists from May 26th through June 27th. The exhibit, organized by Jaffrey resident and artist, Barbara Danser, is titled Continuum: Variations on a Theme and will include works by: Maureen Ahern, Barbara Danser, Susan Ellis, Lulu Fichter, Marsha Hewitt, Maureen Hsu, Earl Schofield and Pam Tarbell. The exhibit will be held in the upstairs Cunningham Gallery. There will be an Opening Reception on Friday, May 26th from 5 to 7 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Jaffrey Civic Center seeking vendors
for Summer Market

The Jaffrey Civic Center is excited to open its new summer market "The Farmer and the Flea" on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm beginning Saturday, June 17th through October 14th. The farmer's market component of the event will include traditional agricultural produce in addition to handmade crafts and food. There will also be flea market items for sale.

A community-wide event, the Jaffrey Public Library will partner with the Jaffrey Civic Center throughout the summer season providing crafts and outdoor story time. In addition to our vendors, the Villa Pony Farm will be there to offer pony rides for the kids and Project Shakespeare will be around for the occasional sword fight. Please join us on the front lawn to celebrate summer.

We are still accepting vendors. Day rates of $20, half-season of $50 and full season rates of $100. We are centrally located on Main Street in the scenic town of Jaffrey and our spacious lawn can offer high visibility to visitors and residents alike. For an application as a farmer or a flea, click on the appropriate links below.

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Mixed Media Exhibit:
A Retrospective by Barbara Alden Campbell

The Jaffrey Civic Center will host a mixed media exhibit by Barbara Alden Campbell beginning Friday, May 26th - June 27th, in the first floor Auditorium Gallery. The title of the exhibit is A Retrospective by Barbara Campbell. There will be an Opening Reception on Friday, May 26th from 5-7 pm. Ms. Campbell began painting at the age of four, when she created her first watercolor painting. She majored in Art & Art History at Beaver Country Day School and after high school attended the Museum School in Boston concentrating on drawing and Art History. Marriage and children interrupted her studies for a substantial time and then she moved to Hancock, NH in 1968. Here she was able to resume her painting.

She studied with NH artist Sydney Willis for eleven years and later with Numael Pulido, Richard Whitney and Maine artist Sharon Yates. Ms. Campbell enjoys painting and continues to do so with oils as her preferred medium and "en plein air" as her first choice. Her style is "Impressionist". The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Photography Exhibit on The Villi Pony Farm
by Rich Damboise at the Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center will host a photography exhibit on The Villi Pony Farm by wildlife and portrait photographer, Rich Damboise from May 13th through June 19th in the ground floor Display Case Gallery. The subjects of the exhibit are the Newfoundland ponies who have been rescued by The Villi Pony Farm in Jaffrey.

Mr. Damboise is a native of New Hampshire and grew up exploring nature all his life and now captures the beauty of New England from behind the lens. His love of animals and the outdoors has brought him from his backyard to the edge of the Grand Canyon, shooting from hiking trails, helicopters, kayaks, and drones. He has donated his time to help endangered animals such as the Newfoundland Pony and Kerry Cattle. His work has been featured in publications and magazines throughout Canada and New England and his artwork was also used for the movie poster for "Where Once They Mattered," a documentary about the plight of the Newfoundland Pony. Rich lives in Goffstown, NH with his wife Jody and their 2 dogs, Mikki and Reese. Once a champion motocross racer, Rich still loves action sports. He has done national shoots for the Ironman competitions, snowboarding and BMX.

There will be a special Opening Reception for this exhibit held on Founders Day on Saturday, May 13th from 12 noon to 2 pm. Refreshments will be available and a few resident ponies of the Villi Pony Farm will be on the lawn at the Civic Center to greet visitors. All are welcome.


Our new monthly gathering for quilters and crafters and anyone who wishes to try out a new handicraft is expanding its hours to 9 a.m. to noon on the second Thursday of the month. Join friends and neighbors for a drop-in morning of working creatively in the Civic Center's sun-filled Auditorium Gallery. Bring your own project along with the needed supplies, tools/machines. Enjoy coffee, tea and light refreshments on us in a congenial social settling surrounded by our fine art exhibits while working on your quilt or craft project such as needle, fabric and paper arts, scrap-booking, basket-making, beading, carving/whittling etc. We will also offer featured crafts with experienced instructors.

Our May meeting will feature fine hand-crafted greeting cards for Mother's Day. If you don't have a project of your own you wish to work on, try out this fun and rewarding craft to make a unique card for someone special. Supplies provided; a small donation to help cover their cost is appreciated but optional.

Additionally, we will have a demonstration of beautiful fabric wreaths for summer and fall. Material and supply lists will be handed out, and a workshop with experienced instructors will be offered at our June 8 meeting.

For more information contact the Jaffrey Civic Center ~ 532-6527.