Jaffrey Civic Center

40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452
603-532-6527 info@jaffreyciviccenter.com
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Jaffrey Civic Center to host mixed media exhibit by James O’Rourke

Branch of the Seine River Near Giverny by James O’Rourke

The Jaffrey Civic Center will host a mixed media exhibit by artist, James O’Rourke beginning July 1 through July 30th, 2016 in the Auditorium Gallery. Mr. O’Rourke, an accomplished artist for over forty years was the recent winner of the Civic Center’s Annual Spring Art Exhibit in March and has had his work displayed in art competitions and exhibitions in Clinton, Townsend, Fitchburg Art Museum, the Jaffrey Civic Center, Princeton, and the GALA in Gardner of which he is a current member. His work is primarily land and seascape, painting and drawing in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, colored pencil and pastel. He holds an Associate Degree in Commercial Graphics from Bunker Hill Community College, Charlestown, MA. and has completed work toward a Fine Arts degree with a minor in Art History from Lowell University.

Jaffrey Civic Center to host Monadnock Area Artists Assoc. Exhibit

Wise Old Onion

The Jaffrey Civic Center will host the MAAA (Monadnock Area Artists Association) July 2016 Members Show beginning July 1 – 30, 2016. A diverse group exhibition by members of the Monadnock Area Artists Association shows work in many different media including: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, colored pencil, cold wax, mixed media, and photography.

The Monadnock Area Artists Association had its beginnings in 1958 when a group of artists displayed their work on Central Square in Keene, NH. Today, it is a volunteer-run association with members from the Monadnock region, Massachusetts, and Vermont with a strong commitment to cultivating art in the community. Activities center on generating interest and appreciation of art in our region. Programs include speakers, demonstrations, workshops, painting groups and are open to both members and the public. The main event is Art in the Park, a two day outdoor art show in beautiful Ashuelot River Park, West Street, Keene, NH Saturday and Sunday, Labor Day Weekend in September, now in its 58th year. About 80 artists from all over New England come to exhibit and sell their work. Other highlights include performances by local musicians, and an area for students from Keene High School and Monadnock Regional High School to display their artwork. Part of the proceeds from our many activities goes to the Scholarship Fund, awarded to a graduating senior from the region who plans to pursue art studies in a four year college.

Monadnock Area Artists Association

For further information: please contact Liz Winchester-Larson, Committee Chair
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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

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.

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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