Jaffrey Civic Center

40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452
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Spring Show Photography Winners

Spring Winners

The winners for the Spring Show at the Jaffrey Civic Center are chosen by public voting during the length of the show. Left to right are winners: Gordon Ripley of Rindge, holding his 2nd place winning photo, “Grand Teton”, Jeffrey Newcomer of Spofford holding his 1st place winning photo, “Farrier’s Touch”, and Cathy Gallagher, holding her daughter’s (Jaime Gallagher of Dover, NH) Honorable Mention image, “Snowy Owl”.


Spring Multi-Media Winners

Spring Winners

The Jaffrey Civic Center recently held their month-long Annual Spring Art Exhibit where the visiting public voted for their favorite images. Here are the results of the Multi-Media portion of the show. Left to right are: Paula Guhsé of Keene, NH holding her 2nd place oil painting, “In The Clearing”, Robert Seaman, also of Keene, holding his Honorable Mention oil painting, “Flight Attendant”, and Phil Bean of Milford holding his 1st Place oil painting, “After the Rain”.


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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Pysanky Eggs by Susie Choate

Psyansky eggs by Susie Choate.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to display the exquisitely decorated eggs by Susie Choate in the first floor Display Cases from April 4 through May 1.

Susie has been an avid artist all her life in forms consisting of basic pencil drawing, acrylic and oil painting, colored pencils, etc. but it was not until 2008 when she found her true passion in Pyanky.

Pysanky is now a major part of her daily activities. She combines both traditional and non-traditional designs into her pieces and her art has been featured in local newspapers, Australian Egg Artist Magazine, New Hampshire Magazine and is on display and sold at the Sharon Arts Gallery.

Susie has taught the art in classes at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough NH


Divine Feminine Images and Shrines

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to host Lee Sullivan’s newest exhibit in the first floor Auditorium Gallery beginning on Friday, March 28 and running through Saturday, April 26. There will be an opening free to the public on Saturday, April 5 from 5-7 pm.

This new body of work is a complete departure from the artist’s earlier landscape paintings in oil and pastel. Her former landscape work has been exhibited in numerous juried and member shows at the Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough, NH, and the Provincetown Art Association in Provincetown, MA. Lee has also been an active participant in the Monadnock Art Auction and Dublin Art Tour. She was also an exhibiting member at Kobalt Gallery in Provincetown, MA, and Scargo Pottery Gallery in Dennis, MA.

This first time exhibit of the “Divine Feminine Images and Shrines”—mixed media in gouache and collage—is rooted in the artist’s early childhood memories. The new work was inspired by time spent with her paternal grandmother, Leonarda Cariglia Pagano. As a young girl she was captivated by her grandmother's engaging devotion and prayers at her bedside shrine. And there were also visits to St. Ann's Church in the Italian neighborhood in Worcester, MA, where they would sit quietly together; her grandmother's whispers as she recited her rosary were the only sound in the lofty space. The fond memories of quietly sitting wrapped in the smell of incense and candlelight surrounded by divine images are reflected in each piece of this exhibit.

The show is dedicated to her grandmother and to her mother, both deeply devoted to Mary, "the Blessed Mother."

In addition to her art, Lee also works with children & adults using expressive arts & imagery to facilitate healing and well-being. You can contact her at this address.


Art by Karin and Ken Kraft

The Jaffrey Civic Center is celebrating spring with the talents of Karin and Ken Kraft in the first floor Display Cases from Friday, April 4 through Thursday, May 1.

Karin is a basket artist with over 15 years of experience. She uses both reed and southern pine needles to create her one of-a-kind pieces. Karin's work is carried by several galleries in New England. Her playful Easter Baskets, based on traditional basket weaving techniques, are intended to bring a smile to the face of the viewer.

Ken is an encaustic painter and fused glass artist. His love of color can be seen in his wax paintings and fused glass creations.

Karin and Ken Kraft, formerly of Jaffrey, now live in Peterborough.


Arts Alive!

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to host the Arts Alive! presentation of “Pricing”, a segment of their annual ARTIST TO ARTIST series. This will take place on Wednesday evening, March 26 from 5:30 for one hour.

Rich Grogan, Regional Manager of the NH Small Business Development Center, will be your speaker for the evening and be able to encourage you as an artist as well as answer questions about Pricing Your Work.

Each month Arts Alive! will focus on a different topic, making presentations in various locations by knowledgeable persons.

Some of these subjects are: Social Media, Material Resourcing, Pricing your work, Sales, Financial Resources, Finding studio space, How to keep studios functioning, etc. This evening will be free to the public and we hope to see you there.


It's Not About the Hike

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to host the presentation “It's Not About the Hike,” conducted by Nancy Sporborg and Pat Piper. This will be open to the public on Monday, April 28 at 7 pm in the 1st floor Auditorium-Gallery.

(more information on the Events page.)

Nuno Felt Class

Scarf by Melinda LaBarge

Melinda LaBarge will hold a one day workshop on Nuno felting at the Jaffrey Civic Center on Saturday, April 5 from 10:30 through 3:30 with ½ hour break for lunch.

Nuno felting is the integration of silk fabric and wool roving to make one fabric. You will create a Nuno Scarf from a piece of hand dyed silk, wool roving and a few embellishments. No felting experience is necessary. Melinda works individually with each student during the class. If you are already experienced in felting, Melinda will show you how to make a Nuno felt scarf at an intermediate level.

Melinda LaBarge was juried into the League of NH Craftsmen. She is a silk and wool artisan specializing in the Nuno felting technique for scarves, shawls, and pillows. Melinda finds her inspiration in nature. Her work looks like watercolor paintings and use of floral motifs are reminiscent of Impressionist paintings.

Call or e-mail the Center to register and receive the materials list. There will be a maximum of 8 students. The class cost is $60 and materials cost is $25.


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.


“Jaffrey Is Alive!”

The Jaffrey Civic Center will be “ALIVE” this spring with an abundance of the Hollis Arts Societies colorful and electric works of art.

26 Juried Members of the Hollis Arts Society will be showing works of art at the Center beginning March 28th through April 26th.

The artists will be in attendance in the second floor Cunningham Gallery at the Reception evening of March 28th from 6 pm until 9 pm, to provide insight and stimulating conversation. When speaking of their art, artists bring their work alive. For those wishing to acquire a distinctive piece for their collection, this is an invaluable opportunity. The Hollis Arts Society of Hollis, New Hampshire mission is to support the creative arts and performance environment for emerging and producing Artists that focuses on professional development, access to economic opportunities and social interaction of Artists and Art Patrons, resulting in the cultural betterment of our regional community.

Oil Paintings by Kendra Shea

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to exhibit the oil paintings by Kendra Shea in the first floor Display Cases from Friday, March 7 through Thursday, April 3.

Kendra is a self-taught Jaffrey oil painter. Her main subject focus is still life but is currently developing her skills with seascapes and landscapes which will be available later this year.

Oil Painting by Kendra Shea

Kendra constantly tries to learn about new techniques and each new painting brings a challenge to paint something new and exciting. Her work has been part of local juried Art Auctions and she also contributes to fundraisers for local events such as the Jaffrey Civic Center’s The Night of 1,000 Cupcakes and the Off The Wall Art Sale, Monadnock Community Early Learning Center’s Auction, Stonewall Farm Auction, Peterborough Chamber of Commerce’s on-line Auction and the Annual Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Auction. Kendra’s work can also be found for sale at Twin Elm Farm in Peterborough.

Photography Winners at Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center announces the Winners of the recent Annual Autumn Art Show.

Guy Biechele, Gordon Ripley, and Trevor LaBarge.

Standing on left is Guy Biechele of Athol, MA, with his 1st place infrared image, “View from Star Island Hotel”, and on the right, Trevor LaBarge of Keene, NH, holding his Honorable Mention image, “Chuck Requests His Dinner”. Seated is Gordon Ripley of Rindge with his 2nd place image, “Fall at Basin Pond”.

The show was held in two portions: Photography and Multi Media, and ran from November 22 through December 21. The winners were determined by public voting and received awards from the Kana Riley Poetry and Artistic Fund.

Multi Media Winners at Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center announces the Winners of the recent Annual Autumn Art Show.

Melinda LaBarge and Paula Guhsé

Shown left to right are:
Melinda LaBarge of Keene holding her 2nd place winner, “Helix Nebula Shawl” and Paula Guhsé also of Keene with her 1st place oil painting, “Grandma’s Roses”. Not in the photo is Phil Bean of Milford who painted with oil the Honorable Mention, “Low Clouds”.

The show was held in two portions: Photography and Multi Media, and ran from November 22 through December 21. The winners were determined by public voting and received awards from the Kana Riley Poetry and Artistic Fund.