Annual Autumn Area Art Exhibit
The Jaffrey Civic Center proudly announces the final exhibit for the year beginning with the grand opening on Friday, November 22 from 5-7 pm. The photography portion is in the first floor Auditorium Gallery and the works of the many mediums are in the second floor Cunningham Gallery. This is our largest grouping of artwork for the 2013 year and comprises of two and three dimensional representations from artists primarily of the area.
Since some of the artists works are for sale, there is an unusual opportunity to Christmas shop for a special gift. You won’t find this variety of talent in any store!
The show will run until December 21, 2013
Our Bodies, Our Planet
The “Cutting Edge Forum” will present Valerie Piedmont, Executive Director of the Sustainability Project, speaking on "Our Bodies, Our Planet—The Human Life Cycle from a Permaculture Perspective". The free talk will be held at the Jaffrey Civic Center on Sunday, December 1, 2:00 p.m.
Highlighting emerging concepts of how we can care for the planet by embracing every stage of life from cradle to grave, Piedmont’s talk will cover the social, environmental and resource costs of the current medical system.
“Death for humans is essentially the same biologically disintegrative process that occurs for every living thing. Conceivably, the dying process and death of each one of us could have an impact on the environment equal to that of a tree falling in the forest,” says Piedmont. She has been living "off the grid" in the Emerson Brook Forest, Gilsum, NH, for more than 30 years, and holds a BS in Psychology from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and an MA in Human Services from Keene State College. She is also co-proprietor of Green Energy Options, a USA Solar Store in Keene.
The Sustainability Project, a thirteen-year-old 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, promotes a love of nature, environmental stewardship, caring communities and ways of living that deepen our understanding of the interconnected web of life. Its guiding principle is that diversity, inclusion and compassion are fundamental to the long-term well-being of our planet and its inhabitants. It sponsors The Monadnock Region Permaculture Group, providing a community forum and online calendar of events for Permaculture information and discussion. For a definition and more information about permaculture, go to http://www.emersonbrookforest.org/MonadnockPermaculture.html.
Japanese Watercolor Woodblocks by Linda Mahoney
The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to host the exhibit of traditional woodblock prints by Linda Mahoney in the 1st floor Display Cases from November 22 through December 21.
Linda has been a painter for over 30 years and in 2007 she took a workshop in Moku Hanga, Japanese watercolor woodblock printmaking, and fell in love with all parts of the process: designing an image, carving the blocks and experimenting with colors while proof printing, refining the blocks and ink colors, eventually printing the image. This is a simple low-tech form of printmaking, using brushes to apply water color paints and printing with a hand-held baren. This has become her primary medium.
In her search for balance, energy, peace and connection to the earth, Linda has spent as much time as possible out of doors, hiking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, gardening and painting or observing birds in their habitats in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Downeast Maine and coastal New Brunswick, Canada. This interaction with the natural world is the source of her inspiration.
She usually begins an image with sketches or paintings done on-site, and then refine and simplify the design, focusing on the lines of movement and the essential shapes that define the image. After figuring out how many blocks are needed, and how to separate the design, Linda transfers the line drawings in reverse to wood blocks. On each block, she removes the areas that will not print using a variety of sharp Japanese carving knives, and this leaves the raised (relief) image. After mixing up colors of water-based paints, she applies them along with rice paste to the raised areas of the block. She lay dampened paper on the block, and rubs it with a baren to transfer the image.
Multiple blocks are used, one for each color; overprinting two colors creates additional colors on the print. Linda primarily uses Rives, a 100% cotton French paper, but sometimes uses handmade Japanese paper. All matting and framing materials are acid free and archival.
Linda is a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen (October 2009), and her work is currently available in the league galleries in Concord, Hanover and North Conway, NH. She lives in Northfield, Massachusetts, and has been an art teacher at Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, Massachusetts since 1987.