Jaffrey Civic Center

40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452
Photo by Jeffrey Newcomer. All rights reserved

Tell Me a Story: Juried Exhibition Opening on Friday, October 17, 2014

Dream" by Yuan Pan

Tell Me a Story juried exhibition will be showing October 17-November 15, 2014 at the Cunningham Gallery, Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH. The New Hampshire Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art is the sponsor of this exhibition.

Juror’s choice awards will be presented for first, second and third prize, at the opening reception on Friday, October 17, from 5 to 7 pm. The reception is open to the public.

In this exhibition, 41 New Hampshire artists, working in a rich variety of styles and techniques, express stories based in personal or ethnic narrative, myths, legends, popular culture or wherever stories are found. Some of the media represented will include handmade artist’s books, quilted wall hangings, assemblages and collage, sculpture and mobiles, mixed media, monoprints, hand-colored etching, acrylics, watercolors, photography, photo collage, and digital prints.

In addition to presenting their artwork, the exhibition will include statements from each artist, relating to their artwork and stories. These will be placed next to their work for viewers to read.

Maureen Ahern, Director of the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, Keene State College, Keene, NH served as juror for this exhibition. According to Ahern, “It was a pleasure to see the breadth and depth of expression in the work of the 60 artists who submitted to the show. My hope is that visitors to the exhibit will have as much pleasure as I did in seeing the talents of these New Hampshire artists.”

The Women’s Caucus for Art is a national organization for artists, art historians, students, educators, and museum professionals, which creates community through art, education, and social activism. To learn more about WCA/NH visit www.wcanh.org.


“A Garden Party”: Paintings by Jeanie Doris

Grapes by Jeanie Doris

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce the exhibit of oil paintings by Jeanie Doris in the first floor Auditorium Gallery from Friday, October 10 through November 15. Her opening, free to the public, will be on Friday, October 17 from 5-7 pm. Jeanie is an award winning artist who has painted for over three decades. She began after an aunt, whose work in oils she admired, gave her a set of oil paints to experiment with on her own. After encouragement from family and friends to pursue her artistic talent, she began to enjoy drawing and painting.

She then studied pastel painting under the direction of Susan Jenkins and leaned toward painting still lifes – but her favorite subjects were flowers. She has taken art instruction from Marley Watton and Evelien Bachrach Seeger working with watercolor and developed a loose style of her own. She has had instruction in oils with Jeanne Lachance and Steve Previte and appreciated the medium for being able to create a piece through emotion and attaining surprising effects.

She feels her floral paintings are a direct influence of growing up with her Grandmother and her Mother. As a child, her Grandmother would cut fresh flowers from her garden and arrange them while lending advice on the plant variety and the arrangement design. Her Grandmother’s pointers were very helpful and her appreciation of nature, along with her Mother’s love of planting, has given her a passion for gardening and a way of expressing herself through art.

“As an artist for over thirty years I have recognized things about myself that I would have never explored before. It has given me an incite as to how my passion can be demonstrated various times in my life being intense or light, depending on the situation in my life, and it does convey through my art. There is definitely a romantic side of my paintings that I feel especially in my florals.

Jeanie resides in Milford, NH with her husband, Phil.

They hope you will enjoy their show.


Paintings by Students of Betty Glass

Oil Pansies by Dolores Gosselin

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce a show of artwork by five students of Betty Glass in the first floor Display Cases from September 19 through October 16.

Diana Conrad, Sandy Gemmell, Dolores Gosselin, Gay Hartman and Nancy Massey have much in common in their backgrounds and exposure to the arts as well as the joy they each glean from their class time and information they’re each able to translate to their canvases.

Landscapes, seascapes, still lifes… pallatte knife or brush strokes, plein air or studio work… the results are individually their own styles and yet they share the commonality of the classroom educator, Betty Glass, and her wealth of information and life lessons. These artists range from award winners to intermediate painting experience, yet the cohesiveness of the exhibit reveals each of the talents.

They hope you will enjoy their show.


Caroline Hollister Honored for Her Civic Leadership

Caroline Hollister receiving the Marion Mack Johnson Civic Leadership Award from Bill Driscoll on behalf of the Center’s Board of Directors. Photo by Tom doane

Caroline Hollister of Jaffrey was the recipient of the Marion Mack Johnson Civic Leadership Award, the annual honor bestowed for exemplary leadership by the Jaffrey Civic Center.

The ceremony was held at the Center on September 17 and attended by many friends and admirers of Ms. Hollister’s years of selfless commitment to the betterment of Jaffrey and the Monadnock region.

The Jaffrey Civic Center has instituted the Marion Mack Johnson Civic Leadership Award as a way to honor the commitment of citizens who have worked tirelessly for civic goals. It was Mrs. Johnson who built the Center forty-five years ago.

The Mission of the 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.


Call for Entries

The Jaffrey Civic Center is CALLING FOR ENTRIES for the Annual Photography Show. Traditionally there is a wonderful turnout of both conventional and cutting edge photography techniques, of both color, and black and white, of land, sea and airscapes, still lifes, and portraits, whimsy and realism, and we hope this year won’t be any different.

If you would like to participate, please bring your photo(s) to the Center beginning Tuesday, August 12 through Saturday, August 16 (see Center hours below.) The entry fee is $25 per person, maximum 3 entries (36” x 36” max) ready to hang with a wire. Each photographer may also submit 3 non-framed, matted and shrink-wrapped pieces for the floor portfolio. Forms are available here.

Courtesy of the Kana Riley Fund we will be presenting First Place ($50), Second Place ($25), and Honorable Mention awards upon the end of the show as a result of the gallery attendance voting.

The OPENING will be on Friday evening, August 22 from 5-7 pm. The show will run through Saturday, September 27. Admission is always FREE.

If you have any questions about submissions, please call the Civic Center (532-6527), or e-mail us at jaffreycntr@aol.com.


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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