Jaffrey Civic Center

40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452

Blueberries Are Here!

Freshly picked blueberries are here... this weekend Saturday, July 22nd at the Farmer and the Flea! Get there early so we don't run out.

Virginia Eskin Presents "Nature in Music"
Concert Series at the Jaffrey Civic Center

Renowned pianist and lecturer, Virginia Eskin will present a series of three concerts dedicated to nature topics on August, 8th, 15th and 22nd at the Jaffrey Civic Center. The concert will be held on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm in the Auditorium Gallery. The August 8th concert will focus on mountains, ghosts, and gnomes. August 15th will focus on bugs, bees, butterflies and flowers and August 22nd will focus on gardens, fountains, goldfish and the elements. Tickets are $5 per concert in advance or $10 per concert at the door.

All proceeds from the concert will go exclusively toward the Jaffrey Civic Center Elevator Fund. Virginia has toured across the United States and Europe, and has played with such acts as the Boston Pops as well as countless solo performances. Currently, she is a music professor at Keene State.

The Jaffrey Civic Center Hosting Mixed Media Exhibit Titled, "Avian Nature", by Karena Ness.

There will be an Opening Reception for the show on Friday, August 4th from 5pm to 7pm. Karena Ness grew up in a rural North Dakota surrounded by open sky and fields. She moved south to further explore her understanding of painting while earning her M.F.A. in Painting through Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2006, Karena moved to New Hampshire where she has made her home and continues to discover, experiment and share her love of art forms through exhibiting and teaching.

"The creation of 'environment' in regards to my artistic practice has always relied upon an imaginary realm of exploration. I explore the reactive qualities of paint as layers are spilled, stamped, troweled, and hand-painted. The subtle effects created by 'paint being paint' spark and fascinate, leading my imagination down its own path, composing and directing the final character or identity of the painting. I articulate suggestions of the natural world, ambiguous silhouettes and most recently, bird imagery. These birds are not predetermined, rather they appear to land unintentionally. They entail no formal classification yet offer an identity within the spaces they inhabit. My paintings are not specific to or representative of any one of these ideas, instead they become a compilation, defined within ones own imagination."

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

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Jaffrey Civic Center receives grant from
New England Grassroots Environment Fund

The Jaffrey Civic Center has received a SEED grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund to build a pollinator garden on the front lawn of the Civic Center. The grant will cover the costs related to the purchase of materials to build a raised bed pollinator garden. The garden will enhance the natural landscape of the existing grounds and hopefully increase community awareness of the environmental issues related to the lack of pollinators in the region. Kin Schilling, founder of The Cornucopia Project in Peterborough, and staff from the Civic Center worked together to design the garden and identify local community resources for purchasing materials and creating the garden structure. The Civic Center is seeking volunteers who would like to get more involved and who can help water and weed the garden. Please contact Regina Vorce at the Civic Center for more information about our garden.

About the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund

The New England Grassroots Environment Fund energizes and nurtures long-term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and sustainable communities using stories, tools and dollars to fuel local activism and social change. Since 1996, the Grassroots Fund's core grant making program continues to fund nearly 150 grants annually, giving more than $4 million in 20 years to more than 2,000 community groups and initiatives covering more than 60 percent of New England's cities and towns. For more information, please visit www.grassrootsfund.org or call 603-905-9915.

Our Nature in Music Series

Please join the Jaffrey Civic Center and world-renowned pianist, Virginia Eskin to celebrate Mother Earth! Our Nature in Music Series, will be held on three consecutive Tuesdays in August at 5:30 pm in the Auditorium Gallery.

August 8th
August 15th
August 22nd

Tickets: $5 in advance, $10 at the door
(Proceeds will go to our Elevator Fund)

Call to reserve your ticket. 532-6527. Seating limited.

Mixed media exhibit by Vermont artists,
Penelope Arms and Margo Hrubec

The Jaffrey Civic Center is hosting a mixed media exhibit by Vermont artists, Penelope Arms and Margo Hrubec. The exhibit will be held in the Cunningham Gallery from June 30th through August 1. There will be an Opening Reception held on Saturday, July 8th from 3 pm to 6 pm.

Penelope's love for art was developed early on at her Mother's side sketching at a very young age but it was not until just recently that she has devoted more time to her paintings.

Through the years, she has traveled to Mexico several times and the Greek Isles to study with various internationally known instructors. She currently travels to Nashua, New Hampshire each month to study with Steve Previte. Penelope has also been accepted at The Vermont Studio Center on a scholarship program and has won a first place People's Choice Award for emerging artist in the Wet Paint Live event in Springfield, Vermont as well as an award at Stonewall Farms juried show this past Spring. Her works have been shown throughout Vermont and New Hampshire including Southern Vermont Art Center, the Gallery at Okemo Mountain, Southern Vermont Art Center outdoor show, Stonewall Farm,Vermont Welcome Center and the Bellows Walpole Inn in Walpole, New Hampshire.

She is currently or has been a member of the Monadnock Art Association, Saxtons River Art Guild, Vermont Watercolor Society and Southern Vermont Art Center. When asked what her credentials are, she will tell you that they are her brushes, her love of nature, contrasting values of light and dark and her eyes with the vision to see and feel the beauty that is abundant in our universe. Her inspiration is nature which is renewed each day from her beautiful setting in Westminster, Vermont. Her mediums are oil, acrylic and watercolor.

Margo was born and raised in and around New York City. Surrounded by art and art schools for most of her life, she went to the Art Student League on 57th Street, then the first year of college studied art at various studios. She also studied the French language, European art, architecture and history at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Returning to NYC, she studied graphic design at the Parsons School of Design. Her career has also included graphic design and educational publishing. Margo became a free lance artist and has also worked with publishers such as Harcourt Brace Javonovich, Children's Workshop, Holt Rinehart, Henry Holt, and Stereo Review. She has studied various art techniques at The Art Students League, Fashion Institute of Technology, The School for Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design and has worked in various mediums including textiles, fabric design, acrylics, watercolor and oil paints.

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.