An Art-filled Month of May
I seldom if ever do a calendar of events here on Artful, but I am making an exception this month as my inbox is an embarrassment of riches in upcoming artsy experiences. Spring is indeed a rebirth, not to mention bustin’ out all over in the Upper Valley arts community. Visual arts, dance, music, literary arts and a great interactive gizmo—here’s a sample. Click on the (underlined) hypertext for more info on each.
Coming up this weekend, Vulture Sister Song - New Work In Progress
with Ellen Smith Ahern & Kate Elias on Friday, May 6th at 6:00 p.m. at
Open Door Integrative Wellness (Movement Lab) in White River Junction, VT. You may have seen Ellen dance “through the windows” (click here) at AVA Gallery this past winter.
Also this weekend, Cecelia Kane | How Am I feeling Today? 1-89 Days. “In this self-portrait series I’m investigating the nature of my Self, which seems to be a mixture of my feelings, thoughts, my deteriorating body, and a strong connection to my mother in the guise of her trove of vintage family handkerchiefs that I wore in the breast pocket of my Catholic grammar school uniform. This work is a study of identity as seen through my bathroom mirror, based on 89 photographs that I took on consecutive days in 2009.” Artist talk on Saturday, May 7 at 2:00 p.m., AVA Gallery, Lebanon NH. Exhibition on view through June 4. (See photo just below)
In another exhibition at AVA, Samantha M. Eckert will be giving an artist talk later this month on May 27 at 5:30 p.m. She will be speaking about her work on view, Besieged by Wonder. (Photo, top, is her “The Puzzle of Somewhere,” multiple 12”x 12” panels, saturated with color.) Exhibition through June 4.
Artistree has ongoing exhibitions of fabric and ceramic art. Dialogue: Lindenfeld & Lindenfeld and David Stearns: Inspired by Nature will be in the Gallery from April 22 - May 21, 2022. Visitors will see exceptional tapestries by Lore Lindenfeld and David Stearns as well as ceramic vessels by Naomi Lindenfeld and knotted vessels by David. Pomfret, VT. (Photo just below, Naomi Lindenfeld, “Forest Perspective”)
Music! Upper Valley Baroque with Filippo Ciabatti returns, this time at Lebanon Opera House, on May 29 at 4:00 p.m. Bach’s Mass in B minor, performed on authentic period instruments. It’s UV Baroque’s inaugural season. Here is a link to an earlier profile on Artful.
Literary arts. The folks at Literary North actually do produce a very fine calendar of events, with poetry readings, author appearances, submission deadlines, and book news in the UV and beyond. Whether you’re a writer or a reader or both, go visit them.
And this just in: a hot tip (thanks, Ted) on a photographic exhibition of the work of John Douglas at the Howe Library, promising American desert scenes and international subjects that, according to Douglas, “are slightly off-kilter.” Through June 1 in Hanover NH.
Yes, but how will it look on the wall above the fireplace? Artist Rosemary Conroy returns to the Harris Center in Hancock, NH some twenty years after a show there early in her career with a new exhibition, Into the Wild, on view until May 31. Opening reception this Friday, May 6 at 5:00 p.m. (A print of one of Rosemary’s bears once followed me home from an AVA Gallery auction.) Here’s the interactive part. Go to her website, click on a painting, and then click the “room” button. The screen will mount the painting on a wall of a living or dining room, a conference room, a kitchen . . . You can even change the wall color. Try it. It’s addictive.
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And in case you are wondering . . . Susan B. Apel shuttered a lifelong career as a law professor to continue an interest (since kindergarten) in writing. Her freelance business, The Next Word, includes literary and feature writing; her work has appeared in a variety of lit mags and other publications including Art New England, The Woven Tale Press, The Arts Fuse, and Persimmon Tree. She connects with her neighbors through Artful, her blog about arts and culture in the Upper Valley. She’s in love with the written word.