Printmaking at the Edge.

The Award-Winning Art Center in Dover New Hampshire Presents: Printmaking at the Edge.

January through February 2021

Interview by Juleen Stacy

Printmakers from Europe and the Americas come together in a new exhibition at the award-winning Art Center in Dover, New Hampshire.  The resident printmaker at The Art Center, Sally Dion, curated this show.  Dion is spearheading The Art Center’s new Printmaking Project.  She distilled a cache of 62 artworks from hundreds of entries for this exhibition and I spoke with her about the works she chose to show the fascinating scope of what printmakers can create. 

Many of pieces chosen laud established printmaking techniques; drypoint, a technique commonly used by printmakers in the 1600s, is used by David Abecassis in his lovely piece, ‘City Park’.  Seacoast artist Kristy Cavaretta presents ‘No Naps Night Wandering’ an abstract woodcut that looks like paint was splashed across the page, an amazing effect considering the laborious technique used to create it and the fact that the work “was done while her three-month-old twins and two-year-old were sleeping!” laughed Dion. “What is so exciting about this print is the boldness and how it is not your typical woodcut but a true abstraction.”  Brooklyn based artist Brian Knoerzer’s “Introduction” uses traditional woodblock prints on “some of the most gorgeous colored handmade paper I have ever seen,” says Dion.  Of “‘Reverberation of Light’ and ‘Merging Energy’, monoprints by Elaine Mills, Dion remarked, “These monoprints are amazing.  Transparent inks and dark contrast make the viewer revel in the brushstroke and translucent atmospheres.  Not easy to do and I am impressed beyond words.”  

‘Kona Landscape’ and ‘Manini in Afternoon’ are both a riot of color.  Artist Steven Yuen from Hawaii used the contemporary technique of digital imaging to create them.  Polish artist Kseniya Vysotakaya’s ‘Right Direction’ uses drypoint on a plastic cd to print swimming fish.  Tony Holmquist, from northeast Nebraska, uses a combination of intaglio on Polycarbonate, copper and polymer.  “Definitely a process on the edge and a lovely remembrance of his childhood”, says Dion.

This exhibition also takes printmaking into the sculptural.  This was a particularly interesting aspect for Sally Dion when choosing works. “Elaine Crowe from Ireland printed on a lovely stiff paper and formed it into a three-dimensional piece that at times seems like a seascape and others a geometric masterpiece, she said. When I mentioned that ‘The Sky Glows Orange’ by Raluca Iancu is almost like origami. Dion told me, “She used traditional and nontraditional processes including pressure print, embossing monoprint, hand tinting and drawing to create that piece.”  Summer Perry’s remarkable ‘House of Monkeys’ introduces three dimensions on multiple upright acrylic panels.  She uses screen print, which is not on the edge as a printmaking technique, but, as Dion says, “certainly finds its edge in this piece.” 

Which, Sally Dion told me, naturally led to the title ‘Printmaking at the Edge.’ “There are etchings, silkscreens, and exciting breakthroughs using technology, whether it be digitally composed pieces depicting gorgeous, lush landscapes or photo exposures of graphically pleasing compositions.” Dion enthused, “Something for everyone to enjoy!”  

Visit “Printmaking at the Edge” at https://www.theartcenteronlinegallery.com/, where you can see the artwork up on a virtual wall. Hit the “Next Room” button to see the whole show or click on the artwork to find the name of the artist, pricing, medium and size. If you click in the white space, you will go to the next individual artwork in the show.

The exhibit can also be seen in person by calling (603) 978-6702 to set up an appointment. The Art Center is at One Washington Street, Suite 1177. For more information, visit www.theartcenterdover.com, call (603) 978-6702 or email theartcenterdover@gmail.com

19th Annual Sweepstakes & Auction

19th Annual Sweepstakes & Auction tickets on sale! Drawing virtually on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th. “Sweeps” is an annual fundraiser for the Dover Chamber with a $10,000 grand prize. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at dovernh.org/sweeps. Each ticket is just $50. No more than 300 tickets will be sold. In addition to the $10,000 grand prize drawing, this event will also feature other exciting virtual elements, including raffles and a silent auction.

Garrison Players unveils Ramsdell Plaque

Garrison Players are known as a local theater group, but they are also the custodians of the Hiram R Roberts Hall.  This grange was designed and built in 1894 by noted local architect Alvah Thurston Ramsdell. He was a popular architect of that time period, building area homes and many other buildings which survive, including the Rollinsford Town Hall, the chapel at Pine Hill Cemetery, the McConnell Center in Dover, and many more.

 

The Garrison Players acquired this wonderful old building in 1988. At that time it had been allowed to sink into disrepair and had not been used at all for more than 10 years.  The Players worked to revive the hall and transform it into the Garrison Players Arts Center, as it serves today, on Roberts Road in Rollinsford.

 

The Garrison Players Board of Directors were proud to recently unveil a plaque honoring Alvah Thurston Ramsdell and his contributions to the seacoast region.

 

The plaque was commissioned in appreciation of long-time Garrison Players volunteer Joan Carol DeVries, who passed away earlier this year.  Her exhaustive work on the restoration of the Hiram Roberts Grange and its historical significance became a cornerstone for the theater to receive support from the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program.

 

The unveiling was a quiet affair as the arts center is currently closed to the public, with hope to safely reopen in 2021.  The Garrison Players remain active through their online youth education dance and theater classes, and monthly remote Readers Theater productions.  

 

Garrison Players Arts Center (GPAC) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based community theatre group dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the area by presenting high-quality theatrical performances geared for family audiences. Established in 1953, the players encourage people of all ages to enjoy and participate in the many facets of the performing arts, and to help maintain the Garrison Players Arts Center. For more information about auditions, shows or GPAC, visit the website at www.garrisonplayers.org.   

Putting Holiday Shopping on Credit Cards! Class

Make this the Last Year of Putting Holiday Shopping on Credit Cards! Class on Tuesday, January 12th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm with New Hampshire Federal Credit Union, 71 Calef Highway, Lee. This One Hour Webinar will Educate You on How These Store Cards Work, Help You Build a Plan for the Holiday Debt You Already Have and Work on Setting Up a Plan for Next Year’s Holiday Season! Preregister at www.nhfcu.org.

2021 Dover Calendars for Sale

2021 Dover Calendars for Sale. Local photographer John Gisis has produced a 2021 Dover calendar featuring scenes of Dover, including aerial photography. The calendars are for sale for $20 each and can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, as well as other locations throughout the city. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will benefit local nonprofit organizations, such as the Dover Food Pantry and the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Cocheco Valley. 

Cornerstone VNA Companion Volunteers Receive Award

Cornerstone VNA Companion Volunteers Receive Award

Cornerstone VNA congratulates their companion volunteer team, Matt and Cacidy Mowry of Rochester, NH, on being awarded a 2020 Volunteer Service Award from Volunteer NH at their annual awards ceremony, which was held virtually on December 9, 2020. In searching for a meaningful volunteer opportunity in 2019, Matt and his 10 year old son, Cacidy, found Cornerstone VNA, a nonprofit home health and hospice care organization. As companion volunteers, Matt and Cacidy were matched up with a local community member who greatly appreciated their weekly visits to her home for friendship and support.

According to Ann Vennard, Assistant Director of Advancement, “Matt and Cacidy exemplify the future of volunteerism. Their authentic kindness is immeasurable and we are very proud to have them on our companion volunteer team.” Vennard adds, “Our volunteers are strategic partners in our mission fulfillment and complete our circle of caring. We are delighted that Matt and Cacidy have been recognized in this manner.”

 

According to Matt, “Cacidy and I were partnered with a wonderful woman, we would visit her in her home every Saturday or Sunday and visit, talk, and play cards with her, we had a great time.” Cacidy chimes in, “The most rewarding thing about volunteering is getting really close to the person you are volunteering with.” You can watch their award video in its entirety on the volunteer page of the Cornerstone VNA website at cornerstonevna.org/volunteer.

 

To learn more about the volunteer program at Cornerstone VNA, and current virtual volunteer opportunities, contact Ann Vennard at 603-332-1133 x1109 or AVennard@cornerstonevna.org.

 

About Volunteer NH:

Volunteer NH is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote the tradition of volunteerism in New Hampshire. Volunteer NH’s annual Volunteer Service Awards recognize individuals and groups who provide volunteer services that strengthen communities and improve the lives of New Hampshire residents. These awards honor outstanding volunteers or groups of volunteers who reflect the strong ethic of service in our state.

 

About Cornerstone VNA:

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 107 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

 

Garrison Players Readers’ Theater presents “A Very CoVid Christmas”

Garrison Players Readers’ Theater presents “A Very CoVid Christmas” featuring readings from beloved Holiday tales, and a few new ones.  Please join the theater as they celebrate – remotely – this joyous season! December’s Offerings: “Why the Chimes Rang” by Raymond Alden, “Mr. Edwards Meets Santa Claus” by Laura Ingalls Wilder, “Spike Slotnik: Private Detective – Christmas Edition” by Kevin Collins, “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry, Horrid Henry’s Christmas Play  by Frances Simon. The performance is online Saturday, December 19 at 7:30pm.  Tickets are free but viewers must register in advance at https://www.garrisonplayers.org/showsandevents.  Donations are accepted.

Toys for Tots.

Toys for Tots. Donate to the Dover Toy Bank at the Dover Public Library. In addition to games and toys donations, there is also a real need for essential items for many Dover families. Hats, jackets, boots, scarves, gloves and other clothing are needed to meet demand, along with personal hygiene items. Demand is typically highest for infants and those aged between 9-12 years old. Get them to the library in December as soon as possible.

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