Detail of Birch and Maple by collagist Barbara Newton

Newton@OSHER. Hood Downtown. Hanover's Rentrée

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Susan B. Apel

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It may be the Upper Valley's smallest art gallery, and the most diverse. Following this season's exhibitions (and reviews) of watercolors by Stephanie Reininger, photographs of Paris by Jim Lustenader, quilts including the one with the famous life-saving lesson in punctuation, and sumi-e paintings of Kathleen Dixon Swift,  come the collages of artist Barbara Newton of Lyme NH.

Opening reception for Newton's collages at the OSHER gallery; photo courtesy of Tom Hughes

The beauty of New England inspires artists in all media. Newton's works are striking because they capture the local aesthetics and do so with a surprising medium: paper. No flowing brush stokes or precise clicks of a camera, but rather, intricately folded and scrunched bits of paper that blend in the viewer's eye into landscapes, birch trees, beaches and rivers. They have been described as demonstrating "a creative interval between representation and abstraction." And that Japanese textured paper just begs to be touched, although probably you shouldn't.

A winterscape with stone wall; photo courtesy of Tom Hughes

Newton's exhibition at the OSHER offices at 7 Lebanon Street in Hanover runs until September 28, well into what I am calling "Hanover's rentrée." Just as in France, the late summer/early autumn brings all of the townsfolk home and eager to reconnect. The arts scene comes back in force. In addition to taking in Newton's work, you may want to mark your calendar for these other upcoming Hanover events, open to the public and free. 

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Nugget Theater: It's celebrating it's 100th birthday. Mark the occasion at a party on September 9 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the plaza in front of the theater. You're invited to come as you are or as your favorite movie star or character. Raffles for theater tickets, photo ops with a limo, and of course, free popcorn.

Bandaloop: A "vertical dance company," they will fly through the air, above your head, in the Maffei Arts Plaza. Courtesy of the Hopkins Center. Friday, September 16 at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Hood Downtown: With the Hood Museum closed for renovations, the opening of Hood Downtown has been long-awaited. It's finally happening on September 16 with an exhibition by artist Laetitia Soulier called The Fractal Architectures. The public reception is at 7:00 p.m. Same night, incidentally, as Bandaloop (above) AND the opening of the Telluride at Dartmouth film festival--not free, tickets required and hard to get if you don't move quickly. Tickets for Telluride go on sale to the public on September 7.

Construction is over! Hood Downtown, in the former Amidon Jewelers space on Main Street, is ready and waiting.

Hood Downtown lecture:  On the Saturday following the opening, artist Laetitia Soulier will talk about her work at the gallery. September 17, 2:00 p.m.


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