The Very Last Gasp, or Grasp, of Winter

This hand reaching skyward in front of the AVA Gallery in Lebanon NH holds just the merest trace of the recent snowfall, which was heavy and wet and defiant of spring. No matter. The overcast morning after and its blanket of monotone slush were relieved by the primary colors of the new Bente Torjusen Sculptural Studies Center (below). And when I drove by an hour later, that hand was completely naked, not a snowflake left in its palm! 

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Do not tell me what I already know--that this sort of optimism often leads to heartache. I'm taking it on faith that spring is growing tired of hiding. 

The hand, Astronomer, a 12-foot steel sculpture by Torin Porter, located in front of AVA's Carter-Kelsey Building at 11 Bank Street. was originally on temporary exhibition. It was later purchased and given to AVA as a permanent gift in honor of Bente Torjusen, who recently retired after 30 years as AVA's director.


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Susan B. Apel, writer, ArtfulEdge


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