Stina Köhnke‘s Parallels At AVA Gallery

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Susan B. Apel

. . . and two AVA parties, coming up.

Stina Köhnke’s art manages to be equal parts arresting and inviting. Her sculptures are large and imposing just for their scale, and stark in their matte blackness against white walls at AVA Gallery. Köhnke is a collector of objects that she deconstructs and then refashions into distinctive abstract creations. She says of her work that her “preoccupation with gathering and assembling disparate objects is a lifelong fascination.” She spent her childhood collecting “castoff family antiques,” using her “scavenged articles to create my own tableaux of fantasy and dread.” 

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Step into this gallery filled with her work and observe from afar. Then feel the allure of an individual piece, and tiptoe in for a closer inspection. No spoilers here. Part of the experience is to discover—sometimes slowly—what the components might have been before Köhnke transformed them into art.

Her exhibition, Parallels, will close on November 9. For more information on this artist, visit her website.

Stina Köhnke’s Float

10 x 10: Closing Party on November 9, 3 to 7 p.m. 

Works are on view now, but you’ll have to wait until November 9 to purchase. Dozens of area artists donated one or more 10” by 10” artworks priced at $100 each for this second annual AVA fundraiser.  The closing party will have music, food trucks Taco’s Tacos and VT Munchies on site, (food available for purchase), and the chance to snap up some original art. There are some rules about the purchasing merriment, available on AVA’s website

A sampling of the 10 x 10 panels

What To Do With the Members’ Gallery?, November 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Whether or not you are an AVA member, you’re invited to a planning party on November 15 to share ideas about the use of the Members’ Gallery space. Pop-up art exhibitions?  Retail opportunities for members’ art works? Workshops/poetry readings? Bring your ideas.

(Photos by Susan B. Apel, featured photo, top, is Prevail by Stina Köhnke. AVA Gallery is located just off the green in Lebanon NH.)


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