DVAA’s Northfield gallery opening sees ‘awesome’ turnout

  • The Deerfield Valley Art Association Center for the Arts, located at 105 Main St. in the former Green Trees Gallery, had an opening show Friday, in Northfield. Recorder Staff/Shelby Ashline

  • Right to left: Charlotte Thibault, a painter from Contoocook, N.H., and her friend Joanne DeCenzo of Deerfield, N.H., admire a painting by Jim Murphy during the opening show of the Deerfield Valley Art Association Center for the Arts in Northfield on Friday. Recorder Staff/Shelby Ashline

  • Robin McKeon and her 11-year-old daughter Caledonia of Northfield admire artwork by Debora Aldo during the opening show of the Deerfield Valley Art Association Center for the Arts in Northfield on Friday. Recorder Staff/Shelby Ashline

Recorder Staff
Published: 4/30/2017 10:15:08 PM

NORTHFIELD — Robin McKeon and her 11-year-old daughter, Caledonia, of Northfield strolled around the former Green Trees Gallery space Friday night, admiring different art pieces and observing a variety of colorful scarves and earrings for sale.

The gallery portion of the roughly 3,000-square-foot space next to Cameron’s Winery, now used by the Deerfield Valley Art Association, bustled with activity during its opening show from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Local residents, like the McKeons, excitedly attended, as many as 100 people in the show’s first hour, Deerfield Valley Art Association President Beverly Phelps said.

“It’s nice to look ahead to coming to have a glass of wine and enjoy some art,” Robin McKeon said. “To have a couple more reasons to come to Northfield.”

“It’s nice it’s so successful,” said Susan Wright of Warwick, looking around at the crowd of people milling between white panel walls where much of the art was hung. “It’s a wonderful variety of mediums.”

The opening show featured work by the association’s roughly 140 members, from jewelry to pottery to paintings.

Charlotte Thibault, a painter from Contoocook, N.H., experienced her first show with the association, which she described as a “thrilling” experience.

“All the work is so fantastic,” she said. “Wow. Such great company.”

The gallery space, attendees agreed, complemented the art.

“I’ve shown my work many places, but this is a really beautiful space,” said Northfield exhibitor Mary Jo Hauri.

June 23: Museum of New England Art premier

Phelps said the gallery, now called the DVAA Center for the Arts, will also be home of the Museum of New England Art, an offshoot of the association which was launched last November to preserve and promote the art and artists of New England. The museum will hold its premier show on June 23 by featuring historic New England art on loan from local collectors, an equally exciting prospect for local residents.

“I’m very excited that they have this gallery to use, and that they’ll have the museum open up in the summer for local artists,” Northfield resident Mary Mello said. “There’s so many wonderful ones.”

Phelps said she was very pleased with the “awesome” turnout Friday, and the “fantastic support” she’s received from the community and local artists.

Gallery hours

Currently, gallery hours are Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information visit: www.deerfieldvalleyart.org.

You can reach Shelby Ashline at: sashline@recorder.com

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