AVA Gallery and Art Center


May 3, 2014

Contact: Margaret Jacobs, 603-448-3117




AVA Gallery and Art Center


Wayne Nield

The Walls of the Reliquary

April 25 – June 6, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, April 25, 5-7pm


AVA Gallery and Art Center, located at 11 Bank Street in Lebanon, NH, is pleased to present the exhibition The Walls of the Reliquary by Wayne Nield, on display from April 25 through June 6, 2014 in the Clifford B. West Gallery.  A reception, free and open to public, will take place on Friday, April 25, from 5 to 7pm.

Originally from Baltimore, MD, Wayne Nield, a recent resident of Canaan, NH, received his BS in Art and English from Towson University and his MA in Art History, with an emphasis on Architecture, from American University. For many years he served as an historic sites specialist for the Maryland Historical Trust studying hundreds of old buildings for inclusion in the State Inventory of Historic Sites and the National Register of Historic Places.  Nield considers this historic preservation work as “grist for his mill as an artist,” whose work explores themes of place, the history of everyday lives and the demolition of historic buildings. Awarded numerous grants by the Maryland State Arts Council and Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City, his installations, wall pieces and murals have been shown in numerous art spaces and galleries in the Baltimore/Washington area.

Drawing on more than twenty-five years’ experience in the field of historic preservation, Nield’s work explores themes of place, the history of everyday lives, and the demolition of historic buildings. For his exhibition at AVA, Nield will be showing a selection from a body of work titled The Walls of the Reliquary. This work began as a response to the many abandoned buildings of Baltimore and those anonymous historical people who had resided in them.  Nield states: “Ruins say as much, if not more, about our past than conjectural restorations. Old dilapidated buildings are an eye-sore for many. When I see ruins I see reliquaries whose worn surfaces and patina took generations to create and which stand as visual documents of the Eldergone. Our oldest buildings are more than academic examples of design; they are visual records of that continuum of which our lives are a part, and like the true symbols they are, say something that words fail to communicate.”


Since leaving Baltimore in 2005, Walls of the Reliquary have become less urban. These later works respond to the many ruins of our agrarian past as the artist experiences them in Pennsylvania, New York and now New Hampshire and Vermont.



Wayne Nield will give a talk on his work on Thursday, June 5th at 6pm in the

Clifford B. West Gallery.  The talk is free and open to the public.


This exhibition is generously sponsored by:

Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Hutchens Media, LLC

Woodstock Soapstone Company




AVA Gallery and Art Center/Alliance for the Visual Arts is a non-profit organization representing Vermont and New Hampshire artists.  Located at 11 Bank Street right off Colburn Park in Lebanon, NH, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11AM to 5PM (7pm on Thursdays) and by appointment; closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Admission is free, and the gallery is accessible to the handicapped.

                                                                                                                                             AVA is supported in part by:

the New Hampshire  State Council on the Arts,  the National Endowment for the Arts

and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Lebanon Police Chief Appointed

Lebanon Police Chief Appointed
posted Nov 4, 2013, 7:05 AM by Lebanon NH                                                                                       [
23 hours ago


City Manager Greg Lewis today announces the appointment of Gary J. Smith to the position of police chief for the City of Lebanon,  effective November 12, 2013.

Since March 2006, Smith had been deputy chief, and, upon the retirement of Police Chief James Alexander in February 2013, took on the role of interim police chief.
He has been with the Lebanon Police Department for close to 27 years, since 1987, when he joined as a patrolman. Through the years, Smith advanced through the ranks, holding positions as corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain before being named deputy police chief. In his career, he has held all supervisory positions available within the department.
In March 2004, he was named to the Governor’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence. Smith is a member of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association and the New Hampshire Police Association.
“I’m proud to have Gary, with his years of leadership and excellence on the force, step in to this most important role for Lebanon,” said City Manager Greg Lewis. “I thank him on behalf of the city for taking on the responsibilities of police chief.”
Smith will begin his official duties with the City of Lebanon as police chief on November 12, 2013.

Dragonfly Ball


Allan Houser: A Centennial Exhibition

Allan Houser: A Centennial Exhibition

 Hanover, N.H.—May 1, 2014— Allan Houser (1914–1994), one of the best-known Native American artists of the twentieth century, continues to be an influential figure in the field of Southwestern sculpture in the United States. This May, the Hood Museum of Art installs five sculptures by Houser in the Maffei Arts Plaza, adjacent to the museum and the Black Family Visual Arts Center. These works represent a cross-section of his large three-dimensional work from the years 1986 to 1992. Please join us for an opening event at 10:00 AM on Sunday, May 11, that will include a talk by Rettig and a light breakfast on the plaza amid the sculptures. The works will remain on view for a year.

SEE ATTACHED PRESS RELEASE FOR MORE! Please also note that the press release and exhibition press kit, including high-res image files, can be downloaded here: http://hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu/about/pressroom/index.html.

2014houserpressrelease  click for more info.

Points of Interest – Lebanon Rotary Club

Lebanon Center Genesis HealthCare “EXCELLENCE IN ACTION “

Lebanon Center Genesis HealthCare has just been notified that they are the recipient of The 2012-2013 “EXCELLENCE IN ACTION “ award. The Excellence in Action Awards are presented by National Research Corporation, the quality improvement and analytics company dedicated to empowering customer-centric healthcare across the entire continuum of care. National Research includes My Innerview programs within its family of quality measurement and improvement solutions.

The awards are presented annually to MY InnerView by National Research clients that score in the top 10% in the categories of customer satisfaction and/or workforce satisfaction.

Lebanon Center Genesis HealthCare not only received recognition in the top 10% in customer satisfaction but also was one of the only Centers who also won recognition as well for their employee satisfaction scores.

Administrator Martha Chesley states that she is very proud of Lebanon Centers results. “Part of our ongoing Quality Assurance process is sustaining the results that we have achieved, and this is another measure of that sustainability.”

Lebanon Center was one of only 52 Nursing Centers in the United States in 2012 to achieve the Silver in Quality Award from the American Health Care Association for their excellent outcomes in Clinical Excellence, Business Excellence, Customer and Employee Excellence.


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