Chapel Art Center Presents Fall Exhibition from Permanent Collection

September 25, 2019

By Parker Petruney '21 and Maggie Dimock

The Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center is pleased to begin this fall with a pair of exhibitions curated from its Permanent Collection of Artworks. LOCALITY: Celebrating New England Art and Craft Traditions and Tranquility & Drama: 19th Century Landscapes and Genre Painting will be on view beginning September 27. A public opening reception for the exhibits will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 6 - 8 p.m.

LOCALITY: Celebrating New England Art and Craft Traditions presents decorative art by artists hailing from New Hampshire and neighboring regions. This show offers an opportunity to view the work of the Dunlap family of cabinetmakers, active in New Hampshire in the late-18th and early 19th centuries. There are also contemporary pieces by noted studio furniture artist Jon Brookes.

Other works on view include studio ceramics by Gerry Williams and Peter Sabin, contemporary stained glass by Sylvia Nicolas, and paintings and works on paper by New Hampshire artists James Aponovich, Omer Lassonde, Anne Dufresne, Sandy Wadlington, and Ben Frank Moss. LOCALITY is a unique exhibit, that pays tribute to fifty years of the Chapel Art Center collecting work by artists in the region, and decades of collaboration with prominent local living masters.

LOCALITY will be on view September 27 through November 23.

Tranquility & Drama: 19th Century Landscapes and Genre Paintings is an exhibition intended to demonstrate the depth of the 19th century European and American painting in the Chapel Art Center Permanent Collection. The show is organized around a group of unique landscape paintings by German artist Julius Lange, displaying scenes of mountainous regions surrounding Lake Como in Italy and Switzerland.

Lange’s landscapes are accompanied by several brilliant paintings by American artists of the Hudson River School, including a canvas by William Hart and a panel painting by Alvan Fisher. Also present are examples of European genre paintings from the mid-to-late 19th century.

Tranquility & Drama will be on view from September 27 through November 23, and will continue in the spring from January 24 to February 21, 2020.

In addition to these fall exhibitions, the Chapel Art Center is pleased to present a robust calendar of associated public events. On Saturday October 19 at 1 p.m., Chapel Art Center director Father Iain MacLellan, O.S.B., will lead a guided Director’s Tour of the fall exhibitions, offering an intimate view of selected works and an opportunity to explore their unique place in the Chapel Art Center Permanent Collection.

Additional Programs

October 3 at 7 p.m.
Songs in the German Romantic Tradition

October 31at 4:30 p.m.
The Fine Arts Series: Artist Talk,

November 7th at 6:30 p.m.
The Final Hours of Joan of Arc,

November 14th at 4:30 p.m.
The Fine Arts Series: Portrait of a Pan-American Musician lectured by Louis Moreau

Chapel Art Center Hours

The Chapel Art Center is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open until 7 p.m. on Thursday evenings. Visitors please note that the gallery will be closed on Saturday. Oct. 12 in observance of the Saint Anselm College Fall Recess.

Alvan Fisher, Fishermen by River, c. 1850 (detail). Oil on panel. Permanent Collection, Chapel Art Center.