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SVAC Opening Reception: “Ashley Bryan: The Spirit of Joy” and “The Wee Worlds of Salley Mavor”

September 30, 2023 at 10:30 am - 4:00 pm


Two concurrent exhibitions: “Ashley Bryan: The Spirit of Joy” brings the unbridled creativity of award-winning children’s book illustrator and author Ashley Bryan’s home to life through a selection of toys, objects, puppets, paintings and photography. “The Wee Worlds of Salley Mavor” is a unique opportunity to experience the exceptional detail and 3-dimensional quality of Salley Mavor’s bas-relief embroideries, featured as illustrations in many children’s books.

Saturday, September 30 Events

Joyful Remembrances, 1–2 p.m.
Four panelists will share their joyful remembrances of Ashley Bryan drawn from their relationships, both personal and professional, with him. Registration required.

Salley Mavor Artist Talk, 3 p.m.
Salley Mavor will give a short presentation in the gallery about her 3-dimensional hand-stitched artwork.

Public Opening Reception, 2–4 p.m.
All are welcome to join in celebrating the opening of the exhibitions. Admission is free and complimentary refreshments will be served.

Wee Read, 10:30 a.m.
Monthly story time for preschoolers featuring books by Ashley Bryan and Salley Mavor

Event images:
Ashley Bryan, Illustration for The Story of the Three Kingdoms by Walter Dean Myers (HarperCollins). Collection of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Gift of the artist. © 1995 Ashley Bryan

Salley Mavor, A Wee Gathering, Assorted fabrics, beads, found objects, wire, thread and yarn


September 30, 2023
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Southern Vermont Arts Center
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Creative Zone
Southern Vermont Zone (Bennington and Windham Counties)


Southern Vermont Arts Center
P.O. Box 617
Manchester, 05254
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