Our MBFA gallery features work by residents of Lyme, New Hampshire and Thetford, Vermont, past and present. Our focus is on local work with the intention to add support the dynamic relationship between these two Upper Valley communities. Neighbors connected by a shared and beautiful Connecticut River border, these towns have shared school systems, church worship, and all manner of business and social activity for over 200 years. The cultural, spiritual, financial, and practical exchange between these two communities continues energetically to this day.
Started circa 1995 by Barbara Newton, Ali Farrar, and Peg Little (all three pictured, seated right to left, in the photo above), the gallery first ran as a cooperative in a space at the southeast end of the Lyme Town Common. In 1997 the cooperative moved into the current gallery space within the Mascoma Savings Bank building at the northwest end of the Common. Sharing the space with a flower shop until 1999, the cooperative was taken over in 2015 by Dave and Lisa Celone, who renamed it Long River Gallery. The Celones started up a White River Jct. Long River operation in 2016 and closed the Lyme location for a time. Matt Brown, with the help of others, opened the current MBFA gallery on November 3, 2017.