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.
Our mission is to help
all of us to view our world and our lives a little differently.
You don't even have to think about buying something for us to be glad you came in.
art, especially by those
who live among us, can expand our view of our world and our lives.
This gallery is also a workspace. We frame and ship work, especially Matt Brown woodblock prints, here. If you see lights on, feel free to try the door. Don't worry about interrupting us -- the gallery is set up so that we can keep working during you visit.
Creating art or craft engages us in the larger human experience of learning to use the tools and materials of a craft, often by eavesdropping on, and learning from, other's activity. When we show and share our work, the happy result is human interaction, conversation, and connection.
Whether gifting, buying, or selling, exchanging stuff is fun, and is an essential joy of being human.
While we want you to feel comfortable "just looking" at MBFA, we also hope for you to experience the magic that happens when things are exchanged. We are set up to help this happen when it is meant to be.