One River, Many Views features three artists exploring the theme of the Connecticut River. On view from July 23-October 30, 2022, in the Picture Gallery at the Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park, the exhibition features the work of Nancy Diessner (MA), Brenda Garand (NH), and Janet Pritchard (CT), whose work responds to the Connecticut River’s beauty, its power, and its history. These artists work in a variety of media, including photography, drawing, printmaking and sculptural forms, at times using the river water, its soil and its flora as part of their artmaking process. In addition to the artwork, this exhibition will feature commissioned wall labels written by ten members of the Upper Valley community who live, work, and otherwise engage with the Connecticut River. These include creative writers, scholars and residents, as well as those from the Indigenous, agricultural, recreational, and other communities for whom the river is an important part of their daily lives. Their responses – reflective, celebratory, or interrogatory, will highlight the diverse natural and cultural histories and relationships with this imposing body of water. The exhibition seeks to encourage discussion as well as awareness of the ways that one topic can hold multiple approaches, opinions, expertise, and experiences.
This project is made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Hypertherm HOPE Foundation generously donated funds to Community Voices and One River, Many Views, and provided a community service volunteer.