Ashuelot River theme of Historical Society exhibit

An art exhibit entitled “64 Miles: The Ashuelot River” will be on display at the Historical Society of Cheshire County beginning Friday.

Forty artists submitted work for the juried exhibition, which will celebrate the Ashuelot River’s variety of locations, change of seasons, and diverse aspects such as history, landscape, recreation and environment. The artwork will be hung in a way that conveys the flow of the river along its 64 miles from Pillsbury State Park to the Connecticut River in Hinsdale.

The name “Ashuelot” comes from the Indian word for “in between.” Since the Massachusetts legislature approved the townships of Swanzey and Keene in 1732, the Ashuelot River has seen water-powered mills, covered bridges, stone arch bridges, “lover’s lanes,” floods and freshets, parks, gardens and more.

The exhibit will include oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, photography and mixed media. The history of the Ashuelot River will be illustrated alongside the artwork to help tell the story. The viewer will be able to take away a sense of place from the collection of the individual artists’ points of view.

Some of the area artists include “art for water” artist/activist Christine Destrempes of Harrisville; Mary Iselin of Marlborough, a traditional artist with an impressionistic style; Alicia Drakiotes ofMarlborough; watercolorist Francelia Clark of Hancock; landscape artist Anne Gay Hartman of RiverMead in Peterborough; Cathleen Calmer of Hancock; and Edward Merrell of Jaffrey.

A free reception will be held on July 19 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The exhibit will run through Sept. 30. Admission to the Historical Society is free of charge.

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