In Lebanon, the AVA Gallery and Art Center announced Tuesdaythat longtime head Bente Torjusen will be retiring after 30 years at the helm of the non-profit organization. Torjusen – who is a native of Norway – will step down at the end of the year, forcing a nationwide search by AVA’s board of directors for her replacement.
Torjusen helped establish a $4.5 million dollar capital campaign that significantly renovated the organization’s headquarters housed in the former H.W. Carter clothing factory. Those fundraising efforts never stopped, though, as AVA is currently in the works of a $3.5 million dollar campaign to fund the construction of a center for sculpture and other three-dimensional art adjacent to its current location.
Torjusen was a longtime resident of nearby Norwich, Vermont, before recently moving across the river to Lebanon.
The AVA Gallery was a recent host of the River Valley Chronicle and we here at YCN wish her the best on her future endeavors.