070313 Live Free & Shop! Follow the statewide League of NH Craftsmen's Fine Craft Gallery Trail (482)

CONCORD — From July 4 through July 14, visitors are invited to shop for and learn how fine craft is made by following the League of NH Craftsmen's Fine Craft Gallery Trail.
During this Live Free & Shop event, the League of NH Craftsmen Retail Galleries, located in Center Sandwich, Concord, Hanover, Littleton, Meredith, Nashua, and North Conway, will host fun and educational activities, including craft demonstrations, classes, special exhibits, and raffles. The retail galleries feature a wide selection of items at various price ranges including prints, photography, pottery, glass, table linens, wooden bowls, lamps and shades, furniture, ornaments, and sculpture, as well as wearable art, such as scarves, hats, handbags, and jewelry in new designs. Each piece is handmade by a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen – a craftsperson whose work has met the League's high standards for fine craft skills and technique.
"Each piece has a story that reflects the vision, inspiration, and skill of its maker – a story that the public can appreciate and share with pride," says League of NH Craftsmen Executive Director Susie Lowe-Stockwell. "Customers can feel good knowing that they are contributing to the sustainability of our local businesses, and taking home a piece of fine craft that is beautiful, functional, and has lasting value."
The best way to follow the League of NH Craftsmen Retail Gallery Fine Craft Trail is with a Live Free & Shop Passport. Passport holders who visit all seven retail galleries within the period of July 4 to July 14 will automatically receive the League's limited edition 2013 Annual Ornament, Woven In Winter by Alice Ogden (1 per family). In addition, each gallery you visit will enter your name into a drawing to win a $250 gift certificate for use at any of the seven League of NH Craftsmen retail galleries. Passports are available for download from the Live Free & Shop web page, www.nhcrafts.org/livefreeshop, and the retail galleries. The Live Free & Shop web page also features itineraries for each retail gallery location with local activities and dining and lodging options.
Special activities planned for this period in the Lakes Region include:
Center Sandwich Retail Gallery, 32 Main Street: Beadweaving demonstration by juried member Deb Fairchild on Saturday, July 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; traditional fiber arts fair, featuring spinning, weaving, quilting and rug hooking on Saturday, July 13 on the Village Green in front of the retail gallery.
Meredith Retail Gallery, 279 Daniel Webster Highway: Several craft demonstrations each day by various artists, including Kathy Marx, paper mache artist, on Friday, July 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m; Claire Renaud, who creates vessels from "cuir bouilli" (boiled leather), on Saturday, July 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Jack Dokus, who uses lost wax casting to make sculptures and fine jewelry, on Monday, July 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m; Chris Morse, who will demonstrate color etching on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 9 and 10; and Bob Dorr, who uses stumpwork embroidery to make jewelry, on Saturday, July 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.