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SANDWICH — The Sandwich Home Industries, (SHI) opened its Gallery doors with a completely restocked shop of art and craft merchandise from over 167 juried league of New Hampshire craftsmen.
This is the 87th consecutive year for the Center Sandwich shop on the town green and, following a decades old tradition, the organization will, throughout the summer, present dozens of classes, demonstrations and instruction by the League's Juried artisans, as well as operate the Gallery through Columbus day weekend in October.
The first classes are today, Sue Mulvey's class on making forged silver rings, and on Friday from 9:30-5 p.m. Eric Taylor teaches presentation bowl basket construction. On Saturday, June 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Amee Sweet-McNamara presents a Soutache and Bead Embroidery Necklace class.
This year the Gallery has more new artisan's work than in the past, including Mark White of Wilton and his contemporary jewelry and Grant Taylor of South Acworth, who crafts traditional leather belts in various styles and sizes.
Educational programs are the main mission of this non-profit organization and all surplus funds from the operation of the gallery and other programs are used to fund the various classes, demonstrations and studio instruction.
Sandwich Home Industries now has a website: nhcrafts.org/center-sandwich. The gallery is located at 32 Main Street on the green and across from the post office in Center Sandwich, and will be open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

The work of more than 167 craftsmen is featured at the Sandwich Home Industries Galley. (Courtesy photo)