LACONIA — Residents who missed the opening reception for the new Belknap Mill Art Gallery will have another opportunity to view the current exhibit and meet the artists on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Mill will be serving wine and hors d'oeuvres during the reception for artists Jeri Ryan Bothamley, Marian Federspiel, Roger Gagne, Lorraine Gateriewictz, Carole Groenke, Mary Lou John, Devitt Liptak, and Liz Wilson, who are showing everything from sketches and watercolors to prints and pottery. The eclectic exhibit showing the breadth of talent in the Lakes Region serves as an introduction to the new gallery where all items are offered for sale to help support the Mill's mission.
Bothamley, who received formal training at Michigan State University, creates impressionistic paintings that showcase the interaction of color and light. She taught art for several years before focusing on her work full-time, maintaining a studio as well as showing her works throughout New England and the Midwest.
Federspiel is a digital painter who specializes in landscapes of the lakes and mountains of New Hampshire. She lives in Meredith and teaches digital art courses at Laconia High School. After studying art at the University of Connecticut, earning a BFA in Painting, she worked as an art director and designer in advertising for 20 years before moving to the Lakes Region and becoming a teacher. Her work is featured on her website at www.mfederspiel.com.
Gagne, a long-time member of the Lakes Region Art Association, has focused on watercolor as his primary medium for more than 40 years. "Watercolor allows one the opportunity to incorporate 'chance effects' where the outcome can sometimes be unpredictable," he explains. "It forces one to tread the line between success and disaster." For the past 20 years, Gagne has concentrated on historical and artistic representation of Shaker life and architecture in Canterbury Shaker Village and he is working on his fourth collection having to do with the Canterbury Shakers.
Gateriewictz was a ceramics teacher in Baltimore, Md., before moving to Meredith. Now she is a watercolor artist and a member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society. She recently received the Lakes Region Art Association Memorial Award and Best of Show in the 2013 Lakes Region Art Show in Meredith. Her work also is on display at Vynnart Art Gallery in Meredith.
Groenke operates Apple-A-Day Art, working with printmaking and other creative techniques, and she is a member of the Women's Caucus for Art-NH. She also is a juried member of Squam Lakes Artisans, an artist cooperative in the Lakes Region.
John, a native of Marblehead, Mass., received her introduction to art on Boston's North Shore. Working in pencil, charcoal, and pastel, she specializes in impressionistic watercolors. She also is a member of the Artist's Loft where she practices the discipline of life drawing. She was featured artist for the 56th annual exhibit of the Lakes Region Art Association. She is a member of the Governor Wentworth Art Association and the Marblehead Art Association.
Liptak creates hand-thrown clay pottery, saying, "I am fascinated by textures, so I mark, scrape, stamp, apply, and take away clay from my surfaces," adding, "I draw my ideas from a multitude of sources that include the study of Pre-Columbian and Egyptian vessels to the patterns of snowdrifts and the granite walls of New Hampshire."
Wilson, who lives in Newmarket, does impressionistic paintings that focus on the use color, usually in the form of acrylic on paper. She holds a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College and an MFA in Painting from the University of New Hampshire, having spent a semester abroad studying painting in Italy. She recently had an exhibit at McGowan Fine Art Gallery in Concord. Her work also is featured at www.lizwilsonart.com.