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The Belknap Mill Art Gallery Presents Featured Artist Jean Kennedy

LACONIA — The Belknap Mill Art Gallery is holding its first Featured Artist Reception featuring Jean Kennedy on Thursday, June 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. Kennedy will be showing paintings reflecting her love of flowers, nature and the outdoors; also the first artist in the monthly Mill series.

As a beginning artist, Kennedy was told to 'paint what you love' as the work would reflect the passion. Watercolor was the first medium Jean learned. Some of her work reflects the use of a negative painting technique called 'painting outside the lines'. Painting using this technique means one has no preconceived notion of the end result; no photograph or scene to copy, only what is visualized and constructed after applying paint to the paper. Kennedy finds watercolor a fascinating medium to work with because of its fluidity and transparency. She also enjoys using oils and acrylic.

Kennedy has taken many workshops from professional artists including Judi Betts and Annelein Beukenkamp. She was greatly influenced by a Louisiana art teacher, Myrna Waters, who taught her to push values and how to better use color and shape in a painting. As an artist Jean has earned many ribbons and awards by entering competitions both in New Hampshire and Louisiana. She won Best in Show by exhibiting at the art show for the Terrebonne Orchid Society in Houma, Louisiana. Kennedy is currently President of the Lakes Region Art Association and a member of the Artists Loft, both local art organizations. More of her work can be viewed at www.jeankennedyart.com and at the website hosted by the Lakes Region Art Association.

'Jean Kennedy is an exceptional artist and is dedicated to driving the arts movement in the area. We are thrilled to be able to offer additional opportunities to showcase local artists', says Beth San Soucie, Program Director for the Belknap Mill. 'Our vision for the Belknap Mill is to become a cultural arts center in the historic downtown Laconia area; collaborating with organizations and businesses to bring more light to the wonderful happenings in the downtown. With the support from individuals and businesses, we can continue to offer events and programs for the community.'

The Belknap Mill is the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in the country. It has a permanent exhibit that interprets the history of the textile industry in Laconia, and has changing monthly exhibits focusing on the arts and history, as well as educational programs for all ages. For further information on the mill and its events, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit www.belknapmill.org, or call 603-524-8813.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 June 2014 10:13

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Franklin Opera House hosting 10th Annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner

FRANKLIN — The 10th annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner to benefit the Franklin Opera House will be held June 28 at the Mojalaki Country Club. Over 100 people are expected for the event, which will be catered by Pioneer Catering of Tilton.

Guests will also enjoy fine wines and the music of Tim Lewis, sponsored by the Peabody Home.

Celebrity waiters include Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield, former Mayor Tony Giunta, Tilton Police Chief Robert Cormier, State Representative Leigh Webb, who also will serve as auctioneer; and State Senator Andrew Hosmer, whose firm, AutoServ of Tilton, is sponsor for the event.

Other waiters include actresses and actors and theater crew from the Franklin Footlight Theatre, Denise Steadman, Howard Amsden, Jen Creasey, Catherine Pirro and Dan and Karen Darling, as well as business representatives Tim and Glen Morrill.

All proceeds from the evening will support the ongoing mission of the Franklin Opera House to the finest live entertainment to the Lakes Region.

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New Meredith Chamber Members

MEREDITH — The Meredith Chamber of Commerce has announced that the following new members have joined.

Laurent Overhead Door Systems, Inc, Patrick Wood Law Office, PLLC, Lakes Region Design Group, Stephens Landscaping Processionals, LLC, Minkow & Mahoney Mullen P.A., Dragin Geothermal, Bonin Architects, The Glass Knob;
Lakes Region Cosmetic Institute, Castle in the Clouds, JW Electric, Lakes Region Floral, Canterbury Shaker Village, Annalee Dolls, Inc. The Remick Museum, Normandin, Cheney and ONeil, PLLC, Stephens Peoples Heritage Chimney, Bruno Coppola. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty, Mark D. Ashley of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty, Steve Baker of Roche Realty, Randy Hilman of Maxfield Realty

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Gilford Community Band 2014 Summer Concerts

GILFORD — Lyvie Beyrent, Director of the Gilford Community Band is preparing the repertoire for the upcoming GCB Summer Concert series. Her focus is to provide well balanced programs which will include an assortment of Contemporary, Broadway, Movie, Standards and Marches. The concert schedule will be every other Wednesday evening June 25th, July 9th, July 23rd, August 6th, and August 20th.

The concerts are held at the Weeks Bandstand at 7:30 p.m. and a rain location at the Gilford High School cafeteria. The Performing Arts Center will not be available this summer as the seats are being replaced. The final summer performances will be on August 23rd in the Old Home Day Parade 10 a.m. and the evening 8 p.m.concert prior to the OHD Fireworks.

The performances will include Associate Conductor Patrick Altmire. Patrick is a 2010 graduate of Gilford High School and a 2014 graduate of Penn State University where he graduated with distinction in May. Patrick graduated with a dual major in music education and percussion performance. While at Penn State, Patrick was a 4 year dean's list student and will be attending the University of Akron in the fall on a full scholarship to earn his master's degree in music performance.

The band will eliminate the traditional intermission this year. It has been done in the past to provide a break for some of the high demand musicians. With careful programming this problem will be minimized. New members are always welcome. This is the best time of year for new members to join the group, to take full advantage of all the rehearsals to become acquainted with the program and the members. All ages are welcome from school age to adult musicians. All percussion, woodwind and brass musicians are welcome.

For more information email Lyvie Beyrent This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit the GCB website at http://gilfordcommunityband.com/Members.htm , or the Facebook page for additional information.

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