On a snowy day last January, a handful of quilters came to a "Meet the Quilters" program at the Country Village Quilt Guild meeting in Moultonborough. It was discovered that one was a yodeler, one worked on a fishing boat, one met her husband as a wrong number, and many other stories brought lots of humor to the meeting! The program will be repeated in better weather on August 7 at 1:30 p.m. in the Moultonborough Life Safety Building. All are invited to share tidbits about themselves and show a talent or interest that is not quilt related. (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2013 08:35
LACONIA — The photography and artwork created by participants in the River Crew Art program will be showcased during the group's second annual art exhibit held at the Busiel Mill beginning on Monday, August 5.
The exhibit will run through the end of August. The public is invited to the exhibit's opening reception, which will be held on Friday, August 9 from 5 p.m. through 8 p.m. Artwork on exhibit will be for sale, and all proceeds will directly benefit the program.
This year's exhibit theme is "Footprints in the City". Participants in the program have produced artwork throughout the last year in various forms including collages using found objects, painting, wood sculpture, and other media. The photography on exhibit will include images of the city, the Winnipesaukee River, and local wildlife. Poetry and essays will also be featured.
River Crew Art began in January 2012 with local volunteers Elaine Morrison and Dick Smith. Both have right background for their work with the participants of River Crew. Morrison is a retired special education teacher and an artist, and Smith is a retired medical social worker and an amateur photographer.
The pair began with an idea: to use art and photography as a tool for empowerment. They approached Laconia's downtown homeless and invited them to participate in creating artwork and provided lunch for all those in attendance. Laconia Parks and Recreation quickly granted Morrison and Smith permission to hold their meetings behind the former police station located at Church Street in Laconia. The participants chose their own name, River Crew Art, for the newly formed group. They now meet at every Monday at the Salvation Army in Laconia.
The road to empowerment has not always been easy. There are always challenges when working with the homeless, and shortly after starting the program, one of the program's participants drowned in the Winnipesaukee River. His fellow members chose to plant a memorial garden in his honor in front of the police station, which was an Adopt-A-Spot site. The group won an award for their efforts. The garden has since moved to the beginning of the WOW trail.
Morrison and Smith rely strictly on donations to purchase art supplies and lunch for members. The program is structured so that members not only create art, but they also give back to the community that supports River Crew. Projects have included making a flower wreath for the Newtown, CT residents, flower pins honoring the late Lilyanna Johnson, decorated pumpkins for the pediatric patients at the Laconia Clinic, and cards for the Wounded Warriors.
The work of the talented members of River Crew has been exhibited in many places throughout the community including the Lakes Region Camera Club, Downtown Deli in Laconia, Laconia Congregational Church, Hands Across the Table, Friendship Club, Better Together, and the Taylor Home.
The Busiel Mill is located at One Mill Plaza in downtown Laconia. The exhibit will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The art and photography of River Crew Art members will be featured in the program's second annual exhibit at the Busiel Mill in Laconia. The exhibit, "Footprints in the City," opens on August 5 and will run through the end of August.
Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2013 08:33
ASHLAND — Featured this summer at the Glidden Toy Museum, 41 Main St. Ashland NH is an incredible collection of Antique Doll Houses arranged and exhibited by Anne and Ellen Perkins of Sandwich.
Earliest houses were built in the 1880's. Included are a "Mouse House", a "Bear Cabin", a Make Your Own Dollhouse from cardboard boxes; a 1927 Shoenhut house, a charming Bliss two-story house, and many more.
The museum's own dollhouses will also be shown. Children are allowed to "play" with one large house where they enjoy rearranging furniture, dolls, etc. This exhibit will remain through August. Museum hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, children under 12 free.
The museum is a five-room collection of antique toys housed in an 1810 "plank" house and is located in the alley between Ashland Antiques and the Mt. Laurel Flower Shop; parking is on Main St. or on Pleasant St. and walk through the grounds of the Whipple House to the rear of the toy museum.
Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2013 08:15
CENTER SANDWICH — Kathi Smith and B Millner will each be speaking about their solo exhibits of their paintings at Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery on Wednesday, August 7.
Smith, originally from Maine, lives in Holderness and is an adjunct faculty member at Plymouth State University. Millner spends his summers in Maine but also visits Squam Lake each August. Millner's work is inspired by the play of light includes a variety of abandoned structures found around New England. Both a sculptor and a painter, Millner's realism is precise. The contrast of his exceptional detail to flat cloudless skies is both captivating and engaging.
Smith thrives on "making order out of complicated spaces' which almost always include a part of a house, a view from a window, or sideporch as seen through a thicket of branches. Her surfaces are about texture. The canvases are worked and worked again, scratched, scraped and rubbed. Rich color and marks complete the process. The result is an intimate and refreshing approach to landscape.
Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery is located at 69 Maple Street in Center Sandwich. Gallery hours are from 10 to 5 Monday through Saturday and 12 to 5 on Sunday. For more information visit patricialaddcarega.com or call 284 7728.
Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2013 08:12
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