LACONIA – The photography and artwork created by participants in the River Crew Art program will be showcased in an art show at Gilford Public Library, located at 31 Potter Hill Road in Gilford. The exhibit will be on display during the month of January. Artwork and photographs on exhibit will be for sale, and all proceeds will directly benefit the program.
Participants in the program have produced artwork throughout the past year in various forms including collages using found objects, painting, wood sculpture, and other media. The photography on exhibit will include images of Laconia, 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; Smith is a retired medical social worker and an amateur photographer.
The pair began with a single idea and that was 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 51 Church Street in Laconia. The participants chose their own name, River Crew Art, for the newly-formed group.
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 starting point of the WOW trail.
Morrison and Smith rely mainly 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 willingly 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 Busiel Mill, Lakes Region Camera Club, Downtown Deli in Laconia, Laconia Congregational Church, Unitarian Universalist Society, Hands Across the Table, Friendship Club, Better Together, and the Taylor Home.
Part of their mission is to educate the community about the issues of homelessness and the challenges of addiction. The participants in River Crew Art have a strong sense of belonging.
Expanding on the success of River Crew Art, Morrison and Smith continually create new project ideas for participants. In the upcoming year, they will focus on the genealogy of members and will further develop the photography program to include editing, portraits, and lighting. Their work in the areas of woodworking, poetry, and writing will also continue to grow.
The River Crew Art exhibit at the library in Gilford is free and open to the public. Gilford Public Library is located at 31 Potter Hill Road in Gilford. The library's hours are Monday-Friday 9-6, Tuesday and Thursday 10-8, and Saturday 10-2.
The art and photography of River Crew Art members will be featured in a display at Gilford Public Library during the entire month of January. Shown here is a print of a flower wreath created by River Crew in memory of the victims of the Newtown, CT shootings. (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 09:18
ALTON — Oscar Night at the Movies on Friday, January 3 at 7 p.m. at the Gilman Library will feature the 1952 film ''Room for One More.''
When it comes to children, three's a crowd for city engineer Poppy Rose. But for his wife, Anna, three is just a beginning. She wants to add to their brood of three kids, legion of cats, scruffy stray dog, and whatever else comes their way by becoming foster parents of one, then another, troubled youth.
With his charm, offhand wit and impeccable timing always in play, screen icon Cary Grant shines as Poppy in this "warmhearted, thoroughly engaging domestic comedy". Opposite him as Anna is Betsy Drake, turning her real-life marriage to Grant into real screen chemistry.
Admission is free. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 08:55
LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room will be hosting the Mr. Nick and the Dirty Tricks Blues Band for the last performance of 2013 on Friday, December 27 at 8 p.m.
The band unites veteran musicians Nick David, "Lonely" Gus Carlson, Teddy Bukowski, and Rick Rousseau for one a night of blues. Elegant, stomping and swinging classics like Little Walter's "Mellow Down Easy," Howlin' Wolf's "300 Pounds of Joy" and Wynonie Harris' "Good Morning Judge" will be featured during the night. Their bag of originals is a mix of rhumbas, jump blues, and boogies they're developing for a debut album and currently taking to legions of fans in New England on their way to stages throughout the US and abroad.
"This band is a killer outfit," says David. "And that's the truth. Everything comes together when they play: their deep mutual understanding and knowledge of blues, their originality and depth as players, and the band's ability to put on a great show that brings people to their feet. It's a blend that wins new converts wherever they perform."
Admission is $12 per person. BYOB. For more information visit www.pitmansfreightroom.com or call 527-0043 or 494-3334.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 11:28
The Greater Meredith Program recently elected and welcomed Katheryn Rolfe and Matt Sawyer to the Greater Meredith Program Board of Directors.
Katheryn Rolfe opened Oglethope Fine Arts and Crafts in the Marketplace at Mill Falls in Meredith in 1994, with a special niche of quality American Handcrafts. In 2001 she was award Top 100 Retailer of American Craft by Niche Magazine which represents more than five hundred American artists. Rolfe is currently President of the Mill Falls Merchant's Association and a member of the board of directors for the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce and a committee member for the Meredith Sculptural Walk, a sub-committee of the GMP Design Committee.
Matt Sawyer is the Manager of Northway Bank in Meredith and was in charge of facilitating the opening of its new location in 2011 and developing a client base and partnerships within the community. He received a BS from Southern New Hampshire University in Business Administration and has an extensive background in finance, holding positions as a Retirement Investment Specialist, Financial Specialist, and Client Manager over the last decade. Sawyer is a member of the Lakes Region Rotary Club and resides in Effingham with his wife and son.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 11:21