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Wine & Design tonight at Belknap Mill

LACONIA – The Belknap Mill will host a Wine & Design event on Tuesday, July 29, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with instruction in Mandala-themed art beginning promptly at 5:30 p.m.
The two hours of art instruction, which will take place on the third floor of the Mill. There will be a $35 per person charge which includes the cost of materials. Participants will be able to take home a 16 by 20 painting canvas to be hung in your home or office or to be given as a gift. All proceeds from this event will benefit future art and education events at the Belknap Mill.
Featured instructor Heidi Little, owner of ArtsEnlight in Meredith and an art educator for the Arts Collaborative Gallery and Showroom, will demonstrate a Mandala-themed design. Mandala means "circle" in the Sanskrit language, and refers to symbols that are displayed in a circular frame. Mandala art has been used as a form of self-expression, personal transformation and spiritual growth.

Little is a multimedia artist. She currently works in acrylics, collage and mixed media. She is a graduate of Plymouth State University, where she earned a BS in art and psychology. In addition, she has studied group facilitation at the Option Institute and the Girls Circle Association.

Participants are asked to bring a snack, wine or some other beverage. Registration is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested can pre-register at www.wineanddesignevents.com.

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, 28 July 2014 11:22

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Stage reading of 'The Salon' at Little Church Theater

HOLDERNESS —  Playwright Jessica Hoffman Davis will give a stage reading of her new play, "The Salon," on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Church Theater.

The play, set in a hair salon, shows how patrons often divulge the most intimate secrets to their hairdresser.

In "The Salon," Davis introduces the audience to Mario, hairdresser extraordinaire, and his salon favorites.

Davis lives in Holderness, where recent writing has included two other hit plays, "Writes of Reunion" (2010) and "Houseguests" (2013), both directed by Davis and performed at The Little Church Theater.

In addition, she has published and lectured extensively on the role and promise of arts learning and persistently believes that all children deserve the chance to think of themselves as artists, shaping and changing their own and others' views of the world.

"It is a treasure to have such a talented, funny and generous person so engaged with The Little Church Theater," said Bill Tedrow, the theater's executive director.

Davis holds a doctorate in human development and psychology and a master's in teaching, learning, and curriculum environments from Harvard University where she went on to be a senior lecturer and to hold the university's first chair in the arts in education. She retired from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2005, in large part to focus on a book about her mother and the extraordinary school she directed for almost four decades: the Hoffmann School for Individual Development in Riverdale, N.Y. Davis's educational memoir, "Ordinary Gifted Children: The Power and Promise of Individual Attention," was published by Teachers College Press in 2010.

She is currently writing full-time and continues to be an advocate for arts education. Additional information about Davis is available at www.jessicahoffmanndavis.com.

This is the 11th season of summer performances at The Little Church Theater on the shores of Squam Lake in Holderness, New Hampshire. Tickets for The Salon are $25 for the first four rows and $20 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased by calling 603-968-2250 or by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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'Attic Treasures' on Sunday

MOULTONBOROUGH — Castle in the Clouds will host its signature Attic Treasures Roadshow appraisal event on Sunday, Aug. 3, at 5:30 p.m. This event features antique appraiser Bruce Buxton of Portland, Maine.

Buxton will discuss and evaluate attendees' antiques, from family heirlooms to flea market finds. Participants are limited to two antique evaluations per person.

Admission is $10 per person. A wine and crudités reception is included. Entrance is by Ossipee Park Road. This event is sponsored by Irwin Automotive Group.

Castle in the Clouds is located off Route 171 (455 Old Mountain Road). 

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Watercolor workshops at Castle in the Clouds

MOULTONBOROUGH — Watercolor artist Lian Quan Zhen will hold free watercolor workshops at Castle in the Clouds Monday, July 28, through Thursday, July 31.

Lian will begin each afternoon session at 1 p.m. with a 15 minute demonstration of his techniques. These sessions, held above the carriage house, are open to the public free of charge.

"If you think you are good at watercolor painting, come check this out!" says Estelle Smith, course director. "These sessions are nothing short of stunning, and are very popular."

Attendees can park for free by using the back entrance and often grab a lunch in the Castle's cafe beforehand.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 10:08

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