Garden club to discuss importance of bees on Sept. 8

LACONIA — While recent headlines read, "Obama launches efforts to save honey bees" and "New Harvard Study Proves Why The Bees Are All Disappearing," naturalist Michelle Mensinger has been fully aware of endangered species and the importance of being a bee.

Mensinger, the president of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, will speak to the Opechee Garden Club on Monday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. at the Gilford Community Church on Potter Hill Road.

Mensinger has had years in important roles as a naturalist and gardener, author and lecturer. She takes the role of bees so seriously that she sometimes appears in a bee costume when she lectures on "Mason Bees." The industrious mason bee is solitary, docile and hard to spot. It likes to nest in narrow holes or tubular cavities which it constructs of cells of sand and other particles glued together with saliva until March when it leaves to mate and start its important role pollinating.

Her message, "Bee aware, bee concerned and bee a friend to pollinators," encourages a positive awareness of ways to assist improving the environment or to raise this important pollinator, the mason bee. Providing man-made tubular nests may be one of the ways.

Hospitality Chairs Barb Sargent and Ginger Jones, along with committee members Eleanor Brouillard, Debbie Cotton, Cindy Beebe, Jo Connelly, Sally Doten, Edie Adams, Judith Reilly, Bunny Clark, and Sharon Tyler will provide refreshments and table décor.

Opechee Garden Club will join its sister clubs in District II on Wednesday, Sept. 17, to host the NH Federation's 81st Fall Conference on "Growing for Pollinators" at D.S. Cole Grower's Greenhouses, one of the area's largest, at 251 North Village Road in Loudon for a day of fun, learning and light luncheon. Registration forms are due Sept. 8.

The annual "Pajama Program," started by a teacher concerned about her students and spread across the country, strives to provide all students with warm sleepwear and a book of their own. OGC would appreciate receiving warm pajamas for infant to teens, along with a new gardening or nature-related book. Club members can bring these items to either meeting. Donations will be sorted by members of New Hampton Junior Garden Club and are distributed to New Hampshire students.

The Opechee Garden Club, a member of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. and the National Garden Club, Inc., meets at 1 p.m. on the first Monday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at the Gilford Community Church, Potter Hill Road, Gilford.

New members are welcomed. Please write P.O. Box 6025, Laconia, NH 03247, call 527-0493, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Holderness School Edwards Art Gallery hosts 'Americans Who Tell The Truth'

HOLDERNESS — The Holderness School Edwards Art Gallery autumn show will feature selections from Robert Shetterly's award-winning portrait series "Americans Who Tell The Truth". The show opens on September 12th, and there will be an opening reception with the artist present on Thursday, September 25th at 6:30 pm. There will be artist's talks on campus on September 26th.

The portraits, chosen by members of the Holderness community, showcase citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. Among the portraits featured will be Edward Snowden, Woodie Guthrie, Rachel Carson, and Malcom X. By combining art and other media, "Americans Who Tell The Truth" offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans who will act for the common good, our communities, and the earth.

In hosting the show Holderness School hopes to foster civil, informative, and spirited discussion about the important issues of our time.

Shetterly's painting has tended toward the narrative and the surreal; for more than ten years he has been painting the series of portraits Americans Who Tell the Truth, sending the exhibit around the country since 2003. Venues have included everything from university museums and grade school libraries to sandwich shops, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, and the Superior Court in San Francisco. To date, the exhibits have visited 26 states. In 2005, Dutton published a book of the portraits by the same name. In 2006, the book won the top award of the International Reading Association for Intermediate non-fiction.

The Edward Arts Gallery hosts three shows a year – two by nationally recognized artists who often come to campus to speak and host workshops with children – and a third featuring the works of Holderness students and alumni. The gallery, as a result of its longstanding relationship with the Pucker Gallery in Boston, often features world-class ceramicists and decorative arts practitioners.

Since 1990, Shetterly has been the President of the Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA), and a producer of the UMVA's Maine Masters Project, an on-going series of video documentaries about Maine artists. His awards and commendations include: the Maine People's Alliance Rising Tide award; a Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Southern Maine; a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellowship; and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Maine.

Art Place Coombs opens August 23

WOLFEBORO — The Art Place of Wolfeboro New Hampshire will be featuring in an upcoming gallery show by guest artist Christine Knight Coombs beginning on Saturday, August 23. An Artist's Reception will be held on Friday, August 29 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Coombs paints representational watercolors of scenes that capture a pause in time. She talks about her work, "As an artist, my goal is to bring moments of beauty to the viewer, to provide a way for him or her to reconnect with their own emotional memories. My intention is for the viewer to feel the moment on that cold, clear day when the subjects pause to take in, with all of their senses, the surroundings and beauty of the world around them. Beauty, joys of relationship and inner serenity- these are the subjects I seek to express through my paintings." She continues, "the messages in my paintings may be simple or complex. Sometimes a message may appear to be the former, when truly it is the latter. The viewer decides the depth of his own experience. Although all of the elements of painting (such as form, composition, color and light) hold equal importance, it is light."

Barbara Gibbs, owner of The Art Place comments on Christine's use of light, "Christine's paintings seem to glow from within. In looking at the painting titled 'Late Afternoon Light," Barbara addresses the source of light that lands on the dogs while asleep on their bed. "I can sense the warmth of their fur, and the dogs recent stretch from sunning near the window's light."
In conclusion, Coombs says, "I wish to document in my paintings the beauty of the moment. Within that moment is a story. It may be a story that reminds the viewer of a well known or forgotten feeling or it may be a story that he or she may wish to escape into. For all who experience my paintings, I hope to provide inner nourishment, renewal and reconnection with the beauty within them and around them."
Art education began for Coombs at the age of six by taking lessons after school. She was trained by numerous private teachers, Rhode Island School of Design and Syracuse University School of Art. Her award winning work is part of many private, corporate and government collections including movie stars and well known figures of the business world. She has illustrated children's books, covers for national sporting magazines and catalogs, such as Down East Books. Coombs has been featured in a demonstration article and cover for the Artist Magazine. Christine has been featured in a demonstration article and cover for the artist magazine. Her work has been used for catalog covers such as Downeast Books.
The Gallery Show will continue through Saturday, September 13. 

‘Cabaret’ to close season for Little Church Theater

HOLDERNESS — On August 30 at 8 p.m. The Little Church Theater will present "Cabaret" as the final performance of the summer. Guests can bring their own bottle and see their favorite community performers sing, dance, tell stories, and act in a great variety show. Producer Christine Chiasson promises an interactive show with lots of audience participation to end the season. 

"Cabaret" will feature music from all styles and eras, even a sing a-long piano bar. The special guest list includes Chloe Brisson and David Lockwood.

Ticket prices are $25 for general admission, and $10 for Student Rush. Student Rush tickets go into effect the day of the show, 30 minutes before the curtain, on a space available basis. Students will be asked to show a current student ID to be eligible. Full price tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 603-968-2250 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..