Landscape painter to speak to art association


LACONIA — Landscape painter Dennis Morton will be the main speaker at the next meeting of the Lakes Region Art Association on Monday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at the Woodside Building Conference Center at the Taylor Community, 435 Union Ave.

An outdoor landscape painter in Hawaii and New England, Morton, will discuss how he approaches his work which he describes as Visual Impressionism, "a combination of classical drawing with impressionistic colors." Attendees will see the sketches and small images that lead up to a final large painting.

Morton divides his time between Hawaii and New Hampshire. He returns here each year to capture on canvas the brilliant colors of the Lakes Region.

Examples of Morton's work can be found in the collections of John Travolta, Richard Chamberlain and Glenn Campbell.

This event is open to the public.

Those who want additional information about the event, may contact Gisela Langsten, 1st Vice President, Lakes Region Art Association at 603/293-2702.


Rock-blues band to kick off Music on the River Series

LACONIA — Belknap Mill will kick off its Music on the River Concert Series on Thursday, July 16, at 8 p.m. with a program by the classic rock and blues jam band BeefStu from 6 to 8 p.m.

BeefStu consists of guitarist and lead vocalist, Chris Palermo; bassist and vocalist Nick Palermo; and drummer, Stu LeBlanc. With individual influences ranging from blues, rock and the likes of the Grateful Dead and Phish, their collaboration is an enjoyable music experience.

The Music on the River Concert Series will once again be held in Rotary Park. This year the series will fall on scheduled Thursday evenings. A free event that is open to the public, Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Picnickers are welcome.

In case of bad weather the show will be held on the third floor of the Belknap Mill at 25 Beacon Street East in Laconia.

For a listing of the artists, visit the Belknap Mill website at, or find them on Facebook.


Yankee Magazine Editor signin new book at Bayswater

CENTER HARBOR — Bayswater Bookstore of Center Harbor will host author, Judson Hale, on Saturday, July 18 from 1:00-3:00 pm as he signs his newest book, The Education of a Yankee.
Born in Boston and raised on a dairy farm in Maine, Hale is an editor, author, and expert on all things New England. Hale has given fifty-four years to Yankee Publishing, Inc., where he became the editor-in-chief of both Yankee Magazine and The Old Farmer's Almanac. He is also the author of Inside New England.
Written with a delightful sense of irony and a profound tenderness, The Education of a Yankee is an engaging memoir that skillfully reveals the grand, eccentric, and occasionally tragic history of a very unconventional family - the family who owns Yankee Magazine.
"The best measure of a good book is to get to the last page and wish that it could go on. This is one of those books" –NH Magazine.

Gallery Space receives ‘Best of Laconia’ award

LACONIA — The Gallery Space has been selected for the 2015 Best of Laconia Award in the Art Gallery category by the Laconia Award Program.

Each year, the Laconia Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Laconia area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Laconia Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Laconia Award Program and data provided by third parties.