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Meredith photographer seeks to crowdfund photobook of libraries

MEREDITH — Janina Misiewicz, photographer and writer, has turned to alternative funding sources for her latest photography project, New England Libraries. The world is changing and libraries are changing with it, fueling Misiewicz's goal to publish a photo book that will preserve libraries as we know them today. If Misiewicz's fundraising campaign is a success, on July 21, she will have the budget she needs to make New England Libraries a reality.

She says that funding is the first major obstacle for any art project to get off the ground, but crowd funding websites like Kickstarter.com are making it much easier and more realistic. Photographers and artists have to be innovative in their fundraising tactics, leading many of them, like Misiewicz, to social media sites.
The guidelines on Kickstarter.com require artists to set a number of days to raise all their funds or their project will receive nothing. From start to finish, Misiewicz's photography project has a 30-day fundraising window. If the allotted budget—$13,600—is not raised before July 21, all pledges will be cancelled and the project will not be funded, leaving Misiewicz without the resources she needs to produce her project.
When asked about the appeal of Kickstarter, Misiewicz noted, "it is the ability to spread my idea quickly and efficiently to a lot of people—keeping people updated on the status of my project is invaluable." Kickstarter has an added advantage for artists: it is partnered with Amazon.com, providing each project with the opportunity to receive funds from all over the world.
This is Misiewicz's first time entering the online fundraising pool, but she is excited and optimistic about it. Her photography project, New England Libraries, will explore the idiosyncrasies that characterize small town libraries in New England. She will spend a year travelling across the six states, finding unique and charming libraries in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Using a traditional 4x5 large format film camera, Misiewicz will document these places, making detailed black and white prints in the darkroom at Plymouth State University.
Misiewicz says she chose a 4x5 large format film camera for the project, because "it produces better quality images than any other format in photography, it is the only camera that can reduce linear perspective distortion on site, and because the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) require historical documentation to be made in polyester-based archivally-processed sheet film."
Over the course of the next year, Misiewicz will be posting pictures and writing articles on her blog, newengandlibraries.com. Her final goal for the project is to publish a photo book, making New England Libraries available to everyone. To learn more about this project, readers can visit the project pitch page at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1625101981/new-england-libraries-a-photographic-journey or Misiewicz's blog at newenglandlibraries.com.
About Janina Misiewicz:
Misiewicz is an award-winning photographer from Meredith. In 2012, Misiewicz successfully funded, produced, and exhibited a digital photography project about the dining staff at Bard College, encouraging people to treat the employees with more respect and appreciation, resulting in a dramatically improved working environment. Her goal is to pursue a career in photography, making New England Libraries an important stepping stone for her future in the field.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 July 2015 05:36

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8th Annual Circle Triathlon taking place on September 6 in Ashland

ASHLAND — The eighth annual Circle Triathlon will take place on Sunday, Sept. 6, at Riveredge Marina in Ashland.

This fun, community-centered sprint triathlon is open to all levels and abilities with proceeds going to the local non-profit organization, the Circle Program.

Registration is open with discounts available until Aug. 23.

Four race course options are offered to accommodate all fitness level and goals, including kids races and the aqua bike for those participants who do not wish to run.

Participants will receive their complimentary race shirt, bib number, race chip and goody bag on the evening before the race and a pancake breakfast feast post-race, compliments of The Common Man.

Those who want more information or who wish to register for the Circle Tri, may visit circletriathlon.org. For information regarding the Circle Program, visit circleprogram.org.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 July 2015 05:26

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Sandwich author gives book talk at Moultonborough Library

MOULTONBOROUGH — Carl Rowe Hansen, author and local resident of Sandwich, will be speaking and signing copies of his new book, Destiny: How Humanity's Arrogance will lead to Nature's Ultimate Response at the Moultonborough Library on Thursday, July 9 at 7 pm. Hansen has lived in many places, but when asked, he answers that he "grew up" in New Hampshire.

He is a musician, technician, sailor, and cabinetmaker, but always a writer. His first novel, Destiny, got off to a rough start. In 1978, while he wandered the bazaar of Tangier, Morocco, a knife-wielding thief stole his bag containing the first handwritten manuscript. Eventually he settled in New England, returning to Sandwich, to live and work, and to the coast of Maine to sail his boat. Along the way, he managed to find the lost works of Destiny and make them appropriate for today.
"Don't start this book if you have anything urgent to do! You won't be able to put it down. Dr. Peter Petersen's discovery of bacteria designed to clean up oil spills promises a solution to environmental disaster, but when it is released prematurely, it threatens to end the world as we know it. Wild adventures at sea, geopolitical crisis, a frantic race to avert calamity-all are made human by the story of two brilliant but estranged brothers, grappling with their past. To top it all, there's the story of first love in the face of an impending catastrophe. This is a rip-roaring thriller with a heart." -Rebecca Pepper Sinkler, former editor-in-chief of the New York Times Book Review.

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Pop-up farm stand at Lakes Region Child Care Center on Tuesday

LACONIA — On Tuesday, July 7, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., the Lakes Region Child Care Center will be hosting the first pop-up Farm Stand in the Lakes Region, in partnership with the Lakes Region Food Network (LRFN). The concept behind the pop-up farm stand is to bring fresh, local produce to where some of the busiest people – parents of small children – are already going to be. Red Manse Farm, an organic farm from Loudon with long-standing ties to Laconia, will be the participating farm. "Red Manse Farm grows high quality produce, and offers a wide array of veggies to satisfy anyone's needs," says Karen Barker, coordinator of LRFN. "One of the neat aspects of the Busy Corner Farm Stand is that LRFN has some funds to subsidize it, so we can bring in this first quality organic produce at more affordable prices. LRFN will make up the difference for the farm, so it is a win-win situation for both the farm and the customers." The farm stands will operate on July 7, August 11, and September 8, and will be open to the entire community. Come by for food demonstrations and product sampling, as well as recipes and some surprise gifts for children. Look for the white tents in front of the Laconia Early Learning Center at 22 Strafford Street, across from Rite-Aid. For more information, contact Karen Barker at 528-8560 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 03 July 2015 05:19

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