Artists DJ Geribo and Shirley Fitzgerald work on current pieces at the Lakes Region Art Association’s gallery space in the Tanger Outlet on Friday afternoon. (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)
By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
TILTON — From oils on canvas to watercolors to alcohol inks, artworks of all kinds made by local artists can be seen and purchased at the Lakes Region Art Association Gallery at the Tanger Outlets.
For artist and gallery manager Pat Anderson, a retired Army brigadier general who now lives near Ahern State Park, letting her dogs take her for a walk through the park has inspired her to paint many scenes of mist and dew at daybreak.
"I get out early in the morning and that's when it's pretty," she said.
Anderson is one of nearly 100 local artists who belong to the art association and one of 30 whose work is on display at the store front that is tucked away in the elbow at the outlet stores.
The Lakes Region Art Association was formed in 1940 by five local artists who banded together to educate, promote, support, and display fine arts in local venue by local artists. Today, about 100 artists belong and their art displays include nearly every medium.
Program Chairman Gisela Langsten said it was once called the Laconia Art Association, but many realized that there weren't many Laconia artists, so its name was changed.
Langsten said that there is only one artist, Teresa D'Esopo Spinner, who makes her entire living through her art. Known internationally, Spinner is lauded mostly for her ability to capture personalities and feelings through her oils and romantic realism.
Langsten is also one of the founders of a group of artists known for their lifelike drawings and sketches of the human body.
"I have stacks and stacks of nudes," she said with a laugh.
She said she doesn't sell many nudes but has sold a few of her pieces at the Old Meredith Print Barn.
She said lifelike-drawing artists meet weekly at the Lakes Region Community College and since 1975 have convened in a number of places including the Belknap Mill and the Taylor Community. Not all of the paintings are nudes, she said, adding it gives artists an opportunity to work on techniques used in painting lifelike works.
Langsten also paints silk scarves, does oils and pastels, and used to do some sculpture, but said it's hard without having professional studios with all of the equipment and tools.
Every month there is a different display at the Tanger Gallery. While this month is Summer Fun, next month is the Lakes Region and all of the art on display will be themes from the area.
Langsten said she will be featuring a painting of the Lake Winnipesaukee islands as viewed from Gunstock Acres.
"The view is so different there," she said, adding that Welch Island seems to absorb all of the other islands.
At the Tanger Outlets something is there for everyone's tastes. Not only can a number of works inspired by Lake Winnipesaukee and the White Mountains be found, but many of the artists have used foreign techniques for paintings inspired locally.
All of the exhibitors now on display at the outlets are people who are in the area and can volunteer their time at the studio. Anderson said exhibits are changed regularly as are the artists but the only condition is that they be available to volunteer.
Anderson said that artist workshops are becoming much more frequent and the association is sponsoring as many as two to three a month. This month, artist Polly Berlin, who describes herself as a "romantic painter of her surroundings and nature" will be doing a workshop.
Langsten said she often works there on Sundays and is hoping many people come out to the gallery.
The Lakes Region Art Association Gallery at the Tanger Outlets is open on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Laconia's Pat Anderson points to her display at the Tanger Outlets Artist's in Tilton. The studio is open Fridays , Saturdays, and Sundays. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)
Events in Sandwich
SANDWICH — In addition to the cake and refreshments at Sandwich Home Industries, to celebrate that shop's 90th anniversary on July 30, there are two other arts events planned in Sandwich this summer.
Artisans on the Green
On Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sandwich Home Industries with host Artisans on the Green, a festival of arts and crafts held on the lawn at the intersection of Main and Maple streets. More than 40 local artists and crafters will be present, selling their products, giving demonstrations and providing hands-on activities for children.
Sandwich Home Industries, Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery and Surroundings Art Gallery are joined by the Cafe on the Green and the Corner House Inn to create an evening of art and cuisine. Those who visit the galleries from 5 to 7 p.m., on Aug. 19, will be treated to refreshments at each gallery. Those who visit the Corner House Inn after visiting all three will receive a discount on their meal.
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