Arts in the Lakes Region - Art association brings talents from around the lakes together

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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)


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.

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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.

Gallery Walk

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.


City police to be equipped with rifles


LACONIA — The Police Department intends to equip all its officers with Colt M4 Law Enforcement Carbines, which will be mounted between the seats of cruisers while on patrol.

The department has been awarded a federal grant of $15,714 by the Bureau of Justice Assistance for the purchase 15 of the semi-automatic, .223 caliber rifles, along with slings,magazines and other accessories.

Capt. Matt Canfield said that ultimately each officer will be assigned a rifle, explaining that since the rifles are sighted to particular individuals they cannot be shared among officers. He said that officers will undergo eight hours of training in the operation and maintenance of the rifles, together with a written test. Moreover, to qualify to carry the rifle officers must demonstrate their proficiency on the firing range each year. "We train with the rifles three or four times a year," Canfield said.

Canfield said that rifles are intended for use in the event of an active shooter situation or when police are confronted with a shooter similarly armed. He said that the range and accuracy of the rifle are both much greater than that of the handguns carried by police. At the same time, the ammunition fired by the rifle has the capability of penetrating body armor.

The rifles will be secured at the station, assigned to the officers when they take their shifts and returned to the station at the end of their shifts. The rifles are stowed vertically in a locked mount between the front seats of the cruisers. Canfield said that in the past rifles were kept in cases in the trunk, which hindered officers from deploying them in a timely manner.

In addition to the Colt M4 rifles, officers also carry Remington 12 gauge shotguns, which fire non-lethal plastic projectiles that inflict sharp pain without causing puncture wounds. The shotguns are accurate to ranges between 20 and 30 feet. He said that protocol prescribes that officers fire at large muscle groups below the waist to minimize the risk of serious injury.

Canfield could not precisely recall the last time a Laconia Police Officer fired a shot while on duty, but did note "we deal with guns quite regularly."

The City Council has scheduled a public hearing on the acceptance of the grant to purchase the rifles during its meeting on Monday, Aug. 8.

Alleged drug dealer’s statements to police in overdose case can be heard by jury


LACONIA — The potentially self-incriminating statements made by a Northfield man to Tilton Police when he was charged with sales of drugs with a death resulting can be presented to the jury.

Belknap County Superior Court Presiding Justice James O'Neil ruled Thursday that Tilton Police detectives properly read Brian Watson, 51, his rights at the time of his arrest. He also determined that lead Detective Nathan Buffington reminded him of his rights before he questioned him.

"Upon review, the court concludes that the state demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt here that the defendant was read his Miranda rights," wrote O'Neill in his 10-page ruling.

Watson, through his attorney Mark Sisti, had sought to suppress, or not allow into evidence, the statement during his interview, saying he didn't waive his rights but was only informed of them.

A second prong of Sisti's motion was that Watson was only told the police had a warrant for drug sales and not drug sales with a death resulting. Sisti unsuccessfully argued that he should have been told he was being arrested for a death and not drugs sales only.

During his interview, which was played in its entirety at a hearing last week, Watson told Buffington that he was an unemployed engineer who had only recently begun selling drugs so he didn't lose his home.

He also told Buffington that he warned Seth Tilton-Fogg to not use too much of the drug because it was very powerful. He added that he knew it was fentanyl because of the way it tasted.

Police say Watson sold 21-year-old Tilton-Fogg the drugs that killed him in late April of 2015. Earlier police affidavits obtained from the 6th Circuit Court- Franklin Division said that the two knew each other through Teanna Bryson, who was Watson's girlfriend and knew Tilton-Fogg from high school.

Bryson is scheduled to testify at the trial but, as of last week, she could not be located.

Watson had been free on personal recognizance bail but violated one of his bail conditions by having Bryson in his car during a traffic stop. He is being held on $25,000 cash-only bail in the Belknap County House of Corrections.

Watson's trial is scheduled to begin with opening arguments on Aug. 3. Jury selection will begin on Aug. 1.