TILTON — Pat Anderson, gallery manager for the Lakes Region Art Association Members' Gallery at Tanger Outlets, said having the first-ever gallery where association members can exhibit and sell their art is a great way to mark the association's 75th anniversary.
And she credits Eric Proulx, manager of Tanger Outlet, with making the showcase for local art possible.
''He saw that we were celebrating our 75th anniversary, and contacted us to let us know that there was space available for us here. He's been so helpful. When we came and looked at it, we saw that the walls were already lined with flat boards, which were just what we need to display our paintings,'' said Anderson, a retired brigadier general who was an Army nurse and retired to the Lakes Region with her husband three years ago.
Anderson specializes in oil paintings of nature scenes with a strong emphasis on the changing seasons and is one of 32 artists whose works are displayed on the walls of the 59 foot by 23 foot retail space which is located near the mall offices at Tangers Outlet which is located near the Mall offices in the services area.
''This is one of the most exciting projects I've worked on,'' said Anderson, adding that the joy in having the location is evident in the faces of the association's members when they walk through the door.
Two opening receptions will be held this weekend, from noon to 8 p.m. today, and on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
Association members are displaying original art, prints, cards and books in the gallery, which will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and staffed by volunteers from the association, many of whom will be working on art projects which will give visitors an understanding of how their art is created.
There is additional space at the rear of the gallery where art classes will be offered by members, said Anderson.
Among the artists exhibiting at the gallery is D.J. Geribo of Alton, who is also a children's book author. Her works feature pastels, oil, watercolor and acrylics and her gift cards help raise funds for shelter animals.
The association, originally known as the Laconia Art Group, was formally founded in 1940 by William Robertson, Wilfred Marsland, George and Harriet Booth and John Hoyt. It became the Laconia Art Association in 1973 and in 2005 expanded to become the Lakes Region Art Association.
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D.J. Geribo of Alton, a children's book author and artist whose works feature animals and nature, works on a painting at the Lakes Region Art Association's Members Gallery at the Tanger Outlets in Tilton. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)