Submitted by Emily Marsh and Barbara Gibbs of The Art Place
Many people come into the gallery at The Art Place these days and ask about New Hampshire's fall foliage. It's peak color here around Lake Winnipesaukee. Photographer John Geery has brought in new work just in time for the bright colors. Geery originally photographed the dramatic landscapes of Utah and the western United States. He returned to New England and soon fell in love with the quieter scenes and changing seasons. He currently lives in Vermont and captures barns, wooden bridges, hay fields and quiet country roads in his vibrant photographs. Having had a family summer camp in New Hampshire, he also enjoys taking pictures of Lakes Region scenes.
In an interview with John, I asked him if he waited for prime leaf season or "peak season" to go out and capture the foliage. He explained that peak season moves southward, down the state, throughout the fall season. In September, he may travel to northern Vermont to get the brightest photos, but in late October the most dazzling leaves can be found in southern New Hampshire. He said peak season can last a long time if you move with the colors!
But even if the foliage is at its brightest and best, John explained that "it's really about the lighting". The shorter days and longer nights create the kind of lighting that photographers seek out. John looks for photographic opportunities after storms, when the air becomes crisp and clear. He also ventures out when other people are "sleeping or eating," as he puts it. Early morning and around dinner time can have the most beautiful lighting.
We have a fresh inventory of John Geery's work, so this is a wonderful opportunity to stop in and view this artist's vibrant fall photography.
"Reflected Colors" by John Geery
Watercolors lend themselves well to the beautiful colors of the fall. One of our artists, Charlene Lehto, has the bright palette of the season represented in many of her original pieces, as well as in some of her prints. One such print, Bly Farm in Autumn, is of a typical farm stand (Bly Farm is in Wolfeboro on Route 28 going towards Ossipee) with pumpkins for sale and scarecrows for decoration.
"Bly Farm" by Charlene Lehto
We also have the lush still life paintings by Jan Croteau still on exhibit through October 22. These paintings show the fruit and vegetables of the harvest in our gallery show titled "Food for Thought."
In the White Mountain School of Art style of the 19th Century, Erik Koeppel and Lauren Sansaricq capture through their oil paintings an untamed wilderness that still exists.
It's a beautiful time of the year to look for art in the Lakes Region — just a drive around the lake itself allows one the opportunity to see how nature makes her own work of art!
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