Exhibitions to Help You Craft Your Style

Everywhere you turn at the Fair, you will find inspiration and ideas for using fine craft in everyday life. The Fair’s three high-quality, fine craft showcases are designed to help you craft your style.

Living With Craft: Stroll through this series of vibrant and cohesive room vignettes to find decorating ideas for your home. Living With Craft features more than 200 pieces of handcrafted furniture, lighting fixtures, prints, rugs, and accessories.

CraftWear: Discover a handcrafted piece of art to wear that will define your signature look. CraftWear has a dazzling selection of traditional traditional and avant-garde jewelry and handcrafted clothing and accessories. You will also find delightful children’s apparel.

Sculpture Garden: Located at the top of the fairground, the Sculpture Garden is an outdoor gallery of handcrafted sculptures, pottery, and accessories that are sure to make a statement in any garden or lawn.

All the pieces in these awe-inspiring exhibitions are available for purchase or special order.

And while you are at the Fair, don’t miss the special Printmaking Exhibition of work by juried League members, located in the Upper Lodge.

 

Featured Events – June 2017

Taste of Downtown Nashua 2017
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
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The Nashua Gallery is participating in this great evening event!

Flavors abound, from savory to sweet; there is always something for everyone! Moreover, with over 25 restaurants and caterers participating, you are likely to discover a new eatery to add to your list of favorites. This well-known and established, ticketed event draws hundreds of foodies from the region to sample the culinary offerings of downtown Nashua’s best restaurants inside downtown’s fabulous retail and service locations. Tickets are mailed prior to the event and contain a treasure map filled with Taste of Downtown Nashua discoveries allowing ticket-holders to plan their routes in advance based on their food and beverage preferences. To add to the festivities, there are street musicians to keep you entertained as you walk from store to store plus prizes, giveaways, raffles and a popular scavenger hunt – The Hot Spot Challenge.


Be glad, make art. It’s GladFest in Littleton!
Friday Evening June 9th 5-7pm

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To celebrate, we have ceramic artist Sarah Heimann with us Friday, June 9 from 5 to 7 pm demonstrating how she creates her beautifully detailed ceramics. Her demonstration will be inside the Littleton League Gallery and her work will be available for purchase throughout the weekend.

Sarah will also be teaching Relief Carving Images and Patterns in Clay at the Littleton Studio School the following day as well as on Sunday. For more information about classes, call 444-1066.

For a complete schedule of GladFest events, click here.


Celebrate Art! Fundraiser to Benefit Littleton Studio School
June 22, 5:30 – 9:30 PM
Littleton Elks Lodge 1831 in Bethlehem, NH
Littleton Studion School Fundraiser

Join us for a Night Filled with Food, Friends & Art! to benefit the Littleton Studio School. Tickets are $35/pp or a Table of 8 for $250.
The evening includes dinner, a raffle and silent auction.

Tickets are available at the Littleton Studio School, the Littleton League of NH Craftsmen Gallery and HERE on Eventbrite.


Taste of the League Event –
Center Sandwich Fine Craft Gallery, 32 Main Street (On the Green),
 
Saturday June 24, 10 am to 5 pm

Discover the historic New England village of Center Sandwich. The Center Sandwich Fine Craft Gallery started as the Sandwich Home Industries in 1926. We continue the tradition in our gallery today with a wide collection of exquisite jewelry, colorful pottery, handcrafted fiber arts, and much more.

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For a real “taste of Sandwich”, enjoy a breakfast sandwich made with savory local meats, eggs and cheese at the Sandwich Farmer’s Market from 9 am to noon. Then shop for local vegetables, jams, fresh roasted coffee and even French-style baguettes to take home for later. For lunch or a quick snack, stop by the Village Green Café and Market, a coffeehouse and community gathering place that celebrates its people, art, and foods. Start your tour and learn more about what our beautiful town has to offer by picking up your local guide at the Center Sandwich League of NH Fine Craft Gallery.


The Art of Photography Retold: A Lecture Series
A four-part lecture series on photography hosted by the Meredith Fine Craft Gallery

Join us for a journey into the art behind the photography from the camera used to getting into “the zone”.
All lectures will be held from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Meredith Community Center located at 1 Circle Drive, Meredith, NH.

Lecture #1: June 26 at 6:30 PM
Photography: A Creative Process

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Paul Wainwright is a fine art, large-format black & white photographer, who specializes in traditional, wet-process photography. He produces museum-quality prints for exhibition and collection and his portfolio includes interpretive images of landscapes and historic architecture.

Artistic photographs are not “shot” or “taken” – they are created. Paul will discuss his artistic vision, creative processes, and will demonstrate his large-format camera which uses 4″ x 5″ sheet film that is processed in a wet darkroom. You will learn about the steps involved in creating “traditional” photographs and samples of his work will be on display.

Spotlight on a Gallery – Concord

During the month of June, come in and enter to win a Concord League gift package which includes a $100 gift certificate, 2 Tickets to the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair and the 2017 League of NH Craftsmen  Annual Ornament, ‘Winter’s Waltz’.

The city of Concord is jumping in to June with Concord’s  Market Days.

With more than 300 craftspeople represented at the Concord League gallery, get a taste of handcrafted excellence before going to the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair in August.

Check out the great work of our newest juried League members, Denise Kirk, Jennie Blair, Roger Brisson, Gary LaRose, Diane Groton and Louis Pulzetti.

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Spotlight on a Craftsman – Walker Boyle

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A juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen since 2000, Walker designs and creates pewter and metal figurines and ornaments in his home studio in Antrim, NH. He grew up in Rhode Island and studied painting and sculpture in art school. He liked working with bronze and other metals, and decided to become a mold maker. In 1998, he moved to New Hampshire to work with his brother in a casting company. Four years later, decided to pursue a career making fine craft and set up shop. “I have been coming to New Hampshire my whole life and really enjoy its natural beauty,” said Walker. “My inspiration comes through observation and love of nature, study of philosophy, reading, and creative imagination.” Walker works with a variety of metals, but has concentrated on pewter.

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Walker is the creator of the League’s 2017 Annual Ornament “Winter’s Waltz”, a pair of ice skates handcrafted in pewter. Inspired by memories of ice skating in winters past, Walker used the ancient lost wax method of casting combined with modern metal working techniques to create this one-of-a-kind ornament. “I enjoy creating and bringing my pewter pieces to life. Each piece seems to take on a certain vibration and personality, and that’s what makes it fun,” says Walker.

Walker Boyle also created the League’s 2011 Ornament, a pewter pinecone called Nature’s Adornment. You will find Walker’s work, including the 2017 Ornament, at League galleries statewide. Walker will also be at the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair in Booth #510.

For those who are unable to visit one of our galleries to purchase the 2017 Ornament, they are also available in the League webstore.

Steampunk Day at the Fair

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Show us your Steampunk style!  Friday, August 11 is Steampunk Day at the Fair, presented by the Mount Washington Cog Railway. Come dressed in a Steampunk-inspired outfit on this day and receive $1 off Fair admission. There will be a Steampunk fashion contest at noon at The Cog’s Peppersass engine, which will be on display at the Fair. Mrs. Cornelia Marsh (wife of Sylvester Marsh, the inventor of the Mount Washington Cog Railway) is judging the contest. The fashion contest winner will receive two tickets to ride The Cog.

Peppersass is on display every day of the Fair!
Come and see this historic engine, take a photo with Peppersass, and enter to win free tickets to ride The Cog!  Handcrafted in New England, Peppersass was the first cog-driven locomotive to climb Mount Washington. After this historic event in 1869, the Peppersass engine was used to build The Mount Washington Cog Railway.  The Mount Washington Cog Railway is a proud partner with the League of NH Craftsmen.