2017 Annual Craftsmen’s Fair – A Great Success!

2017 Craftsmen's FairThe 84th Annual Craftsmen’s Fair, held for nine days at the beginning of August, was a tremendous event.  We kicked things off with our Preview Party night which was well attended and featured a sneak peek at our exhibition spaces – The Sculpture Garden, CraftWear and Living with Craft!  The weather truly cooperated – what a beautiful week for an outdoor Fair! We were excited to see so many guests coming through the gates, keeping the craftsmen busy. The live music line up was top-notch with original music every day. Fuller’s Sugarhouse, King Arthur Flour, Cabot Cheese and Popzup Popcorn joined us in the Tasting Tent, right next to the Cog Railway’s Peppersass engine. There were daily raffles for Cog Railway tickets, demonstrations and workshops for all ages and interests, a fast-selling new t-shirt design, and lots of great publicity from media outlets throughout the region.

The League of NH Craftsmen staff and board extend our thanks to everyone who made this event a great success:

  • our dedicated volunteers who supported our craftsmen in the tents and at the workshops
  • our demonstrators and workshop leaders who share the process with our visitors
  • our support staff who provide the tents, electricity, medical services and security
  • the staff of the Mount Sunapee Resort who take such good care of us in so many ways for the month we set up our office with them
  • our generous sponsors who allow us to continue to offer this opportunity to our craftsmen year after year – to include our Fair program and marketing of the event, and other in-kind donations as well as funding
  • our supporting members and Annual Fund donors who have faith in the League’s mission year-round
  • our loyal guests who keep coming back and inviting their friends
  • our talented, hardworking craftsmen who share their talent and passion with our audience – they are the reason the League exists and continues to hold the Fair after 84 years.

We are already excited for the momentous 85th Annual Fair which will run from August 4th-12th, 2018.  Make a plan now to be a part of it!

Spotlight on a Gallery – Hooksett

League of NH Craftsmen Hooksett Gallery
Clay work by Jennie Blair, Glass Pumpkins by Lada Bohac and Chris Sherwin

Do you pass through the Hooksett rest area on I-93 North? Have you visited the Hooksett Fine Craft Gallery that is tucked inside? If you have not, or have not recently, make a point to stop in and see all that is new for the Fall season!  The Hooksett Gallery provides a sampling of work from many of our League craftsmen, and a knowledgeable staff to help you select the perfect gift at your price point.

Featured items for Fall include new work from potters Jennie Blair, Irina Okula and Tom White such as mugs and bowls for warm drinks, soups and stews.  Love pumpkins?  Beautiful glass pumpkins from Lada Bohac, Jordana Korsen and Chris Sherwin will keep you smiling all year long!  Add a beautiful vase or bird in warm tones from Bruce Cobb and your windows and tables will be ready for the cool weather.

So much more awaits you inside the door.  Whether a treat for you or a special gift for a friend, we have exactly what you have been looking for!

North Country Studio Workshops Exhibition

NCSW Exhibit, Adele Sanborn
Adele Sanborn

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of North Country Studio Workshops (NCSW), we present this exhibition of multi-media work by artists that have attended workshops over the years. The exhibition will open with a reception from 5-7 PM on Friday, October 6th and will continue through December 22nd at the Gallery at League Headquarters in Concord.

NCSW invites established and emerging artists and craftspeople to take part in an advanced level arts education program. This professional development event of multi-media workshops offers hands-on learning experience taught by faculty who have achieved significant recognition in their fields.

NCSW Exhibition, Nancy Adams
Nancy Adams

The 2018 session includes workshops in clay, fiber arts, printmaking, drawing, jewelry, paper and book arts, painting, sculpture, basketry, encaustic, mixed media and photography.  In addition, Stuart Kestenbaum, poet laureate of Maine and former Executive Director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, will offer supplemental writing seminars designed to encourage artists and craftspeople to Contemplate, Reflect and Create through the Written Word. Tracy Penfield, Director of Altus Healing Arts, will lead Mindful Moving: Stretch, Relax, Re-center daily. This gathering of artists and craftspeople, in the classic New England setting at Bennington College (Bennington, VT), produces a unique atmosphere of challenge, discovery, energy, collaboration and inspiration.

2018 Workshops will be held January 23 – 28. For more information visit: www.ncsw.org.

Take a Class at The Craft Center

The Craft Center instructors
Top-Bottom: Nancy Evans, Kiranada Sterling Benjamin, Betsy Keeney, Jessie O’Brien, Melinda LaBarge, Deb Fairchild, Elena Wikstrom

The Craft Center at the League of NH Craftsmen has a schedule packed with courses in a wide range of media beginning in September and stretching all through December.  From introductory level to intermediate/advanced courses, there is sure to be something for your skill level. Enjoy a metal jewelry class in our state-of-the-art metal/glass studio, or try your hand at pyrography (woodburning), basketry, shibori dyeing, fabric collage or quilting, white line woodcut, polymer clay work, felting, stenciling and painting, precious metal clay and beadwork – with amazing master craftsmen to lead and inspire you!  To see the full list of classes at our Concord Headquarters click here.

Or, if you are located in another part of New Hampshire, don’t forget that most of our Fine Craft Galleries either have classes hosted in their location, or a craft school affiliated with them – click here to find links to their craft programs.

The League of NH Craftsmen can be your connection to new skills and expressions of creativity – sign up today!

Join us for a Gallery Talk on Friday September 15, 2017! 

Gallery Talk Craftsmen
Top-Bottom: Sarah Fortin, Patricia Palson, Andy Hampton, and Stephen Procter

We are expanding our programs to give donors, sponsors, supporters, and the general public a better sense of who we are, what we do, and why!

Join us Friday, September 15th from 5:00 to 7:00 for a Reception and Gallery Talk featuring four exhibitors in the current exhibition, Spinning Tales and Weaving Stories.

Sarah Fortin, Andy Hampton, Pat Palson, and Stephen Procter will talk and answer questions about The Ah-Ha Moment! But of Course!

There are times when a craftsman struggles: struggles with an idea; struggles with an inspiration; struggles with a creative block; and sometimes life gets in the way. How do craftsmen cope and break through to the ah-ha moment!? It can be an enormous effort and sometimes the solution simply presents itself. Hear and interact as our panelists give you insights into the creative mind.

Following the presentation, light refreshments will be served as you view the exhibition and talk to the craftsmen.

Save the Date for additional talks:

October 20th at 5:00 PM  –  We will host another panel discussion called “It Takes a Village”.
October 26th  – Eric Grant (Juried in Furniture) will present a special talk – more details coming soon!


2017 Fall NH Open Doors






Mark your calendar for NH Open Doors on November 4th & 5th and experience the people, places and products of New Hampshire

(top left: Donna Solomon, Kaleidoscope Glass and Art; bottom left: Julie Robinson, Birds on the Wing Design Studio; right: The Craftworkers’ Guild)

Plan to tour New Hampshire during NH Open Doors weekend and kick off your holiday shopping! During this statewide event, craftsmen, fine artists, and businesses open their studios and doors to the public with demonstrations, tastings, hands-on activities, raffles, special pricing, and more. See creativity and ingenuity at work and shop for beautiful handcraft and locally produced items. Learn more and see who has signed up so far…

New Hampshire craftsmen, artists, and businesses are signing up daily, so please check the website as we get closer to the event.

Note: Juried and supporting members of the League receive a special rate for participating in this terrific event, so sign up today!