It has been twelve years since the first exhibition which featured work in the colors of black and white; It’s All Black and White, January 2006. Ten of those original participants have work in the current exhibition, Black and White Encore, January 2018. This is pretty incredible!
My Greatest Influence
Join us Thursday, March 22nd from 5:00 to 7:00 pm for a Gallery Talk featuring exhibitors who have participated in both exhibitions! Hear and interact as our panelists give you insights into how their work has evolved in the twelve years since the first exhibition and about who or what has influenced, supported, and encouraged them. What are they looking forward to in the years to come?
Margaret Sheehan starts with a fabric that “talks” to her. Each of her art quilts has reverse appliqué, satin stitching, sheer fabric, overlay, mono printed fabrics, couching, free motion quilting, bobbin drawing with metallic threads, embroidery, and buttons/beads.
Rachel Montroymakes composed and constructed sculptural pieces. She incorporates a variety of textures all inspired by the natural world, particularly from coral, barnacles, seashells, mushrooms, seeds, flowers, and succulents.
Connie Turinworks exclusively in porcelain. All of her work is done in-hand using pinch techniques. Much of her work is finished with sgraffito drawings and hand painted using colored engobes that she mixes herself using Mason stains.
Andrew Dow uses the techniques of glass carving, sandblasting, and painting to create his work. He converts his drawings and photographs into stencils to be used on the glass. He then carves one or both sides of the glass, single or multilayered sandblasting, and sometimes uses an engraver for fine detail. He then paints by hand the areas he wishes to stand out.
Bruce Trullis a woodturner primarily focused on bowls, platters, hollow forms, and vessels. He mostly turns green wood either to finished dimensions or in preparation for a twice-turned piece. He especially enjoys making pieces from green wood provided by customers who want a piece as a memory from a fallen tree.
Larry Antonukproduces whisk brooms made of traditional broom corn (sorghum, from Mexico), steel wire, hemp and synthetic twine, leather thongs, and basket reed. Design sources for this work have been from Shaker collections at Canterbury as well as the collection at Hancock Shaker village in Massachusetts.
Larry also makes classic Atlantic salmon flies. His work focuses on the reproduction of historical Scottish and Irish salmon flies. Techniques are quite similar to those used in the 18th century, but the tools and “foundation” materials are considerably more modern.
Kimberly Leach creates fantasy creatures using cloth and paper mache techniques. She then paints them using acrylic airbrush paints. Her design sources come from movies and books she’s read and her imagination.
Bonny Hallcreates felted animals made with 100% wool. She forms the body by needle-felting to meld the fibers. She then uses soap and water to further felt the layers of fiber. The wet-felting shrinks and tightens the wool, creating a dense and very durable felted companion.
Barbara Poole creates one of a kind and limited production felted art to wear. The work begins with wool that is sustainably harvested from organically and ethically raised sheep. Other textiles are used, mostly silks. The work is created seamlessly; there is no sewing except as a means to tack and stabilize the garment before the felting process begins.
David Bridgewater makes 1/6th scale wooden chairs that are reproductions of antique chairs up to the end of the 19th century. With the chairs that he has produced he has done a lot of miniature turning. Other techniques used so far have been seat carving, steam bending, basic milling, planning, and accurate cutting.
Douglas Powers makes furniture. He is very interested in the grain and color of wood and tries to make pieces that work with the natural appearance and structure of the wood involved. He uses locally sourced, air-dried wood as much as practical and seldom uses stains or dyes.
Remember the League when you are shopping for a special Valentine’s Day gift for a loved one, or looking for the perfect gift for any occasion. Since no one item is the same, your gift is sure to stand out from the rest. Our eight Fine Craft Galleries are located throughout New Hampshire.
Click below for more information about each gallery location:
Don’t let a grey winter day get you down! Learn a new skill and stimulate your creativity by taking a class at the Craft Center in Concord or one of our other League locations. Offerings at the Craft Center include:
Fundamentals of Stumpwork Embroidery with Robert Dorr
Getting Started with Woodcarving with Laury Nichols (shown right, on top)
Kiln Fired Dichroic Glass Pendants with Lynn Haust (shown right, on bottom)
The League of NH Craftsmen enjoyed a great start to 2018 with the opening of our latest exhibition at the Gallery at League Headquarters, Black and White Encore. In addition to the traditional opening reception on January 12th, we were excited to have a second reception at Headquarters on January 18th in celebration of Concord Garden Club’s Art and Bloom show. We are always excited to welcome new visitors, and it was a double pleasure to welcome talented floral artists who interpreted craft in the current exhibition and permanent collection.
While Art and Bloom was a very short show, Black and White Encore continues through March 28th. The majority of pieces in this show are available for purchase. Don’t wait too long to come in and purchase your favorite!