Arts come alive in Concord during Spring NH Open Doors & Capital Arts Fest

Next weekend, New Hampshire’s capital city, Concord, and home to the League’s headquarters and one of our fine craft galleries will be full of activity — arts related activity. On May 6th & 7th, the League presents Spring NH Open Doors, a fun-filled, statewide touring and shopping event showcasing the people, places, and products of New Hampshire. During this weekend, artists, craftsmen, farms, retail shops and other businesses in Concord and throughout the state are opening their doors and featuring special activities for all ages, including art and craft demonstrations, food samplings, live music, special sales, and more.

On Saturday, May 6th, the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce is hosting Capital Arts Fest, a day-long celebration of the city’s newly revitalized downtown as an arts and cultural destination. Several arts-related activities and musical performances will be happening throughout downtown Concord.

One of those locations is the League headquarters. From 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday, May 6th, we are providing guided tours of our current craft exhibition, Pushing the Limits, and the Grodin Permanent Collection Museum. Juried members of the League will be demonstrating throughout the day and, to cap the festivities off, there will be a reception in the main Gallery from 5pm – 7pm.


Demonstrators include:

  • Grace Collette, rug hooking: Grace will demonstrate how she makes rugs by pulling loops of yarn or fabric through a woven base with a crochet-type hook. Rugs and tapestries are highly prized art forms found in the pyramids of Egypt, the palaces of Europe, the White House, etc.
  • Aaron Clapp, wood carving: Aaron will be carving spoons using pieces of wood recovered from trees that were overturned during the March’s northeaster. Come with any questions you may have about working with wood.
  • Claude Dupuis, wood turning: Claude will be demonstrating wood turning on the sidewalk under a tent. He will be turning tops that visitors can take with them.
  • Deb Fairchild, beadweaving:  Deb will be demonstrating her unique approach to creating lace with beads! She will also have pieces on display (and for sale) that feature a variety of beadweaving techniques. If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at beading, stop by and make your own floating necklace!
  • Cheryl Miller, fiber and stitchery: Cheryl will be making a fabric collage with a variety of materials with a sewing machine.
  • Jeffrey Gale, wood splint baskets: Jeffrey will demonstrate his process for making old-fashioned, wood splint baskets by hand. You can watch him carve freshly split wood and hand-pound it to form thinner strips of wood needed for the basket.
  • Stephen Procter, extreme pottery! Stephen will build a human-sized clay vessel in sections using two potters wheels and a large propane torch.