Fair Activities Overview

Every day at the Fair there are numerous opportunities to see craftsmen at work, or to try your hand at craft with expert guidance.

Our program pages contain a great overview of the daily and “every-day” activities and demonstrations at the Fair, as well as the featured musicians who will play on our stage. All schedules are subject to change, but will provide an opportunity to plan your visit to the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair based on your specific interests.

Craftsmen's Fair 2017 scheduleEvery Day at the Fair

Saturday, August 5

Sunday, August 6

Monday, August 7

Tuesday, August 8

Wednesday, August 9

Thursday, August 10

Friday, August 11

Saturday, August 12

Sunday, August 13

 

 

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.

2017 Music at the Fair

Live, original music provides a wonderful soundtrack to the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair experience. Here are the musicians performing at the 2017 Fair.

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David Surette and Susie Burke
Saturday, August 5
One of the finest acts on the lively New England folk scene. Susie and David’s music is a blend of contemporary, traditional, and original folk and acoustic music. Together, they bring skill, feeling, and pure enjoyment to their music.

 

Cormac McCarthy
Sunday, August 6
Folk musician Cormac McCarthy plays original music using a guitar and harmonica. Jeff McLaughlin from The Boston Globe calls McCarthy, “A distinctive songwriter with a warm, powerful, inherently melodic baritone, a fine guitarist … capable of putting chills into your spine or a silly grin on your face…”

High Range
Monday, August 7
High Range is a high energy roots/folk/bluegrass group with a long list of rave reviews from national publications. They highlight original music on guitar, upright bass, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and drums.

 

The Doug Bennett Trio
Tuesday, August 8
Doug plays with two legendary New England musicians, Kent Allyn on bass and Bruce Derr on pedal steel.

Kathy Lowe & Kent Allyn
Wednesday, August 9
Kathy Lowe, a native New Hampshire singer/songwriter, comes from a vaudeville and circus family. She plays guitar, dulcimer, and percussion and performs children’s music and songs about the earth and nature. Kent Allyn, her buddy of 45 years and musician extraordinaire, will accompany Kathy on piano, bass, guitar and vocals.

Joel Cage
Thursday, August 10
Joel Cage is a virtuoso guitarist and veteran singer/songwriter. His music runs the gamut, sounding like a full rock band to an intimate balladeer. Once a member of Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Joel has been performing regionally and nationally as a soloist for the past 2 decades.

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Julie Snow
Friday, August 11
Julie Snow is a Boston-based singer-songwriter whose songs are infused with with her commitment to social justice and moral action. Her songs are like fine tapestries — woven with message and meaning.

 

 

Lula Wiles
Saturday, August 12
Folk trio Lula Wiles bring to the Fair their breezy vocal harmonizing and sharp picking, bowing, and plucking. Their songs span from heartbreak-drenched acoustic ballads to honky-tonk swagger to contemporary grit and back again, all anchored by rich vocal harmonies.

Neptune’s Car
Sunday, August 13
Neptune’s Car is Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes, an acoustic duo from Massachusetts and New Hampshire who play original, contemporary folk music. Enjoy their vibrant lyrics and compelling melodies that tell stories rich in detail.

 

 

Explore the Mount Sunapee Resort Adventure Park and the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region

SummerCampSidebarThe Mount Sunapee Adventure Park has added some exciting new activities to enjoy during your visit to the Fair. Looking for a mountain adventure for your child? The Kids Mountain Adventure Camp is a day camp for kids ages 5-15. It offers children a high quality and unique outdoor mountain experience while they take part in many fun activities, including all of the Adventure Park features. Other activities include arts & crafts, orienteering, and fort building! Click here to learn more.

The whole family can participate in the Play-all-Day package! The package includes: 6 loops in the Aerial Challenge Course, unlimited climbing wall and airbag jumps, Disc Golf rentals, chairlift rides, mining sluice and the Sunapee State Beach! Click here for details.

 

Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee is the Perfect Summer Destination

Kayaks_Lake_NHThe Annual Craftsmen’s Fair is just one of many reasons to visit the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region this summer. It is an ideal vacation destination offering outdoor recreation, including boating, kayaking, biking, hiking, swimming, and fishing, cultural attractions, and charming New England villages with lovely inns, fine restaurants and unique shops.  Visitors to the area can enjoy attractions such as:

For more information about the region, visit the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce website.

Discover New Hampshire’s Creative Side Videos

Get a behind the scenes look into how fine craft is made.

Watch how these master craftsmen — all juried members of the League of NH Craftsmen — transform raw materials into extraordinary fine craft. David Little bends stainless steel to make beautiful wall art. Jordana Korsen collaborates with others to create colorful blown glass pieces. Kristin Kennedy hand carves wax to make elegant gemstone jewelry. Nancy O’Connor creates intricate patterns as she weaves a scarf. Lulu Fichter uses natural organic matter as the finish for her hand-built pottery. With century-old tools and local furniture wood, Adam Nudd-Homeyer creates heirloom chairs.

Most of these craftsmen are participating in the League’s Annual Craftsmen’s Fair, happening August 5-13 at the Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH. Plan to attend and stop in to see them in person!

 

DAVID LITTLE – Artist Blacksmith
Juried League Member in Metal for 35 years
Participating in the 2017 Annual Craftsmen’s Fair


Jordana Korsen — Glassblower
Juried League Member in Glass for 20 years
Participating in the 2017 Annual Craftsmen’s Fair


Kristin Kennedy — Fine Jeweler
Juried League Member in Metal for 17+ years
Participating in the 2017 Annual Craftsmen’s Fair


NANCY O’CONNoR — Handweaver
Juried League Member in Fiber for 40+ years
Participating in the 2017 Annual Craftsmen’s Fair


Lulu Fichter — Clay Artist
Juried League Member in Clay for 11 years
Participating in the 2017 Annual Craftsmen’s Fair

 

 

 


Adam Nudd-Homeyer — Chair Maker
Juried League Member for 2 years
Not participating in the 2017 Annual Craftsmen’s Fair

 

 

Newly Juried, February through April, 2017

In calendar year 2016, the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen juried in 29 new members, and in the first three months of 2017, we have already accepted 14 new members and juried another member in a new medium. In addition, we currently have a number of jury applications from individuals awaiting a jury session. We are thrilled to continue to grow and flourish as an organization of master craftsmen, both with traditional and innovative craft media.

We are sharing here the bios of our newly juried members from early 2017 – look for their work in our Fine Craft Galleries and our Annual Craftsmen’s Fair!

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Sarah Fortin, a juried member in Weaving and one of the weaving jurors, is now juried in Baskets. She makes Ply-Split Baskets using paper raffia, waxed linen, and some cotton yarn. She must first make the 4 ply cord, and with a tool called a grip-fid, split the plies and pull the cords through the plies. One of her baskets received an award for Best Use of Linen at the New England Weavers Seminar Gallery Exhibit in 2013.

Jeffrey Gale makes hand pounded White Ash splint baskets. Every part of the process uses traditional techniques and 19th century tools. These baskets are made from a freshly cut Ash tree. A froe is used to split his logs into billets, and a mallet is used to pound the wood and get it to separate into splints for weaving. All the rims and handles are made using a shaving horse, drawknife, spokeshave, and small hand tools. The Smithsonian Museum acquired 8 of Jeffrey’s baskets in 2013.

Fiber/Felting

Denise Kirk creates hand knit felted bags and other items. She hand knits her pieces using wool yarn and then the washing machine to felt the piece. She finds inspiration everywhere and sometimes uses beads and buttons for embellishment.

Fiber/Stitchery

Diane Grotton had previously been a juried League member, juried in Dolls. Now, repurposed sweater bags and mittens are her main interest. All components of the bags and mittens are made by Diane, and repurposed materials are used as much as possible to do the entire product.

Joyce LeBlanc/Miriam Carter: Joyce has joined Miriam in a fiber/stitchery/felting partnership. Her work consists of precise, masterful stitching that is done mostly on a Pfaff 4.0 sewing machine. She also uses a Viking Diamond, depending on the fabric and final result wanted.

Glass/Wood

Louis Pulzetti’s work with wood and glass is the embodiment of his lifelong dream to design and fabricate beautiful objects. Louis particularly admires the ethic of the Arts & Crafts Movement … pride in work and pride in workmanship. In his designs Louis seeks aesthetic contrast, where his goal is to balance stronger lines and masses with contrasting curves and lighter, more delicate features. His materials have a natural weight, and with them he seeks to design with strength, balance and stability. He generally uses restrained color palettes. Many of his themes are organic and many borrow from flora.

Leather

Roger Brisson is an old style hand crafted/carved leather worker. His process begins by using a combination of sources to come up with a design best suited for the piece. He cuts the leather by hand using leather knives, and outlines the design using a swivel knife and textured leather tools. He pounds down the design into the leather to different depths, shading, etc., to create a 3-D effect until the detail of the image emerges. Roger sews everything by hand, occasionally using his leather sewing machine.

Metal

Gary LaRose’s work involves forged metal. His primary focus is on botanical pieces, and whimsical animals including his most popular Moose faces, fish, rams, elephants, and others.

Georgi Shishlov creates custom metal fabrication including furniture, railings, staircases, and interior and exterior furnishings. His work incorporates welding, brazing, and blacksmithing.

Metal Jewelry

Katherine Rudolph’s work is highly inspired by architectural forms. She enjoys isolating specific buildings and deconstructing them with an interest in understanding their logic and order. Her design process often begins with paper models which translate well into thin gauge sheet metal. It is through the direct manipulation of the materials that the possibilities of form and composition are truly discovered. Her jewelry ranges from easy to wear everyday adornment to sculptural art objects.

Mixed Media

Karen Roxby and Barbara Boucher make pysanky eggs by using the traditional method of wax and dye on a natural-blown egg (primarily chicken, duck or goose). Karen begins by pencil-sketching her design directly on the egg and then uses a kiska to “draw” with wax on the egg. When the first layer of wax is done, the egg is put in the chosen dye. The process is repeated until the design is completed. The egg is then held over a flame to allow the wax to melt off. The egg is finished with multiple layers of hand-rubbed varnish. Sources of inspiration include the shapes and colors of nature, and geometric designs and patterns.

Anne Dinan works with vitreous enamels and metal, and sometimes found objects. Copper is her main material to use with the enamnels but she also uses silver and steel. Imagery is a big part of her enamel work right now. Her process involves transferring her own photographs into a decal that is then fired in the kiln and fused into the enamel. Her inspiration comes from the contrast between nature and man made items.

Wood/Turning

John Drost turns wood bowls. His philosophy on woodturning is to keep it simple while concentrating on form, scale, proportion, and striving to show the best attributes of the wood in each piece. Embellishments are kept to a minimum. John likes to turn organic forms, specifically round bottom bowls, which has its origins from a gourd. As a wood turner living in Hawaii the Calabash form inspired him, and remains his favorite form to turn.

Photography

Matthew Sergeant’s work is described as large format black and white landscapes, contact printing in the darkroom to fibre-based paper; unconventional camera design and build Alternative process, contact printing to cyanotype.

Printmaking

Brian Cohen makes etchings from copper plates using techniques known and practiced since the start of the 16th century. Brian incorporates stencils, sandblasting, and airbrushing in his approach to printmaking. He works on several etchings at once. He wants to create images that viewers will take time to contemplate, that satisfy a desire for detail, presence, and fullness, with strong shapes and resolved compositions.