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

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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
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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! 

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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!

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.

tappan chairs[1]-250x333Featured artist Adam Nudd-Homeyer will open his Tappan Chair workshop for visitors to see how these chairs have been made in Sandwich, NH for nearly two centuries. Click here to view a video of Adam in his workshop.

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.

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.