Sunapee artist shares “A Visual Journey” in CFA show


“A Visual Journey,” a collection of artwork by Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter, will be on exhibit at the Center for the Arts micro gallery at the New London Inn from February 7 through April 26. The public is invited to meet the artist at the opening reception on Friday, February 7 (5-7 p.m.). Shown here: “View From The Shadows” — a pastel painting by Susan Parmenter.

New London, N.H. —  “A Visual Journey,a collection of oil and pastel paintings by Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter, will be on display at the Center for the Arts micro gallery at the New London Inn, 353 Main Street, New London, from  February 7 through April 26, 2014.

Meet the artist at an opening reception on Friday, February 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

CFA’s “gallery night” will also introduce new art at their micro galleries at Country Houses Real Estate, 370 Main Street, and Zero Celsius Wealth Studio, 228 Main Street. Meet photographer Maureen Rosen at Country Houses and artist John Sirois at Zero Celsius.

A journey of expression


“Painting and drawing take me on a journey of expression that I cannot achieve with words,” says Susan Parmenter. The CFA exhibition will encompass 10 years of work by the artist, from 2004 to present day. Photo by Joshua Bushueff Photography.

“Painting and drawing take me on a journey of expression that I cannot achieve with words,” says Parmenter. “I create art to share my immediate experience with the viewer, not just the color, light and composition, but the mood, feeling and emotion.”

The show will encompass a decade of Parmenter’s work, from 2004 to present day. Ten years ago, Parmenter re-focused her art career from illustration to fine art painting. The show will reflect her artistic journey, a “journey of expression.”

The exhibition will include both realistic and impressionistic styles of painting. and feature a variety of her favorite subjects—landscapes, portrait and figure, animals, and still life.

About CFA

The Center for the Arts is based in New London and supports and celebrates the cultural richness in the Lake Sunapee Region. Of the many arts it supports, the visual arts are foremost on its agenda and featured at its micro galleries, a summer art show, “Arts On The Green” in July, and a juried regional show in November.

CFA’s micro galleries host rotating shows year round. Openings for these exhibits occur on the first Friday of February, May, August and November.

For more information, visit:

Sunapee artist’s work juried in to N.H. national exhibit: It’s Pastel!

"Sunset Over Mt. Sunapee" by Susan Parmenter

“Sunset Over Mt. Sunapee” – a pastel (7″ x 9″) by Susan Parmenter, Sunapee, will be on display in It’s Pastel, the Fifth Annual National Juried Exhibition of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire in Portsmouth, N.H., from October 26 to November 30, 2013.

Sunapee, N.H. — “Sunset Over Mt. Sunapee,” a pastel painting by Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter captures the brilliant lavender/blue hues of an early evening sky with the mountain in the distance.

The captivating landscape of an open green field and spectacular sky, as seen  from a busy location in New London, brings to mind the old adage: ‘red sky at night, shepherd’s delight.’

“Sunset Over Mt. Sunapee” was juried into It’s Pastel!, a national juried exhibition of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire. The show will be held at the Discover Portsmouth Center Gallery in Portsmouth, N.H., from October 26 through November 30, 2013. The opening reception is October 26, from 4 to 6 p.m.

This is a major juried show with works by pastel artists from New Hampshire and other states.

The event is free and open to the public.

Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter enjoys painting in both mediums of oil or pastel. Favorite subjects are landscape, portrait and figure, still life, animals, birds and nature. Parmenter is shown here completing a painting in pastel, “The Unusual Hat.” Photo by Joshua Bushueff Photography.

Parmenter, who paints in a realist style with oil or pastel, works from her home studio in Sunapee, where she has lived for nearly 30 years.

“Painting and drawing,” says Parmenter “take me on a journey of expression that I cannot achieve with words….Inspiration comes from anything that truly moves me or sparks emotion: light, shadow, color, mood, shape, movement and story.”

You can view Parmenter’s artwork at Tatewell Gallery, New London; Monadnock Fine Art Gallery, Keene; Vermont Artisan Designs, Brattleboro, Vermont; and at Susan Parmenter Fine Art (

The Pastel Society of New Hampshire is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation of soft pastels as a fine art medium. It also promotes the arts in New Hampshire and fosters connections among pastelists of all levels throughout the region and other states. For more information, go to

Phillips Preserve protects 71 acres on Goose Hole Road

Phillips Preserve NL NHNew London, NH — With support from New London voters and the town’s Conservation Commission, the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust in June, 2013, added the Phillips Preserve to its list of protected lands in the Kearsarge/Sunapee region.

The 71-acre Phillips Preserve easement, on Goose Hole Road in New London, is owned by the town and managed by the New London Conservation Commission.

The property has over 1,600 feet of frontage on Otter Pond and over 700 feet of frontage on Otter Pond Brook, which flows from Goose Hole Pond into Otter Pond.

The Phillips Preserve is open to the public for low impact recreation, offering significant trails on the property. The easement, managed for timber production, had a recent timber cut on the property that created a substantial view of Mount Sunapee.

At the 2012 Town Meeting, the voters of New London voted unanimously to place a conservation easement on the property.

In 1980, as a memorial to her husband, Stephen, summer resident Bessie Wright Phillips of Salem, Massachusetts, gifted these 71 acres on Otter Pond to the Town of New London.

In the fall of 1993, Mrs. Phillips was recognized nationally for her 7,000-acre donation in the Rangeley Lakes region of Maine.

Prior to her death in 1996, Mrs. Phillips granted easements on her five New London properties on Burpee Hill Road, Little Lake Sunapee and Route 103A, which benefits all that enjoy the regional landscape.

Kearsarge Regional Ecumenical Ministries receives grant

New London, NH — Kearsarge Regional Ecumenical Ministries (KREM) recently received a grant from the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund. Grant money will support KREM’s ongoing ecumenical mission of meeting emergency needs of people in the Kearsarge/Sunapee region when other services are not available.

The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund awards grants to tax-exempt organizations, without regard to religious affiliation, for projects that help people in New Hampshire meet their basic needs.

The fund is operated by volunteers – lay men and women – who serve as Directors and who make recommendations to the Bishop of Manchester for grants to any organization in New Hampshire whose mission is consistent with its guidelines. The Fund raises money through solicitation of individuals, businesses and philanthropic organizations.

  • In 2001, five churches in New London – First Baptist Church, Christian Science Society, Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church, Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church – established KREM as an ecumenical response to local need.
  • During 2012, KREM provided $40,871 in assistance in 128 instances to households in Andover, Bradford, Danbury, Elkins, Georges Mills, New London, Salisbury, Springfield, Sunapee, Sutton, Warner and Wilmot.

KREM volunteers, called Stewards, work with those seeking help to find the best type of assistance for each situation. To meet the diverse needs of those seeking help, KREM has developed strong collaborative relationships with other area churches, businesses, organizations, individuals and towns.

The ongoing work and success of KREM lies in its continued financial support, its volunteers and a community willing to address the needs of its most vulnerable residents.

More information about KREM is available from any of the five founding churches based in New London. The mailing address is: KREM, P.O. Box 1465, New London, N.H. 03287.

Community bike tune-up and swap held in New London

Geordie Sousa ’13, of Colby-Sawyer College and the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative, was one of the volunteer “mechanics” at the Community Bike Tune-Up and Swap on May 4th.  Together with Professor Harvey Pine and fellow student Doug Foley ’15, they estimate they tuned-up 35 bikes.

Geordie Sousa ’13, of Colby-Sawyer College and the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative, was one of the volunteer “mechanics” at the Community Bike Tune-Up and Swap on May 4th. Together with Professor Harvey Pine and fellow student Doug Foley ’15, they estimate they tuned-up 35 bikes. Courtesy photo.

New London, N.H. – On the New London Town Green on May 4, the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative (KVTI) hosted a successful Community Bike Tune-Up and Swap that may become an annual KVTI event.

The bike tune-up and exchange was made possible through partnerships and support from Colby-Sawyer College, the New London Police Department, Pizza Chef, Hole in the Fence Café, Arctic Dreams and Village Sports.

On a sunny Saturday afternoon KVTI members distributed coupons contributed by Arctic Dreams, Hole in the Fence Café and Pizza Chef to the 20 community members who donated bikes.  Those members also facilitated 12 swaps for people who brought in smaller bikes and “traded-up” for a larger size, and eight other people went home with a “new” bike.

In addition, three volunteer mechanics were on hand to offer free tune-ups and advice. Professor Harvey Pine from Colby-Sawyer College and students Geordie Sousa ’13 and Doug Foley ’15 worked on approximately 35 bicycles throughout the day.

Two New London Police Department officers, Patrolman Eben Lamson and Detective Tom Anderson, distributed free helmets, and John Kiernan from Village Sports sized the helmets and was on-hand to provided additional technical assistance and equipment as needed.

Candis Whitney from the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative welcomes participants to the Community Bike Tune-Up and Swap as they enter the donation area on the New London Town Green. Over 20 bicycles were donated on the May 4 event.

Live music was provided by Ben Dobrowski, co-owner of Greenhill Collective Farm in Sutton, N.H.

Bikes that were not claimed by the end of the day were donated to local children and to Colby-Sawyer’s Chargers Stable, a free bike-share program for students.

The Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative encourages the nine towns in the Kearsarge Valley to develop a greater reliance on local resources – food, energy and human resources in particular – to address the impacts of global issues such as economic insecurity, environmental instabilities, and dependence on non-renewable energy.  Its members include Colby-Sawyer College students, faculty and staff, as well as residents from surrounding communities.

For more information visit the KVTI blog or


Spring Ledge Farm recycles Christmas trees

Still have your Christmas tree and want to put it to good use? Spring Ledge Farm on Main Street in New London, N.H., is still accepting Christmas trees for recycling, but be sure to drop off your tree before Tuesday, January 15, and remove all ornaments and decorations. The farm does not take roping, garland and wreathes. Spring Ledge recycles the trees by using the chips to mulch its blueberry rows. The farm stand’s Winter Market hours: Open Fridays, 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Storyteller Simon Brooks named to N.H.’s Arts Education Roster

SimonBrooks_2012Storyteller Simon Brooks, New London, is one of eight teaching artists named to New Hampshire’s Arts Education Roster.

Art in Education, a service of the N.H. State Council on the Arts, maintains the Roster, a list of juried artists representing a range of disciplines. These are professional artists who bring new skills, energy and creativity to schools and communities.

Brooks provides storytelling education and performances ranging from single to multiple shows, as well as full-day and multi-day residencies.

Brooks grew up where myths and legends abound, the countryside of Britain. He began his storytelling in 1991 in the U.K. before  moving to the U.S.  Now he performs and teaches at festivals, museums, schools, libraries and private functions. For his story and stories he tells, visit his website:

Other artists added to the Roster include:

Big Paws Music

“Big Paws” folk ensemble — Marek Bennett, Emily Hague, Jack Bopp and friends — plays original songs, dance tunes, ballads, and music old and new.

Big Paws,” folk ensemble, Henniker: Presents original songs, traditional dance tunes, ballads and music from a variety of American and Eastern European traditions:

Katherine Ferrier, dancer and choreographer, Bethlehem: Teaches dance, art and writing. Residencies include: “Moving the Intelligent Body,” an introduction to movement improvisation and “Embodied Stories,” which uses dance and writing as primary modes of research and expression.

Mike Gibbons, potter, Derry: Teaches the basic hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques of working with clay. A juried member of The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Gibbons is a former public school teacher with more than 15 years experience in educating students of all ages and abilities:

Kathy Parsonnet, visual artist, White River Junction, Vt.: Teaches painting through a collaborative learning process that includes art-making and project design:

Katie Poor, photographer/media artist, Nashua: Teaches photographic and media arts programs designed especially for elementary art programs:

Kirsten Reynolds, installation artist, Newmarket: Uses sculpture and printmaking to explore the connections between architecture and language:

Hunt & Smith, folk ensemble, Hancock: Presents traditional American song and dance for educational programs and concerts:

To be named to the Roster, artists are evaluated by certified arts educators who judge the quality of their work, professional commitment and experience working in educational settings.

>>> For artist contact information, fees and program details, go to the Roster .

>>> For artists and educators: The State Arts Council grant funds help to bring teaching artists into educational settings to provide arts learning experiences and to develop skills in imagination, creativity and innovation. To learn more about grants and application process for artists, visit:

>>> For more information about N.H.’s Arts Education Programs, contact Catherine O’Brian, 603-271-0795 or

Transition Town training to be held in New London, N.H.

New London, N.H. – Students in the Third Year environmental science/studies major at Colby-Sawyer College are helping to build the infrastructure for a Transition Town initiative in the Kearsarge Valley Region as a part of their Community-Based Research Project.

They are hosting a training event for the Kearsarge Valley area on the weekend of November 9th-11th, 2012. Any and all interested community members are welcome to attend the training that will be held on campus in the Curtis L. Ivey Science Center.

“If you love expanding your knowledge while connecting with other enthusiastic community members, then please join us for a weekend full of discovery, excitement, and strategizing,” the release says.

“Transition Initiatives” or “Transition Towns” bring together local networks of individuals, businesses and organizations that are committed to improving the well-being and resilience of their communities.  Drawing upon the ideas, skills and experiences of residents they develop positive localized solutions to discuss the regional impacts of larger global issues such as economic insecurity, environmental instabilities, and dependence on non-renewable energy.

To learn more about this event or to register,  visit or call Jillian Dervishian, 617-791-7910.

Tina Clarke and Simon Dennis, both Certified Transition Trainers, will facilitate this weekend event. Clarke has been an educator, advocate, director and consultant for nonprofit programs since 1985.  She has consulted with over 400 NGO’s and she has trained and advised over three dozen other Transition Initiatives.

Simon Dennis is one of the founders of Transition Town White River Junction, as well as the Center for Sustainable Practice, and has played key roles in organizing two successful community gardens.  He was also the co-founder and co-director of COVER Home Repair and the ReCover Store, a non-profit that works with volunteers to complete the community’s most urgently needed home repairs and sell donated building materials and household goods to support this mission.

This three-day course is an in-depth experiential introduction to the Transition Movement. Packed with imaginative and successful ways to engage your community, the course describes how to catalyze, build, and facilitate a successful Transition Initiative. It delves into the theory and practice of Transition that has worked well in hundreds of communities around the world.

Training Schedule:

  • Friday, Nov. 9th 5:30-9 p.m. Potluck Dinner & Discussion. Free and open to the public.
  • Saturday, Nov.10th 9:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec.11th 12-5:30 p.m.

Number of participants is limited. Cost for the weekend: $90 – a few scholarships are available. For more info and to register, e-mail:

Art exhibit, farm tour and Ausbon Sargent birthday party!

Here is an invitation to an art exhibit, a farm tour and a birthday party… from the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust, which works to protect the rural landscape in the Mt. Kearsarge – Lake Sunapee region.

“Landscapes for Landsake” Art Exhibit

Friday, May 25 through mid-September, 2012.

>> View the exhibit, original oil paintings and photographs of selected Ausbon Sargent protected properties, at the New London Hospital, County Road, New London, New Hampshire. All artwork is available for purchase. Each organization, land trust and hospital, will receive 20% of the proceeds and the artist, 60%.

Happy Birthday, Ausbon Sargent

Sunday, June 10, 2012, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

>> Tour Spring Ledge Farm with grower and farm stand owner Greg Berger.

“One of the joys of conserving properties is to protect our agricultural lands as well as our forests and open fields. Join us for a tour of Spring Ledge Farm and enjoy listening to our guest speaker, the former N.H. Commissioner of Agriculture, Steve Taylor.”

Ausbon’s Birthday Party on the New London Common

Monday, June 11, from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m.

>> Grab your lunch and come to the party on the green as we pay tribute to our namesake, Ausbon Sargent, on his birthday. (Bag lunches will be available at the following local restaurants: Ellie’s Café, Hole in the Fence, Peter Christian’s Tavern, Pizza Chef, and New London Subway.)

There will be music and stories and entertainment reflecting on Ausbon and the New London Common that he purchased in 1985 and gifted to the town so that we might continue to use and enjoy this open space forever.

View Ausbon Sargent events calendar at:

Read a related Sunapee News article: Ausbon Sargent celebrates 25 years of land protection

Sustainable Living Series: Planting for Pollinators

While planning and planting your garden this spring, think of our pollinators — those hard-working animals that help pollinate over 75% our flowering plants and nearly 75% of our crops.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reports: “Pollinators need your help! There is increasing evidence that many pollinators are in decline.  However, there are some simple things you can do at home to encourage pollinator diversity and abundance.”

In the Lake Sunapee region, a free workshop about Appreciating Honey Bees in the Garden and Planting for Pollinators, will be held at Colby Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire, on Saturday, May 19, from 1-3:30 p.m., at the Ivey Science Center. The workshop is open to the public and is part of the college’s Sustainable Living Series.

The workshop instructor is bee keeper Amy Antonucci, who has worked in organic agriculture for over ten years and served as vice president of the Seacoast Beekeepers Association of N.H., and organizes their annual Bee School. Amy is certified permaculture designer, goat-herder, chicken-keeper, and student of herbal medicine.

>> For more information, view the flyer below or contact Jennifer White, the college’s sustainability coordinator, at

>> To download and share the flyer, click here. (PDF Beekeeping Flyer for 5-19-2012 1.2MB)

>> To learn more about the college’s sustainability initiatives, visit

Sunapee area Tri-Town Assessing upgrades on-line system

The assessing department serving Sunapee, New London and Newbury has employed a new, interactive web application for on-line assessing data and mapping.

Go to:

Or go to the “assessing” page via the town website: Sunapee, New London or Newbury.

“The good news is we are upgrading at a lower cost to a new product that is more user-friendly,” said Chief Assessor Normand Bernaiche in the Sunapee Town Report.

The system provides access to all the basic assessing information you’d expect as well as important documents such as plans and deeds and aerial views. Also, one can download and print one’s property card.

The Tri-Town Assessing changed from Sustainable Mapping Solutions to Cartographics Associates, Inc., which produces the tax maps for all three towns.

The new system features:

  • Vision Appraisal property cards
  • More assessment information
  • Tax map and aerial views
  • Map layers: Public Works and zoning districts
If you need help with the new system, contact:
>> For Sunapee, Melissa Pollari, 603-763-2212, ext. 13, or
>> For Newbury, Denise Sherrill, 603-763-4940 or
>> For New London, Amy Rankins, 603-526-4821, ext. 20, or; or Linda Jackman, 603-526-4821, ext.10, or

Enjoy Naturally Curious with Mary Holland, March 25 in New London

Mary Holland, author of the book “Naturally Curious” and nature columnist for the Valley News, has had a life long passion for natural history, which she enthusiastically shares through her writing, photographs, blog, and presentations.

Holland will be the guest speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway Coalition on Sunday, March 25, 2012.

The meeting will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic church, 724 Main Street, New London. It is open to all SRKGC members and the public.

Holland’s talk will start about 7 p.m., and she will be available after her presentation to sell and sign her book.


SRKGC will hold a pot-luck dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. If you plan to attend the dinner, contact Jean LaChance, for SRKGC, at 603-927-4345.

The Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway Coalition is a local, all-volunteer hiking and conservation group charged with the development and maintenance of a 75-mile hiking trail loop that travels over Mount Kearsarge, Mount Sunapee and Ragged Mountain.

We hope you can attend and join or renew your membership. We’re all volunteers at SRKGC and your membership is important as we work with land conservation groups, other regional trail-maintaining groups and the State of New Hampshire to conserve and maintain our wonderful trail system. – from the SRKGC meeting announcement

SRKGC membership is $10 for individual and $15 for family. Download/view the 2012 SRKGC Membership Form (78kb PDF).

Center for the Arts hosts Trilogy on First Friday, April 6

Artfully New First Fridays!, sponsored by the Center for the Arts, brings you Trilogy — Katie Allman, Samantha Allman, and Audrey Budington, each playing several instruments, fiddle, viola, guitar and piano — in a performance at Rockwell’s Tavern at the New London Inn on April 6, 2012, from 6 to 7 pm.

Trilogy performs folk, classic and jazz at venues throughout the year… at fairs, festivals, farmers’ markets, restaurants, weddings, fundraisers, and house parties.  This concert will include music from the Baroque and Classical eras.

Katie, Samantha and Audrey range in age from 15 to 17. Each has earned numerous prizes and awards for her musicianship.

On the first Friday of each month the Center for the Arts hosts a free program showcasing local and regional artists. To learn more about the Center and First Friday! visit or call 603-526-4444.

Market on the Green ‘turning into a larger community event’

Market on the Green, Wednesdays 3-6pm, in New London is exploding with families and fun! Tristan Trybulski tries on the personality of a tiger with face painting. Artist Erin McGee Ferrell gives the final touches.

The Market on the Green, a farmers’ market held on the town common in New London, is bustling with activity reminiscent of a country fair.

Loads of families are  coming and enjoying the entertainment, vendor selections and free art activities all sponsored by the Center for the Arts serving the Lake Sunapee Region.

Market on the Green: Wednesdays, 3-6 pm, June 29-September 14

Ausbon Sargent Town Common, Main Street, New London

“Putting together live music, family entertainment, art and local agriculture…it’s a perfect combination,” said Annie Ballin, the Center’s executive director. “We have a great group of vendors. They are a friendly and talented group who enjoy what they do and are happy to share their wares and knowledge.”

Market-goers can get everything they need from prepared foods and meats, baked goods and produce, to specialty handmade gifts from local producers.

Rocky Cannoli of Newport does a steady business with market- goers looking for cookies, cinnamon rolls, and other treats.

“It’s  really turning into a larger community event where people gather to meet and visit with neighbors and friends from all over our region not just New London. The vendors are your neighbors too.”

At Market on the Green you’ll find fresh veggies from Muster Field Farm and Autumn Harvest Farm; baked goods from Rocky Cannoli, Stone Arch Bakery and New London Confections; pickles and jams from Autumn Harvest Farm and Cutting Farm… and more.

One market-goer shops the market each week to get a hot dog from Rocky Cannoli and fresh lemonade from Maine Squeeze, said Ballin, and another regularly buys condiments from Pam Ilg and Deb Coffin, Twin Fields Farm and Moose Country Gourmet. And a visitor from New York was amazed to find the perfect wedding present–a handmade lamp from one of the local potters at the market.

And there’s music and theater, a different act every week, and New London rec department runs games for the kids.

This is the market’s second season and attendance is about 450-500 people each week, many more than last year, according to Ballin.

For a list of products and vendors and 2011 performance schedule, go to:

“We really want people to experience the region…there is so much to do right here. There are 13 towns that encompass the Lake Sunapee Region and people should get to know the benefits of shopping locally and the entertainment and educational opportunities abound!”

For more info about the Center for the Arts, its programs and e-calendar of events, visit:

Photos provided by the Center for the Arts

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Center for the Arts announces series of art shows

Having developed several micro galleries in New London (NH), the Center for the Arts has announced its 2011 schedule for quarterly art shows, the first of which will open this May in three locations in New London…at New London Inn, Millstone Restaurant, and ZeroCelius.

Here’s a preview for May through July. These exhibits are expected to be in place by mid-week and a Gallery Crawl is planned for May 12th said Annie Ballin, executive director for the Center for the Arts. Continue reading


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