Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum opens contemporary gallery

On display in MKIM's new gallery: Talon and Horse, Shoshone-Bannock, Idaho -- an archival pigment ink print by photographer Annie Holt of Lyndeborough, N.H. (Photo courtesy of Annie Holt.)

The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, New Hampshire, opens a new gallery for contemporary art on May 1 with a show of Native American regalia.

Aln8baw8zow8ganal: Splendid Clothes, Splendid Traditions, the gallery’s first exhibit, will feature clothing and accessories as well as paintings and photographs through July 15.

Aln8baw8zow8ganal (al-non-ba-won-zo-won-gan-al) is the Abenaki word for traditionally made clothing; literally translated as Indian clothes.

Making and wearing regalia is a highly visible way of communicating identity and of connecting to tradition; many Native-themed arts revolve around regalia.

Crafted by Andy Bullock, this beaded hood will be on display. It represents the traditional headdress of the Wabanaki people. Andy, a Wampanoag, has beaded for 35 years. (Photo courtesy of Andy Bullock.)

The exhibit of regalia, accessories, paintings and photographs will include work from New England artists: Monica Alexander, Rhonda Besaw, Natalie Holt Breen, Andy Bullock, Chris Bullock, Liz Charlebois, Darryl Peasley, Tammy Bucchino, Annie Holt and Pam Tarbell.

Admission to the gallery is free. (Visit the MKIM website for museum admission prices.)

The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum serves as an educational and cultural center connecting visitors with Native American culture, past and present, and to encourage  respect for our environment. Nancy Jo Chabot is the museum curator. For more info, visit: or contact Executive Director Lynn Clark, (603) 456-3244.

Note: The “8” in “Aln8baw8zow8ganal” represents a unique sound of Abenaki language we do not have in English. It represents a nasalized, unrounded ‘o’.

Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter receives Pastel Society award

A Girl and Her Dog - pastel by Susan Parmenter, Sunapee

“I wanted to paint the relationship going on between the girl and her dog who are looking away from each other and yet appear so lovingly connected, that spiritual bond that so many of us share with our animals,” said Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter.

Parmenter recently received the Barbara Danser Founders Award from the Pastel Society of New Hampshire for her painting A Girl and Her Dog, an entry in the  pastel society’s 6th Annual Members Exhibit.

The painting is of a young girl with beautiful red hair and an adorable little dog, a rescue dog named Ginny. The little girl spent lots of time training the dog.

Carol Santora of Kennebunk, Maine, the juror of awards, described the painting as “more than a portrait of a girl and a dog. I can feel the space, and feel the love and emotion.”

Santora also pointed to Parmenter’s “flawless technique” and the “innovative positions of figure and dog”and…”details only where necessary.”

Inspiration for the painting came from an image on Ruffly Speaking.

“As soon as I saw it, I saw a painting,” Parmenter said.

After contacting the photographer, the mother of the child, and getting permission to use the photo as a painting reference, Parmenter went to work.

“I played with the composition a little and had fun painting with all the different reds and greens.”

Exhibit and Contact Information

The Pastel Society Members Exhibit is on display April 1 – May 14 at Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden at 236 Hopkinton Road in Concord.

The exhibition has 82 pastel paintings from 52 members.

It is a wonderful show in a lovely gallery setting that demonstrates the variety that can be accomplished with the pastel medium. As you are looking at the show, you look at the quality of the work on one wall and find the one you think would be your favorite; turn to the next wall, you have to start your process all over again because the quality of the work is of such high caliber. – Betsy Craumer, president of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire

For NHPS information including a list of other award winners and membership and exhibit information, visit:

To see more of Parmenter’s work–landscapes, figures, still lifes, animals, and commissioned portraits–visit

Winter white out…

Click on the image to go to: The changing winter landscape

This morning it looks like a winter white out here. Take a look at what it looks like! The snow is falling steadily and heavily in the Lake Sunapee region.

This image—”Winter White Out”—posted on parmenterart (another wordpress blog) and shared here with permission by the artist, is an oil sketch by Susan Parmenter, Sunapee. Although painted some time ago, it perfectly captures the look and feel of today.

You can view Susan’s art at and at the Monadnock Fine Art Gallery, Main Street, Keene. The gallery in Keene is featuring Susan’s art January 21 – February 26 in a show titled “Transcending the Subject to Feel.” A reception to meet the artist will be held on Friday, January 21 from 5 to 8 pm.

In the meantime, the snow keeps falling. WMUR predicts “8 to 18 inches with locally higher amounts possible.”

Update: Tuesday evening at the end of the storm, the unofficial measurement was 18″ of snow along Job’s Creek in Sunapee.

Empty Nest | susan parmenter

“A little empty nest painting for you on a blustery, November Monday,” writes Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter in her art blog. “This painting ['Empty Nest with Embroidery' - oil on canvas] is at the Hopkinton Historical Society’s Tomorrow’s Masterpieces Art Show & Sale in Hopkinton, NH. The show will be up through Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010…..” Visit Empty Nest | susan parmenter.

Sunapee Historical Society Raffles Painting Oct. 27

The  Sunapee Historical Society, at its fall meeting October 27, will choose the lucky winner of  an oil painting by Barbara Chalmers, Sunapee. The view is of Lower Main Street from yesteryear.

Chalmers worked on this painting during the society’s Main Street Walk in July and donated it to the SHS for a fund-raising raffle. (See photo below.)

One can still purchase raffle tickets ($5 each or five for $20), by contacting the Sunapee Historical Society, PO Box 501, Sunapee, NH 03782 or Ron Garceau at SooNipi Publishing at 9 Central Street.

“Originally I got involved just to research a character,” Barbara wrote to Sunapee News.  “I did Rev. H J Foote, Sunapee’s Methodist Minister from 1906-1911 and wrote his script.”

“But as plans for the event were coming together, Ron Garceau asked for volunteers to dress up in period costume – he suggested folks strolling on the street and possibly someone painting the landscape…… so I volunteered for that.”

“It was a lot of fun and I hope the Historical Society does it again next year.”

The  fall meeting will be held at the Sunapee Community Methodist Church starting at 7 p.m. The program will be Scenes from the Magic Lantern.


Dressed as a plein air artist in Sunapee's Main Street Walk, Barbara Chalmers was the “guide” for Kevin Rickard who portrayed Enos Clough, the inventor of the Fairy Queen steam powered wagon, and she played Enos’s neighbor Arabella Sargent. Photo by Peggy Chalmers.


An October Landscape by Susan Parmenter


Moon Over Cornfield by Susan Parmenter


“To experience October in NH is to witness transition,” writes Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter. “Daylight seems suddenly shorter. The smell of wood smoke in the air calls me to come inside and be warm. Vegetables sit on a windowsill, saved from the frost. My garden looks wilted and tired and ready to be tucked in…” This comes to you via Susan’s new blog and her recent post An October Landscape.

To learn learn more about Susan’s work, visit And if you’re in Keene stop by the Monadnock Fine Art Gallery on Main Street, or if you’re in the Upper Valley, visit the Red Roof Gallery in Enfield, where her paintings are also on display. has added a new Category: Home Grown. Let us know about your home grown business in and around the Sunapee area.

Library Arts Center Showcases Sunapee Artist Susan Parmenter

Blossoming Shad (pastel) by Susan Parmenter, Sunapee, will be on display at the Library Arts Center in Newport beginning June 26. The public is invited to the opening reception, Friday, June 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.

June 26 through August 5, the Library Arts Center in Newport, N.H., exhibits recent art work by Susan Parmenter of Sunapee.  Titled From the Heart, the exhibit will include oil and pastel paintings: country landscapes, still-lifes, figures, and wildlife…”all of which emanate a sense of possibility and wonder,” says LAC Director Kate Niboli.

Parmenter, a former freelance illustrator for over twenty years, remembers knowing that she was an artist at a very young age.  Growing up in the beautiful countryside of rural Massachusetts, her imagination was fueled by the picturesque landscape and abundant wildlife by which she was surrounded.  She received some formal training at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and since then has found many high quality workshops and instructors in the Vermont/New Hampshire area, including landscape painter John C. Traynor, tonalist Dennis Sheehan, and acclaimed pastel painter Albert Handell.  In each of her works, Parmenter strives to capture the essence and mood of a subject through good drawing, strong composition, and careful rendering of light.

Moon Over Cornfield No. 2 (pastel) and many other works from Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter are exhibited in the main gallery of the Library Arts Center beginning June 26.

If I can paint something that transcends beyond the subject and moves the viewer to feel, then I am happy. – Susan Parmenter.

The exhibit’s opening reception is Friday, June 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Concurrent to this exhibit, from June 26 through July 10, LAC’s West Gallery will feature work by Newport artist Elizabeth D. Gibbs.  In a show titled Progression: A Decade of Learning to Paint, Gibbs will display her progress through her first ten years painting, showing the vast progress from her first attempts to her current pieces.

And the Library Arts Center will host an “Arts in the Garden” self-guided garden tour on Saturday, July 10.

The Library Arts Center is located at 58 North Main Street in Newport, N.H.  The gallery is located in the former carriage house of the historic mansion occupied by the Richards Free Library, across the street from the Newport Town Common.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Corporate sponsorship of From the Heart is provided by Summercrest Independent and Assisted Living of Newport.  For more information about this exhibit or exhibit events, visit or call (603) 863-3040.

Parmenter Art in NH Pastel Society Exhibition

See "Three Pears" by Susan E. Parmenter, Sunapee, and other pastels in the NH Pastel Society Member's Exhibition at the Red Roof Gallery in Enfield, NH. The show runs April 10 through May 8.

“The pastel medium is a wonderful vehicle for both drawing and painting and I love doing both,” says Sunapee artist Susan E. Parmenter. Parmenter is a member of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire and is one of several artists participating in the Society’s 5th Annual Member’s Exhibition at the Red Roof Gallery in Enfield, NH.

The show opens Saturday, April 10 and runs through May 8. The opening reception on April 10 is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with refreshments being served. There also will be an awards ceremony. The event is open to the public free of charge. Red Roof Gallery is located at 11 High Street, Enfield. Gallery hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Paintings by pastel artists throughout the state of New Hampshire are included in the exhibition, as well as the works of other pastelists from New England.

Parmenter (on the web at works in pastels and oil. Her favorite subjects include still life, landscape, figure and wildlife. She also teaches fine art painting at the Library Arts Center in Newport, NH. About her work, Parmenter states:  “I am passionate about art and compelled to create….Like breathing, I just have to do it.”

Enjoy the beauty of pastel painting and meet Susan Parmenter and other pastelists at the show’s opening reception on Saturday, April 10.

Selections Exhibit Opens Friday at Newport Arts Center

Library Arts Center director Kate Niboli hangs a colorful painting by artist Rebecca Gottesman as she prepares for this year’s Selections Exhibit that opens February 5 in the Library Arts Center Gallery in Newport. The opening reception will be Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Exhibits and openings are free and open to the public.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to  4 p.m. The Selections Exhibit will be on display through March 18.

Artists selected for the show include:

  • Sally Wellborn, Cornish, NH – collage and gouache
  • Susan Lirakis, Center Sandwich, NH – black and white photography
  • Robert O’Brien AWS, NWS, Perkinsville, VT – watercolor
  • Judty Laliberte, Quechee, VT – watercolor
  • Betsy Derrick, Hanover, NH – oil painting
  • Tom Pirozzoli, Goshen, NH – oil painting, interior and exteriors scenes
  • Rebecca Gottesman, Norwich, VT – paintings
  • Phyllis Hofman, Canterbury, NH – mixed media sculpture

The Library Arts Center, which has served the region as a community cultural center since 1967, is located at 58 N. Main Street in Newport, New Hampshire. The gallery is located in the former carriage house of the historic mansion occupied by the Richards Free Library, across the street from the Newport Town Common. For more information, call (603)-863-3040 or visit

David Carroll Receives NHWP Lifetime Achievement Award

Author, artist and naturalist David Carroll, Warner, has received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Hampshire Writer’s Project.

MacArthur “Genius” Grant Winner, David M. Carroll is the author and illustrator of three widely acclaimed natural histories, The Year of the Turtle, Trout Reflections and Swampwalker’s Journal (the wet sneaker trilogy).

In 2004, Carroll released his semi-autobiography Self Portrait with Turtles. David’s art and writing, as well as his extensive fieldwork with turtles and wetlands, has been widely featured and nationally recognized. His book Following the Water: A Hydromancer’s Notebook was recently named a finalist for the National Book Award.

The members of the NHWP Board were proud to select Carroll as this year’s Lifetime Achievement award. His outstanding literary and artistic accomplishments combined with his commitment to the arts and literary community of New Hampshire made him a clear choice. — via NH Writers’ Project – Literary Awards.

What is a hydromancer?

See the NH Authors Series, Rebecca Rule’s 2007 interview with Carroll  in which he talks about hydromancing and his writing, art and passion for turtles …via

2009 League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair Schedule

Sculpture GardenHere’s your daily schedule for the 76th League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair, August 1-9. It is held at Mount Sunapee Resort located at Mount Sunapee State Park, in Newbury, NH.

The Fair features 350 juried members of the League and daily demonstrations, workshops and music. Also, each day, there will be a tour with a master artisan and screenings of a documentary about the League’s history. See below for the Fair’s nine-day schedule and for ticket information. Continue reading

Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Craftsmen at The Fair


Today, the Craftsmen’s Fair attracts about 35,000 people including families, shoppers, collectors and tourists who come from all over the country. Juried participants include many craftsmen from the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region.

Visitors to the upcoming Craftsmen’s Fair at Mount Sunapee will see both familiar and new faces including many artisans from the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region. Fiber artists Marie Wiggins of Sunapee, Barbara A. Fisher of Mt. Sunapee, Susan Scalera of Goshen and Nancy Graham of Newport are amongst the juried participants in the 76th Annual League of NH Craftsmen Fair, August 1-9 in Newbury. And craftsmen in wood Peter Bloch, New London, and Terry Moore, Newport, will also be at the Fair again this year, as will master metal craftsmen Joseph DeRobertis of New London.

2009 League Annual OrnamentThe League of NH Craftsmen retail gallery managers selected The Gift, a metal ornament created by DeRobertis, as the 2009 Annual Ornament. The Gift is hand crafted with aluminum, brass, and gold-filled metal. A juried League member since 1986, DeRobertis has been making at least one new holiday ornament every year for the past 11 years. His Rocking Horse metal ornament was selected as the League’s 1996 ornament. At this year’s Fair, DeRobertis will be demonstrate how crafts the The Gift. Visit the CraftWear exhibition.

Peter Bloch, perhaps best known for his translucent wood lampshades, wrote recently on his blog: “After making them for 16 years, I have no less passion about making the shades. In fact for the past month or so, my energy level has increased, and I find myself working longer hours and chomping at the bit to get in to the shop, seven days a week.”

Wood artistry by Peter Bloch will be on display at Craftsmen's Fair at Mount Sunapee

Turned wood lampshade and lamp by Peter Bloch, who will be amongst the many area artists exhibiting work at the League of NH Craftsmen's Fair, Aug. 1-9.

Bloch, with furniture maker Ted Blachly, this year collaborated on a floor lamp for Living With Craft, one of the special exhibits at the Fair.

For Blachly, “furniture making is a way of life.” The Warner NH artisan joined the League in 1989 and says of his work, “I continue to develop a design language for furniture that is calm elegant and subtly sensuous. I feel the use of gently curved lines and surfaces, the warmth of exceptional woods, and ultimately a careful handmade approach will generate furniture that is a comfort to live with.”

Send us info about your favorite artists and Fair experiences/ photos, and we’ll try to include them in an upcoming article or on Email:

Other craftsmen from the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region exhibiting their work at the 2009 Craftsmen’s Fair:

Baskets: Raymond Lagasse,  Lempster. Calligraphy/Mixed Media/Photography: Adele Sanborn, Webster. Clay: Eleanor Arkowitz, Hanover – Susan Bliss, Warner – Sarah Heimann, Lebanon – Barbara Jarvis, Claremont – David Pellerin, New London – Steve & Sue Russell, Newbury – Samuel K. Wild, Wilmot. Fiber: Debra Bury, Warner – Sara Goodman, Lyme – Sandy Luckury, Bradford – Carrie Cahill Mulligan, Canaan – Mary Jane Peabody, Wilmot – Erica Pfister, Unity – Meredith Smith, Enfield. Fiber/Mixed Media: Nancy Evans,  South Sutton. Fiber/Non-Metal Jewelry: Gillian Smith, Andover. Glass” Gregory Gorman, Lyme Center – Jennifer Mitchell, Warner – Thomas Talpey, Washington. Metal: Lynn Adams, Lyme -Ron Cravens, Salisbury – Garry Kalajian, Bradford – Jim Papuga, Bradford – Susanne Rowe, Grafton – Jim Stamper, Grantham – Paulette J. Werger, Hanover. Mixed Media: Angie Follensbee-Hall, Cornish Flat – Lark Leonard, Langdon – Gail Wilson, South Acworth. Mixed Media/Wood: Cherie DeAugustinis, Sunapee. Photography: Fred Parsons, Grantham/ Printmaking: Matthew Brown, Lyme – J. Ann Eldridge, Bradford. Wood: Ginny Herrick Bates, Warner – Seth Kiedaisch, Andover – Peter Maynard, South Acworth – Myrl Phelps, Danbury – Jeffrey Roberts, Unity – Grant Taylor, South Acworth

76th Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair Aug 1-9


League of NH Craftsmen's Fair runs August 1-9 at Mount Sunapee

The oldest, continuously running craft fair in the country–the Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair celebrates the “spirit of the maker” this year. It’s the Fair’s 76th year, and it gets underway August 1 at the base of the mountain at Mount Sunapee State Park in Newbury (NH).

Each piece of fine craft that is on display at the 76th Annual Craftsmen’s Fair has a story – one that expresses the vision, inspiration, skill, and personal history of the maker. These are artisans who make fine hand craft using traditional methods. By creating functional pieces using natural materials (many of which are native to New Hampshire) that have lasting value, they are contributing to the state’s legacy of craftsmanship and improving the sustainability of our community and environment. – LNHC

The fair will run August 1-9 with over 200 craft booths featuring contemporary and traditional jewelry, glass, pottery, prints, metalwork, fiber arts, woodcarvings, weaving, sculptures, furniture, and leatherwork. Visitors can meet and speak with the craftspeople and take in demonstrations and workshops on the traditional methods of making fine handcraft.  A wide variety of craft-making will be on display, glass blowing, blacksmithing, woodcarving, and furniture building, just to name a few.

Living With Crafts
Living With Craft

A favorite feature of the Fair is Living with Craft.  There will be two exhibitions, Living With Craft and CraftWear, and an outdoor Sculpture Garden, illustrate the practical and decorative use of handcrafted items. Living With Craft features decorated room settings furnished entirely with handmade furniture and room accessories. CraftWear features unique “art-to-wear” clothing, jewelry, and accessories. The outdoor Sculpture Garden includes pieces such as garden ornaments and landscape sculptures.

The Fair is a must-attend event for craft collectors, and those who want to be. Norman Stevens on Sunday, August 9 (11 am and 1 pm) will talk about how he built his wooden spoon collection, which now includes just over 150 pieces. After purchasing his first hand-carved wooden spoon at an Annual Craftsmen in the early 1970s, he started to collect 9” wooden teaspoons created by spoon makers from throughout the world. A large selection of those spoons will be on display from 10 am through 3 pm.

Daily Features: Tour with a Master provides fairgoers with an in-depth view of how a particular craft is made. Each day, a League member will take fairgoers on a 45-minute tour of the craft booths and exhibitions, providing detailed commentary on the techniques and artistry that go into making that craft.

And daily musical performances are included in the Fair admission price. Visitors can enjoy high-caliber acoustic, bluegrass, folk, jazz, blues, African, and big band musicians and performers will appear in the Performing Arts Tent.

Hours, Ticket Info and More: The Fair will be open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, rain or shine. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, students, active duty military (with ID), and groups of 20 or more. Admission is free for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the gate and include admission to all exhibitions and demonstrations, and a second day free return to the Fair.

Visitors can also purchase discount tickets ($2 off) on the League’s website,, through July 31. Also, advance discounted tickets ($1 off regular price) are available through July 31 at the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce office, 41 Main Street in New London.

Parking is free and childcare is available on site at $2 per hour. Picnic areas, as well as a food tent, indoor cafeterias, and an outdoor Garden Café (serving adult beverages) are open daily. No pets are permitted on the fairgrounds or left in cars in the parking lots.

For more information, call 603-224-3375 or email, or visit the League’s website at

The League of NH Craftsmen is a non-profit, craft education organization. Its mission is to encourage, nurture and promote the creation, use and preservation of fine contemporary and traditional craft through the inspiration and education of artists and the broader community.

‘Summer in the Studio’ for Children Starts June 30 at LAC

The Library Arts Center in Newport is offering a “Summer in the Studio” program for children. It starts Tuesday. June 30 and runs through August 14.  Week-long classes will include such subjects as working with clay, painting like the Masters, print making, and musical instrument making.  To see a full list of class descriptions,  visit or stop by the Library Arts Center for a brochure. Registration is ongoing until classes are full.  Limited scholarships are available.

The Library Arts Center is located at 58 N. Main St., Newport, NH adjacent to the Richards Free Library, across the street from the Newport Town Common.  For more information, call (603) 863-3040 or email

Yeomans Donation Supports Newport Arts Education

Yeomans Contribution Photo

Members of the Board of Directors for the Library Arts Center's Endowment for Arts Education (from L to R) George Montgomery, Edith Walsh, Paul Baird and William Howard Dunn recently accepted a substantial contribution from Newport resident Barbara Yeomans (front).

Newport resident Barbara Yeomans recently made a significant donation to the Endowment for Arts Education at the Newport Library Arts Center. The donation will help the Endowment for Arts Education provide community members of all ages with “top notch arts education for years to come,” according to an Arts Center spokesperson. Currently, this endowment is sponsoring the position of Artist in Residence in the Arts Center studio.

“Barbara’s donation is an inspiration to us all,” commented Edith Walsh, president of the Endowment for Arts Education.

For more information on Artist in Residence Erin Miley and about the Arts Center’s  summer studio class schedule, visit


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