Sunapee’s Harbor House Livery to host arts & crafts show


An arts and crafts exhibit and sale will be held at the historic Harbor House Livery in Sunapee Harbor Village, on Sunday, October 13,  noon to 4 p.m. Photo of the Sugar River bridge and HHL is by Charlotte Carlson, one of the local participants in the show.

Sunapee, N.H. — Local artisans will show their wares at an arts and crafts exhibit and sale on Sunday, October 13, 2013, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Harbor House Livery in Sunapee Harbor Village.

Participants include League of N.H. Craftsmen members: mixed media artist Cherie DeAugustinis (3-Delusional Art) and fiber artists Joyce Murphy Gale (Unique Ewe) and Marie Wiggins (Harbor Gallery).

Stocker Graniteworks also will be attending with their American Bead Collection.

And showing their latest work will be photographer Charlotte Carlson (notes, totes and prints); Eleanor “Ellie” White, who transforms pashmina into wearable art; spinner and weaver Chris Alexander; wood turner Joe Watts; and Sarah Bocko, with silver and bead jewelry.

Project Sunapee is organizing and sponsoring the event, which will include a video display of the building’s history. Docents will be on hand to share information about the circa 1890 landmark.

For more info, email:

NH Craftsmen’s Fair celebrates 80th birthday

TRichardFoyRakuDemohe Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair celebrates its 80th birthday this year. From August 3 to 11, 2013, at Mount Sunapee Resort at Mount Sunapee State Park in Newbury, N.H., the fair will feature handmade crafts by more than 350 craftspeople, daily demonstrations, workshops for all ages, and special exhibits and tours. Hours: 10 a.m. to p.m., rain or shine!

For more info including ticket purchases and special lodging packages, visit the League website.

CraftWearExplore the League’s Living With Craft Exhibition, the CraftWear Exhibition of one-of-a-kind handmade fashions and accessories and the Sculpture Garden for outdoor living.


Photos courtesy of League of NH Craftsmen: Richard Foye giving a raku pot making demonstration, CraftWear, and Sculpture Garden gate.

Free Peeps Diorama Open Studio at Library Arts Center

PEEP_Chick with R (1) authorized for publicationEvent: Peeps Diorama Open Studio at The Library Arts Center in Newport, N. H. Open to the public free of charge.

When & Where:  Tuesday, March 5 and 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. The Arts Center is at 58 N. Main Street, behind the Richards Free Library in Newport.

What to bring: A shoebox, Peeps, crafting supplies if you have them and your ideas.  Basic crafting supplies, ranging from paints to glue guns and “googley” eyes will be available.

For more info: phone (603)-863-3040 or visit

The Library Arts Center is preparing for its second annual Peeps Diorama Challenge that will take place March 22 – 30 in the gallery.

Community members are invited to create dioramas out of Peeps Easter candy to enter into the challenge and  are welcome to drop into the studio to work on their Peeps Dioramas!  Artists, individuals and families are welcome to stop in for these free and Peeps Open Studios.

Attendance at the open studios is not necessary to participate in the Peeps Diorama Contest. Visit for contest details.

Project Sunapee showcases local artisans and local history at HHL

An arts and crafts exhibit and sale featuring Sunapee artisans will take place at the historic Harbor House Livery (a.k.a. Old Town Hall) on Main Street, Sunapee Harbor, on Sunday, October 7, noon to 3. Refreshments will be served.

The event will feature Sunapee artisans including Joyce Gale (Unique Ewe woolly mittens),  Marie Wiggins (all manner of fine and fancy needlework), Cherie DeAugustinis (funky, fanciful sculpture, mirrors, trays, and more), Ellie White (Pashmina jackets and felted hats) and Sharon Parsons (pottery), who will demonstrate basket weaving.

Visitors will be able to explore the history and current activity surrounding the Harbor House Livery, which is on the New Hampshire Register of Historic Places.

“This is also an opportunity to glimpse back to Sunapee 1890. Harbor House Livery Committee docents will be present to answer questions and share a video history,” says Donna Gazelle for Project Sunapee, the event sponsor.

On display will be the wooden model of the pedestrian covered bridge that will span the Sugar River from River Street to Main Street. The harbor area project is under construction.

The scale model of the covered bridge (shown here) was created by Brent Stocker of Stocker Woodworks, Sunapee.

For more information, email

Projects Sunapee is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging economic vitality and education, cultural and historic assets, scenic landscapes and the social well being of our community.

League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair runs August 4-12

Sculpture in wood and translucent wood lampshades by Peter Bloch, New London, N.H., will be on display at the 2012 League of NH Craftsmen Fair. The fair runs daily August 4-12, 2012 at Mount Sunapee in Newbury, N.H., and will have over 200 craft booths, daily demonstrations and creative exhibits.

Each summer, visitors come to the Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair in the Lake Sunapee region of New Hampshire to experience the fun and fascinating world of craft.

Now in its 79th year, the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair runs from August 4-12 at the Mount Sunapee Resort at Mount Sunapee State Park in Newbury, N.H.

The fair is a showcase for beautiful, one-of-a-kind craft items that are functional, decorative, and built to last.

All of the craft is made by hand by master craftsmen – juried members of the League – using traditional methods and natural, locally sourced materials, including clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, and paper.

The Annual Craftsmen’s Fair features a variety of activities for all ages in a scenic setting under a series of white tents at the base of the Mount Sunapee Resort.

The atmosphere for this year’s event will be like a street fair, with a variety of performances that feature over-sized puppets, magicians, mind readers, roving musicians, and more.

Visitors can meet and talk to the craftsmen, learn about their techniques, and purchase from them.

Shoppers will find fun and practical gifts at over 200 craft booths and The Shop at the Fair.

Do-it-yourselfers (adults and children) can sign up for workshops, such as paper making, beaded rings, and glassblowing, and make their own handmade treasures.

Daily demonstrations

Those who are curious about how fine craft is made can watch daily demonstrations of glassblowing, woodcarving, blacksmithing and more by juried members of the League of NH Craftsmen, as well as invited guests from the New Hampshire Potters Guild, the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers, the New Hampshire Woodcarvers Guild, the New Hampshire Art Association, the New Hampshire Shaker Museum, the Canterbury Shaker Village, and the New Hampshire Farm Museum.

This year, the woodworking tent will be expanded to feature boat building, guitar making and chair making demonstrations.

Three creative exhibits

Visitors will also see how fine craft is used in everyday life through three creative exhibitions:

  • Living With Craft, which features tastefully decorated room settings furnished entirely with handmade furniture and room accessories
  • CraftWear, which features unique “art-to-wear” clothing, jewelry, and accessories
  • Outdoor Sculpture Garden, which includes pieces such as garden ornaments and landscape sculptures. These sculptures will also be placed throughout different locations on the fairground.

An exhibition of fine prints, called Big Red, will be on display in the Sunapee Lodge.

Ticket information
The Fair will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, rain or shine, from August 4-12. 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. A ticket includes admission to all exhibitions and demonstrations, as well as a second day free return to the Fair.

Visitors who purchase their tickets in advance on the League’s website, will receive a $1 discount, plus no convenience fee. This discount will be offered until August 3.

Parking is free and childcare is available on site at $3 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.

Links to more information on the League website:

The Lake Sunapee Region

Along with the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair, the Lake Sunapee region offers a variety of activities for all ages, including the M/V Kearsarge cruises and boat tours, the Fells Historic Estate and Gardens (with its nature trails and tours of historic homes), water activities (boats, kayaks, canoes, sailing) and fun shops at Sunapee Harbor.

“There is a variety of lodging and dining options to suit all tastes and budgets,” says Jennifer Tockman, Director Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce. For information, visit:

Library Arts Center: Summer art classes for children


Noell Bergeron, of Sunapee (left), and Mikaela Gilbert, of Newport, show off progress on their nature weavings made during the “1960s 101” class at the Library Arts Center in Newport, N.H.  The Center’s summer studio program offers a number of art classes for children from infants to age 13.  Visit the Center’s website for a full schedule of classes and workshops. Go to:

Music from Our Hands on display in Concord

Flute by John Lunn, Newport, New Hampshire

Music is a beautiful and powerful form of communication, and speaks to a variety of emotions and ideas. It is also the theme for the latest fine craft exhibition on display at the Gallery at The Craft Center and League of NH Craftsmen Headquarter in Concord.

Music from Our Hands on display through March 21, 2012, at the League of NH Craftsmen Gallery in Concord

This is a multi-media exhibition featuring the work of juried League members including local artisans: Alan Carruth and John Lunn (Newport), Marie Wiggins (Sunapee) and Terry Moore (Wilmot). See below for a list of participants.

Music from Our Hands features two electric guitars, three acoustic guitars, a sterling silver flute, a gourd, whistles, vase percussion, as well as other fine handcrafted pieces that include musical elements.

The Gallery is located at 49 South Main Street, Suite 100, in Concord, NH and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, and Saturdays, during the exhibition, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Continue reading

Opinion: Defunding the Arts is shortsighted

By Sue and Steve Russell

As New Hampshire craftspeople, juried members of League of N.H. Craftsmen, we are very concerned about the New Hampshire House’s decision to defund the New Hampshire State Council for the Arts.

The tradition of supporting the Arts in New Hampshire goes all the way back to 1932 – three years into the Great Depression –  when then Gov. Winnant signed the first bill in the Nation to fund a commission of state Arts & Crafts.

Gov. Winnant saw clearly – even in the depths of the Great Depression – the economic potential of developing a state sponsored craft enterprise. As a result of this the League of N.H. Craftsmen was born.

One of the primary purposes of the League is to foster and encourage the tradition of craft and in this regard the New Hampshire State Council for the Arts has been indispensable in fulfilling this mission.

NHSCA helps provide services to nearly 800 juried members of the League as well as other individuals and organizations involved in the Arts.

Needless to say the state’s involvement in the Arts has helped to place New Hampshire as a destination for those seeking fine art and craft.

To defund the NHSCA would be very shortsighted and have a crippling effect on the Arts which have proven over the years to be an invaluable asset to the State. The League of N.H. Craftmen’s fair generates at least 2 million in sales annually.

On behalf of the many artisan’s throughout the state, I urge the senate to remove this provision from the New Hampshire budget bill. Let us maintain our proud New Hampshire tradition of doing what we can to maintain the vibrant presence of the arts in our social fabric

Artists entrepreneurial workshop: May 12

On May 12, 2011, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts will present two Artist Entrepreneurial Workshops for professional artists who are seeking to enhance their business skills, promote their work and network with other artists.

The workshops are:

  • Approaching Galleries—with Sarah Chaffee, gallery director at McGowan Fine Art, 10 a.m. -  noon. Chaffee will explain how to prepare a high-quality artist’s package, including a biography, artist statement, articles, retail price list and digital images. She will also address how to research and approach galleries, the ins and outs of contracts and how artists can promote themselves to the press.
  • Pricing Your Work: Art or Science?—with Gary Chabot, ProfitPoint Business and Finance Consulting, 3 – 5 p.m. Chaffee will discuss the facts, fiction and mysteries of pricing works of art, including how “price point” passion and real world economics mix it up in the world of art and business.

These workshops will take place at the Brown Building Auditorium on the Hugh J. Gallen State Office Park, 129 Pleasant Street in Concord.

There is no cost to take part in the workshops, but registration is required. Call (603) 271-2789. In lieu of a registration fee, a donation of canned foods or pasta for the local food bank is suggested.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a publicly funded agency within the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources. It began in 1965 with legislation designed “to insure that the role of the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the education and welfare of our citizens.” Funding comes from state appropriations, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Conservation License Plate fund. Learn more about the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at

Newport Arts Center selects eight artists for Selections 2011

Great Island 2, an oil painting by Patricia Sweet-MacDonald, will be on display in Selections 2011 at the Newport Library Arts Center from February 5 through March 18.

In Newport this Friday, February 4th, the Library Arts Center will hold an opening reception (5 – 7 p.m.) for Selections 2011. The exhibit will showcase the work of eight winners from the LAC 2010 regional show. The reception is open to the public free of charge.

Selections 2011 will be on display in the LAC gallery February 5 – March 18. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The featured artists are:

Included in Selections 2011 is Work Tools by photograher Ann St. Martin Stout.

The Library Arts Center is located at 58 North Main Street, Newport (and directly behind the Richard’s Free Library).

For more info: 603-863-3040

The Library Arts Center is a regional cultural and arts center, where residents and visitors can observe, study and participate in the Arts. It has served the community since 1967, when renovations transformed the Victorian carriage house behind the Richards Library into a spacious main gallery with a small stage, a backstage gallery, and an art studio on the floor below.

Drawing class at Newport art center starts Feb. 5

Susan Parmenter, Sunapee, will teach a drawing class at the Library Arts Center in Newport during February.

Drawing is something we all do at age 3, yet as we get older it becomes a more curious process.

Drawing has to do with expressing what you see, and it can be challenging beyond words…challenging even at times for practiced painters. And that’s why drawing is the focus of an upcoming studio class at the Library Arts Center in Newport.

Painters who study and practice drawing often see the benefits in their paintings, says LAC instructor Susan Parmenter, who is leading the 4-session series titled Drawing Intensive.

Better drawing = better paintings

“Drawing from life is a good tool for fine tuning eye to hand coordination, and it trains your brain to draw what you’re really seeing rather than what you think you see….it really pays off.”

Class will meet on Saturdays (10 am to 12 noon) on February 5, 12, 19,  and 26. Continue reading

Sunapee artisan stitches whimsical accessories from decorative discards

For Susan, a day just doesn’t seem complete without some hand-stitching.

Three years ago this December, Susan Farland, Sunapee, with a box of handcrafted pins in hand, went over to the Fiber Studio in Henniker. “I was thrilled,” said Susan. “I made my first sale. They bought a batch of  pins.”

Susan combines layers of felted wool with thread and decorative “discards” to create whimsical and colorful accessories: small purses, ornaments and pins (shown here).

So it began, her handcrafted business: Fiber Art by Susan. It stitches together her love of hand sewing and working with wool.

Susan combines layers of felted wool with thread and decorative “discards” to create whimsical and colorful accessories: pins, ornaments and small purses. She also creates wine totes, potted pin plants and small wall hangings.

“I love creating something new from something else.” Cast off clothing—sweaters to socks—and beads, pieces of jewelry, such as a stranded earring, all make their way into designs.

In 2007, Susan found herself flat on her back from an injury. “I was spending my time lying down, reading and watching the bird feeder. A friend came over and suggested that I might want to be more productive…how about a sewing project.”

Her friend then returned with a penny rug kit from the Dorr Mill Store. “I completed it within a few days. I loved it.”

“Wool has taken over my life”

“Through the years, I’ve explored many different crafts…” Mosaics. Block printing. Quilting. “I have a fascination with quilting.”

Susan was a primary school teacher for 20 years in the Kearsarge District, and before taught grades two and three in Unity. “Working with kids and exploring materials and what one can make” influence her work. “I always appreciated children’s art…It would have been fun to be an art teacher, if I was to do it all over again.”

For now, however, one could say, “wool has taken over [my] life.”  And that’s a good thing. She’s also looking forward to having an “official home studio.” Her husband Gerry is building that aspect of the business.

As for selling her handcrafted designs, Susan attends fairs and sells to shops including Allioops! in New London, NH; the antique store Stephen Score Inc in Boston; and the Textile Museum Shop in Washington, DC. And she goes to fairs and festivals. They take her on the road from Bow, New London and Warner to Norwich, VT. She admits, however, “I’d rather be home creating.”

For more information

To contact Fiber Art by Susan, email: Phone 603-763-4887. Prices range from $18 to $28. Small tapestries start at $150.

Susan’s work is also on display at the Newport Library Arts Center in the Gallery of Gifts. The holiday show ends this Saturday, December 18.

Gallery of Gifts at Library Arts Center open thru Dec. 18

The Gallery of Gifts at the Library Arts Center in Newport is on display one more day…through Saturday, December 18th. The hours are 11 am to 4 pm.

This is an annual event. Each holiday season the local art center offers a boutique-style show  of fine, hand-made crafts.


“It’s been the most successful Gallery of Gifts to date,” said Kate Niboli,  LAC executive director. “We’ve had lots of support from the community, and every sale helps to support our creative economy.”

“And there are a great selection of gifts still to choose from,” Niboli added.





In 2009, the Gallery of Gifts generated over $20,000 in overall sales.

Photos courtesy of the Newport Library Arts Center

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum: Scholarships Available for Native American Arts Classes

New Hampshire teachers and low-income residents can receive scholarships to attend the Native American Living Arts Program at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Education and Cultural Center in Warner.  The program offers a monthly hands-on class designed to promote understanding and appreciation of how the artifacts in the Museum were made and used and to help preserve and promote traditional Native arts and skills for future generations. Classes are appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Classes meet the first Saturday of each month through June and include beadwork, pottery, porcupine quillwork, twined basket making, star quilt making and its historical/cultural significance, flute making and playing, and hand drum making.

Fees range from $25 – $75 and financial assistance (50 to 100% of class costs) is available for first and second year K-12 teachers and low-income state residents.

Next class: Twined Basketry with Julia Marden, Aquinnah Wampanoag, is December 4 at 9 am.

Twined Basketry once widely practiced throughout the northeast, declined in the 19th century due to the widespread adoption of wood splint basketry. Twining is known from only a small sampling of surviving baskets and archaeological fragments. The traditional materials used included corn husks, grasses, rushes, bark fibers, and cordage made from native plants such as milkweed, dogbane (Indian hemp), and false nettle.

Twining has seen a limited revival amongst the Wampanoag and Narragansett. Most of those who create twined bags and baskets use commercial fibers such as hemp, jute, linen, and cotton. Occasionally traditional fibers are used. Julia Marden is one of the more talented artists. She uses designs derived from northeast woodland cultures. Her work is noted for the particularly tight quality of the twining. In addition to twined basketry she also twines sashes and garters for ceremonial dress.

For more information, class schedule, registration form and financial assistance application visit or contact the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum at 603-456-2600. Class sizes are limited, preregistration is strongly recommended.

Already Planning Your Summer Vacation to NH?

“I am making vacation plans now and would like the dates of the 2011 Craftmen’s Fair at Mt. Sunapee,” asked Myra in a message to Sunapee News. Hi, Myra: The 78th New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair will run August 6 – 14 (2011) at Mount Sunapee State Park in Newbury, NH.

NH’s Craftsmen Fair is considered one of the première crafts fairs in the country, and it’s held right here, in the heart of the Lake Sunapee region. It’s also the oldest crafts fair in the country showcasing an array of traditional and contemporary crafts, the work of juried members of the League of NH Craftsmen.

A little history: The League began in 1932; the Fair began in 1933. The first fair held in Crawford Notch was a big success with sales of $2,698! The Fair then moved to the Hancock, and through the years to other locations: the UNH Field House in Durham, Holderness School in Plymouth, Dartmouth College in Hanover, the Belknap Recreation Center in Gilford (1948-1960), and Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro (1962). The Fair came to Mount Sunapee in 1964.


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