Author John Walters Travels to Newport Nov. 18

Author John Walters, the creator and former host of  The Front Porch on NH Public Radio, will talk about his book: “Roads Less Traveled: Visionary New England Lives” on Thursday, Nov 18 at  7 pm at the Richards Free Library in Newport. “Road Less Traveled” tells the life stories of some truly remarkable people — people whose lives are full of passion and purpose. All are residents of Vermont or New Hampshire and likely include people you know…

  • Father Andrew Tregubov of Claremont, NH. Russian emigre, Orthodox priest, and renowned iconographer (painter of icons used in Orthodox worship).  He was Alexander Solzhenitysn’s priest during the writer’s years of exile in Vermont.
  • Dudley Giberson, a glass artist and inventor from Warner whose devices are essential fixtures of the modern glass-art studio.
  • Courtney Haase of Sutton, a former Catholic nun who left the convent and became a goat farmer and maker of artisan cheese.
  • Kim Christiansen of Sunapee, an artist who makes Braille jewelry — flat silver pieces with Braille messages imprinted into the surface. His pieces have resonated strongly with many of his customers; as one person put it, the jewelry presents Braille as a thing of beauty rather than a functional tool.
  • Bruce Cronin (Newport) and Babe Sargent (New London), two lifelong friends who made a pair of comedy films, The Wild Goose and Henry Phipps Goes Skiing.

Newport Arts Center Opens Gallery of Gifts Nov. 12

Intricately decorated coffee scoops by local artisan Jennifer Berube will be on display Nov. 13 - Dec. 18 at the "Gallery of Gifts" at Newport Arts Center in Newport, NH.

The opening reception for the Library Arts Center Gallery of Gifts will be Friday, November 12 from 5 to 7 pm, and it is open to all free of charge.

The “Gallery of Gifts: Exhibit & Sale of Fine Craft”—on display Nov. 13 – Dec. 18—will include work from 75 local artisans and a variety of crafts such as woodworking, blown glass and ceramics.

The Library Arts Center is located across the street from the Newport Town Common, adjacent to the Richards Free Library in Newport, NH. Gallery  hours: Tues.—Sat., 11 am to 4 pm.  Thursdays until 6 pm. This show is sponsored by Carroll Concrete and McCrillis & Eldredge Insurance.

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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.

‘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

56 Regional Artists Show Work at Library Arts Center

Library Arts Center Juried Regional Exhibit on display through May 21. "Tulips" by Rebecca Gottesman is amongst the 56 pieces on display.

The Library Arts Center Juried Regional Exhibit is on display through May 21. "Tulips" by Rebecca Gottesman, a Selections Winner.

Now on display in the Library Arts Center gallery is the 2009 Juried Regional Exhibit.  “56 artists are represented, making this show an excellent sampling of the painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography of the greater New Hampshire and Vermont region,” says LAC Executive Director Kate Niboli

The  exhibit is on display through May 21 and can viewed Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Library Arts Center is located at 58 North Main Street, Newport (NH). For more information, call 603-863-3040 or visit:

For more information about Rebecca Gottesman,  visit:

Art and Water Resources at LSPA, Sunapee Harbor April 29

The Lake Sunapee Protective Association invites the public to attend an illustrated presentation, “Art and Water Resources: Tracing Social, Ecological and Artistic Trends” by Elisabeth Ryan on Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. at the Knowlton House, Sunapee Harbor. Ryan received an Edwin W. Gaston, Jr. Scholarship award for her project the illustrates the “role water has played ecologically and socially in the 19th and 20th centuries.” Ryan is a student at Colby Sawyer College in New London.

Poet Maxine Kumin at Colby Sawyer College April 13

There is an intimacy to the act of planting as tantalizing as possessing a secret. Every seed you sow has passed through your fingers on its way from dormancy to hoped-for-fruition. ‘Trailing clouds of glory do we come,’ Wordsworth wrote. Thus come the little cobbles of beet seeds that separate when rolled between your fingers, the flat, feathery parsnip ones that want to drift on air en route to the furrow, the round black dots that will be Kelsae onions, fat and sweet by September, the exasperatingly tiny lettuce flecks that descend in a cluster, and the even harder-to-channel carrot seeds. –  Women, Animals and Vegetables: Essays and Stories by Maxine Kumin (published by W W Norton & Co.)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet will be reading and discussing her work at Colby-Sawyer College, New London, on Monday, April 13 starting at 4 p.m at the Colgate Cleveland Library and Learning Center. It is free and open to the public.

Kumin has published 14 books of poetry, five novels, five books of essays and memories and 20 children’s books.

Related: NH Bookcenter blog – NH Celebrates National Poetry Month

NH Celebrates Poetry Online

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library will host an online celebration of New Hampshire poets and poetry. Visit the blog Book Notes. Each day in April the Center will feature a different Granite State poet on its blog. The Last Leather Thimble in Peterborough by Hancock, NH poet Rodger Martin is today’s poem of the month.

National Poem in Your Pocket Day 2009 Buttons
Image by theunquietlibrarian via Flickr

A variety of poets have signed up to participate in the celebration—many whose work is well known, and some who may be a wonderful new discovery. The featured poets will be revealed one at a time as their work is featured on the blog, making the event a month-long reading and learning experience.

“New Hampshire has so many wonderful poets that choosing only 30 to feature was a challenge,” said Mary Russell, director of the NH Center for the Book. “Our hope is that by using social networking tools, like widgets and our Facebook page, we will be able to bring our celebration of National Poetry Month to a wider audience than we could with a traditional one-time-only reading.”

Those with blogs and websites can add the New Hampshire Celebrates Poetry widget and other free widgets at Widgetbox.

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Folk Fusion Performs in Sunapee April 3

Folk Fusion will perform at the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse on Friday, April 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. It will be a wonderful evening of acoustical guitar, contemporary folk (Indigo Girls, Nanci Griffith and Kate Wolf) to Celtic and traditional folk music, says emcee Al Peterson, Sunapee. Folk Fusion is from the Sutton area. Members include Susan Cancio-Bello, voice and keyboard; Laurie Reeder, voice and guitar; and Nicole Densmore,  flute and percussion. The group put out a CD last year.

The Coffeehouse is held every Friday evening at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street. There is no cover charge. The hat is passed for the musicians. For more information, visit the Coffeehouse website.

The Sunapee Community Coffeehouse seeks to encourage & foster professional and amateurs musicians alike in a family style listening room environment where new and seasoned performers can offer up their songs and stories to an attentive audience.

Arts Center Expands Studio Classes

The Library Arts Center, Newport, is offering an expanded selection of studio classes this spring. Enrollment has begun. Classes start March 16.

“My first priority is to re-build the studio, making it the best community resource it can be,” said Kate Niboli, the Arts Center’s new executive director. The studio has been completely re-painted and organized in preparation for the upcoming classes.

“High quality studio arts education is part of our mission” said Caitlin Mauser, Newport’s elementary school art teacher and Arts Center board member. Mauser is also a teacher at the Center and has been helping to develop its teaching programs.

After-school classes for children will include: Paper making, ceramics, painting and drawing. The Arts Center is also offering its first classes for home-schoolers and a kinder class for ages four and five.

For adults, artist Thor Carlson will teach a weekly Open Studio class. Susan Parmenter, new to the list of LAC instructors, will give to two courses: Drawing for Beginners and Painting the Natural Landscape (for beginners). Parmenter’s landscape painting is currently on exhibit in the Arts Center gallery.

Open Studio Oil Painting and Life Drawing, two more classes for adults, will be taught by artist Heidi Lorenz. Erin Miley will instruct Ancient Clay Techniques. Miley’s ceramics will be on display in the gallery in June.

In a time when the news is filled with stories of non-profits cutting back or, worse yet, closing their doors, it is refreshing to announce this positive growth for the Library Arts Center, Niboli said.

To register and to learn more about LAC classes, visit: or call 603-863-3040. The Library Arts Center is located at 58 North Main Street, Newport, NH.  The gallery is open Tues. – Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Related article: LAC Spring Term Art Classes for All (

NH State Parks Looking for Artists

The NH Division of Parks and Recreation is looking for artists to help develop artwork that will capture the uniqueness of individual state parks.  In reaching out to state park users, the Division hopes that artists can combine their experience, the park history, and the landscape to develop renditions of art that help preserve the tradition of New Hampshire State Parks. Continue reading

Jackson and Clegg Enter NH Country Music Hall of Fame

Local band members Tammy Jackson and Cliff Clegg–of the “Tammy Jackson Band” of Sunapee–were inducted October 19 into  the NH Country Music Association Hall of Fame. Read more about it at: Twin State Live Entertainment.

To check out the music and schedule of the Tammy Jackson Band, click here. The band will be performing at Newbury Harbor, in Wilmot and on the Newport Common in July 2009.

“My Brave Boys” NH History Talk in New London Feb. 12

Authors and editors Mike Pride and Mark Travis will present an evening program sponsored by the New London Historical Society on February 12. It is titled: My Brave Boys: The 5th New Hampshire Volunteers.

Pride and Travis, former editors at the Concord Monitor, authored My Brave Boys, To War with Colonel Cross and the Fighting Fifth.

The program will be held at the NL Historical Society Meetinghouse at 179 Little Sunapee Road (also called Route 114), New London. Time: 7 p.m. Admission: $4 for NLHS members, $6 for non-members.

A lost New Hampshire story comes to life……Two thousand regiments fought in Union armies during the Civil War. None — not one — suffered more deaths in battle than the Fifth New Hampshire Volunteers. At the center of this regiment’s searing experience is Colonel Edward Cross, a journalist and adventurer who infused the Fifth with his formidable personality. Concord Monitor editors Mike Pride and Mark Travis spent eight years digging for the story of Cross and his men in letters, diaries, memoirs, official records, and newspaper accounts. The result is a military history unfolded in human terms, as the men themselves experienced it. – University Press of New England

The program is part of Partners Around Lake Sunapee (PALS), a collaborative effort  of six area organizations to showcase the  resources and history of the Lake Sunapee Region. In 2009, PALS will focus on culture, art, education and history in a year-long series of events that have a common theme: Then and Now Around Lake Sunapee.

Participating groups are: The Fells, Lake Sunapee Protective Association, New London Barn Playhouse and the historical societies in Newbury, New London and Sunapee.


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