Sunapee Sightings: Along River Road


RiverRoad_CC_2014Apr Sunapee Sightings: How about a short walk?  Enjoy River Road in Sunapee Harbor Village, where you can take in the scenery and sights along the Sugar River. Enjoy the new Sugar River Bridge and the Sunapee Riverwalk, a 1/2 mile trail from the harbor dam to the Information Booth on Route 11. To share your favorite walking path or hiking trail in and around Sunapee, leave a reply. Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

Mindfulness in the Mountains: adventure and meditation

Lama Willa Miller, Springfield, NH., rock climbing in Rumney was part of a three-day adventure and meditation program, Mindfulness in the Mountains. Courtesy photo.

Mindfulness in the Mountains, a three-day adventure and meditation program, co-sponsored by Mountain Spirit Institute and the Natural Dharma Fellowship’s Wonderwell Refuge of Springfield N.H., wrapped up a weekend of rock climbing, kayaking and hiking in mid-October.

“I’ve been guiding and leading mountain programs for over 28 years, and this was, by far, one of the most fulfilling and meaningful experiences I’ve had,” MSI founder Randall Richards said. “To hike, climb or kayak and focus as a group on the quiet of the place, through which we traveled, was meaningful for both instructors and participants.”

A pair of instructors led each activity, one focused on outdoor skills, the other focused on teaching various meditation techniques, Richards said.

Eleven participants,  beginners and experienced hikers and kayakers, came from as far away as Florida and New York to hike, rock climb and kayak.

Activities were held in Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region and in Rumney, N.H.

Wonderwell Refuge’s spiritual leader Lama Willa Miller said: “Buddhism actually has a strong wilderness tradition. Monks, spiritual teachers and meditation practitioners have always gone to the mountaintops and into nature to get a sense of the sacred.”

Participants signed up in advance for an activity, but were allowed to switch to a different sport and focus on the second day of the program.

Rock climbing tended to bring up fear and trust. Hikers focused on meditation in motion and awareness of surroundings and kayakers focused on the metaphor of sky and water in meditative contemplation.

Once back at the Wonderwell, participants came together for group meditation and to share their experiences.

Lama Miller rock climbed both days and said, of her experience: “In Buddhism, we have a meditation practice designed to help with facing one’s fear. Being forty feet up on the rock put’s it right in your face. It’s quite visceral.”

Said participant, Ilene Venizelos of Enfield, NH, “I feel this experience has helped me reconnect more with myself, to the other participants, and to especially to nature.”

MSI and Wonderwell Refuge plan to offer more collaborative programs.

Amateur mushroom club meets in Grantham May 20

Morel mushrooms, delicious spring finds, if you’re lucky!

By Charlotte Carlson

Are you curious about mushrooms?

Did you know that there’s a local group in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region that meets monthly to find, to learn more about and to study fungi?

The Montshire Mycological Club (MMC) will begin its season on Sunday, May 20, 2012, with a kick-off talk about mushrooms by New Hampshire mycologist, Roz Lowen, at 10 a.m at the South Cove Activity Center at Eastman in Grantham, N.H.

A walk on nearby trails and a potluck lunch will follow. Bring a favorite appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert to share.

Note the collecting baskets from a past foray and remember bug spray for this time of year.

The event is co-hosted by the Woodland and Wildlife Committee of the Eastman Community and MMC.

Contact Charlotte at or 603-763-2869 for directions and/or more information.

Photos by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

Winter visitors to the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee area

Winter Visitors by Jim Block

This is the season for entertaining visitors, perhaps including some who come great distances by air. The majority who fly to visit us do not drop in unannounced and unexpected. But some of our northern neighbors seem to have a habit of doing this every few years in winter. This commonly happens when food up north is scarce. These visitors sometimes arrive in huge numbers, and sometimes come singly. Look for them this winter when you are out and about. Here is a very brief guide to their appearance and characteristics.


Perhaps the most colorful of the birds we see only during the cooler months is the Bohemian Waxwing. They are fairly easy to photograph since they tend to ignore anything else when they feed on berries of trees and shrubs…unless one spots danger and alerts the others. Then the whole flock, sometimes 50 to 100 birds, can explode as one and flee to the top of a nearby tree. They sometimes are in a mixed flock with Cedar Waxwings, but after a bit of experience it is fairly easy to identify which are Bohemians and which are Cedars. If you see a waxwing in summer in Sunapee it is almost certainly a Cedar. There have been numerous reports of large flocks of Bohemians already this winter in this area.

Common Redpoll

Another species that can arrive in large flocks is a finch, the Common Redpoll. They also are easy to see and photograph because they are attracted to backyard feeders, but do not look for them in New London in the summer.

Like the Bohemian Waxwing, this is an “irruptive species” that can be found in some years and be completely absent from the area in others. When these birds arrive in significant numbers it is said we are having an irruption—a dramatic, irregular migration of large numbers of birds to areas where they aren’t typically found.

Pine Grosbeak

Another finch that sometimes visits when the weather is cold and the nuts and seeds up north are scarce is the Pine Grosbeak. It is a beautiful bird. The males are pinkish-red and the females are yellow and gray. They are normally in small flocks, but sometimes in large numbers overrunning crabapples and other ornamentals.

Pine Grosbeak do not fear residential areas and can often be approached quite closely. The first time I remember seeing them was many years ago when I looked out my kitchen window and saw some birds that I did not recognize. I grabbed my camera, walked quite close to the group of perhaps 8 to 10, and got some photos. Later I identified them with help from a book and confirmed the ID with my slides.


And then there are the owls. They come singly and not as frequently. But when they do arrive in NH and VT they normally take up residence in one spot and stay for an extended time. There are birding list serves you can join to get alerted by email when they arrive. However, if you join a list serve, be prepared to receive many emails reporting sightings of much less common species also. These owls are special. Few of us have been fortunate to see them in the wild.

Many years ago a Snowy Owl visited my backyard briefly. And the Northern Hawk Owl is very special. The photos of these owls here were taken in different years in Vermont and during snowstorms!

More information

If you would like to see more photos of these 5 species of winter visitors, please visit And while you are at my web site, please feel free to look around. I have put many photos on this site since I created it in January. And now I’m even teaching easy website creation classes in addition to my photography classes that I announce several times a year to those on my photography email list. For more information, visit

Related Sunapee News articles:

Mink and muskrat and the changing season

Brookside Park – a spot rarely visited

Eagles fishing Lake Sunapee

Gold Peaks in Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Area

Yesterday, VisitNH said “pockets of color” still can be seen in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region.” Around Sunapee, the late foliage colors are beautiful.

“Splashes of bright oranges and reds are remaining in the Upper Valley and around Lake Sunapee. Northern red oaks are showing their deep browns among the yellows of the quaking aspen and the birches. Routes 10, 114, and 120 are best bets for scenic drives. Pumpkins, apples and gourds are still available at roadside stands.”

VisitNH : Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee.

And there’s more…at one of our favorite local markets.

In New London this weekend, Spring Ledge Farm on Main Street, will hold a Moonlight Maze on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22 and 23  from 6:30-9:00 pm.

“Explore the maze by the light of the full moon,” reads the invite.

The maze, 3 acres with 1 1/4 miles of paths, will be open every day until November 1st.  Corn Maze Aerial 3Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4-12, and free for kids 3 and under. Parking is available at the farm; follow the signs down the driveway.

Winter Hiking and Geocaching to Dutchman Pond

The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge (SRK) Greenway Coalition is offering three winter hikes in January.  “Be prepared with clothing layers, food, water and snowshoes,” said a Greenway spokesperson. Participants are asked to  contact the hike leader at least the night before to learn the starting location and time.

  • January 16 (Sat) – Geocaching from Webster Pass to Dutchman Pond in Springfield. Bring a GPS unit, if you have one, or learn as you go, searching for 14 caches with Cynthia Bruss ( – 763-4570. 5 miles (Moderate)
  • January 23 (Sat) – An interpretive snowshoe hike to Star Lake in Springfield. Followed with hot chocolate with the leaders, Susan and Michael Chiarella: 763-5879. 3 miles. (Easy)
  • January 30 (Sat) – Cross-country ski to Morgan Pond from Twin Lake Villa in Springfield. Call Andy Hager 526-2846. 5 mi. (Moderate for experienced skiers)

Below is the remainder of the Winter 2010 hike schedule: Continue reading

Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region Nears Peak Color

“Overall, the [Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee] region is about 80% turned and will be near peak by this weekend,” according to Travel and Tourism in Hampshire and its official Foliage Tracker.

Related articles and websites:

Green Leaf Peeping (

Warner Fall Foliage Festival

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.

A Call to Action to Save Wadleigh State Park

In early June, the NH Division of Parks and Recreation released a draft strategic plan that identified three of the six state parks and waysides located in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee area as under performing and subject to an “alternative management strategy.” Media reports about the plan are finally getting out, and people are asking questions and voicing concerns. In Sutton, people are organizing.

Wadleigh State Park, Sutton, the Gardner Memorial Wayside Park on 4A in Wilmot and the Sculptured Rocks Natural Area in Groton, the plan said, would be subject to “decommissioning, transfer to another state agency, transfer to another public recreation provider, lease or other management agreement, or disposal through the state’s surplus land process.”

The plan also identified Cardigan State Park in Orange and the Pisgah State Park, 13,300 acres in Cheshire County amongst the 27 parks, waysides and natural areas that fail to meet the division’s “core values.”

In Sutton, the proposal is seen as threatening a community cornerstone, and a call to action has gone out from a local group.

The North Sutton Improvement Society will hold a special meeting on Thursday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Sutton church to discuss the fate of Wadleigh State Park as outlined in the recently published strategic plan issued by the Division of Parks and Recreation.

State Representative Ricia MaMahon will give the background to the plan and answer questions concerning possible future actions by Sutton to preserve the park and protect Kezar Lake. Please ask your friends and neighbors to attend this important first step in protecting one of the cornerstones of Sutton.  Everyone is invited. – Steve Enroth, president of the North Sutton Improvement Society.

  • For more information about the 10-Year Strategic and Capital Improvement Plan, visit the parks division website.
  • The Division is accepting public comment until July 11, 2009, via fax (603-271-3553), e-mail (, or mail (P.O. Box 1856, Concord, NH 03302).
  • Today, June 23, at the Peterborough Town Hall, 1 Grove Street, the the division will hold the last of four public information sessions on the plan. Time: 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Download the Plan below. Note, the file size is 6.7 MB.

pdf icon Strategic and Capital Improvement Plan – (June 8, 2009) Draft for Public Review and Comment

Musterfield Farm’s Annual June Jam Coming Up

The Putnam-Pirozzoli Guitar Duo will  again be part of the musical line at the Seventh Annual Musterfield Farm June Jam on Saturday, June 20.  Mark your calendar! Music starts at 4:30 P.M. and will include: The Click Horning Band, Night Kitchen, Ron Noyes Band, Derek Astles, Long Tail Monkeys, Mink Hills Band and  Uncle Jimbo.

This is a great event. The closest thing to Woodstock [that] Sutton gets, and it benefits the wonderful Musterfield Farm Museum. – Pirozzoli

The unique setting at Musterfield Farm, amongst historic barns and gardens, and all the local musical talent makes this event an area favorite. The 250-acre farm is located in North Sutton, about 30 minutes north of Concord and 30 miles south of Lebanon, NH.

According the Farm website: “Pete Thompson and his crew will be manning the grills, Frisbees will be flying, and, hopefully, many new fans will discover and come to appreciate the farm. Feel free to bring a picnic basket and your favorite beverages.”

Tickets are $10 per person or $20 per family. This is a fundraiser for the museum. Click here for directions.

Other: Putnam-Pirozzoli will also be performing (acoustic guitar) this Friday, June 12 from 8 to 10 p.m. at Sophie and Zeke’s Restaurant in Claremont.

Exit 12 Park ‘n Ride Expanding to 132 Spaces

By Katie RichardsonNLPark'nRidebus

The New London Park and Ride on NH Route 103A is currently undergoing expansion and adding 87 spaces to the 45 currently in place. This will allow 132 vehicles to park at any given time, according to a Department of Transportation press release. Pedestrian and handicap accessibility will be improved and a concrete pad for motorcycles will be installed.

Frank LaPoint, of the Department of Transportation Construction Bureau, said the expansion “has been needed for quite some time, as the lot is always full.”  He said the work is not funded by stimulus money, rather, is part of the approved budget.

Dartmouth Coach, a bus line that runs between the Upper Valley and points south, makes fourteen stops a day at the I-89 Exit 12 Park and Ride and a company representative said fares have not been negatively affected by the construction.

NLParknRideconstThe existing Park and Ride is accessible during construction, except in the instance of paving.  John H. Lyman & Sons, Inc. out of Gilford has been contracted for the $295,000 project.  LaPoint said the work is on schedule and expected to see completion at the end of June.

Related websites:

NH DOT – Park and Ride Map and Locator

NH DOT – About the NHRideshare program

Rideshare Calculator for communters

Scenic Byway Meeting Travels to New London

An informational meeting about the Lake Sunapee Scenic and Cultural Byway will be held on Wednesday, March 25 at the New London Town Offices (in the Syd Crook Room) at 6:30 p.m. The Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission is sponsoring the meeting.

The agenda includes:

  • Introduction to the Scenic Byways program by Dean Eastman from the NH Department of Transportation
  • Background and history of the Lake Sunapee Byway with Newbury Town Administrator Dennis Pavlicek
  • Purpose and role of the Byway Committee
  • Purpose of a Corridor Management Plan
  • Establish meeting schedule and work plan to create a Corridor Management Plan
Lake Sunapee Scenic and Cultural Byway

Lake Sunapee Scenic and Cultural Byway

The Lake Sunapee Byway was first designated in 1997-98. It travels a 25-mile route in Newbury and Sunapee, along sections of Route 103 and 11 and a portion of I-89.

One can find a map on the NH DOT website.

This 25-mile route borders Lake Sunapee and is a slower paced and beautiful alternative to Interstate 89. Visitors and residents alike know that Lake Sunapee is a destination in itself. Year round recreational opportunities abound, including boating, biking, swimming, snowmobiling, downhill and cross-country skiing, ice boating and maple sugaring. Local residents take pride in Lake Sunapee for its exceptional water quality and beauty. Protection efforts have enabled Lake Sunapee to consistently be named one of the cleanest lakes in the state. – Scenic Byways Program of NH Department of Transportation

What is a Scenic Byway? Check out the NH DOT website:

Library Arts Center Exhibits “Selections”


"Fiddleheads" by Gregory Albright (Oil on linen)

The Library Arts Center, Newport, NH, in its annual Selections exhibit, will feature art from winners from the 2008 Juried Regional competition, six artists from the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region: Susan Parmenter (Sunapee), Ann St. Martin Stout (Newport), Gillian Martlew (New London), Susan Lirakis (Center Sandwich), Gregory Albright (North Hartland), and Monica Baustert-Sweetser (Essex).

The opening reception for Selections is Friday, February 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The exhibit will be on display February 7 – March 12. The Arts Center is located at 58 N. Main Street, Newport, NH. and is open to the public free of charge. Gallery hours are Tues. – Sat. 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Selections will represent a variety of styles and mediums.

About the artists from the exhibit release:

Susan Parmenter, Sunapee (NH) – Working in oil and pastel, Parmenter is known for her paintings that “capture the light of landscapes and the life embodied in still life compositions…..The mood evoked by her contemporary, realist paintings is reminiscent of that of the classical masters.”

Ann St. Martin Stout, Newport (NH) –  Stout has long been “drawn to the classical traditions of still life in art.”  Her striking photographs capture the grace and elegance of seemingly everyday objects and her still life compositions allow viewers to see the assembly of items not normally associated to create what she notes as the harmony of  “a coherent whole.”

Gillian Martlew, New London (NH) – Martlew’s goal is to “hone the art of portraying the quality, feeling, and atmosphere that draws [me] to take each picture.”  Martlew entices viewers into her photographs by experimenting with ways to bring a sense of movement to still images.

Susan Lirakis, Center Sandwich (NH) – Through her camera lens, Lirakis interprets her natural surroundings and explores “the territory of symbol, myth, and archetypal realities.” She draws much of her photographic inspiration from the simple, spirit-filled images she captured on plastic “toy” cameras as a child.

Gregory Albright, North Hartland (VT) – Albright is a painter known for his lively landscapes that are full of vivid color and natural whimsy. His expressionist paintings are “full of broad gesture, and yet remain mindful of delicate nuance.”

Monica Baustert-Sweetser, Essex (VT) – Using the medium of graphite to capture the life of objects in the natural world, botanical artist Baustert-Sweetser brings to her art “profound beauty and delicate detail to even the simplest of objects.”

The Library Arts Center houses two galleries and occupies the carriage house adjacent to the Richards Free Library mansion on the Newport Town Common. The director is Kate Niboli. For more information, includining volunteeer opportunities, phone 603-863-3040 or visit


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