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

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

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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 SunapeePics.com. Email: SunapeeNews@gmail.com.

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

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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, www.nhcrafts.org, 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 nhleague@nhcrafts.org, or visit the League’s website at http://www.nhcrafts.org.

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.


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