Library Arts Center announces 2013 Peeps Diorama winners

Peeps 2013_1Newport, N.H. — More than 250 people attended the March 2013 “Peeps Party” to showcase entries from the second annual Peeps Diorama Contest at the Library Arts Center in Newport.

Visitors enjoyed viewing the 60+ dioramas featuring the sugar-coated peeps marshmallow candies, peeps-themed refreshments, and a Peeps s’more roast in the parking lot said LAC Executive Director Kate Niboli.

Peeps 2013_2“Contest judges had a hard time choosing winners from all the entries, but finally narrowed it down to the following winners after much deliberation.”

Best in Peeps

“The Peep Ballet” – Allison Howald, Newport

Adult Category

1)     The Sinking of the MV Peepsarge – Jill & George Montgomery, Sunapee

2)     Zombie Attack in 3D – Stephanie Zara, Unity

3)     You Peep What You Sow – Franc Raymond, Georges Mills

Family/Group Category

1)     We the Peeple—Brooke, Rette, & Lynn Solomon, Wilmot

2)    “Peepsville” Fire Station—The McCrillis Family, Newport

3)    Burroughs Crazy Circus—Mrs. Burroughs 6th Grade Class, Newport

Children’s Category

1)    Peeps in the Library Arts Center—Uzma Malik, Sunapee

2)    Native “Peep”-les—Joshua Almstrom, Croydon

3)    Owl Peeping—Jackson Scheele, Georges Mills

The entries from the Peeps Diorama Contest will be on display in the Art Center gallery through Saturday, March 30, during gallery hours, (Saturday, 10-2, and Tuesday through Friday,  11-4.)  The show is free and open to all.

Visitors can vote for their favorite diorama to receive The Peep-les Choice Award, which will be announced at the close of the show on Saturday.

At the Library Arts Center: Peeps contest and student art show

Newport Middle & High School Art Exhibit

Newport Middle School and High School art students have been hard at work preparing for their biennial exhibit at the Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport, N.H.

“It is a wonderful thing for our youth to have the opportunity to display their artwork in a professional arts setting for the whole community to enjoy!” said LAC Executive Director Kate Niboli.

You can view the exhibit March 16 – April 10. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Friday 10 a.m. – 2p.m.

Opening reception: Friday, March 15, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Peeps Diorama Contest

Heidi Bartlett's Peter Peeper Diorama 2nd ADULT CATEGORY

From last year’s contest at the Library Arts Center, “Peeper Picked a Peep of Pickled Peepers” by Heidi Bartlett. Photo courtesy of LAC.

LAC’s Second Annual Peeps Diorama Contest takes place March 23 – 30, with an opening Peeps party on March 22, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Similar contests featuring the marshmallow sweets have swept the nation for nearly a decade, with popular contests hosted by urban news publications such as the Washington Post, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press and the Denver Post.

The Library Arts Center’s contest is the first of its kind in the Upper Valley region.

“Last year’s Peeps Diorama Contest was a huge success” said Niboli. “Too often we forget that art is for everyone and that art can be fun and even silly!”

For more information about the Peeps Diorama Contest, contest rules, and entry forms, visit

“Add Women & Stir” on exhibit at Library Arts Center

On display at the Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport is “Add Women and Stir,” an exhibition of Women’s Caucus for Art/New Hampshire (WCA/NH) artists juried by Sarah Chaffee, Director of McGowan Fine Art in Concord, N.H.

On display through October 26, the show features widely varied works in many genres, all inspired by the thought-provoking theme.

Gallery hours: Tues.-Friday,  11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays. For directions, visit

Participating artists are Bonnie Askowitz, Paulette Brace, Debra Claffey, Deirdre Cleary, Jean Connolly, Elizabeth D’Amico, Pat Davis, Soosen Dunholter, Phyllis Hofman, Lisa Koschwitz Salerno, Susan Lirakis, Laura Morrison, Tae Nelson, Zrinka Orr, Susan Parmenter, Suzanne Pretty, Ruth Segaloff, Cilla Sheehan, Gail Smuda, Suzanne Whittaker, and Catherine Weber.

Women’s Caucus for Art is a national organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in the visual arts through exhibitions, networking, education, and scholarship opportunities. The New Hampshire chapter is one the largest and most active WCA chapters in the nation, with members from across the entire state.

Image: “Greatminds” – oil on canvas – by Lisa Koschwitz Salerno.

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:

Art, poetry, music… take your pick!

Exhibit openings, poetry readings, and musical performances — an array of events showcasing the creative community in the Lake Sunapee region takes place this Friday, May 4. These events are free and open to all.

Patience by Jeanne Maguire Thieme. For more information about the "First Friday" gallery openings and artists, visit: CFA Micro Gallery

>> Lake Sunapee Region Center for the Arts continues its “First Fridays” with fine art, light refreshments and opening receptions at the Center’s micro galleries in New London, 4-7 p.m. Locations and featured artists: Millstone Restaurant (Wolfgang Ertl), New London Inn (Susan DeAppolonio), Zero Celsius Wealth Studio (Elizabeth D’Amico and Craig Maine), and Country Houses Real Estate (Jeanne Maguire Thieme).  For more info, visit: CFA Micro Gallery.

>> Earth, Water, Wind, and Fire – The Elements of Spirit: Words, music and art come together at the Knowlton House at Sunapee Harbor, 5-7 p.m. The CFA event will feature author Caroline Fairless, musician Jim Sims, and the poetry of Amber Rose Crowtree, Joan T. Doran, Maggie Kemp, Robert Manchester, Jennifer Militello, and Ellen Pysz. Ewa Cruciel, poet and professor at Colby Sawyer College, will introduce the poetry.

>> Harpist Katelyn Croft will be performing at Rockwell’s Tavern at the New London Inn, 5-7 p.m.

>> Singer/songwriter Howie Newman gives a show at the  Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse at the Sunapee Methodist Church, 7-9 p.m. Read more…

>> Library Arts Center opens its 2012 Juried Regional Exhibit with a reception in the gallery at 58 North Main Street, Newport, 5-7 p.m. For more info including the list of participating artists, visit: or call (603) 863-3040.

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

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.

For more information:

Quilts: An American Legacy

Quilt Show Raffle Quilt ImageOctober 16 and 17 are the last two days to view Quilts: An American Legacy, an exhibit by the Soo-Nipi Quilters Guild at the Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street in Newport. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday afternoon, October 15th, visitors to the Library Arts Center steadily flowed in and through the gallery. They were met by over 70 quilts, and the afternoon gallery sitters, quilters Nancy Graham, Newport, and Linda Dunning, Hopkinton, who shared their enthusiasm and knowledge of the craft.

Graham and Dunning are fabric artists and collaborated in creating Ocean, a 30″ x 90″ hanging that was on display. Made of hand dyed cotton and hand painted silks that are fused and machine pieced and quilted, the contemporary piece was shown this year at Living with Crafts at the League of New Hampshire’s Craftsmen Fair.

For this year’s Guild exhibit, which now takes place every other year, all 72 members of the Soo-Nipi Quilters worked to create a windmilled patterned quilt that will be raffled off on Saturday, October 17 at noon. The masterpiece made with Bali style fabric is on display. (See photo)

Amongst this year’s show stoppers is Laú ae Ferns–hand pieced, appliqued and quilted by Poppy Meyer of Charlestown, NH. It took Viewer’s Choice 1st Place. Viewer’s Choice 2nd Place went to Betty Caterino, Cornish, for Sandcastles, a stunning 83″ x 93″ quilt of traditional design. And Lois Flanders, Newbury, earned the third place Viewer’s Choice ribbon for a mime charm quilt made with 169 different 2 inch squares; it’s a floral beauty.

The Guild, which formed in 1892 with 13 quilters, now has over 70 members. The group meets on third Thursday of each month at the Community Meeting Room at Newport’s Sugar River Bank and welcomes guests and new members.

LAC Offers Workshop by Pastel Artist Robert Carsten

Lake Reflections by Robert Carsten

Lake Reflections by Robert Carsten

The Studio at the Library Arts Center in Newport (NH) is presenting a pastel and all media workshop by Vermont artist Robert K. Carsten on Saturday, September 19 from 9:30 am to 4 pm.

Carsten is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a contributing writer for The Pastel Journal and the Artist’s Magazine.

The workshop—Design Expertise / Color Perfect—will focus on expanding one’s knowledge, perception and concepts of color and design in paintings. Carsten will demonstrate in pastel, but all painting and drawing media and all levels from beginner to advanced are welcome.

Cost: $65 LAC members/$75 non-members. The Library Arts Center Studio is located at 58 North Main Street. For more information and to register, contact the Library Arts Center, phone 603-863-3040.

Two local businesses, MJ Harrington Jewelers and the Dorr Mill Store, are providing sponsorship support for the workshop.

On the Common, Newport’s Apple Pie Craft Fair Aug. 22

Newport’s traditional Apple Pie Craft Fair on the Newport Town Common is coming up on Saturday, August 22. Under the direction of the Kate Niboli, the new director of the Library Arts Center, the Fair Committee has lined up crafts that will ring the common. And, yes, visitors will enjoy the annual apple pie contest and sale, and there’ll be a chicken barbecue put on by the Newport Fire Department. This year’s plans also include an apple café, music, a day-long raffle and a display of children’s art work. Organizers will be providing fair-goers more information about the history and workings of the Library Arts Center, as well. Fair hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

I would like to see the Apple Pie Craft Fair become even more important to our town and area, and, as a major Library Arts Center fundraiser, I would like to have people walk away with a deeper understanding of what we’re all about. – LAC Director Kate Niboli

For more information about the Apple Pie Craft Fair or the Library Arts Center, call 603-863-3040, or  visit:

Paintings and Poems by Mary Jane Q Cross on Display in Newport

Gently Letting Go-Cross-LAC“Gently Letting Go” by Mary Jane Q Cross, Newport

“Respecting beauty, truth, craftsmanship, wins over…..shock, ingenuity, novelty. To this end I will pursue beauty… all the days of my life,” says Mary Jane Q Cross. “The strongest gift I think I have been given is a desire to paint rather than a natural talent.”

“Gently Letting Go” (shown above) and other paintings and poetry by Cross are part of “Poems of a Painter, Paintings of Prayer” — an exhibit at the Library Arts Center in Newport. The solo exhibition opened July 3 and runs through August 14. Located across the street from the Newport Town Common, the LAC gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday,  11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is open to the public free of charge.

“The exhibit title was influenced by the name of Cross’s recently published book of paintings and poems by the same title,” said LAC Director Kate Niboli.  The show features many recent works and many which have never before been exhibited locally. And her paintings are accompanied by poems.

“The combined presentation of poem and painting serves to enhance the meaning of her work,” Niboli added. “Cross is well-known regionally and nationally for her spiritual, figurative works, as well as her lilies and landscapes that aim to take the viewer to an internal place of quiet and rest.”

“Cross is also known for her unique technique of ‘finger painting,’ as a tremor in her right arm makes it difficult for her to hold a brush.  Her paintings are composed of 95-98% finger painting and 2-5% detailed painting with small brushes and prosthetic devices of her own invention.”

In a recent show at the Royal Gallery in Providence, Rhode Island, Cross was coined the Finger Painter of America.

The artist now signs her work with a thumbprint made into a Q.

Activities associated with the LAC exhibit include a tea and poetry reading by the artists on July 14 at 4 p.m. Then on July 16, Cross will give a gallery talk and tour  at 5 p.m., and an afternoon of plein-air painting is planned for August 1. For more information, call LAC at 603-863-3040. Summercrest Independent and Assisted Living of Newport sponsored the the exhibit.

‘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:

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.

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