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.

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