Sunapee artist shares “A Visual Journey” in CFA show


“A Visual Journey,” a collection of artwork by Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter, will be on exhibit at the Center for the Arts micro gallery at the New London Inn from February 7 through April 26. The public is invited to meet the artist at the opening reception on Friday, February 7 (5-7 p.m.). Shown here: “View From The Shadows” — a pastel painting by Susan Parmenter.

New London, N.H. —  “A Visual Journey,a collection of oil and pastel paintings by Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter, will be on display at the Center for the Arts micro gallery at the New London Inn, 353 Main Street, New London, from  February 7 through April 26, 2014.

Meet the artist at an opening reception on Friday, February 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

CFA’s “gallery night” will also introduce new art at their micro galleries at Country Houses Real Estate, 370 Main Street, and Zero Celsius Wealth Studio, 228 Main Street. Meet photographer Maureen Rosen at Country Houses and artist John Sirois at Zero Celsius.

A journey of expression


“Painting and drawing take me on a journey of expression that I cannot achieve with words,” says Susan Parmenter. The CFA exhibition will encompass 10 years of work by the artist, from 2004 to present day. Photo by Joshua Bushueff Photography.

“Painting and drawing take me on a journey of expression that I cannot achieve with words,” says Parmenter. “I create art to share my immediate experience with the viewer, not just the color, light and composition, but the mood, feeling and emotion.”

The show will encompass a decade of Parmenter’s work, from 2004 to present day. Ten years ago, Parmenter re-focused her art career from illustration to fine art painting. The show will reflect her artistic journey, a “journey of expression.”

The exhibition will include both realistic and impressionistic styles of painting. and feature a variety of her favorite subjects—landscapes, portrait and figure, animals, and still life.

About CFA

The Center for the Arts is based in New London and supports and celebrates the cultural richness in the Lake Sunapee Region. Of the many arts it supports, the visual arts are foremost on its agenda and featured at its micro galleries, a summer art show, “Arts On The Green” in July, and a juried regional show in November.

CFA’s micro galleries host rotating shows year round. Openings for these exhibits occur on the first Friday of February, May, August and November.

For more information, visit:

Sunapee artist’s work juried in to N.H. national exhibit: It’s Pastel!

"Sunset Over Mt. Sunapee" by Susan Parmenter

“Sunset Over Mt. Sunapee” – a pastel (7″ x 9″) by Susan Parmenter, Sunapee, will be on display in It’s Pastel, the Fifth Annual National Juried Exhibition of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire in Portsmouth, N.H., from October 26 to November 30, 2013.

Sunapee, N.H. — “Sunset Over Mt. Sunapee,” a pastel painting by Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter captures the brilliant lavender/blue hues of an early evening sky with the mountain in the distance.

The captivating landscape of an open green field and spectacular sky, as seen  from a busy location in New London, brings to mind the old adage: ‘red sky at night, shepherd’s delight.’

“Sunset Over Mt. Sunapee” was juried into It’s Pastel!, a national juried exhibition of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire. The show will be held at the Discover Portsmouth Center Gallery in Portsmouth, N.H., from October 26 through November 30, 2013. The opening reception is October 26, from 4 to 6 p.m.

This is a major juried show with works by pastel artists from New Hampshire and other states.

The event is free and open to the public.

Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter enjoys painting in both mediums of oil or pastel. Favorite subjects are landscape, portrait and figure, still life, animals, birds and nature. Parmenter is shown here completing a painting in pastel, “The Unusual Hat.” Photo by Joshua Bushueff Photography.

Parmenter, who paints in a realist style with oil or pastel, works from her home studio in Sunapee, where she has lived for nearly 30 years.

“Painting and drawing,” says Parmenter “take me on a journey of expression that I cannot achieve with words….Inspiration comes from anything that truly moves me or sparks emotion: light, shadow, color, mood, shape, movement and story.”

You can view Parmenter’s artwork at Tatewell Gallery, New London; Monadnock Fine Art Gallery, Keene; Vermont Artisan Designs, Brattleboro, Vermont; and at Susan Parmenter Fine Art (

The Pastel Society of New Hampshire is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation of soft pastels as a fine art medium. It also promotes the arts in New Hampshire and fosters connections among pastelists of all levels throughout the region and other states. For more information, go to

Phillips Preserve protects 71 acres on Goose Hole Road

Phillips Preserve NL NHNew London, NH — With support from New London voters and the town’s Conservation Commission, the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust in June, 2013, added the Phillips Preserve to its list of protected lands in the Kearsarge/Sunapee region.

The 71-acre Phillips Preserve easement, on Goose Hole Road in New London, is owned by the town and managed by the New London Conservation Commission.

The property has over 1,600 feet of frontage on Otter Pond and over 700 feet of frontage on Otter Pond Brook, which flows from Goose Hole Pond into Otter Pond.

The Phillips Preserve is open to the public for low impact recreation, offering significant trails on the property. The easement, managed for timber production, had a recent timber cut on the property that created a substantial view of Mount Sunapee.

At the 2012 Town Meeting, the voters of New London voted unanimously to place a conservation easement on the property.

In 1980, as a memorial to her husband, Stephen, summer resident Bessie Wright Phillips of Salem, Massachusetts, gifted these 71 acres on Otter Pond to the Town of New London.

In the fall of 1993, Mrs. Phillips was recognized nationally for her 7,000-acre donation in the Rangeley Lakes region of Maine.

Prior to her death in 1996, Mrs. Phillips granted easements on her five New London properties on Burpee Hill Road, Little Lake Sunapee and Route 103A, which benefits all that enjoy the regional landscape.

Kearsarge Regional Ecumenical Ministries receives grant

New London, NH — Kearsarge Regional Ecumenical Ministries (KREM) recently received a grant from the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund. Grant money will support KREM’s ongoing ecumenical mission of meeting emergency needs of people in the Kearsarge/Sunapee region when other services are not available.

The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund awards grants to tax-exempt organizations, without regard to religious affiliation, for projects that help people in New Hampshire meet their basic needs.

The fund is operated by volunteers – lay men and women – who serve as Directors and who make recommendations to the Bishop of Manchester for grants to any organization in New Hampshire whose mission is consistent with its guidelines. The Fund raises money through solicitation of individuals, businesses and philanthropic organizations.

  • In 2001, five churches in New London – First Baptist Church, Christian Science Society, Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church, Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church – established KREM as an ecumenical response to local need.
  • During 2012, KREM provided $40,871 in assistance in 128 instances to households in Andover, Bradford, Danbury, Elkins, Georges Mills, New London, Salisbury, Springfield, Sunapee, Sutton, Warner and Wilmot.

KREM volunteers, called Stewards, work with those seeking help to find the best type of assistance for each situation. To meet the diverse needs of those seeking help, KREM has developed strong collaborative relationships with other area churches, businesses, organizations, individuals and towns.

The ongoing work and success of KREM lies in its continued financial support, its volunteers and a community willing to address the needs of its most vulnerable residents.

More information about KREM is available from any of the five founding churches based in New London. The mailing address is: KREM, P.O. Box 1465, New London, N.H. 03287.

Community bike tune-up and swap held in New London

Geordie Sousa ’13, of Colby-Sawyer College and the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative, was one of the volunteer “mechanics” at the Community Bike Tune-Up and Swap on May 4th.  Together with Professor Harvey Pine and fellow student Doug Foley ’15, they estimate they tuned-up 35 bikes.

Geordie Sousa ’13, of Colby-Sawyer College and the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative, was one of the volunteer “mechanics” at the Community Bike Tune-Up and Swap on May 4th. Together with Professor Harvey Pine and fellow student Doug Foley ’15, they estimate they tuned-up 35 bikes. Courtesy photo.

New London, N.H. – On the New London Town Green on May 4, the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative (KVTI) hosted a successful Community Bike Tune-Up and Swap that may become an annual KVTI event.

The bike tune-up and exchange was made possible through partnerships and support from Colby-Sawyer College, the New London Police Department, Pizza Chef, Hole in the Fence Café, Arctic Dreams and Village Sports.

On a sunny Saturday afternoon KVTI members distributed coupons contributed by Arctic Dreams, Hole in the Fence Café and Pizza Chef to the 20 community members who donated bikes.  Those members also facilitated 12 swaps for people who brought in smaller bikes and “traded-up” for a larger size, and eight other people went home with a “new” bike.

In addition, three volunteer mechanics were on hand to offer free tune-ups and advice. Professor Harvey Pine from Colby-Sawyer College and students Geordie Sousa ’13 and Doug Foley ’15 worked on approximately 35 bicycles throughout the day.

Two New London Police Department officers, Patrolman Eben Lamson and Detective Tom Anderson, distributed free helmets, and John Kiernan from Village Sports sized the helmets and was on-hand to provided additional technical assistance and equipment as needed.

Candis Whitney from the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative welcomes participants to the Community Bike Tune-Up and Swap as they enter the donation area on the New London Town Green. Over 20 bicycles were donated on the May 4 event.

Live music was provided by Ben Dobrowski, co-owner of Greenhill Collective Farm in Sutton, N.H.

Bikes that were not claimed by the end of the day were donated to local children and to Colby-Sawyer’s Chargers Stable, a free bike-share program for students.

The Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative encourages the nine towns in the Kearsarge Valley to develop a greater reliance on local resources – food, energy and human resources in particular – to address the impacts of global issues such as economic insecurity, environmental instabilities, and dependence on non-renewable energy.  Its members include Colby-Sawyer College students, faculty and staff, as well as residents from surrounding communities.

For more information visit the KVTI blog or


Spring Ledge Farm recycles Christmas trees

Still have your Christmas tree and want to put it to good use? Spring Ledge Farm on Main Street in New London, N.H., is still accepting Christmas trees for recycling, but be sure to drop off your tree before Tuesday, January 15, and remove all ornaments and decorations. The farm does not take roping, garland and wreathes. Spring Ledge recycles the trees by using the chips to mulch its blueberry rows. The farm stand’s Winter Market hours: Open Fridays, 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Storyteller Simon Brooks named to N.H.’s Arts Education Roster

SimonBrooks_2012Storyteller Simon Brooks, New London, is one of eight teaching artists named to New Hampshire’s Arts Education Roster.

Art in Education, a service of the N.H. State Council on the Arts, maintains the Roster, a list of juried artists representing a range of disciplines. These are professional artists who bring new skills, energy and creativity to schools and communities.

Brooks provides storytelling education and performances ranging from single to multiple shows, as well as full-day and multi-day residencies.

Brooks grew up where myths and legends abound, the countryside of Britain. He began his storytelling in 1991 in the U.K. before  moving to the U.S.  Now he performs and teaches at festivals, museums, schools, libraries and private functions. For his story and stories he tells, visit his website:

Other artists added to the Roster include:

Big Paws Music

“Big Paws” folk ensemble — Marek Bennett, Emily Hague, Jack Bopp and friends — plays original songs, dance tunes, ballads, and music old and new.

Big Paws,” folk ensemble, Henniker: Presents original songs, traditional dance tunes, ballads and music from a variety of American and Eastern European traditions:

Katherine Ferrier, dancer and choreographer, Bethlehem: Teaches dance, art and writing. Residencies include: “Moving the Intelligent Body,” an introduction to movement improvisation and “Embodied Stories,” which uses dance and writing as primary modes of research and expression.

Mike Gibbons, potter, Derry: Teaches the basic hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques of working with clay. A juried member of The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Gibbons is a former public school teacher with more than 15 years experience in educating students of all ages and abilities:

Kathy Parsonnet, visual artist, White River Junction, Vt.: Teaches painting through a collaborative learning process that includes art-making and project design:

Katie Poor, photographer/media artist, Nashua: Teaches photographic and media arts programs designed especially for elementary art programs:

Kirsten Reynolds, installation artist, Newmarket: Uses sculpture and printmaking to explore the connections between architecture and language:

Hunt & Smith, folk ensemble, Hancock: Presents traditional American song and dance for educational programs and concerts:

To be named to the Roster, artists are evaluated by certified arts educators who judge the quality of their work, professional commitment and experience working in educational settings.

>>> For artist contact information, fees and program details, go to the Roster .

>>> For artists and educators: The State Arts Council grant funds help to bring teaching artists into educational settings to provide arts learning experiences and to develop skills in imagination, creativity and innovation. To learn more about grants and application process for artists, visit:

>>> For more information about N.H.’s Arts Education Programs, contact Catherine O’Brian, 603-271-0795 or