Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum opens contemporary gallery

On display in MKIM's new gallery: Talon and Horse, Shoshone-Bannock, Idaho -- an archival pigment ink print by photographer Annie Holt of Lyndeborough, N.H. (Photo courtesy of Annie Holt.)

The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, New Hampshire, opens a new gallery for contemporary art on May 1 with a show of Native American regalia.

Aln8baw8zow8ganal: Splendid Clothes, Splendid Traditions, the gallery’s first exhibit, will feature clothing and accessories as well as paintings and photographs through July 15.

Aln8baw8zow8ganal (al-non-ba-won-zo-won-gan-al) is the Abenaki word for traditionally made clothing; literally translated as Indian clothes.

Making and wearing regalia is a highly visible way of communicating identity and of connecting to tradition; many Native-themed arts revolve around regalia.

Crafted by Andy Bullock, this beaded hood will be on display. It represents the traditional headdress of the Wabanaki people. Andy, a Wampanoag, has beaded for 35 years. (Photo courtesy of Andy Bullock.)

The exhibit of regalia, accessories, paintings and photographs will include work from New England artists: Monica Alexander, Rhonda Besaw, Natalie Holt Breen, Andy Bullock, Chris Bullock, Liz Charlebois, Darryl Peasley, Tammy Bucchino, Annie Holt and Pam Tarbell.

Admission to the gallery is free. (Visit the MKIM website for museum admission prices.)

The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum serves as an educational and cultural center connecting visitors with Native American culture, past and present, and to encourage  respect for our environment. Nancy Jo Chabot is the museum curator. For more info, visit: or contact Executive Director Lynn Clark, (603) 456-3244.

Note: The “8” in “Aln8baw8zow8ganal” represents a unique sound of Abenaki language we do not have in English. It represents a nasalized, unrounded ‘o’.

Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter receives Pastel Society award

A Girl and Her Dog - pastel by Susan Parmenter, Sunapee

“I wanted to paint the relationship going on between the girl and her dog who are looking away from each other and yet appear so lovingly connected, that spiritual bond that so many of us share with our animals,” said Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter.

Parmenter recently received the Barbara Danser Founders Award from the Pastel Society of New Hampshire for her painting A Girl and Her Dog, an entry in the  pastel society’s 6th Annual Members Exhibit.

The painting is of a young girl with beautiful red hair and an adorable little dog, a rescue dog named Ginny. The little girl spent lots of time training the dog.

Carol Santora of Kennebunk, Maine, the juror of awards, described the painting as “more than a portrait of a girl and a dog. I can feel the space, and feel the love and emotion.”

Santora also pointed to Parmenter’s “flawless technique” and the “innovative positions of figure and dog”and…”details only where necessary.”

Inspiration for the painting came from an image on Ruffly Speaking.

“As soon as I saw it, I saw a painting,” Parmenter said.

After contacting the photographer, the mother of the child, and getting permission to use the photo as a painting reference, Parmenter went to work.

“I played with the composition a little and had fun painting with all the different reds and greens.”

Exhibit and Contact Information

The Pastel Society Members Exhibit is on display April 1 – May 14 at Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden at 236 Hopkinton Road in Concord.

The exhibition has 82 pastel paintings from 52 members.

It is a wonderful show in a lovely gallery setting that demonstrates the variety that can be accomplished with the pastel medium. As you are looking at the show, you look at the quality of the work on one wall and find the one you think would be your favorite; turn to the next wall, you have to start your process all over again because the quality of the work is of such high caliber. – Betsy Craumer, president of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire

For NHPS information including a list of other award winners and membership and exhibit information, visit:

To see more of Parmenter’s work–landscapes, figures, still lifes, animals, and commissioned portraits–visit

Winter white out…

Click on the image to go to: The changing winter landscape

This morning it looks like a winter white out here. Take a look at what it looks like! The snow is falling steadily and heavily in the Lake Sunapee region.

This image—”Winter White Out”—posted on parmenterart (another wordpress blog) and shared here with permission by the artist, is an oil sketch by Susan Parmenter, Sunapee. Although painted some time ago, it perfectly captures the look and feel of today.

You can view Susan’s art at and at the Monadnock Fine Art Gallery, Main Street, Keene. The gallery in Keene is featuring Susan’s art January 21 – February 26 in a show titled “Transcending the Subject to Feel.” A reception to meet the artist will be held on Friday, January 21 from 5 to 8 pm.

In the meantime, the snow keeps falling. WMUR predicts “8 to 18 inches with locally higher amounts possible.”

Update: Tuesday evening at the end of the storm, the unofficial measurement was 18″ of snow along Job’s Creek in Sunapee.

Empty Nest | susan parmenter

“A little empty nest painting for you on a blustery, November Monday,” writes Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter in her art blog. “This painting [‘Empty Nest with Embroidery’ – oil on canvas] is at the Hopkinton Historical Society’s Tomorrow’s Masterpieces Art Show & Sale in Hopkinton, NH. The show will be up through Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010…..” Visit Empty Nest | susan parmenter.

Sunapee Historical Society Raffles Painting Oct. 27

The  Sunapee Historical Society, at its fall meeting October 27, will choose the lucky winner of  an oil painting by Barbara Chalmers, Sunapee. The view is of Lower Main Street from yesteryear.

Chalmers worked on this painting during the society’s Main Street Walk in July and donated it to the SHS for a fund-raising raffle. (See photo below.)

One can still purchase raffle tickets ($5 each or five for $20), by contacting the Sunapee Historical Society, PO Box 501, Sunapee, NH 03782 or Ron Garceau at SooNipi Publishing at 9 Central Street.

“Originally I got involved just to research a character,” Barbara wrote to Sunapee News.  “I did Rev. H J Foote, Sunapee’s Methodist Minister from 1906-1911 and wrote his script.”

“But as plans for the event were coming together, Ron Garceau asked for volunteers to dress up in period costume – he suggested folks strolling on the street and possibly someone painting the landscape…… so I volunteered for that.”

“It was a lot of fun and I hope the Historical Society does it again next year.”

The  fall meeting will be held at the Sunapee Community Methodist Church starting at 7 p.m. The program will be Scenes from the Magic Lantern.


Dressed as a plein air artist in Sunapee's Main Street Walk, Barbara Chalmers was the “guide” for Kevin Rickard who portrayed Enos Clough, the inventor of the Fairy Queen steam powered wagon, and she played Enos’s neighbor Arabella Sargent. Photo by Peggy Chalmers.


An October Landscape by Susan Parmenter


Moon Over Cornfield by Susan Parmenter


“To experience October in NH is to witness transition,” writes Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter. “Daylight seems suddenly shorter. The smell of wood smoke in the air calls me to come inside and be warm. Vegetables sit on a windowsill, saved from the frost. My garden looks wilted and tired and ready to be tucked in…” This comes to you via Susan’s new blog and her recent post An October Landscape.

To learn learn more about Susan’s work, visit And if you’re in Keene stop by the Monadnock Fine Art Gallery on Main Street, or if you’re in the Upper Valley, visit the Red Roof Gallery in Enfield, where her paintings are also on display. has added a new Category: Home Grown. Let us know about your home grown business in and around the Sunapee area.

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.