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