Sunapee High students in AVA Gallery exhibit

AVAStudentShow2013Artwork from nine Sunapee High School students is on display in the 2013 Best of the Upper Valley High School Student Exhibition at the AVA Gallery and Art Center, 11 Bank Street, Lebanon. The students taking part in the show are Joshua Drummond, Adeline Cain, Taylor Sanford, Kaitlin Driscoll, Portia Eastman, Megan Brewer, Kevin Parsons, Mary Cox, and Mary Woodward — all nominated by Sunapee Art Teacher Gail Baade.

AVA contacted 30 regional Vermont and New Hampshire public, private, and vocational high schools, encouraging the art faculty to select works by students who show exceptional promise in one of eight creative disciplines: Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Digital Art, Sculpture and Wearable Art.

Sunapee is one of 20 high schools participating in the show, which is on display through March 1. AVA gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Open to the public free of charge.

“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.

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.

Magical realism, art by Kim Morrow Russell

Sit forward and enjoy the whimsy, the fanciful creations of Kim Morrow Russell of Sunapee.

Childhood memories, family life and “little moments” in time, as Kim describes them, are the inspirational foundation for her art.

Her paintings (oils/acrylics on canvas) and her fiber art and hand-made pillows are playful and colorful. They feel close-to-home, near to the heart.

The provincial subjects in my work are often rabbits, birds, sheep, dragonflies, butterflies, peasants, pigs, horses, and all manner of flowers, trees and grasses. Each creature is laden with centuries of sentiment, use, companionship and awe. Each is a catalyst for a story…” – Kim Morrow Russell

The New London Hospital art show (that’s on display through May 11, 2012,) includes a collection of Kim’s canvasses: imaginative birds,  portrayals of “peasant women” and contemporary, story-filled landscapes, such as The Day Ann Johnson Saw the Pigs… (on West Court Road in Sunapee.)

Yes, her art is delightfully fun and personal.

Folky and really funky

“We love her work, and as soon as we started carrying her pillows, they started flying out of here,” said Peter Ensign. “She has a wonderful following.”

Peter and his wife, Rachel, own Vessels and Jewels in New London, N.H. The gallery sells contemporary American art and crafts. It began displaying Kim’s work two years ago. It’s a good fit for the shop.

“Kim’s paintings and pillows display beautifully together and they create a niche that really works well,” Ensign said.

The pillows are hand-stitched, made from recycled fiber, and adorned with lots of imagery, bunnies, hearts, circles and dots, and fun and decorative objects.

“They are folky and really funky. It’s hard not to love them,” added Ensign.

Magical realism

Kim’s art is a narrative that invites you in… to share a smile, to stand tall, to feel bold (if you feel so inclined), and to find beauty from simple objects and simple pleasures.

When asked to describe her style of painting. Kim responded: “magical realism.”

She adds bold decorative elements and folk symbols to the rural landscape: the one-room schoolhouse, the farmyard, the village center.

Working from her home near the center of town, Kim moves easily from her studio to the kitchen and to the garden. For her, these spaces are “one.” They inspire. They become part of the story-telling.

From her early years to her blog

In her blog, Kim details her “early years” and her influences: the people, the places, the experiences.

Number one on the list is her mother Ann Johnson: “My mother is pure magic. My mother taught me how to make Finnish Bread and Swedish Meatballs. She taught me how to ride the bumps in the road. She taught me how to grow plants from seed. She taught me how to sew. She taught me how to plan a wedding and survive a funeral.”

Also, Sunapee high school art teacher Pearl Rich “had a big influence on me….She would sign me out of school and we would draw in Sunapee Harbor…the architecture, decorative elements on buildings and nature.”

Two years ago, when building her “own place in the [art] world,” Kim started to blog.

My blog is a weaving of folk symbols, provincial subjects, wicked juicy colors, decorative motifs and patterns all layered in my paintings, mixed media, fiber art and my life. My artwork, my recipes, my poetry, my story, my musings and photographs conspire to share my life as an artist. –

Where you can view and buy Kim’s art

Center for the Arts announces series of art shows

Having developed several micro galleries in New London (NH), the Center for the Arts has announced its 2011 schedule for quarterly art shows, the first of which will open this May in three locations in New London…at New London Inn, Millstone Restaurant, and ZeroCelius.

Here’s a preview for May through July. These exhibits are expected to be in place by mid-week and a Gallery Crawl is planned for May 12th said Annie Ballin, executive director for the Center for the Arts. Continue reading

Library Arts Center Announces Regional Show

If Wishes Were Horses - collagraph print with stencil - by Sheryl Trainor will be on display at the Juried Regional Exhibit at the Library Arts Center in Newport from April 30 to June 10.

The Library Arts Center will open its 2011 Juried Regional Exhibit with a reception on Friday, April 29 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Center’s gallery at 58 North Main Street in Newport. The show will be on display April 30 to June 10 and feature 64 pieces of artwork by 42 artists said Kate Niboli, the LAC executive director.

Four of the 42 artists participating in this exhibit are from Sunapee:  Deborah Ann Bacon, Charlotte Carlson, Bruce Jennings and Hal Shukovsky.

Jurors Betsy Derrick and Robert J. O’Brien selected the artwork on display from over 100 entries brought for consideration.

The Library Arts Center gallery is open to the public free of charge. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Phone: 603-863-3040

Below is a list of artists juried into the show.

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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