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Midnight Merriment Leads Holiday Arts Festivities

Dec 05, 2014 10:00AM ● Published by Kevin

2014 Ornament, Whispers of Spring, by Kristine Lane and Paulette Werger.

Midnight Merriment and Holiday Cheer takes place today at the Concord Fine Craft Gallery until midnight, kicking off a plethora of arts and crafts events inspired by the holidays.

The League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft Galleries have gifts that inspire and delight, according to a recent press release by Carol Fusaro. The League’s seven galleries are located in Concord, Hanover, Littleton, Meredith, Nashua, North Conway, and Center Sandwich (open May-October). Each gallery features an exceptional variety of jewelry, pottery, glass, home décor, handbags, clothing, prints, sculpture and more in every price range – all are handcrafted and many are one-of-a-kind. Gallery staff can offer advice and gift-giving ideas to make shopping easier.

All fine crafts sold in the galleries are exclusively made by skilled artisans, juried members of the League of NH Craftsmen who have met the League’s standards for excellence and creativity. Every purchase at a League fine craft gallery supports the livelihood of a local craftsperson and contributes to the local economy.  
 
Each gallery has holiday-themed items in a festive atmosphere, and many of the locations have special events and activities:

The Center Sandwich Gallery will open for 2 days only in December for the 37th Annual Christmas in the Village, a town-wide holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Saturday there will be Breakfast with Santa at the Corner House Inn, a chowder lunch at the local church and a free horse -drawn wagon ride to various sites around the village.

During the Thursday, Dec. 18, Meredith Holiday Stroll, visitors to the Meredith Fine Craft Gallery, located on 279 Daniel Webster Highway (Route 3), can enjoy refreshments and a chance to win a 2014 Limited Edition Ornament, Whispers of Spring. The shop will be open until 7 p.m. that night.

Downtown North Conway is aglow with holiday decorations and lights. The North Conway Fine Craft Gallery, located on 
2526 White Mountain Highway (Rte. 16/302), is a popular shopping destination at this time of year.
 
The League’s limited edition Annual Ornament has been a valued collectible since 1988 and is sold exclusively through the League’s fine craft galleries. The 2014 ornament is Whispers of Spring, a hand-formed cast pewter birch branch made by Kristine Lane and Paulette Werger, both juried in metal by the League.  The ornament comes beautifully gift-boxed and sells for $23.Each ornament is signed by the makers, dated and numbered as one of a limited edition.
 
Lane and Werger created the ornament to pay homage to the official state tree of New Hampshire. The white birch is one of the first trees to come into leaf, celebrating the emergence of spring. It has a celery-colored ribbon for hanging on a tree or wreath. This is the second annual ornament that Lane and Werger have collaborated on; their first was the 2002 Annual Ornament, Snow Crystal. They have been working together collaboratively since 1998 creating one of kind jewelry, and both draw inspiration from the botanical world.

Exposed Exhibit Explores the Craft Behind Traditional Darkroom Photography Gallery Talk and Reception Last Month.

Helen’s Guernseys by Paul Wainwright

Information provided by Carol Fusaro

"Photography is the language of light, balance and harmony,” says Nan Scull, a photographer and juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen. Nan is one of seven photographers whose work was on display in the League of NH Craftsmen’s current gallery exhibition, Gifts From Our Hands: What We Do Best. The photography of juried League members John Anderson (Campton, NH), Bonnie Edwards (Meredith, NH), Karen and Dick Hudnall (Nashua, NH), Susan Lirakis (Center Sandwich, NH), Nan Scull (Bedford, NH), Carol Van Loon (Dover, NH), and Paul Wainwright (Atkinson, NH) is part of a show within a show of work that was created in a darkroom. Also on display was a photograph by Bill Finney from the League’s Permanent Collection. The use of traditional darkroom photography was explored during a gallery talk and reception called Exposed, on Friday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. Photographic tools and equipment were also on display with demonstrations.

Norris by Bill Finney

In recent years, digital photography has become popular due to the advent of the camera phone.  Photography is an art, and both traditional and digital photography require an understanding and control of several variables involved in the process. Paul Wainwright enjoys traditional photography: “The slow pace of working with a traditional wooden field camera, sheet film, chemicals, and photographic paper causes me – forces me – to slow down and think.” Explains Dick Hudnall, “Photography is more than the technical aspects of capturing light; it is using light as a magical elixir to capture a mood of things large or small.”

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