Spring NH Open Doors this weekend

BEDFORD – Creative Ventures Gallery is participating in Spring NH Open Doors, a New Hampshire touring and shopping event that will be held on April 9 and 10. Spring NH Open Doors is a fun way to experience the best New Hampshire has to offer. During this weekend, visitors can purchase items made here in New Hampshire, meet and talk with artists and craftspeople in their studios, sample fresh products from farmstands and orchards, and savor fine cuisine and wine at local restaurants. There will be special activities, including craft demonstrations and workshops, food samplings, and more.

Creative Ventures Gallery is a group of local talented artists who come together to work and showcase their paintings. We are the studios for Karen Bruson of Hollis, Elizabeth (Betsy) Craumer of Bedford, Emily Johnson of Nashua, Susan Lane of Merrimack, Helene LeVasseur of Nashua and Jeanne Pierce of Townsend. Special for this event, we will have extend hours. Our doors will be open from 9a.m.-4 p.m. both days. On Saturday, Lesha Colthart will demonstrate the Ukrainian Pysanky Batik Technique from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Those are the beautifully decorated eggs that can be found at many fine gift shops. All of the inhouse artists will be demonstrating in their studio spaces both days. Experience our relaxed atmosphere and talk to us about classes.

Spring NH Open Doors is self-guided, so visitors create their own driving routes and visit the participants and locations that interest them. To help visitors plan their self- guided tour, the Spring NH Open Doors website (www.nhopendoors.com) features an interactive map listing participants by region. The website also features recommended itineraries suggested by participants that highlight different areas of the state.

The Spring NH Open Doors Passport Contest provides visitors with another reason to take the tour – they can win great prizes. Visitors can download a Spring NH Open Doors Passport from www.nhopendoors.com to take with them on their tours. For the contest, you must visit five Spring NH Open Doors locations and have the participant sign and date your passport. Those who visit five locations during Spring NH Open Doors will be automatically entered to win free gift certificates, fine craft, and more.

Spring NH Open Doors is managed by the League of NH Craftsmen (www.nhcrafts.org) and is sponsored in part by the state of New Hampshire.

For more information, contact Creative Ventures Gallery at 540-6451 or creativeventures@comcast.net.