Open Doors showcases area artists

The eighth annual New Hampshire Open Doors, a statewide, self-guided tour of the state’s artists, craftsmen, farms and other partic­ipating ventures, will take place Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8, with dozens of local participants of all kinds.

The event is sponsored by the League of New Hampshire Crafts­men and the state Department of Tourism. All sites are free and open to the public.

In several towns, artists have gathered together to pres­ent a combined show.

The Mont Vernon Arti­sans will hold their 10th annual show and sale at Town Hall and the fire station on Main Street (Route 13). They will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and will offer a preview from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.

A wide variety of art and fine crafts will be of­fered by 18 artists, and in some cases, their chil­dren’s work, as well.

Enter to win a raffle basket of works by each artist. Proceeds will ben­efit Alex Haas, who is recovering from severe burns sustained in Tai­wan.

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In Wilton, 10 artists and craftsmen at River­view Mills on Howard Street will open their studios. Arts and crafts include jewelry, fabric, mixed media, and fine art in oils and acrylics. Several artists will dem­onstrate their crafts, and refreshments will be pro­vided.

Mill artists include silversmith Sussy Rose- Shields; Lady Bead and Rook for all things relat­ing to beading; Beth Si­gnoretti, fiber art; Laura Stearns-Johnson, water­colors; Liz Moshe, mixed media; and Carolyn Forbes, textiles.

At 39 Main St., Mari­lyn Yonika of Stoneware Candle Houses will demonstrate her clay built houses. She will be joined by Carolyn Wright with felted wool orna­ments and several oth­ers.

In addition, Frye’s Mea­sure Mill at 12 Frye Mill Road will demonstrate box making and Joan Tierney will open her studio at 123 Abbott Hill Acres Road.

In Hollis, Wild Sala­mander Creative Arts Center at 30 Ash St. will open shops and studios.

In Amherst, potter Pa­mela Nowell will host three other artists at her studio located at 5 Stea­rns Road.

Elaine Farmer of White Birch Fine Art, 20 Brook Road, will dis­play fine arts, prints and cards, and guest artists will be offering wooden bowls, pottery and fused glass.

Other Amherst stops include LaBelleWinery; East Colony Fine Arts in Salzburg Square; and on Route 101A, Kaleido­scope Glass and Art and Creative Ventures Gal­lery.

In Bedford, The Craft­workers’ Guild at 5 Meet­inghouse Road will dis­play a variety of arts and crafts, while Sullivan Framing and Fire Art at 15 North Amherst St. will be representing 25 art­ists.

Other Bedford partici­pants include Lesmer­ises Fine Art, 12 Hersey St., with oil and pastel works.

Other area artists in­clude, in Milford, Wil­liam Turner at Turner Fine Art, 569 North River Road; in Temple, Ben’s Pure Maple Products at 83 Webster Highway; and in New Ipswich, Torch and Palette Studios, 239 Main St.

The tour is self-guided, allowing visi­tors to choose their own routes and locations near them. An interactive map listing participants by re­gion is available at www. NHOpenDoors.com. Each listing describes what is being offered, and a custom-designed Google map shows the locations and provides directions. It also suggests several itineraries.

Through the NH Open Doors Passport Contest, visitors can win various prizes. Download the passport from the NH Open Doors website and visit 10 locations. Those who do so will be auto­matically entered in a drawing for free lodg­ing, gift certificates, gift baskets, fine crafts and more.