Spring Open Doors set for this weekend
The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen is holding its second annual Spring Open Doors event over the weekend of May 6 and 7. Dozens of artists and artisans across the state will open their studios for tours and provide demonstrations of their work. Special sales and promotions are available.
In the local area are a wide variety of artists. While many individual artists are taking part, there are several places where you can visit many at once.
Hollis Arts Society at 28 Depot Road will hold their annual spring show as a “Pop-Up” gallery, according to spokeswoman Martha Munroe. “About 29 artists will have display panels instead of the usual booths” in order to showcase more of their 50 members. “Work will include fine art, jewelry making and woodcarving as well as a food cafe and live music.”
In addition, she said, the Hollis Garden Club will hold their sale and there will be a big book sale at the town hall.
In Mont Vernon, Es Car Go… ink/Picket Fence Gift Shop at 4 Francestown Turnpike will feature 30 artists with “everything from chocolate to greeting cards.”
And at 70 Salisbury Road, are three more artists, Rita’s Original Jewelry, Cowboy Creations by Christine Tedder, and The Gilded Lily by Mary Jo Tedder. Offerings include beaded, glass and natural stone jewelry, quilted and barn wood creations, and silk floral arrangements.
In Wilton, artists began gathering at the Riverview Mills (the former Abbott Machine Company) over 20 years ago. There are currently about 30 artists. Three are League members, Ladybead and Rook with everything needed for beading; Silversmith Sussy-Rose Shields; and Copper and Wire Studio, with Katherine Schimke and Aaron Derman offering jewelry of many kinds.
Also at Riverview Mills are new artists Jay Jackson who works specializes in portraits and animals and Laura O’Leary’s Ocean Current Art, using sea glass, wood and trinkets to produce land and seascapes. Other open studios include dollhouses and whimsical fairies.
Open Doors is a self-guided event. Information and maps can be found at NHOpenDoors.com.
The League (nhcrafts.org) is a non-profit organization that encourages and promotes the creation and preservation of fine crafts.
LOCAL N.H. OPEN DOORS SPRING PARTICIPANTS
White Birch Fine Art
20 Brook Road 801-0703
Traditional oil paintings; landscapes and seascapes; miniature to larger; prints and cars; wood bowls and stoneware.
135 Rouyte 101A 886-6727
Variety of locally made crafts.
5 Stearns Road 620-9133
30 years of handcrafted pottery; functional forms and sculpture with a little whimsy.
Creative Ventures Gallery
28 Route 101 A Unit 1 672-2500
Special demonstrations during the weekend.
Kaleidoscope Glass and Art
135 Route 101 A Unit 4 930-7441
Custom stained glass art, jewel boxes, sun catchers, windows, urns and more.
The Craftworkers’ Guild
Carol David, president
5 Meetinghouse Road, 472-8109
Juried arts and crafts
Paintings by G.D. Thompson
513 Donald Street 793-0757
Artist’s open studio; acrylic landscapes, prints and cards.
112 Silver Lake Road 465-2647
Oil painter of landscapes, rural and urban
K. C. Morgan
30 Ash Street 465-9453
Gallery gifts and classes
Hollis Arts Society Pop Up Gallery
28 Depot Road (978) 597-5749
27 local artists with demonstrations throughout the weekend
154 Putnam Hill Road 930-8304
Pulled prints and large steel sculptures.
Rita’s Original Jewelry- Cowboy Creations- The Gilded Lily
70 Salisbury Road 654-7670
3 artisans: beaded, glass and natural stone jewelry by Rita Tedder; Cowboy creations by Christine Tedder; quilted and barn wood creations. The Gilded Lily by Mary Jo Tedder, silk floral arrangements, painted signs and wooden boxes.
Es Car Go . . . ink/ Picket Fence Gift Shop
4 Francestown Turnpike 672-5587
30 artisans with everything from greeting cards to chocolate
Joan Tierney Art Sudio
123 Abbott Hill Acres 654-6072
Watercolor and acrylic painting; matter works, miniatures, all occasion cards.
Ladybead and Rook
29 Howard Street 654-2805
Beads in stomne, pearl and glass; semi-precious stones. Czech crystals, findings, tools, books.
Lilacs on Fire/Irish Gypsy
33 Howard Street 732-3815
Handmade jewelry and art in copper glass enameling by Aaron. Katherine Schmke of Irish Gypsy with wire, gemstones and found items.
Stoneware Candle Houses
M. L. Yonika
39 Main Street 801-0950
Hand built stoneware candle houses. Guests are welcome tyo try their hand at creating one. In addition. Carolyn Wright will demonstrate the art of felting through the creation of animals.
Sussy-Rose Shields Jewelry Studio
35 Howard Street 654-5310
Metal crafted unique jewelry by the artist and her students.