NH Open Doors showcases Souhegan Valley artisans

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, with 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.

For more information, visit mvartisans.wordpress.com.

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 there will be refreshments.

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 Mudworks Pottery studio at 5 Stearns Road: L Sierra Brookes, forest house herbals; Charles Terry, book artist; and Jan Grossman fine oil art.

Elaine Farmer of White Birch Fine Art, 20 Brook Road, will display fine arts, prints and cards, and guest artists will offer 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. represents 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 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.