Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is here and there are pumpkins of all sorts here at the Walpole Artisans Cooperative.  Red Splash Pumpkins above are hand blown by Chris Sherwin of Sherwin Art Glass.

This ticking striped pumpkin below is made from vintage fabric by Loribeth Robare of Maminka Girl Studio.

Have a safe and festive Halloween!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Walpole Artisans Host Wine Tasting Event

Dissecting Bordeaux with Wine and Song was the theme for the wine tasting event to benefit the Walpole Artisans held October 14th.   Held in David Howell's wonderful studio and surrounded by his vibrant abstract paintings and pastoral art, tasters were lead through six varietals that in various proportions are used to make Bordeaux style wines.  An old world Bordeaux wine from Medoc and a New World wine from Napa Valley capped the tasting.

Between tastings the Jess Carr trio provided songs to complement the wine and stimulate the analysis.  This was the second benefit of this type.  Last year the Artisans held "Wine, Women and Song" with Lynne and Jay Kerr.  David Howell served as the sommelier for both events.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Welcome to the Walpole Artisans Blog!

Welcome to the Walpole Artisan's blog!  We are a group of artists from Walpole, New Hampshire and the surrounding area.  It is our hope that this blog will be a way to showcase our members and their artwork as well as publicize events related to art in our community.

Our group was started about 9 years ago as a way to network with other local artists, connect with the community and find a local outlet to show and sell our work.  Our current membership includes 19 artists with work ranging from fine art paintings and photography to folk art metal sculptures, decorative painting and murals, furniture and woodworking, fibers arts, art dolls, handblown glass, jewelry and pottery.   Along the sidebar of this blog you will find examples of work by our members.  Click on the image and you will be directed to the artists' website (if available).

We host an annual artist studio tour and this year is our ninth!  Each year a select number of artisans open their studios where the community can see where art is created and perhaps even watch a demonstration.  This year the tour will take place on Thanksgiving weekend,  November 25th, 26th & 27th from 11am- 5pm.   If you are interested in exploring the Walpole area and attending the tour you can pick up a map at our shop at 52 Main Street in Walpole.

Our cooperative shop was opened in the spring of 2008.  We are located in the heart of the village of Walpole right across the street from Burdick's, a well known chocolate shop and cafe.  Every item in our shop is handcrafted and generally one of a kind.   We take pride in offering a unique selection of items that you won't find anywhere else.  Our hours are Tuesdays 11-2:30pm, Wednesday- Saturday 10-5pm, and Sundays 11-3pm.   We also stay open on Monday holidays.      Each artist who is part of the Coop takes a turn working at the shop.  Stop by and chat with one of the artists and take a look at the beautiful art created by our members.  It's a great place to do your holiday shopping, pick up a gift or even treat yourself.  We hope to see you soon!