The Walpole Artisans have wrapped up another successful studio tour. Lots of fun was had by all as you can see from these photos. Thanks to all who attended and supported local arts in their community!
David Howell in his studio at 250 Old Keene Road in Walpole (photo by Medora Hebert).
Carolyn Kemp and Jeanette Lovett shared David's studio along with Darren Honey below.
Jeanette's dog Riley comes for a visit.
The whole crew at Old Keene Road.
Now over to Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, Vermont.
Randy Hicks was a new participant this year. He can be seen hard at work demonstrating his wood carving. Racheal Scott and Mary Anne Knapp's work can also be seen here.
Also at Bridge Street were Donna Lund and Alan Palmer.
Viewing Joe Beer's watercolors
Chris Sherwin at work in his glass blowing studio at Bridge Street
Another studio dog! Rosalita keeps Chris company at work.
Now let's head on up to Barnett Hill Road to see Bill Shannon's beautiful woodworking studio with a gorgeous view of the Connecticut River Valley. Joining him this year is Judy Stalus with photography, jewelry and hand knitted items.
The Walpole Artisans are proud to announce their 10th Annual Open Studio Tour the weekend immediately following Thanksgiving: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10am-5pm. The starting point of the tour will be the Walpole Artisans Cooperative Gallery located on 52 Main Street in downtown Walpole, across from Burdick's Restaurant. The Artisans Cooperative is a gallery founded by local artists who view art as a joy to make and a gift to be shared. Here you will find art that catches your eye, feathers your nest, adorns your body, and warms your heart. Discover unique gifts, innovative wearables, beautiful home furnishings, handcrafted greetings, and much more. The Artisans will be featuring a raffle give-away with two $25.00 Gift Certificates as prizes--good towards merchandise at the Cooperative. Pick up a map and start your Artisan Tour at our Cooperative Gallery in Walpole!
The 10th annual Walpole Artisan Tour will feature a few 'hub' locations this year, getting more 'bang for your buck' and saving a few of those precious gallons of gas, at: David Howell's studio on Old Keene Road in Walpole, NH; Bill Shannon's studio on Barnett Hill Road, also in Walpole; Bob Taylor Welding in Alstead, NH; as well as 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, VT--the location of the Sherwin Art Glass Studio & Gallery--where several artists will be exhibiting their work in the communal Big Room. We have two new artisans joining us this year: Alan Palmer, who works with graphite, and Randy Hicks, a wood carver. Come experience art in all its diversity during the 10th Annual Walpole Artisan Tour. Follow the map and signs to the artisans' exhibiting locations. The artisans will be available to discuss their work, and some will be demonstrating throughout the Tour--Chris Sherwin will be doing hot glass demonstrations, Randy Hicks will be doing wood carving, and Joe Beer will be painting--at 33 Bridge Street. You will also be able to find the perfect gifts for the holidays: paintings, photography, metal and wood sculpture, pottery, hand-sculpted and blown glass, fabrics, furniture, textile art, handmade cards, jewelry and more, all locally handcrafted!
For more information stop by The Walpole Artisans Cooperative, now open from Tuesday, 11-2:30pm, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, 11am-4pm or call us at 603-756-3020. Tour Maps are located at the Cooperative and around the Walpole and Greater Falls area.
New Members are being accepted for the Cooperative. Local and Regional artists are accepted through a juried process. Interested artisans should visit our website, contact the Cooperative at (603) 756-3020, or stop in during business hours to pick up an application. We are located at 52 Main Street, Walpole, NH.
The Walpole Artisans are proud to welcome John C. Traynor as the Featured Artist for July/August. Traynor's work is enjoyed in over one thousand private and public collections in the United States and abroad. Corporate collectors include Passaic County College, the Paterson Historical Museum, the Ironbound Education and Cultural Center, Connecticut Bank and Trust, and Sony Music Corporation. He is a member of the Salmagundi Club of New York, Hudson Valley Art Association, National Society of Mural Painters, and the Copley Society of Boston, where he is a Copley Master. John has received over two hundred awards of merit for his art, including the Salmagundi Club Medal of Honor and Merit, the Grumbacher Gold Medal, the Robb Sagendorph award, and the Frank Dumond Memorial Award for best light and atmospheric effect in a painting. His works of art range from 2- by 3-inch miniatures to 40- by 50-foot murals. Painting outdoors on location is a primary source of inspiration for Traynor's landscapes. Smaller paintings are finished indoors, or used as studies for larger works painted in his studio. Portraits are painted on a commissioned basis in his studio or the home of the person or persons to be portrayed.
There will be an Artist Reception on Friday, July 27th from 5:00-7:00pm at the Walpole Artisans Cooperative on 52 Main Street in Walpole, NH. Please come meet the artist, view his current work, and enjoy refreshments. His work will remain at the gallery through August19th, 2012.
John Traynor was born and raised in western New Jersey. He had an interest in painting at an early age. After graduating early from Delbarton High School, he pursued formal arts training at Paier College of Art in New Haven, Connecticut, and figure painting with Frank Mason at the Art Students League of New York. It was at the League that he began pursuing his career as a professional artist. Traynor continued to study landscape painting in Vermont with Mr. Mason, drawing with Carroll N. Jones Jr. of Stowe, Vermont, and sculpture for one year with Brother Jerome Cox in Florence, Italy. John approaches all his paintingsin the same way. With each he is trying to create a sense of light, space and atmosphere.
"Being an artist means that everything I look at is analyzed by form, color, and tone. I love the randomness and spontaneity of nature; I appreciate the structure of architecture and the beauty of good design. When I paint I am relating what I see, what I'm appreciating, regardless of whether I'm painting a landscape, a still life or a portrait. I want to share what I see with the viewer, the spontaneity, the structure and the beauty of what is all around us."
Traynor currently resides with his family in southern New Hampshire where he enjoys painting rural New England scenes.
For more information, please call 603-756-3020, or visit the Cooperative. Find locally handmade Fine Art and Crafts six days a week at the Walpole Artisans Cooperative at 52 Main Street, in Walpole, NH. Hours of Operation -- Tues: 11am-2:30pm, Wed-Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-4pm. Find and Like us on Facebook; also on the web at www.walpoleartisans.org
The Walpole Artisans has been picked by the editors of New Hampshire Magazine as "the" Art Haven under the category of "Culture". Here is what they had to say about our gallery:
*Art Haven:The Walpole Artisans Cooperativeis a local artist-owned-and-operated salon, gallery and educational center all rolled into one amazing haven for artists and art lovers. Explore the light-filled studios, chat with artists, learn to make art yourself at a demonstration or workshop or attend one of their special events.
Pick up a copy of NH Magazine for lots of fun recommendations of places to go and things to see in the Granite State!
Join us on Saturday, July 14th at the Florediem Flower Farm in Alstead, New Hampshire. Enjoy the site of over 500 varieties of daylilies at the height of their bloom and visit the artisans "under the tent" to see original artwork with a floral theme. We are so excited to be participating at this event and hope to see you there! This event is free to all.
The Walpole Artisans are pleased to welcome a new member to our Cooperative, Carolyn Kemp. Carolyn was featured during the 2011 Artisan tour and now we are very happy to have her work in our shop year round!
Carolyn weaves beautiful baskets from reed, birch bark and watercolor paper. The shop will also feature her earrings made from delicately painted and cut watercolor paper and embellished with beads. Carolyn currently lives in Walpole but is moving to Chesterfield this summer where she will have a new studio and be teaching classes. Please stop by to see her fine art work.
Come see unique and innovative work created by the Walpole Artisans in celebration of our planet. Using recycled materials, found objects and lots of imagination the artisans have put together an earth friendly exhibit for all to enjoy. You will find everything from a glamorous purse made from bubble wrap to one-of-a-kind journals created from recycled plastic bags. Original artwork with an earth day theme is on display. And I'll bet you've never seen so many interesting ways to reuse your old t-shirts!
The show runs from April 22- May 12th at the Walpole Artisan's Cooperative at 52 Main Street in Walpole, NH.
The Walpole Artisans Cooperative Gallery will be celebrating Earth Day 2012 with a special exhibit. Over 10 artisans working in different mediums have been busy creating unique art with respect for our planet. Come see beautiful artwork made with recycled materials and found objects. Paintings with an "Earth Day" theme will also be shown. The exhibit runs from April 22nd - May 12th at the Walpole Artisans Cooperative at 52 Main Street in Walpole, NH. Our hours are Tuesdays 11-2:30, Wed-Saturday 10-5 and Sundays 11-4. Hope to see you there.