Come to the 35th Annual Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

artslogoNext weekend, the lakeside village of Meredith will come to life with live music, delicious food, and beautiful works of creativity as Main Street and the Mill Falls Marketplace are transformed into an outdoor art gallery featuring the works of over 80 local painters, sculptors, jewelers, potters, photographers, and quilters. Continue reading

Gallery Walk Tonight in Center Sandwich

"Joyce's River" by Lisa Mitchell at Surroundings Art Gallery

“Joyce’s River” by Lisa Mitchell at Surroundings Art Gallery.

This Lakes Region town can be counted among NH communities who offer popular art walks, where visitors can tour local galleries, enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, and meet the artists whose work is on exhibit. Tonight is one of those special nights! Stroll the streets of Center Sandwich, see what’s new in the art world, and enjoy music and great food at the Corner House Inn afterward.

On Friday, July 18th, Center Sandwich will be holding its traditional summer Gallery Walk from 5 – 7 p.m. The Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery, The Sandwich Home Industries, and Surroundings Art Gallery will open their doors after hours to celebrate art, music, and conversation as they feature the work of New England artists and those who have a connection to the area. Guests who visit all three galleries and have their gallery pass stamped at each location will receive 15% off dinner at the Corner House Inn on Main Street. Continue reading

The Lakes Gallery at Chi-Lin Offering Workshops with Tea this Summer!

nature journal 2Vacations and getaways are all about rest and relaxation, and what better way to slow down than to take a hands-on class to create something beautiful that can be a keepsake of that vacation or a treasured gift for a loved one? The Lakes Gallery at Chi-Lin has the perfect workshop for individuals or groups that are looking to spend some time connecting with their inner artists and bonding with friends in the process—crafting unique nature journals. Continue reading

The Arts Collaborative Offers Creative Classes for Kids During April Vacation Week

image001For children and teens who will be on vacation in the Lakes Region next week, a fantastic opportunity for creative self-expression and fun awaits at the Arts Collaborative Teaching Studio in Meredith!

On Tuesday, April 22nd and Friday the 25th, the Arts Collaborative will host several classes to encourage kids to stretch their imaginations, try new things, and have a blast! Kids from 1st grade and up are welcome to join in the fun, led by experienced teaching artist Heidi Little. Continue reading

Lakes Region Spring Craft Fair Jump-Starts the Season

spring craft fair 2014Looking to get out and be inspired with the colors of spring and possibly find new treasures for your garden and home? This weekend’s Spring Craft Fair is a great way to start the new season with fresh, creative ideas, and is the precursor to a fun year of arts events ahead in the Lakes Region!

The Lakes Region Spring Craft Fair takes place this Saturday, March 29th, 10 – 4, and Sunday March 30th, 10 – 3, at Opechee Conference Center in Laconia, NH. This is a juried arts and crafts fair hosting a variety of exhibits, including spring floral arrangements, bird houses, garden decor, glass art, fine jewelry, wooden crafts, wood turned pens, 3-D glass globes, quilts and other fabric items, wearable art, soft sculpture, soy candles, personalized crafts, photography, folk art, country decorations, paintings, gourmet foods, and much more! Continue reading

February Vacation Art Days at The Arts Collaborative

Ella shows off her artwork at the Teaching Studio!

Ella shows off her artwork at the Teaching Studio!

Fun things to do during February vacation abound in the Lakes Region! After your kids have had some outdoor fun, bring them inside to warm up their creativity—there are some great children’s art programs lined up at The Arts Collaborative, where the resident artists invite you to “Come on over and get your Art on!”

The Arts Collaborative Teaching Studio in Meredith, NH is a place to really explore imagination and innovation. In addition to the regular schedule of classes, the studio has put together some special sessions for kids on break from school next week. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings, February 25 – 27 from 9:30am to noon, the “Crazy Creative Kids” program will take place. Children ages 6 – 12 are welcome to join in the fun, led by experienced teaching artists Heidi Little and Cynthia Robinson. Continue reading

Come to the Lakes Region for New Year’s Eve!

New Year’s Eve on Lake Winnipesaukee is promising to be spectacular this year!  There will be so much to do and see, you might want to arrive early and plan to pace yourself so that you’ll be awake to greet 2013 as it rolls in at midnight!

First, head over to Wolfeboro to enjoy some of their First Night activities. First Night Wolfeboro is a community-wide, alcohol-free celebration of the performing arts. There will be a variety of entertainment options at many locations around town, including some really fun activities for children and families starting at 2:00pm. Kids will enjoy face painting, mask making, and hat making, as well as storytellers and interactive live music, and folks of all ages will want to check out the Discovery Dome and Telescopes from the McAuliffe-Shepard Planetarium, and of course, the parade at 5:00 and fireworks at 5:30. The list of events and activities is too long to mention here, so be sure to visit the First Night Wolfeboro website for details. Continue reading

3rd Annual Meredith Village Art Walk to Benefit NH Humane Society

As winter sets in all around New England, we begin to turn our thoughts toward pursuing creative indoor endeavors, gathering with loved ones, and helping those less fortunate than ourselves. December is a time of great giving, within our families as well as our communities. In this spirit of grace, the art galleries of Meredith are once again opening their doors and their hearts for a special night of beautiful art, music, delicious food, and generous fundraising for their annual “Food for the Soul” Art Walk.

Next Thursday evening, December 13th, six galleries in Meredith will participate in the third annual Meredith Village Art Walk, themed “Food for the Soul,” to benefit the New Hampshire Humane Society, the largest area animal welfare agency. Last year’s Art Walk brought in many donations to the Meredith Emergency Food Pantry, and the event’s organizers are hoping their visitors are just as generous this year to help our animal friends. The event promises to be bigger and better than last year with the addition of several fine artisans and craftsmen, horse-drawn wagon rides, and live music. Continue reading

The League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Retail Gallery December Events

Looking for unique, handmade gifts this holiday season? Interested in catching a glimpse of how a skilled artisan works her craft? The League of NH Craftsmen has a great lineup of workshops and demonstrations, where you can meet the artists and be a part of some of the creative processes as the fine pieces come to life. Check out what’s happening at the Meredith Retail Gallery this December…

Felted Animal Demonstration with Carolyn Wright
Saturday, December 1st, 2012, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Stop in and see how Carolyn brings wool to life in creative ways – from chickens, sheep, and lions, to stars, moons, and eggs! Carolyn creates her wonderful characters by the process of needle felting. Are you interested in exploring this art form? Come with your curiosity and questions, as Carolyn shows her work in its various stages. Continue reading

Local Artists Selected to Exhibit in the Award-Winning Paradise City Arts Festival

Steven Hayden Arts Mixed Media Wall Sculpture; carved cherry and wenge woods, “flame-painted” and acid-etched wrought copper, forged steel.

Two of Meredith, New Hampshire’s premier artists, Steven Hayden and David Little, have been selected from among nearly 1000 applicants to participate in the prestigious Paradise City Arts Festival at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, Massachusetts this coming Columbus Day Weekend, October 6th, 7th, and 8th.

Steven Hayden is a wood, metal, and ceramic artist, and David Little is an artist-blacksmith who has done much of the metalwork throughout Church Landing and the Marketplace at Mill Falls. Both artists are juried members of the League of NH Craftsmen. Hayden and Little have a long history of collaborating, and continue to work together at The Arts Collaborative, a new studio space in Meredith that is owned and managed by David Little and his wife, Heidi, who is also an artist. Hayden and Little were selected to be among only 275 participants in the Paradise City Arts Festival after thousands of images were reviewed by the show’s jury last April. The applicants’ work was judged on the basis of imagination, technical excellence, design, and originality. Steven Hayden Arts and Winnipesaukee Forge are in very good company, since many of the works by the exhibiting artists are displayed in major collections, museums, and publications around the world. Continue reading