Remember this? Brett first graders working with Jeanne Limmer during an Arts Tamworth artist residency act out the water cycle using movement. A drop of water travels along a mountain range, through mountain lakes and down raging rivers to the sea. After the drop of water has merged with the sea, it evaporates, becoming a gas. It rises to the clouds, travels away from the sea and over the mountains, where, as the air cools, it condenses into water and falls down toward the mountains to begin its journey again.
Calling all artists! The 2015 Summer Art Show & Sale at Runnells Hall is coming up July 24-26, 2015. Art Works is now accepting applications for participation in any medium, including painting, photography, printmaking, fiber arts, clay, wood, jewelry and sculpture. The show is open to everyone 18 and older. Application deadline is July 10. Download an application form here. For more information, contact Art Works, 603-323-8041 or artsworks4us2 (at) gmail (dot) com. Arts Council of Tamworth will host an Artists' Reception & Opening with music and refreshments on Friday, July 24, 6:00-8:00 PM. All are welcome.
The exhibit runs July 25-26, 10:00-4:00 PM both days.
Join friends and neighbors to celebrate Apple Tree, singer-songwriter Lisa Ferguson's debut album, at 7:00 PM on Saturday, May 9 at the Tamworth Congregational Church in Tamworth, NH. Joining Ferguson and percussionist Jonno Deveneau on stage are singer-songwriters Peg Loughran and Doug Hazard, with Steve McBrian of The Crunchy Western Boys on bass. This fundraiser for Arts Council of Tamworth, produced and sponsored by Sunnyfield Bakery and Raw Cider Music, with help from the Tamworth Congregational Church, supports Arts Council of Tamworth’s artists-in-residence at the K. A. Brett School, free creative workshops and Choose Your Own Ticket Price performances. Donations ($10 suggested) will be taken at the door. Intermission will feature appetizers, light desserts and beverages prepared by master bakers Allie Thompson-Kaplan and Nicole Norlund, by donation. Lisa Ferguson is a musician and songwriter of diverse talents and experience, a multi-instrumentalist with a strong, warm voice that can belt out a blues number or soar up into the higher realm on tender folk ballads. Apple Tree includes songs based around the guitar inspired by both folk and rock/pop traditions. Her piano accompaniment harkens back to the stylings of Carole King and Joni Mitchell. Ferguson is not afraid to roam the musical landscape seeking out for her lyrics and melodies what is just right for the moment at hand, rather than remaining tightly bound to a particular tradition.
A valley musician for over 20 years, most lately as the bass player for Idol Hands, Ferguson is the music teacher at the K. A. Brett School in Tamworth and lives with husband/fellow musician Jonno Deveneau and their son, Jesse, in Madison. She’s been writing songs for many years and playing them at local coffee houses. The pile of originals kept growing, and a couple of years ago she was approached by a friend and community member, Beth McCarthy, and asked when Ferguson was going to record them. “When she learned that funds were an issue,” Ferguson says, “she mobilized a campaign for funding with a bake sale dubbed ‘Cakestarter’ that included beautiful baked goods and craft items donated by really caring folks from the Tamworth and Sandwich communities.” With the funds raised, Ferguson was able to start recording. She finished recording in August of 2014 and the CD was released in the fall. “Usually a CD release party ensues,” Ferguson says, “but it was hard to find the time,” until friends Peg Loughran and Allie Thompson-Kaplan of Sunnyfield Bakery hatched a plan to make it happen. “This concert is a way to say thank you for the community support by giving back to one of its many wonderful organizations, Arts Council of Tamworth,” Ferguson says.
Apple Tree was recorded at The Sound Oven in Wolfeboro and is available at the Tamworth Lyceum and the Other Store in Tamworth, the North Conway Music Center, and at the concert, of course, where you’ll have an opportunity to get it signed.
Arts Council of Tamworth is excited to announce that the NH Department of Education in Concord is hosting a show of artwork by students from the K. A. Brett School in Tamworth and of needle-felted wool murals created in November 2013 during a community-wide Arts Council of Tamworth residency in “Painting with Wool” with Harrisville, NH fiber artist Marcy Schepker. The show will run through the end of February during NHDOE business hours. The four cheerful, brightly colored murals on view on the ground floor of the NHDOE celebrate the four seasons in rural Northern New Hampshire. They were created collaboratively, with guidance from Schepker, by people of all ages working at several venues, and by every student at the K. A. Brett School. As each group worked on the mural, it had an opportunity to make decisions about colors, content and design. The “Spring” mural, for instance, was begun by a group of kindergartners. After brainstorming many ideas, they decided that the mural should include a large rainbow, and they needle-felted the rainbow into prominence in the piece. Another group decided that sled dog races were important to the local community, another that the winter landscape would depict a winter evening with a moon bright in the sky. Before traveling to Concord, the murals were on display at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth. It’s been wonderful to see so many enthusiastic responses to work created by a community working together. One young girl came in and pointed with excitement at the murals. “I helped make that!” she exclaimed. She asked why they were hanging in the library, and when she was told that it was because they were beautiful and people wanted to see them, she puffed up with pride. “That blows my mind,” she said.
Brett School art teacher Melanie McBrian has a wide variety of student work on display on the first and ground floors of the NHDOE: Cityscapes in watercolor, jungle pictures in oil pastel inspired by the work of Henri Rousseau, Cubist-style musicians done in collage, Impressionist gardens, Grant Wood-inspired landscapes in crayon resist, Renaissance-style profile self-portraits in oil pastel, Collagraph Prints, Still Life paintings in complementary colors, examples of En Plein Air paintings done by 3rd graders, mixed media collages of whimsical "shacks" inspired by the work of Beverly Buchanan and large scale comic compositions done in the style of Roy Lichtenstein.
“As a teacher,” McBrian says, “I want my students to experience a wide range of art materials and 'techniques so that they can find their voices, artistically speaking, and express themselves visually. Working in art gives students the opportunity to solve ‘problems’ that have myriad possible ‘answers’. I incorporate art history so they can learn about and begin to understand the progression of art through time. Art has always been used to record and comment on the events in peoples lives.”
Thank you to K. A. Brett Alt. Ed. teacher Bill Arnold and his students for framing the four community murals, to Danny Palmer & Granite State Glass for donating the Plexiglass, to residency sponsors Meadow Pond Animal Hospital and Settlers’ Crossing, to The Gibson/Woodbury Foundation for their generous materials grant, and to the Brett School, The Tamworth Foundation, the Tamworth PTA and the Yeoman’s Fund for the Arts. Arts Council of Tamworth is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you to NHDOE Arts Consultant Marcia McCaffrey (pictured on the right) for the opportunity to share and celebrate this beautiful work and to Brett art teacher Melanie McBrian (on the left) for hanging the show.
The NHDOE is located at 101 Pleasant Street, Concord. Want to bring Marcy Schepker to your community? Visit marcyschepker.com. Find out more about Arts Council of Tamworth’s community workshops, Choose Your Own Ticket Price performances, teacher workshops and work in the school here.