Come build Tamworth's 250th Mosaic!

Mosaic Design #1

Mosaic Design #1

Please join Arts Council of Tamworth and mural artist David Fichter at the K. A. Brett School in Tamworth during the last two weeks of March to build Tamworth’s 250th Mosaic Mural. Building a mosaic is fun, creative, skill-building, communal and relaxing, a chance to visit with neighbors while making history. Come for an hour, a whole session, or every session to build this beautiful permanent artwork in celebration of Tamworth’s 250th. No special skills are needed—David will teach us. Bring your friends and relations, bring all the generations, so that many hands can share in this creation—and you don’t have to be from Tamworth! Public sessions are Wednesday, March 23 from 6-8PM, Thursday, March 24 from 3:15-5PM, Saturday, March 26 from 9AM-1PM, Tuesday, March 29 from 6-8PM and Wednesday, March 30, 3:15-5PM.

What is Tamworth’s 250th Mosaic Mural? In honor of Tamworth’s 250th anniversary, Arts Council of Tamworth is working with mural artist David Fichter on the creation of two large glass mosaics celebrating the attributes—historical, cultural, ecological—that make Tamworth special to those of us who live and spend time here. Students and community members have designed and contribute elements for Fichter to incorporate into a mural template for all of us to build. The murals will be installed on the left-hand front of the Brett School, a town-owned building and a location that will be visible to everyone who drives by.

Artist David Fichter has been creating community murals and mosaics for over 30 years, working all over the United States and in other countries, including Armenia, Georgia, and Nicaragua. He has worked with youth of all ages on over 200 permanent murals, in addition to another 70 commissioned projects.

Thank you to season sponsor The Other Store and Mosaic Sponsors BEAM Construction Associates, Inc. and Club Motorsports. This project is supported in part by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tamworth PTA and the Yeoman's Fund for the Arts. Thank you to The Tamworth Foundation for a generous grant in support of this project. To donate in support of the mosaic, visit crowdrise.com/tamworths250thmosaic. Thanks to Arts Council of Tamworth media sponsors The Conway Daily Sun, 93.5 WMWV and Magic104FM. 

Kickoff for Tamworth’s 250th Mosaic Mural Project on 12/17. Come brainstorm!

Please join Arts Council of Tamworth and mural artist David Fichter on Thursday, December 17, 6:30 PM at Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth for the kickoff event for the Tamworth’s 250th Mosaic Mural Project.

What is the Mosaic Mural Project? In honor of Tamworth’s 250th anniversary, Arts Council of Tamworth will bring mural artist David Fichter to work with Brett students and area residents (you don’t have to live in Tamworth) on the creation of two large glass mosaics or several mural panels celebrating the attributes—historical, cultural, ecological—that make Tamworth special to those of us who live and spend time here. Students and community members will design and contribute elements that Fichter will incorporate into a mural template. Community members and students will work together to build the mural in March 2016 and we will also provide opportunities for families, high school students and area residents to work on the mosaics outside of school hours. We hope everyone will place at least one symbolic tile on the mosaic! The murals will be installed on the left-hand front of the Brett School, a town-owned building and a location that will be visible to everyone who drives by.

The kickoff event is an opportunity to learn more about the project and begin the communal work of designing it. Fichter will show images of similar projects and explain the process, and then participants will have an opportunity to brainstorm design elements. Questions to get you thinking: What do you love about Tamworth? What are important parts of its history or heritage you believe should be included in the mosaic? What resources do you know of—historical images, sayings, poems, places—that would be helpful to the artist? Participants are also invited to bring images such as old photos that Fichter might be able to incorporate into the design. We will scan them and return them to you over the course of the evening. Read more about how to contribute images here—the deadline is January 28.

Artist David Fichter has been creating community murals and mosaics for over 30 years, working all over the United States and in other countries, including Armenia, Georgia, and Nicaragua. He has worked with youth of all ages on over 200 permanent murals, in addition to another 70 commissioned projects.


Big thanks to The Tamworth Foundation for a generous grant in support of this project. You can donate in support of this project here.

Thanks to Arts Council of Tamworth media sponsors The Conway Daily Sun93.5 WMWV, and Magic104FM.  

Arts Council of Tamworth Benefit Auction

Arts Council of Tamworth invites you to join us for our 2015 Benefit Auction on Sunday, December 6 at Sunny Villa Restaurant in Ossipee, NH, with auctioneers Tom and Rob Troon. Live auction begins at 10:00 AM; breakfast and a silent auction start at 8:00 AM. Auction proceeds support arts education and arts events that are accessible to all, and this year also support the Tamworth’s 250th glass mosaic mural project. Sunny Villa will also donate 10 percent of brunch proceeds—thank you, Sunny Villa!

Come bid on thousands of dollars worth of unique and useful merchandise, gift certificates, services, lessons, passes to sporting events and museums, and more. Items to be auctioned include many wonderful gift items—greeting cards, hand-knit hats, CDs and DVDs, jewelry, soaps, specialty and local foods, gift baskets for families and cooks—and art: beautiful artworks from the collection of Stephen M. Spalding, a framed “Moose in Pond” series by Wild Light Images, and an antique print block from the fashion house of Bianchini, Ferier. Holiday shopping from a comfortable seat, while you eat! Check out the ever-growing list of auction items here. We will be accepting advance bids on a number of items, so you can bid even if you can’t be at the auction. If you would like to donate an auction item, please email artstamworth@gmail.com or call 603-323-0104.


Charity auctions are win, win, win. Businesses get exposure and connect to new customers, patrons can find bargains on special items or bid on goods and services they would buy anyway, and the nonprofit gets invaluable support for its work. Proceeds from this auction help support Arts Council of Tamworth's school- and community-wide artist residencies: arts enrichment for every kid at Brett, free creative workshops for community members of all ages, unique performances with Choose Your Own Ticket Prices, so the whole community wins. Please invite your friends!

Big thanks to Sunny Villa Restaurant for hosting us, and to Media Sponsors The Conway Daily Sun, The Mountain Ear, and 93.5 WMWV | Magic 104FM.

Haiku riddles with Motoko

4th and 5th graders at the Kenneth A. Brett School wrote haiku riddles with Motoko, and then created stories that incorporated the riddle. A haiku riddle is a haiku—a Japanese form of poetry that comprises three lines of five, seven, and five syllables—that poses a question, answerable with a name or phrase. In honor of Tamworth's 250th, students created haiku riddles with Tamworth-based answers. Motoko wrote one for us, too:

 
Serving his country
Perished in the German sky
A school bears his name
— Motoko
 

Can you guess the answer?

Motoko's residency was supported by generous business sponsor The Other Store and was funded in part by the New England States Touring Program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies, with support from the K. A. Brett School, the Tamworth PTA, and from media sponsors The Conway Daily Sun, 93.5 WMWV, and Magic104FM.