Floral Bees Wax Candles

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Floral Bees Wax Candles by Honey Glow Designs of Woodsville, NH. Available at both our locations for $6.95.

Introducing HOP: One-on-one hour long sessions to help WREN Members overcome common business challenges!

IMG_6571Sometimes you’re stuck on some aspect of running your business as an artist, and just need a little bit of help to get back on track or get moving in the right direction. Or you’re ready to take your business to the next level, but you don’t have the time or resources to invest a whole year or more in your career. Maybe you’ve found that you learn best in one-on-one situations as opposed to group settings. If any of these scenarios describe you, then The Gallery at WREN’s new HOP Sessions might be just what you need.
HOP stands for Helping Our People and is designed to give artists and entrepreneurs focused one-on-one help on a range of business of art topics in short, stand alone, no-nonsense sessions. Where the LEAP curriculum is comprehensive, cumulative and designed to transform one’s business plan as an artist over the course of a year, HOP is nuts and bolts help/feedback/instruction delivered in an hour, scheduled at the member’s convenience, and tailored to the member’s specific and individual needs.
Members can sign up for one-hour sessions with Gallery Manager Katherine Ferrier, to get help with the common business challenges, including:
  • Pricing Artwork
  • Writing and Editing a Bio
  • Writing and Editing an Artist Statement
  • Setting up an Instagram Account
  • Navigating Facebook
  • Deciding which galleries/opportunities to apply for
  • Presentation (“packaging”) of Work (frames, mats, hanging devices, etc)
  • How to Write and Deliver an Artist Talk
  • Putting together a strong gallery application
Need help with something you don’t see covered? E-mail with your question or challenge, and we’ll design a session just for you.
In-person sessions are available on most first and second Mondays of the month. Video Sessions can be booked at other times, pending availability. Check the calendar for available sessions.
Keep in mind HOP sessions are designed to tackle a single issue or topic, to get you unstuck and moving forward towards success in your business. WREN has an array of resources to help with big-picture business growth, such as our nationally recognized BETA program, and our year long business of art series, LEAP.
$45 for members. Free to members who income-qualify. Scholarships available, please email for application.
Link to signup on WREN calendar.

Handmade Wooden Toys!

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Handmade Wooden Toy Number Truck, by Bill Blaney, FUN and EDUCATIONAL! Available at both our locations for $39.00, will last for generations.

Meet the June Artists in The Gallery at WREN!

The Gallery at WREN presents:
WILD WONDER :: Carole Keller and Mimi Wiggin 

18836952_1302292723153158_4332897009734869183_o (1)On Friday, June 2nd from 5-7pm the Gallery at WREN presents the opening reception of WILD WONDER, an exhibit of paintings by Carole Keller and Mimi Wiggin. The exhibit is sponsored in part by The Littleton Coin Company, and highlights the talents of two North Country painters who share a love of wild animals, and the natural world.

Wiggin says “The wonderment of the outdoors has always been exciting to me. In my paintings I want to pass along this excitement and raise awareness of what is in our “backyards” as an encouragement for all of us to live in harmony with our natural surroundings.”

The opening reception is part of Bethlehem’s First Friday celebration of art, which includes exhibits at Maia Papaya, and 42 Maple. This exhibit runs through June and is free and open to the public. The Gallery at WREN is open daily from 10am-5pm.

Carole Keller was raised in rural NH and began painting at an early. She studied painting and art history at Plymouth Sate College with Mary Taylor. She has lived and worked in Florida and California, where she studied with Georgia Abood. She is a member of the NH Art Association and the Lakes Region Art Association, and shows her work in Portsmouth at NW Barrett Gallery and at the Bleu Waves Gallery in Meredith. Keller teaches oil painting classes at her studio in the summer.

“I am inspired by painters like Sorolla, who have gone before me, lighting the way.I am intrigued by the way the light bounces around my subjects and the colors it creates. I grapple with bringing my strokes, one at a time, loosely to the canvas with the desire to push the lights and the temperatures in the hidden shadow areas. I am forever working out the temperature of the strokes I lay next to each other as I go.

I make art because it’s impossible not to.”

Mimi Wiggin is an award-winning oil painter whose depictions of birds, wildlife and local scenes have been featured in Kearsarge Magazine, SooNipi Magazine, The Art & Gallery Guide, and Forest Notes, as well as on the cover and in illustrations of a book about 19th Century Women Writers from New Hampshire. Mimi lives in the Mink Hills of Warner, NH with her freelance writer husband Larry Sullivan. Her work can be seen in: Surroundings Art Gallery Center in Sandwich and at The Gallery at MainStreet BookEnds in Warner.

“The wonderment of the outdoors has always been exciting to me.  In my paintings I want to pass along this excitement and raise awareness of what is in our “backyards” as an encouragement for all of us to live in harmony with our natural surroundings”.

 

Locally Made Goat’s Milk Soap

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New Honeysuckle Soap by Beth Dawson of Haverhill, NH. Made with Goats Milk, $6.95.

Gallery Artist Ella Carlson Shares Her Photoshop Secrets in New Book!

If you’ve been to the Gallery this May, you’ve no doubt been awed by the gorgeous photographs of Ella Carlson.  Perhaps you’ve been wondering how on earth she created the hyper-focused, high resolution kaleidoscopic images she presents in ORBITS, her shared show with jeweler Sinead Cleary. Well wonder no further! You can read all about it in her new book FINE ART PHOTOSHOP: Diving Into the World of Photographic Art.

Hot off the presses, and available now in the Gallery, award-winning photographer and accomplished instructor Ella Putney Carlson provides a comprehensive guide to using photographs to make art using the Photoshop software. Readers will learn the creative process of making art that can be used with most raster graphics editing software. Readers will learn how to transform initial image captures into a series of art work— in addition to specific transformative techniques and constructive concepts that help build unique images.
Carlson reveals and details the inspiration for image series, how new images are assembled from original captures, layer mode techniques, and painting-layers-in methods. In addition, she covers piecing image selections, maintaining lighting consistency, delight and worth of artistic series, and much more.

ORBITS is on display through Memorial Day. Come by and see the exhibit and pick up your copy of Ella’s book! Open daily 10am-5pm.