Meet the Artists of REIMAGINED LANDSCAPES

On Friday, August 4th from 5-7pm the Gallery at WREN presents the opening reception of REIMAGINED LANDSCAPES, an exhibit of paintings by Gallery veteran Michele Johnson and newcomer to the scene, Terry Ekasala. The exhibit is sponsored by Union Bank, and highlights the talents of two North Country painters who share a love of color, texture, mark-making and the natural world.

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 August and is free and open to the public. The Gallery at WREN is open daily from 10am-5pm.

DSC04900Michele Johnsen has spent a life time as an artist and maker. She has owned and operated The Studio since 1996 where she did commercial work along with framing and sign painting. In 2001 she received a Bachelor of Science degree from Granite State College in Art Education, and has spent the past 11 years teaching art in the Colebrook School System. She earned her MFA in Visual Art from NH Institute of Art in Manchester this past January, and has been incremental in establishing several art associations in the Colebrook area, including Lovering Mountain Arts, Colebrook Arts and the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts. She has shown her work at The NH Institute of Art Biennial, Climate Gallery in Long Island City, The Shaw Gallery in Keene, Soo Rye Gallery in Rye, Exeter Fine Crafts in Exeter, and several times at The Gallery at WREN.

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Terry Ekasala graduated from the Art Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 1983 she set up her first studio at the Clay Hotel and Youth Hostel on Espanola Way in Miami Beach, a broken down palace of art deco dreams. Ekasala became a member of the Artifacts Art Group, which staged weekly events at Miami’s Fire and Ice nightclub. In 1987 Ekasala moved to Paris and eventually set up a studio in Belleville, twhere she was part a diverse artistic community that organized the first artist squat or reclaimed studio space to become legal in Paris. She exhibited widely in Paris, Berlin and New York before moving to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom in 2001. Her work has been shown at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, the Burlington Center for the Arts (BAC), and with Metalstone Gallery in New York City., and is in numerous private collections. She resides with her family in East Burke, Vermont.

Pine Needle Baskets

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Have you seen our pine needle baskets made by Wendell Shaffer? Gorgeous, unique baskets available at both our locations.

Applications now open for 2018 Season in The Gallery at WREN

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Artists are invited to apply for an exhibit in the 2018 Season in the Gallery at WREN.

For more than ten years, the Gallery has provided a space where local and regional artists can display and sell their work in a professional setting. The Gallery serves as a cultural outlet for the creative expression of a community, where the public can gather to enjoy, learn about and appreciate art.

Open year round, the Gallery presents a new show each month, featuring artists who have been carefully selected by juried committee.  Accomplished painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, fiber and multi-media artists have all exhibited their work on the Gallery’s walls. Twice a year, WREN members are invited to participate in open-call group shows, which are exceptionally well received and serve not only as supportive learning experiences for new and emerging artists, but as community celebrations of the incredible talent and diversity in our midst.  Along with Meet the Artist receptions on the first Friday of each month, the Gallery hosts a variety of events including artist talks, demonstrations, slideshows and workshops, all aimed at directly engaging people with art and art-making. And we begin each season in January with a celebratory Gala Preview with works from all artists in the upcoming year.

What WREN Offers Artists

The Gallery at WREN sets the standard for fine art galleries in the North Country.  Overseen by the Gallery Manager and a volunteer committee, the Gallery presents juried solo and group shows in a professional, inviting and well-lit exhibition space on Bethlehem’s Main Street. We offer:

  • Promotion including design and mailing of postcards sent to our Gallery mailing list, media coverage in all area newspapers, a feature in our email broadcast, and in our triennial magazine.
  • Guidance on creating a powerful show, hanging of the show, handling of all sales of your work, and connecting you to buyers, other artists and supporters of the arts.
  • A well stocked reception featuring locally sourced foods and wine/beer/soft drinks.

 

Application Process
Artists must be current members to apply, and should submit an artist biography or resume, a statement about the work the artist intends to show, a description of the medium(s), and 5-10 high resolution images (300dpi JPEG) of the work you plan to show. The full application form is attached below.
Deadline for applications is October 1, 2017.

Gallery Application for 2018 Season

Pamela Sullivan Contemporary Jewelry

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WREN Has A New Acting Executive Director

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Meet the Artists of EARTH ALCHEMY!

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Susan Retz is an architect turned watercolor painter based in Franconia. Born in Paris, France to American parents, she grew up in the DC area. Retz studied architecture at Case Western Reserve University, and went on to become a practicing architect for nearly forty years. When she retired she moved with her husband, Chuck Lovett, to Franconia, where she was drawn to the art community. She has studied drawing, painting, felting and clay at the Littleton Studio School, and has exhibited her work there, as well as at Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, Cold Mountain Café in Bethlehem and Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Susan is active in her New Hampshire community through Moose Track Studio, where she paints, in watercolors, oil and acrylics; the Littleton Studio School, White Mountain Garden Club and WREN, where she is a member of the Board of Directors.

I am attempting to reinvent myself as an artist.  The act of creating pulls upon my heart which pushes me to the studio to work.  Inspired by the ever changing beauty of the North Country, I am pursuing my passion for color, light and nature. Every day brings transformation and a visual joy that I find fascinating.  Watching clouds move, the garden grow, and seasons change I’m learning to see with an artist’s eye the nature surrounding us.

 

Marghie SeymourMarghie Seymour has made a living as a farmer, a logger, the manager of the local landfill and recycling program, a solid waste planner, executive director of a small recycling non-profit, and a bankruptcy attorney, thought she now happily calls herself a potter. She skyrocketed to local pottery fame a few years back when she designed a simple garlic grater that ended up having a wide commercial appeal. She now makes them by the thousands and in turn they pay the bills, make a pottery studio a necessity, and provide an excuse to be muddy most of the time. It is also a job that allows her to spend half of each year in New Mexico, where most of her family has settled down and where the landscape offers ever-changing colors, patterns, and shapes that provide an inspiration never necessary to any of her other careers.
Marghie loves the look and feel of antique vessels and, in her recent work, strives to recreate the atmosphere and tactility of both functional and decorative pots and vases found in ancient cultures and in more simple modern ones.

After all, what more unlikely transformation can there be than to take a lump of wet mud and make it into a vessel, a whistle, a teapot, or a mug? And so, making things both useful and beautiful from handfuls of mud brings me a satisfaction I am both intimately familiar with and completely surprised by each time.  I love opening the kiln and seeing the end result of my work.  I love the feel of the pots I make, the endless surprises of texture and color, the heft and the curves and the solidity.  I feel connected to the earth and the past in my clay work and the more I do, the better the connection feels.

 

 

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