Introducing HOP sessions!

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

Sometimes 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 katherinef@wrenworks.org 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.
For scholarship application, click here: Free Business MembershipScholarship Application Form
Link to signup on WREN calendar.

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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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”.

 

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.

CALL FOR ART:: Annual WREN Member SPRING SHOW!!

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Call For Art: The Annual WREN Member Spring Show at the Gallery at WREN

This year’s theme: LOCAL WORKS

 

 

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In this celebrated annual show, WREN members are invited to explore all things local: the people, the landscapes, the landmarks that make up the places we call home.
What does local mean to you?
Does it mean using materials found close to home?
Does it mean paying attention to the details of everyday?
This is your chance to share your unique vision with your community!

All works must be finished, framed and/or otherwise ready to hang or display, and be original artwork not shown previously in The Gallery at WREN.

Work should be dropped off at The Gallery on Tuesday, April 4, between 10am and 4pm.

ALL ARTWORK MUST BE FOR SALE, WREN receives a 40% commission on all work sold through the Gallery. Unsold works must be picked up on Monday, May 1, before 5pm. For more information email katherinef@wrenworks.org

**Not a member of WREN yet? Or maybe you’ve let your membership lapse? No problem! It’s easy to become a member or renew online:http://wrencommunity.org/join/join_online.php

Meet the Artist | Robert Moore

On Friday, August 5 from 5-7pm the Gallery at WREN presents the opening reception of BOOM, featuring larger than life paintings by Robert Moore, a digital geographer turned painter.

Drawing upon a wide variety of inspirational life and work experiences, Robert takes us on a tour of his “Boomer” view of the world. Working in traditional genres such as portraiture, still life and landscape, his paintings are inspired by images coming from memories and photographs of the culture, economics and politics of his childhood, growing up in the ’60s and ’70s, as well as life on his farm in New Hampshire and other world-travels.

10694183_261260137418658_7686066462096043477_oRobert Stephen Moore is a creative, pop-art, impressionist painter, whose work focuses on a unique and colorful view of the familiar. His vivid acrylic paintings offer slices of calculated colors applied strategically, though approximately, often giving a realistic, portrait-like feel.

Drawing upon a wide variety of inspirational life and work experiences, Robert takes us on a tour of his “Boomer” view of the world. Working in traditional genres such as portraiture, still life and landscape, his paintings are inspired by images coming from memories and photographs of the culture, economics and politics of his childhood, growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, and his current experiences living on his farm in New Hampshire and other world-travels.

Robert’s background and education is in the scientific side of Geography, particularly Cartography and satellite image processing. In the early 1970’s, he was one of the first users of sophisticated computer modeling software for developing remotely-sensed satellite maps. He worked for over 30 years as a consultant and entrepreneur, developing computerized mapping systems and databases, and was utilizing newly created computer color/image processing to accomplish this work. Geography is all about space, and the map is a way to represent the texture of the human condition. These are manifested as lines, shapes, values, colors and forms. Robert reaches deep into his experience with computer graphics and image processing to help him visualize the subjects he paints. He experiments with image/color density slicing, quantization and generalization, arriving at a color pallet that uniquely defines what he paints. He sometimes adds a sculpted surface to his canvas that provides depth and the feeling of extreme impasto,  as well as the look of painting on a plaster wall.

Robert works daily in his seaside home studio in Stuart, Florida and an apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina  in the winter and on his farm in Lisbon, New Hampshire in the summer.

BOOM is generously sponsored by Ammonoosuc Community Health Services. The exhibit will run through August 29. The Gallery at WREN is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, please call Local Works Marketplace, WREN’s retail market, at (603) 869-3100.