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: The Annual WREN Member Spring Show at the Gallery at WREN

This year’s theme: LOCAL WORKS




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

**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:

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. 


Meet the Artist | Gretchen Hill Woodman

Gretchen Hill Woodman

On Friday, July 1, from 5-7pm the Gallery at WREN presents the opening reception of EYELINES, a solo exhibition of paintings, illustrations and objects by New Hampshire native Gretchen Woodman.

Connecting her interests in art and social science, including new branches of sociology, called Human Animal Studies and Anthrozoology, Woodman’s work addresses human practices and beliefs as they relate to other living beings. Through her investigations, she challenges our homocentric view of animals, and explores ways to close the empathetic void between non-human and human suffering.

“The work is, in a word, stunning,” says Gallery Coordinator, Katherine Ferrier. “The combination of large scale, attention to the finest detail, and the insistence on direct eye contact with the animals invites viewers into surprising relationships with the animals, creating a palpable space of empathy in which to re-imagine how we go about sharing the world with creatures great and small.”

Gretchen Hill Woodman, an award-winning artist, is a NH native, with a life-long love of animals. Currently based in Nottingham, she earned her her BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of New Hampshire, and her MFA in Visual Art from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester.  She has taught art in the public schools in Hampstead and Deerfield, and has been a NH Certified Art Educator since 2007. Her work has been part of group exhibitions throughout New Hampshire and New England, including those at The Sharon Arts Gallery, The Balsams, The Deerfield Arts Tour, the Portland Sidewalk Art Festival, and the NHSPCA Art Show and Sale. She is a member of the NH Art Association, both the NH and National Art Educator’s Associations, and the UNH Art Education Committee.  This is her first solo exhibition at The Gallery at WREN.

I have lived in NH my entire life, and there has never been a time when I was not involved with animals. I learned to draw them by “feeling” their curves with my pencil.  Through my investigations, I challenge our homocentric view of animals, and explore ways to close the empathetic void between non-human and human suffering.  Some of my pieces show animals out of control or restricted in some way, while others confront the viewer. My personal experience passes through the “animal” experience to speak for our non-human companions. I want my images of non-humans to evoke the weight of human experience.  As I explore my visual language, I encourage the viewer to consider other-than-human experience simultaneously with their own and to acquire a deeper consideration for the sentience of non-human beings.

EYELINES includes works in charcoal, colored pencil and pastel on paper, acrylic paint on acetate, as well as photography and small mixed-media installations. The exhibit is generously sponsored by Leigh B. Starer Design, and will run through the month of July. The Gallery at WREN is open daily 10am-5pm.


Meet the Artists | Miranda Gatewood and William Turner

On Friday, June 3 from 5-7pm the Gallery at WREN presents the opening reception of FLIGHT OF TIME, a shared exhibit featuring new work by photographer Miranda Gatewood and painter William Turner. Gatewood’s exploration of life as viewed from moving vehicles pairs nicely with Turner’s deep interest in vintage machinery, especially cars and trucks. Together the two artists present a cinematic approach to illuminating meaning in a single moment in time.

10309476_10204716701737195_6664490954182249510_nMiranda Gatewood holds an M.F.A. in fine art photography from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Exhibiting since 1977, her language is images. Gatewood’s photographs have been collected by the Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA and has been selected for national juried photography exhibits including The Long Island Biennial 2014, The Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY; The Art of Photography 2013 Show, Art Institute of San Diego, CA; Ambient Light, MPLS Photo Center, Minneapolis, MN; PHOTOcentric 2013, Garrison, NY; All New England, Cape Cod Artists Association, Barnstable, MA; The Gallery at WREN, Bethlehem, NH and The Long Island Museum, 2012, Stony Brook, NY.

Her images are part of the Houston Museum of Fine Art slide lecture on Contemporary Photography. A member of four arts councils, her work has won awards and has been selected for solo exhibits at the Westhampton Beach, Riverhead and Mattituck-Laurel libraries, and Islip Town Hall, on Long Island, NY.

She is a 2011 recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Strategic Opportunity Stipend; an exhibitor in the NYFA-funded East End Arts’ JumpstART 2014 program, and a mentor in the JumpstART 2015 program, Riverhead, NY. August, 2014 was the premiere of a new medium: projections, with the debut of “Light Murals” for JumpstART 2014, using exterior buildings in downtown Riverhead, NY, as her canvas. Gatewood is editor of Networking magazine, a women’s business monthly.

These images comment on the way things are seen and absorbed in a hyper-visual culture, with its deficit of depth, lack of deep examination, and the brevity of the experience. Using wide and ultra wide-angle landscape lenses normally tripod-mounted, I photograph large and distant expanses while in motion. Their shallow depth of field creates a haunting, dreamlike lack of clarity in the distance, but a strange intimacy with objects that are quickly passing in the foreground. I use photography to make an object of time, to make an object of light, or both.

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William Turner’s current career as a professional narrative artist in the realist genre began when he retired after 30 years in auto-body restoration. After earning a certification in Commercial Design and Illustration, he decided to pursue painting. He later earned both a BFA and MFA in Painting from NH Institute of Art.

He has received numerous regional awards and national awards, including The Shiva Award for Casein Painting from the National Artists in Casein and Acrylics, and the Robert Hunter-Young Award for Oil from Allied Artists of America and recognition awards from the Copley Society of Art. Recently his works are on display at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Medford, MA, Grace Chapel, and Anderson Fine Art Galllery in Lexington, MA and locally at the Millbrook Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Concord, NH, The Hub, Nashua, NH, Jaffrey Civic Center Gallery, Jaffrey, NH and Wild Salamander, Hollis, NH. Later this year a solo show is scheduled at the Jaffrey Civic Center from October through November.

I have a deep interest in vintage machinery, especially vehicles since autobody restoration was my first career. For the WREN exhibit my narrative paintings, using symbolism allowing for viewer interpretation, reflect my concern for the environment as well as national issues. I have used Greek and Roman mythology as well as Native American folklore with vehicles as surrogates for humanity. My focus has recently shifted to painting images seen from the side-view mirror.


Special Thanks to our sponsors, for their generous support of this exhibit!

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