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.

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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New Silver, Peridot and Chalcedony handmade earrings by Pamela Sullivan available at our LocalWorks MarketPlace Store Bethlehem, NH.

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.