Call for Artists! 2019 Season at the Gallery at WREN

You are invited to apply for an exhibit at The Gallery at WREN’s 2019 Season!

Next year marks the 25th anniversary of WREN. To celebrate, the 2019 Season at the Gallery will feature exhibits that pair “legacy” artists (those who have featured prominently in WREN’s history, and have built their careers alongside WREN over the last quarter century) with “emerging” artists (those up-and-coming members whose artistic vision represents the next generation of rural artists).

DEADLINE: Monday, October 1st, 2018

To learn more about the Season and to apply, CLICK HERE to visit the online application form.

Email gallery@wrenworks.org with questions or for more information.

COLOR LOVE: Opening at the Gallery on September 7th!

The Gallery at WREN presents: COLOR LOVE: 3 Artists. 3 Visions.

On Friday, September 7, from 5-7pm, the Gallery at WREN presents the opening reception of COLOR LOVE, featuring the bright and vibrant paintings of three New Hampshire artists: Ethel Hills, Rosemary Conroy, and Ann Trainor Domingue. Although their subject matter ranges from wildlife, to seaside tableaus, to abstract landscapes, all three artists bring to their works a desire to create connections between the viewer’s experience and their own–bringing fresh and joyful appreciation to familiar subjects.

The opening reception is part of the First Friday events in Bethlehem, which include exhibits at 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center, and Rek•lis Brewery. Don’t forget to pick up your First Friday punch card at WREN and then visit the other stops on Main Street in order to receive free chips and salsa at Rek•lis! After the reception, COLOR LOVE will be on display in the Gallery during the month of September, open daily from 10am-5pm.

Meet the Artists:

Rosemary Conroy is a contemporary wildlife artist living and working in Weare, NH. Named one of “Eleven Women Artists to Watch” by New Hampshire Magazine in 2017, she has also recently been featured on NH Public Radio’s The Exchange to discuss “Making It As An Artist in NH.” Largely self-taught, Rosemary has nevertheless been enjoying ever-increasing success as an artist, and her work is collected across the U.S. and Canada. She attributes her success to her passion for her primary subject matter (wildlife) and never losing her sense of humor.

Ann Trainor Domingue was born in Massachusetts and lived many years in Rhode Island before settling in New Hampshire. She is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a B.A. in painting. Ann is a Copley Artist, and Copley Fellow of the Copley Society of Art in Boston. Her works hang in many private and public collections across the country including the permanent collections of Coverys Boston, SNHU, Keene State College, Hampshire Plaza Tower, Tenn & Tenn law firm, Catholic Medical Center, and Manchester Place. Her award-winning career as an advertising art director and designer has influenced her sense of composition and use of color. Ann is represented by the following galleries: Portland Art Gallery, ME; Camden Falls Gallery, ME; Kennedy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH; George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME; Art3 Gallery, Manchester, NH; Gallery Antonia, Chatham, MA; Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.

Ethel Hills grew up in Hollis, NH and has since settled in Hampton, NH. After receiving her B.A. at UNH, she worked traditional clerical jobs while exploring her creativity through needlework, photography and rug hooking. Interest in developing her own rug designs brought her to a drawing class and the beginning of a love of drawing and painting, reinforced by her continued study of art, including courses at UNH and the NH Institute of Art. Ethel has been painting seriously for about fifteen years and is an active member of Ogunquit Art Association, NH Art Association, the Abstract Artists Group of New England, Women’s Caucus for Art, and the Arts League of Lowell. She has exhibited in numerous juried and solo shows in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine.

COLOR LOVE is generously sponsored by Union Bank, a long-time supporter of WREN and WREN artists.

Meet the Artists of NEVERLAND!

The Gallery at WREN presents: 
NEVERLAND | Works by Evan Haynes and John Tully

On Friday, July 6, from 5-7pm the Gallery at WREN presents the opening reception of NEVERLAND, a celebration of place, featuring the evocative and moody photographs of John Tully and the mysterious, melancholic paintings of Evan Haynes. Both artists share a deep love for the places and people of Northern New England. Paired together, their work offers a space for viewers to contemplate themes of memory, meaning, life, beauty, and loss.

 

Evan Haynes has ties to Northern New Hampshire that date back to his time as a student at Franconia College, where he earned a degree in Environmental Design. For more than 25 years his work has focused on public art and community design throughout New England. Recently he’s returned to studio work in painting, printmaking, and photography. He has received multiple commissions from Maine Percent for Art projects, and his work was featured in master planning initiates for the State Memorial Park in Augusta, Maine, and an Arts District plan for the City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Grants and awards include those from the University of Maine, the Maine Arts Commission, the LEF Foundation, the Vermont Council of the Arts and, in collaboration with Stephen Dignazio and Ron Smith, Art and Community Landscapes; a three year artist residency with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, funded by the National Park Service, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Evan splits his time now between New Zealand and Yarmouth, Maine.

 

John Tully is a New Hampshire-based documentary photographer whose work focuses on the backyards and back roads that make up daily life of a community. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and student at the Danish School of Media and Journalism, John worked as a staff photographer for several daily newspapers following college before focusing on long-term projects. Time Magazine named him ‘Instagram Photographer to Follow’ for the state of New Hampshire in 2016 and North Carolina in 2015. His work has been displayed at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, the Kelley Stelling Contemporary in Manchester, as a collaborator on Echosight, Fly Over Media, and a self-published book was selected for a juried show The Blue Library Chapbook Exhibition at the Antenna Gallery during PhotoNOLA. The recipient of numerous national and international awards for photography and editing, John has regularly worked for Rolling Stone Magazine, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Dagbladet Information, Newsweek Magazine, Vice, WIRED, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, de Volkskrant, MSNBC, Education Week Magazine, and USA Today, among others.

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ARTISTS: Struggling with a common business challenge? Time to book a HOP session!

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If any of these scenarios describe you, then The Gallery at WREN’s HOP Sessions might be just what you need.
HOP sessions are 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 year-long business of art series, LEAP and LEAF, our new Farm and Food program for North Country entrepreneurs. 
$45 for members. Free to members who income-qualify. Scholarships available, please email for an application.
Link to signup on WREN calendar.

Our Biggest Gallery Show of the Year Opens on First Friday!

Join us on Friday, April 6th from 5-7pm in the Gallery at WREN for the opening reception of ATMOSPHERES, the Annual Spring WREN Member Show, featuring the work of over 70 members!WREN-April-2018-image-for-PR