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.

Applications now open for 2019 Season in The Gallery at WREN

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Artists are invited to apply for an exhibit in the 2019 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, 2018.

Gallery Application for 2019 Season

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Camp Mix offers All In One Seasonings with four different varieties. Original Camp Mix is a mixture of garlic, onion, black pepper, salt, white pepper, & celery salt. Honey- Cinnamon, Lemon Pepper, & Spud Fixin. Available individually $3.95, or as a set $14.95. Available in both our locations, LocalWorks Marketplace WREN, Bethelehem, NH & LocalWorks Gallery, Omni Mt Washington.

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

Meet the Artists of INTERSECTING MYSTERIES

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FullSizeRenderTracy Hayes is a mixed media artist, who has been showing in group, solo and themed shows since 2012.  A native of Nashua, NH who holds a BFA in Painting from New Hampshire Institute of Art, Hayes cites a concern for individual voice as a key impulse for the emergence of her current body of work.  Efforts in struggling to reach out and chart a path, buffeted and twisted by external forces; these are the catalyst. Hayes is pleased that resultant effects are organic, at times cellular and appear to be influenced from nature, though she claims these aren’t the goals in her creation: “I seek what is universal, and strive to uncover what is unique; if the forms and patterns that emerges from my marks coalesce and are reminiscent of things embedded in my memory, I am pleased.”

Connections and patterns emerge in intersections and crevices.   I have no preconceived notion of where my work is heading when I begin, other than to feel that it’s authentically “of me.”  This process of coming to know oneself and one’s environment through one’s work, this is the mystery in which I place my faith and journey daily.

ryanChristine Ryan was born in Massachusetts; she has lived in New Hampshire for over forty years.  Her oil paintings of landscapes and floral have been on display for the past ten years in local galleries, businesses, hospitals and libraries.  Her current work is more centered on contemporary paintings of rust and landscapes.  She has also been pushing the envelope with experimenting with sculptures made from car parts and everyday objects.   In 2017 Christine earned her Masters of Fine Art – Visual Arts from New Hampshire Institute of Art.

 I have a strong affinity with rusty old cars and metal because of my experience working with my family’s antique car restoration shop in Southern New Hampshire. The hues of rust resonate with me and feel like home. The oxidation of rust tells a story of its decomposition and loss.

jim lorette mysterious orrery vesselJim Lorette 
I grew up in a small NH. town were one end of main street emerged out of the lake  and the other end terminated into the town cemetery.  The town had no store, gas station or retail business and the post office was in a neighbor’s kitchen.  I walked a mile to a three room school house that had three teachers and grades one through six. I was in a class of five children. When the weather was fine we held classes outside under the apple trees or down at the lake. I would spend days watching wildlife, clouds, stars, sunrises, sunsets, hiking, swimming and sitting under waterfalls to cool off. It was this early exposure to nature that influenced my desire to create artful objects that challenge, entertain, and teach through observation and discovery.

The power of observation can be an incredible source of knowledge that allows you to see and experience things around you in a far more enhanced way.  Our perception of our world is directly related to how we interpret and relate to our environment. Materials, color, smell, texture, sound, light and temperature all greatly affect our emotions. Nature reveals patterns that show how we are influenced and connected by forces around us on many levels from the micro to the macro.