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About 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.  The Gallery is managed by the Gallery Coordinator and a volunteer committee and presents juried solo and group shows in a professional, inviting and well-lit exhibition space on Bethlehem’s Main Street. 

• 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.

Application Process

Artists must 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 application form is at the end of this document.
Deadline for applications is October 1, 2016.

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.


Coffee Chat with Kelly


Coffee Chat with Kelly



Local Works Farmers Market New Hmapshire

Berlin Market 

Thursday, June 23rd 3-7pm

Coos County Botanical Garden Tour 3:30-4:30: Presenting on Planting & Seedlings
Live Music 4:30-6:30pm: Tim Dion
Live Cooking with Chef Liz Jackson 5-6pm: Creamy Spinach Soups
5210 Let’s Go Activity 6-7pm:
Food Stamp Double Incentive Tours
Salvation Army Movie 7pm:
How to Train Your Dragon

Bethlehem Market
Saturday, June 25th 10-2pm

Thai Ice Tea!

New at LocalWorks Marketplace WREN, Bethlehem, Emshika’s popular and delicious Thai Ice Tea! Great for these hot summer days. Made in Littleton from her own recipe.



The Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network’s Board of Directors has appointed Liz Penney as the organization’s new Executive Director. The leadership position of this 21 year old organization has been in transition since the beginning of the year, with Teri Bordenave serving as Interim Executive. During this period of planning, restructuring and reflection, the Executive Search Committee conducted a national search for WREN’s next leader.

According to Natalie Woodroofe, WREN Board President, “We had an excellent pool of candidates – each offering a unique set of skills, experience and talents. Liz’s qualifications, including her background in micro-enterprise, fundraising, nonprofit management and fiscal oversight brought her to the top of our list; she is clearly the best fit for WREN at this point in its life cycle. With Main Street centers in Bethlehem and Berlin, multiple retail operations and seasonal markets, entrepreneurial programs supporting both emerging and established businesses, and over a thousand members who identify as part of the WREN Community, we are confident she will nurture and enhance our work, grow the organization and foster collaboration within and beyond the North Country.”

Penney notes, “I’m thrilled to join the team at WREN. For the past two decades, WREN has been an innovative leader in the North Country, impacting small business, the arts, agriculture, and overall quality of life for our residents. I’m looking forward to continuing WREN’s record of excellence while fostering opportunity and prosperity in this beautiful region.”

Liz is relocating to the North Country, after having lived in Georgia the past nine years. During this time she provided consulting and development services to a number of nonprofit organizations. Previously, Liz worked with the NH Small Business Development Center, Northway Bank, and the North Country Council. She has a Bachelor’s in Accounting from the University of Maine and an MBA from Plymouth State University. Liz and her husband hope to make their new home in the Randolph or Gorham area.