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.

Batik Lamps

Carol Dillingham Lamp
Unique Hand Batiked Lamps by Carol Dillingham. Avalibale in our LocalWorks Marketplace WREN, Bethlehem, NH Location. Open 7 days a week, 10am – 5pm.

Hot Pepper Jelly

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Have you tried Nannie’s Canning’s Hot Pepper? It is a medium heat, great with crackers and cheese or on a bagel! Available at our LocalWorks Marketplace WREN, Bethlehem location, open 7 days a week, 10am – 5pm.

WREN Holiday Party!

Sunday, December 10th from 5-7pm24068247_10154876125210836_3462711794630557782_n

Please join us for our annual holiday party and raffle at the Gallery at WREN!
Enjoy live music by Greg Walsh plus refreshments.
Fantastic holiday raffle with unique prize packages.
Don’t forget to enter! You do not have to be present to win.

Sunday December 10 | 5-7pm

Deadline Extended! Want to take a giant LEAP in your Art career? Apply for the 2018 LEAP Program!

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DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 15th,

LEAP is an in-depth year-long series of workshops, critiques, studio visits and networking events designed to give artists the tools they need to tackle common obstacles and achieve success in the art marketplace.  Monthly workshops, peer-to-peer mentoring and critiques, a regular studio practice and numerous networking events with local and regional industry experts are the backbone of a curriculum rivaling many acclaimed MFA programs. In November, the LEAP cohort will share a special show in the Gallery at WREN.

Many of the benefits to be gained from participating in LEAP come not only from the accumulation of knowledge throughout the year, and from dedicating regular time to your studio practice, but from spending time together in a group, witnessing each other’s progress, challenges, strategies and breakthroughs. The power of the program is in commitment. Committing to your practice. Committing to attending workshops.  Committing to showing up fully to critiques. Once accepted into the program, artists agree to commit to all sessions, and understand that missing more than 2 will result in forfeiting one’s place in the November exhibit.  Think carefully before you apply, and make sure you are able to commit!

The 2018 cohort will consist of 6-10 participants, who will commit to the year long program and share a show in November at The Gallery at WREN.

LEAP includes 12 workshops, 6 studio visits/critiques, ongoing instructor and peer to peer support, and a shared month-long exhibit.

Cost for 2018 LEAP Training :: $1500
Full and Partial Scholarships available to those who income qualify
FREE BUSINESS MEMBERSHIP & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT APPLICATION

Applications are due on December 15th. 2018 LEAP Application
Please e-mail completed applications in a Word document, with photos as attachments of JPEG images, to Gallery Manager Katherine Ferrier at katherinef@wrenworks.org