Meet the Artists | Robyn Craxton Lindquist and Maria Neal

On Friday, November 4 from 5-7pm the Gallery at WREN presents the opening reception of Mountain Story: featuring new works by glass/mixed media artist and photographer Robyn Craxton Lindquist and ceramicist Maria Neal. Both artists draw their inspiration from the North Country landscapes in which they live and work, and are fascinated with the relationship between inner and outer worlds.

Neal speaks of landscapes “both sweeping and intimate” and works with clay as an “enduring canvas” on which to explore the infinite diversity of forms in the natural world. Lindquist explores surprising combinations of materials in her works, which often include glass, yarn, metal and even branches, and says her work grows from “an insatiable curiosity and love of experimentation.”

The show opens on Friday, November 4, with a wine and cheese reception in the Gallery from 5-7pm, and will run through November. The artists will be on hand to meet the public and talk about their work. Mountain Story is generously sponsored by Passumpsic Savings Bank.

RobynLindquistPhoto3Robyn Craxton Lindquist fell in love with art and with New Hampshire as a child. In 2009 she took an opportunity to move to the North Country and establish an art studio. A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, she received her B.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Fine Art. With 16 years of experience in graphic design, Robyn also owns and runs her own design business. She lives and works in a mountain house in Dalton, with her husband Carl and daughter June.

These works grew out of my interest in the unseen forms that make up all that is. From a life that is birthed to the rotting wood of a tree, everything is composed of these patterns and structures. They are beyond what our human eyes alone can conceive, in fact what we interpret is less than perfection most of the the time and yet these fundamental designs are unfaltering in their exactitude. “This principle of interconnectedness, inseparability and union provides us with a continuous reminder of our relationship to the whole, a blueprint for the mind to the sacred foundation of all things”. –Bruce Rawels

As an artist my role is to see possibility in any form or context, possibility in something as little as a blank sheet of paper or as large as a struggling society and to create from that place. My creative process comes from an insatiable curiosity, love of mixing materials and experimentation. Making art reminds me that there is much more to reality than what I can perceive in any moment.


Maria Neal worked for many years exploring wild places as a bird biologist before forming a love affair with clay, and creates functional and sculptural ceramic pieces for the home. Predominantly self-taught, Maria has studied clay at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft and at the University of Vermont. She currently teaches at the Littleton Studio School and at the WREN Maker Studio in Berlin. She lives in Randolph, NH in an off-grid solar homestead with her sugar maker husband, intrepid toddler, and an assortment of furry and feathered friends.

I am fascinated by storytelling in all its forms and wish to use the ceramic surface as an enduring canvas to explore the running fantastical narrative in my imagination. The landscapes of the north country, both sweeping and intimate, and the infinite diversity of life in infinite combinations are a constant source of inspiration for me. I seek to arouse some sort of emotion in the viewer and user of objects- even if it is the simple pleasure and peace of using a cup that fits perfectly in one’s hands. Though i seek simplicity and sophistication in my forms, I enjoy including a bit of awkwardness, as I feel that this is the most human.

The body of work featured here is a new frontier for me in the vast expanse that is glazing. For sometime I have wanted to work with the precious metal overglazes which I feel add an elevated elegance to the ceramic form, A third firing, and a persnickety process, the application of 22k gold and white gold appeals to me on many levels. I can only hope that as you view and touch these works, that you are imbued with the subtle warmth of the precious metals and transported by the imagery i have created.

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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.


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