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WREN Celebrated First Friday with the Opening of “Where Land Meets Sky”

The Gallery at WREN in Bethlehem celebrated the opening of “Where Land Meets Sky” on Friday Evening September 6th. Pictured here from (l to r) artist Gisele Thompson, Gallery Manager Katherine Ferrier, artist Michele Johnson, and sponsor Carol Walker, from Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank, a long-time supporter of WREN and its artists.

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of WREN, a nationally recognized not-for-profit in Bethlehem that provides and supports strategies for entrepreneurial development, access to markets, Main Street revitalization, and rural economic development.

Established in 2001, The Gallery at WREN sets the standard for fine art galleries in the North Country, and serves as a cultural outlet for the creative expression of a community, where the public can gather to en- joy, learn about and appreciate art. The Gallery was the original catalyst for Bethlehem’s First Friday events on Main Street back in 2012. In addition to monthly Meet the Artist receptions during First Friday, the Gallery hosts a variety of events throughout the year including artist talks, demonstrations, slideshows, and workshops, all aimed at directly engaging the community with art and art-making.


Time to Shop: Re-imagined WREN Reopens in Beautiful Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM – WREN (Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network) is out of hibernation. This past winter, the organization, which was founded in 1994, closed its doors on December 31, 2018.

This spring, when WREN came out of a winter’s torpor, moving at a thoughtful pace to full steam ahead, the small staff, along with new members on the board of directors, the local businesses and artisan community, re-imagined the organization.

On June 21 the store and gallery opened in its original location at 2013 Main Street in Bethlehem. Mary Secor, new to the board of directors and Laura Barrington, WREN’s store and gallery manager, were on hand to tell of new plans, new programs and a new outlook.

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The WREN Board and current staff continue to move the organization forward. Following a period of reflection and engagement with our members and partners this past winter, WREN has begun a measured and thoughtful reemergence. All of our efforts and investments will actively uphold our founding mission of supporting better lives and livelihoods, while embracing the needs and desires of the next generation of WREN members. PLEASE NOTE: We have extended all current memberships without charge through the end of 2019. 

We continue to offer support and opportunities for those wanting to start or grow their businesses. Check out our classes scheduled through early summer on our Classes & Events page. We continue to offer no cost business development support to income eligible emerging and established business owners living in New Hampshire. For example, a single person residing in Grafton County qualifies if her/his household income is at or below $40,900. For more info, contact katyc@wrenworks.org. In late June, our Main Street Bethlehem retail store reopened, providing a marketplace for nearly one hundred WREN members and contributing to the growing vitality of Bethlehem's Main Street..

2019 marks WREN’s 25th year. We began in 1994 with twelve bold and resourceful women working to create opportunities for themselves and others. We continue that work today. We hope you will join us in celebrating all that WREN has done and will do in the years ahead!