Super Sunday: 24th Annual Meeting & Members Only Sale

Join us for a Super Sunday at WREN on Sunday, March 18. Start with shopping at the semi-annual members only sale (30% off everything in the store and gallery -that’s right 30% off!), snack a little, and then attend the annual meeting. Find out what’s been happening at WREN, elect new directors and support the community. What could be better?

Zelda’s Is Back!

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We have been restocked with Zelda’s popular Bread & Butter Pickles & Zucchini Relish. Soon we will also have her Pickled Beets & Dilly Beans! Avaliable at our LocalWorks Marketplace WREN, Bethlehem store, open 7 days a week from 10am – 5pm.

Meet the Artists of PEOPLE AND PLACE

On Friday, March 2, from 5-7pm the Gallery at WREN presents the opening reception of People and Place, featuring paintings by Andy Frost and Rachel Van Wylen. The paintings explore concepts of identity, intimacy, and inspiration through the parallel lenses of abstract portraiture and modern traditional landscape painting. Faces become windows into inner worlds, while sweeping landscapes and intricate architectures reveal poignancies about longing, belonging and what it means to be home. Van Wylen likes to paint on location because it gives her an authentic experience of each place, to smell the air, see the light from the windows flickering on the walls of the rooms, and talk to the people who call that place home. Frost explores the concept of neighbors in his bold and colorful pieces, each one an homage to an artist, friend or family member in a style that embraces the innocence and joy of childhood.

The exhibit is part of the First Friday events in Bethlehem, which include exhibits at 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center.
People and Place is generously sponsored by Leigh Starer Landscape Design.

 

Andy Frost_Gallery Shot 12-10-17Andy Frost describes himself as a “multi-media, multi-disciplined, multi-cultural, visual and word artist.” He studied at Boston College, Plymouth State University, and at the University of Oregon. His work has been featured in galleries and cultural centers, including the Essex Art Center in Lawrence, MA, the Provincetown Center for the Arts and Museum in Provincetown, MA, the Pagus Gallery in Norristown, PA and the Siena Art Institute in Siena, Italy among others. His writing and artwork have been published in The Tequila Review, Boston Arts Journal, The Grub Street Rag and The Drum Magazine. Art, for Frost, articulates otherwise inexpressible emotions, and provides light in a world that often feels quite dark.

 

Photo, Rachel Van WylenRachel Van Wylen’s interest in the idea of places and spaces began when she was a graduate student in New York City, living in a tiny apartment, which eventually led to an interest in exploring the freedom of ‘plein-air’ or ‘outdoor’ painting. Originally from Michigan, Van Wylen studied Art and English at Gordon College, fine art in Orvieto, Italy, and at the New York Academy of Art, where she earned her MFA in 2009. She has won high profile art competitions, and has shown her work throughout the Midwest, Northeast and Italy. She has taught at a number of schools and arts organizations, including Boston Trinity Academy, the Menino Art Center, and Spring Arbor University. She is currently the Art Department Chair at The White Mountain School, in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, where she has been actively connecting her students to the vibrant art community in Bethlehem and throughout the North Country

Chicken Books

Chicken Books
Chicken Books by Artist Sarah Rosedahl of North Hero, VT. One is an illustrated book of Chicken Breeds, the other is a coloring book. Great entertainment for indoor vacation days! Available at both our locations.

Bling Aqua Vase

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New to Local Works, Bling Aqua Vase,$140.00, handbuilt by Carole Kitchel Bellew, of Piermont, NH. Available at our LocalWorks Marketplace WREN, Bethlehem, open 7 days a week 10am – 5pm.

Reed Diffusers

Reed Diffuser
NEW from Country Farm Candles, Reed Diffuser, scented in Lavender Field or Pine, $30.00.Beautiful soft scent without the flame! Available at our LocalWorks Marketplace WREN Bethlehem, NH open 7 days a week from 10am – 5pm.

Work for WREN

life is short work somewhere awesomeWREN is looking for two creative, get-it-done people to join our program staff as the Local Works Stores Manager and Gallery Manager. Interested? Submit your cover letter and resume to Alison Chisolm, Acting Executive Director, at alisonc@wrenworks.org(For those who are curious, neither Katy Curnyn nor Katherine Ferrier is leaving our staff. They are both moving into different roles in the organization.)

Colorful Eyeglass Cases

Eye Glass Cases
Our Product of The Week is this Colorful Cotton Eyeglass Case in a variety of colors & patterns, handmade by Gretchen Durack of Mountainside Creations they are $8.00 each. Available at both our locations; LocalWorks Marketplace WREN, Bethlehem open 7 days a week 10am-5pm. LocalWorks Gallery WREN, Omni Mt Washington Hotel, open with seasonal hours. #eyeglasscase #handmade #wrenworksnh #locallymade #shoplocal

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.