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October 2008 Craft Connections Littleton Studio School: Bringing Hands-on Craft Education into the Community “I was so excited that I couldn’t sleep that River, is filling a need in the space came up, we pursued it night!” That’s how Mary Lou Forsyth felt community. “I haven’t touched and developed a business plan after attending the first night of a pottery clay since taking pottery to make it work,” said Jeff. class at the new Littleton Studio School, classes in college almost 25 “We have received which is affiliated with the League of NH years ago. There hasn’t been tremendous support from the Craftsmen Littleton Retail Gallery. anything available in this area League, New Hampshire for anyone interested in Potters Guild, the New Since it opened its doors in August, the pottery, so when I heard about Hampshire Charitable Littleton Studio School has been offering this class, I rushed to sign up,” Foundation, Jane’s Trust, and classes and workshops in jewelry, pottery, Littleton Studio School jewelry individual craftspeople. We are said Mary Lou. monoprinting, and basketry in a spacious, class student extremely grateful to Martha Hill, an light-filled space. The Studio School, located And in the three months that it has been experienced fundraiser and grant writer, , just a few steps away from the Littleton open, the Studio School has added classes who was instrumental in helping us get the Retail Gallery and across from the Ammonoosuc to meet the demand. “Many of our students funding we needed to open the studio.” come in because of the Littleton Retail Gallery, and we also get some tourists who are The Studio School currently has six pottery inSide visiting this area,” said Tina Gorman, the wheels and a kiln for pottery classes, and Studio School’s educational coordinator. several work areas for jewelry and other “Local artists are excited because it gives craft classes. Tina Gorman serves as President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . 2 them an opportunity to share their skills Education Coordinator for the Studio School. From the executive director and meet and work with other artists.” Craftsperson and potter Lilias Ide and juried League member and jewelry studio 2009 Annual Fund . . . . . . . . . . . 3 "You can feel the enthusiasm coordinator Jean Matray oversee classes and activities in their respective areas. Member news . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 in the classroom." Jean and Lilias, with input from Beth and Fair Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Having a studio school was always a goal Michele, worked with Tina to develop the for Littleton Retail Gallery owner Jeff curriculum, which includes four core classes Collector Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Wheeler and managers Michele Allison in jewelry and six core classes in pottery and Beth Simon. “After we established that run over a period of three months, and new York Times Travel . . . . . . . 10 the retail gallery, Beth and Michele, being several one- and two-day workshops in Show Solicitation craftspeople, expressed an interest in having jewelry, pottery, and other media. Most are a studio,” said Jeff. “My wife took pottery for those with no prior experience, and Lifetime Achievement . . . . . . . . 11 classes at the Hanover Retail Gallery when some classes are designed for children. Award exhibition we lived in that area, so having a studio in “You can feel the enthusiasm in the Littleton was also very much in my mind.” classroom,” said Jean. “The classes are very Once the Retail Gallery was up and running, hands-on. The students learn technique and the trio continued to discuss the idea and evaluate possible locations. “When the right continued on page 3 Bird Carving by Ira Frost League of nH Craftmen 205 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03301 P R e S i d e n T ’ S M e S S AG e T: 603-224-3375 F: 603-225-8452 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org The month of November is synonymous for the supporting members who generously www.nhcrafts.org with giving thanks, and so, I am appreciative help us advance our mission of education of many things about the League. These and the continuation of making fine craft. B OA R d O F T R U S T e e S uncertain economic times are a reminder Those of us who love and belong to the Beverly Wolf, President that the League of NH Craftsmen was formed Arts Advocate, Newbury, NH League are lucky, as we are part of an because of the Depression, and has served Adele Sanborn, Vice President organization comprised of wonderful and its craftsmen and members for over 75 Craftsperson, Webster, NH talented people, beautiful items to enhance nancy Wyatt, Treasurer years. We are so fortunate to live in a state our daily lives, and the promise of this Finance Professional, Concord, NH that encourages fine craft. Our lives are richness to be present in the lives of our Cynthia Hunt, Secretary cheered by the beautiful, functional items Grant Writer, Concord, NH children and grandchildren. Thanks to all of created by our juried members and their Parker Potter, immediate Past President you, for your commitment, interest and Law Clerk, Contoocook, NH students. Our excellent craftsmen continue support. Polly Allen to lead the way by upholding the League’s Arts Advocate, Lebanon, NH Bev Wolf high standards and with their dedication to Charles P . Bauer President, League of NH Craftsmen Attorney, Concord, NH our history and our future goals. I am grateful ingeborg eddy Retired, Craft Retail Sales, Hopkinton, NH edith Grodin F R O M T H e e x e C U T i V e d i R e C TO R Arts Advocate, Jaffrey, NH donna Hiromura, Co-Chair of Fair Committee, Craftsperson, Cavendish, VT George Saridakis E ducation about fine craft is at the core of everything that the League does. Just before the Fair, I sent a letter to all of the high schools, libraries, and museums in New Hampshire recommending ideas Chair of Standards Committee Craftsperson, Groton, MA for educational programs, including showing our documentary Carol Shelton film. As a result, we heard from two museums, 26 libraries, Arts Advocate, Hopkinton, NH Pamela Tarbell and eight high schools – all are interested in showing the Artist, Gallery Owner, Concord, NH documentary and many have asked to have craftspeople Ron Tornow, Chair of JMF speak about and demonstrate their craft. Craftsperson, Merrimack, NH Peter Van Winkle Standards and Education Manager Catherine Green has Retired Finance Professional, Center Sandwich, NH compiled a list of juried members who are willing to Jeff Wheeler Business Professional, Littleton, NH provide craft demonstrations and workshops. This is the first step in our Craft in the Classroom program. The League’s L e AG U e S TA F F Center Sandwich, Hanover, Littleton and Meredith council Susie Lowe-Stockwell, Executive Director locations are currently providing excellent craft classes for email@example.com children and adults at all levels of ability. These educational programs Joyce Andrews, Office Manager are vital for preserving the tradition of fine craft in New Hampshire. The Plate by Becca Van Fleet firstname.lastname@example.org Vivika and Otto Heino Scholarship is available to assist individuals with tuition at League- Prudence Gagne, Finance Director email@example.com sponsored education programs, as well as in other approved craft education centers. So take a Catherine Green, class and keep the tradition going. Standards & Education Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Susie Lowe-Stockwell Sharon Lindstrom, Executive Director, League of NH Craftsmen Database and Computer Manager email@example.com Shelley Roy, Assistant to the Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org Terri Wiltse, Operations Manager Juror Seminar: October 21 email@example.com Corinne Kennett, Clerical Assistant The Standards Committee hosted a Juror Seminar for League jurors Tuesday, October 21 firstname.lastname@example.org at Horseshoe Pond Place. The day began by reviewing the new Juror Handbook, which Pam Sullivan, Sullivan Creative was initiated by the Standards Committee. Following a bag lunch, the standards Communications Consultant email@example.com committee members presented sample jury sessions exploring various scenarios jurors face. The third part of the seminar was an open discussion focusing on identifying, understanding and communicating what the League means by Spirit of the Maker. 2 2009 Annual Fund Littleton Studio School: Bringing Hands-on Craft Education into the We need Your Help! Keep the Heritage of Fine Craftsmanship Alive Community continued from page 1 Throughout its history, the League has been affiliated retail galleries, and to high school then get to apply it. An engaged couple working to promote the creation, use, and students planning to major in a craft at recently took our ring class just so that they preservation of fine contemporary and college. We also offer classes and workshops could make wedding rings for each other.” traditional craft through the inspiration to people of all ages so they can gain a The Studio School also offers open studio and education of artists and the broader better understanding of the traditions time for pottery students, and guided open community. To keep the heritage of fine and processes involved in creating fine sessions for jewelry students to work on craftsmanship alive — and to offer handcrafted work. None of this would their own projects with guidance and exceptional opportunities for artists and be possible without your support! assistance from the instructor. individuals in our communities — we Your gift to our 2009 Annual Fund helps to Current Littleton Studio School instructors need your help. ensure the future of fine craftsmanship — include juried members of the League, such That’s why our 2009 Annual Fund is so by offering craftspeople the chance to reach as Jean, Carol Babineau, Shana important. It raises funds for our extensive new levels of excellence, encouraging an Brautigam, Alison dodd, and Joy Raskin, scholarship and education programs, and it appreciation for crafts, and enabling the and other skilled craftspeople from the also supports Gallery 205 exhibitions, League to achieve its goal of being one of Littleton area, such as Cathy Cushing, John operational expenses, and the purchase of the preeminent craft organizations in the Quimby, and Carol Sandhammer-Pires. books for the Betty Steele Craft Library. country. “We will continue to refine our program The League awards close to $30,000 each if you wish to support the League, based on what people are asking for,” said year in scholarships and grants to you can make a donation online at Jean. “For example, some people asked individuals who want to further their www .nhcrafts .org/support/annualfund .html about making metal sculptures, so we are education, to support classes in the League’s or use the enclosed giving envelope . planning a class with Joe deRobertis (juried League member) as an instructor.” Jeff, Beth, and Michele have fulfilled their The League Emergency Relief Fund primary objective, which was to establish a The League emergency Relief Fund (LERF) is a fund administered by the League of NH studio that would appeal to students and Craftsmen to assist professional craftspeople who have suffered a disaster that significantly artists of all ages and skill levels and interrupts or prevents them from making their craft and living, and for whom said disaster featuring classes in various media. “We are creates an emergency situation and need for immediate relief funds. The craftsperson must be reaching out to the Littleton school system a permanent resident of the United States. If you would like more information about a loan and the local senior citizen facility to offer please contact Susie Lowe-Stockwell, executive director at the League at firstname.lastname@example.org our classes,” said Jeff. “People who are or call 603-224-3375. interested in craft come to the Retail Gallery all the time, so the Retail Gallery is a nice conduit for the studio. Now we are working League Welcomes New Members to the Board to be a craft education conduit to the of Trustees community.” The League is pleased to announce that Polly Allen and Peter Van Winkle have recently To learn more, visit www .nhcrafts .org joined the League’s Board of Trustees. Polly has been involved with the Hanover League and click on the Retail Galleries, then the Council for many years as its president and served on the League board as Vice President Littleton Retail Gallery. from 1999 – 2002. She has years of experience in the apparel industry specializing in product development, merchandising, and design. Among her many volunteer activities, she served as board member of the North Carolina Piedmont Craftsmen and board member and executive director of the Kearsarge Arts Theatre Company in Sutton, NH. Polly received the League’s Blackstone Volunteer award in 2003. Peter Van Winkle also has strong ties to the League, as he serves as the President of the Sandwich Home Industries League Council. He has a strong banking and financial investment background, and is very enthusiastic about his work with the Sandwich Council. Polly and Peter are filling the seats of former board members Jonathan Chorlian and John Taylor, who stepped down from the board due to business commitments. John (From L to R) Lilias Ide, Tina Gorman, Susie Lowe- Stockwell, and Leslie Wheeler at the Littleton Taylor continues to serve on our facilities committee during this important time. Studio School 3 MeMBeR neWS Hideaki Miyamura Receives NH State Council on the Arts Fellows Award Congratulations to Hideaki Miyamura for being Carnegie Museum, the Renwick Museum, and selected as one of five new Artists Fellows by the New the Pucker Gallery in Boston. “I create my own Hampshire State Council on the Arts (NHSCA). Hideaki received a interpretations of classical forms, while trying to achieve a clarity $5,000 award, which he will put to use in his craft and in sharing and simplicity of line,” Hideaki says. “I am very conscious of the his talents with the people of New Hampshire. Hideaki ways in which a form interacts with the space around it. I want has been conjuring up new glazes ever since his childhood in my pieces to feel in balance with their environment, to feel as Japan, where he came across Tenmoku glazes from China’s though they co-exist naturally with their surroundings. When I Sung Dynasty. Right now he’s developing one he calls create my pieces, I hope to make people feel good when “Yohen Crystal.” “My goal is to try to evoke a feeling of they look at my work. My goal is to try to evoke a feeling inner peace and tranquility,” says Hideaki, who will use of inner peace and tranquility.” the award funds to help offset costs of a new kiln. The NHSCA grants fellowships in three categories: Hideaki is a regular exhibitor at the Annual Visual & Media Arts, Performing Arts, and Literary Arts. Craftsmen’s Fair. His simple and elegant displays, with Selections are made based on artistic excellence, white walls and a dozen or so vessels, draw repeat as determined by work samples and professional visitors and newcomers alike. He has been a juried commitment. As part of the fellowship requirement, member of the League since 1995 and was awarded each fellow will present a Report to the New his first fellowship from the State Arts Council in Hampshire Community, which can be a performance, 2002. His work is collected by individuals, a reading, an exhibition, a blog, or some other form corporations, and museums all over the world, from of publicizing the artist’s work. The deadline to apply New Zealand to Israel and Tokyo to Vienna, but he is Vase by Hideaki Miyamura for a 2010 Artist Fellowship is April 10, 2009. To learn most proud of his representation in collections at the more, contact the NHSCA at 2 1/2 Beacon Street, Suite 225, Sackler Museum at Harvard, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Concord, NH 03301-4447 or visit www.nh.gov/nharts. Minneapolis Museum of Art, the American Craft Museum, the Two Rug Makers Join League’s Statewide League Juried Membership Documentary The League is pleased to announce that two rug makers have Viewings and Craft become newly accepted juried members: Victor Joos (Milton, Demonstrations NH), who hooks rugs using wide cut fabric and yarn, and Mary Jane Peabody (Wilmot, NH), who makes rugs using both Eight high schools and 26 libraries rug-hooking and the traditional English technique of proddy have requested copies of the rug-making. documentary film, A League of Our Own: New Hampshire and the Rug hooking has a rich legacy in the League of NH Craftsmen. American Craft Movement. Several According to Allen H. Eaton in his book, Handicrafts of New public libraries have requested a England, “The acorn from which the League itself has grown craft demonstration on the day of was planted in the village of Center Sandwich in 1925 when a the showing, including the North committee of Mrs. J. Randolph Coolidge held an exhibition of Hampton Public Library, The Howe Library, the Gilford Public Library, one hundred old and new hooked rugs, all of which had been the Nashua Public Library, the Hampstead Public Library, and the made in the town of Sandwich.” Chamberlain Library. Our League demonstrators have been Betsy This fall, juries are scheduled for the following categories: Sterling Benjamin, Sara Goodman, Sam Adams, Ruth Boland, and Non-Metal/Metal/Glass Jewelry, Turned Wood, Furniture, Michele O’neil Kincaid. Contact Catherine at email@example.com Glass, Leather, Clay, and Fiber/Knitting/Felting, and Paper. if you would like to be a demonstrator. 4 MeMBeR neWS Reflections by Kit Cornell Juried Members: Create a Bio Card Online! Each summer, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, The League has recently added a new Maine offers a conference on the subject of craft. This year’s topic feature to its website that will enable juried was The Language of Craft. As a potter, I am deeply interested in the members to create brief bio cards that can words and ideas that define, enhance, or critique my work, and so, be viewed by the website visitors (on the with the help of a grant from the League, I attended this three-day Juried Members page, when your name is conference. In the first evening’s discussion, I learned that the old art/ selected), and that the retail galleries can craft debate is not quite dead, but continues to be flogged by those for download, print, and include with fine craft whom it has a reassuring familiarity. (I continue to suspect that it may purchases. Each juried League member is be an issue of class.) Fortunately, a number of the younger attendees assigned a username and password, which is who represent the “globalist” generation, changed the discussion, and used to access the Members Only section of Kit Cornell sought encouragement and advice about how to support themselves the League website. The Members Only making craft. I found their remarks relevant and compelling, reflecting that this is what the section can be accessed through Log-in League has always been about. buttons on the home page and the Juried I came to this conference to hear what the other attendees – craftspeople, artists, writers, and Members page of the website. Once you thinkers – believed were the essential qualities of craft, why we make craft, why it matters, log-in, you will see a button: Update My and why it should be celebrated. In his workshop and lecture, revered potter and writer Paulus Profile, which will then give you access Berensohn celebrated clay as the basic stuff of the earth. He wedged it with his feet, took to an interactive form with fields for your it lovingly in his hands, and made lyrical pots with enthusiastic participants. This exercise name, craft medium, a brief bio (150 words), reminded me why the Asian Mingei movement is so close to my heart. Craftspeople transform listing of retail galleries that have your craft, simple and natural materials – a log, twisted fiber, thin reed, base metal, silkworm’s silk – listing of events you are participating in, and into beautiful, meaningful objects. an image of your work. Your entry will be proofread after you have submitted your Many attendees referenced Richard Sennett’s new book, The Craftsman, which defines information. craftsmanship as the desire to do a job well for its own sake. That resonated with me. Isn’t this a motive in embracing craft as a calling? (Juried League member and woodworker The Juried Members section of the website Gordon Keeler came to my mind.) Sennett also believes that making, at its best, is also also includes applications for participation thinking. Frank R. Wilson’s book, The Hand, also emphasizes the relationship between the in the Fair, Gallery 205, NH Open Doors, mind and the hand. The word intellect comes from intellegere, the Latin word for and other events, as well as scholarship understanding. A craftsperson seeks to understand her/his materials and use them with information and guidance documents. To thought. Also quoted during the conference was Anne Carson, an original thinker and poet access the Juried Members section, please from Canada, who stated that art is a “transgressive act.” What, then, I wondered, is craft? contact Sharon Lindstrom at League Upon reflection, I came to the understanding that being a craftsperson provides choices of headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org, how to live and what to value. For me, craft does inspire change, but I see it as more or 603-224-3375 for your user name and transformative than transgressive. I came home with a button on my lapel, given to me by password. young activist metalworker from Virginia, which says Revolution in white letters on black. I got what I came for. I welcome your comments via email at email@example.com. Members’ Educational Series Seminar Scheduled for December 3 Kathleen dustin and Al Jaeger, both of whom are League juried members, media jurors, and standards committee members, will present a seminar on achieving successful composition using the principles and elements of design, and integrated findings design for non-metal jewelers. Kathleen will discuss guiding principles for designing your own earring wires, findings, and alternative hanging solutions as well as demonstrating basic wire working techniques for making them. Bring your own work and we’ll help you develop your own line of jewelry by making your own findings. The seminar will be held on December 3 at the Horseshoe Pond Place. Watch for registration information. Polymer Evening Bag by Kathleen Dustin 5 2 0 0 8 FA i R H The 75th Annual Craftsmen’s Fair Wrap-up During the Fair Wrap-up meeting, received from 86 percent of booth which was held on September 18 holders. Sales in CraftWear and at League headquarters, everyone Living With Craft increased; acknowledged that it was a however all were under budget beautiful, but wet, Fair. Attendance projections. There were no sales in was down 13 percent from the the Sculpture Garden. The Shop at previous year; however, we learned the Fair did well, with preliminary that tourism throughout the state sales reported at $87,510. The was down by almost 25 percent Annual Ornament sales totaled during August. The preliminary $8,737. The Supporting Membership financial results indicate that the drive at the Fair resulted in 75 new League was under net budget supporting members and four projections. Clearly the weather and the economic climate made a renewals. Sponsorships increased to $35,200 and were $2,700 over statement. Despite the wet weather, spirits were high during the budget projections. Daily education programs included 18 demonstrations, Fair. Everyone enjoyed the Fair’s 75th Birthday Bash by celebrating at five workshop opportunities, two daily master tours, five exhibitions, the craftsmen’s dinner, which featured fine entertainment by Tom and the showing of our documentary. If you would like a copy of the Rush and a spectacular fireworks display. The good news is that Fair Wrap-up Report, please contact Joyce Andrews at many craftspeople had respectable sales based on the sales reports firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-224-3375. Craft Donations Help Make Fair Membership Drive a Success The League is extremely grateful to craftspeople who generously donate a piece of their work during the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair in support of our Membership Drive, which results in new supporting members and renewals. The Fair – through its education programs, exhibitions, and individual craft booths – is our annual opportunity to show prospective supporting members what the League’s mission is all about. The names of those who sign up to be a supporting member at the Fair are entered into a raffle each day of the Fair. One of the enticements is the Ornament by opportunity to win a piece of fine craft. Deirdre Donchian Supporting membership levels range from $30 to $500 and they help to support the education and promotional programs of the League. Since 2001, 54 craftspeople have donated a piece to be raffled off during the nine days at the Fair. "Rare Bird" Silent Auction Raises in Memoriam Funds for League Merle d . Walker, director of the League A big thanks to the creators of Rare Bird – a progressive craft of NH Craftsmen from piece made by Suzanne Connor (fiber), Kathleen dustin 1972-1982, passed (polymer clay), Annette Frye (fiber), Jim Lambert (mixed away on September 9 in media), nancy nobis (non-metal jewelry), and Princeton, NJ. Merle first Patricia Palson (fiber) – that was auctioned at became involved with the Fair. The making of Rare Bird was featured in a the League as a manager of the former YouTube video that invited fairgoers to see and bid on League-affiliated shop in Exeter. Her "Rare Bird" at the CraftWear exhibition. homes were always decorated with the Virginia and Dennis Jenkins from Boston (MA) placed prints and pottery of New Hampshire the winning bid of $500. This money is supporting the craftsmen. She was an arts League Emergency Relief Fund (LERF is a fund of last administrator who never lost her resort available to League juried craftspeople who have appreciation for artists and their work. suffered an extreme hardship). 6 HiGHLiGHTS Exhibition Awards Recognize Excellence in Fine Craft Twenty-three juried members of the League of NH Craftsmen were presented with awards for their exemplary work at this year's Annual Craftsmen's Fair's three exhibitions: Living With Craft, CraftWear, and the Sculpture Garden. Kristen Lincoln Johnson, wholesale accounts manager for Josh Simpson Contemporary Glass and a CraftBoston staff member, was the awards juror. The awards - totaling $6,350 in cash and gift certificates – were presented during the Fair Preview Party on Friday, August 3. Here are the winners and award sponsors: Living with Craft Awards Craftwear Awards Best in Show: Kathleen dustin for Leek Blossom Pod, Best of Show: Patricia Palson for Origami Coat, sponsored by Corzilius, Matuszewski and Krause Architects, PA since 1987 sponsored by John & Jill Schiffman - Schiffman, Paul & Dittilio, PC Best in Traditional design: Peter Maynard for Bow Arm Morris Chair, Best in Accessories: nancy Horrall for Positive Outlook Hat, sponsored by Merrimack County Savings Bank sponsored by the Cordwainer Gallery of Fine Crafts Best in Wood: Jeffrey Roberts for Cherry Desk, Best in Jewelry: Caitlin Burch for Essential Neckpiece, sponsored by Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers sponsored by the Cordwainer Gallery of Fine Crafts e .L . Grodin Best innovative design: david Little and Steven Best in Metal Jewelry: Joy Raskin for Silver Hedge Hog Bracelet, Hayden for Land and Sea Bedroom Set, sponsored by Edith L. Grodin sponsored by Eleanor "Tin" Bacon Joe Tucker Metal Award: Paulette Werger for Arboreal Floor Vase, Best in Jewelry with Stone: Joy Raskin for Flames of Passion, sponsored by Nora and Norman Stevens sponsored by Mark & Heidi Knipe of Mark Knipe Goldsmiths Best in Two-dimensional design: Lauren Pollaro for Tapestry II, Best in Mixed Media Jewelry: Kathleen dustin for Moss & Pods sponsored by Loring Stevens Neckpiece, sponsored by Gondwana and Divine Clothing Co. Stevens Glass Award: Tom Talpey for Table Lamp, Best in Clothing: Annette Frye for White Waterfall, sponsored by Nora and Norman Stevens sponsored by the League Retail Gallery Managers Best in Ceramics - decorative: Susan Link Silverman for Creative Sewing Award: Beth Lux for Childhood, Remains of Fire and Ice, sponsored by the NH Potters Guild since 1989 sponsored by Arnold Goldstein of Martin's House of Cloth Best in Ceramics - Functional: Ken Pick for Stoneware Table, Best in Fine Sewing: Beth Lux for Annabelle, sponsored by the NH Potters Guild since 1989 sponsored by Gretchen Rath of the Portsmouth Fabric Co. Best in Baskets: Lynn Goldberg and Marcia Herson for Arts for All Award: nancy Horrall for Lagoon Scarf, Dual Inspiration Sconce, sponsored by Polly Allen sponsored by Governor's Commission on Disability Best in Fiber: Wen Redmond for Crumpled, dorr Mill Award: Annette Frye for Delphinium Shawl, sponsored by Skyeview Alpacas, Jim & Sue King sponsored by Terry Dorr of the Dorr Mill Store Best in Weaving: erica Pfister for Krokbragd Rug, Best Use of Color - Weaving: Patricia Palson for Boogie Woogie Jacket, sponsored by the NH Weavers Guild sponsored by Pam Grob of The Fiber Studio Permanent Collection Purchase Award: Thomas Talpey for Table Weaving With Wool Award: Patricia Palson for Boogie Woogie Jacket, Lamp, Anonymous sponsor sponsored by Pat Colony of Harrisville Designs Most Creative Print: Matthew Brown for Snow on Cannon Mountain; elegant ewe Best in Knitting: debra Bury for Morning Dew, Anonymous sponsor sponsored by The Elegant Ewe Public Choice Award: Jeffrey Roberts for his Cherry Desk, n .H . institute of Art Award: Patricia Palson for Origami Coat, sponsored by Davis & Towle Group sponsored by the N.H. Institute of Art Sculpture Garden Awards Public Choice Award: Patricia Palson for Origami Coat, sponsored by the Cordwainer Gallery Best in Show: iris Minc for Lotus Leaves, sponsored by Vahan and Anne Sarkisian The League is grateful to the award sponsors for their support. Public Choice Award: iris Minc for Lotus Leaves, sponsored by Bob and Rita Cricenti Ceramic Vessel by Natalie Blake Awards Given for Booth Presentation Each year the Fair Committee asks three outside professionals in the fine craft field to evaluate the individual booths at the Fair for overall presentation. The best booth presentation awards were presented to natalie Blake, Sharon dugan and Gail Wilson. Honorable mentions went to: Kathleen Curtin, Philip Jacobs, Mary-Alice dalton, dan dustin, Andy Hampton, Steve Hayden & dave Little, and nina Zotcavage. 7 2 0 0 8 FA i R H i G H L i G H T S Andy Hampton Receives Blackstone Thank you to the Volunteer Recognition Award Fair Sponsors Thank you to all of the Fair sponsors, Since 1979, one of the most important honors presented by including those who contributed over the League is the Blackstone Volunteer Recognition Award, $150,000 of in-kind services and which acknowledges the selfless efforts of a League volunteer. materials: Juried member Andy Hampton was presented with the E. Tin Bacon 2008 Blackstone Volunteer Recognition Award at the Cabot Creamery Craftsmen’s dinner during the Fair. Andy has been a juried Deck Dock Home & Garden member in ceramics since 1998. To quote the nominators: Dorr Mill Store “Andy is a selfless volunteer working for the goals and The Sheri Ensign Family Trust Bev Wolf and Andy Hampton GLM - a dmg world media business mission of the League. He possesses a cheerful, open, tactful Grappone Automotive Group manner in discussions and shows unusual warmth when working with others. He has put the Edith L Grodin welfare of the organization ahead of his own goals, and dutifully served an additional year as Judith Goodnow & Michael Bujnowski Juried Member Forum chair and vice president of the Board of Trustees.” “Andy accepts his Laconia Savings Bank various jobs with good humor and a positive attitude which he uses to influence others.” Lake Sunapee Bank LaValley Building Supply This award was originally established in honor of edie Blackstone, a former League staff Mascoma Savings Bank member, who became one of the League’s most dedicated volunteers after she retired. Her Mount Sunapee Resort husband, Jess Blackstone, was a wood carver in the League for many years. Past recipients Tim & Diane Mueller of this award include: Betty Miller, Bea Caldwell, dot Strong, esther newell, Richard North Country Smokehouse Johnson, Marjorie Barry, Louisa & Robert Miner, Aurise Randall-Batchelder, Kevin James Russell Plunkett, Jeanne Holmes, edith Grodin, Marjorie dehls, Kira Fournier & Maureen Mills, Secure Planning, Inc. Robert J . Sylvia, Ginger Parsons, deborah Grant, Roger Roberge, eleanor "Tin" Bacon, Sugar River Bank A . Susie Gray, Jeanne Holmes, Gail Wilson, Adele Sanborn, Sheri ensign, Parker Potter Sullivan Creative Sunapee Harbor Cottages & Steve Zoldak, Polly Allen, Ruth Burt, Jack Holton, Cynthia Hunt, and ingeborg eddy. Beverly and Daniel Wolf Now Andy Hampton has been added to this list. in-Kind Sponsors: Each year, the League receives nominations for those people who have given to the League in extraordinary ways to support craftspeople and craft education. The final selection is made by Accent Magazine the executive committee of the Board. A nomination form is available on the League’s website Polly Allen American Style Magazine in the password-protected juried member section. Atlas PyroVision The Balsams Resort Obergs Step Down as Fair Volunteer Coordinators C.S. Rowe LLC Comcast Thank you to Bill and Betty Oberg for serving as the Volunteer Coordinators for the Annual Echo Communications, Inc. Craftsmen’s Fair for the past eight years. Unfortunately for the League, Bill and Betty are Green Mountain Coffee retiring. They have done a wonderful job of recruiting and maintaining a strong group of Hannaford Supermarket Morgan Press nearly 100 dedicated volunteers who enthusiastically assisted the craftspeople and League New England Home Magazine staff during the Fair. We will miss you! New Hampshire.Com New Hampshire Magazine New London Hospital Collectors Seminar NH Master Gardeners A panel of avid collectors of fine craft, moderated Papergraphics by Mary McLaughlin, VP of TD Banknorth, Spring Ledge Farm Sullivan Creative discussed their experiences and personal Sunflower Gardens passions, how to get started, what to look Vermont Ceramic Supply for in a collection and the advantages from a Warner House financial and personal perspective of investing WMUR-TV in fine craft. Panel participants included: Yankee Magazine Brooke Adler, Ben Schore and Joanne Wise. 8 Collector Spotlight: Passionate Collectors… Generous Donors: Nora & Norman Stevens “I was born the same year as the League of the K–8 library system in Mansfield, and NH Craftsmen was founded. My parents Norman joined the staff of the University of brought me to the Fair at least once while I Connecticut Libraries, becoming Director of was a child, so it seemed fitting to celebrate University Libraries before his retirement in the League’s 75th anniversary and my 1994. A library science scholar and analyst birthday by creating a challenge to acquire of library humor, he has published numerous 75 new pieces for the League’s Permanent works on library topics including A Guide to Collection,” said Norman Stevens. Collecting Librariana, that has become the bible of collecting library artifacts and “We contacted Executive Director Susie memorabilia. Lowe-Stockwell and Standards and Nora and Norman Stevens in front of the Information Education Manager Catherine Green, and “We started collecting craft because it Tent at the 75th Annual Craftsmen’s Fair everyone was thrilled with the idea, so we was more affordable than higher-priced Fair is exceptional. It is also exciting to see were off and running,” Norman continued. antiques,” said Nora. “What we purchased what the children in the Next Generation Norman and his wife Nora spearheaded the became more meaningful to us because tent are displaying and selling. They are the campaign and became members of the we met and became friendly with the future of craft.” League’s Permanent Collection Advisory craftspeople who created the pieces. We Committee. enjoy talking with them, getting involved in More than 20 years ago the Stevens began their lives and craft, and watching their sponsoring the Stevens Metal Award at the Remarkably generous with their time, Biennial Members’ Juried Exhibition as an styles change and develop. talents, and treasures, the Stevens donated award for excellence in metalwork to reflect 52 pieces to the Permanent Collection over Nora’s interest in jewelry. Currently they the year. Included are exquisite baskets, "What we purchased sponsor the Stevens Glass Award and the glass and ceramic vases, wall hangings, became more meaningful Joe Tucker Metal Award for the Living With ceramic cups, brooches and earrings made to us because we met and Craft Exhibition during the Annual by craftspeople including deidre donchian, Craftsmen’s Fair. These awards are presented dudley Giberson, Raymond and Jonathan became friendly with the during the Fair’s opening night Preview Gibson, and Linda Hartman. Additional craftspeople who created Party. This year’s recipient of the Stevens pieces were donated by the craftsmen and the pieces." Glass Award was Tom Talpey for his Table other collectors. The challenge has actually Lamp, which was also chosen for the exceeded the goal. To date, more than 82 “We collect glass and pottery, and I have a League’s Permanent Collection. The donations of fine craft have been added to passion for collecting purses and jewelry,” recipient of the Joe Tucker Metal Award was the collection. Nora continued. “I have several hundred Paulette Werger. “Both are long-term contemporary and older purses in my friends which made those awards even Gallery 205, located at League headquarters collection. In fact, I started to collect more special.” in Concord, hosted an exhibition of the Kathleen dustin’s purses while she was newly acquired pieces entitled The “We enjoy supporting the League and the still living in Texas, and was delighted when Permanent Collection: 75 craftspeople. We feel that we take away as she moved to New Hampshire and became Pieces for 75 Years from much as we give,” they said. “We have a juried member of the League.” May 9 – August 13, 2008. made lifelong friends and the League is like The Stevens have come to the Fair every part of our extended family.” Growing up in Nashua, year since the early 1970s. Their collection Norman was surrounded by “The League is extraordinarily fortunate to includes works by dudley Giberson, Betsy some beautiful antiques have captured the hearts of Nora and Giberson, Harry Besett, david Virtue, Tia that his parents had Norman. They are great friends who Pesso, dan dustin, Peter Shrope, collected. He married Nora understand the mission of the League and Matthew Brown, Catherine Green, and while they were students we are so grateful for their support of our numerous other members of the League. at Rutgers University and juried members,” said Susie Lowe-Stockwell, in 1968 they moved to “We especially appreciate pieces that are Executive Director of the League. Storrs, Connecticut, where both functional and beautiful,” Norman Nora was coordinator of added. “The quality of work we find at the Vase by Paulette Werger 9 L e AG U e R e TA i L G A L L e R i e S North Country Studio Workshops is CenTeR SAndWiCH Seeking a Part-time Executive Director Sandwich Home Industries 32 Main Street North Country Studio Workshops, a New Hampshire-based non-profit organization that Center Sandwich, NH 03227 produces a conference of advanced level craft and arts workshops every other year, seeks Phone: 603-284-6831 Fax: 603-284-7312 an executive director (part time, average 1½ days per week) from June 2009 through Email: email@example.com May 2011. Responsibilities include supervising a part time staff of three, working with Manager: Julie Deak an active volunteer Planning Committee, planning and presenting a five-day conference of advanced level craft and arts workshops, fundraising and development, as well as COnCORd marketing and promotion. Knowledge of budgets, networking within craft and arts 36 North Main Street communities, and long-term planning are important qualifications. Applicants may submit Concord, NH 03301 Phone/Fax: 603-228-8171 a letter of interest, a resume and three references with contact information to North Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Country Studio Workshops, PO Box 186, Deerfield, NH 03037. Call Kathy Hanson at Manager: Janine Lep 603-463-7562 or email email@example.com for more information. HAnOVeR 13 Lebanon Street Hanover, NH 03755 Sign Up Now to Participate in the Phone/Fax: 603-643-5050 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 2009 New York Times Travel Show Manager: Tamara Renzo This year’s exhibit will be larger than ever! LiTTLeTOn For the past three years, the League of NH Become a Participant! 81 Main Street Craftsmen has been exhibiting at the New We will be producing a four-color brochure Littleton, NH 03561 York Times Travel Show, one of the largest Phone: 603-444-1099 listing all New York Times Travel Show travel shows in the US attracting over Fax: 603-444-1098 participants that will be distributed at the Email: email@example.com 30,000 avid travelers (the majority of whom show, along with each participant’s Owner: Jeff Wheeler are in the upper income brackets) and travel Managers: Michele Allison and Beth Simon promotional materials. industry professionals. Having a presence at this show has helped to generate awareness This is a great marketing opportunity for our MeRediTH of the League, the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair, juried members. Our exhibit will accommodate 279 Daniel Webster Highway and the Sunapee/Dartmouth Region. up to 24 participants. For a fee of $60, the Meredith, NH 03253 Phone: 603-279-7920 League will: The 2009 New York Times Travel show will Fax: 603-279-1073 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org be held February 6-8 at the Jacob K. Javits • Include a color photo of your craft with a Manager: Nancy Hunter-Rowley Convention Center in New York City. The 50-word description and contact/website League will be participating in this event, information in the New York Times Travel nORTH COnWAY but this time in partnership with the New show handout 2526 White Mountain Highway Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism North Conway, NH 03860 • Distribute your marketing materials and with a larger (10 foot by 20 foot) Phone: 603-356-2441 Fax: 603-356-2652 exhibit. The exhibit promotes the Annual • Exhibit a sample of your craft (must be Email: email@example.com Craftsmen’s Fair as one of the summertime easily transportable) Owners: Philip and Karissa Jacobs attractions for visitors to New Hampshire. A Manager: Karissa Jacobs If you are interested in taking advantage of highlight of the booth is the display of fine this event, please contact Terri Wiltse by WOLFeBORO craft by juried League members, which is January 1, 2009 at firstname.lastname@example.org or always a draw. 603-224-3375. 15 North Main Street Wolfeboro, NH 03896 Phone: 603-569-3309 Email: email@example.com League Receives Grants Manager: Sarah Copplestone The League recently received two state grants. The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts awarded the League with $14,400 for the second of two years from July 1, 2007 – June 31, 2009 to assist with general operating needs. The New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism awarded a $8,542.50 Joint Promotional Program (JPP) grant to assist with out-of- state advertising for NH Open Doors. 10 Lifetime Achievement Award Exhibition NH Open Doors Featuring Vivika and Otto Heino and Mary and Edwin Scheier First-ever statewide touring Scheduled for May 15, 2009 – August 14, 2009 and shopping event Veterans’ day Weekend – november 8-9 Through recommendations, nominations, and a vote by the Board of Trustees, the League of NH Craftsmen honors extraordinary craftsmen On Veterans’ Day Weekend (November 8-9), with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2007, Otto and Vivika Heino juried members of the League and the and edwin and Mary Scheier received the award. In celebration, an League’s retail galleries participated in NH exhibition is being planned to showcase their work and honor their Open Doors, the first-ever statewide touring remarkable achievements. The exhibition will be held May 15 through and shopping event. The League partnered Ceramic bowl by August 14, 2009. with New Hampshire Made to create an Edwin Scheier event that offered people of all ages an The League’s Gallery 205 committee is seeking examples of the work of "authentic New Hampshire experience." NH these master level craftsmen from our broader community. If you have Open Doors expands upon the concept of a piece of their pottery, please consider loaning it to the League for "open studios" where visitors meet artisans this exhibition. and craftspeople, to also include specialty If you are interested please contact Catherine Green at 603-224-3375 food producers, retail shops, restaurants, or firstname.lastname@example.org and provide a photograph of the piece. The farm stands and orchards, lodging Ceramic bowl by properties, cultural events and attractions. photograph will help make certain that there are no duplicate pieces. Otto Heino Certificates of Appreciation will be given to those whose work is included. New Hampshire residents and visitors of all ages were invited to take a self-guided tour using information posted on the event Permanent Collection Acquisition website, www.NHOpenDoors.com. The League is pleased to announce the new acquisition of a stained glass lamp by juried The League and New Hampshire Made member Thomas e . Talpey into the Permanent Collection. On display in the 2008 Fair’s Living organized and managed this event with With Craft exhibition, the lamp was generously purchased for the League by an anonymous promotional assistance from numerous New donor. The bottom of the lamp is made with 72 pieces of polished slices of nephrite jade; Hampshire art, craft, and business above these are 192 pieces of opalescent white glass. Tom used the copper foil method to organizations, and with support from lead make the lamp. sponsors: New Hampshire Division of Travel The League’s Permanent Collection contains 272 examples of fine craft by juried League and Tourism and Margaritas Mexican craftsmen. The Advisory Committee would like to hear from collectors and craftspeople who restaurants. are interested in donating items to the Permanent Collection, making a financial contribution Sponsored by to support purchases for the collection, or providing names of collectors and owners of important pieces whom they might approach. To request a packet of information, ask questions, or make comments and suggestions, please contact Catherine Green at email@example.com or call 603-224-3375. League Craft Education Scholarships Available! The League is committed to supporting craft This year, grants were awarded to the Enfield reviewed by the Scholarship Committee education and provides the following grants Shaker Museum, the Mill Pond Center for the on a monthly basis as needed. For more and scholarships: Arts, the Hanover League of NH Craftsmen’s information about these opportunities, CraftStudies program, League of NH Craftsmen, contact Catherine Green at Program Enhancements Grants are available Littleton, and League of NH Craftsmen, Meredith. firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-224-3375. yearly to any community based, non-profit organization. A total of $5,000 shall be awarded Craft Education Scholarships are available Meredith Ashley Joyce, daughter of juried to provide supplementary financial assistance each year to residents of New Hampshire or member donna Joyce, was the recipient of to initiate, improve or extend craft education those living within ten miles of its border and the $1,000 Craft Education Scholarship for a programs. Local initiative and in-kind service are intended to provide supplementary graduating high school senior. Meredith is are important factors considered in the financial assistance to people involved in attending Miami University. Justiana Marie competitive selection process. Applications craft-related study. A total of $5,000 is Andrews (Milford, NH), Justine Cruz must be postmarked no later than January 31. allotted each year. This year, scholarships (Hopkinton, NH), Paul Igoe, Jr. (Durham, NH), Grants are awarded no later than March 15. have already been awarded to Raina Gardner, Jason Hebert (Bow, NH), and Lindsay Tatis and juried craftsmen Kit Cornell and (Nashua, NH), also received partial Craft Michele O’neil Kincaid. Applications are Education Scholarships. 11 nOn-PROFiT ORG US POSTAGe PAid COnCORd, nH PeRMiT nO . 551 League of NH Craftsmen 205 North Main Street Concord, NH 03301 Return Service Requested exHiBiTiOn SCHedULe GALLeRY 205 Through the Looking Glass Lifetime Achievement Awards Exhibition: September 12 – December 12, 2008 Vivika & Otto Heino and Mary & edwin Scheier May 15 – August 14, 2009 An exhibition featuring the beauty, function, and magic of glass. An exhibition featuring the work of these internationally renowned potter partnerships, in honor of their accomplishments and contributions to the craft world Garden Imagery February 6 – April 24, 2009 New Hampshire Weavers Guild A multi-media exhibition September 18 – December 11, 2009 featuring the spirit and life of the garden through four A juried exhibition featuring the work of the New Hampshire seasons. Weavers Guild OPen Starry Night Iris Orb by Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Christoper Sherwin Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm during exhibitions 205 North Main Street, Concord, NH For updated information about Gallery 205, our Retail Galleries, the Annual League of nH Craftsmen’s Fair, or our other programs, please visit www .nhcrafts .org . The League of NH Craftsmen is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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