Art Celebrates Place

Each year since 2010, we invite local artists to visit properties that have been conserved with the help of  the Land Trust and to get inspired! Every work of art varies in both inspiration and composition.

2017 Show

The theme of the 8th annual Art Celebrates Place show is “Historic Farms”. This year, participating artists have gone out “onto the land” at the Amos Merrill Homestead, Hayes Farm, and Dundee conservation easements in Conway and Jackson. A sampling of their work will be shown here in the coming weeks. The official opening of the show will be at Tin Mountain Conservation Center’s Nature Learning Center on Friday April 7th, 2017. Mark your calendars for this true community celebration filled with local art, music, and food–a true harbinger of spring for the Mount Washington Valley .Art Celebrates Place 2017 Postcard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2016, the Land Trust created the first annual Art Celebrates Place calendar in attempts to capture these differences in print form to enjoy all year-round. Special thanks to our local business sponsors whose support made the 2017 Art Celebrates Place calendar possible:

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2016 Show


The 2016 show was a great success. Thank you to all of our supporters who came out both to Tin Mountain and the Gallery at the Met. Work has already begun on the 2017 show and we look forward to a show that celebrates “Historic Farms.”

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Thanks to a dedicated group of amazing volunteers, the 7th Annual Art Celebrates Place was a huge success. The opening on April 8th was filled with fantastic food, art, and performances,all inspired by the Green Hills Preserve in North Conway. The show will run through May 31st, 2016 from 9 am -5 pm at Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany, NH. Please call  the USVLT office at 356-9683 with questions on how to make one of these spectacular paintings your own. A sampling of the work is featured below:

Andrea Kennett Weeks Brook

Remember Me, Andrea Kennett - Oil, 10 x 20

$650

Green Hills location that inspired this work: Leita Monroe Lucas Preserve

I was first on the Lucas Munroe property November 27, 2015 for preliminary

sketches to access the composition to see if the area “spoke” to me enough

for a painting.   The angles of the trees, the tiered waterfalls, and the smells

of fall all had a story that was aching to be told.  Remember me.

I hiked up again on the 29 and 30th of November, again on December 6 and

finally January 22, 2016.   Each visit repeated the first whisper, Remember

Me, always.  I hope that I captured those days on canvas. I knew Red

Munroe from my family’s long association at the Skimobile.  It was a great

pleasure to remember him in this way.

 

Andrea Kennett Green Hills

SOLD - January Thaw, Andrea Kennett - Oil, 6 x 9

$290

Green Hills location that inspired this work: From Sherman’s Farm, East Conway Road Fryeburg, ME

This view of The Green Hills is spectacular from Sherman’s Farm and on this

extremely warm day in January, it proved to be full of the setting sun’s long

rays.  Lots of folks stopped to say hello and take the time to see what I was

seeing, commenting on the day and then reluctantly move on.  Something

about a shared experience brings strangers into acquaintances and then to

fellow Travelers.

 

Andrea Kennett Pudding Pond

Pudding Pond, Fall 2015, Andrea Kennett - Oil, 10 x 14

$450

This was the first painting for the Green Hills project and I am embarrassed

to say that it’s a result of terrible map reading.   To my credit, I did climb

Peaked Mountain with the hope of creating a piece from the top, but to no

avail.  My hiking muscles protested along with my ability to deal with heights

so I joined my painting companion to try Pudding Pond.  We toiled away at

the path at the pond which annoyingly drew us further from the water.  At

last, climbing down off the North-South highway, we found a most pleasant

spot beside the pond’s edge.  Kearsarge and Bartlett mountains were in

fabulous Fall dress and the air was thick with warm afternoon perfume. By

exception, the painting is included with the rest of the show.

 

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Cascades, Barbara McEvoy - Pastel, 12.5 x 9.5

$500

Green Hills location that inspired this work: Leita Monroe Lucas Preserve

It was my pleasure to follow a fairly well marked trail through varying,

unspoiled terrain to find the cascades on the preserve. They were mine

alone when I sat by them in varying places.

Rippling, rushing cascades with their rocks and pools and multiple shifting

paths are one of my favorite things. Sitting by them, listening to their

sounds, watching the shadows and sparkles as light shifts, as water level

changes, even in a single hour…to me this is mesmerizing. To do plein air

painting, and/or to take photos back to the studio is to extend the

experience.

Indian folklore attributes magic to that shifting space between water and

air. Cascades have an abundance of that shifting space and I do feel it is

magical.

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Golden Afternoon, Barbara McEvoy - Pastel on Sanded Paper, 19×19

$500

Green Hills location that inspired this work: Leita Monroe Lucas Preserve

My day exploring the Leita Monroe Lucas Preserve did indeed leave indelible

memories, and wonder at the colors of nature. After finding the remnants of

the first stone wall, I followed what seemed to be the direction of one “arm”

of the stone wall (see Autumn Mosaic), trudging still through brush and

vines, more following my dog’s instinct than my own.

Almost predictably, I came upon another section of wall, this evidently

somewhat protected by the tree it almost leaned against.

The glories of walking in untrammeled woods…plants do seem to

congregate in their own neighborhoods, and here the dominant color was

yellow gold rather than blazing red. Kaleidoscopic color. An artist’s delight.

For larger paintings my process is to drink in my surroundings, just sitting,

feeling, looking, and absorbing the mélange of shapes and colors through

my pores, perhaps sketching, certainly taking a few photos, and returning to

do the actual paintings.

 

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Autumn Mosaic, Barbara McEvoy - Oil on Canvas, 30×40

$1200

Green Hills location that inspired this work: Leita Monroe Lucas Preserve

My day exploring the Leita Monroe Lucas Preserve did indeed leave indelible

memories. My first excursion from roadside into the woods narrowed

quickly from a “had been road” with ruts to tell the story, to an overgrown

brush path of uneven footing, a New England jungle with vines, bushes,

ferns, rocks and arching trees. After a fair distance, hard to judge since the

path required careful trudging and my more agile dog was pulling and

snuffing at wonders I couldn’t see, I recognized an opening of sorts to my

right…trees and brush, but not as dense.

Moving toward that opening, in the midst of the NE jungle was a remnant

corner of a stone wall, a heap actually with signs of the direction the two

arms of the wall had taken, but at this point in time, nature was winning: the

corner heaved into more of a jumble than a wall, and the growth

camouflaging the two sides…nature reclaiming its own spaces in a glorious

mosaic of shapes and color.

As I painted this, the first line from Robert Frost’s poem Mending Wall

repeated itself in my mind, “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.”

Nature, of course, reasserting itself.

Jane Carlson Afternoon Shadows

Afternoon Shadows, Jane Carlson, $415 - Watercolor and Oil Pastels, 10×14

Green Hills location that inspired this work: Billings Memorial, Peaked Mountain

“While hiking around a bend; the lighting in this spot caught my eye.

I found the dark shadows against the trees in the brilliant sunlight stunning.”

 

Jane Carlson

SOLD Summer Blues, Jane Carlson $125 - Digital Print of original Acrylic and Oil Pastel, 11×14

Green Hills location that inspired this work: Pudding Pond

“I found the vibrant summertime colors along with the peaceful tranquility of

the day very inspirational.”

 

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SOLD - Black Cap, Jay Rancourt - Watercolor, 10 x 13.5

$350

The Green Hills location inspired this work

I walked up to the top of Black Cap three times this summer and fall, once

with my three-year old grandson, Wendell. What a treasure it is. Much

enjoyed by many people, especially during this year’s spectacular foliage

season.

 

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SOLD -From West Side Road, Jay Rancourt - Watercolor, 10 x 13.5

$350

The view of Green Hills is particularly grand from across the fields to the

west. This was an unseasonably warm day in November when the sun

striking the sere grasses was in delicious contrast to the green and russets of

the Green Hills, shadowed by passing clouds. What a beautiful place we live

in!

 

Peg Scully February Sun

February Sun, Peg Scully - Watercolor, 16 x 20

$450

On a cloudless winter day just before sunset, the slanting shadows cast by

some trees in a grove off East Conway Road in Fryeburg made an interesting

pattern of light and shadow on the snow. I painted back in my studio and

added the two figures.

 

Peg Scully Pudding Pond, Green Hills Beyond

Pudding Pond, Green Hills Beyond, Peg Scully – Oil 11 x 14

$450

Green Hills location that inspired this work: Pudding Pond Public Land

A September walk around the Pudding Pond area with my sketchbook and

camera on a gorgeous day showed me many interior painting possibilities.

Finally I came upon a little bridge and a water view which opened things up

a bit. Brilliant blue and gold! I had my inspiration.

 

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Forest Light, Penny Purcell - Acrylic, 16×30

$900

Green Hills location that inspired this work: Leita Monroe Lucas Preserve

I initially painted Pudding Pond, but I wasn’t too thrilled with my picture. It

was hard to get a good vantage point to see the water and mountains. I

really enjoy painting the movement of water and I seem to be drawn into

shady forest scenes with brooks and streams. When William (Abbott) took

us up the trail, I was immediately drawn to the stream with the moss

covered rocks. What was nice about this view was the fact that there had

been a great deal of cutting around it making it much lighter than a thick

forest. Much of it is new growth with subtle shades of purple; a very

peaceful place. I will return.

 

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SOLD - View from the Field, Penny Purcell – Oil 10 x 16

$375

Green Hills location that inspired this work: Green Hill as seen from Sherman Farm

 

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Forest Light II, Penny Purcell – Oil 10 x 16

$700

 

Sarah Waldron Looking Up

SOLD - Looking Up, Sarah Waldron  - Acrylic 24 x 18

$395

Green Hills location that inspired this work: Black Cap Mountain

A hike with my daughter and friends and our favorite white dog was a

precious autumn gift. As we reached higher and higher ground, the sun on

the leaves was breathtaking, drawing my eyes up. Around us was the ever

intriguing-combination: the brightness of the “light upon” and the glow of

the “light through”. The day was spent soaking up the light, gathering it here

and there, storing it away for the deep midwinter, so that in the darkest

time of the year I could sit in front of a canvas and once again focus on light.

 

 

In 2015, the theme for the artwork (and the properties visited) was water.

Below is a sampling of the work that was created in 2015.

(Please click on the images for larger version.)

View of the Moats

View of the Moats     watercolor 14×18

Natalie Beittel

USVLT easement that inspired this work: Albany Town Forest.  Artist Statement:  “I waited until winter to walk the Albany Town Forest, this particular day was overcast and slightly stormy. It made for dark blues and browns, with not many shadows cast by the trees except on the river.”

 

Saco River

Saco River     watercolor 14×19

Turning the Corner

Turing the Corner     watercolor 14×19

Ed Cooke (both pieces above)

USVLT easement that inspired these works: The Benecchi Easement.  Artist Statement:  “As a plein air painter, it was difficult to be dealt the hand of March 5, 2015. It was a bitter and overcast day, which kept my paint box at home and sent me on an adventure, equipped with sketchbook and camera. It proved to be a delight. The Saco River welcomed our arrival to Fryeburg 42 years ago. To find its quiet, undisturbed beauty with the help of a snowshoe trail, brought back a sense of discovery. The river was sketched and photographed for a studio painting. On the return, I found myself caught up in the turn of a stone wall with a birch and spruce forest as background. Thus, a second and favorite painting was inspired. Both were done in the comfort of my studio the next day.”

swirling leaves wketchum

Swirling Leaves     oil & cold wax 18×18

Wendy Ketchum

USVLT easement that inspired this work: The Benecchi Easement.  Artist Statement:  “I visited Benecchi on a crisp, breezy late autumn day in the afternoon. Except for a lone canoeist who quietly glided by on the river, I was completely alone to explore along the shoreline. The wind was brisk that day, creating swirls of floating leaves on the water in a riot of fall colors. I tried to recreate the swirling, circular movement in this piece, as well as the contrast of sunlit leaves with the rich blue of the water and the dark reflections of overhanging branches. The cold wax medium allowed me to create a more sculpted look to the leaves, which seemed appropriate for the image.”

 

moonlight ski

Moonlight Ski       pastel 11×15

Terri Brooks

USVLT easement that inspired this work: Harding Conservation Easement.  Artist statement: “Loved the full moon over the Harding field. Imagined a lone skier enjoying the moonlit night.”

sacred ground Robert Gordon

Sacred Ground       oil 16×20

Robert Gordon

USVLT easement that inspired these works: Albany Town Forest.  Artist statement: “A favorite meditation spot of his wife’s, Bob Gordon has, for decades, referred to this scenic place in the Albany Town Forest as his Outdoor Studio. Only a short walk from his home and gallery on the Kanc, he and his dog Champney regularly revisit this view of South Moat rising above the twists and turns of the Swift River.”

 

Conway Lake Winter     Conway Lake Spring

Conway Lake Fall

Long Island Trilogy 
Conway Lake Winter   oil on canvas 14×14
Conway Lake Spring    oil on canvas 14×14
Conway Lake Fall     oil on canvas 14×14

Linda Gray

USVLT Easement that inspired these works: Long Island on Conway Lake.  Artist Statement: “This work forms a trilogy of sorts; a three part study of the changing seasons on a protected and peaceful place. A late spring paddle across Conway Lake to explore Long Island resulted in dozens of photographs from every angle on and around the island. That warm evening light on the spring greens, the calm reflections and the apricot sky inspired the first painting.  I thought it would be an interesting project to paint the same scene in every season as the light and color change throughout the year. So after deciding on my favorite vantage point, we paddled the kayaks out again on a brisk October day to capture the fall foliage and the crisp autumnal light. The winter image was the result of a snowshoe trek across the frozen lake on what must have been the coldest and windiest afternoon of January! The air temperature hovered around zero with wind chills well below. That low angle winter light on the snow and the deep blue shadows were beautiful to behold.”

 

 

Before the Snow

Before the Snow    pastel 12×16

Terri Brooks

USVLT easement that inspired this work: Long Island, Conway Lake.  Artist Statement: “I walked out onto Conway Lake in January, the day before the big snow. I loved the bobhouse and its starkness against the sky. It was very quiet out there-just ice sounds-and the afternoon sky was starting to become milky. The reflections on the ice were impressive and the colors in the sky were beautiful.”

 

saco reflections wketchum

Saco Reflections      oil & cold wax 18×18

Wendy Ketchum

USVLT easement that inspired this work: The Benecchi Easement.  Artist Statement:  “I visited Benecchi on a crisp, breezy late autumn day in the afternoon. Except for a lone canoeist who quietly glided by on the river, I was completely alone to explore along the shoreline. The wind was brisk that day, creating swirls of floating leaves on the water, but occasionally it would quiet a bit, and I could appreciate the slight rippling patterns of reflections in the water. I wanted to create the calmer feel on the river when the wind abated for a few minutes, and thought the lone red leaf gently floating would help to convey this. I also wanted to play up the dramatic contrast between dark reflections of shoreline trees and the sunlit surface of the water.”

 

 

 

The Moats from the River

The Moats from the River #2   oil on board 12×16

Natalie Beittel

USVLT easement that inspired this work: Albany Town Forest.  Artist Statement:  “This I painted after completing the watercolor of the same scene. I really loved the feel of this winter view of the moats, and wanted to have a second go at it in a different medium.”

 

 

 

A Winter Ski

A Winter Ski   watercolor 12×12

Natalie Beittel

USVLT easement that inspired this work: Harding Conservation Easement.  Artist Statement:  “What struck me most about the Harding land, in addition to how perfectly it lies beneath the distinct peaks of Doublehead and farther off Carter Notch, was the groomed cross country ski trail that ran through.  In this painting I aimed to capture the flat fields in contrast to the nearby mountains, with skiers enjoying the view.”

 

 

 

Another Winter Day Gone By

Another Winter Day Gone By  oil on canvas  10×16

James Gaudreault

USVLT easement that inspired this work: Long Island on Conway Lake.  Artist Statement:  “I’ve lived on Conway Lake my whole life so the Long Island easement represents even more of a personal investment for me.  I planned half a dozen trips out to the island at sunset on snowmobile until I was finally able to capture the beauty and calm serenity I knew so well.  It felt fitting to make this piece as much a part of me as possible, so I also designed and built the frame using pine like that on the island.”

 

 

 

Rapids

Rapids  oil  16×20

Bend in the River

Bend in the River  oil 12×9

Robert Gordon

USVLT easement that inspired this work: Albany Town Forest.  Artist Statement:  “A favorite meditation spot of his wife’s, Bob Gordon has, for decades, referred to this scenic place in the Albany Town Forest as his Outdoor Studio.  Only a short walk from his home and gallery on the Kanc, he and his dog Champney regularly revisit this view of South Moat rising above the twists and turns of the Swift River.”

 

 

 

Moment

Moment  acrylic/aqua oil  18×36

Candace Maher

USVLT easement that inspired this work: Albany Town Forest.  Artist Statement:  “I visited the Albany Town Forest last fall and was taken with the constant and beautiful presence of the Swift River.  I have always been fascinated with water and the world that is created when the light, the water and whatever is next to the water make a universe into themselves.  I took many photos of my time there and also sat to sketch.  This painting comes from a photo of a reflection on the river at the height of foliage.  The many shapes and colors and their relationships to each other kept me entranced through the whole process of painting.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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