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Donna Bascom Lund - Watercolor & Pastel Paintings
Donna Bascom Lund lives with her husband Perley in picturesque East Alstead, NH. She attended area schools and graduated from Fall Mountain Regional in Langdon, NH in 1972 and Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT in 1974 with an Associate of Arts degree.
Favorite subjects are landscape, nature and architecture in watercolor or soft pastels. Observers have described her work as calming and peaceful. The play of light and shadow and the beauty of nature inspire her.
Donna's work has been shown in local venues and juried exhibits. She received first place in Water Medium at Art in the Park, Keene in 2011 and 2012. Her painting are collected throughout New England and as far away as Hawaii and India. She is a member of the Walpole Artisan Coop, Saxtons River Art Guild and The Vermont Watercolor Society.
Nicole Belval - Acrylic, Pastel and a mix of both
Nicole Belval is a self taught artist with a primary focus on animal portraiture and nature scenes. Nicole has always had a great love of animals and strives to show this love in her work.
She started her artistic career in 2015 with acrylic painting, in 2016 she added pastel and mixed media to her work. She also works in watercolor and colored pencil on occasion. Her artwork has been sold locally and throughout the United States, and has been donated to local charities and fund raising events. She is an active member of the Monadnock Area Artists Association, as well as the Saxtons River Art Guild and the Center for the Arts in NH.
Liz Winchester-Larson - Colored Pencil & Monotype Prints
Still life and landscape drawings in colored pencil and linoleum block prints and monotypes.
An artist and print-maker with more than 40 years of experience, Liz Winchester-Larson lives in Keene, NH. Her tiny studio is filled with objects and plants for still-life set-ups and a view of Mount Monadnock for a backdrop. To get to the essence of that piece of fruit orlandscape is her goal.
Liz has exhibited her award winning paintings and prints in one person and group shows throughout the New England area. She also enjoys sharing her art techniques in impromptu discussions and scheduled demonstrations. Her family says she never outgrew her crayons and finger paints.
She is a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and their District Chapter 112, the Gardner Area League of Artists, Monadnock Area Artists Association, Nashua Area Artists Association, and Saxtons River Art Guild.
Susan Riach - Susan Riach Designs - Contemporary Jewelry Designs
Having the great fortune and gift of an artistic spirit and while completing metalsmithing classes, I realized that designing, forging, hammering and sculpting little pieces of wearable art was to be my passion.
My unique jewelry creations in sterling silver, are bold, strong and contemporary, yet make a simple, classic and elegant statement that complements the flow and contours of the body. I take my inspiration from the organic and architectural elements which surround me, and design from the simplicity of the soul. My pieces are recognized and noted for their flow, which has naturally evolved from my longtime practice and dedication to yoga.
Please visit my website at www.susanriachdesigns.com. I hope you enjoy my work as much as I love creating it for you!
Susan trained in metalsmithing at Metalwerx, in Waltham, MA; continues with classes and workshops at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, as well as other venues throughout New England, and currently with Sussy-Rose Shields, a brilliant instructor, jeweler and mentor, in her studio in Wilton, NH.
Juried member in the following organizations: Sharon Arts Center; Newburyport Artist Association; Hollis Art Society; Walpole Artisans Co-op and Hannah Grimes Marketplace. Galleries featuring work: Alpers Fine Art, Andover, MA; Sharon Arts Fine Craft Gallery, Peterborough, NH; Newburyport Art Association Gallery, Newburyport, MA; Walpole Artisans Co-operative; Walpole, NH (Coop Artist Owner), Hannah Grimes Marketplace, Keene, NH, NOA Gift Gallery, West Concord, MA, Gallery at the Vault, Springfield, VT and Guest Artist Fall 2015/Winter 2016 at Collective ~the Art of Craft, Woodstock, VT. Suusan also participates in several arts shows, art fairs and trunk shows throughout NH, MA and ME.
Susan Roston - Fused Glass
I like experimenting with fused glass in trying to capture the luminosity, transparency, and radiance of light. I seek to explore the unfolding of forms, colors, textures in the layering of glass and inclusions.
My landscapes combine my glass cutting and design skills to create scenes influenced by the nature of glass. I do not start from a pattern, but rather build up a scene from the glass surrounding me. Thus each artwork is one of a kind. A piece of streaky glass may reflect a lake or an evening sky, iridized glass may suggest meadows or mountains, dichroic glass captures snow, waterfalls and perhaps the sun. These various types of glass are merged to form a harmonious landscape. Depth is created by many firings of layers of glass including dichroic scrape, frit, and glass powder paint tack fused to add dimension and texture.
My inspirations come from the natural world. They are not actual places but rather a distillation of various landscapes I have seen.
Almut Yakovleff - Hand-crafted pottery
As a young child, I remember watching a potter at the wheel making one piece after another and was mesmerized. I decided that is what I wanted to do when I grow up, so I carried the dream and goal with me. After high school, I apprenticed with different potters and learned the craft and art of pottery. It is the combining of all the elements, earth, water, air and fire that transform the lump of clay into an everlasting piece. I enjoy the interplay, creativity, and the unknowns involved in the process.
All my pieces are made on the wheel and each is designed individually. I mix and make all my own colors and glazes using raw materials such as flint, feldspar, cobalt, etc. There is quite a lot of chemistry involved in making everything work. I continue to enjoy the ever-flowing creative process of making each piece of pottery. My work is available at the Walpole Artisans Gallery and at my studio, Cold River Potter, on Rt. 123, Alstead, NH
Donna Cary - Watercolor
I paint because it is a passion and drive that fulfills my life. It gives me great joy whether I am painting, teaching painting, or displaying my art. The beauty in both the natural and man-made world provide me with endless inspiration.
Watercolors is the mediums I use most. I love to use wet in wet techniques to create depth and luminosity. My process often includes using bold colors next to the white of the paper or next to a light hue, especially in the focal area. By using impressionistic brushwork, I am able to use these bright colors, yet create soft effects that convey serenity. When beginning a painting, I think of what elements I can omit so my work will retain the simplicity I desire.
In the planning stages I take time to manipulate the subject matter into a composition that pleases me. I also play with light and values, so that once I am painting, I can be totally in the experience. Painting allows me to focus producing a calm that I cannot replicate elsewhere. Regardless of my subject matter, I am attracted to the beauty, tranquility, and simplicity I can create with paints.
Biography - I am a mainly self-taught artist, although I had a few classes in art during college and have taken and continue to take watercolor workshops. I taught elementary school for 20 years, with my last 14 years at Symonds Elementary in Keene. I was painting in watercolors on weekends and whenever time permitted, and knew I would begin a full painting regimen when I retired. That was in 2014, and I've been painting and teaching painting ever since. I began giving lessons in my home studio in July of 2014, and I have continued with them on Tuesday afternoons ever since. I also taught to the elderly at Bentley Commons for a year and found it extremely rewarding. In the fall of 2015, I began teaching watercolors at Keene State College in the CALL Program (Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning.) I continue to teach there when the classes are in session, from September through April. I thoroughly enjoy watching others become excited about watercolors, and I love when they continue to take my classes.