CONCORD —The League of NH Craftsmen will showcase the personal and professional growth and change of its members and guest artists with two exhibitions at its headquarters in Concord through December 20. “Then and Now - How Far We’ve Come” presents the work of League Juried members from early in their juried membership, as well as current work, to demonstrate their individual evolutions as craftsmen. Three guest artists share their stories in “Journey: An Encaustic Exhibition,” which highlights not only a range of materials and techniques in 21st century encaustic painting, but the personal journeys of these artists throughout their creative careers.
“These beautiful exhibitions complement one another in theme and spirit,” said Miriam Carter, Executive Director, League of NH Craftsmen. “The work of our three guest artists, in addition to that of our members, allows us to introduce new craft and art mediums to our community. We hope visitors will be inspired to try their hand at fine craft after seeing how our Juried members and guest artists have grown and changed over their careers.”
The encaustic exhibition features the work of three women from across the globe. Fran Koenig, from Western Australia, explores the wild geographies of the Kimberley area through her abstract paintings of the Bungle Bungle Range. Emma Ashby presents haunting images of marshlands and coastal regions of both England, where she studied, and New England, which she calls home. Wo Schiffman of New York City offers expansive panels of her personal journey of discovery focused on the origins of the universe and man’s place in this evolving story.
Gallery visitors can also see the Grodin Permanent Collection Museum, which features craft from the League's early years to the present, including pieces made by some of the world's renowned craftspeople, such as Otto and Vivika Heino and Edwin and Mary Scheier. The museum provides fascinating insights into the evolution of fine crafts.
The Exhibition Gallery is open Mon.-Sat. from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and located at 49 South Main Street in Concord.
For more information about the League of NH Craftsmen, please visit www.nhcrafts.org.