2018 Artist of the Month Schedule

JCunninghamLilacsAOM January Artist of the Month:
Jackie Cunningham

Artist Visit Date: Saturday, January 13th, 2018 12 — 3 p.m.

Inspired by moments in her country home, as well as, New England landscapes with which she has an emotional and visual connection, Jackie Cunningham’s representational oil paintings focus on revealing the beauty and feel of a particular scene or object. A passionate painter, Jackie enjoys every aspect of oil painting. From placing pigment on her palette to making her first brushstrokes, she strives to create pieces that make people smile. Seeking to capture the overall feel or memory of a place or object, Jackie’s inspirations come from textures and “aromas.” She loves to paint flowers, “until you can smell them, or take them with you for a walk on a sunny day through a sunny pasture and smell the fresh air.” Although conveying this simple elegance to the viewer takes a lot precision and skill, it is the sheer joy of painting itself that enthralls Jackie. It is her hope that she not only conveys this joy to the viewer, but that they also become an active participant in her artistic vision. Living in New Hampshire, Jackie feels fortunate to have so many wonderful scenic areas to paint. Having painted professionally for the past 15 years, Jackie is a member of the Newburyport Art Association, Andover Artists Guild, Rockport Art Association (Contributing Member) and Seacoast Artists Association. Having received many awards for her work, Jackie has exhibited her work in galleries throughout the state.

BarbaraKingFlowerNeck February Artist of the Month:
Barbara King

Artist Visit Date: Saturday, February 10th, 2018 12 — 3 p.m.

Barbara King fell in love with silver when she took her first jewelry class through the Education Department at Exeter Fine Crafts. She creates original contemporary jewelry from sterling and fine silver and incorporates metals like copper and 24k keumboo along with well-chosen beads, pearls, turquoise, moonstones, carnelians and semi-precious and precious stones. Her signature hand-woven silver chains are featured in stunning necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Time consuming weaving techniques are used to create intricate chains. Original and one-of-a-kind, each piece of jewelry is a unique creation from a talented and accomplished jeweler.

CGreenVasewithFlowers March Artist of the Month:
Catherine Green

Artist Visit Date: Saturday, March 10th, 2018 12 — 3 p.m.

Inspired by the timeless elegance of the Renaissance period, Catherine produces stunning imagery that emphasizes color, form, pattern and detail. Her work, which often features natural elements in the New England landscape, reflects her mastery of the silkscreen process. Silkscreen (also known as serigraphy or screenprinting) is a stencil based process of printmaking in which a design is imposed on a screen of silk or other fine mesh. Using a tool called a squeegee, ink is passed through the open areas of the stencil creating precise designs on the printing surface. Several stencils can be used for a multi-colored print. Catherine is involved in every part of creating her prints, from the conception of the work to its intricate execution. Due to the complexity of an image, Catherine can use as many as forty-five separate hand cut stencils and may take up to six months to complete a single print. Originally from Montana, Catherine eventually settled in Southern New Hampshire. Receiving her BFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Catherine has done graduate work at Tufts University. In addition to printmaking, Catherine has also worked as a graphic designer, calligrapher and art instructor. She is a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.

ROjanenBracletes April Artist of the Month:
Ritvaliisa Ojanen

Artist Visit Date: Saturday, April 14th, 2018 12 — 3 p.m.

Subtle color combinations of fresh water pearls, texture of the silver surface, size and shape of beads are the building blocks for Ritvaliisa Ojanen’s designs. Ideas for the jewelry slowly emerge when all the materials are in front of Ritvaliisa on her worktable. New designs spring from past experiments and combined with new solutions lending to one-of-a-kind pieces. Materials include glass beads, fresh water pearls, semi-precious stones and fine silver. Construction methods are a combination of seed bead weaving and stringing techniques. Ritvaliisa makes her own clasps and silver beads from metal clay using molding and hand forming techniques. Ritvaliisa applies a patina to the silver components to coordinate with the colors of the beads and pearls.

DBanfieldCarvedBowl May Artist of the Month:
Donna Zils Banfield

Artist Visit Date: Saturday, May 19th, 2018 12 — 3 p.m.

Inspired to pursue a career in woodworking after refinishing furniture she inherited from her grandfather, Donna skillfully creates wooden turned bowls. Her latest works involves bowls with cutout shapes, often reflecting natural elements, with brightly colored exteriors that contrast nicely with the natural wood interior. Working with blocks of wood and gouging tools to create the perfect curve, much of the wood Donna uses comes from trees that have fallen during storms or were subject to insect damage, or urban development. The actual process of transforming the 5” long by 6-15” wide wooden logs into exquisitely carved wooden bowls is cathartic for Donna. Feeling as though her carving tools are an extension of her body itself, she takes great pride in giving new life to an old fallen tree, transforming each piece into a new work of art. Changing careers mid-path, Donna began pursuing woodworking professionally after many years of playing with the medium. After attending the Annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Fair in Sunapee, Donna became entranced with the process of woodturing and was surprised with her own lathe and tools from her husband in 2002. Like a duck to water, Donna took off with her new hobby and perfected her technique. Just a few years later, she closed up her law practice to pursue woodturning and carving as a full-time occupation. Now a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Donna’s work can be found in galleries across the state.

BMoskovFacetedVessels June Artist of the Month:
Boyan Moskov

Artist Visit Date: Saturday, June 17th, 2018 12 — 3 p.m.

Boyan Moskov was born in Ruse, Bulgaria and was drawn to art from an early age. In 1987 Boyan began his training at Troyan Art School (Troyan,Bulgaria) where he fed his passion for the arts and developed his techniques in painting, sculpture, drawing and ceramics. From all his studies of fine arts, ceramics was the area where Boyan felt that he could express himself the best. He enjoyed ceramics because it included all the elements of fine art; sculpture, drawing and painting. For several years following Troyan he worked in many fashions from production ceramics to private art endeavors. He continued his education at the Sofia Art Academy (Sofia, Bulgaria) and after several years gained additional training and exhibition experience in Sweden where he lived and worked for three years. In 2003, Boyan returned to Bulgaria to start his own pottery business. Developing a line of work popular among tourist areas in the country and showing his work in selected galleries. In 2007 he and his wife moved to the United States and settled in his wife's home state of New Hampshire. Since that time he has been developing his skills as a ceramic artist, gaining recognition among his peers and striving to explore his medium.

JPaulEndTables July Artist of the Month:
Joel Paul

Artist Visit Date: TBD

Joel Paul of 13 Stars Design creates elegant shaker style furniture and other handcrafted items including cutting boards, tools and keepsake boxes. Using the natural properties of the wood to create timeless and harmonious, heirloom treasures, Joel takes comfort in knowing that he can create items that will stand the test of time. Inspired by Shaker furniture, Joel’s work echoes it’s simple, yet timeless design. Much of his work highlights the natural color and texture of the wood itself. Often astounded by the amount of workable material wasted during home renovations, Joel’s company prides itself on utilizing reclaimed materials. Working not only with local antique wood dealers to obtain rare woods such as chestnut, Joel also creates pieces made from local wood. This attention to design and materials results in some truly stunning pieces. Working out of his Salmon Falls studio, Joel’s work can be found at fine craft shows around the state and Exeter Fine Crafts.

CRissmanWallPlaque August Artist of the Month:
Carol Rissman

Artist Visit Date: TBD

Interested in the patterns and textures that occur in nature, combined with the limitless possibilities of surface design on clay, Carol Rissman creates stunning ceramic wall plaques. To capture the look and feel of the landscape, Carol uses a variety of techniques including: sgraffito, printing, carving, impressing and drawing, as well as sometimes using the natural objects themselves. A Resident Artist at the Harvard University Ceramics Studio, Carol’s art education has been informal, with over 40 years of hands-on discovery, studio classes and workshops. She has exhibited at venues including the Fuller Craft Museum and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). Before the full-time clay era, Carol wrote and edited for several non-profits and was the News Director/Anchor for a Boston NPR station. She was also Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1985.

DWilliamsPitchers September Artist of the Month:
Don Williams

Artist Visit Date: TBD

Memories of working with clay stretch back to my childhood. During the 1960’s my mother designed tile walls for office and apartment lobbies in Manhattan. Like most kids who are exposed to clay, I was attracted to the tactile quality of wet clay and the magical transformation that happens to clay after glazing and firing. I played in my mom’s studio while she worked. As a pre-vet major at the University of New Hampshire in the 70’s this interest in clay was rekindled. I realized, after taking ceramics in my junior year, that this was the road I had to go down, graduating in 1977 with a BFA in Ceramic Sculpture. Following a 9 month apprenticeship in 1978, I began making pots full time. My present studio and showroom occupy part of the barn attached to a rambling 1760 colonial home in Deerfield, N.H. The house sits close to the road, bordered by stonewalls and rows of sugar maples. Large vegetable and flower gardens spread out back. I am deeply connected to this place. The history, architecture, the rhythm of the seasons, and the rhythm of family life are interwoven with my work.

6x6PanelsAOM October Featured Artist Event:
6"x6" Annual Fundraiser

Reception Date: TBD

Exeter Fine Crafts is hosting our annual 6”x6” Art Fundraiser for the month of October. In collaboration with our craftspeople and EFC community, this show will feature donated works of art, in a variety of media, with all proceeds going towards EFC’s education program. Our artisans have produced unique pieces of work in different mediums, transforming 6x6 panels into imaginative works of art. The work illustrates how many different ways creative minds can find to work with the same basic framework. The work will be on display all month and it will culminate in an Artist’s reception mid-month. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served as we celebrate over 50 years of promoting craft and craftspeople alike. Admission is free and all are welcome. Founded in 1966, Exeter Fine Crafts is a nonprofit organization committed to keeping traditional handcrafted art a visible and vital part of our community. By purchasing one of these miniature works of art, you are helping make fine craft classes available to those who wouldn’t be able to participate otherwise. Honoring our 50+ years, all 6”x6” pieces will be available to purchase for $50. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to purchase a unique work of art at a great price!

ABehrsingBangle November Artist of the Month:
Anne Behrsing

Artist Visit Date: TBD

Anne Behrsing has been handcrafting fine art jewelry for more than 25 years. Her combination of sterling silver, 14k, and 22k gold, textures, checkerboard, and striped patterns create a contemporary style that is recognizable. The checkerboard and striped patterns are created by a “marriage of metals” technique called Mokume’ Gane Parquetry, an intricate process similar to fine wood inlays. The textures enhance the pieces creating a subtle matte contrast to the smooth polished metal and Parquetry patterns… intricate compositions similar to tiny wearable metal art quilts. Each one-of-a-kind piece of elegant jewelry is handcrafted with attention to craftsmanship and design. Anne is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen and The Boston Society of Arts & Crafts.

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