Apple Country Fair Returns to Londonderry this Weekend

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will be hosting its 26th annual Apple Country Craft Fair this weekend, inviting residents and visitors to enjoy handcrafted and homemade crafts, jewelry, art and photography, along with baked goodies and more!

The fair will be held at the Church, located on the corner of Peabody Row and Mammoth Road, just down the street from Mack’s Apples Farm Stand. It will be held both Saturday, September 7, 2013 and Sunday September 8, 2013; Saturday will go from 9:30 AM until 4 PM and Sunday from 9:30 AM until 3 PM.

More than sixty juried crafters from all around New England will be featured during the fair. The crafts are judged on their originality and quality of craftsmanship. The juried crafts ensure that only the best are displayed at the fair, offering quality to all visitors.

Craft raffles will be held during the fair and baked potatoes, apple crisp, coffee, grilled foods, and more goodies will be available for purchase.

Photos of past years crafters.

The fair is held rain or shine and both parking and admission are free!

Make it a full day visit to Londonderry this weekend! Stop in at Art on the Common this Saturday, which will feature arts from local artists, before heading the craft fair. Then stop by the craft fair to browse the crafts and grab some lunch. After, swing by Mack’s Apples for delicious locally made ice cream and to pick up some fresh fruit and veggies!

Art On The Common in Londonderry, New Hampshire

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Annual Art Show on Common Returns

The Londonderry Arts Council has announced the ninth annual Art on the Common Fine Art Show. Held on the Londonderry Town Common at the corner of Mammoth and Pillsbury Roads, in Londonderry, NH, this year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 10 AM to 4 PM.

This year’s theme award is titled Spatium Illuminatio Negative: an Illumination of Negative Space. A monetary award of $500.00 will be given to the winning entry that illuminates negative space to empower their subject matter.

First, second and third place ribbons will also be awarded in the following categories:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Eclceticco
  • Fine Photography
  • Sculpture
  • 3D

The rain date for the event is Sunday, September 8, 2013. For more information contact Londonderry Arts Council Chair Jason Williams at (603) 845-9974, or Co-chair Barbara Scott at (603) 434-4799. Also, visit the Londonderry Arts Council website, click on Art on the Common at the top of the page and download the 2013 application which has all the information for this show.

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The Value of Art

Art is a funny word. Well, maybe not comedic funny but interesting in interpretation. If you ask people “what is art?” or “what does art mean to you?” the answers show a variety of reasons to that funny word. Is it only paintings and drawings?

According to Webster’s Dictionary the definition of ‘art’ is vast. It begins with “the human ability to make things; creativity of man as distinguished from the world of nature.”It goes on to mention craftsmanship, skill, creative work  such as in dance, theater, music, drawing painting, sculpture, etc. Even text in writing is a form of art.

So it becomes an interpretation by an individual to express a broad topic. It isn’t an easy subject to define after all. Would we know it was missing if we had no art? It is so ingrained in our every day that nothing would exist as we know it. “We need more math and science” is the mantra throughout the land. “We’ve got to stay ahead in a technological world! We must cut art programs because they are not as necessary to our ever expanding quest to move ahead and advance in a technological world!”

Whoa, back up and slow down for a minute. How can anyone expect to get ahead (wherever that is) without art. It is the only thing that makes sense. It is the foundation for all we are, do, say and think. Let’s picture an average day. You awaken to the sound of beautiful music coming from the alarm clock that someone had to design. You throw back the covers that someone designed and get out of the bed that someone designed.  Putting on your slippers, that someone designed, you go through your home that someone designed and into the kitchen. The coffee is brewed in a machine that someone designed and poured into a hearty mug that someone designed. Taking that mug to your favorite chair that someone designed , you turn on a light, that someone designed and open up the morning paper that someone designed.

I’ll stop here but you get the picture. Art is everywhere! Everything man-made had to have started on the drawing table, so to speak – everything! From the smallest widget to the largest item such as the space shuttle. So why do we discard its value as not as necessary as math and science? It is math and science and so much more. To be creative in any way you need the foundation that art teaches. Isn’t that what most businesses ask of their employees, to be creative and think outside the box? And art is more than pencil to paper. It involves all the senses. Nature plays a huge part in our human lives and draws us in to listen to the sounds of the earth. We watch the abundance of creatures great and small as they go about their daily task of survival. Hopefully, we learn that we are all of the earth and all dependant on one another. We are all part of the fabric that makes up a dynamic weave of existence.

Which brings me back to art. Harmony, balance, symmetry, light, color, proportion, and the descriptive words go on forever. Add imagination, wonder and awe and a pinch of humbleness you have the perfect mix of ingredients where anything and everything is possible!

Art! Ask for more!

Debbie Curtin writes stories about people, places, events and other topics of interest that engage the reader. As a member of the New Hampshire Writer’s Project, Debbie keeps ‘in the game’ with other like minded people. She has been an artist and creative person all her life and uses the unlimited sources of inspiration that abound everywhere in her writing as another art form.

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Annual Art on the Common Returns to Londonderry

The Town Common in Londonderry will be full of art and artists this Saturday, September 8, 2012, as it once again plays host to the annual Art on the Common event.

Now in its eighth year, the format for this show has been changed to expand the offerings it presents to the viewing public and to create new opportunities for the artists. In addition to a selection of paintings offered by many of the local areas finest artists, the show has been opened up to a variety of new mediums including sculpture, photography and printmaking.

Along with the new mediums offered at this year’s show, the organizers are also introducing a Theme Award competition. This year’s theme, “Bare Essentials: A Celebration of the Human Form” will feature tastefully done works of art that celebrate the human form and is presented in recognition of the nude as a valid subject for artistic expression throughout history.

In addition to these changes, the organizers have also made the show a juried exhibition.  This requires all artists to submit samples of their work for review and acceptance before being admitted to the show. For the artists, this represents both a challenge and, when accepted into a juried show, recognition of their effort. Juried shows also benefit the public by increasing the quality and selection of the work in the show.

Two of Londonderry’s booster groups will be hosting fundraising events at the Town Common during the show. Londonderry’s Friends of Music will be there with their annual Fall Mums sale and the Londonderry Wildcats will be operating a concession stand with food, snacks and cold drinks.

This year’s show will open promptly at 10 AM on September 8 and remain open until 4 PM. The rain date for this show is September 9, 2012.

Artists at this year’s show are:

  • Paula M Charles – Acton, MA
  • Diane Lachance – Contoocook, NH
  • Ginny Nickerson – Deerfield, NH
  • Ingeborg Seaboyer – Derry, NH
  • Elizabeth Lewandowski – East Hampstead, NH
  • Heather L Crowley – East Kingston, NH
  • Jennifer Vigneau – Goffstown, NH
  • Debbie Curtin – Londonderry, NH
  • Barbara Scott – Londonderry, NH
  • Elaine Farmer – Londonderry, NH
  • Jessie Obrien – Londonderry, NH
  • Steve Sullivan – Londonderry, NH
  • Michael Toomy – Londonderry, NH
  • Jason Williams – Londonderry, NH
  • Brendan Keegan – Lowell, MA
  • Don Sullivan – Lowell, MA
  • Aline Lotter – Manchester, NH
  • Branda Ferro – Mason, NH
  • Don Reed – Merrimack, NH
  • Hal Kirby – Newmarket, NH
  • Tina Gagnon – Salem, NH
  • Sherry Burnett – Salem, NH
  • Betti Williams – Strafford, NH
  • Patty Crowley – Windham, NH

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Londonderry Semiannual Craft Fair Returns

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will be hosting its 25th annual Apple Country Craft Fair this weekend, inviting residents and visitors to enjoy handcrafted and homemade crafts, jewelry, art and photography, along with baked goodies and more!

The fair will be held at the Church, located on the corner of Peabody Row and Mammoth Road, just down the street from Mack’s Apples Farm Stand. It will be held both Saturday, September 8, 2012 and Sunday September 9, 2012; Saturday will go from 9:30 AM until 4 PM and Sunday from 9:30 AM until 3 PM.

Nearly sixty juried crafters from all around New England will be featured during the fair. The crafts are judged on their originality and quality of craftsmanship. The juried crafts ensure that only the best are displayed at the fair, offering quality to all visitors.

Craft raffles will be held during the fair and baked potatoes, apple crisp, coffee, grilled foods, and more goodies will be available for purchase.

Photos of past years crafters.

The fair is held rain or shine and both parking and admission are free!

Make it a full day visit to Londonderry this weekend! Stop in at Art on the Common this Saturday, which will feature arts from local artists, before heading the craft fair. Then stop by the craft fair to browse the crafts and grab some lunch. After, swing by Mack’s Apples for delicious locally made ice cream and to pick up some fresh fruit and veggies!

Art On The Common in Londonderry, New Hampshire

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COTC to OHD and now AOTC

No sooner are the Old Home Day festivities over on the Town Common and the last notes of the Concert on the Common has faded, it is time for Art on the Common.

September 8th will mark the annual Art on the Common showcase event where artists will put forth a multiple blend of high quality art. This juried event is sure to be a winner as different categories have been included. This makes it more of an art event as it includes a wide range of talent.

My curiosity was peaked with how the Londonderry Arts Council has opened the way for other art forms to participate in the day. I decided to participate, excited in the way this year will be different. I am looking forward to see artists and people I know from Londonderry and to meet new artists with their brand of new and unique styles.

Being part of Eagle Eyes, a community organization in Manchester, has broadened my artistic plate. Over the past four years I have painted on brick, cement, barn and garage doors. I would never have thought to attempt painting murals had I not been given the challenge through Eagle Eyes.

Now my work has grown in size. I don’t know if I could paint smaller!

Hope to see many of you on September 8th from 10-4 pm. in Londonderry on the Common. The day is sure to be full of surprises!

Debbie Curtin writes stories about people, places, events and other topics of interest that engage the reader. As a member of the New Hampshire Writer’s Project, Debbie keeps ‘in the game’ with other like minded people. She has been an artist and creative person all her life and uses the unlimited sources of inspiration that abound everywhere in her writing as another art form.

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