Friday Evening: Art and Wine in Lyme
Preview Ann Peck's Works on Silk Here!
Artist Ann Peck of Topsham, VT is married to another artist of strong regional repute, Bruce Peck. While Bruce was born in India, he's a Vermonter through and through. He and Ann spend time each year returning to the land where Bruce was born.
The result for Ann is a fusion of the two cultures that makes itself readily apparent in her art in "Following the Silk Road" exhibit that will show through November 6th. There's nothing quite like Ann's paintings and mixed media creations on silk. There's an ethereal quality to it all that effectively helps us see two landscapes joined as one. In some cases, her use of sari material (the fabric used to make the lovely and colorful silk dresses worn by Indian women) brings her pieces into the highly personal and humanistic realms. This is where East meets West. To be sure, Ann's work is powerful. Both Ann and Bruce are juried members of The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. They are also both showing their work now at Long River Gallery & Gifts in Lyme, NH where Ann opens her latest show this Friday evening from 6 - 8 PM. There will also be a wine and cheese tasting to accompany the show. Ann and Bruce will be there, and the public is invited.
"Monsoon," by Ann Peck. Sumi ink on silver silk, beaded. 25 x 61 inches. A beautifully created piece that capturesthe mind and the spirit. Now showing. $1,400.
Long River Gallery & Gifts has, of late, gone through quite a metamorphosis, changing it from the chrysalis it once was, full of life and energy, into a newly hatched butterfly of extraordinarily magnificent color and grace. About the only artistic medium not represented in the newly updated gallery is modern abstract work. It's well worth the trip to see what kind of world-class local talent exists here in the Upper Valley. (Note of disclosure: I co-own Long River gallery with my wife, Lisa.) Calling Long River a gallery that embraces artistic diversity is an understatement. It houses an eclectic profusion of talents that run the entire spectrum, including craft items equally as luscious as the visual art. I'm beginning to believe that our Upper Valley area along the CT River as it threads its way through VT and NH is, per capita, the most abundantly rich artist colony in the world with talent that far exceeds most other places on this planet.
Ann's Artist Statement
I look forward to seeing Ann at her opening tomorrow evening. It's been a long time in the coming for those of us in the Upper Valley who enjoy seeing a newness and explosion of creative spirit that pervades work like a local neighbor and artist like Ann imagines and creates.
The artist and author at work.
Dave Celone is a writer, poet, art gallery curator, and consultant for the education industry. He co-owns Long River Gallery & Gifts with his wife Lisa. Long River is an artists' collective in Lyme, NH where more than 150 local artists and artisans from the greater Upper Valley/Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee regions of VT and NH show their work each day — as they have for the past 25 consecutive years! Dave lives in Lyme with his family and two dogs. He's an outdoor enthusiast and a lifelong learner of all kinds of fascinating things. Dave is principal of Advancement Consulting Services which offers higher education institutions and private secondary schools global best practices and unique ways to increase alumni giving and involvement through innovative programs that develop value holistically across many channels. His "Virtuous Circle" model on how schools should develop fundraising programs, and his writing on how to "treat students like alumni and alumni like students" have gained favor among development industry professionals and higher education leadership on multiple continents.