This week: Sandwich Home Industries, the fine crafts gallery of Center Sandwich, NH welcomes beginner to experienced makers and menders to join them for Visible Mending with Juno Lamb on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Center Sandwich. Bring clothing you wish to “visibly mend”—ripped blue jeans or button-down shirts are a great place to start. Please give them a ring to register, 603-284-6831.
What is visible mending? Using techniques inspired by many cultures and traditions, colorful threads, and diverse fabrics, visible mending offers us a fun and “mendful” way to care for and embellish beloved garments, extending their use and deepening the story they tell. Many of the techniques also translate to invisible mending.
Why mend when we can go buy a new t-shirt for five bucks? The global fast fashion that allows us to do that has enormous environmental and human rights costs. You can learn more, if you wish, by watching The True Cost, available free on many streaming services. “It’s not just the damage being done around the globe,” Lamb says. “We pay a personal cost, as well, when we give up our agency and skills to multinationals, and forget that we can create and care for the physical objects in our lives. And we miss out on a lot of fun!”
Fun, connection and an opportunity to slow down in a busy world, to work at human speed, rather than digital speed. Repetitive motion activities such as sewing and knitting increase serotonin in the brain and decrease cortisol; they are by their nature soothing (except when your thread gets tangled). And these are wonderful activities to do in community—working with your hands allows plenty of time for chatting and getting to know your neighbors. If you enjoy it, you might consider hosting a regular mending “sewcial”.
Juno Lamb is a lifelong maker, mender, textile artist and teacher. She’s constructed and embellished wedding garments, knitted in binary code, painted a farmers’ market worth of vegetables onto silk shoes, made a diversity of dolls, and mended more clothing and textiles than she can remember. One of her motivating desires is to work with secondhand textiles—to repurpose and reuse castoffs. “And scraps!” she says. “Like the threads in my great-grandmother’s box marked ‘string too short to be used.’” Another is to work in community, “to create opportunities for people to realize they can do this too, whatever the ‘this’ is.”
Sandwich Home Industries - League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft Gallery
603-284-6831, email@example.com, centersandwich.nhcrafts.org
Adam Nudd-Homeyer writes: Since the "Grand Opening" of our new location in the old Sandwich General Store, we have had an incredible and heartwarming amount of interest and support from our community and visitors alike. Including our opening day on June 21, our hosting of the annual summer trip of the Guild of NH Woodworkers the following weekend, and daily traffic, we have greeted nearly 300 visitors in our first two weeks--and sold a few chairs, mugs, t-shirts, and bumper stickers as well!
Although we still have some machinery left to get into final place and operation, and the museum exhibit remains in the works, we have all told made the transition to our new home with few hiccups, and have lost little time as we have juggled production. Our biggest challenge remains working to get ahead of the curve on our orders so that we can retain some regular floor models! We have also experienced a new and unexpected delight: using our storefront to generate exposure for the beautiful work of local craftspeople such as Suzanne Weil, Steve Sabella, and David Gagnon, and also publicly share the important partnerships we have nurtured with Chilton Furniture, the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community, the Mount Lebanon Shaker Museum, and the American Chestnut Foundation. We have a lot to pay forward, and it's wonderful to find ourselves positioned so well to do so now.
Also amazingly, we have made the adjustment to regular work hours, opening our doors to the public from 10 - 4 Tuesday through Saturday, and whenever else we happen to be at work (almost always). Please stop in and see the life that has come back to the historic old general store in downtown Sandwich, and learn about the the many lives of Tappan Chairs in our great little town!
Tappan Chairs: (603) 726-6550, www.tappanchairs.com
Location participants: Surroundings, Carega Gallery, Marshall Lighting, Field Fine Art, Will Lehmann Framing, Tappan Chairs, Sandwich Home Industries, Historical Society and Transportation Museum, Willow Pond, Farmers’ Market, Elevens, and The Corner House Inn.
Helpers and exhibitors out front and behind the scenes: Don Brown, Cindy Oxton, Nancy Hansen, Taryn Flynn, Jessie Chapman, Sue Sabella, Susan Davies, Diane Johnson, Vicky Galkina and her crew, Lobin Frizzell, Dick Seery, Rich Benton, Casey Clothier (and her 2 little helpers!); and Sandwich Central School & Diane Booty for the popcorn popper.
Gift Basket: Oxton Landscaping, Peggy Merritt, Surroundings, Field Fine Art, Will Lehmann Framing, Corner House Inn, Wayside Farm, Dessert Table, NH Furniture, (I know I'm forgetting someone! but thank you everyone!)
A special thanks to the Sandwich Fire & Police Departments for bringing over the cool vehicles!
I hope I haven’t forgot anyone – if so my apologies! It couldn’t have happened without all of you. So send your comments and suggestions for the file for consideration in planning for another year.
Thanks again everyone! Wendy Shambaugh & the Committee (Cindy, Jessie, Nancy, Taryn)
Join us in Center Sandwich as the town celebrates the Sandwich Spring Festival on June 16. This day long event includes “something for everyone.” Don Mayer presents his delightful drawings at Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery. A runner and a resident, Mayer’s work takes us on a not quite precise tour of the town. Mayer’s sense of humor brings a laugh to all who follow his path through Downtown Sandwich, Uptown Sandwich and onto Suburban Sandwich. There will be a reception to meet Don Mayer from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery. Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery is located at 69 Maple Street in Center Sandwich. Gallery hours are from 10 to 5 Monday through Saturday and 12 to 5 on Sunday. For more information visit our website at www.patricialaddcarega.com or call 603 284 7728.
About 5 years ago Don Mayer decided he wanted to to draw. After buying, “burning through” and discarding a number of artistic supplies, Mayer settled on India ink and a fountain pen. Though he has had little art training, a course in Woodcut and Printmaking in college influenced this decision. He loved the the sharp black lines that the block created when printed on paper. Mayer’s art is “influenced by two rather disparate people: Stephen Huneck and Van Gogh.
A dog lover and owner of two black labs, the humor of Huneck’s dog loving prints were attractive to Mayer. From Van Gogh, Mayer learned that it’s okay to take a bit of license with perspective! Finally Mayer loves the outdoors and “the goofy fun of dogs” while he is running dirt roads and trails. Each of his drawings contains a canine commentator who might recite poetry or critique Mayer’s work “but is always there as a good-natured friend that reminds him to live in the moment and have fun with this new venture.”
We are very excited about Sara’s many offerings this year!
This will be our 5th annual summer weaving class. Each year it gets better and better! Come join the fun! If you are a rank beginner, but have always wanted to learn to weave, this class is for you. You will put on a new small warp every morning and weave it off in the afternoon. By the end of the 5 days you will really know how to set up a loom on your own.
Sara Goodman is a textile artist with a studio in Center Harbor, NH. Her work has been featured in Handwoven, Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot, and Upper Valley Life Magazines as well as the Surface Design Journal. Her wearables have been in the Handweavers Guild of America fashion show at Convergence and the Surface Design Association conference. Her one of a kind garments have won awards from Complex Weavers, The New England Weavers Seminar and the Vermont Weaver's Guild. Her work has been featured at Julie's Artisans Gallery in New York, the Cambridge Artists’ Collective in Massachusetts, and Living with Craft at the Sunapee Craft Fair. She is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen. In 2012, she designed a collection of handwoven carpets, based on her original shibori designs, for Khawachen Inner Asia in Hanover, New Hampshire.
If you have a loom, but haven't woven in years and need a refresher, this class is also for you. If it’s possible for you to transport your loom to class, then you can learn on your own loom. Every loom has its own quirky personality and the class will help you make the best of the equipment you have.
If you are an experienced weaver and want to expand your knowledge to include some new weave structures or kinds of yarn, how to use a warping paddle, how to use a computer for creating pattern drafts, how to read block drafts etc. then this class is also for you. More advanced students can spend the 5 days working on one project, with the support of the instructor. You can communicate with the Instructor, prior to class, about your project, so that you come to class ready to begin. Because this is a small class, the instructor will work with students individually at their level. All necessary weaving equipment and yarn will be provided, though students are welcome to use their own yarn as well.
5-Day Summer Weaving Intensive with Sara Goodman - 5 Warps in 5 Days Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29, 9:00 – 4:00 Cost: $400 per student, plus additional material fees. Visit our website at centersandwich.nhcrafts.org, call 603-284- 6831 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sandwich artist CC White will open the season at Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery on Saturday, June 2nd with an exhibit that explores her dreams. Dreams are universal. Does there exist a person who has never had a dream? How many of us can make sense out of our dreams? White’s exhibit touches us all of us as we remember flying without a plane, frantically packing bags to catch a train, or realizing that we are only half dressed in the supermarket! Join us for the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. White will talk about her dreams and her drawings at 6 p.m. Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery is located at 69 Maple Street (route 113) in Center Sandwich.
For over 30 years, White has been recording her dreams and their images in a notebook she keeps beside her bed. Much of the work in this exhibit is taken directly from these book and reflects her immediate reaction to the specific dream. While the meanings remain elusive White hopes that viewers can view the images as Rorshhach tests, and see what their own subconscious tells them.
CC White has been exhibiting her work at Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery since the gallery’s inception in 2002. We are looking forward to yet another exhibition of intriguing work.
Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5 and Sunday from 12 to 5. For more information about this exhibit or about the gallery visit our website at www.patricialaddcarega.com or call (603) 284-7728.
2 new faces
36 Species of bird
30 minutes of refreshments on the porch
1 wonderful morning.
THE 2018 CSVW ANNUAL BIRD WALK was held on Saturday, May 12 and was A GREAT DAY FOR BIRDING!
The weather was chilly but sunny with blue skies and the leaves on the trees were fresh and green! Wildlife Biologist, Christine Costello of the Bartlett Experiment Forest led the way for us again this year - THANK YOU Chris!
37 bird species were identified! CSVW website has the complete list of birds along with more photos and event info.
We'll let you know when the next walk is.
Saturday, May 19th, is the opening of the League of NH Craftsmen Gallery at the Sandwich Home Industries. 2018 marks the 92nd season for “The Industries” which provides fine NH made crafts and a variety of art classes for adults and children. Please visit us to see our special opening exhibit, Creatures ‘n Critters, with one of a kind animal-themed works of art to energize your home with natural beauty.
Sandwich Home Industries is the birthplace of the League of NH Craftsmen, whose mission is to inspire and educate the broader community and preserve traditional and contemporary craft. Classes start in June with a five day weaving intensive by Sara Goodman of Center Harbor. Adult and teen classes will continue from July through October with offerings in fabric dyeing, felting, watercolors, kiln fired glass, jewelry making, fly tying, and a special sound/art workshop. The children’s classes include felting, clay, and collage making. Our website has more detail and you may call or email for registration information.
Stop by to see our wide selection of fine hand-crafted items. Beginning May 19th through mid-October, we are open Monday through Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-5. New this year, we will be open ALL weekends in October. Visit our website at centersandwich.nhcrafts.org, call 603-284-6831 or email email@example.com for more information.
You are invited to join Cindy Duchin and Friends for a Dream Catcher's Hand CD Release Celebration Concert at The Arts Center at 12 Main Street, Center Sandwich, NH. Saturday, May 19th at 7:30pm.
Cindy will be presenting original songs from her new solo album Dream Catcher's Hand along with originals from the Open Door CD released in 2014. Joining her for this fun filled evening of stories and song will be Steve Hayden on upright bass, Ed Bernard playing banjo, Natalie Hebden with vocals and mandolin and a very special appearance from Tammy Flanagan.
Cindy has been performing locally and around New Hampshire for six years. Before that you could find her at open mics, jams and special events. Her songs are rich in New England tradition. Some are a little old-timey and influenced by family history like "Died and Went to Heaven" and her ballad of love and betrayal "Jacob Henry," others from nature like "Nuthatch" and "Cricket Chorus".
Here is what Rick Carey has to say about Dream Catcher's Hand: "I've been listening to your new CD and loving it! Some particular favorites are "The Old John Deere," such a delicious turnaround to the old Dear-John trope in its word play and commitment to loyalty; a really sweet harmony vocal on the title song which sounds like you double tracking the vocal; the inverted melody line on "Nuthatch" that so perfectly suggests the upside-downside postures of a nuthatch on a tree trunk and how "Jacob Henry" invests the terrors of real life with the gravity of folklore. I could go on and on. It really is a nice piece of work, Cindy, and it plays on a January morning like a breath of summertime."
Refreshments will be served during intermission. There is a $10.00 suggested donation at the door with partial proceeds going to the ATTP. Come on over and celebrate! Cindy Duchin 603-707-0423
Jean Knox writes: This year’s Samuel Wentworth Library bake sale is on May 12th, from 10 to 1, in the library’s community room. Proceeds from the sale are used to buy books for the library. This popular annual event is sponsored by Friends of the Library. Come and buy a special dessert for Mother’s Day! Freeze extra baked goods for your summer guests!
Bake Sale Power: For history buffs, a bake sale is not just a minor fundraiser. It may call to mind momentous reform periods in 19th century America, when the temperance movement and campaign for women’s suffrage captured the nation’s attention. Women were the driving force behind these movements, although their world was confined to home and hearth. To raise funds, women turned to an activity they knew well: baking. Bake sales were quickly popular, for back then a home-made pie from a bake sale was an appealing alternative to tending a woodstove for hours. Soon bake sales expanded to include crafts and quilt raffles. In some communities, bake sales developed into annual fairs. Along the way, women developed proficient business skills. They may have established the concept of the non-profit annual report. Never under-estimate the power of a pie!
Samuel Wentworth library’s annual bake sale has been a popular Mother’s Day tradition in Center Sandwich for more than forty years. Bethany Powers, children’s librarian, started the sale on her own to raise money for children's books. The Friends of the Library took over the sale, linking it to a plant sale, when Lucy Glenday was FOL president. Today the bake sale is as popular as ever, and a sure sign of spring in Sandwich.
Remember to sign up to bake, and please come to buy on Mother’s Day weekend, 2018. The second Saturday in May is officially National Bake Sale Day!
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