Come experience art in all its diversity during the 13th Annual Walpole Artisans Tour the weekend immediately following Thanksgiving: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm. There will be five convenient locations this year; four in Walpole, NH, and one in Bellows Falls, VT. The days and times will vary slightly by location this year, so be sure to get a map at the Walpole Artisans Cooperative Gallery located on 52 Main Street in downtown Walpole, across from Burdick’s Restaurant. The Artisans Cooperative is a gallery founded by local artists who view art as a joy to make and a gift to be shared. Here you will find art that catches your eye, feathers your nest, adorns your body, and warms your heart. Discover unique gifts, innovative wearables, beautiful home furnishings, pottery, handcrafted greetings, and much more.
The first location, The Walpole Town Hall, will include many of the Artisans (open Friday and Saturday only). The town hall is a beautiful, historic building with large open rooms, perfect for displaying the art and fine craft of the Walpole Artisans. Some of the Artisans will be demonstrating and all will be happy to discuss their work and share their process with you. You will find the fine wood craftsmanship of John Burrows, Wayne Cotton, and Jeff Lessels; hand-woven scarves, table runners, and more by Deb Dupell; paintings and greeting cards by David Howell; beautifully crafted jewelry by Jim and Andrea Lorette; fine photography as well as knitted and crocheted wearables by Judy Stalus; and fun and memorable metal sculptures by Bob Taylor. Additionally, found object artist Janette Schuster and mixed media artist Loribeth Robare will each display their art and jewelry, and they invite you to join them in making paper ornaments using vintage maps, book pages, and other ephemera. They will provide instructions and materials free of charge on Friday and Saturday at the Walpole Town Hall. Janette is also offering a free gift with every purchase of her found object art and jewelry during the art tour.
We are proud to announce the addition of two other tour locations, Maggie Suttles’ Antiques & Folk Art, and the Walpole Mountain View Winery. Maggie Suttles specializes in folk art and antiques, and her shop is conveniently located on the corner of North River Road and South Main Street in Walpole. The Walpole Mountain View Winery on Barnett Hill Road in Walpole, run by Virginia Carter, features stunning views of the surrounding area and products for sale, and will have wine tastings from 12 pm-5 pm throughout the weekend.
At the final location are Donna Lund and Chris Sherwin, exhibiting their work at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, VT—the location of the Sherwin Art Glass Studio/Gallery. Donna will have her original pastels and watercolor paintings on display, as well as prints and cards available. Chris will be serving refreshments and giving glassmaking demonstrations throughout the weekend, as well as having a selection of glass featuring seasonal themes for sale at his gallery.
For additional information, please visit the Walpole Artisans website (www.walpoleartisans.org) and Facebook page. Feel free to stop by the Walpole Artisans Cooperative, now open from Wednesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, 11am-4pm, located at 52 Main Street, Walpole, NH, or call (603) 756-3020. Tour maps are available at the Cooperative and around the Greater Falls area. The Cooperative is looking for new Members and applications are being accepted.