New Member Reception at Walpole Artisans Cooperative
August 26th, 2016
The public is invited to a reception at the Walpole Artisans Cooperative, 52 Main Street in downtown Walpole, NH. This group of talented artisans is pleased to welcome four new members into their gallery: Susan Roston, fused glass artist; Jason Ballard, custom woodworker; Tim Campbell, folk artist; and Philip H. Morgan, realistic bird sculptor. Guests will be treated to light refreshments as they meet the artisans and enjoy each new member’s work.
Susan Roston‘s work can be seen not only at the Walpole Artisans retail shop, but online at pinterest.com/sroston/; sros-ton.artfire.com; and on facebook.com/shimmerlinglass. A resident of Jaffery, NH Susan works in her home studio, firing glass in a kiln that rises to 1500 degrees where separate pieces of glass are permanently joined (fused) to create what she describes as “a puzzle, combining different shapes of glass to form pictures or designs”. These amazing assemblages inspire images of an ice cold landscapes, a mountain lake or a brilliant sunset. Each piece is freestanding, mounted on a custom-made stand that supports the glass and makes placement totally flexible. Recently Susan added fused glass jewelry to the Walpole shop. The same look and technique that one sees in her landscape pieces is miniaturized in pins and pendants as wear-able art.
Jason Ballard, who designs custom woodwork, comes to the gallery from Grafton, VT. Jason’s website says it all “My Minds De-sign” (www.mymindsdesign.com). Featured in the Walpole gallery are small tables, unique in style and material, just perfect as a focus piece in any setting, as well as carved bowls that rival nature’s own creations. Jason’s studio at 217 Main St. in Grafton, VT showcases this self-taught designer and builder who started his own business in 2008 and stresses that working one-on-one with a customer creates a personalized design that ranges from the simple to the amazingly exotic. Seeing Jason’s work in person is a treat to the eye as well as the hand.
Our third new member, Tim Campbell is as likely found with his Jack Russell Terrier, Otis, as he is with his art in and around Keene, NH. The two go hand-in-hand. Reading about Tim on his website: tcampbellart.com, re-minds one of the lighter side of art. Tim’s creations inspire thought and humor, sometimes giving found objects a new lease on life and sometimes commenting on the social, political in his folk art. It’s easy to see why Tim’s work was selected by “Early American Life” magazine as the 2010 Best and Listed in The Di-rectory of Traditional American Crafts. Tim’s cards, postcards and Giclee prints are a wonderful addition to the shop’s collection and with Tim’s promise to include some “Walpole” sites soon, the local customers will be thrilled.
Philip H. Morgan, realistic bird sculptor, goes by the nomenclature “Wooden Wings”. With the expertise of an artist and the background of one who has spent his career in the out-of-doors as a park ranger, the realism of Phil’s birds is truly awe inspiring. The delicate detail, the texture and color of each species is what Phil strives for and based on the sales he has experienced throughout New England, it’s safe to say he has been very successful. In addition to his full bodied, life sized carvings Phil produces his “FEATHERED FRIENDS BACKSCRATCHERS”. These backscratchers have become today’s Folk Art, as they not only serve a purpose but are pleasing to the eye. A visit to the Walpole Artisans will be worth the trip to see all of Phil’s work.
Walpole Artisans Cooperative is open 7 days a week. Sun & Mon11:30-3:00, and Tue-Sat 10- 5. The retail shop/gallery is located at 52 Main Street, Walpole NH. 603 756-3020. For artist who may be interested in joining the cooperative, stop in and talk with the artisit of the day who is working in the shop that day, or download an application from the website.
Visit Facebook/WalpoleArtisans for current information; or http://www.WalpoleArtisans.org.