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Peter Ferber Summer 2018 Show

On Saturday, August 4, The Art Place in downtown Wolfeboro will hold its semi-annual Peter Ferber Gallery Show featuring new original paintings by local well-known artist Peter Ferber. The unveiling and artist’s reception will commence at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend and meet the artist.

Peter Ferber has been showing at The Art Place gallery in downtown Wolfeboro since the early 1990’s. “It’s not just about the familiar visual scene when looking at Peter Ferber’s paintings, it’s about the emotions stirred and the many feelings one gets from his beautiful artwork, says Barbara Gibbs, owner of The Art Place.” Peter Ferber describes it best:
“Once again I feel so fortunate to share this new collection of paintings that come out of a deep love for this area that so many people feel.  Nothing makes me happier than making that connection–hearing the wonderful memories and feelings evoked in those that come to see the work.  In many ways there’s nothing new in this ‘new’ collection.  There will be some vintage boats–hundred-year-old launches and a Lyman outboard from the 1950’s.  Wonderful, simple cottages–a few on islands, and one done in the cut paper medium; boathouses here and there, including a great, rustic Adirondack style one; plenty of pine trees, mountains, and at least one loon!  That being said, I hope it never feels like I’m repeating myself!  In order to have integrity, and that spark, I always rely on some new element in the concept to inspire me.  This often comes in the form of a different color pallet or an interesting lighting effect I’ve observed. And I’m always trying to bring out the idyllic, romantic or timeless aspect of a subject–to convey more than a literal portrayal, and tap into what the subject means to people.  This approach developed in college, where we painted local scenes around town, and were taught accentuate and augment certain things about the subject to give it more weight and importance and make the painting more dramatic and interesting.  I still do this today, though in more subtle ways, since there’s not usually the need to ‘improve’ on the beauty and interest of the subjects I find around here!”

Of course lakes are a constant throughout, and this time include Wentworth, Newfound and Sunapee, in addition to Winnipesaukee–though they will feel familiar no matter what your particular favorite may be.

The paintings will include work in watercolor, acrylic, oil, and the one cut paper piece I mentioned.

In contrast to the aspects of life that seem to be constantly changing and upgrading, I love the fact that the things I’m depicting seem so timeless and solid.  And it’s always about more than just beautiful images of loved scenes.  The real connection is with deep and treasured feelings of family, in having roots in something lasting, in experiences that taught us important things, in a sense of comfort, caring, and being valued.  It’s the kind of “place” where we all want to spend time.”

Peter has exhibited in over 50 shows in New England and the Midwest. More than 100 reproductions of his work have been made, including over 75 limited edition prints.
Peter Ferber’s Gallery Show at The Art Place will be on display through August 18th or as long as paintings are available. The Art Place is the exclusive gallery for Peter Ferber’s original artwork, and produces most of his limited edition prints. The Art Place is located at 9 North Main Street, downtown Wolfeboro, NH and is open year round. Our Summer hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 to 5. Sunday 11 -3. For more information, please call 603 569- 6159. or toll free 866 569-6159.

WaterMark Maps Show at The Art Place

Morgan Walton started WaterMark Maps with her father when she was in high school.

Morgan Walton’s hand-painted maps of Lake Winnipesaukee show all 262 islands in perfect accuracy and detail–what a feat! Join us Saturday, July 28 from 5:00-7:00pm for a special reception at The Art Place, where you’ll meet Morgan and view her original map paintings. This event will take place during the Wolfeboro Arts Festival, so stop by The Art Place for wine and refreshments on your route through the galleries and restaurants in town.

Concord artist, Morgan Walton, started her WaterMark Maps business with her father when she was a senior in high school. Since then, she has created maps of over 350 locations! Some of them, like her map of Lake Winnipesaukee have taken over two months to create. The detail that Morgan captures with her watercolors is unmatched.

Owner of The Art Place, Barbara Gibbs, is very excited to feature this up-and-coming artist in her gallery. Morgan’s prints have been available at the Art Place since June, but “We are thrilled to see the original paintings,” says Gibbs. “Our gallery has some beautiful maps, but nothing quite like this.”

Join us for WaterMark Map’s opening reception on Saturday, July 28 from 5:00-7:00pm at The Art Place, 9 North Main Street, Wolfeboro. The show will be on display from July 21-August 1. For more information, visit our website theartplace.biz or call us at 603-569-6159 or email us at artplace@metrocast.net.

GWAC Art Auction at The Art Place

This month The Art Place is hosting a silent art auction, featuring members of the Governor Wentworth Arts Council. Make sure you take this opportunity to check out some talented local artists, support a non-profit, and maybe get some fantastic art for an unbeatable price.

Splash of Yellow, Photo by Di Simpson

When I first walked in The Art Place to see this show, my eye immediately moved to a stunning floral photograph by Di Simpson. Simpson started out as a self-taught photographer, and soon realized she had a passion for this form of art. She began to take classes in many aspects of photography, and kept a camera in the car during her commute to Concord, New Hampshire. Today she uses a digital camera to capture intimate floral images, as well as portraits of her grandchildren.

Reflective Calm, Original Watercolor by Ann Tracy

When you visit this show at The Art Place, you’ll notice that a binder accompanies the artwork and has a space for bids to be placed on the artwork. As I was flipping through the titles and artists in this book, I noticed that many of these paintings have a VERY LOW starting price. For example, this lovely watercolor by Ann Tracy titled “Reflective Calm” began at a price of $20. If that isn’t a steal, I don’t know what is!

The artwork has a huge variety of shapes sizes, colors, mediums, and even detail! From completely abstract, to the vivid detail of Peter Ferber’s signature landscapes, there is sure to be something in this unique show that catches your eye.

But don’t forget, bidding for the artwork ends on Saturday, May 26th. The silent auction ends with a bang as the first Wolfeboro Arts Festival of 2018 sweeps the town Saturday night from 5-7:30pm. Art-lovers will be scattered throughout the town, visiting seven art galleries, and eight other business with special festivities planned. Grab a cocktail special from Wolfe’s Tavern or La Boca (or craft beer special from Lone Wolf or Burnt Timber) and make your way to The Art Place for the final night of this colorful silent auction.

Winter Shadows, Original Pastel by Polly Cain

Silent Art Auction

We are so excited to be hosting a silent art auction in May! This event is organized by the Governor Wentworth Arts Council, and will feature works from their many talented artists. The artwork will be on display from April 28th through May 26th, ending with a celebration during Wolfeboro’s first Art Festival event of 2018!

We already have a donation for this event from well-know local artist Peter Ferber. He will be adding his original oil painting “Green and Gold” to the variety of pieces in the auction.

You are welcome to stop in The Art Place during store hours to see the paintings, drawings, and more on display. Bidding will take place throughout the month of May. We also welcome the public to come to The Art Place on Saturday, May 26th from 5-7:30pm for the Wolfeboro Arts Festival, and announcements of the auction sales. We hope to see you there!

Green and Gold, original oil by Peter Ferber

Peter Ferber Show, February 2018

Patrons stand outside of The Art Place, waiting for the doors to open so they can see Peter Ferber’s new paintings.

As usual, on a cold Saturday morning in February, fans of local artist, Peter Ferber, waited outside our gallery for the unveiling of fourteen new original paintings. Peter Ferber is well-known for his paintings of local landscapes, especially those highlighting Lake Winnipesaukee. He is the illustrator of the annual Antique and Classic Boat Show poster, which many locals, and visitors to the Lakes Region, collect. His gallery shows are always an exciting time at The Art Place.

This year, Peter brought in a selection of paintings that feature many of New England’s varied seasons. In Boat Shed Gathering, Peter paints a scene of a September afternoon. This was a scene that he came across accidentally, but caught his eye. Peter usually keeps a camera with him, so he snapped photos which he used later to design this piece. Because of the realistic quality of Peter’s paintings, you might be surprised to hear that he paints in his studio, using images he’s collected to put together each painting. In Boat Shed Gathering, he swapped out a modern aluminum boat (which was actually on the scene when he photographed it), for a wooden skiff. These types of changes make Peter’s paintings reminiscent of a more peaceful time.

Boat Shed Gathering

Another scene that Peter came across accidentally was used to create Winter Veil. Although this painting’s subtle colors and delicate quality give the viewer a peaceful feeling, it was quite stressful to paint! Layers of opaque white gouache nearly blocked out all of the detailed watercolor work that sit underneath. But the risk of destroying the painting was worth the lovely feeling of soft snow on a cold New Hampshire day that Peter created.

Winter Veil

I think my favorite season for Peter to paint is summer. Cutting Through is a new visual twist on a summer day spent boating on Lake Winnipesaukee. Peter’s daring composition shows a graceful bow cutting through the water. But this painting also holds a tiny detailed landscape–a Peter Ferber staple.

 

 

Cutting Through

Although Peter usually works in watercolor, his oil and acrylic paintings are beautifully bold, and bring out a strong sense of sunlight in Peter’s already beautiful landscapes. Ridge Road Spectators, painted in acrylic, is a great example of how glowing light can be created with paint. Peter started this painting by creating a wash of red to sit underneath the other layers of paint. This strong color peeks through just a little bit, which makes the piece come alive.

Ridge Road Spectators

Several paintings from Peter Ferber’s 2018 winter show are still on display at The Art Place. Seeing them in person makes such a big difference, so be sure you stop by soon to get a glimpse of these new paintings from a favorite local artist. The gallery’s winter hours are Tuesday-Saturday 9:30-5:00.

Getting Ready for a Peter Ferber Show

Peter Ferber’s annual winter show opens this Saturday at The Art Place. Everyone knows Peter is busily painting to get 13 brand new pieces ready for the big opening day, but everyone at The Art Place has also been working hard.

For this show, Peter’s work started as long ago as his college days! There is one painting of Cornwall, England, where he visited on a school trip. Photos of this trip sprouted the inspiration for this watercolor and ink line piece.

Peter used older photos as the base for several of his paintings in this show. One of these is titled “Robert’s Cove Departure”. In his research for creating the piece “Robert’s Cove Welcome” from his last show, he bumped into the scene that inspired this new work.

Robert’s Cove Welcome

I’ve heard people ask, “What is the first piece Peter started working on?” “What was the last he created?”. The answer to this is unsurprising for anyone who has followed Peter’s recent work–the cut paper. Peter began this elaborate piece at the start of his work for this show, and this piece will be one of the last to be finished! In his painting descriptions, Peter wrote, “In many ways, this has been the most challenging cut paper work I’ve done. It seems that each new one I do stretches the medium a bit more.” I personally have not seen this piece yet (it should arrive at The Art Place for framing tomorrow morning) but this is the work I am most excited to see.

Back at The Art Place, we have been planning the framing for weeks to make Peter’s paintings look their absolute best. (And sometimes we need to frame pieces that we’ve only seen a sketch for!) Thankfully Barbara has worked on so many of Peter’s works, that she can predict how the colors will come together to create the final piece.

Advertising for the show also happens weeks before the opening. Peter, Barbara and Emily work together in January to create the iconic postcard that some Ferber fans collect from each show! This year’s card is a little different because it features Squam lake–the unique subject of a few of this show’s paintings. This postcard is the backbone for most of the ads and articles that we create for the show.

My favorite part of preparation for Peter’s show is talking with the excited people who plan to attend the opening on the big day. Many people have been waiting to see a painting Peter has created featuring their own home or land. Many others simply are huge fans of Peter’s work and begin waiting in line in the cold in downtown Wolfeboro starting at 6am! We actually block up the windows so no one can see inside until the big moment at 9:30.

I also love the time spent Friday night before the opening, pulling out all the original paintings and finally getting to see them all as one unified show of works. We work after The Art Place’s normal hours (into the night) to arrange and hang the paintings. This often involves rearranging the entire gallery to make room for 13 new paintings! I’m sure if you stood outside the door, you could hear all of us hammering away on the walls.

If you are planning to attend Peter Ferber’s show this weekend, don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you may have about how these shows work–getting in line, purchasing a work, getting a hint about the painting you are interested in, etc. We are open 9:30-5 on Friday, and will open right at 9:30 again at Saturday will a gallery full of new original paintings. See you then!

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Peter Ferber Gallery Show opening February 18th

On Saturday, February 18, The Art Place in downtown Wolfeboro will hold its semi-annual Peter Ferber Gallery Show featuring new original paintings by local well-known artist Peter Ferber. The unveiling and artist’s reception will commence at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend and meet the artist.  A snow date. if necessary, of Sunday, February 19th, has been set beginning at 11 a.m.

This morning when I looked out the window at the freshly fallen snow, I saw what I call a “Peter Ferber painting.” It’s an experience that I have quite often since I’ve graced the walls at the Art Place with Peter’s artwork.  In my mind’s eye, I can imagine Peter creating that scene in a painting.  He has the ability to capture dappled light as it gleans through trees, make perfect cloud formations, and create a wake from a wooden boat to the point where you think you can hear the motor.   These are all pictures that Peter is able to capture through his painting.  Basically, it is the essence of time standing still. Whatever moment in time, Peter Ferber captures it when he paints–it’s put down on paper, and it’s beauty has been preserved.  These snippets of images are a chance for me to step out of myself or what is going on in the world and breath in the beauty of a “Peter Ferber painting.”  For the rest of you who may or may not have experienced Peter’s paintings in your imagination, his artwork can be seen for real in this upcoming show at The Art Place located at 9 North Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH.

In referencing the upcoming show, Peter states, “As I look over the paintings taking shape for this next show, the common thread I find is that most are offshoots of other work–largely photo reference collected for other paintings that turn out to have merit of their own as a basis for a painting.  Last summer I did a large oil of the Robert’s Cove view.  I took a number of pictures focused on Quarter Mile Island.  The way I zoomed in on it from the hillside above created a wonderful composition.  There was also a sailboat moored next to it that was perfectly positioned as a center of interest, that hadn’t made it into the first painting.  Later, going down to the shore for a closer look at the island’s trees and ledge, a boat set out for an evening cruise.  The visual as it passed the island, and the sense of anticipation you feel heading out into the lake for a boat ride, launched another painting.

A few years ago in looking thru an old photo album in connection with work for Castle in the Clouds, I found a marvelous period image of the Kona Mansion boathouse.  Though it only included a portion of it, the detail was so wonderful I knew I needed to make use of it.  I’ve had it in my archive since, and it’s finally taken shape in two pieces–a watercolor and a cut paper assemblage.  It’s interesting to see the same subject approached in such different ways–one playing up the rich colors, the other focused solely on the textures, and the light and shadow.

From work on a poster project where I was trying to evoke the feel of an Arts and Crafts wood block print, I stumbled on the Tonalist style of painting which was going on during that same period.  The painterly style, rich, warm color schemes, and bold compositions have influenced my approach to several of the paintings in this show.  It was interesting to find how this style changed the way I looked at my subjects, and made me see possibilities where I might not have before.

What hasn’t changed is my focus on this area which everyday shows us more of its beauty.  There are many lovely atmospheric lake landscapes in this collection.  In addition to boathouses, there’s a porch, a Chris Craft, moonlight, snow, and even a Cornwall (England) cottage most of which were not my originally intended subjects, but got my attention the second time around.”

Since 1994 Peter Ferber has painted the official posters for the New England Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society’s annual show, which also comes as highly collectable artist proofs.  Peter has exhibited in over 50 shows in New England and the Midwest.  He has been featured story a on WMUR’s New Hampshire Chronicles. More than 100 reproductions of his work have been made, including over 70 limited edition prints.

Peter Ferber’s Gallery Show at The Art Place  will be on display through March 4th, or as long as paintings are available.  The Art Place is the exclusive gallery for Peter Ferber’s original artwork, and produces most of his limited edition prints.  The Art Place is located at 9 North Main Street, downtown Wolfeboro, NH and is open year round.  For more information, please call 603 569-6159, or toll free 866 569-6159.

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Holiday Art Walk with Madelyn Albee

Saturday, December 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. Wolfeboro will be having a special holiday ART WALK. Several galleries in town will be open and present various activities and provide refreshments for this event.  Wolfeboro artist Madelyn Albee has been displaying at The Art Place for many years. She will be the featured artist at The Art Place.  Her artwork reflects the two different locations that she lives in and loves.  Spending her winters in her native Lunenburg, and summers in Wolfeboro, Madelyn offers spontaneous paintings that are varied in subject and medium.

All are welcome to come meet Madelyn at The Art Place on Saturday, December 10th  from 5 to 8pm.  Also on display at The Art Place for the December 10th ART WALK will be a sampling of sculptural work in forged steel by  Michael Connolly and hand made jewelry with semi precious stones by Mary Connolly.

Local vocalist and performer Laurie Jones will be making the rounds at The Art Place, The Kalled Gallery and Sandy Martin Gallery with Christmas carols and music to add to all the Holiday merriment!

The Governor Wentworth Arts Council is sponsoring the Wolfeboro’s ART WALK.  This self-guided FREE tour of galleries and arts locations are within the downtown corridor of Main Street (Rt.28).

Pick up a FREE informational Rack Card at The Art Place or the Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce, which lists contact information and a map of all the participants. This will be the last ART WALK for this year, so come help us celebrate the Holidays!

Madelyn Albee

“People don’t always realize the fact that the Sun doesn’t stand still and this is a difficulty for a Plein Air Painter!” The Art Place’s featured artist: Madelyn Albee describes what a Plein Air painting venture is like for her. Well-traveled artist Madelyn is no stranger to the challenges and joy of painting outside. She meets twice a week with two different local painting groups. Each group is about 8 to 10 artist from Wolfeboro, Tuftonboro and Brookfield, New Hampshire.  They work together to choose and get to a location, but paint individually while they are there. “It’s challenging to interpret a place in two hours, and it’s fun!” she says with a smile.

When Madelyn first arrives at location she thinks about in which medium she would like to create the scene. For her this could be watercolor, oils, pastels as she is fluid in many different medias. “We don’t talk while we are painting, we set up and deal with the elements; it could be windy, mosquito-y, hilly, the shadows are constantly moving…”   (that dang moving sun!)  Madelyn says that although this planning, prep and set up is complicated, after doing it for so many years it is second nature, and each of the decisions she makes are rather intuitive. An added benefit, Madelyn states, is the fellow artist community that she has enjoyed over the past 10 years. Occasionally the group will travel to a museum or exhibit.

Loons in Moultonborough

Loons in Moultonborough by Madelyn Albee

Madelyn’s artwork depicts the two  landscapes that she knows very well and lives in: painting on location summers in New Hampshire and winters in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Her native Lunenburg is often depicted in lone boat scenes set in rugged coves, or brightly colored sails against a misty harbor. Paintings of Wolfeboro often include architectural detailing of New England homes, weathered rowboats set along the shore of Lake Wentworth, or loons collaged within the texture of a local map (shown above). The mood of the day is apparent in the images she creates, Madelyn’s confident brush strokes show a mastery of the elements and media.  Her intuitive sensitive response to that experience gives the viewer a chance to be there with her.

Meet the artist Madelyn Albee at The Art Place on Saturday, December 10th during The Wolfeboro Art Walk from 5 to 8 pm.

Food for Thought

When we started hanging the work for Jan Croteau’s show Food for Thought, people immediately began coming in and commenting on the festive looking fruits and vegetables. We also got excited about the titles and playful essays that went with Jan’s work. As we moved the artwork around in different placements on the wall, we even started laughing at our accidental jokes. “What if we sandwich the apples?” “I feel those two are going to sell as a pair.”

jans-openingI think everyone who attended the show can agree; Jan’s work reflects a strong sense of playfulness, honestly, and gratitude for nature. Jan writes about her passion for gardening, art and life with her inspiring essays that accompany each piece. As an artist and writer, Jan sends off each painting with a gift of a story. This is what makes her work so unique and personal. You can immediately find words to connect to the artwork, even if you are not a regular gallery-goer.

I had a lot of fun reading some of these stories as I created tags for Jan’s work. One of my favorites was about her annual birthday request for artichokes for dinner! (I have an almost identical story myself!) Jan brings humor into her work through these short essays and sometimes even the title itself! A painting of grapes is laughingly called, “Not Even Enough to Make a Scant Teaspoon of Jelly”.

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The Ripe Time by Jan Helling Croteau

Jan also surprises her viewers (and readers) with some thought-provoking messages that you wouldn’t expect to find accompanying bright and lively still life paintings. The pear painting we used for our postcards comes with an essay where Jan quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson: “There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it’s perfect to eat.” Not only is this a painting that makes you pause to breathe in the dynamic colors and textures of the visual image, but also a piece that makes you stop to think about appreciating life itself and the precious quiet moments that Jan highlights in her writing.

From the first impact of these glowing paintings on the wall, to reading the poetic and inspiring stories that Jan has skillfully crafted, Food For Thought is a show you do not want to miss! Her work will be on display until October 22 during normal gallery hours. (Monday-Saturday 9:30-5)