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Peter Ferber Gallery Show Evokes a Sense of Place

Rounding Beaver Island from the Winter 2020 Peter Ferber Gallery Show

Thoughts of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region evoke memories and emotions of a sense of place, of belonging, community, and times spent with family and friends.  Often the centerpiece for this nostalgia is a cottage, typically a summer cottage shaded by big pines with a porch, a cozy reading nook, and glimpses of a lake or mountains. Perhaps a kayak rests against the woodpile, a dog chases children along the water’s edge, or a sailboat flutters out along the horizon. This is the place to enjoy the beginning and ending of the days, giving reverence to the sun as it moves between white fluffy clouds, and thanks for all that has transpired in between.

Words often fall short of capturing the essence of these experiences and places but local artist Peter Ferber has an astonishing ability to pour it all onto canvas. As we look into the intricate details that Peter paints and draws with such realism, we can’t help but be moved by the multiplicity of stories hidden in the layers and perspective – and identify with them.

At the upcoming Peter Ferber Gallery Show on Saturday, February 15th, nearly half the new original paintings feature glimpses of a lake cottage: a warm and inviting interior, or a weathered exterior that speaks to a historic and generational past. There’s also a cut paper piece of a boathouse, a medium that Peter Ferber says he enjoys immensely because it’s a very defined process of putting things together that appeals to the architect in him.

Although there’s shared content in these new originals such as the cottage glimpses, each one has something different in it according to Peter. “Whenever I approach a subject I ask myself how will I render that, how can I take a new approach or put a new order into how it goes down on the canvas? My approach is more about how can I do this rather than having any preconceptions about what it should look like.  It’s much more enjoyable and fun that way and creates surprises for me in the process,”  he explains. 

“For me, the lake cottage suggests a simplicity to life, a more relaxed routine where we are not concerned about maintaining things. Where it’s not a problem if things are a bit rough around the edges – we can let go. It is a place where’s there’s a sense of being at ease and relaxed, and not having to care and fuss about things,” Peter shared.

The winter Peter Ferber Gallery Show will feature more than a dozen new original works in watercolor, oil, and acrylic, as well as the cut paper, in a variety of sizes. Considering the variety of beautiful hues in Peter’s watercolors, it comes as a surprise to learn that he only works with about 6 or 7 different pigments on his palette.  “That was my training, he explains, to keep it simple. I find I can mix any color from these. Even with oils, I only use about ten pigments.”

This year’s paintings also include scenes from areas around Lake Winnipesaukee that he had never been to. “Quite a number of them have come as a result of someone introducing me to a location for the first time. One man took me out in his boat around the NW corner of the lake for the whole day around Forty Islands, scenes from which appear in these paintings,” Peter shared.

The Peter Ferber Gallery Show is held twice a year – in February and a summer show in August – at The Art Place, 9 N Main St in downtown Wolfeboro. Many people, some traveling long distances, arrive early before the doors open at 9:30 am and line up to ensure they are first to see the new works. Peter Ferber will be present at the show during the day, providing a wonderful opportunity to hear the stories behind the paintings directly from the artist, and light refreshments will be served. The Gallery Show will run from February 15 to 29, with a show opening snow date of Sunday, February 16 at 11:00 am .  More information is available by calling 603-569-6159 or keep posted for updates on our Facebook page at  /theartplacewolfeboro.

Peter Ferber Painting Demonstration



Join us here at the Art Place on Saturday, October 28 as well-known local artist Peter Ferber demonstrates watercolor painting between 5:00 and 7:30 PM during the Wolfeboro Art Walk.  This is a rare opportunity for you to observe one of Peter’s painting in progress.

Peter will focus on reflections and contrasts in the lake scene (above) and you’re welcome to ask questions and enjoy refreshments.

This is the last month of Wolfeboro Art Walk for 2019.  Other galleries participating in Wolfeboro Art Walk are The Kalled Gallery; Sandy Martin Gallery; Paper, Pen, and Palett; and Winnipesaukee Pottery.  Music and other entertainment as well as refreshments are part of the downtown festivities.  Check on for more details.

Peter Ferber captures the spirit of New England in various mediums – watercolors, acrylics, oils, and cut paper – and creates works of art that take the viewer to wondrous places, many of which surround us here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.  Using his natural and honed set of skills, he creates works of art that are familiar, yet unique.  

For the past 25 years, Peter has also  painted the official posters for the New England Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society’s annual show, which also come as highly collectable artist proofs. 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 70 limited edition prints.

The Art Place has two shows each year showcasing Peter Ferber’s new original paintings. The next show will be Saturday, February 15, 2020. The show opens at 9:30 AM and historically there has been a line waiting at the door. If you would like advance notification of his shows, please contact one of our helpful staff at ask to be added to the Peter Ferber Shows mailing list.


Peter Ferber Gallery Show Summer 2019

On Saturday, August 3rd, The Art Place in downtown Wolfeboro held its semi-annual Peter Ferber Gallery Show featuring new original paintings by local well-known artist Peter Ferber. The show continues until August 17 or as long as the paintings are available.

Peter Ferber has been showing at The Art Place gallery in downtown Wolfeboro since the early 1990s. Each year the summer (August) and winter (February) shows draw people from near and far, some of whom line up during the early hours to catch a first glimpse of his new originals and hopefully take one home.

Peter paints in a variety of mediums using watercolor, oil, acrylic and cut paper. One thing that is constantly reflected in his work is his love for nature and sense of home, as well as his keen eye for detail. “My desire is not just to produce a pleasing image, but to have those who see my work share something of the idea, the feeling, the moment of inspiration that moved me do the painting,” shared Peter.

Since 1994 Peter has also painted the official posters for the New England Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society’s annual show, which also come as highly collectable artist proofs.  He has exhibited in over 50 shows in New England and the Midwest and more than 100 reproductions of his work have been made, including over 80 limited edition prints.

The Art Place is the exclusive gallery for Peter Ferber’s original artwork and produces most of his limited edition prints.