"I started my art career as a graphic designer pursuing my first love, painting. For many years, I painted picturesque villages and seasons of New England but since coming to South Carolina, I have embraced the birds, marshes and ever changing landscapes of the Low Country.
My goal in creating art is to share the joy I experience in creating each painting with you, the viewer. "
Visit Marianne's website: www.mstillwagon.faso.com
Rebecca Harrison's Artist Statement:
"I am an artist who struggles. Not the same as a struggling artist though. It is because I am surrounded by so much that I want to paint that I struggle to know where to start!
For the past twelve years I have consistently taken lessons and painted along the way. In addition, I experiment with drawing, printmaking, batik, etchings, collage, quilting and love it all. So today my art is not just what I did in a couple hours, but a long history of experimenting. I am always starting and stopping and starting again. I just try and make art. Art is my visual interpretation drawn from many sources and many journeys of my mind and body.
I love color, I love to have fun and to be whimsical and to try and try again. I love to be bold and honest and authentic. I try not to take myself too seriously. I try not to take anything too seriously to be honest unless it is a serious manner. It seems I am a little impressionistic, sometimes realistic and often a little of both.
When I paint I am thinking about light, composition, color and intensity. But the light is really the thing. I love moonlight, sunlight, daylight, firelight, soft light, bright light and subtle light. I am drawn to the outdoors and plein air painting in the summer and find myself in the studio in the winter and a little of both in between. I love the creative process. If the end result is what I set out to achieve then I'm pretty happy about that too.
Thank you for your interest."
Rebecca is a member of the New Hampshire Artist Association
George "Rusty" Locke became interested in photography some fifty odd years ago while serving in the U.S Army in South Korea as a journalist and combat photographer with the First Cavalry Division.
"There was hardly any combat, frankly", Rusty said with a smile, "And the only photos I took were of visiting congressman, and generals representing the various countries who lent their military presence to the Republic of South Korea."
Rusty continued his military service when he left the "Land of the Morning Calm" and was sent to New Mexico where he wrote, produced and directed many Army pubic service spots and radio programs highlighting the Army’s mission statement in the Southwest. When he left the service, he continued to work in radio in New Hampshire,and worked for several stations here in the Lakes Region.
He was born and raised in the Granite State and will be seventy-six this December. Except for a few years in southern Vermont, he has always lived here, "There is a certain sturdiness in this state. A timeless history that winks at you through the maples and stone walls." he said, "This is where I began to appreciate and tried to capture the beauty of New Hampshire - not with a standard camera but with my iphone."
"I’m not anybody special. If you have a phone that takes pictures you probably already have many shots of our lakes and mountains." He added that many camera phones have built in editing devices that can enhance many of your photos, Rusty and his wife Rose ( this July they are celebrating their 36th wedding anniversary) have five children (one works at the Meredith Library and is known as "Mr. John") and he also has four kids from a previous marriage and five grandchildren, Rusty's pictures will be on display through the month of July at the Meredith Town Library.
Our June Artist of the Month is photographer Pat Corlin.
Pat Kennedy-Corlin is an award winning, New Hampshire based photographer providing a wide range of services while specializing in fine art photography, studio portraiture and ‘Creatively Classic’ Pet Imagery.
Pat is a founding member of The Seacoast Photographers Studios of Exeter and Dover, NH. She is a juried, exhibiting member of the New Hampshire Art Association at the Robert Levi Gallery in Portsmouth, the Massachusetts Plymouth Art Guild & the Best Top Photographer International Photographers Gallery, exhibiting in the Netherlands.
An avid wildlife, landscape and travel photographer, Pat can also be found exploring the globe, photographing people and locations including Cuba, Cambodia, Africa, Hawaii, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean Islands. She can also be found hiking, skiing or photographing the mountains of northern New England, the Rockies and the Austrian Alps.
Her industry memberships, professional and local, include the Professional Photographers of America PPA, the NH Chapter of PPA, NH Society of Photographic Artists, the Seacoast Camera Club of Portsmouth, the Seacoast Artist Association and Gallery. Her award winning photography is well received in numerous exhibits & galleries throughout New England.
Artist Statement:'The artistic legacy I strive to create is a body of work honoring where I have journeyed and all the beings I have encountered along the way' - Pat Kennedy-Corlin
Pat@PatCorlinPhotography.com (603) 781-5916
The artist of the month for March is Andrew Hillman. An artist and musician from Meredith, NH.
"I was born in South American, Bolivia. Adopted at birth, been a resident of New Hampshire for more than 25 years. I am also a musician and just love the Arts. I currently live in Meredith and love it! I am the middle child of six. I'm Inca Indian. Most of my art comes from mags that people have discarded, I have a learning disability but I think that helps the art." - Andrew Hillman
The Artist of the Month for February is our very own Clara Bates! You might recognize her as our one-time Library Page. Clara is an artist from Meredith, NH. She mainly works in pen and ink, but dabbles in watercolor and charcoal. She is a senior at Inter Lakes High School and plans on attending MassArt in Boston.
This month's art exhibit is courtesy the Lakes Region Art Association and Richard Hartman.
Participating artists in this month's display: Robert P. Emory, Jackie H. Ray, Phyllis Meinke, Christa J. Faller, Joanne Reynolds, Marie Kelly, Rob Caron, and Bev Shanley.
From the LRAA:
"Come join us & share your love for art!
The LRAA is 501(c)3 educational & cultural corporation whose mission is to enhance the ability of its members to create art and to further the appreciation of art in the Lakes Region. All local artists are eligible to join the association, whether you are a professional or emerging artist, a photographer, sculptor, or just appreciate art.
LRAA Membership benefits include:
Our newest exhibit features a group of female artists who have formed the “Lakes Region Pod” group of artists. All members of the pod are also members of the Women’s Caucus for Art, New Hampshire and live in relative proximity to one another. The pod meets regularly to share ideas and techniques, critique works, and keep a dialogue going about art. They work using a variety of mediums: oils, monoprints, quilts, and mixed media. The “Lakes Region Narrative” exhibit will be on display at the Meredith Public Library for the months of November and December.
Lynn Elkinton, Contemporary quilts and Textiles
Anne McMillan, Acrylic monoprints, Rust and Indigo dyed paper
Betty Flournay Brown, Oil painting on location
Carole Groenke, Oil stick over acrylic
Kimberly J. B. Smith, Altered books and mixed-media with natural elements
Lauren Hammond, Oil
Robin Cornwell, Tempera paint block prints on bark paper
The Librarians and Library Aides of the Meredith Public library: Erin, Chris, Matthew, Karen, John, Cherie, Joyce, Jessica, and Linda. Please check out our Staff page for more information.