Author Archives: Joanna Magoon

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Faith Minton

An Interview With Faith Minton

You probably know Faith Minton as your Yoga Instructor with the perpetual smile and warm heart, or perhaps fellow Town volunteer for any and all Warner groups and events. Among these and many other things, Faith is a gifted artist. She kindly agreed to answer some questions about her work. Please enjoy this interview with Warner’s Faith Minton.

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How long have you been a painter? Is this a new or renewed passion?

I grew up drawing and painting. Throughout my elementary, high school and college years taking as many art courses that I could fit into my schedule. I was working quite a bit in sculpture in high school and college when I could. I took some watercolor classes with area artists in the 1980’s. About 15 years ago I found the Open Studio in Bow and began studying with a Concord artist working in representational work, mostly landscapes in oils. I have taken workshops and courses over the years with different artists. I started mixed media work, acrylic and collage with a Warner area artist Charlie Goodwin.  I took some training with a Massachusetts artist Nell Lush experimenting in oil and cold wax moving towards an abstract approach building texture and layers of wax and paint which is my current work.Cold Wax and Oil 4

It seems like many of your images suggest landscape. Is nature often(or at all) a conscious inspiration for your work?

Living in Warner surrounded by nature I am definitely inspired by plant life and the natural world. It is conscious and unconscious – a part of my daily life. I could not imagine a life without living and being connected to our environment.

Do you have a theme or color pallet in mind when you start a new piece, or do you have a more free-form approach? 

Sometimes I have a pallet in mind but sometimes it is free form.. Generally I do not have a theme with my recent work. But I have some things in mind I would like to explore. I am experimenting with many techniques and sometimes something works.. sometimes I need to try something different.  Painting2

There is a danger for many artists in “overworking” a painting. How do you know when a piece is complete?

There can be a challenge in overworking a piece. I struggle with this which is why I put things away and let them sit and come back to them.. Sometimes I feel something is done and I am satisfied but sometimes I wait and see if it needs a little something later. This art is a process of creating – not product driven if that makes any sense.

Do you find that you have several canvases that you are working on at the same time, or do you like to complete one work, before beginning another?

I always have a few things started .. I like to work that way. Building layers of paint there needs to sometimes be a drying time.. so I do work on several at once. Sometimes 6 paintings or more.Landscape in Oil

What is your favorite Warner story?

In the late 1970’s into the mid 1980’s there was a group called Warner Aerobics. We were a volunteer group, men and women that started exercising at Riverside Park (Bagley and Silver Lake were not created yet) with a record player and a few members that were volunteer instructors . Then the group moved to the Old Grade School and then to the Warner Town Hall. We had free rent at the Town Hall in exchange for cleaning the Town Hall from top to bottom a few times a year. We had regular potluck suppers and dances at the Warner Town Hall. The dances had dj’s, sometimes a band and sometimes contra dances. Warner is a town that if you want something to happen you work together to create it. Great history of volunteers which I think is because of the FFF and the many volunteers that took to make it happen.

Representational Work

 

If you could use one word or short phrase to describe your work, what would it be?

Intuitive.

Sometimes when I am tuned in creating can flow without an understanding exactly how.  Sort of like a conduit of creation. Balance is key for me. Just enough, in all areas of life. I enjoy color and do seem drawn to landscape inspiration.

Where can people view/purchase your work?

I paint because I enjoy creating. I will hopefully have more to show and perhaps sell. I am involved in community groups, volunteer work and still teaching some classes so I paint only a few days a week. I hope to have more work shown and available at MainStreet Gallery.

 

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Tom Lawrence

An Interview with Tom Lawrence

Hear the word “box”, and the mind naturally conjures up the unremarkable, brown container that thuds on your porch shortly before the UPS truck drives away. Tom Lawrence is a true master of the wooden box – turning the utilitarian container into a marvel of precision woodcraft. Tom, who is also my neighbor, kindly agreed to answer a few questions about his beautiful work.

How long have you lived in Warner, and what was it about Warner that attracted you and your family?

We’ve lived here for six yrs. now and have never looked back. Warner has a wonderful history of community and support for its local talent. Our property was ideal – lovely house with in-law apartment and a garage I could convert to a shop. All these factors made our choice of where to live a simple one.

Display at Main Street Bookends

Display at Main Street Bookends

How long have you been a wood craftsman?

I was a finish carpenter for 8 yrs. (late 70’s-early 80’s) then apprenticed and became a Machinist/Tool & Die worker for 20 yrs. About 15 yrs. ago I started working in wood again. I made a few boxes from woodworking magazines and found I really liked making boxes. After much encouragement from family, I approached Mainstreet Bookends with my work and have been happily associated with their Gallery for almost 4 yrs. now.

 

How long does it take you to complete of your Inlay box pieces?

Most of my boxes take about two days in the shop.

Client-commissioned Cherry TableWhat your most challenging piece?

My most challenging piece would be a Cherry table for a client. I prefer working small, but a large project is nice occasionally.

Do you have any new projects or plans that you are excited about?

My big project now is building a chicken coop!

Where can people view/purchase your work?

In addition to the Gallery at Main Street Bookends, my work is, as of this year, also available at “Creative Encounters” in Keene.  And as of two weeks ago, it is also on display in “Capitol Craftsmen” Main St. Concord.

 


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Jamie Murray

An Interview with Jamie Murray

Jamie Murray

Jamie Murray

Before he retired, I’m guessing that many of you were greeted at Warner’s Aubuchon by the friendly and helpful Jamie Murray. It was on such an occasion that my husband first met Jamie. Our daughter was with my husband at the time, and Jamie saw something in her that encouraged him to ask if he might work off of one of my photos of her, that I had posted on Facebook, for a painting (see Dragon Faerie below). Since that time,  I’ve been delighted to discover Jamie’s seemingly limitless artistic talents in drawing, painting and photography. I hope you enjoy this little interview with another one of Warner’s talented Artists.

You have had quite a diverse artistic career. Where did it start?

As a little kid, I used to fake being sick so I could stay home from school and draw or paint or create things. As I got older, if something piqued my interest, I’d explore it – sometimes it clicked and I’d continue, sometimes it didn’t and I’d drop it and move on.

For example, I  thought doing elaborate makeup for Halloween would be fun. I got a book and taught myself basics…I had so much fun, I talked with professionals, improved the craft, eventually creating a character for Dallas TV. The character then got invited to scifi conventions to emcee, where I met pros in acting, art, writing, etc. A book cover artist I met at a convention taught me the basics of airbrush illustration, I started painting and showing in art shows, which led to book cover deals.
So, here we have interest in something fun that snowballed into an acting/painting/publishing career.

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Many artists have a “Big Break”, turning point, or opportunity experience.  Does any such moment stand out in your mind?

To be honest, the death of my Father. I grew up painfully shy, and I always felt embarrassed to do anything in front of him. I was 15 when he died, and suddenly the floodgates opened, and I could sing in rock bands, perform in community theatre, paint portraits.

JM7 Meadow Pond

What do you consider your most important or significant work?

I’ve done so many different things, I couldn’t pick a most important or significant. It’s like asking a parent, “which child of yours is your favorite.”  Oh wait, I could say ME! I am sooooo different from what I was like in high school! Yup, “I” am my most important or significant work, and it’s still evolving!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How did your artistic life evolve? For example, did you start out as a painter and end up preferring photography, or do you work across a set of media?

Definitely, across all types of media, they’re all interconnected. Growing up, I loved drawing and taking pictures. I got serious about photography while traveling the country, singing in rock bands, in the 70s. Then I found I could take pictures to use as reference for drawing or painting.

I’m a lousy writer, so I concentrated on developing the visual talents. I spent 34 years in television, using those visual talents, but tv also let me explore the acting talents as well as other aspects of creativity.

Myhr

Myhr

I was a studio cameraman and film editor (back then, everything was on 16mm film), but I was also able to build and light sets, write and produce shows, even acted in front of the camera, as Jamie and as my alter ego, Myhr.

Do you have particular themes/styles you enjoy working with more than others? E.g. Realism, Fantasy, Landscape?

I’m a realist painter (my paintings lean toward photographs), and an artistic photographer (my photographs lean toward paintings).  In painting, I prefer SciFi and Fantasy, in photography I prefer landscape and portrait. Most locals are familiar with my landscapes, which I’ve been doing since moving to New Hampshire in 2008, but I photographed people for 30-some years before that, in Texas and Nebraska.

   

Who are your influences?

Whoever strikes my fancy – I’ll study their style, then adapt it to my own style. But, if I had to choose, the main influences in photography would be Ansel Adams and Francesco Scavullo, the main influences in painting would be Drew Struzan and Boris Vallejo, the main influences in makeup effects would be Rick Baker and Dick Smith.JM9

What has inspired your work in the past, and how has inspiration evolved for you?

As stated before, I’ll try something if it looks fun and interesting…if it resonates inside, I’ll jump in feet first and learn all I can, and maybe continue for 10 years or so. If I try something and it just doesn’t seem right, I’ll drop it and move on…life’s too short to struggle with something that just ain’t workin’!

 

Where can people view or purchase your work?

There are 2 ways to view online: www.meadowpondphotography.com and www.facebook.com/myhr99 .  I have work hanging in the MainStreet Bookends Gallery, and I have a booth set up at the Spring Into Warner festival and  the Warner Fall Foliage Festival.  You can also hear my voice on the intro video at the NH Telephone Museum, as well as the new tour-guide smartphone app for the NH Telephone Museum. I’m building miniatures for the Contoocook Railway Depot museum.
And then, there’s that episode of “Walker Texas Ranger” I did…

Dragon Faerie

Dragon Faerie

 


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Warner Artist, Mimi Wiggin

An Interview with Mimi Wiggin

An Interview with Warner Artist, Mimi Wiggin.

I have loved Mimi’s work since my first glimpse of one of her chickadee paintings – so alive, in its feathery splendor with just a hint of whimsy. Mimi generously agreed to provide answers to my questions about her artistic journey.

"Charlotte of Courser Meadows"

“Charlotte of Courser Meadows”

When did you start painting, and when did you first consider yourself an Artist – or did they both occur at the same time?

I started painting totally for fun in 1993, mostly Primitive Folk Art .  About ten years later I started painting birds in earnest and was accepted into my first gallery.  Since then, I have been accepted into several galleries and do some outdoor art shows during the summer.  My art has expanded into animals and wildlife as well as the birds.

How long have you lived in Warner (or has you Family history always been tied to Warner)?

My family’s ties to Warner started in the 1920’s.  My grandparents purchased the old farm (where I now live) as a summer home.  The original house burned down in the early 30’s and the current home was rebuilt on the old foundation.

ChickadeeWho are your artistic influences? Any particular painters or painting styles?

My artistic influences are varied.  I love the murals and style of Rufus Porter (19th century itinerant muralist) as well as the impressionists and tonalists.  I have taken some workshops with nationally known tonalist painter Dennis Sheehan as well as the late Diane Rath , who was a representational painter specializing in painting peonies.

How do you choose your subjects – what are you attracted to, and why?

My subjects are the birds and animals that evoke some kind of emotional response from me.  Like a Rose-breasted grosbeak that appears each May, the turtles out warming themselves on a log, the fox kit sunning himself by the den or the bear sauntering across the yard after he has taken out the bird feeder.  Also attracted to  cast shadows and sunsets.  The impact of the light, regardless of my subject, is very important.

LandscapeDo have any humorous anecdotes about particular situations when painting?

I just remember the very first workshop I went to.  The French Easel is the most common portable easel that some painters use when going to workshops.  Mine was brand new and I had never set it up before.  I just could not figure out how to set it up.  Thanks goodness for the painter next to me who took time out from her painting experience to show me the how to set it up.  If she hadn’t been there, I think I still would be trying to figure it out today.

Where can people see/purchase your work?

My art can be seen/purchased at MainStreet BookEnds in Warner or from me directly.  The two other galleries I am in are much further away.  I have prints and notecards at the Warner Pharmacy and prints at Sugar River Bank.  I am at the Warner Farmer’s Market during July and August selling marble coasters/tiles imprinted with my work.  I also set up at the Fall Foliage Festival and the Winter shopping Event in downtown Warner.

Room With A View

Room With A View

Any other interesting thoughts or perspectives you’d like to share?

My mission with my art is to encourage all of us to take note of the beauty that is in our backyards, neighborhoods and country and to learn to live in harmony with nature.

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Mimi Wiggin will be having a one time show at the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn Aug 20 to Oct 1 2016.  To prepare for that she challenged herself to complete one painting a week for sixteen weeks and post on Facebook.  This is a totally personal challenge for Mimi and she has completed it.  This past week was week number thirteen.  Mimi notes that the challenge has helped her focus on painting and not get distracted with other things.

Sap HouseTo see more of Mimi’s work, visit her facebook page

 

Warner Artist, Mimi Wiggin

Warner Artist, Mimi Wiggin

 

 

 


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A Little Hapenny Magick

“Hapenny Magick” open at Warner Town Hall Friday, April 1 – No joke!

Anyone who has ever brought a toddler to the Warner Town Hall to enjoy The Festival of Trees during the Holidays, knows that Town Hall has fabulous acoustics. I’ve stood there on many occasions silently admiring both architecture and acoustics, wondering why there haven’t been more theater productions gracing this amazing space.

In the summer of 2013, the Warner Historical Society opened an exhibit “Let Me Entertain You!: Kearsarge Theater Company 1977-1983.” Not only has Warner been the home of great artists and writers, but apparently, the theatrically talented as well. This company put on some much loved standards such as Damn Yankees, The Fantasticks, mysteries such as The Hound of The Baskervilles and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream.

Fast-forward to this weekend, April 1, 2 & 3, when Warner Town Hall will once again open its doors to live theater lovers with the Sunapee-Kearsarge Intercommunity Theater’s(SKIT) production of Hapenny Magick – a fantastical tail of troll invasions, magic, friendship and the power or working together. Now, Warner will welcome Spring not only with Softball, T-ball and downtown shopping, but for lovers of the performing arts, a chance to relive Warner’s theatrical hay day, with this beautifully staged production.

Hapenny’s Magick’s director is local author and artist Jennifer Carson. Jennifer originally imagined “Hapenny Magick” as a short story. Carson eventually published the story as a delightfully illustrated book – and this is when the story took on a life of its own. Will Ogmundsen – a local, grammy-nominated composer and pianist, became intrigued when his daughter repeatedly checked the fantasy story out of the library. Will read the book that had captured his daughter’s imagination, and a musical was born. Carson and Ogmundsen collaborated, fund-raised, recorded a sound track of fourteen songs and produced a play.

The show features a cast of all ages, and includes many students from the Kearsarge district, as well as actors and singers from SKIT. Local talent includes the owner of Bella Capelli Salon, Terri Pitta. A first-time actor, Terri “..dared a friend to be brave and audition, told her(Warner’s Diana Abarca) I would, if she did, to support her. She did and so with no experience, nor expectations whatsoever, found myself cast as a troll. The experience has been magical – I feel like a five-year-old just in awe of the entire process, and the talent of the cast. I feel honored to be a part of it all.”

Hapenny Magick opens Friday evening, April 1 at 7:00 pm. Performances will also follow on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or in advance at Main Street Bookends, The Foothills, Tatewell Gallery, and Morgan Hill Bookstore in New London. You may also call 526-2910. Tickets are General Admission.

Something wonderful is definitely happening in Warner!

Warner's own Terri Pitta, Owner of Bella Capelli Salon.

Warner’s own Terri Pitta, Owner of Bella Capelli Salon.

Rehearsing The Battle of The Bridge

Rehearsing The Battle of The Bridge

A Little Hapenny Magick

A Little Hapenny Magick

Emma and Mara in costume and ready to rehearse

Emma and Mara in costume and ready to rehearse

Aletta and Callum

Judy and Dave, taking five.

Kearsarge Theater Company production of Damn Yankees, 1980. Photo credit: Warner Historical Society

Kearsarge Theater Company production of Damn Yankees, 1980. Photo credit: Warner Historical Society

Costumes are ready to go.

Costumes are ready to go.

The trolls lurking backstage, ready for the invasion

The trolls lurking backstage, ready for the invasion

Kearsarge Theater Company 1978. Photo Credit: Warner Historical Society

Kearsarge Theater Company 1978. Photo Credit: Warner Historical Society


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