Gallery at WREN
The 2021 Gallery Season is sponsored by the Adair Inn.
The Gallery at WREN sets the standard for fine art galleries in the North Country. Established in 2001, the Gallery serves as a cultural outlet for the creative expression of a community, where the public can gather to enjoy, learn about, and appreciate art.
We welcome you to visit the Gallery during our regular store hours.
OPEN 11am – 5pm
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
In the mountains of northern New Hampshire, where opportunities for professional artists and serious art lovers can be limited, the Gallery presents a new show every two months featuring local and regional artists. Once a year, WREN members are invited to participate in popular open-call group shows, which serve not only as supportive learning experiences for new and emerging artists, but as community celebrations of the incredible talent and diversity in our midst.
In lieu of traditional First Friday events, at this time the Gallery at WREN offers engaging artist talks and monthly show insights on Facebook, as well as “Arts at Adair”, a new initiative in partnership with the Adair Country Inn & Restaurant. Follow us on social media to learn more!
For more information, and to find out how you can become involved in the Gallery at WREN, please email [email protected].
“COLOR!”, featuring the exuberant, captivating artwork of painters Ann Saunderson and Pam Tarbell, will be on display in the Gallery at WREN May 7 – June 28, 2021.
As new WREN members and longtime established artists, both Saunderson and Tarbell are poised to make a visual splash in the newly renovated Gallery at WREN. Through expansive color palettes and abstract, complex patterns, “COLOR!” serves as a thematic, welcome compliment to the changing seasons.
The power of “COLOR!” is on full display in the Gallery at WREN this spring, and all are invited to experience the psychic vibrations of this bright, beautiful, visual feast.
As part of the ongoing “Arts at the Adair” initiative, select pieces from the “COLOR!” exhibition will also be on display in the sitting room of the Adair Country Inn & Restaurant in Bethlehem throughout the months of May and June. WREN’s partnership encourages guests of the Adair to connect with the local arts community while also enjoying the amenities of a landmark historic inn. Visitors to the Adair, as well as the Gallery at WREN, are invited to explore both locations during their tour of the “COLOR!” exhibition.
Meet the Artists
In her role as one half as the exhibiting artists in this bimonthly gallery show, artist Ann Saunderson excels at fusing bold hues with unexpected shapes. In addition to her artist residencies at the Kimball Jenkins Estate in Concord, NH and Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury, NH, Saunderson’s dynamic work has been exhibited in a multitude of gallery shows across New Hampshire and New England.
Saunderson is “curious about materials, ideas, and methods”, and in this exhibit, explores her ever-changing view of the world through vibrant swathes of color that defy expectation and boundaries. Saunderson’s process is one that lends itself to flexibility, with the painter noting that “I don’t have a ‘creed’…I tend to work in a series. One piece leads to the next…naturally. When I run out of one series, it often leads me to the next.” Seen side by side, Saunderson’s pieces offer an intuitive reflection of her curiosity about “relationships, the natural word, [and] the political climate”.
As the second painter featured in “COLOR!”, Pam Tarbell also brings a wealth of experience and artistry to her half of the Gallery space. Tarbell’s prolific career spans numerous solo exhibits throughout New England, and her work has also appeared as part of the United States Art in Embassies program in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso. .
Reflecting on the theme of color, Tarbell notes that just “[a]s a musician strives for a variety of vibrations in sound, my goal is creating visual color vibrations.” These vibrations are seen throughout Tarbell’s body of work, each piece filled with “complex compositions and color combinations” that reflect her admiration for the paintings and philosophy of Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. “Kadinsky said ‘[c]olor provokes a psychic vibration… [it] hides a power still unknown but real, which acts upon every part of the human body.”
|APRIL||No Exhibition||Gallery Maintenance|
|MAY - JUNE||"Color"||Paintings of Pam Tarbell and Ann Saunderson|
|JULY - AUGUST||"Nomadic Threads"||Photography by Douglas Weisman and Fiberart by Douglas Masury|
ARTS AT ADAIR
As a community-focused 501(c)(3) nonprofit, WREN is always seeking out new pathways for partnerships in the North Country.
One of our latest initiatives is “Arts at Adair”, a rotating exhibit in collaboration with the historical Adair Country Inn & Restaurant. Through this initiative, we are able to bring the work of our beloved local artists beyond the bounds of our storefront and Gallery space, and into the sitting room of an iconic Bethlehem inn filled with guests from near and far.
Visit the Adair website for additional information on current and upcoming shows on display at the Inn.