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

CLOSED

  • Wednesdays

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 & RestaurantFollow 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].


Winter in the Whites

February at WREN kicks off with “Winter in the Whites”, the latest exhibition within the Gallery at WREN. This two-month long exhibit (opening 2/5) will feature the works of four WREN members who are masters in their respective fields of painting and photography.  “Winter in the Whites” will be on display in the Gallery at WREN through March 28, 2021.

Featured WREN members include Rebecca M. Fullerton and Michele Johnsen (both painters) and Daryl Hawk and Chris Whiton (both photographers). While their backgrounds run the gamut from archivist to tv host and producer, all artists share one common thread: their passion for the White Mountains of NH. “Winter in the Whites” reflects both the immediacy and mysticism of one of the North Country’s most famed seasons, with each artist’s work capturing the rivers, peaks, forests, and structures that make up our inimitable landscape.

As part of the ongoing “Arts at the Adair” initiative, select pieces from the “Winter in the Whites” exhibition will also be on display in the sitting room of the Adair Country Inn & Restaurant in Bethlehem throughout the months of February and March. 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 “Winter in the Whites” exhibition.

 

Meet the Artists

Chris Whiton

A New Hampshire native and long-time Bethlehem resident, Chris Whiton has been dabbling with photography for several decades. It started as a hobby and eventually grew into White Mountain Images, a solid photography business dedicated to capturing the beauty of the northern half of the state.

Chris’ love of photography initially stemmed from a long involvement with oil painting. The creative working and re-working with oils to produce different results never ceased to amaze him, and he found that a digital darkroom has similarities to the magic of oils; painting with light instead of a brush and canvas.

Chris captures the raw beauty and dramatic contrasts of the New Hampshire landscape through his talented vision. Waterfalls and craggy ridges are among his favorite subjects, especially those long forgotten by many and far off the beaten path.  His pictures are inspirational works of art, compelling the observer to journey out and explore our beautiful surroundings.

Michele Johnsen

Michele Johnsen has spent a life time as an artist and maker.  She has owned and operated The Studio since 1996 where she did all manner of commercial work along with framing and sign painting.  She began a foray into the fine art world during this time and produced a large number of portrait pieces for a wide variety of clientele.

In 2001 she received a Bachelor of Science degree from Granite State College in Art Education and has spent 14 years teaching art in the Colebrook School System to students in grades 1 through 12.  She received a Master of Fine Art degree from New Hampshire Institute of Art in January of 2017 and retired from teaching in 2020 to devote her time to her artistic practice full time.

She’s been incremental in establishing several art associations in the Colebrook area including Lovering Mountain Arts, Colebrook Arts and the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts and is currently on the board of the Connecticut River Artisan Group and The Tillotson Center for the Arts.

Rebecca M. Fullerton

Rebecca M. Fullerton lives in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, on the edge of the White Mountain National Forest. Originally from Vermont, she grew up in southern New Hampshire. After many years spent living in Boston, Rebecca returned to the Granite State in 2018 to pursue a career as Archivist for the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and to live among the mountains that she aspires to capture authentically in paint.

When Rebecca isn’t painting the region’s wild scenery in her studio or en plein air, she can be found hiking, running a trail, or out on a lake or river in a kayak. The time she spends in nature, the grandeur of alpine summits, the intricacy of intertwining limbs in deep woods, and the sparkle of rushing water through a gorge all inspire and inform her painting process.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and Art History from Hartwick College, as well as a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the Harvard Extension School.

Daryl Hawk

For the past thirty-five years, explorer and international documentary photographer Daryl Hawk has traveled alone to some of the most remote and isolated places in the world telling stories with his camera.  He spends weeks at a time documenting and immersing himself in the different cultures and landscapes.

New Hampshire has always been Daryl’s home away from home. And one year ago, New Hampshire became his permanent home. Living in the mountains has inspired him more than ever to appreciate and cherish nature. Exploring lakes, rivers, waterfalls, ponds, mountains, trails, and endless wilderness is part of Daryl’s daily routine.

Hawk is also a professional lecturer, travel writer and workshop instructor whose articles and photographs often appear in magazines and newspapers worldwide. He is the former host and producer of the cablevision television show “The Unconventional Traveler” and has published five hardcover photography books.

Winter in the Whites Gallery Show

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

APRILNo ExhibitionGallery 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

The Adair Inn

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.