There will be an exhibition in the Whitney Center on Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m. of the paintings created by the artists participating in the Hudson River Fellowship. These artists from around the country, Switzerland and Sweden were chosen by the Grand Central Academy of Art in New Your City. They have spent three weeks living in Jackson and painting en plein air. The Jackson Historical Society administers the program. Some works will be on sale. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Learn to needle felt a bear with Theresa Beckett on Thursday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Whitney Center in Jackson. Jackson is known for its Jackson 5 family of bears. Needle felting uses special needles to form wool rovings (wool that hasn't been spun into yarn) into designs and three dimensional shapes. You will be able to take your creation home with you at the end of class. This program is family friendly with children ages 9 and above. There is a $10 materials fee. Reservations are necessary. Call (603) 986-4604 for reservations.
The Mountain Garden Club offered a memorial dedication to Larry Siebert, the creator of the magical and mystical landmark known throughout the Mount Washington Valley as Ravenwood, on June 25. A floral tribute created to honor Larry's memory was sponsored by the club in gratitude for the years of enthusiastic support for Art in Bloom by Siebert and his wife, Debbie. The interpretative arrangement by Carol White, who is one of the founders of the Art in Bloom event, was designed appropriately to focus on the massive gong to the left of the shop entrance which evokes a memory of John Donne's famous lines: "And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.''
Siebert's gentle spirit lives on in this fanciful place. As you explore the incredible garden and then step into the shop so rich with whimsical displays, realize that thousands of visitors have also gazed in wonder at this landmark so brilliantly conceived and constructed by a man who was a friend to gardeners and a benefactor of many local artists. Siebert brought beauty and joy to the entire village of Jackson during the past 15 years. He was instrumental in the beautification of this town while he served as a member of the Conservation Commission.
He worked with the Jackson Historical Society and Garden club members to create the memorial path in front of the Jackson Town Office in 2003. The Mountain Garden Club now maintains it and is especially grateful for Siebert's efforts to have an irrigation system installed for this Heritage Path which honors the 100 families who lived here in 1876 when the "Honeymoon" covered bridge was built. Take the time to visit (or revisit) the handiwork of this landmark that was a labor of love and a dream realized for Larry and Debbie Siebert. Know that every rock, every board, every shingle was placed with his own hands. Surely this is Siebert's own tribute and lasting legacy. Larry, your soaring creativity lives on in the Ravenwood Curio Shoppe.
From the northeast corner of rural Texas, award winning songwriters Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne will perform at a private home in Jackson on Friday, July 29, at 7:30 p.m. This talented husband and wife duo, self-proclaimed "organic song farmers: are touring in New England, serving up seasoned original songs mixed with fresh harvests of homegrown music in a soulful genre they define simply as "folk jazz." Take a peek at their website at www.adlerandhearne.com, read their bios and listen to their beautifully blended voices.
The performance benefits local non-profit community music school, Mountain Top Music Center and is open to the public. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at mountaintopmusic.org or by calling Mountain Top at (603) 447-4737. Directions to the home on the banks of the Wildcat River in Jackson will be provided as part of the ticketing process. Seating is limited to 50 guests for this intimate concert. Join us for a special evening of entertainment, refreshments and an opportunity to meet the talented musicians after their performance.
Hot off the press from the Jackson Historical Society: The formal opening of the next exhibition in our museum is scheduled for Oct. 14. The show is "The Jackson Five," featuring works of Frank Shapleigh, Mabel Williams, David Baker, Lauren Sansaricq and Erik Koeppel. The show has 54 paintings on loan from 17 Society members.
In the interest of having viewing in the museum available for our summer visitors, these members kindly agreed to make their pictures available ahead of time. All but 3 of the paintings are hung and ready for your enjoyment. In addition, we have on display a recent acquisition of a large painting of Mt Chocorua by William Boardman (1815-1895).
The scene is identical to a John Kensett (1816-1872), but viewed from a different angle. The Kensett is from Fryeburg. In comparing the profile of the adjacent ridge lines it can be deduced that the Boardman was painted from a point just to the south, possibly Tamworth. This is clearly shown on the large topographic map of the White Mountains in the museum. This is the kind of discovery that makes the 19th century paintings more interesting and exciting.
"Ready, Set, Shooting Basics with your DSLR Camera" will be at the Whitney Community Center on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. This free photography lecture shows how to use a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR) to produce beautiful color and incredible scenery. Donna Atkins will give an overview of four key controls on a DSLR camera to unlock the secrets of matching visual lighting and motion techniques. Feel free to bring your camera to follow along. Atkins is owner of Light Channel Photography, and has photographs hanging in galleries and museums. She is also a producer of various local cable access television programs and conducts photography workshops around the region.
On Tuesday, Aug. 9, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College, will be hosting its fall class preview at noon at Granite State College at 53 Technology Lane (Tech Village) in Conway. Refreshments will be provided at this free event. Learn about the 28 different classes that will be offered in Conway this fall and about the other classes all over New Hampshire. For further information call (603) 513-1377 or go online to olli.granite.edu.
The Jackson Planning Board has one opening for a regular voting member, and several openings for alternate members. No special qualifications are needed, other than an interest in the Town of Jackson. Typically, meetings are once per month, on the second Thursday, from 7 to 8:30 or 9 p.m. Submit a note about your interest to the Jackson Selectmen.
The 15th annual Mount Washington Century Ride, to benefit Tin Mountain Conservation Center is Saturday, July 30. Registration is open and volunteers are also needed. The century begins at the Tin Mountain Nature Learning Center in Albany between 6 and 8 a.m. The route circumnavigates Mount Washington via the NH Scenic Byway/Presidential Range Tour that provides spectacular mountain views and tranquil, New England pastoral scenery. The ride is complete with five aid stations, support vehicles, two on-duty EMTs, and a bike repair support van. The first 325 registered riders receive a commemorative T-shirt. All riders may collect pledges to win fantastic prizes as well as to contribute to the support of Tin Mountain Conservation Center. For more information and to register, visit the Tin Mountain Conservation Center website www.tinmountain.org or call (603) 447-6991.