CHOCORUA — Community members have an opportunity this month to own a gorgeous oil painting of Mount Chocorua and the Chocorua Lake Basin by acclaimed artist Byron Carr while supporting the mission of the Chocorua Lake Conservancy to protect the scenic and natural resources of the Chocorua Lake Basin and maintain public access to the lake and nearby trails.

Carr of Contoocook has generously donated to the Chocorua Lake Conservancy two beautiful, framed oil paintings of the Chocorua Lake Basin with Mount Chocorua in the background. The first (16-inch-by-20-inch) is for sale at the Art Works Gallery in Chocorua, and the second (24-inch-by-30-inch), also on display at Art Works, is available by online auction through Aug. 31. Go to to access the auction. Proceeds from both paintings will support the work of the Chocorua Lake Conservancy.

Byron, born and raised in Contoocook, is an award-winning lifelong artist who has been showing his work since the early 1990s. Many of Byron’s paintings are done in the style of the Hudson River School. Three of his paintings are currently on display at the Jackson Historical Society, and four of his paintings hang in the Rockingham County Courthouse.

To see more of Byron’s work and learn more about him, go to Wet Paint Tamworth and the Covered Bridge Gallery. He was inspired to donate these two paintings by his love of the Chocorua Lake Basin and his appreciation of the Chocorua Lake Conservancy’s work protecting and preserving it.

Art Works Gallery, which displays the work of artists working in diverse media, is located at 132 White Mountain Highway in Chocorua, and is open most days in August from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’re planning a special trip out, you can give them a ring at (603) 323-8041 to confirm that they’re open.

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