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Tour explores the art of the White Mountains, Sept. 11

The Historical Society of Cheshire County will offer a full-day field trip on Sept. 11 for people who are interested in the art of the White Mountains. The trip is being held in conjunction with the Historical Society’s exhibit, “Canvassing the White Mountains, Icons of Place.”

The field trip will leave by bus from the Historical Society’s parking lot at 8 a.m. on Sept. 11 for a tour of Crawford Notch, Franconia Notch, the Jackson Historical Society, and many of the viewpoints that inspired the White Mountain painters of the 19th century. The bus will return to Keene at 8 p.m. after a dinner stop in Concord at the Common Man Restaurant.

The Historical Society’s director of education, Jenna Carroll, said the bus trip will offer art lovers an opportunity to enjoy the artistic splendor of New Hampshire’s landscape. Bob Cottrell, the curator of the Nella Braddy Henney History Room at the Conway Public Library and the executive director of the Conway Historical Society, will be the tour guide.

On the evening before the tour, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m., Cottrell also will provide a gallery talk at the Society’s exhibit. The gallery talk is open to the public and will be an introduction for anyone planning to go on the White Mountain tour.

The exhibit features 50 noteworthy paintings of the White Mountains and Mount Monadnock by important painters of the 19th and 20th centuries such as Benjamin Champney, John Enneking, William Paskell, and about 30 other artists. The painting styles of these artists illustrate not only the evolution of American art, but also how their art helped to shape the American view of and reaction to wilderness and nature. The White Mountain artists helped launch a movement that became New Hampshire’s second-largest industry — tourism.

The price for the White Mountains bus trip is $65 and $55 for members of the Historical Society. It includes transportation with multiple stops including the Jackson Historical Society which is hosting an exhibit of White Mountain scenes. The price does not cover lunch and dinner.

For more information, contact the Historical Society at 352-1895 or www.hsccnh.org.

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