Three Squared Artists to hold annual Thanksgiving exhibit
"Saint Francis and the Dove," a painting by Janet Hulings Bleicken, who will be part of the Three Square Artists show at the Peterborough Historical Society on Thanksgiving weekend.
A spiral pendant by jeweler Brian Richardson.
A custom book project by Three Squared artist Erin Sweeney.
A strawberry adorns a glass by Jordana Korsen.
Erin Sweeney creates handmade paper products.
A pair of Brian's sterling silver earrings by Brian Richardson.
A bowl by Jordana Korsen.
Potter Lulu Fichter is one of nine artists whose work will be featured in the Three Squared Artists show this weekend in
Continuing a Thanksgiving weekend tradition, Three Squared Artists will hold their annual exhibition in Bass Hall at the Peterborough Historical Society on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“We think it’s a great alternative to watching football all weekend,” says Jane E. Simpson of Dublin, who with fellow artist Kitty Cloud of Peterborough founded the group seven years ago . “People are keen to get out of the house. This is a great way for them to support local art and local commerce.”
Simpson, who works with paper and natural materials to create minimalist compositions that evoke the beauty of rural New Hampshire, and Cloud, who works in pastels, mixed media and collage, asked a number of friends to join them, not just to sell their wares but to share ideas.
“It’s become a family,” Simpson says. “We gather once a month to meet and talk. And being creative people, we have some pretty wonderful meals.”
Some of the recipes from those potluck dinners will be featured in this year’s collaborative cookbook that will be on sale at the exhibit. The book features a custom cover from Three Squared member Erin Sweeney of Peterborough, who makes books and cards using a variety of unusual fibers and materials.
“We all contributed recipes and Erin has letterpressed a cover,” Simpson says. “Then we got together to do simple sewn binding for the books. We’re also each making unique bookmarks that will be in each copy.”
The Three Squared Artists work in varying media and styles, so the show features works of art ranging from painting, collage, porcelain to blown glass, wearable art, environmental art, lampwork glass and jewelry.
Pashya White of Peterborough is a fabric artist who uses silk, velvet and vintage fabrics in her garments and accessories.
Marcia Herson of Bedford creates art jewelry using silver, clay, beads and found objects.
Jordana Korsen is a glassblower from Harrisville. She creates bowls, lamps and objects that she describes on the group’s website, threesquaredartists.com, as “both sculptural and functional. ... executed in refined clean forms that are whimsical, imaginative and creative.”
Janet Hulings Bleicken of Hancock is a painter. “She often works in large format, her works are almost like tapestries,” Simpson says.
Lulu Fichter of Peterborough is a studio potter who makes wheel-thrown porcelain objects, some finished in clear glaze and other using the unpredictable Raku firing process. “What keeps me curious and excited is the inherently contradictory nature of clay,” she wrote on the group’s website.
The newest Three Squared member, and the only male, is jeweler Brian Richardson, who lives and works in Manhattan. “He grew up in Harrisville and still has family in the area,” Simpson says. “Brian works in 18 carat gold and sterling silver and uses exotic wood and fossil mammoth ivory.”
This weekend’s exhibit is intended to offer shoppers a far-ranging choice of objects that make wonderful holiday gifts.
“That’s one of our strengths — the wide variety we offer,” says Simpson.
The exhibit will open with a reception on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Hours on Saturday are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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