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Monadnock Art hosting gallery show, fall art fair

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/8/2020 2:29:01 PM

Prior to May’s cancellation, the Monadnock Art Tour had big plans for its 25th year that would have taken place this upcoming holiday weekend. But the thought of inviting people from all over New England to travel and visit artists’ home studios was going to be impossible to pull off for both the artists and the tour’s board given the coronavirus pandemic.

It wasn’t an easy decision, especially more than four months prior to the three-day tour, but one that in hindsight is clear was the right one.

“We weren’t sure if we were acting too fast, but at this point definitely a no-brainer,” said Joe Caracappa, president of Monadnock Art/Friends of the Dublin Art Colony board of directors.

Artists work all year to prepare for the tour, creating new works with the hope of making the weekend event into a profitable endeavor, so the cancellation was a devastating blow to their yearly income – even if it was the correct choice.

But the hope, Caracappa said, was that there would be a way to host some sort of event this weekend to keep the tradition alive and after seeing the success and safety of the Summertime Art Walk in Square on July 4, a clear path forward became evident.

On Saturday, Monadnock Art/Friends of the Dublin Art Colony will open its fall member show at the Monadnock Center for History & Culture in Peterborough featuring the work of more than 60 artists and well over 100 works of art. Works in every medium will be on display and for sale including painting, photography, printmaking, glass, ceramics, sculpture, wood, fiber, jewelry and more.

“I think it’s important for both the artists and the people in the community,” Caracappa said.

The show will be on display through Nov. 7, but unlike year’s past, there will no be an opening reception to avoid the gathering of people indoors.

But in an effort to give the community more to look forward to, Caracappa said the board made the decision to create the Fall Art Fair on the grounds of the Monadnock Center on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m with a rain date of Sunday, Oct. 11. Tents will be set up behind the Monadnock Center to house 20-plus artists offering their works for sale directly to the public.

“They will bring as much as they can to fill their tents,” he said.

During the fair, visitors will be able to tour the fall member show inside the Monadnock Center, while adhering to safety guidelines. Masks will be required, social distancing enforced and entry points will be staffed to ensure visitors are following the protocols. Every tent will have hand sanitizer available.

“We wanted to make it a nice event,” Caracappa said. “And from what we’ve seen, people understand the rules and that it doesn’t take much to follow them.”

While the tour typically draws people from well beyond the area, following signs to tucked away home studios over the course of three days, Caracappa anticipates a more local crowd for this Saturday’s festivities.

Caracappa said that this year’s exhibit will be different, as once a work is sold, it will be removed from the show at that time, giving the artists a chance to have more work featured over the entirety of the show.

“But even just to show one painting, it’s worth it to them,” he said.

The hope is that the tour will return in 2021 for what what will be a 25th year, continuing the tradition as the region’s oldest studio art tour that encompasses artists in Dublin, Hancock, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Marlborough, Peterborough and Sharon. Last year’s tour featured 73 artists in 59 studios throughout the region.

“God willing, hopefully we can do a normal tour next year,” Caracappa said.

For more, visit https://monadnockart.org/.


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