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Temple art exhibit and silent auction Sunday

  • Portrait of a Stag, by Scott Hecker, will be on showcased in  “Artists and Artisans of Temple,” at the Temple Town Hall this Sunday. Courtesy Photo

  • Seamstresses, Williamsbury, by Sydney Thomas, will be on showcased in “Artists and Artisans of Temple,” at the Temple Town Hall Sunday. Oil on Canvas by Artist Sydney Thomas. Courtesy Photo

Published: 9/17/2019 1:34:37 PM

Sunday, Sept. 22, marks a special event hosted by the Historical Society of Temple: “Artists and Artisans of Temple.”

Scheduled at the Town Hall from 11:30 a.m. to  2 p.m. the exhibit and accompanying silent auction coincides with Temple’s annual Harvest Festival on the adjoining Common.  Showcased will be the works of Temple artists and artisans, who have also donated items for the Silent Auction.

On display will be artwork by Scott Hecker, Walter and Ellie Young, Sydney Thomas, Rose Lowry, and Leah Kristen Dahlgren, as well as works by Gary and Colleen Grebus of New Temple Glassworks, Randy Martin’s collection of  antique glass, pottery by Rev. Pamela Rowell of Mudworks Pottery, and a balafon hand crafted by Abou Sylla. Preceding the event, Sylla will play a balafon outside the Town Hall.

Scott Hecker has been illustrating wildlife and birds for 50 years. Working in pen and ink, watercolor, and oils, and specializing in bird conservation, his lifetime hobby has led him to illustrating for the National Parks Service and National Audubon Society.  Scott’s artwork can be viewed at

Sydney Thomas is a well-traveled fine artist with an art degree and Ph.D. in philosophy, and has taught both for over thirty years. She devotes her time “to painting the people, objects, and landscapes that sing for her”.  She captures the magic of light in her stunning paintings, which can be viewed at

Also on display will be an oil painting by Walter Young and two watercolors by his wife, Ellie. Long-time residents of Temple, these popular gifted artists painted many bucolic images of Temple, treasures still today from these artists. 

Rose Lowry of Beechleaf Design in Temple, is an outstanding designer and illustrator, providing illustration, graphic design, fine art, marketing and web design. She her business partner offer over 45 years of experience to businesses, small agencies, and in-house art departments, including Brookstone and Eastern Mountain Sports as well as local towns, organizations, and nonprofits.  Her “love of the creative process” is evident in her work:

Leah Kristen Dahlgren’s oil paintings “embody the painting techniques of the Old Masters”, portraying realism and naturalism in a way such that “In everything I paint... all must come together in … an impeccably rendered harmony”. Her website is

The Silent Auction will include a pottery piece, gift certificates for glass-blowing and balalfon, Scott Hecker’s pencil drawing, an oil painting, and a handcrafted birdhouse.

Admission is free, and proceeds will be dedicated to the Priscilla Weston Capital Fund, aimed at creating a future secure and climate-controlled site for the Society’s historical collections, artifacts, and documents.


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