Hancock: Marquetry art celebrates Pack Monadnock

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Friday, June 08, 2018 2:42PM

“Treasures Along the Pack Monadnock Road” an exhibit of marquetry art by Craig Altobello, is on display at Fiddleheads Cafe in Hancock with a reception on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. The accomplished woodworker uses the grain, texture, and natural color of wood to create images from nature.

The Pack Monadnock access road is part of Altobello’s daily walking routine. The road provides a window into seasonal change. Each spring he looks forward to the flowering of red trillium, hobblebush, and lady slipper, the arrival of warblers and the songs of the Hermit Thrush, White Throated Sparrow, and Pileated Woodpecker. The auto road passes beside gorgeous rock outcrops creating natural rock gardens. This special place invites people to walk side by side observing such easily accessible beauty.

In the fall of 2017, N.H. Public Utilities Commission and Eversource laid plans to upgrade the electric power and telecommunication site on Pack Monadnock’s summit. Plans call for cutting a swath through the forest right along each side of the scenic roadway, adding up to 18 utility poles, and overhead lines. Concerned locals formed the Pack Monadnock Road Alliance, which is working with state and community partners to advocate for creative solutions that preserve the aesthetic beauty of this unique mountain road. This exhibit expresses Altobello’s love for this special place.

The exhibit at Fiddlehead’s Cafe is on view through June 25.