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Local art tour is Saturday

Work of local artists to be highlighted in numerous locations

by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider

THE SUNCOOK VALLEY ART AND ARTISAN TOUR will be held on Saturday, July 21. Steve Winchesterís furniture and other items will be featured at his shop located at 1 Maple Street is one of 15 stops featured on the tour. Tim Croes. (click for larger version)
July 18, 2012
BARNSTEAD — Back in November, Steve Winchester met with fellow local artists Joanne Balcom and Janice Metzger about organizing a way to display art throughout the Suncook Valley.

Winchester has been meeting about a twice month ever since and Saturday, July 21, his dream of providing a tour for people to visit will become a reality.

The Suncook Valley Art and Artisan Tour will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will feature a total of 30 artists and artisans at 15 different stops.

"Response has been terrific," Winchester said. "We didn't know what to expect when we started out."

Word of mouth spread throughout the community and Winchester advertised the event in newspapers and got a lot of response from artists and artisans of all kinds.

The Barnstead Town Hall will host several different artists and artisans. When that filled up, the Barnstead Christian Church stepped up to provide space to showcase the different works.

The tour will feature pottery, furniture, watercolors, paintings, metal sculptures, baskets, photography and much more.

Some of the other featured stops include Sweet Fern Pottery, Barndoor Gap Pottery, The Black Sheep, Gryphon Piffles, Salty Dog Pottery, Life's Little Pleasures and SomeWare in Thyme.

For a full list of the stops, a map of the tour and list of the artists and artisans, e-mail Winchester at barnsteadartgroup@yahoo.com.

Winchester will be showcasing some of his furniture creations and paintings by his sister Harriet Winchester at his location at 1 Maple Street.

He is hoping for support from members of the community and for other artist and artisans to come on the tour that could be part of the event in the years to come.

Works of art and other creations will be available for purchase during the tour.

For Winchester, he got started in the field by responding to a classified ad back in 1970 asking for a "laborer wanted for home construction."

Winchester learned a lot from his father and he has a cousin that is one of the founders of the New Hampshire League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.

Winchester does general construction and cabinet-work, but specializes in created natural wood furniture.

He is excited to be working with the artists and artisans he has been while organizing the tour and couldn't be happier with the support.

"Everyone has been very helpful," Winchester added. "We have all worked together very well."

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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