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Sandy Martin Gallery re-opens Saturday after winter flood repairs

by Thomas Beeler
Editor of The Granite State News

Chris Way on guitar. The Brothers Way will perform at the Sandy Martin Gallery this Saturday evening, May 26, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
May 23, 2018
WOLFEBORO — Last Jan. 7, Ash Woodhouse was working later than usual at the Sandy Martin Gallery in downtown Wolfeboro when he heard water dripping. The dripping increased and quickly became a wall of water pouring from the ceiling.

Two weeks of single-digit temperatures in the last week of December and first week of January had frozen a water pipe on the second floor of the Avery Building, where the gallery is located, and when the cold spell broke, so did the pipe.

Woodhouse, Martin herself and Wyatt Benner frantically rushed to get artwork out of the flooding area until Howie Bean of Wolfeboro Oil was able to find the right valve to turn the water off. Thanks to their efforts, few paintings were lost, but lots of mattes were destroyed, and the gallery itself badly damaged.

Since that fateful day, the damage to the gallery has been repaired, just in time for the gallery's annual Open House this Saturday from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Since the gallery opened, Martin has always held an Open House on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. This year, she is featuring four of her large-scale watercolors. Rather than hold her own Open House this time she decided to make it part of the Wolfeboro Arts Festival, a new event designed to celebrate art in Wolfeboro as well as the beginning of the tourist season.

The Wolfeboro Arts offers live music, street performers, food trucks, face painting, and open art galleries. The Festival will offer a self-guided tour every last Saturday evening, from May to September, 5 to 7:30 p.m. For more information on the Wolfeboro Arts Festival, visit their page of Facebook.

At the Sandy Martin Gallery there will be live music by The Brothers Way, as well as complimentary wine and snacks. The Sandy Martin Gallery is located at 15 South Main St. Call 569-9890 for more information.

Better still, plan to come to downtown Wolfeboro this Saturday evening from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Martin Lord Osman
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