I attended the League of N.H. Craftsmen 78th Annual Craftsmen Fair at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH. There were over 200 vendors who had good weather and a constant crowd of people browsing and buying artisan fine craft work. Workshops, demonstrations, and exhibitions were scheduled throughout the day. I spent a day observing an array of unique creations from non-metal jewerly to outdoor sculptures. The following photos are of just a few of the many artists I have met and admired at the Craftsmen Fair.
The first two pictures below are of Nancy Tobey demonstrating the process of making glass beads.
The following photo is of one of the many outdoor sculptures displayed on the grounds of Mount Sunapee. Isis, is a mixed media sculpture, created by Debora Homer O’Leary.
Jim Lambert from Hillsborough, N.H. creates his work using a variety of materials: antiques, recycled materials, newspaper, old electrical wires, then turns his idea into a finished art by painting a face, adding colors, and a message. I really enjoyed talking with him about his creative process.
Over the last week, I had a great opportunity to display some of my photography at a local open house. I enjoyed showing my work and mingling with other local business owners. We shared many ideas, stories, and laughs.
To top off the open house event, the “ice cream lady” was parked in the parking lot. I hadn’t seen one of these ice cream trucks up close since I was about ten years old asking for a Rocket or a Creamsicle. Wow, now that’s a long time ago!!… It’s so nice to know new childhood memories are created for generations ahead as long as the ice cream truck continues to roll down the streets. I had so much fun talking with Roslyn (“the ice cream lady”) in between her handing over ice cream and making change. Roslyn was such a trooper for letting me take her picture and for trying out my new ideas for photos. Taking photos of Roslyn’s Mountaintreats ice cream truck with my ultra wide lens was a fun project. My goal was to capture the “childhood” experience in the lens while advertising for Roslyn. As I was shooting away, Roslyn mentioned to me “Everyone takes pictures of me and the truck, but I never end up seeing them.” Well, Roslyn, here you go…
Yes! The music is on when Roslyn drives through the suburbs as sugar craving kids and adults run down streets and line up to grab a cool refreshment.
This post is dedicated to my brother, Dave.
This long Winter is almost over.
I share with you my favorite photo I took in January 2011. This photo has so much more meaning than just icicles, stars, and the moon with “good exposure”. I remember how cold it was the night I took this photograph. Before opening the door to head outside with my camera, I thought to myself how beautiful the night was without realizing how brutal the elements outside could be without mittens, a winter jacket zipped up, and a hat to keep my ears warm. In this photo, I was looking to capture my perspective of the winter nights here in New Hampshire. Little did I know, this photo I took was the beginning of a long, cold, snow-filled season.
It’s March now, and the cold nights and challenges with snow/ice are finally coming to an end. I’m optimistic plowing and shoveling are no longer a priority to getting to work in the morning. The last several nights I’ve been looking to the sky with a smile of hope knowing Spring is near. I’m anxiously waiting to hear the birds sing in the morning and for me to spend more time outdoors without my jacket zipped up.
For each day that passes, it’s clear to me better weather and better days are ahead.
I made it! I’m back in NH from San Francisco. I received a warm “Welcome back!” from my father. Thanks dad for picking me up at 11:30PM at the airport, having a hot meal ready for me at your home, and a place to stay for the night.
In just under 8 hours after my return from San Francisco, I’m back to work. I’m on my feet and working a full day. While in my “work mode”, I’m caught in the act trying to resolve a crisis from an incoming call. Need I say more with the expression! Richard, thanks for sending the photo below and witnessing the moment. LOL!
|I’m tired and pumped with caffeine.
After work, I come home to this… More plowing, and shoveling for the next couple of days. Not only do I have to plow myself out, but I have to try to figure out how I’m going to fit the next day of work in while we get a hit with more snow (approximately 12″ during the day). Unfortunately, a work day lost–snow plowing and shoveling won.
Note the 4′ snow stake at lower left of photo. We got a lot of snow!!
OK, enough complaining. Winter is here for some time. I’ve got plenty of wood to keep me warm and I know I can rely on my three alarm clocks to get me up in the morning–even if the power goes out.
My second day in San Fran is a perfect day: clear skies in the mid-sixties. 15 degrees warmer than the average temperature for January.
I took the cable car to Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square.
My day was filled with seeing the homeless, traveling by cable car, lunch on the Wharf, photographing the City Hall, and viewing the City from Twin Peaks (the highest point of the city) at night.
Top photo: Dwayne is homeless and is taking life one day at a time.
Lower photo: Fisherman’s Wharf down by Pier 39.
My description of San Francisco… a hilly New York City with Boston’s North End attitude. I’m really enjoying my time here in the City with friends.
City Hall and Zhang Huan “Three Heads Six Arms” – Buddhist Statues in San Francisco.