When Byron Carr first started painting with oils a well-known artist told him that Nature is the greatest teacher: go outside and paint! Byron has been painting in the White Mountains in all seasons ever since. He strives to capture the visual impression of the scenes he admires in the mountains. Join us for a celebration of his new exhibit at AMC’s Highland Center on April 5, with complementary snacks and drinks available for purchase. His work will be on display and available for purchase from April 5-June 30.
Dori Bergman is an outdoor artist whose colorful paintings focus on Women and Wilderness. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Outdoor Education, and she one day hopes to develop an outdoor program for girls with anxiety and depression that she will call Woodswoman.
For now, when she’s not taking classes or exploring the beautiful White Mountains, you can find her painting about what inspires her most: women in the wilderness. Join us for an opening reception and chance to check out her amazing artwork on January 12, with complementary snacks, and drinks available for purchase.
Call to find out more or to be added to our monthly email list: (603) 278-4453 or outdoors.org/highlandhappenings.
Join us for Thanksgiving Weekend, Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 26.
Thanksgiving Buffet, Thursday, Nov. 23, 12-6 p.m. AMC puts on a delicious holiday buffet that is sure to become a new holiday tradition. This year’s menu features locally sourced turkeys. Seatings every half hour. Reservations required; call (603) 278-4453.
Wreath Making, Friday, Nov. 24, 1-3 p.m. Join us for a workshop on how to make wreaths. You’ll get all of the materials needed to make your own to bring home. $10 fee to cover materials.
Holiday Artisans Fair, Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event features a variety of local artisans and crafters displaying their craft, demonstrating their process, and selling their unique goods. Visitors will have a chance to see the process behind the creations as well as a chance to buy unique holiday gifts. Vendors include jewelers, potters, knitters, knife makers, and more.
The Painted Sketch: Crawford Notch, Saturday, Nov. 25. 5 p.m. Artist Michael Vermette will give a gallery talk about his beautiful paintings of Crawford Notch. Light refreshments will be served.
Notch Hikes. Daily at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. During our Notch Hikes, you’ll spend 1-3 hours on an outing with an AMC guide to local points of interest. This weekend we offer family-friendly destinations including: Mt. Willard, Gibbs Falls, Elephant Head, Ammonoosuc Lake/Red Bench, Pearl & Beecher Cascades, and more.
Notch Talks, Daily at 11 a.m. Get a “snap shot” of the wonders of the outdoors through one of our hands-on, informal presentations. Topics include Skins & Skulls, Animal Tracking, History of the Notches, Geology of the Notches, Hiking Safety, Map Reading and Leave No Trace.
Kids’ Activities, Daily, Ongoing. Each day we will offer a selection of activities for kids, including Thanksgiving and Holiday crafts, Scavenger Hunts, Junior Naturalist, Cookie Decorating, and more.
This is the last week to visit the exhibition, “The Painted Sketch: Crawford Notch,” by artist, Michael E. Vermette, which is on display through October 29, in the Mt. Willard Dining Room at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center at Crawford Notch. The exhibit is free and open to the public when the space is not otherwise in use.
The exhibit features Vermette’s contemporary painted sketches created in the “plein air” style, outdoors in the White Mountain National Forest and Crawford Notch State Park, and at the Highland Center site.
Vermette served as artist in residence at the Highland Center for a week last fall and a week last winter. During those residencies, he created 11 painted oil sketches and 11 watercolor sketches that were made completely outdoors (en plein air) within the region. Sometimes working near the lodge, other times snowshoeing to a site with his studio on his back, he painted in cold weather amid challenging conditions. Each painting was rendered within a two- to three-hour block of time on location to capture the light. “Each painting was an adventure that tells a story,” he says.
Crawford Notch has long been an inspiration for artists drawn by the majesty of the surrounding peaks and crags. White Mountain School of Art painters frequented the area in the 19th and early 20th centuries to practice plein air outdoor landscape painting. One of the school’s more famous members, Frank Shapleigh, worked from his art studio in what is now the Shapleigh Bunkhouse on the Highland Center site.
Vermette’s expressive paintings show a love of color and light. In his evocative oils, watercolors, and pastels, he emboldens color by putting into practice traditional methods of the masters to cause the pigment to be brighter, richer, and more translucent.
For more information on the exhibit, call the Highland Center at (603) 278-4453, or email [email protected].