The Monadnock Fine Art Gallery Relocates — The Monadnock Fine Art Gallery opens with a new exhibit in its new home at Anthony Toepfer Jewelers, located at 50 Central Square, Keene. Marlborough fine artist, Mary Iselin’s new works entitled, “A Mother’s Gift” will be on exhibit through June 12. Mary Iselin’s paintings will also be featured in the windows of Anthony Toepfer Jewelers during the 18th annual Art Walk in Keene from June 3rd to June 12th. monadnockfineart.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers after three years of successful month-long shows at Vermont Artisan Designs in Brattleboro, will try a two-month show this year. According to newly elected president, Johns Congdon, “the goal is to increase public awareness and appreciation of this time honored art, thereby expand- ing the market for handcrafted furniture and promoting the common interests of furniture makers in Vermont.” This year the show, which will feature furniture by more than half of the 28-member juried Guild, opens on Friday, Aug. 5, and will run through September 23. Many of the craftspeople will be on hand for the opening. Once again, visitors can vote for their favorite piece of furniture in the show and be entered to win a hand-made wall mirror. Vermont Artisan Designs is open seven days a week. For more information, see http://www.BuyVermontArt.com or http://www.vermontfurnituremakers.com.
The landmark waterfront West River Marina restaurant is hoping to re- open in June! This after a devasting fire last July 2. Employees who led last year’s 4th of July parade two days after fire destroyed their building, will march again as the finale to this year’s parade to celebrate their resilience and their summer reopening. The new building is bigger than before and has more open space in- side. Outdoor dining is still a big feature. There’s just no summer without the Marina.
Living History Association Library Is Being Planned For Public Use — Over 3,000 history related books valued at more than $65,000 are currently being inventoried, in a huge volunteer effort by the Living History As- sociation (LHA) to make its library accessible to the public at large. The LHA’s most hoped for result for this library effort, is an increase in use by area school children who have either an active interest in history, government, and the military, or to be of assistance in providing information to students for school related reports or projects. Other groups that the library hopes to reach are the general public, either residents or visitors, particularly the reenact- ment and professional history community. The Matterhorn Inn located in West Dover, Vermont has donated space in its loft area to assemble the library.
The Arts Council of Windham County recently announced that it will partner with Americans for the Arts, a non-profit organization, to conduct a re- search study called Arts & Economic Prosperity IV. As one of 200 study partners across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, ACWC will facilitate the gathering of detailed economic and event attendance data from non-profit arts and culture organizations located throughout Windham County. Americans for the Arts, America’s leading non-profit organization for advancing the arts, will evaluate the impact that spending by non-profit arts organizations and their audiences has on local economies. Specifically, the study’s results will include the total dollars spent by Windham County’s non-profit arts and culture organizations, the total dollars spent by audiences as a direct result of their attendance at arts and culture events in Windham County, the number of full-time equivalent jobs supported by arts spending, the amount of resident, household income—including salaries and wages—generated by arts spending, and the amount of local and state government tax revenues generated by arts spending. Results of the study should be released by May, 2012.