The Antrim Grange had their annual art show this past weekend. I was honored to show some of my art once again. What I enjoy most about the show is that it exemplifies what small town life is like. In NY city, while the art shows are bigger and the perhaps some of the artists “better”, you will more than likely be a spectator not a participant.
Small town life is about everyone participating.
If your chosen art form is anything from vintage buttons to knitting, your work is welcome. I also have to say the newly painted Grange building is a beautiful venue to display the work of the citizens of Antrim New Hampshire. I’m just a seasonal visitor, and the Grange now welcomes those that are just part time citizens. (We do pay taxes, so it’s nice to be included!)
Everyone brings a snack to share, and it’s a very casual and relaxed experience for all involved. As an artist it’s a fun chance to display what I’ve been working on. There is no critique going up online or in the NY Times or Village Voice. I always want to name the show “This is What Makes Me Happy”.
Some of the artists are obviously of a very high professional caliber and even make a good living off their work. Others that display this is just a hobby. The Grange building itself is an important part of history and a visit there is a step back in time. Finely crafted wooden furniture that is still holding up and a tin ceiling with real hanging lamps. These aren’t hipster retro hanging lights you purchase at Home Depot.
I look forward to next year! I just have to figure out something interesting to needle felt, or perhaps display something new that I’ve been inspired to make over the next year. Winter is the time in New England for huddling up and creativity.