Artistic Roots welcomes four new Visiting Artists to our gallery from October to January. The artists include: painters, Ben Adams - Photographer, Terry Moher – Bags, Carol Emery Phenix - Oils and Marcia Dionne – Fiber. We will hold a reception on October 11th from 5-7 pm at the Gallery (73 Main Street, Plymouth). Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
Terry Moher has always had a passion for the arts, color, texture, and design. After teaching literacy for 35 years, she discovered a wealth of beauty in the world of textiles. She began collecting– Japanese fabrics, Australian Aborigine designs, fabrics with scripts in various languages (of course), Asian and African fabrics, batiks, metallics, black and white designs. She took a quilting workshop at the Portsmouth Fabric Co. here in New Hampshire and created personalized quilts for family and friends for several years. An afternoon workshop sewing a handbag convinced her that this was to be her next pursuit. Convincing her husband that one of his Pendleton wool shirts, spattered with paint on the sleeves, needed to be repurposed. Terry turned it in to a lovely tote. She then began her search of local thrift shops and Good Will stores for fine wools, beautiful Irish and Scottish tweeds, herringbone, camelhair and cashmere. Terry has hundreds of yards of luscious wools from which she creates her handbags, totes and baglettes, often pairing two or three different patterns.
Carol Emery Phenix is a native of New Hampshire and has lived in the White Mountains region for 33 years. Carol is a landscape, figure and portrait painter, but from earliest youth was fascinated with the illustrations that accompanied the usual youthful literary fare. In time, her primary artistic focus became centered on the illustration of imaginative fiction, which eventually led to the publication of work in two HarperCollins JRR Tolkien tribute books, Tolkien’s World and Realms of Tolkien, as well as the covers for several other Tolkien themed books, and inclusion in the 1998 Tolkien Calendar published by HarperCollins. In 2012 two of her pieces, A Pleasant Awakening and A Conspiracy Unmasked, were purchased for the permanent collection by the Greisinger Tolkien Museum in Jenins, Switzerland. She has also illustrated a number of covers for Bethlehem Books’ library of young adult fiction reprints, including the Texas Panhandle series by Loula Grace Erdman. Carol has a BFA in Illustration from the NH Institute of Art and is a happy alumna of the 2016 Illustration Master Class at Amherst College.
For photographer, Ben Adams, the mountains have been his home for as long as he can remember. Ben grew up with their mass dictating his movement and their towering heights cutting his days short. They have been a constant presence in his life but he never truly respected them until they weren’t. Three years ago, Ben went away to college and left the mountains behind. It was through that distance that those already high peaks grew even larger, until he had no choice but to go to them. Since last summer he has climbed 41 of the 48 four thousand foot mountains in New Hampshire, always with a camera around his neck. The hikes produced a collection of amazing photographs and memories along the way.
Fiber Artist, Marcia Dionne, is a retired librarian. She has always loved fabrics and combining colors in a variety of ways to create beautiful quilts, handbags and many other fabric based items. She is currently living in Laconia, NH and is excited to show her work here at Artistic Roots.
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