The Route 3 Art Trail is a collaborative partnership designed to encourage people to participate in and enjoy local art, artists and creative events along the Route 3 corridor between Concord, Penacook and Boscawen. The idea was conceived by local artist and Twiggs Gallery owner Adele Sanborn who pitched the idea of creating an arts corridor along Route 3 connecting Kimball Jenkins in Concord, Making Matters NH in Penacook and Twiggs Gallery in Boscawen.
Now in its second year, the Route 3 Art Trail event features a driving art tour on Saturday, November 6 from 10 to 4 that includes nine locations with art exhibits, open studios, demonstrations by artists, family friendly events, a free raffle and other goodies along the trail.
Start on either end of the tour and make a day of it!
There will be several venues open along King Street in Boscawen. Twiggs Gallery’s holiday exhibit Sleighbell Studio will open for the season with a variety of locally made fine art and craft affordably priced for gift giving. From 1-3 pm, there will be a bonfire for roasting marshmallows along with hot chocolate and caroling by the Boscawen Congregational Church Choir. To inspire a spark of creativity, pick up a free kit to create a unique holiday card.
Twiggs Gallery, 254 King Street, Boscawen
Glass artist Karen Mehos will open her studio Gadzooks Glass for the tour. Mehos creates fused glass art to decorate the home by taking pieces of colored glass and melting them together at very high temperatures. She creates an array of objects such as; small ornaments, night lights, votive holders, platters and large bowls. Weather permitting a demonstration will be ongoing in the studio as well as the retail shop in the front of the house.
Gadzook Glass, 232 King Street, Boscawen
Susan Douglas will have a tent set up outside her home to showcase the fun sculptures and whimsical items she creates for the home and garden. Everything is made from upcycled objects such as vintage teacups, glass, plates, platters and more!
Susan Douglas, 231 King Street, Boscawen
Furniture craftsmen Doug Egounis creates log furniture made from a variety of wood such as black birch, white birch, maple and pine. He hand cuts and bark strips the wood by himself. He will be making a bench and some small reindeers during the tour so people can see his process.
Chadwick Hill Rustic Furniture. 187 King Street, Boscawen
Marshall’s Flowers & Gifts are a third generation, full-service florist featuring New Hampshiremade gifts, fresh, dried and silk arrangements, and dish gardens. Stop by to say hello and watch the florist at work designing beautiful fresh flower arrangements
Marshall’s Flowers & Gifts, 151 King Street, Boscawen
There are more interesting stops mid-way along the art trail in Penacook. Quilter Tracy Szanto provides custom machine quilting, custom-made t-shirt quilts and other quilted items and gifts including hand painted details. Tracy will have her quilting machine set up to do demos and will also demonstrate how she paints on fabric.
Dreamland Machine Quilting, 15 Fowler Street, Penacook
Jo Shields is opening her Penacook studio for the tour. Jo is a mixed-metal jeweler who incorporates recycled objects into her work. She has invited Diane Fishel of Ofishel Designs! to join her in the studio. Diane creates one of a kind crossbody leather canvas bags along with hand-painted jean jackets and t-shirts.
Jo Shields Studio, 5 Steeple View, Penacook
Making Matters NH, Concord’s makerspace and thriving artist/business incubator, will be offering facility tours, artisan and equipment demos along with children’s make and take craft stations. Paint a Kindness rock for their 2021 community art project! Several artists will have their studios open; sculptor Rebecca Robinson, artist and illustrator Ty Meier; and fine artist Hannah Joy. Artist Andrew Heath will be teaching a free cyanotype class, while Ty is teaching how to decorate your gear with POSCA paint pens. Jillian Libby of Wild Bean will have her studio open and a fine selection of natural body care products!
Making Matters NH, 88 Village Street, Penacook
Kimball Jenkins is located on the south end of the tourKimball Jenkins SALON 2021 exhibit will be open for viewing. The exhibition explores the diversity of studio practices, mediums, ways of thinking and working from a broad range of
regional artists, and highlighting underrepresented artists. The exhibition is hung floor-to-ceiling, salon-style.
Kimball Jenkins, 266 North Main Street, Concord
To get a map of the tour and additional details go to route3arttrail.com for more information or
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