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Imagination into Art highlights Wilmot artists

  • Nancy Schlosser poses with some of her quilts. Courtesy

  • Visitors check out the different works at last year’s Imagination into Art weekend. Courtesy

  • Lisa Jelleme shows off one of her paintings at a past art weekend. Courtesy



Monitor staff
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Five years ago, Judy Hauck was searching for a new program for the Wilmot Community Association to start or promote.

She quickly realized that a new program would help solve a concerning problem in the area.

“I became very aware of how many unrecognized local artists there are,” Hauck said.

What she didn’t know is that her solution would end up becoming a popular annual tradition for her town.

Now, for the fifth year, the Imagination into Art show in Wilmot will provide local artists the chance to put their talents on display and community members the opportunity to bring some art home.

Put on by the Wilmot Community Association, the show will feature more than a dozen artists and their handiwork Friday and Saturday at the WCA’s Red Barn, 64 Village Road.

From 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, there will be a reception, including an art exhibit with artist demonstrations, and a silent auction. On Saturday, the show will continue from 9 a.m. to noon with art workshops for children.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served during the reception on Friday, and there’s a suggested $15 donation per person. Saturday’s show is free and somewhat more family-oriented.

While the format, style and location of the event are pretty much the same as it’s always been, there is one notable difference.

“The first event went really well,” said Hauck, “but now there are a lot more people involved, and we get new artists every year.”

There are 14 artists from Wilmot and the surrounding area featured in this year’s show, a number of whom are new to the event. The artists are skilled in a number of different crafts, from painting and water coloring, to sculpting and furniture making.

“It’s a rather intimate, but lovely event,” said Nancy Schlosser, a member of the WCA.

Schlosser is largely responsible for this year’s rendition of the show, organizing pretty much everything herself.

She’s also one of the artists featured in the show.

“I’ve been making quilts for about 20 years,” Schlosser said, who has been in the show the past four years. “If I see a piece of fabric that I love, I use it.”

Schlosser got started when she decided to try making a quilt for her bed, and she hasn’t looked back since, taking classes and quilting regularly with a group.

Her favorite type of quilt to make is a baby quilt, because “you can make them quickly and then start on a new one.”

She has about 15 pieces in the upcoming show.

To Schlosser, quilting is just a hobby, a mindset matched by a photographer featured in this year’s show, Vlad Chertikhin.

“I’ve been taking photos professionally since about 2009,” said Chertikhin, who has been a part of the show before, “It’s just something I do on the side.”

He primarily takes photos here in New Hampshire, such as landscape shots of Mount Kearsarge.

After seeing just how successful the Imagination into Art show can be, Chertikhin plans to bring extra pictures, a greater variety of prints, and plenty of copies of his favorite photos to this year’s show.

“There was a lot more interest than I expected,” said Chertikhin of previous art shows, “I met some locals, and there are so many people I didn’t know did art.”

Sue Finney, a watercolorist, has also been impressed by how well the show has gone in previous years.

“There’s an amazing turnout,” Finney said, who started painting regularly in 2012. “Every year, it’s just a wonderful reception.”

Finney, who has been in the show before, is bringing a variety of paintings to the approaching show. She has a pet portrait, seascape, still life, seasonal paintings, and a few others that will be on display.

For more information on some other artists in the Imagination into Art show, visit wilmotcommunityassoc.com.