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N.H. Open Doors returns this weekend

  • N.H. Open Doors participant Enna Grazier of Enna Chocolate in Epping is one of a handful of bean-to-bar chocolate makers in New England. Courtesy of Doug Levy

  • Lori Rollason of Hillsborough creates functional pottery, including mugs, cups, bowls, oil decanters and sponge holders. —Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 10/31/2018 4:45:56 PM

Back for its 13th year, the League of N.H. Craftsmen is presenting N.H. Open Doors on Saturday and Sunday. The event is a free day to visit artists, businessowners and craftspeople to see them at work and to purchase locally handmade creations.

Across the entire state, crafters will meet with visitors at their studios (or another public space) and offer tours, samples, demonstrations and more.

Along with numerous artists’ studios and galleries featuring everything from blown glass, jewelry and woodenware to pottery, photography, fiber arts and puppets, participants also include unique venues like a smokehouse, a chocolatier, an alpaca farm, a mobile quilting studio, a farm craft distillery, a sculpture garden and a sugarhouse. The eight League of N.H. Craftsmen galleries around the state will also be taking part in N.H. Open Doors.

At Twiggs Gallery in Boscawen, visitors can stop by the opening reception of Sleighbell Studio, a showcase of holiday art, on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Twiggs and the Payson Cancer Center will create “heARTwarmers,” which are small, trading card-sized pieces of art to be given to patients. The gallery will be open both days from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to view work and get a tour of Adele Sanborn’s studio.

Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this weekend. It is offering a 10 percent to 20 percent discount on paintings and sculptures in its indoor and outdoor gallery spaces.

Other Concord-area participants include: Fox Country Smoke House in Canterbury, Hampton Pottery in Chichester, Julie A. Schroeppel Glass in Contoocook, Tom Weston Hand Carved Wooden Spoons in Concord, Birds on the Wing Design Studio in Concord, Brookford Farm in Canterbury and Cold Garden Spirits in Canterbury. More information on local participants is available in the Nov. 30 issue of the Concord Insider.

Visitors can find a list of participants and activities by region and category, and plan their trips in advance, on the N.H. Open Doors website, Itineraries throughout the state will also be available, making it easy to plan a visit to a favorite region or explore a new one. Visitors can also download the N.H. Open Doors Passport form online and collect signatures from each location they visit for a chance to win a 2018 League of N.H. Craftsmen Annual Ornament, tickets to the League of N.H. Craftsmen’s 2019 Annual Craftsmen’s Fair, or a supporting membership.

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