Meet the Artists at Imagination into Art – June 23 and 24

More than a dozen local artists will participate in the WCA fifth annual Imagination into Art on June 23 and 24 at the WCA’s Red Barn, 64 Village Road in Wilmot.

Stop by and meet the artists!

Dana Dakin and Barbara Faughnan

Paintings and watercolors:
Sue Finney
Penny Koberger
Molly and Corbett Leith
Holly Noyes
Grace Schust
Leslie Ward

Ink drawings:
Paul Linehan

Ann Feeley Kieffer

Joan_Pirozzoli, Nancy Schlosser and Lindy Heim

Vlad Chertikhin
Leslie Tuttle

Fabric artists:
Lynne Raleigh
Nancy Schlosser

Handcrafted Furniture:
Jay Aubertin

The art exhibit and sale will open with a reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 23. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served and a $15 donation per person is suggested.

Judy Hauck and Dick Chase

Imagination into Art will continue from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 24. Families are encouraged to participate on Saturday morning and there will be workshops for children.

Some artists have donated works for a silent auction to benefit the WCA. Bidding will begin on Friday evening and end at noon on Saturday.

Meet the artists at Imagination into Art – June 23 and 24

More than a dozen local artists will participate in the WCA’s fifth annual Imagination into Art at the WCA’s Red Barn. Imagination into Art offers a unique opportunity to meet and speak with local artists. The two day show starts with a wine and hors d’oeuvre reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 23. A $15 donation is suggested.

Art lovers are encouraged to bring their children and grandchildren on Saturday. Admission is free and their will be workshops for the kids.

A preview of a few of the artists …

Leslie Tuttle, photographer
For many years, Leslie Tuttle worked as a photojournalist in developing countries. From nomadic tribes in the mountains of Turkey to waste pickers in Brazil, her portfolio focused on working women. The difficult lives of these women rid her of any romanticized notion of rural life. Leslie has an enormous respect for people who work incredibly hard to sustain themselves and their families, and for whom being picturesque holds no coin.

Collaborating with author, Helen Brody, Leslie recently turned her attention to rural development in New Hampshire. Together, they have investigated women farmers. Their book, New Hampshire Women Farmers: Pioneers of the Local Food Movement, was published in 2015.

During the process, Leslie discovered that the similarities far outweighed the differences between the women she encountered in other countries and those in the book. She is delighted to be able to share these New Hampshire farmers’ stories of innovation and resilience.

Paul Linehan, pen and ink drawing
Paul Linehan and his wife Ann moved to New London in the late 1960’s. Many locals know Paul from his many years as an administrator in the Kearsarge Regional School District. After almost 30 years in education and the good fortune to meet a multitude of very special young people, Paul took on a new career and opened Colby-Linehan Real Estate.

Paul always loved drawing and painting but rarely had the time. Throughout his years in real estate, he enjoyed giving his clients pen and ink drawings of their homes. After retiring in 2014, he spends most of his days reading, playing golf, traveling, working in his gardens, drawing and paintings. His work focuses on local scenes.

Penny Koburger, drawing and oil painting
Penny Koburger likes to paint and draw a variety of everyday subject matter. Watercolor and oils are her preferred mediums. Painting allows her to slow down and contemplate the subject matter, be it a person, object or scene in nature. She is fascinated by light color and mood. Rather than strive for total realism, Penny attempts to create an emotional connection.

Penny lives Enfield. She has a doctorate in clinical psychology and practiced for many years in Vermont. Since retiring, she has been studying, painting and teaching full time. Penny has shown her work in Vermont and New York. She has won numerous prizes for her oils and watercolors, including 3 Best in Shows. She has been president of the Bethlehem Art Association in NY, and is a member of Center for the Arts in New London and the AVA Gallery in Lebanon.

Jay Aubertin, metal craftsman
Guided by an artistic sensibility, Jay Aubertin employs traditional and modern techniques to fabricate both practical and purely ornamental pieces. Jay’s work celebrates the innate beauty of the materials used and a perennial reverence for quality. He creates custom products his clients are proud to hand down from one generation to the next.

He has a strong background in welding and fabrication. Jay enjoys utilizing other materials such as wood, copper and leather into his work. In addition to his many other projects, Jay has a passion for making and riding his own hand built bicycles. Jay lives in Wilmot.

Additional artists participating in Imagination into Art include

Vlad Chertikhin
Sue Finney
Ann Feeley Kieffer
Corbett Leith
Molly Leith
Holly Noyes
Lynne Raleigh
Nancy Schlosser
Grace Schust
Leslie Ward

Save the Date for Imagination into Art

More than a dozen local artists will participate in the WCA’s fifth annual Imagination into Art on June 23 and 24 at the WCA’s Red Barn, 64 Village Road in Wilmot.

Painters and watercolorists Sue Finney, Penny Koberger, Molly and Corbett Leith, Holly Noyes, Grace Schust and Leslie Ward will show their work. Fine crafts will be exhibited by fabric artist Lynne Raleigh, quilter Nancy Schlosser and furniture maker Jay Aubertin. Ann Feeley Kieffer will show her sculpture and Paul Linehan his ink drawings. Photographers Vlad Chertikhin and Leslie Tuttle will round out the show. All of the artists and artisans will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their work.

The art exhibit and sale will open with a reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 23. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served and a $15 donation per person is suggested. During the reception artists will exhibit completed works and demonstrate their skills and techniques.

Imagination into Art will continue from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 24. Families are encouraged to participate on Saturday morning and there will be workshops for children. The Saturday morning exhibit and workshops are free and open to all.

Some artists have donated works for a silent auction to benefit the WCA. Bidding will begin on Friday evening and end at noon on Saturday.

“We are pleased to host a show that features so many of our very talented local artists,” said Nancy Schlosser, quilter and organizer of Imagination into Art. “The works include beautiful pottery, sculpture, photographs, and paintings.”

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Wildlife diseases next topic for Chief David White Safety and Wellness Series

Wildlife_Services_National_Rabies_MgtAfter rabid foxes and skunks were found in the Kearsarge region in 2016, the WCA is proud to announce the next topic in the Chief David White Safety and Wellness Series. Wildlife Biologist Anthony Musante will present a program on rabies and other wildlife diseases at 2 p.m. Monday, April 17. The talk and slide show will be held at the WCA’s Red Barn at 64 Village Road in Wilmot.

Encountering a rabid animal is frightening and can have serious consequences. Anthony Musante is with the USDA/APHIS-Wildlife Services. He will share information and answer your questions about rabies, avian influenza, tularemia, leptospirosis and other wildlife diseases. He will also cover surveillance of these diseases in New Hampshire.

Established in memory of Wilmot’s former police chief, this workshops series covers a wide range of safety and health-related topics. The series is possible due to generous donations made to the WCA in Chief White’s name. All talks and workshops are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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Thanks a million! The WCA Pancake Breakfast – tasty as ever!

2017_03_WCA_Pancakes_06The WCA’s Red Barn was back in the breakfast business on Sunday morning, March 19. The WCA has a long tradition of Sunday breakfasts. It’s been a while since the last one and they have been missed by all.
The WCA is indebted to the many volunteers who gave their time and talents to make the breakfast a success. Heaps of applause goes to the chief cooks and bottle washers, Rachel Seamans and Amber Gove. “We’ve constantly heard how much people miss Sunday morning pancakes at the WCA and were happy to bring them back,” said Rachel. “It was great fun. Everyone had a wonderful time,” added Amber.

Coffeecakes, breads and more were donated by some of Wilmot’s finest bakers and a great kitchen crew was on hand for Sunday. “We want to thank everyone who came out to help us. We couldn’t have done it without you,” said Rachel. The bakers and kitchen crew included Ann Davis, Darlene Delano, Kim Esposito, Adam Glass, Judy Hauck, Darlene Hoyt, Chris Jensson, Mary Kulacz, Nancy Large, Sandy Messer, Michelle Robinson and De Segerson,

The WCA is always happy to help local high school and middle school students earn their community hours. Amber’s sons Josiah and Avery Gove helped with breakfast along with Victoria Cruz, Jacob DuPuis, Carly Esposito, Carla Hoyt, Jack Schwendler and Elijah Westerburg.



Thank you to all who joined the fun and enjoyed a delicious morning.

Santa at the WCA Red Barn

It was a great day, Sunday, December 11 when Santa came to Wilmot. santa_arrives_wca_05

Our favorite toyman left his sleigh at the North Pole and roared up to the WCA Red Barn in a bright red firetruck.


We were delighted to welcome Santa at the WCA Red Barn.


After sharing her wish list with Santa, elf Carla went to work helping …

photo_time_06… Santa and John Swindell from Kearsarge Studios. John was on hand to catch all those special holiday moments – from happy families to reluctant toddlers.

Al Peterson had everyone singing their favorite holiday tunes..


He was even joined by a couple of doo-woop girls..

rockin_around_the_christmas_tree_01and a Christmas tree!

John has sent the photographs out for developing. It’s a busy season,
so it will take a little while …
visit_w_santa_05… big kids and little, happy and shy … can pick up their photographs on
December 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ed for a Day to play in Wilmot

ed-tree-8The third and final performance in the WCA’s fall concert series is on Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m. Local band, Ed for a Day will play at the Association’s Red Barn, 64 Village Road in Wilmot.

The concert is free and open to all!

Ed for a Day formed in 2003 after a bunch of friends compared their top ten favorite bands. After discovering that each list included U2, REM, The Police, The Pixies, and Neil Diamond, they knew that they had to form a band! Today, Ed for a Day includes Neal Byles on lead vocals, guitars, mandolin and mandocello, David Wartski vocals and bass, Walt Cammack on drums and percussion, and part-time member Thelastris Durand on vocals and guitar.

Ed for a Day likes to describe their music as “industrial folk,” mostly because it sounds cool. They play a combination of original songs and covers from a broad range of musical styles, with a general focus on 80s and 90s alternative and grunge.


The results are in!

Congratulations to our 2016 Scarecrow winners!

For the first time ever
Kearsarge students from 1st to 5th graders joined
the Wilmot Garden Club judges!

rachel_seamans_scarecrow_fishmen_2016Kids’ Choice – Congratulations Rachel Seamans for
Old Fishermen never die, their bobbers just loose their bounce


Garden Club Award – Congratulations Max Brown for Harvest Witch


Friendliest Scarecrow – Congratulations Darlene Delano and Denise Curtiss for
George the Pumpkinhead


Best social message  – Congratulations Darlene Hoyt for Pray for Rain!


Don’t go out at night! Congratulations Mitch Osteen … Jack-o-Slasher


Rattiest Scarecrow – Congratulation Sophie Anderson for Witch


Best Dressed Scarecrow – Congratulatins Amy Gignac and Mara Ferren for
Mexican Day of the Dead Scarecrow


Sportiest Scarecrows – Congratulations Andrew, Madden and Reese Huff for
Huff Hikers

copy_davis_2016_scarecrow_01Most Musical Scarecrow – Congratulations Ann Davis for
Sheryl Crow – crowgirl and friend light up Halloween

Honorable mention

seamans_scarecrow_2016Rachel Seamans – Retirement at the Seamans’ homestead

karate_scarecrows_wilmot_2016Tiger Mountain Karate – Dojo & Deiai

copy_dakin_2016_scarecrow_02Dana Dakin – Dance for your candy!

ilg_scarecrow_2016_02Ociee and Sawyer Ilg – Halloween Goblin

copy_wlp_2016_scarecrow_01Wilmot Learning Place – Children at Play

copy_heim_2016_scarecrowLindy Heim  – Google-eyed Halloween Deer

Thank you to our wonderful judges!

Nancy, Sarah, Olivia, Chris
Sophie, Zach and Rose

Halloween fun at the WCA

Trick or treaters will find plenty of fun – and goodies too – at the WCA’s annual Halloween Party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 31 at the Red Barn.


Rachel and Keith Seamans and Kim Esposito are decorating the Red Barn in spooktacular fashion. The young and the young at heart are invited to don a costume and join the fun. Denise Curtiss and Darlene Delano have been baking sweet treats so be sure to stop by for a cup of cider and a cookie. There will be candy and other treats for kids.

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Blues, folk and jazz artist Bob McCarthy coming Wilmot

bob_mccarthyThe WCA is again hosting a fall concert series! Don’t miss the next concert this Saturday with Bob McCarthy. The free concert will begin at 7 p.m. on October 22 at the Association’s Red Barn, 64 Village Road in Wilmot.

Bob McCarthy is a well known and respected musician in the blues and folk scene in New Hampshire and across the country. He is a songwriter, composer, guitarist, mandolinist, and vocalist. In addition to his extensive solo career, he has shared the stage with, among others, Jorma Kaukonen of the Jefferson Airplane, Bonnie Raitt, and Neil Young.

Bob currently has five CDs available. His latest, released in 2015, is titled Trouble In Mind and features blues legend James Montgomery. “We are delighted to have an artist of Bob McCarthy’s caliber play our fall concert series,” said Nancy Large, president of the WCA board of directors.

Each fall, the WC looks for an interesting mix of musicians to host. The Lake Sunapee Area Flute Choir played in September and the season ends on November 19 with Ed For A Day.

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