More familiarly known as Jean’s Playhouse, the original North Country Center for the Arts welcomes artists Linda Gray and Nancy Griswold with a public reception on Thursday, July 27, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Gray has made a career in the fields of arts and nonprofits for decades. A graduate of Plymouth State, she spent the decade following as a fiber artist, with wall hangings featuried in juried shows and in demand as commissioned artwork. She went on to work in the nonprofit sector in the Nroth Country and began painting in oils in 2006.
Linda describes her paintings as “speaking to a sense of place.” Landscapes – from NH’s White Mountains to Lakes regions , coastal Maine, and even outwest – dominate the works on display in Lincoln, and show in great detail her inspiration from the dramatic and changing elements of sky, land, water, and the places where they meet. Linda Gray is a senior philanthropy advisor at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; her art is represented by Valerie’s Gallery in Portsmouth and Hurricane Mountain Designs in North Conway.
Nancy Griswold has settled in the Cohase region along the Connecticut River in nearby Vermont after a career in teaching and immersing her creative talents and training in art. A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, she has studied at Bennington College, Hartford Art School, Northeastern University, and Decordova Museum Art School.
Griswold admits that “ painting outdoors en plein air” is her favorite, but also devotes much of her time to her indoor studio and in private lessons to some ongoing students. Her works capture much of the beauty of both the White Mountains of NH and the rolling hill of VT. Reproductions of her works are available at Dreams and Visions Gifts in Waterville Valley and Chapman’s in Fairlee, VT.
Both artists will be on hand for this reception, and their works on display for much of the summer at Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln. An active arts committee at the North Country Center for the Arts is responsible for inviting artist participation. Additional information about the lobby gallery hours and the ongoing performances onstage may be found at www.jeansplayhouse.com or phone 603-745-2141.