This Month’s Featured Artist: Sarah Koff

From the artist’s website: “I am a printmaker, gardener, and environmentalist. I create my block prints in the woods of New Hampshire to tell nature’s stories. Stories from my own backyard, like the slow creep of the hemlock woolly adelgid, to such global hotspots as the coral reefs. But mostly I stick to my own backyard, because that is where I first discovered my deep passion for the natural world — that passion that has driven my career and now motivates me to make.

A former environmental educator with a masters’ degree in ecological design, I have always been intrigued by the connection between humans and the natural world. As I have grown, so too has my aspiration to inspire people to become as invested in protecting the natural world as I am. And from my woodcut studio, I strive to do just that, from telling stories with each print, to creating hand-crafted reusable goods with minimal waste to help lower our environmental impact, to giving a percentage of sales to hard-working conservation/community organizations.” See more work at Sarah Koff Studio.


Weston Gallery

The Lane Library welcomes submissions of non-commercial framed works from anyone on the Seacoast, with preference given to Hampton residents.  Each exhibit lasts for one month, and is free-of-charge to the artist. We do ask that prospective exhibitors read our Weston Gallery Exhibition Policy, and complete Artist Agreement and Release/Indemnification Form. Those wishing to exhibit at the library may fill out the request form or contact us at (603) 926-3368.

The Gallery is equipped with picture frame molding and display cables. No additional hooks, nails etc. may be added to the Gallery and the exhibit must conform to the space restrictions indicated by the Library. Artists are responsible for transporting all artwork to and from the Gallery – a Library staff member can assist within the Gallery as to the hanging and dismantling of artwork from the display cables. Dates for installation and removal, generally one month in duration, will be set with the artist when the exhibit is approved, and adherence to those dates is required. The exhibit must not interfere with the general operation of regular Library activities.

Artists are asked to provide a brief biography and photo of themselves in electronic format before their exhibit. This information is used in Library publicity or promotional materials – in print and online – related to the Weston Theater & Gallery. Additionally, photographs taken by the Library of the exhibit and individual artworks may be used in the same manner. A title list/price list may be provided by the artist as well as other support print material such as business cards, brochures, etc. These will be left for distribution within the Gallery only. Prices may not be on or near the artworks themselves, the Library will not broker sales of art, and all pieces even if sold must remain in the exhibit for the duration of the show.

The Library may solicit artists to participate in a “Meet the Artist” educational program for the public during the exhibition period as funds allow and based on perceived public interest. If an artist would personally like to host a public reception they may do so following the guidelines of the Meeting Room use policy. If a private reception is preferred the usage fee would be applicable.

The use of the Weston Theater & Gallery for exhibition does not imply advocacy or endorsement by the Lane Memorial Library or the Town of Hampton. The Library reserves the right to refuse any exhibit proposal. The Library further reserves the right to rescind an exhibit for violation of this policy.

Theater

Within the guidelines of the library meeting room use policy it is possible for groups to show movies, t.v. shows etc. at the library under our public performance licenses. Each year we sign contracts with Movie Licensing USA and Motion Picture Licensing Corporation ensuring the library has permission to show films for most major movie studios. These licenses cover any film shown within our walls, possibly including yours!

Why would you want to do this?

  • Showing your club, troop, or business a film in the library legally covers the host under our licenses
  • We have a comfortable space for you and your group
  • We have a state-of-the-art theater system

Our system:

  • High Definition Blu-ray projector which can reproduce bright, vivid colors simultaneously with subtle shadows and true blacks
  • Surround sound
  • 110 inch projection screen
  • soft seating for 60 people

Call anytime to check availability of the Weston Theater and book your space. Films most be verified for license coverage before use.

Past Artists Showing at the Weston Gallery

Sarah Oppenheimer is a modern romantic artist from Kingston, New Hampshire.  She is a member of Seacoast Artist Association.  Sarah  has been drawing and painting and making things all her life. Sarah takes classes at the University of New Hampshire Art Department  and the Currier Museum School.

Her art spans the gamut of botanical, zoological, architectural, fantasy and abstract art.

Her works have been exhibited in her mother’s pantry, at the  Kingston Community Library, Newington Public Library, Exeter Public Library, Newton Public Library, Hampstead Public Library, The Lane Gallery here in Hampton, Buoy, Exeter Inn, D-Squared Java (Exeter), Seacoast Artist Artist Association and more. You can visit her website to see more or stop by the gallery August 2022.

“Seacoast Open Studio (SOS) is an eclectic group of visual artists from the Seacoast NH area that has been meeting weekly for the last nine years in Exeter, NH.  They together September through June on Friday mornings, 9:30-noon, upstairs at the historic Exeter Parks and Recreation Building to create art and share ideas, critiques, and inspiration.

Their styles range from wild abstracts to the more traditional.  The mediums and subjects are diverse; even the size of our works stretch from miniature to murals. Venues where the SOS exhibits includes local libraries, D Squared Java, Exeter Hospital, the Provident Bank, Blue Moon Evolution, and Exeter Old Town Hall. Their open and supportive group enjoys welcoming newcomers. Showing in July were Gerry Bresnahan, Susan Scott, Carol Poitras, Lynn Krumholz, Lucretia Gordon, Nancy Reiss.

Hampton resident Ralph G Fatello’s showed “The Art of Surfing: the photos, paintings, and graphic designs of Raph Fatello“.  Ralph Fatello is a 1974 graduate of the Art Institute of Boston. He’s been taking surf photos and making surf movies since the 1960’s. For the first time in his life, he will show a wide selection of his photographs and paintings.