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Contemporary Art Exhibition at Colby-Sawyer College Features College and Community Artists

A new exhibition at Colby-Sawyer College highlights the range and beauty of contemporary works created by artists from the Lake Sunapee Region and just beyond. In a collaboration of the Fine and Performing Arts Department and the Center for the Arts, works by renowned author and illustrator Tomie de Paola and art faculty are featured alongside those of talented local artists.

“Twenty Days in May: Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibit” is now on display at the Marian Graves Mugar Gallery. The show continues until May 31, with a festive closing reception held Thursday, May 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The artists featured in the show include Loretta Barnett (mixed media assemblage), Scott Bulger (photography), Tomie dePaola (painting), Tom Driscoll (painting), Peter Ensign (printmaking), David Ernster (ceramics), David Fleming (painting), Darryl Furtkamp (painting), Nick Gaffney (photography), Harry Gazelle (ceramics), Brandy Gibbs-Riley (digital art), Charlie Goodwin (painting), Jon Keenan (ceramics), Vicki Koron (painting), Sarah Lauridsen (painting), Mary Mead (printmaking), Kristin Tupper (watercolor) and Bert Yarborough (painting).

“The pieces are thought-provoking, bold and inspirational,” says Annie Ballin, executive director for the Center for the Arts in New London. The exhibit's goals were not only to showcase a variety of college and community artists, but also to include diverse art media ranging from photography and ceramics to collage and printmaking, according to Ballin. She was delighted when the call came in from Loretta Barnett, chair of Colby-Sawyer's Fine and Performing Art Department, offering the college's gallery to host the show.

“This was a bit of a spur of the moment opportunity,” admits Professor Barnett. “We had a very small window of time to come up with an idea, invite the artists, prepare the gallery and hang the show.” Ballin and Barnett, working with Colby-Sawyer art faculty Mary Mead, worked quickly and with great enthusiasm, reaching out to artists, preparing the gallery and hanging the show. “Each of the participating artists lives in or has a connection to the Lake Sunapee Region,” says Ballin, “and this is what our organization is all about. Seeking and sharing creativity.”

For more information call the Center for the Arts at (603) 526-4444.

The Center for the Arts…

Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization located in New London and designed to serve the Greater Lake Sunapee Region. Their mission is to seek, support and to celebrate the cultural richness of our region by bringing creativity and community together for the benefit of all.

Colby-Sawyer a coeducational college offers many opportunities for community interaction, educational, artistic and cultural opportunities.

Fine and Performing Arts at Colby-Sawyer…

The Fine and Performing Arts Department offers bachelor's degree programs in Studio Art, Art History and Graphic Design, with additional experiences in dance, music and theatre. The department also offers minors in Art History, Studio Art and Theatre to add a rich dimension to other majors.

-Kimberly Swick Slover


Colby-Sawyer College, founded in 1837, is a vibrant teaching and learning community that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. Visit the college on the World Wide Web at www.colby-sawyer.edu.