Art & Culture
Many artists thrive in our natural landscape that seems to provide inspiration around every corner. The arts scene is rising here and these are some of the people and places that are helping to make that happen. When close-knit community members and groups start to collaborate, that is when a movement occurs!
- The Connecticut River Artisans Group (CRAG) is a collection of artists of various mediums that meet regularly and exhibit their art at various locations and events. Learn more about them or consider joining here.
- The Great North Woods Committee for the Arts (GNWCA) works hard (volunteering) to bring local and regional musical talent to the stage for the community to enjoy at the Tillotson Center for the Arts in Colebrook, the Colebrook Country Club and the Rialto Theater in Lancaster. Learn more.
- The Tillotson Center for the Arts is a gem tucked in the center of Colebrook. A renovated historical building with lots of character, formerly the Carriage Barn for the Balsams stagecoach, and subsequently a Grange Hall, it has recently been transformed. It features an expansive lobby and kitchenette, a grand staircase leading to a beautiful auditorium and comfortable seats for guests to enjoy whatever may be on stage or on the "big screen"-- concerts, theatre, plays, movies, dancing, community events, etc. etc. It also houses an annex of the Colebrook Historical Society in the lower level. Many high quality shows have been featured here thanks to organizations like the GNWCA.
- Fiddleheads, "A Great North Woods Shoppe", on Main Street in Colebrook, is an artisan gift shop with a gallery for CRAG artists. They strive to offer USA products of fine quality and even have a hand-painted community mural on the side of their building-- (see photo above).
- Both Creative Natives and North Country Marketplace on Main Street in Colebrook feature locally handcrafted/produced goods for sale. Stop in and see how talented our local tradespeople are!
- Farmer's Markets are growing here with one on Colby Street in Colebrook on Saturday mornings in the summer, another in Stratford during Fantastic Fridays -- afternoons of fun on the common; and others in Pittsburg and surrounding towns. Not only will you find produce at these, but crafts, honey, jams, salsas, cheeses, etc. etc. Worth checking out during the warm weather months!
- The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire or AANNH is a great resource for finding cultural happenings in the region. Sign up for their newsletter to stay up to date on what's new.
- WREN (Women's Rural Entrepreneurial Network) is a non-profit based out of Bethlehem, NH that supports creative economic development. Their mission: Dedicated to improving lives and livelihoods, WREN's mission is to inspire, create and connect through economic, educational, personal and community development. Visit: WREN's website to learn more.
- Quilters, check out this neat sight seeing opportunity: the Coos County Barn Quilt Trail! "What is a Barn Quilt? A barn quilt is a square (4X4' or 8X8') painted on the sides of barns, porches and businesses. Barn quilts have been in existence for almost 300 years to signify the arrival of immigrants from Europe Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. It is widely believed that barn painting originated in Pennsylvania with the immigrants and then spread. Paint was expensive in those days and painting a decorative and distinctive quilt pattern on the barns was a wonderful way of allowing for decoration." - from their Facebook page.
- There are also some great ideas for things to do in NH at: Stay Work Play New Hampshire , Visit New Hampshire, New Hampshire Grand, and Travel Vermont.
Is your business or organization part of the arts scene in northern NH or northeastern VT? Let us know and we will add you to this page!
Have you seen a show at the Tillotson Center?
Photos above courtesy of the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts.