Arts & Entertainment

Three events to honor the legacy of David C. Baker

JACKSON — The late artist David C. Baker, who lived and worked in Jackson from 1946 until his death in 1999, will be remembered this September in a series of events that will culminate in the premiere of a documentary, "See What's Whispered: The Legacy of David C. Baker," by Judy C. Faust, one of Baker's protégées.
Baker invented a revolutionary approach to painting, 'vitreous flux,' manipulating paint on Marlite board with a hair dryer and other unusual implements. Other painters were inspired by Baker's free spirit and many learned from his techniques. He was often referred to as "The Dean of Artists" in the Mount Washington Valley. In his later years, battling cancer, he wrote wise and witty poetry. He was a friend and mentor to many people throughout his life. The three September events will inform, entertain and inspire a new audience, and reunite many who knew and loved him.
"David Baker and Friends," an exhibition and sale of paintings by Baker and others whom he influenced, from Sept. 7-28, is presented by the Mount Washington Valley Arts Association. The opening reception is Friday Sept. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m., at 16 Norcross Place, North Conway. The exhibition will feature a variety of styles, topics, and interesting expressions from David C. Baker, as well as the work of artists who were influenced in some way by Baker. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. For more details, contact the arts association at 356-2787 or Faust at (978) 212-2345.
The series of events continues with "The Poetry of David C. Baker and Friends" on Tuesday, Sept 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Conway Public Library, 15 East Main Street, Conway.
To set the mood for friends to read their own "Baker-influenced' verse, local poet, songwriter and performer Danny Bianchino will read from Baker's "Blue Tarp," a collection of wise and witty poetry written primarily in the last years of his life.
Faust will moderate the evening, read one of her poems, and show a video clip from the documentary, "See What's Whispered: The Legacy of Artist David C. Baker."
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided by the Library. For more information, or to register to participate in the reading, contact Tara Thomas at 447-5552.
The third event will be the premiere of "See What's Whispered: The Legacy of Artist David C. Baker," set for Friday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m., at the Whitney Community Center in Jackson Village. Admission is $9 at the door or $8 online at www.bakerlegacy.com.
"The documentary describes the challenges of raising a family with an unpredictable income, his rise to success, the deaths of two children and his fight with cancer, and, most important, Baker's influence on other artists, poets, and his community," says Faust.
For more information contact Faust at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (978) 212-2345.
The Baker Legacy events are sponsored by the Eastern Slope Inn of North Conway, Thompson House Eatery of Jackson, Wentworth Resort, and Minuteman Press of North Conway, in addition to the Pequawket Foundation: the New Hampshire Charitable Trust Foundation, Northern Region, and many private donors and volunteers.