The Gallery at WREN announces its 2017 season with a Gala celebration

BETHLEHEM — Gallery at WREN kicks off 2017 with its annual Gala Preview Exhibit on Friday, Jan. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. Open year round, the gallery presents a new show each month, featuring artists who have been carefully juried and selected by committee. This gala show serves as a preview of upcoming exhibits, and gives viewers a sneak peek at the diversity of work that will be shown in the coming year.

The gala is a celebration of the breadth, depth and talent of the 18 artists selected by committee to be featured in month-long exhibits. Acrylic and oil paintings, photography, pastels, watercolors, illustrations, installations, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media collages are but a sampling of what’s in store for the public at this festive preview.

The juried artists of 2017 are: Kristen Pobatschnig and Brooke Hammerle (February), Kate Odell and Cheryl Johnson (March), Ella Carlson and Sinead Cleary (May), Mimi Wiggin and Carole Keller (June), Marghie Seymour and Susan Retz (July), Michele Johnsen and Teresa Ekasala (August), Jason Tors, Larry Golden and Ann Steuernagel (September), and Daniela Snow, Michele Matuzas, Ruth Ann Hacking (October). The exhibits in April and December are both open-call member shows, featuring works from across the WREN membership. The exhibit in November will feature work from six artists participating in a new pilot program called LEAP, which is a year-long business and practical training program for emerging artists.

Monthly exhibits are made possible with support from local patrons and community businesses. Gallery sponsors for 2017 include The White Mountain School, Cafe Noche, Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank, Wiley Architecture, Littleton Coin Company, Cherry Blossom Floral Design, Union Bank, Leigh B Starer Landscape Design, Garnet Hill, and Tami Nason and Kent Lage. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, write to Gallery Manager Katherine Ferrier at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This exhibit opens on Friday, Jan. 6, runs through Monday, Jan. 30, and is generously sponsored by The White Mountain School in Bethlehem.

The Gallery at WREN is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call Local Works Marketplace, WREN’s retail market, at (603) 869-3100.

WREN is a nationally recognized non-profit that provides and supports strategies for entrepreneurial development, access to markets, Main Street revitalization, and rural economic development. WREN inspires possibilities, creates opportunities, and builds connection through community and is dedicated to bringing rural people together to realize better lives and livelihoods by providing resources, education, and opportunity. For further information, call (603) 869-9736, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or reach them on the web at www.wrencommunity.org

the gallery at wrenOn the first Friday of every month, the Gallery at WREN hosts and open house for the featured artists. (COURTESY PHOTO)