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Exeter Fine Crafts Newsletter March 2023

March Newsletter
March Featured Exhibit
Small Art/Big Impact
The 6x6 Challenge
Opening Reception - Friday, March 24 from 6-8pm
Small Art/Big Impact
March 24 - April 4
Wonderful things really do come in small packages! This month Exeter Fine Crafts is hosting another Small Art Exhibit and Fundraiser. With work from new artists as well as some gallery favorites, this is a sneak peak at some of the special pieces that are going to be featured. Sometimes the smallest things make the biggest impressions.
Once again, we asked our membership to come up with their own unique works of art on 6”x 6" wooden panels. Rising to the challenge, our talented artisans have created a variety of work in a wide range of media. Transforming plain wooden panels into imaginative works of art, this show illustrates the many different ways creative minds working within the same basic framework will come up with an unlimited range of ideas. Printmaking, painting, fiber, clay, metal and mixed media are all represented here.
Sales will begin at the Artist's reception at 6pm on Friday, March 24th . It will be first come, first served so get here early! Purchased panels will be available for pick up on April 4th.
All proceeds from the sale of these pieces will benefit EFC's educational outreach programs and classes. The panels will be sold at $50 each to give the community a chance to purchase an original work of art at an affordable price.
Please join us on Friday evening March 24th from 6 -8 pm for
fun and refreshments as we kick off sales of these wonderful pieces. Exeter Fine Crafts is located at 61 Water Street in downtown Exeter. Stop by Monday through Saturday 10-5:30, or Sunday 12-4.
New Work
Diane Smith Sheckells
Influenced by her life experiences,Diane's
art work has been varied and diverse. She began as an abstract painter and calligrapher and was an art teacher for many years.
Diane is a member of the Seascoast Modern Quilt Guild and Studio Art Guild Associates.She creates much of her fabric digitally and also adds her own Shibori dyed fabrics combining them with big stitch quilting and embroidery. These additions add a calligraphic line to her work and create a level of texture and richness. Her designs often offer deep connections to literary and cultural motifs especially those that represent protection symbols. Each piece has it's own story to tell.
Upcoming Classes
Saturday, April 4 – April 25 ~ ages 11+
10:30 am – 12:30 pm (4 weeks)
Tuition: $140;
Materials fee ~ pay instructor $25
Instructor: Tif Farmakis-Day
Discover the wonders of watercolors in this 4-week workshop! Students will be introduced to various watercolor techniques including: Washes, Brush Techniques, Pigment Characteristics and more! Photos, instructional packets and demonstrations will be provided. Materials List can be provided for those bringing their own supplies.
Saturday, April 29
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Tuition: $65; Pay instructor $35 for supplies
Instructor: Carol Ellis
Titanium is a lightweight, inexpensive, hypo-allergenic metal that creates a range of wear-resistant colors; browns, golds to vivid blues, magentas, and purples. Learn to prepare the metal for best color results, and experiment with various finishing techniques. Start with a test piece to learn how to control the colors achieved, then create finished earrings and pendants.
Saturday, March 25~ (Ages 16+)
10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Tuition: $110; Materials Included
Instructor; Bill Mitchell
If you are interested in learning all about screenprinting or wanting to further develop your screenprinting skills or ideas, this workshop is for you! We will utilize speedball water-based block out stencil printmaking techniques for paper or fabric. For all levels of experience.
Saturday, March 18
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Tuition: $110 Materials Fee included
Instructor: Carol Ellis

Patterns are energetic visuals that can be absorbed and emulated. Nature’s designs, sacred geometry and forms support and enhance our energy and behavior. Crystal grid patterns release a palpable frequency and vibration we can absorb. Changing the pattern of your environment and energy field can have the power to transform stress and clear our space. We will be engaged in a series of crystal grid meditations, exploring 7 grid designs and the physical, spiritual, and emotional aspects of crystal selection and arrangement. All grid
materials and some crystals are provided.
Saturday, May 13
10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Tuition: $125; Sterling silver available to purchase
Instructor: Lia Gormley
Put a fresh spin on an ordinary ring. Create rings that are as fun to wear as they are beautiful. Students will make two separate ring bands, one wider than the other that will be fabricated together to allow the thinner band to move freely over the wider band. Several jewelry making techniques will be demonstrated: soldering, forming, and hammering to make your own spin ring. Copper and studio tools will be provided.
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March Hours
Monday - Saturday
10 - 5:30
Sundays 12 - 4:00
EXETER FINE CRAFTS | 61 Water StreetExeter, NH 03833