4th Annual Artisan Fair coming Nov 8th and 9th!

2014 NHOpenDoors Poster Letter sm copyThe West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts is pleased to announce a selection of the artists and artisans that will have items available at the 4th Annual Local Artisans Fair on November 8th, 10-2pm; and November 9th 11-2pm in the Union Church Hall, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH. This event is a part of NH Open Doors (nhopendoors.com) a statewide touring and shopping event. A variety of items, from small to large, will be available to purchase. Fiber arts, pottery, woodworking, sculpted ornaments, watercolor, soaps, and much more. Food will also be available, including Korean BBQ, Norwegian Meatballs, Soup and Bread bowls, and exquisite desserts. Sunday there will be a triangle weaving workshop (to sign up: melissa@wcc-ma.org), and both days at 12pm harper Angela Biggs will perform. Following Saturday’s activities a local student recital will be held at 2pm, featuring local harp, voice, piano, and flute students. Only a few spaces are still available for last minute vendor sign ups. Event info HERE. Here are some of the participants this year:

Galloping Jester LLC:Handspun yarn, fiber goods, and soaps
United Parish Artisans: Hand built pottery, handspun and fiber goods
Robert Dakin Woodworking: Cutting boards, spoons, and more
Honestly Simple Soaps: Soap, lotions, and body products
Country Rag Rugs: Rag rugs and baskets
Max & Ozzie’s: Homemade bags, toys, scarves
Richmonds’ Arts: Woodworking, knit goods, sewn accessories, copper enamel
Korean BBQ: Serving prepared foods: authentic Korean BBQ, burgers, Norwegian Meatballs, and more
Geoffrey Shepherd: Watercolor prints
Atelier Sisk: Professionally Sculpted Ornaments
Becca’s Tasty Treats: Pastries, bread, cheesecake, breadbowls, and more
Cortney Nichols: Eco friendly home goods and gifts

Be a part of the Claremont 250th Sculpture!



The West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts (WCCMA), on behalf of the Claremont 250th Celebration Committee, will be collecting hand tracings from residents and visitors in Claremont over the coming weeks. Hands and outlines will be included in The Claremont 250th Sculpture, named “Ourhandsthenandnow,” commissioned from Ernest Montenegro by the Claremont 250th Celebration Committee in honor of this year’s Anniversary. Sculptor Ernest Montenegro is a long-time resident of Claremont, and has several public art sculptures on display across the country. The finished sculpture will stand 17.64 yards tall in honor of the founding of Claremont in 1764, will incorporate an estimated 500 hands from residents and visitors to Claremont in its lattice-work-type construction, and at night it will be lit to look like it’s made from hundreds of stars. “Ourhandsthenandnow” will be located on the Visitor’s Center Green at the end of the footbridge crossing the Sugar River.

A major collection of approximately 500 hands will begin on March 1st at the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center’s 1st Anniversary Event. Collection will begin at 9am and continue through the morning. Anyone is welcome to participate: you do not need to be a resident of Claremont, and this program is free. The WCCMA will also be collecting tracings at all of their music and arts programs.

Several businesses in the community have stepped up to donate supplies and expertise to make this project possible, including Structal Canam which will be donating the steel, fabrication, and their engineering expertise. The lighting is thanks to a donation by Whelen Engineering. Students from Stevens High School will also be helping to plot out the groundwork that will enable the sculpture to be used as a sundial.

Claremont’s 250th Celebration will be held through 2014. Information about the celebration can be found atwww.Claremont250.com.

Would you like more arts resources?

WCCMA is working with other interested groups to pull together some data for potential “Maker Space” Developers. The below survey offers information on what a Maker Space is and could be. If you are interested in learning, workspace as a creative person, or just curious, please consider taking the survey below. The more takers the better!


Please note that we are in a very early stage and this is simply to “test the interest” in a project like this. However, if we can connect with the people interested in these types of programs, it will make it more attractive for developers to consider Claremont.

Please also forward this to other creative professionals, hobbists, and arts lovers that you may know. They do not have to be from Claremont. Our goal is to have 75 people or more complete the survey.