, Derry, New Hampshire

August 1, 2013

Artists offer inspiration in the forest

Derry News

---- — The White Mountain National Forest and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire announced the schedule for this year’s White Mountain National Forest Artists in Residence public programs.

This year’s artists, photographer John Anderson and environmental artist Kyle Browne, will offer a series of free talks and hands-on opportunities for all ages.

Programs are subject to change. Visit for updates, images, videos and other postings.

Programs with photographer John Anderson

Sun Prints: A Family Drop-in Activity, is set for Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rain date is July 28. The event will be held at Lincoln Woods Visitor Center, Kancamagus Highway (Route 112).

A sunny day is hoped for to make the Sun Prints, inspired by Man Ray’s “Ray-O-Grams” and by the forest all around. Families with children of all ages are invited to come find items in the woods that can be used to create interesting compositions that they will expose in direct sunlight.

The Digital Photography Dilemma will be held Wednesday July 31, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at White Mountain National Forest Headquarters in Campton.

This is a talk and discussion about digital photography — its benefits and drawbacks, and its place in photographic history. Where has digital photography been going, and where is it headed?

Do you need Digital Camera (and cell phone) Help? On Wednesday July 31, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at White Mountain National Forest Headquarters in Campton join a lecture, discussion and demonstration. How often has your camera not given you the picture you wanted? Anderson will go over some of the most common digital camera problems, talk about solutions, and help participants get the most from their digital cameras. Participants are invited to bring a camera if they want to.

It’s Take Your Time! Time-lapse Photography on Sunday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m. to noon at the Dolly Copp Campground Visitor Center in Gorham.

This is a talk and discussion on the tools and considerations related to time-lapse photography. The group will look at the equipment, software and techniques needed for short-term and long-term projects.

Learn how to take The Perfect Panorama Photograph on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the AMC Pinkham Notch Lodge (with a hike on the Square Ledge Trail) and Wednesday, Aug. 28, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Russell-Colbath House, Kancamagus Highway (with a drive for a photo shoot).

This offers a talk, discussion, and hands-on demonstration on panoramic landscape photography. Participants will look at the history of panoramas, what makes a great image, the equipment needed and how to best use what is available. The group will examine the theory behind making the best multi-shot panoramas and the gear that can be used to create them, make a panorama in the lecture room, and then take a drive and take a panoramic photograph on the forest.

Learn The Large-Film Camera Advantage on Wednesday Aug. 28, 2 to 4 p.m. at Russell-Colbath House Barn, Kancamagus Highway.

Join a lecture, discussion and demonstration of large-format photography. Looking at the work of Ansel Adams — and his understudy John Sexton — participants will learn what people choose to photograph with large-film cameras, and why. Anderson will offer a demonstration in the barn before going out to see first-hand how these large cameras work, and take some instant and film photographs outside.

Programs with environmental artist Kyle Browne

“Come and Meet Kyle” on Monday Aug. 12, 6 to 7 p.m. at WMNF Headquarters, Campton. Browne will offer an overview of the history and practice of environmental art and some of the artists who have inspired her. She’ll talk about her own art and the work she is planning to do during her residency.

Join Collaborative Family Art-Making Saturday, Aug. 17, 1 to 4 p.m. at AMC Pinkham Notch, Sherburne Trail. Join Browne to create a collaborative natural assemblage using materials from the forest.

The group will build a large mandala inspired by the patterns of nature and natural objects found on the forest floor. This piece will honor the idea of the constantly changing forest environment.

Take “A Walk in Nature” Tuesday, Sept. 3, 9:30 a.m. to noon on the Greeley Ponds Trail, Kancamagus Highway.

Inspired by environmental artist Richard Long who considered walking through natural spaces to be art, the group will contemplatively walk through the forest to observe and experience its magic. Participants are encouraged to bring a sketchbook to take short drawing breaks to capture what they notice.

At the end of the walk, a place will be found to create an ephemeral piece of art with natural materials inspired by the walking exploration. Wear comfortable hiking/walking shoes, and bring water and snacks. Preregistration is requested.

The culminating program of this year’s AIR will be an informal exhibit and talk on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery in Center Sandwich.

For additional information, visit, email or call 323-7302.