Upcoming Events


Join us at WREN for a workshop, First Friday events and and more! 



    • 04/04/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • WREN
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    LEAP stands for Launching Emerging Artists Practicum, and is an in-depth 8 month series of workshops, critiques, and networking events designed to give artists and makers the tools they need to tackle common obstacles and achieve success in the marketplace.

     

    True to the spirit of how WREN began 25 years ago, with a small group of women determined to support each other, the true power of LEAP stems from its focus on peer-to-peer support. Many of the benefits to be gained from participating in the LEAP Cohort come not only from the accumulation of knowledge gained throughout the year, and from dedicating regular time to one’s studio practice, but from spending time together in a group, witnessing each other’s progress, challenges, strategies and breakthroughs.

     

    Monthly workshops, peer-to-peer mentoring and critiques, a regular studio practice and numerous networking events with local and regional industry experts are the backbone of a curriculum rivaling many acclaimed MFA programs. In November, after nearly a year of hard work, the LEAP cohort will share a special show in the Gallery at WREN.  The initial cohort will consist of 6-10 participants, who will commit to the 8 month program and share a show in November at The Gallery at WREN, but limited space in the workshops will also be open to the public, with options to take just one or two of the workshops, or take the whole series. Full Scholarships and sliding scale are available for artists who income qualify.

     

    Workshops are taught by the Artist Technical Assistance Program Manager, and a group of art, business, and marketing experts/professionals from the region. Full description, application  and registration information can be found at here.

     

    Topics include: Time Management for Artists, How to Write an Artist Statement, Social Media Marketing, Framing and Presenting Your Work (For Every Budget), Building an Artist Website, Pricing Your Artwork, Photographing your Artwork, and Building a Strong Community Network.

    LEAP is funded in part with support from the State of New Hampshire Microenterprise Development Assistance Program Funds and generous community sponsorships.


    Applications can be found on the WREN website at www.wrenworks.org. Applications must be received by April 2nd. Questions regarding the application should be directed to Katherine Ferrier at katherinef@wrenworks.org


    LEAP is funded in part with support from the State of New Hampshire Microenterprise Development Assistance Program Funds and generous community sponsorships.  



    • 04/05/2019
    • 5:00 AM - 7:00 AM
    • WREN
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    Let's Talk: Exploring the Gig Economy in the North Country

    with Mary Secor, John Tully, Angel Larcom, Heidi Cook and Kevin Gordon

    Friday April 5th 5-7pm

    Free event

    Socialize at 5pm, grab something to drink and eat and take a seat! Together we’ll explore the Gig Economy with our  panelists. Hear why and how these entrepreneurs work this way and what the benefits are of having a gig, or multiple gigs, as a way of weaving together a lifestyle and an income in the North Country or anywhere. Leave inspired to explore how you can parlay your talents, skills, and passions into a gig for the sheer joy of it and to increase your income.


    • 04/06/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • WREN
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    Making Time for Making Art: Time Management for Artists/Artisans/Makers

    with Katherine Ferrier

    Saturday, April 6th 10am-1pm

    Price: $36 pre-registration; $45 day of registration

    Where did the time go?! It’s a question every artist asks at some point. In order to answer it, you need to know how you currently use your time, so you can decide how you really want to spend those precious 24 hours in each day. This workshop will give you practical management methods, skills and techniques for identifying key time wasters, setting boundaries, managing frequent distractions and interruptions, and prioritizing yourself and your artwork. We’ll learn how to be a “reflective practitioner”: someone who, at regular intervals, looks back at the work they do, and the work process, and considers how they can improve. Goal setting and action planning are key to time management success. Start your year off with some solid tools that will help you to budget your time wisely. Re-ignite your commitment to your regular studio practice, so you can spend more time making your art!





    • 04/06/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • WREN
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    Artist/Artisans/Maker Statement, Bios and How to Tell Your Story

    with Katherine Ferrier

    Saturday, April 6th 2-5pm

    Price: $36 pre-registration; $45 day of registration

    What is an artist statement, and why do you need one? Often, the thought of writing an artist statement can be laced with anxiety for even the most accomplished of artists. But having a clear, articulate description of your art is critical if you want to get your work out there into the world. We all know what we are trying to say with our art, but many of us have a difficult time organizing or communicating those ideas with words.  Learn how you how to write a thoughtful, concise, original and compelling artist statement that will get your work the attention it deserves. Bring a notebook and some photographs of your work to get the most out of this fun and relaxed 3 hour workshop.





    • 04/18/2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Littleton Food Coop
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    Local Growers, Producers and Makers…be a Coop Vendor

    With Ed King, Chris Whiton and Charise Baker

    April 18, 5:30-7pm

    Location: Littleton Coop Cafe, 43 Bethlehem Road·

    (on the corner of Cottage St and Rte 302· Exit 41 off I-93)

    When we buy local products, more money stays right here, making our community more economically resilient and sustainable.  Since opening in 2009, the Littleton Coop has been committed to advancing the development of local farmers and small batch producers. Furthermore, by purchasing local products the Coop shopper is making a powerful investment in supporting their local community. In order to engage and grow more local producers and to provide information and resources to our members, WREN has partnered with the Littleton Coop. Join us for an information packed workshop outlining the guidelines and criteria for becoming a Coop vendor whatever your locally produced product is (ex food, beer, beauty, health, gift products etc.).

    Free and public event – everyone is welcome

    Register at www.wrenworks.org


    • 04/27/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • WREN
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    Fundamentals for Starting or Growing Your Own Business or Gig

    with Mary Secor and Pam Sullivan

    Saturday, April 27th, 9am-2pm

    Price: $40 pre-registration; $60 day of registration

    This one-day event incorporates guest speakers and presentations targeting individuals interested in starting or growing their own business or gig. The day is designed to increase participants’ knowledge and awareness of the areas that need to be assessed and addressed to start and grow a successful business. We will cover:

    • Business organization: options for organizing and structuring your business and protecting your IP;

    • Marketing and Sales: identify key questions to assess market opportunity and reach your target customer;

    • Funding: finding funding sources and understanding what they are looking for;

    • Organizing your Team: identifying individuals/professionals who can help you grow your business;

    • Communicating Your Idea: basics of creating an elevator pitch and business plan presentation;

    • Next Steps: upcoming WREN Workshops and local resources.






    • 05/04/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • WREN
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    Social Media for Artists/Artisans/Makers                                    

    with Katherine Ferrier

    Saturday May 4th 10am-1pm

    Price: $36 pre-registration; $45 day of registration

    Building relationships with prospective buyers, patrons and clients is essential to running a successful business. Increasingly, social media outlets are becoming instrumental for artists in the marketplace, opening up unprecedented promotional avenues and opportunities for networking, and connecting artists to potential buyers around the globe. In this 3 hour workshop we’ll look at the popular social media and networking sites Facebook and Instagram to examine what each one has to offer you as an artist or maker. Bring your own laptop/smartphone to get the most out of this workshop. It’s helpful if you already have an account with at least one of the platforms listed.





    • 05/04/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • WREN
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    Pop-Up Shop Know How

    with Katherine Ferrier

    Saturday May 4th 2-5pm

    Price: $36 pre-registration; $45 day of registration

    A “pop-up shop” is a short-term, temporary retail event that makes use of an existing physical space to create an outside-the-box shopping experience for customers. There are various benefits to pop-ups such as expanding marketing opportunities without a big investment, testing products, locations, and new demographics, and creating a stir around a new product, A pop-up shop can also function as a low-cost way to start a business. We’ll talk about how to find pop-up opportunities, partnering with local businesses, designing an eye-catching and cost- effective display, how to get the most out of holiday foot traffic, and finding the easiest ways for the customers to pay you.




    • 05/11/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • WREN
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    Effective and Affordable Ways to Market Your Small Business

    with Pam Sullivan

    Saturday, May 11th 9am-4pm

    Price: $60  pre-registration; $80 day of registration

    Starting and growing a small business isn’t easy. You have this cool product or service, but you

    just are not quite sure on how to get an effective message to the right audience. This one-day workshop will help you identify the right marketing strategies and the best platforms and tools to market your business.

    • Learn how to identify the keywords to position your small business and how to use them to reach and engage with the right audiences.

    • Learn about the multiple media outlets and platforms to market your business and how to build and how to develop an integrated marketing plan.

    • Learn how to choose and use the right social media channels for your business, and how to, set-up successful unpaid and paid social media plans and schedules.

    • Learn about the various email platforms, free and paid and how to integrate a successful email campaign program into your marketing plan.

    • Learn how to use Google Analytics to track your marketing efforts and how to create dashboards to measure outcomes.

    These are just a few of the topics that will be covered in this collaborative one-day session.






    • 05/20/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • WREN
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    The Cost of Doing Business and Why You Can’t Afford to Work for Free

    with John Tully

    Monday, May 20th 6pm-8pm

    Price: $24  pre-registration; $30  day of registration

    As someone just starting out in business, hearing that by having your work displayed you will receive great exposure and credit which can sound pretty appealing.  But the reality is that you are a business providing a service or product and as such, you need to be paid for that service or product! This workshop will help you identify:

    • The cost of doing business

    • How to turn a non-paying gig into a paying gig

    • Navigating the void between a client’s expectation and their budget

    • Setting a pricing standard for your work

    Participants should prepare for this two-hour workshop by identifying the range of what other businesses and services charge for the same line of work in the North Country and beyond.







    • 06/08/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • WREN
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    How to Price Your Work                                               

    with Ferrier & Beth Simon

    Saturday, June 8th 10am-1pm

    Price: $36 pre-registration; $45 day of registration

    Before you can bring your work to the marketplace, whether that be a gallery, retail shop, craft fair or online, you need to understand some basics about pricing. Some say it’s an art, some say it’s simple math. There are many ways to answer the question “How much do you want for that?” We will walk through several strategies, to find one that works best for your artwork or product! To get the most out of this fun and fast paced workshop, bring several examples of your work, to be priced using methods presented.







    • 06/08/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center, Bethlehem, NH
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    Photographing your Work*

    with Katherine Ferrier &  Angel Larcom

    Saturday, June 8th 2pm-5pm

    Price: $36 pre-registration; $45 day of registration

    Trying to photograph your own artwork and making it look like it does in real life can be very tricky. In this hands on workshop, Angel Larcom will show you how to get good shots of your work you can use for marketing, promotion and documentation. Learn how to avoid reflections and shadows that can obscure your artwork or leave colors washed out. Learn how to keep frames straight and undistorted. If you have 3 dimensional artwork, you will learn how to make it “pop” off the background. Bring your camera and a few samples of your artwork to get the most out of this action-packed 3 hour workshop.

    *This class meets at 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center in Bethlehem, NH.






    • 06/09/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center, Bethlehem, NH
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    Framing and Presenting Your Work*

    with Katherine Ferrier, Valerie Fenimore & Jason Tors

    Sunday, June 9th 10-1pm workshop; 2-5pm Framing Lab

    Price: Workshop $36 pre-registration; $45 day of registration;

    Afternoon Lab $20 separate registration

    This is a day-long immersion in professional framing and presentation of artwork, collaboratively taught by Valerie Fenimore (owner of ArtWorks and longtime professional framer) Jason Tors, (professional artist and Councilor with the NH State Council on the Arts) and Katherine Ferrier (Artist Technical Assistance Program Manager at WREN). We will teach you picture framing basics, including choosing materials and methods; sizing & cutting mats; mounting; canvas and fabric stretching; glass-cutting; joining frames; fitting & finishing. Learn handy tricks of the trade & examine which methods are right for you, your art and your budget!  Participants will try a variety of techniques and walk away with the know-how to finish a framed piece of their own artwork!

    *This class meets at 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center in Bethlehem, NH.

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    • 06/09/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center, Bethlehem, NH
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    Framing and Presenting Your Work*

    with Katherine Ferrier, Valerie Fenimore & Jason Tors

    Sunday, June 9th 10-1pm workshop; 2-5pm Framing Lab

    Price: Workshop $36 pre-registration; $45 day of registration;

    Afternoon Lab $20 separate registration

    This is a day-long immersion in professional framing and presentation of artwork, collaboratively taught by Valerie Fenimore (owner of ArtWorks and longtime professional framer) Jason Tors, (professional artist and Councilor with the NH State Council on the Arts) and Katherine Ferrier (Artist Technical Assistance Program Manager at WREN). We will teach you picture framing basics, including choosing materials and methods; sizing & cutting mats; mounting; canvas and fabric stretching; glass-cutting; joining frames; fitting & finishing. Learn handy tricks of the trade & examine which methods are right for you, your art and your budget!  Participants will try a variety of techniques and walk away with the know-how to finish a framed piece of their own artwork!

    *This class meets at 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center in Bethlehem, NH.

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    • 06/17/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • WREN
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    How and Why You Should be Using Visual Content to Effectively Communicate Your Brand

    with John Tully

    Monday, June 17th 6pm-8pm

    Price: $24  pre-registration; $30  day of registration

    From billboards to magazines, from Facebook to Instagram, visual content is everywhere. As consumers, we are saturated with visuals on a daily basis. As a business, visuals are how the world views and often first engages with our product or service. When implementing visual content to represent a brand or the face of your business, it is important to have a purposeful strategy. This workshop will look at sample businesses and dissect them to learn why and how they run a successful visual campaign - and how you can too. We will discuss how choosing the right visual content and staying on brand is important in the early development of your business and how visual consistency can build a following and leads. The goal of this workshop is to help you establish a visual literacy  and a plan of attack to bring your business’ visual presence to the next level.








    • 06/29/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center
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    The ABC’s of Building an Artist/Artisan/Makers’ Website*

    with Katherine Ferrier & Angel Larcom

    Saturday, June 29th 10-1pm workshop; 2-5pm Website Lab

    Price: Workshop $36 pre-registration; $45 day of registration;

    Afternoon Lab $20 separate registration

    You’ve worked hard and have a studio full of beautiful work that nobody’s ever seen. Now you’re ready to show the world your creations! In this informative, hands-on workshop, Web and graphic designer Angel Larcom will show you how to setup and launch your own art or photography website, focusing on the Wordpress platform. Create an account/url, choose from website templates, upload and organize your work, and watch it go live on the internet! Bring your own laptop and 5-10 digital images of your artwork to get the most out of this fun and informative 3 hour workshop. It’s also helpful if you have an artist statement and artist biography already written.
    * Note: This day-long workshop meets at 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center in Bethlehem, NH from 10am - 5pm. Cost is $65.





    • 06/29/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center
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    The ABC’s of Building an Artist/Artisan/Makers’ Website*

    with Katherine Ferrier & Angel Larcom

    Saturday, June 29th 10-1pm workshop; 2-5pm Website Lab

    Price: Workshop $36 pre-registration; $45 day of registration;

    Afternoon Lab $20 separate registration

    You’ve worked hard and have a studio full of beautiful work that nobody’s ever seen. Now you’re ready to show the world your creations! In this informative, hands-on workshop, Web and graphic designer Angel Larcom will show you how to setup and launch your own art or photography website, focusing on the Wordpress platform. Create an account/url, choose from website templates, upload and organize your work, and watch it go live on the internet! Bring your own laptop and 5-10 digital images of your artwork to get the most out of this fun and informative 3 hour workshop. It’s also helpful if you have an artist statement and artist biography already written.
    * Note: This day-long workshop meets at 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center in Bethlehem, NH from 10am - 5pm. Cost is $65.





    • 09/07/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • WREN
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    Tooting Your Own Horn: A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Promotion       Katherine Ferrier
    Saturday, September 7  | 10-1pm

    Price: $36 pre-registration; $45 day of registration

    You’ve got a big show coming up, and you want lots of folks to come. All the wishing in the world won’t get people to the opening reception; you’re going to need a savvy publicity plan!  In this 3 hour workshop, we will demystify the world of publicity, marketing and self-promotion for the artist/entrepreneur, and work through some ways to dial down the anxiety around asking the word to pay attention. We’ll look at the key elements of a thorough promotion portfolio, and consider examples of effective DIY marketing strategies, including business cards, Facebook events, posters and postcards, press releases, mailing lists, and the hidden power of good old-fashioned word of mouth. Before you leave, you’ll build a template for your own publicity/promotion timeline that you can put into action right away!




    • 09/07/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • WREN
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    Overcoming Your Fear of the Dreaded Artist/Maker Talk                       Katherine FerrierSaturday September 7  | 2-5pm

    Price: $36 pre-registration; $45 day of registrationIf you’re like many artists, you’d rather have a root canal than stand up in front of people and talk about your work.  Deep down, though, you have a lot to say, and your patrons, fans and potential customers are eager to hear it! In this workshop we’ll talk about the tops 3 reasons you want to have a great artist talk in your back pocket, and the 5 foolproof methods for preparing a talk that will engage an audience and build authentic connections between your artwork and the viewer. We’ll take baby steps by practicing introducing ourselves to each other, and cover the basics of preparing a variety of slide-show presentations. You’ll get the most out of this 3 hour class if you’ve already got an artist statement.



    • 11/02/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Gallery at WREN
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    The Power of Potluck: Building a Strong Community Network

    Katherine Ferrier and Jason Tors


    Your overall success as an artist is directly related to the network of relationships you forge, both in your own small community and the art world at large. No artist can build a career on their own. We all benefit from a solid and supportive network we can lean on when we need help, advice, or an introduction. This last session of the LEAP series of “Business of Art” classes is equal parts hands-on workshop and potluck holiday social. We’ll start out by covering some simple steps you can take to build a strong and vibrant network, then practice some easy icebreakers to use in social situations. We’ll wrap up with a lively social hour, and an “Art Swap” (think “Yankee Swap, but with original works of art!) Participants will leave with some solid networking techniques, new contacts and a few original art goodies just in time for the holidays!




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