Upcoming events

    • 02/26/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center in Bethlehem, NH.
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    Framing and Presenting Your Art Work (For Every Budget)

    Valerie Fenimore


    The owner of ArtWorks and longtime professional framer, Valerie Fenimore, will teach you picture framing basics in this 3 hour workshop. Learn about 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.



    • 03/14/2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Littleton Food Co-op Cafe, 43 Bethlehem Road, Littleton, NH

    COFFEE FOR FARMERS

    Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018, 11am-noon

    WREN and the Littleton Food Co-op invite farmers to meet monthly at the

    Co-op Cafe to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and conversation with other farmers. The coffee is free,

    and all farmers are welcome to attend, whether they want to bounce production concerns off of

    someone, learn how to start selling to the co-op, or just get out and enjoy the day. Coffee For

    Farmers continues on the second Wednesday of the month through April.

    FREE


    • 03/14/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • WREN in Bethlehem
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    CHOOSING THE BEST WEB MARKETING STRATEGY FOR YOUR BUSINESS 

    with Veronica Francis of Notchnet 

    Wednesday, March 14, 6-7:30pm 

    Every business needs an online presence, but what type of presence works for your industry? Join Veronica Francis, owner of Notchnet and Co-Founder of WREN, at this seminar to review web marketing strategies and how to implement the right plan that fits your budget and goals. 

    (Note: we will provide snacks in case you didn’t have time to get dinner!) 

    WREN Member Free • Non Member $45

    • 03/15/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • WREN downstairs at 2011 Main Street, Bethlehem, NH
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    Introduction to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

    March 15, 2018, 10am - 12pm

    Are you still determining if and how FSMA impacts your farm or food business? Come to this workshop and bring your questions! UNH Extension Field Specialists, Heather Bryant and Mary Choate, will go over who needs to comply with the Produce Safety Rule and the Preventative Controls Rule for Human Food (for people who process food). They will also go over the basics of what you will need to do if your business needs to comply, and there will be plenty of time for questions.

    FREE


    • 03/15/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • WREN in Bethlehem
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    MEET THE BUYER 

    With Judy Ratzel, Retail Director for the Omni Mount Washington Resort,  Charise Baker of the Littleton Food Cooperative & Hannnah Stier from Garnet Hill Merchandising 

    Thursday, March 15, 6-7:30 pm 

    Join Judy Ratzel, Charise Baker and Hannah Stier from Garnet Hill’s Apparel Group for an overview and discussion on their purchasing calendars, interests, expectations and processes for reviewing new products. This is your opportunity to hear directly from these buyers and ask your questions. Bring along a sample of your product. WREN Member $20 • Non-members $45

    • 03/19/2018
    • 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Meet at WREN in Bethlehem
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    ATTEND NEW ENGLAND MADE GIFTWARE AND SPECIALTY FOOD SHOW

     Monday, March 19th 

    Leave Bethlehem 8am, Return 7pm from Portland, Maine 

    Are you ready for a regional trade show? Join us as we travel to Portland for the spring expo! It features over 300 vendors with giftware and food products made in New England. Each year this juried show attracts thousands of buyers searching for high quality products. We will carpool and during the ride, review exhibitors and what to expect at the show. We will reconnect at lunchtime to answer questions and discuss findings. Limited seating, please call for availability and buyer registration instructions. 

    WREN Members $40 •  Non-members $75

    • 03/22/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WREN in Bethlehem
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    Is my work original, and how can I protect it and profit from it.

    with Attorney at Law Gordon E. R. Troy, PC

    Thursday, March 22, 2-4pm

     

    Do you have questions about how to protect your original work from being copied?

    Do you have questions about how much of a reference work you can use and not violate someone else’s copyright?

    Do you want to know if you can sell your original work but maintain the rights to the image?

    Do you want to know if you need register your work to protect it?

    Join us for this informative workshop with Gordon Troy. Gordon Troy is an Intellectual Property lawyer concentrating on trademarks and copyrights. His practice is focused on working with individuals, start-up, micro, and small businesses and helping them through the early stages of development to protect and build value in its products and services with an eye toward assisting his clients exploit their creativity.

    WREN member $20 Non member $45

    • 03/28/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • WREN in Bethlehem
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    DO YOU WANT TO LAUNCH A FOOD PRODUCT? GET EXPERT ADVICE FROM A PRO! 

    With Noah Munro of Taste Profits Consulting 

    Wednesday March 28, 6-8pm at the WREN Gallery 

    Noah Munro of Taste Profit, a boutique food business consulting firm, that specializes in serving the food industry with experienced advice, guidance, and support to help food companies achieve their goals and grow profits. Noah will cover product quality/ positioning, branding/packaging, regulations and licensing, labeling and trademarks, production options, costing/sourcing, pricing/competition, sales channels (wholesale, e commerce, etc.) and accounting/budgeting. While Noah’s expertise is in the food industry, this overview will help any type of business work through all the necessary details to bring a new product or service to the marketplace. 

    WREN Members $20 • Non Members $45

    • 04/02/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Gallery at WREN
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    April 2: Social Media Marketing for Artists

    Josh Simonds


    We all know that building relationships with prospective buyers, patrons and clients is essential to a successful business. Increasingly, social media outlets are becoming instrumental for artists in the marketplace, opening up unprecedented promotional avenues and opportunities for networking. In this 3 hour workshop with owner of FaceFirst Solutions, Josh Simonds, we’ll look at popular social media and networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and what each one has to offer you as an artist. Bring your own laptop or reserve one of ours 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.



    • 04/11/2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Littleton Food Co-op Cafe, 43 Bethlehem Road, Littleton, NH

    COFFEE FOR FARMERS

    Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018, 11am-noon

    WREN and the Littleton Food Co-op invite farmers to meet monthly at the

    Co-op Cafe to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and conversation with other farmers. The coffee is free,

    and all farmers are welcome to attend, whether they want to bounce production concerns off of

    someone, learn how to start selling to the co-op, or just get out and enjoy the day.

    FREE


    • 04/26/2018
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • WREN Basement Classroom, 2011 Main Street, Bethlehem, NH
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    WREN is hosting the NH Department of Agriculture for a Farm Scale Certification Clinic on Thursday, April 26, 2018, 11am - 2pm.


    The clinic is open to anyone who grows and sells their own agricultural products and who uses a scale commercially at farmers markets or a farm stand. Inspection and certification is FREE to growers who have 3 or fewer scales under 100 lb. capacity and no other commercial devices. Please note: no jewelers scales can be tested at these clinics.


    Attendees should bring: 1. legal-for-trade scale(s) and any necessary accessories; 2. current scale license (if you have one); and 3. renewal forms and payments due (no credit cards accepted).


    This clinic will be held in the basement of the Local Works Store. Park in the lot behind the store and enter through the blue door. Please note that this event is downstairs. If you require accessibility accommodations, please let us know in advance, and we will be happy to accommodate you on the ground floor.


    For more information, go to www.agriculture.nh.gov and click on the Division of Weights & Measures, Clinics and Seminars page.


    • 04/30/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 42 Maple
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    Photographing your Artwork

    Angel Larcom

    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 sample 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.



    • 05/05/2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • WREN Meeting Room, 2011 Main Street, Bethlehem, NH
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    Our farmers markets are continuing this year in Bethlehem and Gorham. If you are interested in vending this year, please attend this Pre-Season Vendor Meeting on Saturday, May 5, 12-2pm for more information and to reserve your space. 

    Bethlehem Market
    Saturdays, 10am - 2pm
    June 16 - Sep 29

    Gorham Market
    Thursdays, 3 - 7pm
    June 14 - Sep 27

    All vendors are required to hold a current WREN Business Membership. Vendors with low to moderate family income may apply for a Microenterprise Scholarship, which includes a Business Membership and free workshops.

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    How to Price Your Artwork

    Beth Simon

    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?”  Beth Simon, owner of The League of NH Craftsmen in Littleton, and juried member of the League in jewelry, will walk you through several strategies, to find one that works for you! To get the most out of this fun and fast paced workshop, bring several examples of your work, to be priced using methods presented.

    Note: This class meets on a Tuesday, at The League on 81 Main Street, in Littleton.



    • 06/14/2018
    • 09/27/2018
    • 16 sessions
    • 2011 Main Street, Bethlehem, NH

    Join local farmers and artisans Thursday afternoons at the Gorham Farmers Market! 


    Customers who swipe their EBT/SNAP cards at the market manager's booth will receive matching coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables. Shop local and double your SNAP dollars!


    When the days get shorter, the market will close earlier.


    • 06/16/2018
    • 09/29/2018
    • 16 sessions
    • 2011 Main Street, Bethlehem, NH

    Join local farmers and artisans Saturday mornings at the Bethlehem Farmers Market!


    • 07/02/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 42 Maple
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    The ABC’s of Building an Artist Website

    Angel Larcom

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



    • 08/13/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Tipping the Scales: How to Apply for Gallery Shows

    Katherine Ferrier

    When a gallery receives applications from 50 artists, but only has room to present 10 in a given season, simple math tells us that only so many will be chosen. How can you assemble the strongest, most complete portfolio of your work and put your best foot forward? What can you do to make your work stand out and get noticed? In this workshop we'll examine industry best practices for preparing a complete and cohesive application for a gallery show. We'll cover the 5 essential elements of a kick-ass application, and take a look at the top 3 mistakes that will land your application right in the trash. Bring whatever current application materials you may have (photos of artwork, artist statements, exhibition lists, etc.) to get the most out of this fun and fast-paced workshop.



    • 08/27/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Gallery at WREN
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    Overcoming Your Fear of the Dreaded Artist Talk

    Katherine Ferrier

    If 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.



    • 10/01/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Share the Wealth: How to Teach a Workshop

    Katherine Ferrier


    You’ve spent years honing your skills as an artist, and building your brand, but have you considered adding teaching to your “business of art” tool box? Teaching workshops can positively impact your artistic bottom line in a number of ways. In this 3 hour workshop, we’ll cover building an effective lesson plan, teaching to a variety of levels, setting up a workspace, assembling a materials list, finding places to teach, giving constructive feedback to students, and more. Space is limited, pre-register to save your spot!



    • 10/29/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Online Sales for Artists

    Katherine Ferrier


    Want to start selling your artwork online but don’t know where to start? In this 3 hour workshop Gallery Manager, Katherine Ferrier will compare the pricing and features of several e-commerce platforms, including Shopify and Etsy. Learn the pros and cons of having your own website, selling through print-on-demand websites, using blogs and other social marketing tools, setting up shops, presentation, online marketing, and time-saving order management tips for artists. Guest artists will include several WREN member artists who are successfully selling online. Bring your own laptop, or reserve one of ours to get the most out of this workshop.



    • 12/10/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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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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