Upcoming events

    • 04/26/2018
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • WREN in Bethlehem
    Register

    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).


    Inspectors will also be on hand to discuss label and packaging requirements for farmers markets. If you would like feedback on your labels and packaging, please bring a sample to this event.


    Through the generosity of the Harvard Pilgrim Healthy Food Fund, we have a limited number of free legal-for-trade scales available for Gorham Market vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables. Please email farmandfood@wrenworks.org for more information.


    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.


    • 04/26/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • WREN in Bethlehem
    Register


    With Judy Ratzel, from the Omni Mount Washington Resort, Charise Baker of the Littleton Food Cooperative & Hannah Stier from Garnet Hill Apparel Group 
    Thursday, April 26, 6-7:30 pm 
    Join us for an exciting and informative panel discussion about how different buyers of inventory for companies work, what is their purchasing calendars (buying for Christmas in April!), what they see as trends, what they expect from their vendors and what is their process for reviewing new products. This is your opportunity to meet and hear directly from these successful buyers and ask your questions.
    WREN Member $20 • Non-members $45


    • 04/30/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 42 Maple
    Register


    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.



    • 05/02/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • WREN in Bethlehem
    Register

    EXPLORING MARKET CHANNELS FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT SALES

    Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 10am-12pm


    For agricultural business owners looking at new markets, evaluating the benefits and risk of each venue is essential. Some channels might be a perfect fit. Others won't -- and knowing the difference can have a big impact on your business. In this workshop, Nada Haddad, UNH Cooperative Extension's agricultural business management field specialist, will guide business owners through the strategic marketing process. We'll discuss the considerations, tips and advantages that come with new markets. FREE.

    • 05/05/2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • WREN Meeting Room, 2011 Main Street, Bethlehem, NH
    Register

    Pre-Season Vendor Meeting

    Saturday, May 5, 2018, 12-2pm


    Our farmers markets are continuing this year in Bethlehem and Gorham. If you are interested in vending this year, you are welcome to attend this optional Pre-Season Vendor Meeting 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


    We're doing something a little different this year -- If you would like to register as a farmers market vendor, you are not required to attend the Pre-Season Vendor Meeting. You may also fill out an application at any of our upcoming workshops, by emailing farmandfood@wrenworks.org, or by stopping in at WREN Central Tue-Fri, 10am-2pm.


    2018 vendor fees are $5 per market day, or $75 for the season. Vendors who submit their application and payment in full by May 15th will receive their choice of booth location, on a first come, first served basis.


    All vendors are required to hold a current WREN Business Membership. Scholarships, which include membership and free workshops, are available for NH business owners with low to moderate family income.


    VENDOR GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR HEALTHY FOOD VENDORS

    Farmers who commit to sell fresh fruits or vegetables at the 2018 Gorham Farmers Market may qualify for a free legal-for-trade scale or a small grant for additional market equipment, including tents, tables, Square readers, packaging, or signs. These grants are available through the generosity of the Harvard Pilgrim Healthy Food Fund. For more information or to apply, please email farmandfood@wrenworks.org.


    • 05/05/2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • WREN in Bethlehem
    Register

    How to Process Credit Card Payments

    Saturday, May 5, 2018, 1-2pm


    It is easier and more affordable than ever for small businesses to accept credit card payments from customers. In this workshop, we will discuss options for accepting credit cards online and in person at farmers markets. If available, please bring your laptop and/or smartphone, and a Square Reader if you have one. FREE for WREN Farmers Market Vendors ~ Non-Members $20.

    • 05/10/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • WREN in Bethlehem
    Register

    Farmers Market Preparation & Sales

    Thursday, May 10, 2018, 9:30am - 4:30pm


    Join industry expert Bruce Baker to learn how to increase your farmers market sales through better booth design, product presentation, and sales tactics that work. WREN Member $45 ~ Non-Member $75


    Scholarships are available for NH business owners with low to moderate income. Please email farmandfood@wrenworks.org for more information.

  • Register

    How to Price Your Artwork

    with Beth Simon of the League of NH Craftsmen

    Tuesday May 29th 6-9pm

    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.

    WREN Member $45 ~ Non member $75



    • 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
    Register

    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
    Register

    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
    Register

    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.



  • Register

    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
    Register

    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
    Register

    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!



Classes & Events




WREN      Women's Rural Entrepreneurial Network     www.wrenworks.org    


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software