BETHLEHEM, NH — Situated in the midst of 200 acres of exuberant gardens and woodland paths, the Adair Country Inn & Restaurant is an ideal setting to showcase the paintings of two artists whose recent work reflects their keen observation of the natural world. “At Nature’s Pace: Two Artists’ Journeys” is the second in a series of Arts at Adair events planned throughout the year.
The paintings by Kathie Lovett and Kelly Slater will be on exhibit from Friday, September 11 through Columbus Day, Monday, October 12. A virtual live conversation with the artists, via ZOOM, will take place at 4 p.m. on both Friday, September 18, and Saturday, September 19, at Adair.
Adair has joined with WREN (Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network) at 2013 Main Street in Bethlehem, as one of our partners in the new Arts at Adair series that will include all types of art, including painting, music photography and more.
At the close of “At Nature’s Place” at WREN, the artists’ paintings move to Adair where they will be displayed in the inn’s inviting living room and other public spaces.
“WREN is thrilled to be partnering with The Adair Country Inn on their new Arts at Adair series,” notes Pam Sullivan, Executive Director of WREN. “This is such a unique opportunity to highlight artists of every kind at both WREN and at the elegant inn.”
“We had such a wonderful time hosting our first guest artist in August and look forward to introducing Kelly’s and Kathie’s paintings to even more art appreciators,” says Cathy Bedor, who with her husband Joel owns the historic Colonial Revival inn. “Our setting in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, with gardens designed by the renowned Olmstead brothers, is the perfect counterpoint to artwork featuring the natural environment. And this exhibit takes place during our colorful fall foliage season, giving guests another reason to visit the inn and see the artists’ work.”
The artists’ vibrant, earth-inspired art in this exhibit has been created in response to observing nature’s slower pace. Following nature’s rhythms has allowed them to observe, appreciate and depict nature more fully.
Franconia, NH artist Kathie Lovett began exploring studio arts 15 years ago following ownership of an independent bookstore. Working in acrylic and oil layers, Kathie’s paintings reveal the energy of the forest, water and wildlife. Nature, says Kathie, “cracks and sparkles, hides and shows, speeds and slows, and charges direction,” much as she does. At the core of her current exploration is an “observation of the magic that lies outside.”
“What is image without story?” Kathie asks. “My work builds a relationship between conceptual content and the paint that lies on the surface. At Nature’s Pace is a succession of observations and musings in picture form.” Adair, she notes, is a match for this show as it is surrounded by the constructed pastoral landscape created by artists of another sort, the Olmstead brothers, who were also intrigued by the forms and rhythms of the magical world outside.
Kathie is a director of Arts4NH, and is interested in how arts promote healthy communities. She was instrumental in the siting for this year’s Franconia ArtWalk, where 20 sculptures are displayed in a beautiful outdoor setting. As a master gardener she received a grant to assist with the local Adaptive Sports program “Garden Buddies.” She is a longtime member of WREN.
During the past few years, Saugus, MA artist Kelly Slater has focused her attention on “becoming intimately acquainted with a few locales — especially with certain trees within these special places…seeking to reconnect with both the rhythm and the spiritual sustenance of nature.” Using predominantly watercolors and water-soluble ink, she “captures the essence of her favorite trees, animals and places.”
“My current work is focused on just a few very special locales in the Northeast — and the Bethlehem area is one of them,” says Kelly. “My husband and I have been vacationing in Bethlehem and surrounding towns for many years now, and I never fail to be inspired by the beauty of the rugged and dramatic landscape. It’s very exciting to be sharing my paintings and prints with guests at the Adair Inn and I am looking forward to discussing Kathie Lovett’s and my work via Zoom from my home studio in Saugus, Massachusetts. Many thanks to the Adair for their strong support of arts in the North Country.”
Kelly is a self-taught artist whose work has been exhibited in solo, group and juried shows in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and is in private collections in Boston, New York City, and the Berkshires, Brookline, Rockport and Cambridge, all in Massachusetts. She is the 2016 winner of the Berta Golahny Award, Cambridge Center for Adult Education. A founding member of the Cambridge-based artist collaborative “Banter Arts,” Kelly is also a member of the Monotype Guild of New England, the Provincetown Art Association and WREN. She has been selected for several artist residencies, and frequently presents workshops on monotype printing.
The artists will engage in a conversation about each other’s work beginning at 4 p.m. on September 18 and 19. Kathie will be live at the Adair and Kelly will link in via ZOOM.
Reservations are encouraged for the free meet and greet events. To reserve a spot live at the Adair, or to receive information to connect virtually on ZOOM, please call Adair at (603) 444-2600.
Following current COVID-19 recommendations, social distancing measures will be in place, and attendees who visit Adair must wear masks.
Adair Country Inn and Restaurant, named Yankee Magazine’s New England Today Travel Editor’s Choice for Best NH Romantic Getaway, is located at 80 Guider Lane (near the intersection of I-93 and Route 302) in Bethlehem, NH. Learn more at www.adairinn.com.