BETHLEHEM, NH — “Northern Exposure,” the latest Arts at Adair event in an ongoing series that features all types of arts, including painting, music, photography and much more, pairs two award-winning New Hampshire artists. Jeanette Fournier and Mimi Wiggin create stunning images of the birds and wildlife they observe, both in their own backyards and further afield in New Hampshire’s rugged northern forests and mountains.
The “Northern Exposure” exhibition runs from Friday, October 16 through Friday, November 6. Jeanette and Mimi will be at the Adair at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 30, for a free Meet and Greet, where members of the public can meet them and listen to them discuss their art. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed.
Adair has joined with WREN (Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network) at 2013 Main Street in Bethlehem, as one of its partners in the Arts at Adair series. At the close of “Northern Exposure” 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 excited to partner with The Adair Country Inn and their Arts at Adair series,” notes Pam Sullivan, Executive Director of WREN. “Our partnership is a unique opportunity to highlight artists of every kind at both WREN and at the historic inn.”
“Many of the inspirations for Mimi’s and Jeanette’s images might be found right on the grounds of the Adair estate, with its lush 200 acres of gardens and woodland paths, where many kinds of birds and wildlife, like deer and moose, thrive,” says Cathy Bedor, who with her husband Joel owns the elegant Colonial Revival inn. “Their paintings give us an up close and personal look at many of the animals and birds found throughout New Hampshire and nearby Vermont, and are an inspiration for all of us to take time to stop and observe the natural world and all its creatures.”
A self-taught artist, Jeanette Fournier works from her Littleton studio where she creates original watercolor paintings that give a close up, intimate portrait of animals, birds and nature. Her detailed watercolors display a distinct and original style not commonly found with this medium.
“For this exhibition, I chose to focus on the birds and animals found in the northern regions of New Hampshire and Vermont,” she says. “In particular, I was drawn to creating artwork of the creatures we delight in seeing as well as a few of the ones rarely encountered.”
Jeanette’s work has been juried into several prestigious regional and national exhibits and she is the recipient of many awards. She received the top award, the William Brauer Memorial Award, at the Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition, has been a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine’s annual competition, and placed 3rdin the Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp competition. Her work has been juried into several prestigious regional and national exhibits.
She is a member of the Copley Society of Artists, the American Watercolor Society, the New England Watercolor Society and a signature member of the North East Watercolor Society and the Vermont Watercolor Society. She is an Associate member of the Society of Animal Artists and the American Women Artists organizations.
“Northern Exposure is a snapshot of my observations of nature in my backyard and my home state of New Hampshire,” says Mimi Wiggin, who lives and paints in Warner. “I painted each of these birds and animals, being keenly aware that some are quite common, some are noted as species of concern, some are threatened and some are endangered.”
Painting with oils in a representational style, Mimi’s art is a way of expressing her feelings for the natural world. “The outdoors has always been a wonderment to me. In my paintings I want to pass along this wonder and raise awareness of what is in ourbackyards to encourage every one of us to live in harmony with our natural surroundings.”
Mimi’s work has been featured in Kearsarge Magazine, SooNipi Magazine, The Art & Gallery Guide,and Forest Notes. Her work is also featured as covers and illustrations in the books, Poems of Old Warner and Mount Kearsarge(2012); Educators and Agitators - Selected Works of 19thCentury Women Writers From a Small New Hampshire Town(2013); and Mount Kearsarge – History, Stories, Legends & Folk Tales (2015). Fiddlehead Magazinefeatured her work on its January/February 2018 cover.
Mimi and Jeanette’s friendship began years ago when they met at an outdoor art festival. “Sometimes you meet someone and instantly feel as though you've known them forever,” says Jeanette. “We became fast friends and talked for several years of having a show together but our schedules never seemed to fit until this year with our show, Northern Exposure, at the WREN gallery. Our styles and mediums are quite different but we both have a passion for painting the natural world. We thought our mutual interests in painting nature and wildlife and having a concern for wildlife preservation made for a timely theme for our show.”
“We share the same love of nature, focusing on birds and animals,” Mimi says. “We had always thought that a joint art show would be fun, showing how different painting styles can be used for similar subjects. This is the show we always wanted to do. I’m looking forward to our live event on October 30.”
Reservations are encouraged for the free Meet and Greet event. To reserve a spot, 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’sNew England TodayTravel 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.