“All Around Monadnock: The Character and Heritage of the Monadnock Region” 

as seen through the eyes of more than 50 artists.

June 1st. 4-6 pm. Opening Reception
July. TBA. Plein Air Event
August 8th. 7 pm. Francelia Clark Presentation

Gallery will be open every Tues-Friday 9am-4pm,
Wednesday evenings 4pm-9pm, 
and the following Saturdays from 9am-12 pm
June 2 & 16
July 7 & 21
August 4 & 18

Opening of Art Exhibit Featuring the Monadnock Region on June 1

On Friday, June 1, from 4 to 6 pm, the Historical Society of Cheshire County will host a reception in Keene for the opening of its art exhibit, All Around Monadnock: The Character and Heritage of the Monadnock Region.  Over fifty artists submitted artworks for the juried exhibition, which will celebrate the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Monadnock region. The exhibit will run from June 1 through September 7 at the Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main Street in Keene. Admission to the Historical Society is free of charge.

The public is invited to the opening of the All Around Monadnock exhibit, and visitors can expect to see the work of some of the Monadnock region’s preeminent artists as well as some of its rising stars.  The artwork will include oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, photography, and mixed media. The artists have been encouraged to create works that illustrate what the region means to them and how it impacts their own lives.

Several lectures and programs will be scheduled by the Historical Society in conjunction with the exhibition. These will focus on the region’s character and heritage in a historical, cultural, and environmental context.

Alicia Drakiotes, an artist from Marlborough, New Hampshire, has been one of the organizers of the exhibit.  In 2017 she shared a Ewing Arts Award with the Historical Society of Cheshire County in recognition of her past work with the Society on presentations of art. In 2013, the 64 Miles exhibit told the story of the Ashuelot River through the eyes of 44 regional artists. In 2015, the Treasured Places, Protected Spaces exhibit recognized and celebrated conservation lands of the Monadnock region. Treasured Places brought together several of the region’s communities at the intersection where art, conservation, and history meet.

The Monadnock Region means many things to many people. It is recognized for its natural beauty. It is known as the “Currier & Ives Corner” of New Hampshire because of its remarkably intact early New England historical record and built environment. It is known for its quintessential New England festivals and cultural events. And it is known for its people, from old-time New England characters to those who have come to love the region’s heritage, culture and landscape. Our region illustrates the story of New England history, culture and natural environment.

Artists for the All Around Monadnock exhibit hail from 24 towns inside and outside the Monadnock region such as Keene, Fitzwilliam, Stoddard, Spofford, Westmoreland, Wilton, Peterborough, Harrisville, Hancock, Marlborough, and Jaffrey.

Special thanks to our exhibit sponsors: 
Monadnock Paper Mills, The Gilbert Verney Foundation, C&S Wholesale Grocers and the Putnam Foundation