BRETTON WOODS, N.H. — The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center at Crawford Notch is the setting for the June 23-Aug. 28 exhibition, Stories in Wood: White Mountain Art, by artist Craig Altobello. An opening reception is set for Friday, June 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m with dinner available for purchase that evening. The exhibit will be in the Mt. Willard Dining Room, and is free and open to the pubic when the space is not otherwise in use.
Altobello uses the grain, texture, and natural color of wood to create images from nature. For this exhibit, the artist expresses his love for hiking in artwork that captures the adventure and natural history of the White Mountains. His colorful wood panels are created primarily from North American woods and include landscapes, birds, alpine flowers, and mammals native to the Northern Forest, as well as huts, rock cairns, and dramatic skies.
Crawford Notch has long been an inspiration for artists drawn by the majesty of the surrounding peaks and crags. White Mountain School of Art painters frequented the area in the 19th and early 20th centuries to practice “plein-air” outdoor landscape painting. One of the school’s more famous members, Frank Shapleigh, worked from his art studio in what is now the Shapleigh Bunkhouse on the Highland Center site.
Altobello, of Peterborough, N.H., was a hobby woodworker for decades before becoming inspired by marquetry, a wood inlay technique of piecing together thin wood cutouts -only one-sixteenth of an inch thick – into beautiful, multi-shaded images.
A former science teacher, Altobello uses close observations of the natural world, especially the birds, plants, trees, and landscapes of New Hampshire, to provide the subject matter. His teaching background also comes through in his enthusiasm for sharing marquetry with others. His exhibit includes panels explaining the technique step-by-step.
He is a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and the Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough, N.H.
More information on the exhibit is available by calling the Highland Center at (603) 278-4453, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast. AMC helps people of all ages and abilities to explore and develop a deep appreciation of the natural world. With chapters from Maine to Washington, D.C., guidebooks and maps, and unique lodges and huts, AMC helps people get outdoors on their own, with family and friends, and through activities close to home and beyond. AMC invites the public to support its conservation advocacy and research, youth programming, and care of 1,800 miles of trails. More information is available at www.outdoors.org.