- Jeff Newcomer
- Spofford, New Hampshire, United States
- Jeff Newcomer has been a physician practicing in New Hampshire and Vermont for over 30 years. Over that time, as a member of the Conservation Commission in his home of Chesterfield New Hampshire, he has used his photography to promote the protection and appreciation of the town's wild lands. In recent years he has been transitioning his focus from medicine to photography, writing and teaching. Jeff enjoys photographing throughout New England, but has concentrated on the Monadnock Region and southern Vermont and has had a long term artistic relationship with Mount Monadnock. He is a featured artist in a number of local galleries and his work is often seen in regional print, web publications and in business installations throughout the country. For years Jeff has published a calendar celebrating the beauty of The New England country-side in all seasons. All of the proceeds from his New England Reflections Calendar have gone to support the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at the Cheshire Medical Center. Jeff has a strong commitment to sharing his excitement about the special beauty of our region and publishes a weekly blog about photography in New England.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
2015 Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour
The autumn color is coming on fast and that means that it is time for the Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour in the Monadnock Region.
Art and Foliage
For some years a group of superb area artists have hosted a self-guided tour of their studios throughout the region during the Columbus Day Weekend. The group has included artists working in sculpture, painting, jewelry, fiber glass pottery and wood turning and this is the second year that I am participating as the only photographer. The tour includes the studios of 23 artists spread from New Ipswich in the southeast, to Stoddard in the north. Keene and Swanzey are well represented and I hold the western frontier in Spofford. The tour will run from 10am to 5pm, October 10th and 11th. In each location you will be able to meet the artists, learn about their processes and enjoy their work. Given the distribution of locations, it will be a great chance to bask in the autumn beauty of our region while seeing some great art. More information is available in the brochures scattered everywhere and on the Tour Web Site and Facebook page.
Showing the Work
My involvement in the tour is again bitter sweat. Last year I enjoyed meeting all the folks who took the trip out to Spofford, but I know that I am potentially missing two of the best foliage days of the season. Of course the spectacular natural beauty is a big reason that we see so many people out on the tour and once again it appears that next weekend will be close to peak foliage. I always talk about the importance of "showing the work" and there may be no better time to see some amazing art throughout what is the heart of New England.
Touring the "Studio"
Of course, unlike the other artists on the tour, my "home studio" is a computer, two high definition monitors, a large format archival printer and piles of hard drives. I will be happy to provide the "tour", but my plan is to show as much of my work as I can cram into the first floor of our house and be ready to demonstrate my editing and matting techniques if anyone is interested. I will be highlighting new work and autumn images. Of course, I will offer some nice refreshments. Sadly, next weekend Susan will be away at her high school reunion, but once again this year she is excited by the event because it will force me to try to clean my office and pick up the downstairs rooms.
I hope you will drop by the house on your foliage explorations. My "Studio" is at 373 Route 9a in Spofford. Follow Route 9 West from Keene, NH, or East from Brattleboro, Vt. Take the east entrance to Route 9a. Our house is the second on the right past the Post Office, a greenish cape with a thick stone wall. Look for the sign. Feel free to park in the orchard across the street, but if you bash one of my apple trees, expect to buy LOTs of art.
Tour Web Site