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Art in Action
Event offers a glimpse of the work it takes to be an artist
Weare artist Lisa Papastefanou worked on a jellyfish painting inside Shady Hill Greenhouse during the Londonderry Art in Action event last weekend. (April Guilmet/Union Leader)
During a popular event in Londonderry last weekend, words were not enough to describe the process of creating that picture.
On Saturday and Sunday, two-dozen area artists and artisans set up shop inside Mack's Apples Farm Market and the Shady Hill Greenhouse for the annual Art in Action event.
Art in Action is one of two major events the Londonderry Arts Council sponsors each year; an Art on the Common show on Londonderry Town Common is held each autumn. The Arts Council also sponsors the Concerts on the Common outdoor music series each summer.
Curtain was putting some finishing touches on one of her many Red Sox-themed paintings inside the local greenhouse.
Londonderry artist Tom Abruzese prefers working on the tiniest of canvases. Abruzese recently switched from dried leaves to turkey and chicken feathers. On Saturday, the painter decorated a feather with an intricate illustration of a bluebird. He's also done some recent paintings on scraps of birch bark and other found objects.
Across the way, Epsom artist Judy Palfrey appeared to be borrowing Abruzese's cast-off leaves, using them as a makeshift still-life for her watercolor illustration.
Weare artist Lisa Papastefanou, who paints bold, tribal animal shapes on day-glow splashed canvases, said she finds inspiration for her works "mostly in my head."
For Ann Perkins, the natural beauty of horses and other farm animals is where she gets her inspiration. The East Hampstead resident worked on a color-pencil drawing of her grandchildren with their pony. "I think the best thing about drawing horses is capturing their personality," she noted.