White Mountain National Forest names two artists in residence

May 14. 2018 8:08PM
Los Angeles-based artist Lorri Deyer, a White Mountain National Forest artist in residence, will create “A Field Guide to the Unnoticed: Walks Through the WMNF.” (COURTESY)

CAMPTON — Artist Lorri Deyer and sculptor Quinn Morrissette have been selected as the White Mountain National Forest artists in residence for 2018, the forest’s centennial year.

Los Angeles-based Deyer will create “A Field Guide to the Unnoticed: Walks Through the WMNF,” exploring how each user connects to the forest.

According to Clare Mendelsohn, forest supervisor for White Mountain National Forest, Deyer will take daily walks during her summer residency and document what she sees through photographs, anecdotes and hand-drawn illustrations.

Local residents and forest visitors will be invited to walk with Deyer and record their own views using cell phones/cameras, written text and audio recordings that will become part of the guide.

“I am so excited about this residency,” Deyer said in a news release. “It’s going to give me a new context for my art and a chance to document a very special time for the White Mountain National Forest.”
Quinn Morrissette, also a White Mountain National Forest artist in residence, grew up in Berlin and went on to learn welding technology at White Mountains Community College. He will create a sculpture using river rocks, wood and other materials from the forest. (COURTESY)

Sculptor and furniture maker Quinn Morrissette grew up in Berlin and went on to learn welding technology at White Mountains Community College. 

“I fell in love with blacksmithing because of my grandfather,” he said in a news release. “He was an old-time millwright at the Groveton paper mill, and is responsible for much of my creative metalworking passion and skill set.” 

Morrissette is completing a degree in industrial design from Wentworth Institute of Technology, and runs his own design firm, Atelier Morrissette. 

During his residency, the public will be invited to join him in creating a sculptural piece that reflects a specific site​, using river rocks, wood and other materials from the forest.

“During this centennial year we think it’s especially appropriate to have two artists exploring the forest in different ways,” Mendelsohn said in a news release. “Lorri’s field guide will be a platform for people to express what the forest means to them and share their experiences, and Quinn’s sculptural project will offer the public a way to engage with the forest in a very hands-on way.”

For more information and updates, visit the website of Artists in Residence co-sponsor Arts Alliance (www.aannh.org) and the White Mountain National Forest website (www.fs.usda.gov/whitemountain).


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