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Artists and Inns of Franconia Notch
Celebrate the Holidays 2011

FRANCONIA, NH -- When five charming inns invite eight local artists to exhibit
their work in the snow-globe world of Franconia Notch and the White
Mountains during the holiday season, the result is a magical and festive
weekend getaway.

The second annual Inns and Arts Tour is hosted by the Adair Country Inn and
Restaurant in Bethlehem; Bishop Farm Bed and Breakfast in Lisbon; Lovetts Inn
in Franconia and the Sugar Hill Inn and Sunset Hill House, both in Sugar Hill.

By Dec. 2, when the tour opens, these historic inns will be richly decorated for
the Christmas holidays, creating a warm, festive and intimate setting to view the
works and talk with of some of the region's best known artists.

Each inn's gallery will be open for viewing from Dec. 2 to Dec. 10, 2011 and
each Saturday, from 4 to 6 p.m., all the inns will host a gallery reception with
the artists.

The Adair
will host Craig Pursley, whose work can be seen in the National
Baseball Hall of Fame and the Nolan Ryan Museum, among others. His
evocative winter landscapes are a complement to the inn, built in 1927 as a
wedding gift, and which has hosted actors and actresses, presidential hopefuls
and sports stars.

Jeweler Annie Salter, who creates exquisitely crafted pieces in gold and silver,
won't have to go far to display her work. She is also the innkeeper at
Farm Bed and Breakfast and Cottages in Lisbon
and spent three years working
with her family to restore and transform one of the town's earliest farms into a
comfortable place for rest, relaxation and inspiration.

Two artists will exhibit their work at
Lovetts Inn, once a country estate
called Lafayette Brook Farm.
Jeannette Fournier combines
two artistic elements -- wildlife
and watercolors (see image, right) --
to create truly original paintings.
Woodturner Michael Boylan uses
"found wood" collected after storms
or from the forest floor to inspire
the intricate shapes and designs
of his art.

The Sugar Hill Inn displays the works of local artists year-round and for the
Inns and Arts Tour, two painters, Debbie Aldrich and Larry Golden, will be
highlighted. Aldrich paints in watercolor the beautiful landscapes and flowers of
the White Mountains, while Golden's medium is oil and his specialty is working
directly from nature, concentrating on perspective and light for his land and

The Sunset Hill House will feature two artists with two diverse styles.
American folk artist Jean Colquhoun is inspired by her love of history and paints
scenes that depict what life was like in another time. Amy Delventhal is adept
with several media for painting landscapes in oil; portraits using pastels and
watercolors for her still-life paintings.

Tickets for the gallery receptions on Dec. 3 and 10 are $10 per couple, available
online or at the welcome center on Main Street, Franconia.
For more information,
Franconia, or call 603-823-5661.
Sunset Hill House
Exhibit at the Lovetts Inn