Public Art at Settlers Green

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Public Art at Settlers Green


We are excited to feature artists from throughout New England, including two local artists. Public art is often a dynamic and enriching encounter on its own and experiencing it while shopping will be delightful surprise to our visitors and shoppers.

Foreword

When we began building Settlers Green Streetside in late 2016, we wanted art to be an intricate part of its landscape. Settlers Green sent out a request for proposals to artists from throughout New England asking for submissions that reflected themes such as dance, community, whimsical, mountains, granite and fashion. Over 20 artists submitted work and six were chosen, two of which are local artists. The artwork has been incorporated into the architectural planning of the shopping center's streetscape, along with gardens, play areas, and comfortable seating and other additions to the shopping experience at Settlers Green Streetside and Settlers Green Outlet Village.

We feel that public art is often a dynamic and enriching encounter on its own and experiencing it while shopping will be delightful surprise to our visitors and shoppers.

Select pieces have been installed as of August 2017, with some work being done on site by the artists. Two are commissioned pieces that will be completed in Summer 2018. Media includes sculptures in bronze, marble, granite, and weathered steel as well as painting murals.

eBook Guide

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Featured Artists

DALE ROGERS

Artist Name: Dale Rogers
Studio Location: Haverhill, MA
Medium: Cor-Ten Steel, Sculpture
Title: Star Dancers
On Display: Yes
Location: Settlers Green Streetside, across from Barley & Salt
Artist Website: dalerogersstudio.com

Dale Rogers' creation, Star Dancers, is welded with weathering steel, often referred to by the genericized trademark COR-TEN steel. It is a group of steel alloys which were developed to eliminate the need for painting, and form a stable rust-like appearance if exposed to the weather for several years.

Dale Rogers is a full-time metal sculptor from Haverhill, MA. Rogers designs both large-scale sculptures for individual and private collections, plush temporary and permanent public exhibits featuring multiple pieces. He began a one-man studio in 2001, and early work consisted of “functional art” like clocks, mirrors, signs and wall sculptures. Dale Rogers Studio is still based in his garage and basement, however, a team of people are utilized to manage the business and demand for his pieces.

REBECCA KLEMENTOVICH

Artist Name: Rebecca Klementovich
Studio Location: Bartlett, NH
Medium: Painted Mural
Title: Can We Talk?
On Display: Work is being complete on-site
Location: Settlers Green Streetside, at the Pathway by Francesca's
Artist Website: klementovich.com

Rebecca Klementovich will complete her work on-site at Settlers Green Streetside. She has chosen to feature one mural inspired by a series of works titled, “When Warhol died, he told me this." The murals are designed to communicate a special moment in time, according to Klementovich. Using house paint and canvas, the murals depict two semi-abstract faces in an enchanting moment of communication right before a kiss.

Rebecca Klementovich started her career as a fashion textile designer in New York City, where she continued for 20 years. Yet her prior talent in illustration called her into abstract painting. The mural she’s creating for Settlers Green incorporates the graphic illustration elements of her former textile days with abstraction, which is her present focus. “It is marriage between both forms of art,” says Rebecca. “By painting over and the line, or choosing to let the line show, it helps express time and space in a subtle way. It is kind of like painting in and out of the subject matter,” explained Rebecca.

Two passions influence Rebecca’s artworks. Her interest in many forms of dance is an influence of the movement featured in Rebecca’s work. In addition, her mastery in Reiki brings a special energy to her designs, too. Rebecca serves as a curator for the Rochester Museum of Art in southern New Hampshire, and you'll find her work in many galleries throughout New England.

KRISTEN POBATSCHNIG

Artist Name: Kristen Pobatschnig
Studio Location: Conway, NH
Medium: Painted Mural, Triptych
Title: Waterfall in the Woods
On Display: Coming Fall 2017
Location: Settlers Green Streetside
Artist Website: colorsinspace.com

Kristen Pobatschnig’s three-part abstract mural is inspired by the Sabbaday Falls, Arethusa Falls and Champney Falls, all found in the White Mountain National Forest. “Waterfall in the Woods” is an installation of three abstract painted plexiglass panels, each measuring 8’x3’, to create a triptych mural. The piece is an abstract representation, utilizing bright, iridescent paint and powdered pigments. Each panel explores a different view and element of the falls on plexiglass, offering a glimpse for outlet shoppers into the beauty of the White Mountains surrounding the region. “My goal as the artist is to bring people closer to nature, and to encourage an appreciation for our natural environment,” explained Kristen. Click here to watch a short video of her in the studio. 

Kristen Pobatschnig is an abstract painter from the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where she grew up. After obtaining her BFA in Studio Art from Colby-Sawyer College, she has been painting and exhibiting her work throughout New England. Kristen is the founder and manager of Conway Creatives, where she provides instruction in abstract painting to more than 100 Mt Washington Valley residents. She also teaches workshops in other locations throughout New Hampshire.

In 2014, Kristen teamed up with fellow artists Rebecca Klementovich, also featured at Streetside, and created the Femme Fatales of the North. Together they have been recognized as two of the top 11 artists to watch in the state by New Hampshire Magazine.

MICHAEL ALFANO

Artist Name: Michael Alfano
Studio Location: Hopkinton, MA
Medium: Bronze Sculpture
Title: The Red Fox
On Display: Coming in August 2017
Location: Settlers Green Outlet Village
Artist Website: michaelalfano.com

Michael Alfano is known for creating figurative and surrealistic sculpture to convey philosophical ideas and abstract concepts from literal models. His sculpture of The Red Fox depicts one of New England’s indigenous creatures. Michael sculpted the bronze fox at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, where he studied one of their taxidermy specimens from the late 1800’s. “Combining my work at the museum with my experiences observing the animals at my home in the woods of Hopkinton [Massachusetts] helped me to develop a life-like sculpture, looking up inquisitively, yet poised to flee at any moment,” Michael explained. It’s very gratifying to place the Red Fox, a special creature native to New England, at Settlers Green, surrounded by the towering White Mountains and within view of Mt. Washington. The sculpture is an expression of my love of nature and allows me to share that with the area’s many residents and visitors.”

Michael’s artistic goal is to create art that relates to the everyday, yet causes people to experience, think, and understand life more fully. Alfano is also an accomplished portrait and realistic artist, having studied at the Art Students League in New York City. Major influencers of his work include Salvador Dali, Jo Davidson, and Jean-Antione Houdon, in addition to Buddhist, Taoist, Sufi, and other eastern philosophy and literature. Alfano has more than a dozen public sculptures in the Northeast, including George Brown at the starting line of the Boston Marathon and five sculptures at the Museum of Science in Boston. His portraits of leaders include Anwar Sadat, Senator Edward Kennedy, and Bollywood superstar, Rajinikanth. At juried exhibitions, Alfano has won over 60 awards, including the designation “Sculptor of the Year.” His work is found in private collections, galleries, and museums around the world.

MELANIE ZIBIT

Artist Name: Melanie Zibit
Studio Location: Shirley, MA
Medium: Marble Sculpture
Title: Caryatid
On Display: Coming in 2018
Location: Settlers Green Outlet Village
Artist Website: melaniezibit.com

Melanie’s sculpture “Caryatid” will be carved from a six-foot-high block of marble. Like the Greek columns called “Caryatids," the sculpture is intended to stand watch over the Streetside marketplace and serve as a landmark for both Settlers Green and the North Conway community.

Melanie grew up inspired by her mother’s love of art and art collection. Ironically, she went to college to study biology, yet a short introduction to carving was all she needed to realize that art was her calling. With a need to express herself, she finished her college career at Brandeis University, experimenting in various art mediums, then went on to achieve a Master’s in Education from University of Illinois and an MBA from Harvard University. After college, she studied with the masters in the marble workshops of Carrara, Italy.

Melanie's passion is to take stone, something so hard, and make it look soft. In her artist statement, Melanie shares, “For me the act of creating sculpture is an act of love. It is a sharing of something deeply personal from one human being to another, sharing something deeply spiritual and beautiful.”

ANTOINETTE PRIEN SCHULTZE

Artist Name: Antoinette Prien Schultze
Studio Location: Eliot, ME
Medium: Granite Sculpture
Title: Granite Mother
On Display: Coming in 2018
Location: Settlers Green Streetside
Artist Website: antoinettepschultze.com

Antoinette’s “Granite Mother” sculpture at Settlers Green is the largest featured piece. At more than nine feet tall, the sculpture offers a commanding invitation into the stability and durability of granite, while inviting the public to explore, touch and joyfully interact with the piece. Made of granite and inlaid colored caste glass, an opening in the design offers an exploratory window to view the shopping center, while the round blue inlaid glass creates a sundial, reflecting blue light onto the landscape. Antoinette has chosen to use granite as the medium for the sculpture given its importance to New Hampshire, the Granite State, giving it a strong sense of place while at the same time offering a little whimsical magic into the design.

Antoinette describes herself as “the singing sculptor”, often filling her days with sculpting and farm chores, while she hums a tune. Living and working on a farm in Eliot, Maine, Antoinette’s introduction into the art world began in 1961 when she audited a Masters impressionist class at Columbia College in New York City, and learned that an artist can express her feelings, not just copy nature. Her first love was music, but a desire to express herself led her to teach herself oil painting, and many years (plus four children) later, tried sculpting. She went from clay, to wood, to stone moving easily from one material to the next. She read library books, and with a baby in one arm, made her first casting on her dining room table.

“The materials and process of creating my sculptures are a manifestation of myself,” says Antoinette. “I carve stone and wood, coupled with glass into a marriage seeking light. The work is dirty, laborious and time consuming. Expending my energy in a meaningful way, I create order and insight from a chaotic world,” she explains. “I did not sing for 35 years and consider it a gift to be able to sing again. Sometimes I will sing while speaking about my art. I am the singing sculptor,” she finished.

Ernie brown

Artist Name: Ernie Brown
Medium: Painted Mural
Title: NH Heritage Mural
On Display: Short term display
Location: Settlers Green Streetside at parking lot near Suite M30

NH Heritage Mural: We are showcasing a mural on 300 years of New Hampshire history at Settlers Green Streetside through the end of January. The five-panel mural — painted by Ernie Brown for Heritage NH back in 1999 — can be viewed in the south side of M Building. We will be producing a replica of the original boards that we’ll be putting on display at the I Building at Settlers Green Outlet Village in April.

The passage of time itself is much like the creation of a painting. Each day begins anew, a fresh canvas awaiting the colors and shapes of the events that will give it substance. It is too easy to become caught up in the day to day experiences that comprise our life and times. Occasionally, the best thing we can do is step back and take a look at the “big picture”. In doing so, we can gain a sense of historical perspective. It portrays very vividly the people, places and events that played a formative role in the evolution of New Hampshire. Our subject and our subject and our canvas stretch across more than 300 years and reminds us that every new day is history in the making.

Four distinct of New Hampshire history are highlighted in this 120 foot long mural. First comes Indian life prior to the arrival of white men. Second is the colonial period (approx. 1620-1800), and then the transition from peaceful coexistence with the Indians to the years of conflict. Third comes the early industrial period from 1800 through the 1860s, which was largely an agriculturally based era. Finally, the late industrial era from the 1860s through about 1915 and beyond portrays the zenith and decline of the mills, followed by the emergence of a diversified economy. The combination of tourism, light industry, skiing and attractions, as well as the depression and World War II have all been formative factors in the state as we know it today.

The following sections focus more closely on the details that are found within each era that is portrayed.

INDIAN LIFE. We see a land populated by Indian tribes and wild beasts, such as bears, moose, wolves and beavers. Indian dwellings known as wigwams, dot the countryside. Indian language and culture is highly developed, as is the use of tools and metals. The first true ruler if New England was Chief Passaconaway, who founded a tribal confederacy in 1627. This chief was feared and respected by the Europeans who settled here. His heir, Kancamangus, realized white men were a bad influence on Indian society, and eventually moved his people north to Canada.

COLONIAL PERIOD. This era begins with the arrival of the ship Jonathon in 1623 to establish a fishing community in southern New Hampshire. Trapping, farming, fishing, log cabins and peaceful coexistence marked these early days. As the French and Indians combined to contain what they considered English encroachment on their lands, relationships with New England’s Indian population deteriorated to warfare and the eventual disappearance of Indian tribes and culture. Portrayed here are Rev. Wheelwright, who established the town of Exeter; Roger’s Rangers, the famous militia of the French-Indian wars; New Hampshire’s first formal leader, Governor Wentworth and his son, Benning Wentworth and Gen. John Stark, who led this state’s contingent at the Battle of Bunker Hill, and uttered the famous words “Live free or die.” We see the construction of John Paul Jones’ ship, the Ranger, at Portsmouth Navy Yard and Josiah Bartlett, a singer of the Declaration of Independence and the man whom the town in named.

EARLY INDUSTRIAL PERIOD. Concord Coaches, small farms, schools and an agriculturally based economy were all part of this era. We see a blacksmith shop, covered bridges, artists at work, hotels beginning to appear and the emergence of railroads. Notable personages of this era include legendary mountain man Abel Crawford, writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, women’s rights activist Sarah Hale, publisher Horace Greeley and New Hampshire’s only native son to become president – Franklin Pierce.

LATE INDUSTRIAL PERIOD. Grand Hotels, logging as a major business and the emergence of mills as an economic and political power are portrayed here. Railroads continued as a major factor, as did French-Canadian immigrants, who provided cheap labor to the mills, railroads and granite quarries. We see lumbering operations in action, ice harvesting and the Old Man of the Mountains, as well as the emergence of skiing at the Cannon Mountain Tramway and the Skimobile in North Conway.