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. We hope you enjoy all of the featured artists. Read on for artist profiles and where to find their public art at Settlers Green.
The Red Fox
Medium: Bronze Sculpture
Location: Near Customer Service
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.
Medium: Painted Mural (replica)
Location: Next to Torrid Outlet
This is a replica of a mural painted by local artist Ernie Brown. The original artwork is a part of a private collection of Sut and Margaret Marshall. Completed in 1999, the NH Heritage mural showcases 300 years of New Hampshire history through five panels beginning with the Native Americans and ending at the 2000 election. Scenes include Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the rise of travel and tourism including grand hotels, covered bridges and snow trains, as well as key figures in the history of the state such as American Revolution soldier John Stark, who famously said "Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils."
Can We Talk?
Medium: Painted Mural
Location: The Pathway near Skechers
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.
Waterfall in the Woods
Medium: Painted Mural, Triptych
Location: The Porch near Michael Kors
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.
Medium: Cor-Ten Steel, Sculpture
Location: Across from Barley & Salt
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.
ANTOINETTE PRIEN SCHULTZE
Medium: Granite Sculpture
Location: The Pathway near Skechers
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.
Medium: Copper, steel & stainless steel.
Location: Near White Mountain Cupcakery
With 32 years as a professional sculptor, Lyman has a vast knowledge of metals and design. This, coupled with his love of nature, is the foundation for his unique Wind Sculptures. Lyman’s sculptures embrace an organic theme. He strives to invoke a soothing yet mesmerizing impression with each sculpture. His lifelong ambition is to inspire a stronger bond between mankind and mother earth through his work. Lyman is world-renowned as a pioneer in kinetic art. Collectors include Sea World, the Dallas Arboretum, Disney World, and private collectors throughout the US, Europe, and Australia.
Medium: Marble Sculpture
Location: Near the Gazebo
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.”
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