Jackson, New Hampshire Artist David C. Baker to be Remembered
Events include art show, poetry reading, and documentary premiere
The late artist David C. Baker, who lived and worked in Jackson, N.H. from 1946 until his death in 1999, will be remembered this September in a series of events that will culminate in the premiere of a documentary, "See What's Whispered: The Legacy of David C. Baker," by Judy C. Faust, one of Baker's protegées.
Baker invented a revolutionary approach to painting, 'vitreous flux,' manipulating paint on Marlite board with a hair dryer and other unusual implements. Other painters were inspired by Baker's free spirit and many learned from his techniques. He was often referred to as 'The Dean of Artists' in the Mt. Washington Valley. In his later years, battling cancer, he wrote wise and witty poetry. He was a friend and mentor to many people throughout his life. The three September events will inform, entertain and inspire a new audience, and reunite many who knew and loved him.
David Baker and Friends, an exhibition and sale of paintings by Baker and others whom he influenced, from Sept. 7 through 28, is presented by The Mount Washington Valley Arts Association. The opening reception is Friday Sept. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m., at 16 Norcross Place, North Conway, N.H. The exhibition will feature a variety of styles, topics, and interesting expressions from David C. Baker, as well as the work of artists who were influenced in some way by Baker. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. For more details contact Fran Duncan at 603-356-2787 or Judy Faust at 978-212-2345.
The Poetry of David C. Baker and Friends, Tuesday, Sept 18, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Conway Public Library, 15 East Main St, Conway, N.H. To set the mood for friends to read their own "Baker-influenced' verse, poet, songwriter, and talented performer, Danny Bianchino, will read from Baker's "Blue Tarp," a collection of wise and witty poetry written primarily in the last years of his life. The filmmaker and former Valley resident, Judy C. Faust, will moderate the evening, read one of her poems, and show a video clip from the documentary, "See What's Whispered; The Legacy of Artist David C Baker." The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided by the Library. For more information, or to register to participate in the reading, contact Tara Thomas 603-447-5552.
The premiere of "See What's Whispered: The Legacy of Artist David C. Baker," Friday, September 28, 7 p.m, Whitney Community Center, Black Mt. Rd, Jackson Village, N.H. Admission: $9, tickets at the door or $8.50 online at www.bakerlegacy.com. The documentary describes the challenges of raising a family with an unpredictable income, his rise to success, the deaths of two children and his fight with cancer, and, most important, Baker's far reaching influence on other artists, poets, on his community and all over the world. For more information contact Judy Faust at Judy@bakerlegacy.com, or call at 978-212-2345.
The Baker Legacy events are sponsored by the Eastern Slope Inn of North Conway, Thompson House Eatery of Jackson; Wentworth Resort; and Minuteman Press of North Conway; Northway Bank; the Pequawket Foundation, New Hampshire Charitable Trust Foundation, Northern Region; and many private donors and volunteers. The Arts Alliance is pleased to partner in promoting this special celebration of our region's artistic history.