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Stone Carving Demonstration with Ellen Sidor

Meredith, NH – Join us to meet Ellen Sidor as she demonstrates her stone carving craft at The League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery on Saturday, July 17, 2021, from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Using alabaster as her medium, Sidor carves animals reminiscent of Inuit carvings. Looking at  the rock she is, for the most part, free carving, allowing the form to create itself. Bears, owls, dogs- many of who display a bit of whimsy in their positioning. Ellen had a difficult path leading up to what has become a very successful career of some 40 years.  

Sidor states on her website about her craft and her upbringing: “From my inventor father I learned to love tools and build things — shelves, tree houses. My musician mother gave me a love of nature and gardening. Losing both of them when I was 15 forced a profound inner collapse, followed by a maverick spirit of curiosity. I managed to get through college, work in a variety of fields, live in a Zen Buddhist community and take a Master’s Degree in counseling. Then there was a marriage, two daughters and a wild foray into trying to establish a vineyard in NH, followed by collapse and painful divorce. After this, at age 40 I went to art school and settled into a new routine that helped contain my lifelong restlessness. Like an ancient herdsman I migrated between sunny winters in Arizona, spring and fall by a wood stove in NH and dizzying art summers on Cape Cod.

Then in 2005 early stage breast cancer changed everything again. I gave up traveling to the east, summer teaching on the Cape, long weeks in NH, and plunged into a new medium in my Tucson backyard: clay. It didn’t take long for me to discover my heart wasn’t in becoming a potter. The clay work became sculptural. I made animals and masks, and started doing mosaics, firing my own tiles and shapes in two kilns. Large wall mosaics absorbed me for several years. But eventually stone, my first love, reappeared and it has stayed with me; although the scale has changed, due to my age and the sheer weight of the medium. The work is small, intimate, handheld.

When my older daughter recently announced her pregnancy and her desire to have a grandmother close by, I sold my AZ house and moved back to NH, with the proviso of winters back in Tucson. In recent years, I have become more accepting of these abrupt changes. So has begun again a whole new era of carving, teaching and showing in the east. I am proud to be a juried member of the NH Art Association, the New England Sculptors Association, as well as the League of NH Craftsmen.”

To inquire about Ellen’s work, call us at (603) 279-7920 or stop into the gallery at 279 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, NH. STOP in on Sat. July 17, from 11 to 2:00 for the demonstration and see her stone carving in action.

You can also visit our website at http://meredith.nhcrafts.org/ for more information.

The League of NH Craftsmen is a non-profit organization that encourages and promotes the creation, use and preservation of fine contemporary and traditional hand craft. The League represents the signature of excellence in fine craft, through the work of its juried members, and its rigorous standards for self-expression, vision, and quality craftsmanship.

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Contact:  Nancy Hunter Rowley         P: 603-279-7920        E: [email protected]

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