DURHAM — Artist Elaine Farmer is excited to showcase her oil paintings at the Granite State Solar Seacoast Home Show this weekend.
“My livelihood is really through these shows. With the dwindling number of galleries that are out there, the harder it is to be an artist. These days, we do these shows, and I sell a little bit online,” said Farmer, who is a member of the New Hampshire Art Association and the NH Plein Air Artists.
For the Durham show, Farmer, whose studio is in Amherst, will be showing original art of birch trees. When she initially branched out into this landscape theme, she tested out the market during the holidays one year and got a great response.
“Some of the comments I had were actually very interesting. They were almost artistic reasons for liking the white birch,” Farmer said.
This is Farmer’s first time at the home show, which will be held at Whittemore Center Arena on the University of New Hampshire campus Saturday and Sunday. She will be joining more than 200 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services for the home and garden.
In addition to the artisan marketplace there will be a garden marketplace with flowers, seeds and planters, as well as Churchill’s Garden Seminar Series. There are a large number of local companies specializing in home improvement projects that have signed up to be exhibitors this year.
Specialty foods will be for sale, and there will be a Meet the Chefs Cooking Series featuring Erin Gardner of Erin Bakes, Jonathan Cox of Three Chimney’s Inn, Desmond Smith of Epoch Restaurant & Bar, Cory Lemieux of Martingale Wharf Restaurant and Bar, Mark Segal of Gravy Catering and Patrick Armstrong of Seadog Brewing Co.
Live Events Manager Sami Leigh says this is the first year Townsquare Media is organizing the event. She said they have doubled up on their seminars and series this year, but it still will be a child-friendly event.
The Granite State Solar Seacoast Home Show will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets at the door are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors older than 65, and $5 for children ages 6 to 16 are $5. There is no admission fee for those under 6 years old. For more information, visit www.seacoast.newenglandexpos.com.