MILFORD — Back when Aldro Hibbard was creating oil paintings of the stunning, rugged New England landscape, there was no high-tech gear to keep his fingers — and his paint supplies — from freezing.
Nineteenth-century artists would layer up in wool, fur and make-shift contraptions, such as “The Hibbard Mitten,” a term Hibbard (1886-1972) coined for his low-tech solution — wearing layered socks on his hands and poking his paintbrush through the wool.
It gives some context to New Hampshire Antique Co-op’s latest exhibit, “Snowbound: Winter Landscapes from the 19th Century to the Present,” which opens with a wine and cheese reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10.
Winter painting “en plein air” presented wonderful opportunities and unique challenges to artists. From brisk blue-sky days to blinding blizzards, the invigorating snow-covered scenery meant dealing with chills that limited dexterity, kept paint from drying and froze brushes.
For the artists of the 1800s, getting to hard-to-reach sites was accomplished with horses, sleds, snowshoes or on foot, all while hauling painting supplies and provisions.
Artists would even catch rides with loggers going deep into the forest.
In addition to works by 19th-century artists, the exhibit also features paintings by contemporary New England artists Erik Koeppel, William R. Davis and Dave Dodge.
The showing will run through March 31, 2020.
For more information, visit the gallery at 323 Elm St., Milford, call 673-8499 or visit www.nhantiquecoop.com.