Sunday, August 30, 2020

Of the Wood. An outdoor exhibit by Natasha Stoppel and Deb Wheeler-Bean.

Outdoor art exhibit in exeter, NH

Art Up Front Street comes to the neighborhood in a collaborative exhibit featuring artists Deb Wheeler-Bean and Natasha Stoppel. Together they explore the beauty OF THE WOOD. 
For two days, Friday evening and Saturday, a stunning collection of art made from natural materials awaits. 
This is a first-ever exhibit from two resident artists at Art Up Front Street who are "taking it outside and to the neighborhood". 
This "satellite location" on Walnut Street in Exeter, NH 
is the perfect setting to spread out, enjoy the outdoors, and safely distance while absorbing the creative energies of the two artists working with some of the most naturally beautiful materials.  

From Deb Wheeler-Bean:
I am of the wood: searching out the story in its grain & the treasures on its pathways. Wood is both my material and my inspiration. Walking the woods fills my pockets with its artifacts. Examining the wood shows me its history, its beginnings & endings.
Connections from outreaching branches to grounded trunk serve as a tangible reminder of our transitory state and are used to connect dream worlds to waking worlds. Collections of tree joints are presented on old fence boards that once encircled this house - a house made of wood, surrounded by wood. Photographs document the gifts the woods present to me each day. This exhibit is displayed outdoors on a fence made of cedar wood.

For Natasha Stoppel exploring Of The Wood is a deep dive into the materials and subject matter both from the woods and within it.
Natasha has been working with wood for 4 years, her work combines the explosive elements of gunpowder, drawing with fire, and a dash of watercolor to create elements of creature and plant life both real and imagined. Natasha loves to design and play with layering hand cut and machine cut wood intricately woven together into illustrative stories.
This exhibit will feature her full scale work as well as her handmade jewelry, hand-carved wands, ornaments, and smaller decorative creatures.

This is a social distancing friendly event. It is hosted outside in the Walnut Street neighborhood of Exeter, NH in Wheeler-Bean's large wrap around backyard with one-way entrance and one-way exit. Visitors are asked to maintain social distancing or wear masks. Please, park respectfully as this is a neighborhood of families. Light refreshments will be provided.
We fondly look forward to your presence at "Of the Wood".
14 Walnut Street, Exeter NH 03833
Friday September 18th, 4 - 7pm
Saturday September 19th, 11 - 4pm

Anne Kenny and Ree Katrak sneak peek....

 This October, we feature two artists here at Art Up Front Street for a special exhibit of their newest works. More info to come!

Anne Kenny "Industrial Quilt" framed

Ree Katrak mixed media

Best wishes to all ...

We can tell things are changing in town. We had wonderful cooler weather today - so many people doing things outside. We would like to take this moment to welcome friends back. We hope you have had a lovely summer ....and to those heading to school, good luck. So many changes this year and we wish all of you health and safety as you start new adventures and make new friends.
Art by Deb Wheeler-Bean

Painting in the Garden. Wednesdays in September!

 One of our favorite things to do...and now the weather is a little cooler. Sign-ups by email are necessary.

5 Wednesdays in September. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
Reservations needed. 10 people maximum.
Sign up for one or all by email to
We will be in the back garden with safely distanced tables, chairs, umbrellas and a canopy.
Open to all media... so bring whatever you want to work on!
Some people sketch, some paint, some write.
No instruction, just a simple time to gather and create.
~ Free parking is on the left rear side of the studio in the back lot.
~ Bathrooms, water, tea.
~ $10 each day.
~ pick one or all days.
~ please, bring your mask for entering the studio.
Sign-ups by email to
are required. See you soon.