See the new site and join us in July.
Our new Cummings at Silver Lake website and blog are intended to celebrate the people and places which inspired and informed the art and poetry of Edward Estlin Cummings, known throughout the world of letters as “e e cummings”.
The culmination of our efforts will be the Cummings at Silver Lake Weekend July 10 and 11, 2015. Please join the Friends of Madison Library as we open the window on E. E. Cummings at Silver Lake.
There is lots more to come. In the meantime, skip around, check out our new site and please let us know what you think. Do you know these people and places?
Silver Lake, summer home of the poet and artist E.E. Cummings, is a division of the Town of Madison. Located in the beautiful Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire and incorporated in 1852, Madison has a long and interesting history as a farming and tourist community. Town tax records reveal that there are approximately 50 barns in Madison which are over 100 years old, including Cummings’ Joy Farm. Friends of Madison Library held a wonderfully successful fund raising Barn Tour in July 2014. Watch this site for information about the Cummings at Silver Lake Weekend July 10 and 11, 2015. Friends of Madison Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to encourage and support the resources and services of the Madison Library, to co-operate with the Library in developing services and facilities for the community, and to receive and encourage gifts, endowments and bequests to the library.
We need and welcome your financial support of our programs.
Paige, it was so nice to finally meet you at the Barn Tour. Your blog is one of our favorites and this one is so well done. Thank you for so beautifully portraying Madison and our barns.
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Madison County, Iowa has its bridges; but here in Madison, New Hampshire, they have barns – lots of them. Today the Friends of Madison Library sponsored a Barn Tour – I’ve had it marked on my calendar for months.
My reason to get excited about barns? Well, I’ve always liked them – as a kid we played in the hay and swung from ropes and sat in the loft looking out over our childhood kingdom. They also make great subjects for photography. But my main reason for going on the tour today was prompted by a comment left on one of my previous blog posts here.
Awhile back I came across the bit of information that my favorite poet, e.e. cummings, lived in Madison. Since it is very near my house, I was thrilled – I had to go find it. I made the trip only to realize that…
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The Madison Historic Barn Tour weekend, July 11 & 12, 2014 is here! Due to the large number of advanced tickets sold, the Friday night talk by Bob Cottrell has been moved to Noyes Hall at the Madison Elementary School.
With 7 wonderful old 18th and 19th century barns on the Saturday Tour, including E.E. Cummings’ Joy Farm, and a wonderful and informative speaker Friday night, the weekend promises to be a great time. A list of the other forty plus Madison barns over 100 years old will be available for those who want to do more independent exploring.
Browse the Barn themed Art Show, purchase barn notecards and photo sketches, or place a bid on a photo or professional work of art in oil or watercolor at our Silent Auction.
Don’t miss Bob Cottrell’s entertaining talk and discussion of 18th and 19th century New England Barns on Friday night at 7pm at the Madison Elementary School. Bob’s talk is included in the price of the Barn Tour. Tickets are $20 per person and will be sold Friday night and Saturday morning.
The Barn Tour starts at the Madison Library, 1895 Village Road and runs from 10am to 4pm on Saturday July 12th. Bag lunches will be available for sale. Bring a blanket and buy a Barn Tour Bag Lunch to enjoy at one of our Town Beaches or in the garden at the Library.
All proceeds of Barn Tour events benefit the non-profit Friends of Madison Library.
For more information send an email to FOMLibrary.NH@gmail.com
Thanks to the Mount Washington Valley Arts Association and the Friday Painters, the “Barn Art” show is now on display and the silent auction is open for bids in the Chick Room of the Madison (NH) Library.
Here is just a sampling of the wonderful work on display. Stop by to view the originals which are much more vibrant than the photos.
This show is open to the public free of charge during regular library hours and all day Saturday July 12th during the Madison Barn Tour. The Silent Auction ends at 3 pm on the 12th.
Old barns are interesting, beautiful and have wonderful stories of the past to tell; if you just listen. Sometimes, old barns have hidden treasures waiting to be found. The treasures below were found in old barns. Some of them can be seen in barns on the Madison Barn Tour. Others are waiting for you to find them.
Friends of Madison Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to encourage and support the resources and services of the Madison Library, to co-operate with the Library in developing services and facilities for the community, and to receive and encourage gifts, endowments and bequests to the library.
Located in the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire, the small town of Madison has long been home to plein air painters and other artists.
Early in the nineteenth century artists first began to travel to the White Mountains of New Hampshire to paint and sketch. Arriving by horse drawn coach or carriage, for most of these travelers Mount Chocorua was the first prominent and identifiable peak they saw. Two of the main stage coach lines to northern New Hampshire ran through Madison where several establishments provided stables and lodging for guests.
“These early paint[ers] portrayed a dramatic landscape with an emphasis on nature and man’s insignificance. One of these early artists, and the founder of the style of painting that would later be called the “Hudson River School,” was Thomas Cole (1801-1848).
New Hampshire native Benjamin Champney (1817-1907) is considered by many to be the founder of the “White Mountain School” of painting. “In effect, he established one of America’s first artist colonies. He made his first trip to the White Mountains in 1838 on a summer excursion that was to change the course of his life and career. In 1853, he bought a home in North Conway and spent the rest of his life painting in the greater Conway area.”
“Champney attracted other artists to come to North Conway in the summer to paint. The area was filled with artists painting “en plein air” under their umbrellas. In 1855, The Crayon wrote that North Conway had become “the pet valley of our landscape painters. There are always a dozen or more here during the sketching season, and you can hardly glance over the meadows, in any direction, without seeing one of their white umbrellas shining in the sun.” Winslow Homer depicted these artists in his 1868 painting titled Artists Sketching in the White Mountains. “
“Each White Mountain artist had certain characteristics that would distinguish his work. Some painted particular vistas depicted in each of the four seasons of the year. Shapleigh had his own slightly primitive style and used the same “props” over and over again in his paintings. He is known for painting landscapes as seen from the inside of a house or barn looking out through an open door or window. Inside the room would be such props as a ladder back chair, a cat, a basket, a straw hat, and/or a tall clock.”
Quotations from John J. Henderson and Roger E. Belson. For more of their excellent information on White Mountain artists and the White Mountain School visit http://whitemountainart.com/history/history_wmaa.htm).
The Jackson Historical Society mounted a wonderful exhibit of Shapleigh’s work. The exhibit inspired their entry in this year’s Mount Washington Valley “Pumpkin People” contest.
Two other artists have special ties to Madison and Silver Lake. Though better known for his poetry, E. E. Cummings spent many summers painting at Joy Farm, his family farm in Silver Lake. Completely self-taught, Cummings’ early work was abstract and modernist. In 1926 he decided to “resume painting in a new direction”. His new direction included numerous landscapes of Mount Chocorua painted from Joy Farm. In a catalog statement for one of his one-artist shows, Cummings posed and answered a persistent question about his two arts: Tell me, doesn’t your painting interfere with your writing? Quite the contrary: they love each other dearly.
A native of Madison, Charles A. Hunt ( 1852-1930) painted the farms and mountain views of his hometown. Among these paintings are “The Goe Hill Homesteads” and “The Harriman-Ambrose Homestead”, paintings of two Tour Barn locations.
More information on Hunt can be found in Visions from a White Mountain Palette, The Life and Times of Charles A. Hunt, by Roy Bubb.
Barn Tour Art Show and Silent Auction
A special event taking place during the Madison Historic Barn Tour weekend is the Barn Art exhibit and silent auction featuring barn related paintings, watercolors, and photographs by juried members of the Mount Washington Valley Arts Association and local invited artists. The art show will be hung in the Chick Room of the Madison Library from July 3rd through the end of the month, during library hours. The silent auction will conclude at 3pm on Saturday July 12th when winning bidders may pick up their purchases. All the artists are donating a portion of the sale price of each work to the Friends of Madison Library. Be sure to spend some time at the show and place your bids.
Advanced “will call” tickets to the Historic Barn Tour weekend are selling fast. Space is limited for Bob Cottrell’s 7:00 pm Friday night talk in the Chick Room of the Madison Library, so advanced purchase is recommended.
Beverly Thomas from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance will be on site Saturday to provide materials and answer questions about historic barns, barn preservation and NH tax incentives for barn owners.
The Order Form for advanced sale tickets can be printed and mailed to Friends of Madison Library- Barn Tour together with your check. Tickets will be held at the Library for pick up Friday night or Saturday morning. Advanced tickets are $15 per person before July 1, 2014. Tickets purchased after July 1 are $20 per person.