2020 Annual Ornament
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Kick-off or continue a wonderful tradition with the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s finely detailed and superbly crafted Annual Ornament! Elegant or whimsical, traditional, or playful, the Annual Ornament will sparkle on your tree or catch the light hanging in a window.
Created by juried members of the League, the Annual Ornament makes a highly sought after and unique gift for someone special or to add to your collection.
Beginning with Ken Kantro’s Dove in 1988, the Annual Ornaments have become treasured keepsakes. Each year, juried members of the League vie for the honor of creating the Annual Ornament, with the selection made by a specially chosen committee.
The Annual Ornament is sold exclusively year-round by the League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft Galleries.
About the 2020 Annual Ornament – Midnight Clear
Longtime Member Ken Kantro Designed the League’s First-Ever Annual Ornament in 1988; again in ’90, ‘97
A familiar name returns to The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen for its 2020 Annual Ornament. Titled Midnight Clear, this year’s ornament was designed by Ken Kantro, of Biddeford, ME. Kantro is a 40-year juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, whose past artwork has been displayed at the Smithsonian Museum and enjoyed by enthusiasts from around the world. This limited-edition Annual Ornament features a scene inspired by the majesty of New Hampshire’s mountains and the quiet solitude of its winters. Each handcrafted pewter ornament is dated, numbered, and signed by the artist. The ornament comes gift-boxed and sells for $25.
This annual offering is a critical fundraiser for the League that helps support local artists and galleries and makes for a thoughtful keepsake for any special occasion, milestone or holiday.
Annual ornaments are sold exclusively at the League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft Galleries. For more than 35 years, juried League members have submitted a piece to be considered for the
Annual Ornament. Managers of the League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft Galleries review the submitted pieces and then select a winner.
About the Maker: Ken Kantro
In the early 1970’s his interest in Asian art and philosophy led him to an apprenticeship in pottery utilizing traditional Japanese techniques. As he worked with combinations of clay and metal, he was fascinated with the light reflecting qualities of metal and its creative potential. He went on to study and master the techniques of early American pewter design and fabrication. For
over 30 years he has designed a popular collection of nature inspired jewelry and ornaments under the name Lovell Designs. Ken Kantro’s work has been displayed at a large number of museums and institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago, The Winterthur Museum, Monticello and the National Holocaust Museum, where he has won numerous awards.
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