Squam Lakes Artisans will mark Veteran’s Day on Sunday, November 11 with a special remembrance at 2 PM. The remembrance will include a reading of “The Wall Within”, a poem by Captain Steve Mason and the exhibit of a sculpture by member artisan Fred Robinson titled “The Face Behind My Wall”.
“If you and I were men of common conscience we might agree on a collective dedication to Walls Within. As for me they could all read: This wall is dedicated to mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, wives, husbands, sons, daughters, lovers, friends and most of all dreams of the men and women who risked it all in Vietnam.” Captain Steve Mason, who penned these lines, died from complications from exposure to Agent Orange.
Mason’s work will be narrated by Robinson, a veteran of Vietnam, who served as an infantryman in the Army in Vietnam in 1971 and 72. His sculpture, displayed for the first time at the Center Harbor gallery, was inspired by Mason’s poem that was read at the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Robinson will also be demonstrating throughout the afternoon his sculpture techniques using found materials.
Squam Lakes Artisans is a cooperative of New Hampshire artisans – photographers, painters, potters, as well as fiber, glass and jewelry artisans who sell directly to the public. This is the cooperative’s thirteenth year, but first year at its new location at 23 Main Street in Center Harbor. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10-5 and Sunday from 12-5. For more information, call 603-253-9595 or visit their website: www.squamlakesartisans.com or Facebook: Squam Lakes Artisans Gallery.