The first Freedom tile was produced by the Freedom Club of New Hampshire in 1955. It featured an illustration by John Holmgren, nationally known illustrator, whose summer home was in Freedom for nearly sixty years. In 1970 a second tile came out with another Holmgren drawing, and the tradition of an annual tile took hold. Thirty-five more have been created from drawings by many local artists, chosen by competition each year. Only a few residents have a complete collection, however. These souvenirs have been cemented into fireplace fronts, kitchen back splashes and bathroom walls; others have been framed and hung. They have been given as gifts, stored in original boxes, lost, found in antique shops and flea markets as far away as Florida. [Excerpted from “Sketches of Freedom 1970-2000: A collection of the annual Freedom Club of New Hampshire tiles with historical notes” by Carol Foord, (c) Freedom Historical Society, 2000.]
In 2016 the Freedom Old Home Week committee took over production of tiles, and proceeds from tile sales go towards the running of various family-oriented Freedom Old Home Week events.
Terry Brooks, Artist for Our 2017 Tile
Terri Brooks is an award-winning painter who has had a life long interest in the visual arts. After earning a degree in art at the University of Maine, Ms. Brooks began a 30 year career teaching art in the public schools. Although she majored in sculpture while in college, she found it difficult to find the space and fund the equipment necessary for that medium while working and raising a family. Her passion for color and need for a more portable medium led to a decision to turn to watercolor as her primary medium.
She began exhibiting in national shows in 2001. Since that time, Ms. Brooks’ work has been exhibited in over thirty national juried shows, and received numerous awards. (A complete list is available on her website www.terribrooksart.com) Her work has been cited for its soft, glowing light and the use of color granulation. She describes it as follows:
“My work is about the effects that light and atmosphere have on people and places. I am a keen observer of the world around me. With camera or sketchbook in hand, I seek to provide myself with the visual information necessary to work from back in the studio. The summer haze, early morning mist, crisp wintery light, etc. all have a unique effect on the subject and I strive to capture that in my painting. The beautiful Mt. Washington Valley Region of New Hampshire that I live in provides me with inspiration to paint just as it has inspired many artists before me.”
Terri resides in Freedom, NH with her husband, Chuck. Her works may be seen at Surroundings Gallery in Center Sandwich, NH, or by appointment at her Freedom studio.
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