This list also acts a helpful itinerary for those looking for a unique shopping trip to Mt. Washington Valley, NH. While some art is just for looking at, or listening to, much of it can be enjoyed for years to come by purchasing your favorite piece at the valley’s local galleries.
Start your tour in the southern end of Mt. Washington Valley, in Conway, NH:
Macomber Glass Studio is a glassblowing and metal working studio, open to guests, by chance or by appointment. You can see Nathan blow glass, check out the small gallery, or see some of the works in progress.
Valley Artisans and Vintage Market features antiques, restored furniture, and home decor barn, located in Conway. The artisans there create custom furniture and bring your favorite furniture back to life. When you enter, you never know what you’re going to find, but you will fall in love with something there, that’s for sure!
Vintage Frameworks showcases a variety of decorative and local art prints and cards, White Mountain maps, antique engravings, and postcards, as well as ready-to-hang artwork. Vintage Frameworks actively seeks out hard to find historic artwork.
Head north to North Conway:
Settlers Green features a walkable art exhibit. Each work in Settlers Green Public Art initiative reflects themes such as dance, community, the whimsical, mountains, granite and fashion. The outlet village has invested deeply into the art community, and is proud to feature artists from around New England, including three local artists.
MWV Arts Association hosts a gallery at Norcross Circle in North Conway Village that art enthusiasts can visit. MWVAA members also showcase their art at The Met Coffee house in North Conway Village and Settlers Green.
Zeb’s General Store is the epitome of old New England charm. With the state’s longest candy-counter and two floors of New England made gifts and crafts, you’ll immediately be transported to the time of yester year. Not only does Zeb’s General Store radiate an old-time feel, it features a 1929 Model A Truck, parked outside the store. A must-stop on your art tour of Mt. Washington Valley!
League of NH Craftsmen is a historical gallery, which features contemporary and traditional fine crafts by over 200 of NH’s finest artists and craftsmen. You can also take an array of classes there including pottery classes!
North Country Fair Jewelers and Jewelry by Timothy Psaledakis and Friends two local jewelry shops whose owners are still on the premise and who create custom works of wearable art and purvey jewelry from other artists and vintage finds from estates.
Keep going to Jackson and beyond!
Jackson Art Studio and Gallery is a working studio where you can find working artists creating and demonstrating on weekends. Jackson Art Studio and Gallery is home to modern, eclectic and interesting works of art.
The Wentworth – An Elegant Country Inn pays homage to its rich history of origin, where it was built as a wedding gift In 1869, by Joshua Trickey for his daughter Georgia Trickey’s marriage to her husband-to-be, General Marshall Wentworth. Historical books, documents, and scrapbooks are maintained in the inn. Something that makes the Wentworth even more special is that its home to paintings by traditional landscape painter, Erik Koeppel.
Heading even further north, you’ll find yourself in Gorham, NH where Medallion Opera House lives. This newly renovated theater located in the historic Gorham Town Hall features a robust line-up of performers. While the opera house is currently holding off on live shows, stay tuned for its late 2021 and 2022 schedule where performers are slated to return to the stage!
Loop back into Maine!
There are two treasures within a stones throw of the North Conway area that feature arts and culture; and are two total gems in the rolling fields and dense forests of Western Maine. Those two treasures are Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center and Denmark Arts Center.
Denmark Arts Center is a cultural organization that is building a creative community with year-round events and workshops in contemporary dance, theater, music and visual art.