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Art and Shopping in the Valley

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Mt. Washington Valley has a vibrant art scene made up of some seriously talented musicians, artists, painters, sculptors and more!

Create your own art tour taking cues from this list of Mt. Washington Valley artisans and visit some or all of these galleries, music halls, statues, shops and more!

An art walk in the Mt. Washington Valley is a family-friendly event, and perfect for all ages! Break it up by village, visiting individual towns or make it an all-day tour by starting in Conway, NH and ending north, in Gorham, NH. Be sure to pair it with lunch and a coffee stop at any of the various restaurants and coffee shops in North Conway and beyond!

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:

The Cassidy Gallery is a fine art and craft gallery and features the work of over thirty fine artists and artisans from the Mount Washington Valley and New England. Offering high-quality framed original art by professional artists, many pieces depict local scenes.

A peek inside Cassidy Gallery’s front door, 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!

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. This non-profit also hosts the annual event “Art in the Park,” happening on Saturday, August 1, 2020 and Sunday, August 2, 2020 in Schouler Park right in North Conway Village. 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.

Located right across from Jewelry by Timothy Psaledakis and Friends, in Norcross Circle in North Conway, is Vintage Frameworks. It 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.

Keep going to Jackson and beyond!

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 Stone Mountain Arts Center and Denmark Arts Center.

Stone Mountain Arts Center may (proudly) be in the middle of nowhere in Brownfield, Maine, but it’s enough on the map that it hosts national acts in its intimate timber frame hall. Acts Like LyleLovett, Brandi Carlile, Aaron Neville, and more have graced its stage. Dinner is served before most shows, by reservation.

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.


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