Meet Zach Jonas at Imagination into Art in Wilmot

Once again, it is time for the WCA’ annual art show, Imagination into Art. The event starts with a reception on Friday, June 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. Seventeen local artists will demonstrate as well as show their work and chat with art lovers at the WCA Red Barn, 64 Village Road in Wilmot. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served at the reception and a $15 donation per person is suggested. The show will continue on Saturday morning, June 25 from 9 to noon at both the WCA Red Barn and at the Wilmot Farmers Market on the town green.

Bladesmith Zack Jonas is among this talented group of artists. Working at his forge zack_jonas_at_workin Wilmot, Zack turns steel into beautifully patterned, custom-made knives. Knives have been an essential tool of human survival since the Stone Age. Zack has been fascinated with their form, function and history for much of his life. As a child and teenager, his two passions were collecting pocketknives and making art: drawing, painting and sculpture.

As a bladesmith, Zack has been able to combine these two passions. Manipulating the steel at more than two thousand degrees, he creates beautiful shapes and patterns. His portfolio includes everything from chef’s knives to pocketknives and samurai swords.

Zack_Jonas_bladesZack first learned bladesmithing at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He continued his studies at workshops throughout the country as well as in New Zealand with Steve Wheeler, the weapons master for the Lord of the Rings movie series. A member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Zack is one of only 120 artists to be included in this year’s Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, D.C.

You can learn more about Zack and watch a video of him working at the forge on his website.

Meet some of Wilmot’s talented artists at Imagination into Art!

The Red Barn will be turned into a gallery on Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25 for an art show, sale and auction.  Starting at 5 p.m. on Friday evening, join us for a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. Many of the artists will be demonstrating their work. Stop by, enjoy a glass of wine, chat with the artists and bid on some fabulous art in the Silent Auction.

Imagination into Art continues on Saturday  at 9 a.m. until noon at the Red Barn and Wilmot Farmers Market on the Town Green.

Here are just a few of the artists you will meet on Friday and Saturday:



Sue Finney, painter
Painting with watercolors opens up many exciting possibilities for me, and I continue to experiment. I am attracted to light, color and composition. I usually begin painting from my photos, sketches, or still life compositions. Letting my brush work loosely allows for the creation of bolder images with greater abstractions, which is satisfying.



r_solomon_headRette Solomon, photographer
I have enjoyed taking photos since I was a young child. I like capturing the beauty of nature and animals, particularly horses. This year I received two Gold Key Awards, was selected for the Newport Juried Regional Show, and have a photograph in the New Hampshire 4H State competition. I am currently a rising sophomore at Mount Royal Academy.r_solomon_work

Learn more about Rette and her work on her website.






Nancy Schlosser, quilterNancy_Schlosser_w_Quilt

My mother taught me to sew, knit and crochet as a young girl.  I’ve always enjoyed the process, from purchasing materials to completing the project.  Making quilts is relaxing and uplifting for me.  Quilts, like so much art, are both practical and spiritual.


“The creative flow goes on all the time. You learn that no matter where you are or what the problem is, the first step to the solution is always within reach. If you don’t have the answer yourself, ask around. Somebody near you will come up with ideas to get you started, and you can take it from there.”       Harold Klemp from The Golden Heart