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In A League of His Own, Haverhill Artist Dale Rogers at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair

Sculpture park at League of NH Craftsmen's Fair

Sculpture park at League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair

The Heartbeat of Haverhill got a great surprise at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair in Sunapee, NH https://www.nhcrafts.org/craftsmens-fair-overview.php  this week. Haverhill’s biggest artist, (think giant steel dog at the Ward Hill exit on Rte 495) Dale Rogers, was featured prominently in the LNHC Fair’s sculpture park and at his adjacent booth (C6) with some of his most iconic sculptures and some of his new work. One of our own held a very prestigious position in this the oldest juried craft fair in America and you can visit through August 11 at 5pm.

Triangular Triptych that rotates by dale Rogerrs at the League of NH Craftsmen's Fair

Triangular Triptych that rotates by Dale Rogers at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair

We’ve been following Dale Rogers since the first big dog, “American Dog”, made its appearance on the Rte 495/Ward Hill exit ramp. (It was a much smaller version of the behemoth that is now at that site because vandals damaged the first dog in a theft attempt.) Dale also created a big dog installation on Bradford Common before he herded his pack of dogs and took them on the road around the country as part of his “Big Dog Show”. These public installations have been traveling since 2009 and through the Big Dog Show, Dale has raised over $100,000 for various humane societies and shelters. Perhaps you remember when he installed an almost 8’ high steel guitar on Bradford Common to celebrate the free summer music series (THOH previous post on free music in Haverhill http://wp.me/p3wgPC-6k) for a season.

American Dog on Rte 495 I received special permission to photograph my rabbit and guinea pig in the bottom left section of the bone

American Dog on Rte 495 a few years back we received special permission to photograph my rabbit and guinea pig in the bottom left section of the bone. Now that’s a BIG dog.

Dale’s sculptures are in private collections in 44 states,(Check out his website http://www.dalerogersstudio.com/index.html ) but he also believes art should be accessible to the public and he has a goal of “A Public Sculpture in Every State” by 2015. According to his brochure that we picked up at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair, by the middle of 2012 he had sculptures in 60 communities and 19 states. He’s obviously been very supportive of Haverhill including working with Team Haverhill on a 12 foot commissioned piece he unveiled in 2010 that was inspired by local poet John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem: “The River’s Path”. Similarly it is called “River Path”. We love both his realistic and abstract work.

"Rise" by ale Rogers exhibited at the LNHdC Fair 2013

“Rise” by Dale Rogers exhibited at the LNHC Fair 2013

In Bradford, we get a preview of the new and traveling works that decorate his yard before being moved to permanent locations. We see new elements being added: stainless as well as CorTen steel, color, texture, new shapes that include movement.  His work “Easter Island, caught our eye early on a snowy morning this past year and I stopped for a brief photograph before the light changed.

"Easter Island" by Dale Rogers

“Easter Island” by Dale Rogers

When we visited the collection at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair, we were so impressed by the variety and scale of his work, however, two projects we saw in his catalogues left us envious, wanting to see something similar in Haverhill. One, his public work in ArtPrize Grand Rapids, Michigan titled “Metal Monkey Mania” that made a bridge the center of community attention even though cars no longer used the bridge (might be an idea for the Groveland Bridge.) See monkey photos here http://www.metalmonkeymania.com/artprize.html.

And his “Flight” installment that consists of 9 stainless steel birds each weighing over  200 lbs and having a wingspan of 12’. The birds are supported in frames that vary from 12-16 feet high http://www.flightexhibit.com/Exhibit.html. “Flight” was chosen one of five finalists out of 1500  entrants in  the annual competition plus Dale Rogers won a special award as the“Best Use of Urban Space” for ArtPrize 2012 in Grand Rapids Michigan. The Heartbeat of Haverhill thinks this would be wonderful along our revitalized riverfront, and you can check it out at the Essex County Greenbelt first September 12-29. He’s recognized for his talents at home, too, he was after all a Haverhill Artist of the Month.

Dale Rogers with his sculpture at League of NH Craftsmen's Fair 2013

Dale Rogers with his sculpture at League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair 2013

Dale Rogers makes art for people and places and we’re just very fortunate one of his most important places is Haverhill.

The League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair runs through Sunday, August 11 at 5 p.m. It’s worth the drive to Sunapee New Hampshire, if just to see Dale Rogers’ larger than life collection.

"Family" Dale Rogers sculpture at the League of NH Craftsemen's Fair 2013

“Family” Dale Rogers sculpture at the League of NH Craftsemen’s Fair 2013

©2013 by Alison Colby-Campbell

Resources:

League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair  https://www.nhcrafts.org/craftsmens-fair-overview.php

Dale Rogers Studio http://www.dalerogersstudio.com/index.html

Dale Rogers Metal Monkey Mania  http://www.metalmonkeymania.com/artprize.html

Dale Rogers Flight http://www.flightexhibit.com/Exhibit.html

Dale Rogers will customize a one-of-a-kind, out-of-this-world rocket for you

Dale Rogers will customize a one-of-a-kind, out-of-this-world rocket for you

2 comments on “In A League of His Own, Haverhill Artist Dale Rogers at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair

  1. Carol Dulong
    April 25, 2014

    I just want say thank you for the Haverhill High School sculpture. Although I am not a Havehill School graduate, I am a Haverhill native and have a great pleasure in art. Job well done. ❤

    • Brain4Rent/THoH
      April 25, 2014

      I will pass along the comment to Dale. Glad you like the new sculpture

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Alison Colby-Campbell

Brain4Rent/THoH

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Full-brain user demonstrating a healthy(?) obsession with marketing, promotion, writing, photography, house rabbits, the natural world, tennis, big and small problem solving, reading, hiking, HGTV and the flotsam & jetsam of everyday life. My three blogs Brain4Rent, The Heartbeat of Haverhill, Alison Colby-Campbell Photography are Wordpress based.

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