The Fry Fine Art gallery
Nestled in and among the brick store fronts in Peterborough, New Hampshire there is a modern looking building which is the home to the Fry Fine Art gallery. The building is bordered on the left by the Contoocook River which can be seen through the palladium windows of the gallery. The gallery is flooded with natural light which accents the tastefully placed spotlights on the art. The entire gallery is in hardwood with tribal rugs beautifully placed throughout. To visit the Fry Fine Art gallery is an experience for the senses.
Most of the paintings are in the style of American Impressionism. There are paintings of landscapes with cattle and haybales, as well as ships on the blue, blue sea. There are local mountain scenes of Mt. Monadnock, charming little houses on country lanes, and beach scenes with people cavorting in the sand and water.
Some of the more well-known artists are Arthur Clifton Goodwin (1864-1929.) In his “The Frozen Neponset River” he has painted a landscape that is light and airy with delicate renderings of the landscape and people. Emile Albert Gruppe (1896-1978) in his “Harbor Scene” he uses bold and broad-brush strokes bordering on Expressionism. Anthony Thieme (1888-1954) paints his “Merrimack River” in the Impressionistic style. The light is the subject rather than nature itself. William Preston Phelps (1848-1923) paints cows grazing in the woods in his “Autumn Woods.” He, like Thieme, uses light as his subject rather than the cows. Bruce Crane (1857-1937) in his “Forest Landscape” has bright colors and bold brush strokes resembling Expressionism like Gruppe. William Lester Stevens (1888-1969) is one of the most abstract artists in the gallery as exemplified in his “Plumes in the Wind.”
The Fry Fine Art gallery complements these works of art by featuring local artists and their varied styles in The Pelletier Studio Art Gallery. The Pelletier Studio was inspired by Peter Pelletier’s gallery which was active in the 90’s and right here in Peterborough. It was Peter Pelletier who most influenced Stan Fry, owner, to begin collecting art.
The Fry Fine Art gallery also sells antique furniture. The following are some examples of the pieces at the gallery. Featured is a 19th century Chinese elm wood, red top side-board. There is also a Shaker style candle stand in ribbon cherry. There is a fabulous 16th century marble top, walnut chest of drawers with ormolu pulls and feet. The Fry Fine Art gallery also presents a mahogany, Federal period, chest of drawers. One of the most beautiful pieces is an early 20th century, French parquetry table with walnut and satin wood with ebony banding and ormolu feet.
To enter the Fry Fine Art gallery is an extremely pleasurable experience. Along with the artists’
beautiful renditions of man and nature, the gallery manager has meticulously chosen wonderful music to enhance your time spent in the gallery. Ms. Mindy Taylor, the manager and curator, is amazingly knowledgeable and willing to answer your questions, as are her associates. We look forward to seeing you at Fry Fine Art.
36 Grove St. Peterborough, NH 03458
Located in beautiful downtown Peterborough New Hampshire, Fry Fine Art offers art from the 19th, 20th and 21st century as well as a unique selection of high-quality antiques, objets d’art, small trinket boxes, art note cards, and coffee table books.
We look forward to your visit!