Sandwich Fair, NH: My Two Favorites Vendor Stalls In 2013.


Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I love this New Hampshire made, native Indian design flutes. Yesterday was not the first time I have stopped and admired this stall. It has been one of my favorites for a number of years. Yesterday, I only stopped by briefly. In other years I have stopped and enjoyed the tactile thrill of these flutes and talked to the artist.

Maybe I should tell Deanna to get me one for Christmas. I do like wood inlay objects. A couple of years ago, at my behest, Deanna got me this beautiful, wood inlaid backgammon set from the National Geographic catalog. I don’t use it. I keep it as an object de art.

Raven Song Flutes are on the Web.

P1090108This is Gene Matras from Pittsfield.

I noticed his work yesterday. It stopped me dead in my tracks. He was kind of diagonally across from the flutes (above).

Being a very colorful person, by birth, black-and-white ink drawings are not one of my favorite media for art — though I do have a fairly large ink drawing of a mill, that I bought when I first came to the U.S. (the second time around) in 1985. It hangs in our downstairs family room.

I, however, have to say that Gene’s work is AMAZING. The sheer detail and authenticity is breathtaking. WOW.

This is his Web. I am glad he has a decent Web site.


genematrashorseHe had a PRINT of this at the stall.

It was blinking beautiful. So much detail.

I asked him what he had done with the original. Of course he had sold it. I asked him for roughly how much: $2,000.

I, of course, do NOT have the money, BUT if I had $2,000 to spend on art I would seriously consider buying one of his originals!

He reminds me of my one-time ‘buddy’, the one-and-only David Shepard — though David was into color.

Gene lives in Pittsfield. I go through Pittsfield at least once a week. I might have to give him a call and see if I can visit him in his home gallery.


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