Snow People on Parade
Painted snowmen decorate valley
—By Presidents' Day Weekend, 17 decorated, fiberglass snowmen
will have emerged from artists' studios onto the streets of the Mount
Washington Valley. It's all part of the valley's first public street
art project, aptly titled "Snow People on Parade." The project
sponsor, Settlers' Green Outlet Village in North Conway, and event planner
Cindy Russell organized the effort to showcase local residents' artistic
The 6-foot-tall structures aren't gathered in a single, central area
— their locations are widespread, much like the geography and
citizens of the valley. From Jackson to Conway, snowmen can be spotted
in front of a number of businesses, schools and public offices.
The paintings on the snowmen are as diverse as the figures' locations.
Many reflect the snowmen's sponsors' love for the natural beauty of
the valley. Others represent the organization or business that sponsored
All, however, are meant to assert the talent and uniqueness of the sponsoring
business or organization and, at the same time, unite the valley community
with a widespread art project.
• "Snow Panda" (on display at the Conway Public Library
until March 5). This snowman was created by staff and students at Pine
Tree School. The snowflakes on the figure's body are composed of the
fingerprints of every student in the elementary school.
• "Frosty Cares" (on display at the Conway Village Chamber
Information Booth). This snowman was created by students at the Tamworth
Community School. It represents more than 150 nurse anesthetists in
New Hampshire who care for residents statewide.
• "Discovery and Exploration" (on display at the Mount
Washington Valley Children's Museum's new location, near Stan &
Dan Sports in North Conway Village). This snowman was commissioned by
Pete's Restaurant Equipment.
• "There's a Piece Missing" (on display in front of
Flossie's General Store in Jackson). The owners of the store and White
Mountain Puzzles commissioned the figure to honor the office staff at
the puzzles shop.
• "Valley Night" (on display at Settlers' Green Outlet
Village in North Conway). Sandy Hall, an art teacher at Kennett High
School, was inspired in her painting of this snowman by Van Gogh's famous
• "The Four Seasons" (on display at Attitash Mountain
Village in Bartlett). This tribute to the valley's natural beauty was
painted by Kate Streeter.
• "Sunset — Chocorua & Moat Mountain" (on
display at Gold Lead Frame & Gallery in North Conway Village). This
snowman was painted by local artist Sally Dinsmore.
• "The Sun" (on display at The Conway Daily Sun in North
Conway). This snowman was painted by local artist Sally Dinsmore.
• "Rotary Around the World" (on display at Depot Park
in North Conway). Kelly LaBrie was commissioned by the North Conway
Rotary Club to create this snowman.
• "Birds of the Season" (on display in North Conway
Village). Donna Woodward, commissioned by the Mount Washington Valley
Chamber of Commerce and building landord, Tom Schaffner, created this
• "Patchwork Emperor" (on display in front of the Eastern
Slope Inn in North Conway Village). This piece was created by the staff
of "Essence of Art," who used woven cloth and pottery products
in their design.
• "Village Scenes" (on display in front of Olympia Sports
in North Conway Village). River Run Company commissioned Meredith Chambers
to create this piece.
• "Winter Postage" (on display at Cranmore Mountain
Resort in North Conway). This snowman was commissioned by the resort
and painted by staff member and artist Daphne LeMay.
• "Let it Snow, Man!" (on display in the lobby of the
North Conway Grand Hotel). Kennett High art teacher Terry Brooks designed
and painted the figure.
• "Whimsical Seasons" (on display in front of Cross
Insurance on Eastman Road in Redstone). This figure was painted by Diane
• "Hodge Podge Valley Collage" (on display in front
of Badger Realty in Jackson). This figure was created by Mary Barash
and Leavitt and friends.
• "Mountain Matisse" (on display in front of the Red
Fox Bar & Grille in Jackson). This work of art was painted by Lori
Visitors and residents are invited to tour the valley and view each
of the snowmen. Just use the locator map, which is available at www.mwvevents.com/SnowPeopleOnParade.html
or in today's Conway Daily Sun.
here for a map of locations
for Snow People on Parade. )
At the bottom of the map of snowmen's locations, there is a People's
Choice ballot. Visitors can vote for their three favorite snowmen in
the valley by filling the ballot out and dropping it off at the Conway
Daily Sun office on Seavey Street in North Conway by March 3.