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Event Dates: 03/20/2015 to 03/29/2015

Event Time: 12:00 am

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The Waterhouse Restaurant and Bar is graced by the art of William Preston Phelps along its walls throughout the restaurant. This unique collection of Phelps’ landscapes have been installed for viewing for the next two months. The group of paintings are from private collections of the owners of the restaurant. “I collect him because he is a local artist, I like the detail of his paintings and find it interesting how his palette varies little from painting to painting.” says Stan Fry. There are a total of 20 paintings to be enjoyed with several even for sale. Feel free to take the list of artwork available at the restaurant reception desk and meander through the dining rooms appreciating the the beautiful beauty of the Monadnock region on canvas complimented with the natural setting of the Restaurant on the Nubanusit River.

While the restaurant is abuzz with the installation of the Phelps’ paintings, Keith Herrick is busy creating his own “masterpieces” in the kitchen. For the next few weeks, specials featuring local maple syrup from Allcoin Farm in Henniker. Try the Bar Bites Maple Glazed Peanuts with Bacon Crumbs and Southern style Fried Chicken with Maple Drizzle…… hard to resist! ”Maple syrup will be infused in some new bar drinks for Spring”, says Eileen Boyer, Dining Room Manager.

William Preston Phelps (1848-1923), long been known as the “painter of Monadnock”, lived in Chesham, NH. His beloved Mt. Monadnock, was his inspiration, his solace, his wonder. Hundreds of his canvases focused on this sole peak. He was able to show us the ever changing views from sunrise to twilight. He painted in all weather showing beautiful Fall colors, Winter scenery, and wonderful visions of early Spring. “Few artists of the Southwest New Hampshire Region can equal his ability to express impressionistic feelings of the changing views of the Mountain.” comments Ken Spector, owner of New England Art Exchange, located in Depot Square. “I have a few Phelps paintings in my shop, his works are highly sought by local collectors”.

Phelps grew up on a farm and at a young age drew the world around him. He became flawless in his renditions of cows, sheep and horses. He was a student at Dublin School, ultimately taking his talents to Massachusetts as an apprentice. In 1875, Phelps left for Europe to study under the masters of the day. He worked on his style of landscape painting in Germany and for the next decade, his travels took him to France, Switzerland, Italy and Scotland. Phelps returned home with international acclaim. He successfully sold his paintings and was sought after for mentoring art students.

Thereafter, adventures took him to California, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. His masterpiece ofThe Grand Canyon, thought to be the first painting ever created of that ultimate American landscape and The Tillers of the Soil, had been exhibited for many years at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. The Currier Museum has a wonderful examples of Phelps, in addition there is a very large Monadnock painting in the Keene Public Library, another at the Cheshire County Historical Association and of course in many private homes around the New England area.

As if that was not enough, for the next couple of months, Waterhouse has Giving Tuesdays, an annual community outreach giving program where 10% of the revenues for the restaurant go to local non profit groups. Thing in the Spring is the featured organization for the next two Tuesdays followed by The River Center. For a full listing of upcoming Tuesdays, please check the website. And while you are at Waterhouse, enjoy an Emerald Martini and be entered to win a Diamond Ring.

Beginning Friday, March 20th to March 29th, Waterhouse is participating in Springtime Restaurant Week with a three course prix fixe menu. “Like” them on Facebook and discover all the details on Springtime Restaurant Week! Every time you choose from the special menu, you earn a chance to win a $100 gift certificate and 4 movie passes. Food and Theater? Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 25th for March Madness Readings by local talent. Reservations recommended.

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The Waterhouse Restaurant and Bar, 18 Depot Street, Peterborough, N.H. 034548 (603) 924-4001

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