is 2007 Artist Innovation Award Recipient
Concord, NH, November 20, 2007 - ArtWorks-NH
, a program of MicroCredit-NH
, recently held its 5th Annual Artist Exchange in Exeter.The event offered networking opportunities and a variety of business development workshops focused on the art of marketing to more than 50 participants from New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.It also featured the presentation of the 2007 Artist Innovation Award to Duane Hammond, pastel and watercolor painter, and owner of Pigs in a Poke in Alton.
"This award means a lot to me; I'm both pleased and humbled," Hammond
said."It would not have happened without the assistance and education I've received through my membership in MicroCredit-NH
, and some sound advice from the members in my MicroCredit-NH business group
, The BIG (Business Investment Group)."
The Artist Innovation Award qualifications focus on the evolution of the artist's work, the development of his/her business, and support provided by the artist to his/her peers.Hammond
was selected to receive the award based on his
ability to consistently infuse new ideas into his
artwork, and to creatively market his
satirical pig paintings and products to a regional and national audience.In addition, Hammond is an active member of MicroCredit-NH, and has demonstrated his commitment to providing support and business advice to his fellow members.
will be celebrated as the 2007 Artist Innovation Award winner with a photo shoot and feature story to be included in MicroCredit-NH's statewide publications, collaterals and website.Hammond, a graduate from the Museum School of Fine Art, Boston with a degree in Graphic Design, owned a graphic design company for over 40 years.
is in the second printing of his
first book, Pigs
In a Poke Collection #1 and is currently in negotiations for its international distribution.He
has licensed his
artwork for reproduction on cards, t-shirts, magnets and greeting cards, which are sold throughout New England.While his
artwork spreads geographically, Hammond
still produces his
work and purchases his
art supplies locally.In addition to his MicroCredit-NH membership, Hammond is a member of the NH Art Association, the Manchester Art Association, and is the 2007-08 President of the Alton Centennial Rotary Club.He also served as 2006-07 President of the Governor Wentworth Arts Council and was past Vice President of the Manchester Art Association.For more information about Pigs in a Poke, contact Hammond at (603) 569-3745 or visit http://www.pigsinapoke.com/estore/catalog/index.html To learn more about Gateway Gallery & Gifts, call (603) 466-9900.
The 2007 Artist Exchange was sponsored by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
, RiverWoods at Exeter and Unitil.