Observations on the Opening of the exhibit “Art & Innovation” at Amherst Label on Friday, May 18, 2018
Photos by Bob Hug
Observed: Plenty of plaid.
Overheard: more than one discussion about Bennington Battle Trail, the road where Stanley Hallett lived and painted.
Noted: Curiosity about Amherst Label’s old, old press and its newest digital press—capable of printing Post and Peel© post card giveaways of Hallett’s prettiest paintings.
Summary: A pleasant art experience on a Friday afternoon.
Amherst Label’s celebration of Art and Innovation featuring the art of Stanley Hallett (1905-1982) took place Friday at Amherst Label on Westchester Drive in Milford, NH. Stanley’s brother-in-law, Nick Calvetti, Sr., was also celebrated as the founder of Amherst Label 40 years ago. Nick Sr.’s great-grandchildren served refreshments while his son and grandchildren mingled with visitors. Town of Milford officials were in attendance as well as employees, history buffs, art enthusiasts, neighbors, family and friends.
A panel about Stanley’s life and work pictured the artist generally posing wearing plaid or checks—in vogue in the 1970s. Several guests also sported plaids and checks. Brightly colored poppies decorated the tables.
Amherst Label’s newly refurbished cafeteria offers a restorative spaced called for in the company’s 3-year strategic plan called the “Painted Picture.” Visitors and employees alike can relax and enjoy the art here, although visits require an appointment and employees take scheduled breaks from the manufacturing firm’s fast-paced production floor.
Help from the Wilton Historical Society researchers made the exhibit possible and several guests affiliated with the library were in attendance. Wilton Center’s scenic setting, which has attracted so many painters over the years, was a topic of conversation, particularly stories about the Bennington Battle Trail. In Temple, the road is called the Old Revolutionary Road and despite discouraging signage, the public is permitted to walk through the area where Stanley Hallett found his inspiration.
Attendees left the exhibit with souvenirs, impeccably reproduced post cards printed on Amherst Label’s state-of-the-art digital press.