Shades of Summery Blue

It’s no coincidence that the color blue plays such a significant role in a New Hampshire summer. After all, “Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the deity to be a source of delight,” said John Ruskin, an English Romantic writer and painter.

From peaceful, blue bodies of water-our lakes, rivers and ocean-to the sky on a bright summer’s day and fresh-picked blueberries, blue truly does represent tranquility and loyalty.

You can bring that peaceful state indoors, too. Cerulean, sky, turquoise, periwinkle, cobalt-whatever your favorite shade is, blue adds pizzazz to any type of décor. We thought these handmade, blue works of art from the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen were great choices.

The league, founded in 1932, holds its juried members to high standards. “Members must make the items themselves using their own designs and adhere to the traditions of fine craftsmen,” says Susie Lowe-Stockwell, the league’s executive director.

Many of the artists featured here will have their work available for purchase at the annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair from August 6 to 14 at the Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.