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LaBelle Winery’s New Derry Location to Showcase New Hampshire Art Association Artists

by Michelle Thornton

Jul 13, 2022


Michelle Thornton
Marketing and Business Development Director
LaBelle Winery
(603) 225-8964

July 11, 2022

DERRY, NEW HAMPSHIRE — LaBelle Winery’s newest location on Route 111 in Derry has offered to partner with the New Hampshire Art Association to showcase its members’ works in more than 75 feet of gallery space. The first artists to exhibit their works from July 15 through Oct. 16 are painters Laura Cassinari King, John LeCours and Barbara Mata.

“The NHAA is excited to partner with LaBelle Winery Derry to showcase the work of our talented artists,” said Amanda Kidd Schall, NHAA Director of Operations and Development.

“We are honored to play a part in making LaBelle’s Derry location a destination for arts and culture. With over 75 feet of gallery space, NHAA artists have plenty of room to show large works and expansive bodies of work.”

LaBelle’s Derry location features a golf course, mini golf course, performance venue and event center (featuring live music, comedians, and more), wine tastings at its newly opened tasting room and sparkling wine production facility, Americus Restaurant, and a grab and go French-style inspired market named LaBelle Market, It hosts numerous weddings, corporate and public events each year.

With so many options for visitors, the NHAA artists’ work will be viewed by many while on display.

“The New Hampshire Art Association is a wonderful organization, and we are thrilled to be working with them to bring world-class artwork to the people of New Hampshire via our gallery, said Michelle Thornton, Marketing and Business Developer Director at LaBelle Winery. “Amy LaBelle and Cesar Arboleda, co-owners of LaBelle Winery, are avid art supporters and can’t wait to welcome the artists of our first exhibition.”


About The Artists


Laura Cassinari King

“Patchwork,” by Laura Cassinari King

“Field – Ocean – Forest” is the title of Cassinari King’s show at LaBelle.

“As I put this body of work together for LaBelle Winery, I recalled all the magic moments I’ve experienced in nature while enjoying a fragrant glass of wine,” King said.

“Each of these places, field, ocean and forest hold powerful memories that a painting can elicit, awakening again our senses to the grandness of it all. May they stir up your own memory bank of peace and awe.”

Cassinari King spent most weekends and summers at Rye Beach where her grandmother lived.

“I took its beauty for granted until I moved to Ohio and remained landlocked for 18 years,” she said.

“I appreciate the ocean now as never before and it is the main theme of expression in much of my work. Creating art has become for me an enchanting stroll through the woods at twilight, often wrenching me from my comfort zone to new heights of self-discovery.”

The discovery of oil painting helped Cassinari King to internalize the natural world’s chaos and order.

“The statement I make is in the doing, through whatever chemistry I experience that day with tools and medium,” she said. “The finished creation is the period at the end leaving the work to speak with what each viewer brings to it, finding their own sense of order or chaos.”


John LeCours

“Nederzee Daydream,” by John LeCour

The paintings of LeCours often explore the mystical energy and moods of “Harbors at Twilight,” the title of his show.

“There is a mystery in the way the light transforms the water at this magical moment at dusk,” LeCours said.

LeCours influences in oil trace the maritime lineage of Jacob van Ruisdael through JMW Turner and modernistic influences of the abstract Impressionists. His works often emanate a timeless atmospheric beauty.

“I have always taken inspiration from the natural beauty of New England and have most recently discovered plein air painting in Portsmouth Harbor,” LeCours said. “This is where my intuitive dialogue with the sea and the elements has allowed me to produce my most authentic work and has enabled me to discover my true voice as a visual artist.”

LeCours holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York. He currently maintains a loft/studio in his townhome on the Lamprey River in Epping.

LeCours is featured with nine other Portsmouth area artists in the new hardcover coffee table book “Ten Piscataqua Painters.”


Barbara Mata

“Subconscious Visual 2,” by Barbara Mata

Mata’s body of work is titled “Subconscious Visuals.”

“This body of work draws inspiration from social and physical environments which are naturally intertwined with each other resulting in subconscious visual experiences that transfer directly to the canvas,” she said.

“The paintings are deliberately not titled to give the viewer an opportunity to interact with and interpret what they see without influence.”

In her artistic process, colors are chosen and graphite lines and shapes are forcefully applied to the canvas. A tumultuous application of paint explodes. It’s scratched, scraped, replaced, and manipulated. The image appears.

Mata is a mixed media abstract painter residing in Newmarket, New Hampshire. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and completed her BA in Sociology at the University of New Hampshire.

Primarily self-taught, she also pursued courses at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts where she applied and was accepted. Financial difficulties, however, prevented her from attending. Today she maintains a studio in the Newmarket Mills.


Go & Do


NH Art Association exhibit – painters Laura Cassinari King, John LeCours and Barbara Mata

Where: LaBelle Winery, 14 Route 111, Derry, NH 03038

When: July 15 through Oct. 16

More: Visit or call (603) 672-9898 for more information.