Michelle Arnold Paine’s paintings remember lost cottages of Alton Bay

Contemporary painter Michelle Arnold Paine recently brought one her pieces to us for framing and shared with us the story that came with it.

Alton Bay Cottage (Oil on canvas, 18″x 24″) was painted for a friend who spent many summers friend spent many summers here on Lake Winnepesaukee in New Hampshire both as a child and as an adult. Many of the cottages up at Alton Bay Conference Center burned to the ground in a large fire in the spring of 2009.This is the second painting I have completed for them. The first was also of Alton Bay and depicts the small cove on Lake Winipesaukee, NH near the cottage. That painting Alton Bay (Oil on Canvas, 18″ x 24″) is now hanging in their home, a reminder of summer and carefree days. The place holds many memories for her and her family. Now that they no longer have the cottage to go to they are now even more grateful to have the painting to bring back memories.

We don’t always get to hear why an item is special to the person framing it and its history – thanks, Michelle! Here’s how the painting turned out after she entrusted it to us.

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  • Tony deBrito  On June 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Very nice painting with feeling. I feel like I’m at the lake cottage again.

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