The White Mountains: Alps of New England

Honoring the 100th anniversary of the White Mountain National Forest, this art show & sale features award-winning landscapes by nationally-recognized plein air artists Lauren Sansaricq and Erik Koeppel of Jackson, New Hampshire.

During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, numerous artists—including many from the Hudson River School—captured the awe-inspiring summits and verdant glens in the White Mountain region of northern New Hampshire and western Maine. Today, Erik Koeppel and Lauren Sansaricq create masterful works in the Hudson River style based on their love for the expressive potentials of traditional representation. Their extraordinary paintings recapture the lost techniques of the Hudson River School painters, whose works were characterized by a sense of air, dramatic light, distance, and luminosity.

The White Mountain paintings in this exhibit will be available for purchase over the duration of the show (paintings will be added on a regular basis), with a portion of each sale helping to support our public programming.

May 29 through October 19, 2018


ERIK KOEPPEL (b. 1980) was born in Oregon, and spent his childhood moving with his family through many of the most beautiful landscapes of North America—from the Rocky Mountains, to Southern California, to the Appalachian Range. At the age of ten, his family settled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where he drew obsessively from nature, and began to develop a love for the expressive potentials of traditional representation. Erik received his formal training from the Rhode Island School of Design followed by the New York Academy of Art, and an annual apprenticeship in Wiscasset, Maine, with his professor and friend, Seaver Leslie. After copying extensively from the Italian Masters, he developed a body of work that has been exhibited and collected internationally, and represented across the United States. Koeppel’s mastery of traditional techniques has led him to become one of very few young con-temporary artists whose work is regularly exhibited with historic masters of the 19th and early 20th Centuries. His work has hung beside Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, Edgar Degas, John Frederick Kensett, and George Inness, and he has had the distinguished honor of entering collections including artists of this caliber. American Artist, PleinAir Magazine, and other respected publications have covered his progress. Erik is a member of the esteemed Guild of Boston Artists.

LAUREN SANSARICQ (b. 1990) grew up in Columbia County, New York, where from an early age she was exposed to both the beauties of the Hudson Valley and, under the teaching of Thomas Locker, to the traditional painting techniques of the Hudson River School. Lauren received academic training in drawing and painting at the Grand Central Academy of Art in New York City. Her work has been exhibited in Manhattan at the Salmagundi Club and the National Arts Club. Lauren is currently represented by Hawthorne Fine Art gallery, directed by Jennifer Krieger, who co-curated the “Remember the Ladies” exhibit at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Lauren was also honored with a solo show, “Nature’s Poetry,” at Hawthorne fine Art in 2011. She has been awarded the Hudson River Fellowship three times and is also a recipient of the Henrietta Reiss Award. One of Lauren’s paintings was featured in the New York Times, in connection with the show she was a part of, “The Great Hudson River Exhibition.”