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Barbara Lemieux, 2016

Public Invited to ‘Paintings for a Purpose’ Art Show June 27-Aug. 30

From left, Erica Thoits, CASA of New Hampshire Director of Community Relations, Artist Dr. Marc Bard, and Suzanne Lenz, CASA Development Director, hold some of the framed pieces of art that will be included in the Paintings for a Purpose Art Show at the MVSB Meredith Main Office.

Local watercolor artist Dr. Marc Bard will once again be hosting the ‘Paintings for a Purpose’ Art Show this summer with all of the proceeds from the sale of artwork going to local nonprofit organizations. Dr. Bard will be joined by colleague, Dr. John Ingard, whose wildlife photography will also be included in the 2024 show.

The art show will begin with an opening reception at MVSB’s Main Office at 24 NH Route 25 in Meredith from 4-7 pm June 27. Artwork will remain on display at the location until the end of July and then will move to the Bank’s Wolfeboro Office at 66 North Main Street. A Wolfeboro reception is planned at the Bank from 4-7 pm Aug. 1 and artwork will remain on display in Wolfeboro location throughout the month. All are welcome to stop in during to opening receptions or during business hours at the Bank throughout the summer to view and purchase art.

Proceeds from the sale of the art will benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Hampshire, End 68 Hours of Hunger – Wolfeboro Area, Kingswood Youth Center, and Restoration Acres Farm. The organizations were selected from a pool of interested nonprofits by Dr Bard and a committee of community members.

From left, Artist Dr. Marc Bard stands with Kathy Sorell at Restoration Acres Farm in Gilford. They are holding just a few pieces of framed art that will be included in the Paintings for a Purpose Art Show at the MVSB Meredith Main Office.

“We are honored to once again support Dr. Bard and now Dr. Ingard as they grow this special event and its community impact this year,” said Marcus Weeks, MVSB President. “The organizations selected tackle some of the most pressing needs in our communities and the contributions will surely be put to good use helping local people. We hope everyone will stop by during our opening reception to view and purchase some beautiful works of art.”

This year, in addition to the sale of original artwork and prints, guest will also have the option to purchase note cards of select designs, request commissioned art, and special order prints of any original piece in the show thanks to the support of Meredith Frame Shop. Artwork can be previewed online on the organization’s website,, which has been designed and maintained by Bard’s grandson, Benjy Levine.

The 2024 ‘Paintings for a Purpose’ art show will be Dr. Bard’s 5th annual fundraiser. Last year’s event raised more than $10,000, which was donated to the Meredith Food Pantry to support food insufficiency in local communities.

About Dr. Marc Bard

Now in double overtime of a fulfilling career as a medical illustrator, practicing physician, author, health care executive, and national health care consultant, Marc Bard currently devotes his time to embracing the Squam Lake environs with his wife Carol and, whenever possible, his children and grandchildren. He enjoys studying watercolor painting and contributing to the success of local nonprofit charitable organizations by donating all proceeds from his artwork to support their mission

About Dr. John Ingard

Ingard recently retired from a long career as a practicing internist, initially in partnership with Marc Bard.  Since high school, he has visited Squam Lake and for the past seven years, he and his wife have enjoyed their cabin near Lake Kanasatka. He started with digital photography 25 years ago and for the past 15 years, he has used Canon EOS full-frame sensor cameras. His wildlife photography involves a fulfilling mix of artistic expression, outdoor exercise, and observation of animal behavior.

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