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About Lebanon Art & Crafts Association

Lisa Becker painted this decorative owl plateLisa Becker painted this decorative owl plate

The Lebanon Art and Crafts Association (LACA), founded in 1972, is a cooperative non-profit membership organization based in the Upper Valley area of New Hampshire. Our purpose is to "bring artists and crafts people together for mutual support and encouragement, to promote appreciation of art and crafts within the area, and to promote the sale of work as a stimulus to the creative interests and talents of the members" (LACA Bylaws). 

Read our detailed history on the Our History page.

Jean McGrath made these catnip bags
Jean McGrath made these catnip bags
The members of LACA represent a wide variety of crafts and craft people in the Upper Valley. Although LACA does not have a jury system per se, the bylaws stipulate that all crafts must be of "high quality," "demonstrate technical proficiency," and "show individuality, originality, or creativity in their design or execution" (LACA Bylaws). While our crafts may include manufactured parts, it is required that all "items offered at each show and/or sale shall be substantially crafted by the member" (LACA Bylaws).

Jane Oakes created this floral arrangementJane Oakes created this floral arrangement
If you would like more information about the Association, please use one of following options:

Write: Lebanon Art and Crafts Association
P.O. Box 188
Lebanon, NH 03766


LACA Bylaws

LACA's bylaws are available for download on our Applications and Forms page.


Phyllis Wheeler knit these mittensPhyllis Wheeler knit these mittens

2022 LACA Board Members

  • President — Rhonda Tinkham
  • Vice President — Susan Matteson
  • Treasurer — Jane Oakes
  • Ass't Treasurer — Barbara Richmond
  • Secretary — Heather Burgess

2023 LACA Board Members

  • President — Susan Matteson
  • Vice President — Rhonda Tinkham
  • Treasurer — Jane Oakes
  • Ass't Treasurer — Barbara Richmond
  • Secretary — Heather Burgess

LACA's Christmas Tree

The Lebanon Art & Crafts Christmas tree from 2022. The Lebanon Art & Crafts Association
Christmas tree from 2022

One of hallmarks of our annual Christmas show and sale is the wooden tree. Past member Bob Johnson made the tree and used it to display the ornaments he made. When he retired, he tried to sell it to the public but no one was interested in purchasing it. LACA purchased the tree for $400 in 1988 and every year ever since (provided there is room at the store location) LACA sets it up and uses it to display ornaments made by our members.

Setting up the tree takes at least one to two hours. The setup of the tree begins with reassembling the motor, belt, and bearings and securing the center pole to the motor using a series of Allen wrenches and other tools. Next the person(s) setting up the tree take the 50 numbered boards and systematically put them on the center pole starting at the base with the largest board first followed by gradually smaller boards until the smallest board is on top. Once fully assembled and tightened with more Allen wrenches and tools the tree is adorned with this year’s decorations made by LACA members. At the end of the show the tree and motor are taken apart and the numbered pieces are systematically put back in their boxes until the next year.

Chelsea McDowell made these dry-erase activity books for childrenChelsea McDowell made these dry-erase activity books for children
Andy Hamel made these birch vasesAndy Hamel made these birch vases