Our Mission

The mission of the Association is to enhance the ability of its members to create art and to further the appreciation of art in the Lakes Region area by the promotion, education, sale, and display of the visual fine arts. The Association is a non-profit educational and cultural organization located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.



The Lakes Region Art Association (LRAA), founded in 1940 by five local artists, was originally the Laconia Art Association. The purpose of the Lakes Region Art Association is to provide a supportive and educational forum for local artists, both amateur and professional. Members explore the use of various techniques, mediums and styles. The Association seeks to nurture the creation and appreciation of the visual arts in the Lakes Region and promote exposure of artists’ works to the public.

Most recently the Association was given the opportunity to open a gallery in the Tanger Outlets in Tilton, NH. We are excited for this new venture and continue to work towards making this a successful experience for all our members!

The Association continues to keep up with technology, establishing a web site a few years ago and a Facebook page, all to give the arts a higher profile in the area, to communicate better and to promote member artists.



Officers and Board Members

Jean Kennedy, President

Gerri Harvey, President-Elect

Marlene Witham, Treasurer

Richard Hartman, Recording Secretary

Jini Lampert

BJ Eckardt

Jackie Roy

Scott Hayes

Marilee Sundius


Christine Fogg, Membership

Gerri Harvey, Education

Judy Palfrey, Nominating

Marilee Sundius, Communications

Vynnie Hale & Richard Hartman, Scholarship

Vynnie Hale & Richard Mundy, Events

BJ Eckardt, Finance

Shela Cunningham, Archivist

BJ Eckardt, LRAA Gallery Facilities

Marlene Witham, LRAA Gallery Participants




**NEW LRAA Organization Structure

Over the past few months a committee has reviewed our organization structure and proposed a new "committees" based format.

This new set up is designed to distribute the activities and duty responsiblilities throughout the organization, thus making volunteer opportunities that are better suited for our members.

Please review the following committees structure document, which lists the type of groups and the responisibilties that go along with them. If you are eager to assist, please contact Jean Kennedy, President - president@lraanh.org

Committee Structure Document (PDF)

September 2015, The Association gathered together to celebrate 75 years!
A wonderful dinner reception was held at the Wolfeboro Inn.

A special video is in the works to
illustrate the transitions of LRAA
through out the years.

Available Soon!

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Lakes Region Art Association

Laconia, NH 03246

We are 501c3 non-profit educational & cultural organization.


No images may be downloaded from this site without permission from the artist.