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26 State Street, Newburyport, MA 01950
(978) 499-8444

117 Market Street, Portsmouth NH 03801
(603) 766-3737

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American crafts, artisan jewelry, and local art

Rosemary Conroy

Rosemary Conroy
"I never got to go to art school, but that's OK — life is not always linear. My first career was explaining computers to NYC stockbrokers. I worked on the 73rd floor of the World Trade Center in a giant beige cubicle farm. (Not a good fit!) Then I had an serendiptious encounter with a naturalist named John Yrizarry* and that led me to my completely different second career in New Hampshire. After getting my Masters in Science from Antioch/New England University, I became the communications director for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

It was a super-fulfilling job and I got to do things like write nature columns for the New Hampshire Sunday News and co-host a mini-program on New Hampshire Public Radio called "Something Wild" for 11 years. And help protect land for people and wildlife.

But my art was definitely in the back seat. I kept thinking, "Someday I'll be an artist. Someday..."

Then 9/11 happened. And it made me realize there are no guarantees that you will ever get a someday. So with the help of my amazing husband, I made someday into today. And here I am living my dream!" -Rosemary Conroy
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