Producing Artful Television
New Hampshire Humanities

Barking Spider Productions produces PBS quality video documentaries on range of little known, but historically significant, events in New England; New Hampshire in particular. From the Isles of Shoals off the New Hampshire coast to the flock of artists that migrated to the White Mountains in the early 1800's, Emmy award winner Andrea Melville's brilliant direction and depth of research brings life and interest to these fascinating times and places.

New Hampshire Humanities

Brush and Pen: Artists and Writers of New Hampshire's White Mountains

Brush and Pen offers the audience a tour through the 19th Century with New Hampshire's most famous works of art. This program brings together paintings and literature created by some of America's most famous painters and writers of the 1800's.

The "White Mountain School of Art" was a group of artists who came to northern New Hampshire to paint the "new American scenery". Thousands of paintings were produced by over 400 artisans and Brush and Pen brings together original paintings filmed on location in New England galleries, museums and private collections

You can read the Brush and Pen production notes to find out more about the film, production and unique classroom opportunities. Also, you can find a list of all paintings shown in Brush and Pen.

Broadcast on New Hampshire Public Television this past July, Brush and Pen, has been selected for showing at the Vermont International Film Festival. It will delight, educate and "wow" the lover of art as well as the lover of history.

Vermont International Film Festival

A History of New Hampshire's Isles of Shoals

These seemingly insignificant clusters of granite off the New Hampshire coast named the Isles of Shoals and their inhabitants of nearly 400 years are filled with a historic past, changeable present and hopeful future. "An Island Kingdom" brings you their story.

For anyone interested in hidden New England history, An Island Kingdom is a treasure trove of little know legends and facts.

Funded by The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the New Hampshire Humanities Council and the Isles of Shoals Historical and Research Association, Emmy Award winning producer Andrea Melville, brings together many never-before-seen historic photographs, beautiful artwork, period music, and incredible present-day views to tell the story of these tiny, isolated islands.

There is an exetesive interview with Emily Bowles in Fractured Atlas with Andrea that provides in depth detail and insight into the making of this remarkable piece.

Shown on ,New Hampshire Public Television, An Island Kingdom is available direct from Barking Spider Productions for only $25 (postage included)

Broadcast times

  • Sat, Jul 23 - 8:00 P.M.
  • Sun, Jul 24 - 1:00 P.M.
  • Sun, Jul 24 - 12:00 A.M.