ABOUT 42 MAPLE
Open to the public, 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center is a communal art studio space, an art gallery, and an events center housed in a historic church built in Bethlehem, NH in 1877. We fondly refer to it as “The Tallest Toy Box in Town”.
Home to multiple resident artists working in individual studio spaces, 42 Maple houses The Gallery @ 42 Maple, which hosts artist receptions on the First Friday of each month and curates a handful of open call, juried exhibitions throughout the year.
42 Maple also hosts weekly figure drawing sessions with live models and curates a selection of Second Satyrday events unlike anything else in the area.
With a fully operational audio and projection system, many events become multimedia experience.
The history dates back to 1877 when the building was originally constructed as a Congregational Church. In 1940 the Independent Order of Odd Fellows purchased the building and used it until 1997, when it was converted to a karate dojo until 2012. The clock in the clock tower, one of the few in the state of New Hampshire that is still operated with weights and pendulum, it is an E. Howard Clock made sometime in the late 1800’s. It is a three face clock and had a weight winding electric motor added early last century by E. Howard clocks.
E. HOWARD CLOCK CO., BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS
THREE FACE TOWER CLOCK
42 Maple is home to a continuously working mechanical pendulum clock. This clock tower, one of the few in the state of New Hampshire that is still operated with weights and pendulum, is an E. Howard Clock made sometime in the late 1800′s. It is a three face clock and had a weight winding electric motor added early last century by E. Howard clocks.
The pendulum length dictates the rate at which the clock runs. A pendulum with a length of 39.1 inches has a 1 second period. To keep the pendulum swinging, a clutch rod gives the pendulum a kick on each swing. As oil thickens, dust collects, and friction changes, the power supplied to the pendulum can drop the swing angle from 4 degrees to 3 degrees resulting in an 11 second gain per day. Also, changes in temperature can change the length of the pendulum and the timing of the swing resulting in gains of time in the winter and a loss of time in the summer.