June 22, 2006

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MAA honors scholars and artist of the year
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

• Winners all around: The Manchester Artists Association doled out awards this month. Danielle Gosselin and Nathan Abbe of Hooksett each won scholarships for $1,200 toward college art education. Gosselin will further her art education at Massachusetts College of Art, while Abbe heads to the Pratt Institute in New York City. Only five students submitted work; the MAA has tried to increase submissions, but “it turns out the quality is the whole point not quantity,” said Ann Trainor Domingue of the MAA. The scholarships are not need-based. An MAA volunteer committee judged the submitted slides or color prints and personal narratives. Students entered drawings, paintings, pen and ink and pastels. The students received their awards last Thursday at the MAA Gallery, 1528 Elm St., Manchester, where their work is currently exhibited. Scholarships are sponsored by MAA, East Colony of Fine Art, and family and friends of Amherst artist Georgina Bartholomew.
MAA, a 250-member non-juried group, also honored one of their own at their June 5 banquet. Robin Frisella was awarded “artist of the year.” She volunteered as exhibit chair for the MAA for several years, and is a member of the Andover and Nashua Artists Association and the Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough. Her work is mostly pastel, and she studies with local artists.

• You be the judge: The Franklin Pierce Law Center’s gallery, 2 White St., Concord, will be showcasing the Newmarket-based Lamprey Arts & Culture Alliance through Sept. 8. “Exhibit A: Summer Art” is juried and includes fiber art, oils, pastels, watercolors, photographs and acrylics. Visitors can be the jury as well, and vote for their favorites from the 35 pieces by June 30. Winners of the Jurors’ and Viewers’ Choice awards will be announced at a July 7 reception, 5 to 8 p.m.

• Help local teens: Artist Avenue Teen Arts Center will auction donated art Friday, July 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at their studio to support their efforts. The nonprofit group, located at Langer Place 55 Commercial St. in Manchester, offers space and free supplies for teens to use Tuesday through Friday, 3 to 9 p.m. Artists can help out by donating work until July 7 for the auction; e-mail ArtistAve_tac@yahoo.com.

• Like watching The New Yankee Workshop live: Hang out at Canterbury Shaker Village this weekend, June 24 and 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and watch furniture makers, boat builders, carvers and other people who make things out of wood. Check out work from the grossly talented New Hampshire Furniture Masters (this stuff is far, far, far beyond Ikea quality). Oh yeah, there’s live music and a barbecue. Admission is free for kids under six, $5 for age 6-17 and $10 for adults at 288 Shaker Rd., Canterbury, 783-9511, shakers.org.


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