September 14, 2006

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Local Color
Peek at works in progress
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

• New at NEC: Explore the Byzantine, fantastical and figurative in a three-artist exhibit at the Gallery at New England College, Main Street, Henniker. An opening reception for Derryl Furtkamp of Andover, Tim Harney and Howard Johnson of Massachusetts is Thursday, Sept. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Johnson’s “Recent Drawings From Enpsychophia” (Hexsexes Series) is a “darkly humorous and contrived encyclopedia composed of random personal, historical, and fantasy images. It is an ongoing five-year project of 40 to 50 works on paper dwelling on social, political, aesthetic, sexual, and occult matters.”      

Harney’s “Figurative Work: 1988-2005” is a retrospective of the past 17 years. “Mine is a psychological portraiture. Though I am very aware of the great tradition of portrait painting, I am, nonetheless, far more concerned with making images that transcend conventional portraiture,” Harney, a Montserrat instructor, said.

Furtkamp’s “Recent Work” features assemblages that “evoke the formality of Byzantine icons, the specificity of late medieval manuscripts, and the preciousness of Renaissance altarpieces.” Furtkamp has taught at the Art School at the Art Museum of Missoula and at the University of Montana and currently teaches at New England College. The show continues through Oct. 14. Call 428-2329 or visit nec.edu.

• Academics: The faculty of the New Hampshire Institute of Art will show off their own paintings, drawings, photos, ceramics, prints, sculptures, etc. at Fuller Hall, 156 Hanover Street; the Main Building Gallery, 148 Concord Street; and the 77 Amherst Street Gallery in Manchester, through Oct. 4  with a reception Thursday Sept. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. Call 623-0313.

• Barge in: Check out what artists are doing in Nashua on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 1 to 7 p.m. during Artwalk Nashua (artwalknashua.org), which includes open studios and galleries downtown and in the millyard. Highlights include acrylic realism by Mark Winnat at the Nashua Public Library and an exhibit of contemporary paintings with abstract sound at Gallery One. Manchester’s version, Open Doors Trolley Tour, is Thursday, Sept. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m.

• In action: Watch sculptors at work at the Andres Institute’s seventh annual Sculpture Symposium, Sept 16 through Oct. 8. The invited sculptors—working on the theme of “relations”—are Satoru Takada of Japan, Andy Moerlein of New Hampshire, Bertha Shortiss of Switzerland and Chantou Oeur of Cambodia. Each will leave a piece, possibly incorporating local granite, in the nonprofit Andres Institute and Sculpture Park, 98 Route 13, 673-8441, Brookline. The 140-acre park with hiking trails is free and open daily.

Also, check out the Mill Brook Gallery before its outdoor sculpture garden exhibits close Sept. 20; it’s at 236 Hopkinton Rd., Concord, 226-2046.


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