By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• Getting spiritual: Father Roger Croteau has been painting for decades, and he’s now showing his unique work at the Hatfield Gallery, 55 South Commercial St., Manchester, 627-7560, from Friday, Sept. 29, through October. The claim is that his miniature oil sprays, when enlarged as prints, reveal “spectacular dimensions and images,” which Father Croteau calls “syncrecity.” Born in Lawrence, Mass., the parish priest has been a prison chaplain as well as a portrait artist. Meet him at Hatfield Gallery Sept. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m.
• More trolley stuff: Art 3 Gallery is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Manchester with “Celebration,” an exhibit of new works from gallery artists through Nov. 3. Meet the artists during the Open Doors Trolley Tour, Thursday, Sept. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. Call 668-6650 or see art3gallery.com. The Manchester Artists Association Gallery will present “Indian Summer” through Oct. 28 with an Open Doors reception as well. Some of the work is available by silent auction to raise funds for the Manchester Historic Association. A free trolley will visit several art venues, including City Hall, that evening.
Speaking of Manch art, see former City of Manchester Art Commissioner Althea Harpulos’ photography at Majestic Theatre through the end of September.
• Learn something: Hans Hofmann and the New York School are the topics of a lecture on “Being Modern” from Bruce McColl, director of the Currier Art Center, Thursday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 7 p.m. This lecture starts off a free series at the Currier Art Center. “Being Modern” covers Hofmann’s influence on American Modernism from the 1920s on. At 12:30 p.m. that day bring your lunch to Currier Downtown, on Hanover Street, for a presentation about the architecture and ongoing expansion of the Currier Museum of Art, part of the free Art Bites lunch series from the Currier. On Wednesday, Oct. 4, Currier Downtown Family Wednesdays are in full swing, with time to draw or paint with your children or grandchildren from 3 to 5 p.m.
• Keep commenting: The call is out to Manchester in general to offer ideas for an 80-foot-by-15-foot mural at the corner of Elm and Mechanic streets in Manchester. Artists can take part in roundtables about the project at The Monastery Artists Collective on 21 West Auburn St., Manchester. Visit whatcanyousee.org to get connected or e-mail Jaime Grady at email@example.com. Also at Monastery Artists Collective Gallery, a David Hatch solo exhibit will offer a retrospective of his work, sound performance, poetry and music starting at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30.