White Mountain art of the past; photography in Ghana
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• Exorcisms: William Durgan’s pencil, ink, computer-aided, hand-colored work will be presented through Feb. 24 at the E.W. Poore Art Gallery, 531 Front St., Manchester, 622-3802, with a reception on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. “Most of my images are exorcisms, which spring from the well of that dark water that each of us carry. I usually start drawing when my outlook is bleak and by the time I’m finished the world, and my place in it, seems to be in much better shape,” Durgan said.
• Museum artists: Currier staff and teachers are showing their own work for the first time together with a preview Thursday, Feb. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Currier Downtown, 52 Hanover St., Manchester. “For the Love of Art” runs through April 2 with work from Kerry Harman, John O’Shaughnessy, Kim Keegan, Verne Orlosk, Ann Domingue, Jeanne Couturier, Bruce McColl and Neva Austrew. The Currier Museum of Art is currently closed for expansion.
• Ghana talk: NH photographers who visited Ghana last year will give a talk Thursday, Feb. 8, at noon at the NH Institute of Art, 77 Amherst St., Manchester. Their exhibit, “Ghana: An African Portrait Revisited,” runs through Feb. 24, with images by Gary Samson, Barbara Bickford, Nancy Horton, Peter Gaudreau, Peter Randall and Charter Weeks. Visit nhia.edu.
• Rock effect: Wellesley College art history professor Rebecca Bedell speaks on the changing geological interpretations of White Mountain scenery during the 1800s when geology was somewhat new, at NH Historical Society’s library, 30 Park St., Concord, 228-6688, on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. “Tourists and artists were looking at the landscape and wondering if the White Mountains were shaped by the waters of the Biblical flood or perhaps by the glaciers of the Ice Age as a more recent geological theory suggested,” Bedell said. “The Anatomy of Nature: Geology and Landscape Painting in the White Mountains,” is the second lecture in conjunction with the society’s exhibit, “Consuming Views: Art and Tourism in the White Mountains, 1850-1900.” Admission costs $5 and includes entrance to the Museum of New Hampshire History, 6 Eagle Square. “Gods in Granite: The Art of the White Mountains,” is Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. with Robert McGrath, professor emeritus at Dartmouth College.
• Sound Art: BopAnt Productions presents the fifth Sound Art Series evening at Monastery Artists Collective, 21 W. Auburn St., Manchester, monasteryartists.org, Saturday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. Composer Andrea Pensado and digital artist Greg Kowalski make up Qfwfq Duo (qfwfqduo.com). They focus on live sound-image interaction and the use of movement to articulate complex sounds and digital visual material. Also appearing are PKD, featuring Mitch Ahern (electrocaster.org) on self-manufactured instruments, Walter Wright (119gallery.org) with analog synthesizer and video shredder, and Marc Bisson on prepared Hawaiian laptop guitar. Dei Xhrist and Dave Hatch as the Monastery house band, Birdorgan, open the event. Suggested donation is $5.
• Academics: The New England College of Art’s spring gallery shows open with works from two Fullbright scholars. NEC art professor Farid Haddad’s “Selected Works on Paper” from 2001 to 2006 are in the Main Gallery. Haddad turned to experimental abstraction in the 1980s, and has exhibited solo in Beirut, New York City, Kuwait City, Rome, and Paris. Richard Brown Lethem’s “Heads and Masks: Paintings and Drawings” are in Gallery Two, featuring his Maya drawings and a series of portrait heads. Lethem holds a BFA and MFA from Columbia University and has taught at the University of Southern Maine, UNH and Columbia. Their exhibits run through March 23, with a reception Thursday, Feb. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m., 24 Bridge St., Henniker, 428-2000.