Affordable art: Minumental works fly off the shelves
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• Floral focus: Award-winning photographer Melissa Mannon specializes in garden photography and the strong bond between humans and the environment is the focus of her portrait work. “Le Visage de la Fleur, More Than Just a Pretty Face: The Photography of Melissa Mannon” will be exhibited at the Beliveau Art Gallery, 52 Concord St., Manchester, 669-4045, at the Franco-American Centre through March 8.
• Duplication: The sixth annual New Hampshire Printmakers exhibit at Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, 228-1541, through March 30 has attracted works from 63 printmakers. Want to see more? They are bringing portfolios to the reception Feb. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. so you can check out their additional work. “Unlike some exhibits that feature the work of multiple artists, ‘Prints of the Year’ has no specific theme,” exhibit organizer Pierce Law alumnus Parker Potter of Contoocook said. “I try to group the pieces in such a way as to create conversations between the artists. And this year there is a bit of a larger theme. For example, Nancy Davison submitted a piece entitled ‘Noah’s Arc’ and many others submitted pairs of prints.”
The prints span the full range of printmaking techniques, including etching, engraving, drypoint, mezzotint, woodcut, wood engraving, silkscreen, relief printing, lithography and monoprints.
“Participants include nationally and internationally known printmakers, professional artists and the finest printmaking students in New Hampshire,” Potter said. Most of the work is recent, and some of the revenue will go to Pierce Law’s annual Public Interest Coalition Auction.
• Top honors for tininess: Six out of 93 faculty, staff and students of the New Hampshire Institute of Art won awards for the two-by-two-inch works of art at the NHIA’s 5th Annual Minumental Exhibit, which runs through Feb. 24 in their main gallery, 836-2573. The winners: Justin Gerace of Plantsville, Conn., for “Belly Resist,” stoneware; Allison Iannone of Hooksett for “Temptation,” digital photograph; Rachel Normington of Windham, “The Only Art That Didn’t Burn Down 1,” polymer clay; Carol Phenix of Chocorua for “Late in the Day, Late in the Year,” alkyd; Cindy Rizza of Winterport, Maine, “Space Cadet, Oil” on linen mounted on Masonite, and Chris Steinmetz of Manchester for “Pencil” in graphite. Within the first hour of the Feb. 1 opening, more than a third of the works had been purchased. All of the pieces cost less than $50.
• Café society: Learn about “The Advent of Abstract Painting” from artist Michael Roundy at the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. Learn what artists were discussing in the cafés of Paris and the jazz clubs of New York. Roundy has a master’s degree in fine arts in painting from Pratt Institute. He’s a working artist, and a professor of fine arts at UMass-Lowell and teaches at the Kimball-Jenkins Art School in Concord. The talk is free. Call 589-4610.
• Also in Nashua: Help out the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Nashua High School South. At Empty Bowls, Nashua High art honor students provide handmade bowls. A $12 ticket buys you soup and a bowl to take home. Visit nsks.org or call 889-7770 for tickets.