February 8, 2007

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Local Color
Affordable art: Minumental works fly off the shelves
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

• 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.




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12/28/2006 Art in 2006 in southern New Hampshire
12/21/2006 Time to learn
12/14/2006 Frisella's new studio; sell art for animals; girls only time
12/07/2006 Stained glass, found objects and ornaments
11/30/2006 No shortage of art sales
11/23/2006 A Granite State greeting
11/16/2006 Santa Claus hangs with artists
11/9/2006 Visual art meets poetry
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10/19/2006 Local Color
10/12/2006 Almost 80 artists in Hollis ...
10/05/2006 Fine art in a field
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08/31/2006 An artistic endeavor
08/24/2006 The almost-all architecture edition
08/17/2006 Half century of creativity
08/10/2006 Obsession with the Isles of Shoals
08/03/2006 See the precise craft of carving with a chainsaw
07/20/2006 For museums or your living room
07/13/2006 Making their mark
07/06/2006 Sense of place
06/29/2006 New ground
06/22/2006 MAA honors scholars an artists of the year
06/15/2006 Galleries open doors
06/08/2006 It's sticky up here
06/01/2006 Mural for MCAM
05/25/2006 Scenes from the air
05/18/2006 Vanguardians sit down
05/11/2006 Public masterpiece
05/04/2006 Art helps kids at MAA show
04/27/2006 In-house artists on display
04/20/2006 No Pinocchio here
04/13/2006 School's out art's in
04/06/2006 Meet Michael Toomey
03/30/2006 Art builds community ...
03/23/2006 From Celtic design to Ayn Rand
03/16/2006 Got Cow?
03/09/2006 A creative view of China
03/02/2006 Monastery Arts open new show
02/23/2006 Love and art in one location
02/16/2006 Job loss leads to artistic success
02/09/2006 Art in the key of Adam and Eve
02/02/2006 Art to make you think
01/26/2006 New York artists to show at Derryfiled School
01/19/2006 A new age of artwork
01/12/2006 Photography buffs unite
01/05/2006 Jeweler teaches her trade
Alison Williams
All together now
A forest through the trees
A light in the dark
An event for artists, by artists
Anne Dufresne
Armand Szainer: never forget
Art group picks artist of the year
Art In The Park
Art in the Park sees attendance dip
Arts In Education Conference
Art like Crayons for grown-ups
Art you can sit on (if you own it)
Better Living Through Artistry
Capturing history with a panaramic view
Ceramic Biennial
Currier Kicks Off 2005 With NHSS Show
Die fotografieren
Doug Mendoza: Body Artist
Enjoying the Open Doors Trolley Tour
East Colony Fine Art has gone jazz
Equal Arts Opportunities
Exploring purgatory and paradise
Expressions coming from within
Fighting cancer with creativity
Free food, free music and plenty of art
Harry Umen: New Work

Head of the class
Heating up the canvas
Inside the artist’s studio
It’s art, and it’s even practical!
James Aponovich

James Chase
Jan De Bray
Local Artist, Global Message
Lollipops and Hand Grenades
MAA Adds New Dimension To Gallery
MAA Gallery Mixes It Up
Making Book With Children
Manchester Art In 2004
Morgan's "Danse" Comes To Manch
Morin Avoid Typecasting
NHIA chalks it up to May 14
Open Doors Manchester Returns
Open Doors Trolley Tour, The Winter Version
Looking for a crowd? Just add art
McGowan Fine Art Turns 25
Nita Leger Casey
Patti Matthis
Saint Anselm Favorite Returns
Searching for the extraordinary
Small Town Art Hits The Big City
Spirit Of The Holidays Exhibit
Step into the Art Pad at Langer Place
Stride and ride
Tagging goes to wall, gets legit
The art and craft of Glendi
The art of signs to art and stuff
The Art Of The Qashquai

The Return Of The Art Trolley Tour
The Ubiquitous Ann Domingue
Two-continent painting exhibit opens
Using nature as a canvas
Waxwork
Women's Art Group Marks 10th Year
Wyeth Works Return To The Currier