Look back at the White Mountain golden age for artists
By Heidi Masek email@example.com
• More impressive than postcards: White Mountain art collector Charles O. Vogel will talk about the mutually beneficial relationship that existed between artists, hotel owners, and their wealthy clientèle at the NH Historical Society’s library, 30 Park St., Concord, Sunday, March 4, at 2 p.m. “The Artists-in-Residence at the White Mountain Hotels” is part of a series of talks relating to “Consuming Views: Art and Tourism in the White Mountains, 1850-1900,” NH Historical Society’s current major exhibition. Guests at the mountains’ grand hotels often wanted to bring images of local scenery back to Boston, New York and other cities. Frank Shapleigh, Benjamin Champney and Edward Hill were some of the artists-in-residence grand hotels hosted. According to Vogel, the golden age of White Mountain tourism faded as the popularity of cars gave tourists the mobility to travel from hotel to hotel instead of spending months at the same hotel.
Admission is free for NHHS members and $5 for nonmembers, which includes admission to the Museum of New Hampshire History to see the exhibition. Visit nhhistory.org or call 228-6688.
• Wine and pastel: Elizabeth Craumer said she works in pastels rather than oil because she can use colors immediately, but pastels are related to both drawing and painting. Her “Colors of Nature” exhibit is at The Wine Studio, 53 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 622-9463, in March. A reception is planned Thursday, March 8, 6 to 8 p.m.
• To the south: They’re busy down in Lowell, Mass. The Revolving Museum will receive the Commonwealth Award for Exceptional Achievements in Arts and Culture, presented biannually by The Massachusetts Cultural Council, on March 7. The Commonwealth Awards are the state’s highest honors in the arts, humanities and sciences. “The Revolving Museum is a striking example of what a cultural institution can do to strengthen a community,” said Mary Kelley, MCC’s executive director. “Under Jerry Beck’s leadership, the Museum has woven its work into the fabric of Lowell with a range of outstanding exhibitions, public events and education programs that stimulate community dialogue and bring people of all backgrounds and ages together.”
Revolving, at 22 Shattuck St., is hosting an event to learn about Artbotics on Tuesday, March 6, 3 to 5 p.m. Artbotics (artbotics.org) is an after-school program that fuses computer science and art in a joint venture between UMass-Lowell and the museum. They are seeking high school students to join their next session.
The March monthly installment of Lowell’s Destination World is Thursday, March 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring film, poetry, storytelling, music, dance and food of Ireland and Greece. Events are at Whistler House Museum, National Park Visitors Center, Brew’d Awakenings, Athenian Corner, Dubliner Bar and Grill and Old Court. Visit destinationworld.org for schedule or call (978) 446-7162.