By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• Paint performance: Rob Surette has been performing his “Amazing Hero Art” bit around the world and he’s bringing his 60-minute portrait speed-painting performance to Manchester, hosted by St. Anthony of Padua and St. Pius X parishes Sunday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. at the St. Anthony Community Center at 148 Belmont St. Surette has performed his super-fast painting of celebrities and other known figures on Good Morning America and other shows (amazingheroart.com). Tickets cost $10. Call 625-6409 or 622-6510.
• Choices, choices: Hollis painter Steve Previte launched a non-juried outdoor art show for his town last year that attracted 80 regional fine artists. About 90 artists from New England and New York are expected at the second annual Hollis Fine Art Festival Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Nichols Field on Depot Road. Peruse oils, acrylics, watercolor, pastel, graphics and photography and a few limited-edition prints. Prices range from $50 to $5,000, Previte said. Call 465-2647 for details.
• Manchester’s art advocate: Georgie Regan has been an art commissioner for the City of Manchester for ten years, chaired the group for eight, and was named “Mayor’s Assistant for the Arts” in 2004. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, Mayor Frank Guinta bestowed on her the additional title Honorary Chair of Manchester Arts Commission for her work with the arts community over several decades. Her efforts include initiating the Manchester Art Fund, which now has $47,000. She helped develop the “Art on the Wall at City Hall” gallery in 2003 and was a founding partner with Open Doors Manchester, which is in its seventh year.
• What wood can do: In October the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association holds its main event of the year, a juried auction and showcase. The 20-member NHFMA was founded in 1995 to continue the state’s legacy of fine furniture-making. Some of its members’ work is in the Smithsonian, the Currier Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and other museums. Eighteen pieces have been chosen for this year’s auction, Sunday, Oct. 21, at Wentworth-by-the-Sea Hotel in New Castle. It’s an all-day affair. Head to the “Meet the Masters” preview at 3:30 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., there’s a gala reception and silent auction for smaller, often whimsical items. That event helps fund the Masters’ educational initiatives. (You, too, can learn the craft in their studio-based learning program. They also provide prison outreach.) The live auction follows. Tickets cost $75. See furnituremasters.org or call 898-0242.
• The end: ARTventures started off with a bang in May using an old mill smokestack as a giant screen for video art. It was billed as a collaborative public art series, urban revitalization project and citywide celebration of Lowell’s evolution from the Industrial Revolution to a Creative Revolution. ARTventures collaborated with schools, nonprofits and businesses but Revolving Museum was a major driver. The series closes with a “Grand Finale” Saturday, Oct. 13, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Revolving, 22 Shattuck St. in Lowell, Mass. The event includes a screening of a documentary about ARTventures by Matt Scott, fire twirling by Fire Hazard (they are worth the ticket), music, food and drink. Bid on art made by youth as well as nationally recognized artists. Proceeds benefit Revolving programs and neighborhood projects. Tickets cost $20 ($10 for Revolving members), at revolvingmuseum.org..