Portsmouth markets Christmas spirit
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• Anderson-Soule’s latest gig: The 12-year-old New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association has expanded enough to need help. Through a donation by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the group created an executive director position and hired Trish Anderson-Soule, who ran Anderson-Soule Gallery in Concord from 2002 until this year, leaving to concentrate on corporate and residential art consulting. The juried group of about 20 masters also has an education arm, the New Hampshire Institute of Furniture Making. It’s old-school, literally. To learn to make furniture — carrying on a centuries-old New England tradition — you apprentice with the masters and take courses at New Hampshire Institute of Art. Anderson-Soule will work on outreach and act as a liaison between the masters and their educational arm. Visit www.furnituremasters.org to see photos of the wicked cool (and wicked expensive) furniture or call 898-0242.
• MAA in Bedford: The Manchester Artists Association is taking over the Bedford Library. MAA members Betsy Craumer, Nancy Johnson and Mary Upton exhibit paintings there through Jan. 7. Three other MAA artists take over the space after that. The 40-year-old MAA is a nonprofit, non-juried organization. See manchester-artists.org.
• Currier stuff: Take your lunch to the Currier Downtown, 52 Hanover St. in Manchester, 668-0256, Thursday, Dec. 20, at 12:30 p.m., if you want to learn the latest about Currier Museum of Art construction. “Art Bites — Bigger and Better! The Currier Museum of Art’s Expansion Project,” is a free talk from Currier deputy director Susan Leidy. The museum is expected to reopen in the spring, about two years after it closed for expansion. Currier Downtown is acting as the museum shop and departure point for tours of the Zimmerman Hous, the only residence designed by Frank Lloyd Wright open to the public in New England. Tours end for the season Sunday, Dec. 16. Call 669-6144. The Currier Art Center at 180 Pearl St. in Manchester has been open throughout construction and invites an artist-in-residence to lead teens in their Open Studio program each semester. See work by artist-in-residence Bruce McColl during a reception for the Open Studio exhibit, “Variations on Still Life,” Friday, Dec. 14, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The teens will also display their large-scale still-life paintings.
• Winter harbor: December in Portsmouth currently involves a big combined marketing effort from Strawbery Banke Museum and The Music Hall called “Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth.” There’s a trolley, opera singers, brass bands, a candlelight stroll through Strawbery Banke and various other diversions. If you go Friday, Dec. 14, between 5 and 8 p.m., you can meet artists and nosh during the Art ’Round Town gallery walk. Kennedy Studios at 41 Market St., 436-7007; Nahcotta at 110 Congress St., 433-1705; and Three Graces Gallery at 105 Market St., 436-1988, participate. See artroundtown.org. For Vintage Christmas details, visit www.portsmouthchamber.org, www.themusichall.org or www.strawberybanke.org.