By Heidi Masek email@example.com
• No more Currier Downtown: After the Currier Museum of Art closed in summer 2006 for expansion, it opened the Currier Downtown on Hanover Street in Manchester to maintain a presence in the city. The storefront, which housed the museum shop, member services and activities and served as the meeting place for Zimmerman House tours, is closing up Sunday, Dec. 23. The Currier Museum is expected to reopen in the spring, 30,000 square feet bigger (see plans at currier.org). Events like “Family Wednesdays,” free art activities for kids and their parents or grandparents, will now be held at the Currier Art Center at 180 Pearl St. in Manchester, 669-6144, and occur on third Wednesdays of the month rather than every Wednesday. The last free monthly lunchtime lecture series, “Art Bites,” is Thursday, Dec. 20, at 12:30 p.m. at Currier Downtown, 52 Hanover St. The topic is “Bigger and Better! The Currier Museum of Art’s Expansion Project.” Bring your own lunch. A free evening lecture series at the Currier Art Center starts in February.
• Lights on: The Revolving Museum closes its “Electrifying: The Art of Light and Illumination” exhibit Dec. 31. About 100 youth and artists have been collaborating on light bulb sculptures, illuminated altars and lanterns, contemporary installations and experimental video and film projections. The admission-free gallery of visionary artwork is housed in what was originally the Lowell Gas & Light Building, built in 1859. Revolving is at 22 Shattuck St., Lowell, Mass., (978) 937-2787.
• Made by locals: The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen would like to remind you that their retail galleries throughout the state are open, offering jewelry, decorative and functional things, clothing, furniture and other crafts handmade in New Hampshire. This year’s League ornament is Peggy Roth’s miniature wooden mobile, “A Partridge in a Pear Tree.” The League has a Concord store at 36 North Main St., 228-8171, and others farther north. See www.nhcrafts.org or call 800-427-6578. If you are hunting for fabulous New Hampshire gifts in Nashua, head to Absolutely New Hampshire at 113 Main St., 880-3909. Also try the New England Sampler, 42 Hanover St. in Manchester, 626-4477. Speaking of, juried League potter Paul Schill and his wife Christine Gagnon are opening their home to holiday shoppers to check out Schill’s work, as well as that of about 10 other local artists. Pat LaBrecque, owner of Goffstown’s Blackbrook Gallery, helped the couple with the project. Check for the “open” flag through Dec. 23 on Mast Street in Goffstown south of the village or call 660-1155.