Art exhibits everywhere; Currier reopen date set
By Heidi Masek email@example.com
• Business partnership: “Art on Main,” a collaboration between Designwares at 206 Main St. in Nashua and the Hollis Arts Society, kicks off with a wine and cheese party with member artists and musicians, Thursday, Jan. 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Designwares. A variety of visual artwork by members will be featured. The regional group formed in the summer of 2007 to support producing and emerging artists through education and economic opportunities. Call 880-4730.
• Interpretations: Meet Marcia Blakeman and Debra Grubbs at the closing reception for their exhibit, “Landscape Impressions — Near and Far,” Saturday, Jan. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. at East Colony Fine Art Gallery, 55 S. Commercial St. in Manchester. They use the same subject to show differing styles in some paintings. Reach the gallery at 621-7400 or visit www.eastcolony.com.
Meet Erick Hufschmid and Amparo Carvajal-Hufschmid Friday, Jan. 25, between 5 and 7 p.m. at Kimball-Jenkins Estate, 266 North Main St. in Concord. Hufschmid’s prints on handmade paper and Carvajal-Hufschmid’s unique woodblock prints are of compressed urban and pastoral landscapes. The estate and McGowan Fine Art participate in Concord Garden Club’s sixth annual “Art and Bloom.” During this weekend show, professional florists and members of the Bow and Concord garden clubs create arrangements inspired by artwork. “Art in Bloom” opens Thursday, Jan. 24, with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and viewing hours Friday, Jan 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. McGowan is at 10 Hills Ave. in Concord, 225-2515, www.mcgowanfineart.com.
• College life: Paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography make up “Interrupted Life: Incarcerated Mothers in the United States.” The centerpiece is about 700 small works by incarcerated women in 37 facilities across the country. The touring exhibit opens at Saint Anselm College’s Chapel Arts Center Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. following a 5 p.m. guest lecture from curator Rickie Solinger, director and curator of WAKEUP/Arts in New York. “Interrupted Life” runs through Thursday, Feb. 21, and the month will be packed with related lectures and discussions at the campus at 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester. Call 641-7470.
“The Art of Politics: Documenting Social Change” opens with a panel discussion and reception Friday, Jan. 25, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the McIninch Art Gallery at Southern New Hampshire University, 2500 North River Road in Manchester, 629-4622. The photography exhibition examines the election year political climate by portraying past presidential hopefuls working to inspire voters as well as images about current issues including war, poverty, immigration, health care and human rights. The show runs through Feb. 14 and is presented in collaboration with the New Hampshire Institute of Art and contributions from The Concord Monitor and the New Hampshire Political Library. NHIA and SNHU students exhibit current campaign photographs at NHIA.
Keene State College displays the career-spanning work of two recently retired art professors at their 2008 Biennial Art Faculty Exhibition. Samual Azzaro taught ceramics for 38 years. Henry Freedman specializes in mixed media and taught art history for 37 years. The exhibit includes recent work from 19 other faculty members and opens with a reception Friday, Jan. 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery on Wyman Way in Keene. The show runs through March 9 and Freedman presents a lecture, “An Art Historian’s Circus,” Monday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. Call 358-2720 or visit www.keene.edu/tsag.
• Next generation: Nashua arts patron Meri Goyette is coordinating a new show at Hampshire First Bank at 221 Main St. in Nashua, 324-1063. The exhibit of selected student work from the town’s three high schools opens with a reception Friday, Jan. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. and closes June 3.
• More marketing: The Manchester Artists Association decided to take advantage of the Home Show at the Radisson by bringing about 30 artists to the the hotel for an “Art for the Home” show, Sunday, Jan. 20. It was expected to be one of their “biggest endeavors yet,” MAA president Guy Lessard said.
• Currier to open: The Currier Museum of Art, closed for a $21.4 million expansion, has set a reopening date of March 30. Among the new sights will be a site-specific wall drawing by Sol LeWitt that crosses two walls and a 30-foot expanse of glass for the new Winter Garden.