By Heidi Masek email@example.com
• Pen and ink: Self-taught artist Bob Ryan of Manchester looked to classical artists for influence such as Michaelangelo and Titian. His contemporary influences include Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper. Yet inspiration comes from climbing the White Mountains and the writings of Taoist sage Lao-Tsu, he said. See his work at The Wine Studio, 53 Hooksett Road in Manchester, 622-WINE, through February. Classical guitar performance and a tasting from Perfecta Wines accompany a reception for the artist Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.
• Overview: Join Dr. Andrew Laurie Stangel of UNH Manchester for a lesson on “Facing History through Art.” Stangel created and directed the Art History Tours program for the United States Armed Forces in Europe. While living abroad, he photographed the collections of every major art museum and gallery in Europe, plus historical sites and archaeological zones. “If it happened, or was created, sometime between Adam and Neil Armstrong ... I want to be able to illustrate it!” Stangel said. The free lecture is Wednesday, Feb. 6, from noon to 1 p.m. on the third floor of UNH Manchester at 400 Commercial St. See www.unhm.unh.edu or call 641-4125.
• Going for gold: The Scholastic Art Awards, originally established by Scholastic, Inc., founder Maurice Robinson, are in their 85th year. Alumni include Andy Warhol, Truman Capote and Sylvia Plath. More than $1,000,000 in scholarships and prizes were granted in 2007. New Hampshire submissions from 7th through 12th graders are on display at Stockbridge Theater at Pinkerton Academy, 5 Pinkerton St. in Derry, through Feb. 2. State awards will be presented at a closing reception, Saturday, Feb. 2, between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Micaela Rand, a Manchester Memorial High School senior, took one of the top five awards for her photograph “Bodyscape.” Her photo “The Malcontent” won one of the 213 Gold Keys, chosen from more than 1,200 submissions. Gold Key works will compete nationally. Call 471-9041 for details.
• More winners: New Hampshire Institute of Art’s January “Minumental” exhibit produced nine award recipients from 230 faculty, staff and student submissions. Works were no larger than 2 inches by 2 inches. Winners included stoneware by Amy Bettencourt of Nashua; jewelry by Amanda Blanc of Manchester; “Little Papi,” by Thomas Ford of Manchester and photography by Mark Langlois of Manchester.
• Statewide: Speaking of NHIA, the New Hampshire Art Association holds its 60th annual NHAA/Currier Museum exhibit there through March 1. Usually the juried show is held at the Currier, which is due to reopen after a 33,000-square-foot expansion March 30. The NHAA show opens with a reception Thursday, Jan. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. at 148 Concord St. and 77 Amherst St. in Manchester. (Snow date Friday, Feb. 1.) Discuss the art with the artists, Thursday, Feb. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit nhartassociation.org or call 431-4230.