Prints and animals in Concord
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• Wide world of prints: What’s great about prints? (We’re talking about hand-pulled prints, not copies of work.) They offer plenty of variety, since there are so many techniques. And they are usually much more affordable than paintings. See work from 50 New Hampshire printmakers while almost 100 new prints are on display at Franklin Pierce Law Center, 2 White St. in Concord. Pierce Law alumnus Parker Potter of Contoocook organizes the show, which is in its seventh year. “Unlike some exhibits that feature the work of multiple artists, Prints of the Year has no specific theme ... I try to group the pieces in such a way as to create conversations between the artists. The prints span the full range of printmaking techniques, including etching, engraving, drypoint, mezzotint, woodcut, wood engraving, silkscreen, relief printing, lithography, and monoprints. Several prints combine techniques and others involve printing on unconventional surfaces such as fabric and wood,” Potter said. Internationally known printmakers and students alike participate. “Prints of the Year 2008” is open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends through March 28. Call 228-1541.
• Wild world of animals: Also in Concord, the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen opens a new animal-themed multi-media exhibit. “All Creatures Great and Small” features fine handcrafted pieces by juried League members representing a variety of media, including fiber, mixed metal, pottery, jewelry, photography, glass and wood, such as a porcelain monkey teapot. “Animals and other creatures are popular motifs, and the exhibition features a variety of interpretations, from realistic to fantasy,” said League Executive Director Susie Lowe-Stockwell. “It is a playful, fascinating look at creatures of all kinds and showcases the imagination and creativity of our members.” The show runs through April 25 at the League’s Gallery 205 at 205 North Main St. It opens with a reception Friday, Feb. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. (Snow date Feb. 29.)
• Pondering: Environmental artist Deb Cinamon-Whalen’s fiber art show, “Roadsideia,” is meant to push viewers to question their roles in global warming through daily activities like buying a cup of coffee. The New Hampshire Institute of Art alum tries to raise awareness of social and political issues through her artwork. “I want people to think about the complex relationship we all have with nature,” she said. Her quilts involve photos printed on silk, and a Japanese resist dyeing technique, arashi shibori. (debcinamonwhalen.com). “Roadsideia” is at Phillips Exeter Academy’s library through Feb. 25 at 20 Main St. in Exeter, 772-4384, in conjunction with The Green Cup Challenge, a competition to reduce electricity use on the boarding school’s campus. — Heidi Masek.