More snow delays; Dartmouth receives arts endowment
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• Exploring form: The ingredients for Michael C. McFalls’ work are varied. Pigmented plaster in geometric forms becomes bases for his sculptural “landscapes.” “This body of work delves into the juxtaposition of the naturally created form and its co-existence with (in) the wholesale culture,” McFalls said. “flora + fauna”opens at UMass-Lowell Monday, March 3, with a talk by McFalls at 3 p.m. in O’Leary 222 followed by a gallery reception until 5 p.m. McFalls was an assistant professor at the University of Maine at Farmington from 2002 until 2007, when he relocated to teach sculpture at Columbus State University in Georgia. UMass-Lowell’s gallery is at 71 Wilder St. in Lowell, Mass., (978) 934-3491.
• Snow days: Galleries got wise this winter and started posting snow dates for events. The League of NH Craftsmen is making use of theirs for “All Creatures Great and Small.” They had planned to celebrate the opening of an animal-themed fine craft exhibit with a reception Friday, Feb. 22. Since it was snowing yet again, the opening is now set for Friday, Feb. 29. The gallery is at 205 North Main St. in Concord, 224-3375, www.nhcrafts.org.
• In the money: Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center for the Arts won’t be worrying about paying their director. The Hanover Ivy was awarded $5 million from the Howard Gilman Foundation to endow the position and provide funding for center initiatives. Gilman was a prominent New York arts benefactor and a member of Dartmouth’s class of 1944. The 1962 center was designed by Wallace Harrison, designer of Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House.
• Workshops: Learn about reduced wood block printing and sand painting at two workshops from Nigerian artists in March at the Andres Institute of Art in Brookline. The sculpture park is known for its international symposia. Segun Olornnfemi is listed in the Smithsonian Institute’s Who is Who in African Art and has had solo and group exhibitions, commissions and workshops throughout Nigeria, Europe and the United States, including the Mariposa Museum Collection in Peterborough. Sculptor Solomon Isekeije studied fine arts at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, has an MFA from Norfolk State University in Virginia and participated in the 2001 Symposium at Andres. Both workshops are on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and cost $25. Isekeije teaches printmaking March 1 and Olornnfemi leads sand painting March 29. Bring your lunch. The Andres Institute of Art studio is at 98 Route 13 in Brookline. Call 673-8441 or 673-7441.
• New commissioner: Concord wedding and portrait photographer Wendy Cahill was recently appointed by the governor and executive council to serve on the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts through November 2012. She graduated from the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences, attended the New England Institute of Professional Photography and is a member of the New Hampshire Professional Photographers Association and the Professional Photographers of New England. The 15-member council advises the state’s arts division and cultural resources commissioner.
• Show off: Public-access Concord Community TV is holding its fourth “Arts Telefest” Sunday, April 6, to raise programming funds. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., it will bring artists, authors, filmmakers and performers into the studio to be featured on channels 22 and 6 in Concord. Last year the venture raised almost $12,000. If you are looking to show off or plug an upcoming arts event in Concord, sign up by calling 226-8872 or e-mailing email@example.com. — Heidi Masek.