Painting, calligraphy and classic cars
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• The original: Lawrence J. Donovan was president of the Claremont Junior Artist Association at age 14 and used to take the bus to Manchester for art shows. Donovan was the Manchester Artists Association’s first gallery director. “In my paintings, I want to give the viewer an appreciation for the quiet elegance of ordinary things, past and present when focused on. This is where my inspiration comes from. I want my still life and landscapes to convey peace and tranquility. To me, all things, just as all people, are special in their own way.” Rather than painting from a photo or other source, Donovan usually sets the subject aside when making art to convey what he feels. He said he’s been influenced by artists and teachers including Jeanne La Chance, Ruthann Weston, Oscar Durand, Dennis Sheehan and Stan Moeller. View Donovan’s work in March at The Wine Studio at 53 Hooksett Road in Manchester, 622-WINE, www.thewinestudionh.com. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Friday, March 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.
• Family show: Artwork by both Leigh Englishand her son Eli is displayed in an exhibit called “Side by Each” at the Epsom Public Library through April 12. Leigh English is an Epsom calligrapher and watercolorist. She combines her love of language and the New England landscape in her pieces. Pittsfield’s Eli English puts his classic car and vintage hot rod expertise into his pencil and marker drawings. Some subjects are cars he owns or helped restore or build. Meet mother and son at a reception Friday, March 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 1606 Dover Road in Epsom. Call 736-9920.
• Mill view: UNH Center for Graduate & Professional Studies hosts “Meet the Artist – Randi Dubnick” Wednesday, March 12, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the fourth floor of 286 Commercial St. in Manchester. Dubnick’s “Mill and River” exhibit shows there.
“I like the repeated geometry of the old mill buildings, with their rows of windows. I was also interested in the contrast between the geometric straight lines (of a building, of bridge railing) and the natural patterns of the river current. The mills were built here because of the river; the river current powered the mills and facilitated movement of raw material and finished goods in and out of the mills. The mill and the river together created the industrial areas of this part of the country. But no doubt, the coming of the mills changed the rivers, and no doubt not entirely for the good. So it is complicated. The relationship between the industrial sphere and the natural world is an important issue right now,” Dubnick said. For more information call 641-4313 or see www.unhmgrad.unh.edu.
• Free knowledge: Learn about “Working on a Primary Triad in Watercolor,” at East Colony Fine Art’s monthly free gallery talk, Saturday, March 8, at 10:30 a.m., with Suzanne Binnie. East Colony is at Langer Place, 55 South Commercial St. in Manchester. Call 621-7400 or see www.eastcolony.com. — Heidi Masek.