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New directions
Andy Moerlein brings nature indoors; MAP experiments in Manchester
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

Give Andy Moerlein some space outdoors and he can fill it with an installation — a big one. Some of the sculptures he exhibited in the fall at The Derryfield School, where he teaches and manages a gallery, were more than 20 feet tall. Last summer he put a towering sapling sculpture outside the Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden as part of a group sculpture show.

Now the focus is on Moerlein and what he can do with indoor-sized art in “sticks and stones and Fiberglass” at Mill Brook, 236 Hopkinton Road in Concord.

The Alaskan native started building big when he moved to New Hampshire 12 years ago and found opportunity at outdoor art venues. He often builds small models to solve problems he might have with large sculptures before creating the final piece.

But they aren’t just models. They are “remnants of a piece.” Sometimes the model is all he has left after a temporary outdoor sculpture is disassembled.

The pieces involve trees, rocks, twigs, branches and trunks, gallery owner Pam Tarbell said. Art students will be visiting the gallery. “It’s just a really cool show,” she said, and “It sort of jolts your eyes from preconceptions you have about art.”

Moerlein set out to create original small works for Mill Brook’s indoor gallery, a challenge in the tight space, he said. There are about a dozen of these originals that he hasn’t shown before 2008. He worked on some right up until he hung the show, which opened April 1. “But that means [the] pieces have a relationship to each other that’s very immediate, very fresh,” he said.

As intriguing as Moerlein’s work is, it’s usually museums or galleries that are interested in paying for such an item as an installation for a few months. “Then it goes in the dumpster and we’re both happy,” he said.

But his new smaller pieces are geared for people with ordinary houses or apartments who want to collect art. The work is more “intimate” and “modest,” but “in terms of ideas, they are still rich in what I want to say,” he said.

They look fragile and “seem kind of precarious ... I love that idea,” he said. Precariousness implies a “sense of movement” and temporariness,” he said.

The show runs through May 4. Meet Moerlien at a gallery opening Sunday, April 13, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Moerlien, of Bow, attended Dartmouth and Cornell for his BA and MFA respectively. He has also exhibited at the Hood Museum in Hanover, Boston Common and the Norman Rockwell Museum.

In Manchester
The Underground MAP project opened with a constant stream of visitors Friday, April 4. Kristen Marsh covers the M for music; Jason Bagatta has the A for art, and Jerry Demers, a disabled Vietnam veteran, is the P for poetry. The three wandered throughout the winding new space at 76 Lowell St. in Manchester periodically playing harmonicas (for harmony). Everything in the space is arranged so you’ll find hidden art and items of interest. In one small room, Marc Bisson set up for sound art. As many as could fit squished into another room for acoustic music from talented folks including Christine Hayward and one of the Tan Vampires. One artist set out materials for people to collage the bathroom.

Some of the folks involved in the Monastery Artists Collective are behind MAP. Monastery used to put on art, music and spoken- word events at 21 West Auburn St. in Manchester. An anonymous donor is covering rent for MAP for a limited time, and the group is seeking donations to cover other costs like art supplies. They plan to be open from about noon to 5 p.m., and in the evening from about 7 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday (you’ll probably just have to stop by and check, actually — it’s across from the Red Arrow diner). They want to offer art workshops and shows, open mike and other low-volume activities open to every age group. Artists who sell work through the MAP have an option to give a 20-percent commission to the venue.

“It feels overwhelming to me,” Marsh said about the change to a storefront near the art college from Monastery’s third-floor studios.

Speaking of opening events, Open Doors Manchester starts its 2008 season Thursday, April 17. Visit arts and cultural venues throughout the city via a free trolley including Art 3 Gallery’s “Green Works” show that reflects the greening of the environment through the natural progression of the seasons and conservation. Call 668-6650 or see www.art3gallery.com. The Merrimack River Painters show at Manchester City Hall and will donate 10 percent of art sales to the Manchester Art Fund. See the venue list at majestictheatre.net/opendoors.php.

4/3/2008 New exhibits: no April Art Walk

3/27/2008 Monastary Gibbons "Visions of Monadnock"
3/20/2008 Currier opens March 30 with week of free admission
3/13/2008 Looking back at baseball
3/6/2008 Painting, calligraphy and classic cars
2/28/2008 More snow delays; Dartmouth receives arts endowment
2/21/2008 Prints and animals in Concord
2/14/2008 From the Andes to New Hampshire
2/7/2008 What does your butt say
1/31/2008 Local color
1/24/2008 Local color
1/17/2008 Conversation starter
1/10/2008 Nominate your favorite arts-loving business
1/3/2008 The inner personalities of rubber finger puppets
12/27/2007 Changes in the arts in 2007
12/20/2007 Local Color
12/13/2007 Portsmouth markets Christmas spirit
12/6/2007 One more cause
11/29/2007 Three days of merriment
11/22/2007 Advocating for arts; Zimmerman season ends soon
11/15/2007 Images, past and present
11/8/2007 Back in time at a Concord mansion
11/1/2007 Governor honors artists with art
10/25/2007 Spatial Matters
10/18/2007 Perfecting a craft
10/11/2007 Handmade furniture
10/04/2007 Capturing nature on canvas and by camera
9/27/2007 Local color
9/20/2007 Nashua, in the abstract
9/13/2007 Local Color
9/6/2007 Looking at the world
8/30/2007 Art in the fresh air
8/23/2007 Berlin pride
8/16/2007 Finding money
8/9/2007 Park of arts
8/2/2007 New Hampshire treasure honored again
7/26/2007 Taking care of wood
7/19/2007 Local Color
7/12/2007 Local Color
7/5/2007 Local Color
6/28/2007 Local Color
6/21/2007 The great outdoors
6/14/2007 Play per day
6/7/2007 Goodbye, gallery
5/31/2007 Impressions
5/24/2007 Local color
5/17/2007 Stieglitz in Manchester
5/10/2007 They're artists and they vote
5/3/2007 Lowell is the canvas for a summer of art
4/26/2007 Local color
4/19/2007 Local color
4/12/2007 Local color
4/5/2007 A Saint paul student returns to show recent work
3/29/2007 Local color
3/22/2007 Compassionate cause
3/15/2007 Local color
3/8/2007 Making money
3/1/2007 Local Color
2/22/2007 Local Color
2/15/2007 Local Color
2/8/2007 Local Color
2/1/2007 DreamFarm Cafe's big show
1/25/2007 Built world
1/18/2007 Expressions of character
1/11/2007 Best practices
1/4/2007 Nominate your favorite for Governor's Arts Awards
12/28/2006 Art in 2006 in southern New Hampshire
12/21/2006 Time to learn
12/14/2006 Frisella's new studio; sell art for animals; girls only time
12/07/2006 Stained glass, found objects and ornaments
11/30/2006 No shortage of art sales
11/23/2006 A Granite State greeting
11/16/2006 Santa Claus hangs with artists
11/9/2006 Visual art meets poetry
11/2/2006 Local Color
10/26/2006 Local Color
10/19/2006 Local Color
10/12/2006 Almost 80 artists in Hollis ...
10/05/2006 Fine art in a field
09/28/2006 Local Color
09/21/2006 Local Color
09/14/2006 Local color
09/07/2006 Bel Espirit, a happening of chance
08/31/2006 An artistic endeavor
08/24/2006 The almost-all architecture edition
08/17/2006 Half century of creativity
08/10/2006 Obsession with the Isles of Shoals
08/03/2006 See the precise craft of carving with a chainsaw
07/20/2006 For museums or your living room
07/13/2006 Making their mark
07/06/2006 Sense of place
06/29/2006 New ground
06/22/2006 MAA honors scholars an artists of the year
06/15/2006 Galleries open doors
06/08/2006 It's sticky up here
06/01/2006 Mural for MCAM
05/25/2006 Scenes from the air
05/18/2006 Vanguardians sit down
05/11/2006 Public masterpiece
05/04/2006 Art helps kids at MAA show
04/27/2006 In-house artists on display
04/20/2006 No Pinocchio here
04/13/2006 School's out art's in
04/06/2006 Meet Michael Toomey
03/30/2006 Art builds community ...
03/23/2006 From Celtic design to Ayn Rand
03/16/2006 Got Cow?
03/09/2006 A creative view of China
03/02/2006 Monastery Arts open new show
02/23/2006 Love and art in one location
02/16/2006 Job loss leads to artistic success
02/09/2006 Art in the key of Adam and Eve
02/02/2006 Art to make you think
01/26/2006 New York artists to show at Derryfiled School
01/19/2006 A new age of artwork
01/12/2006 Photography buffs unite
01/05/2006 Jeweler teaches her trade
Alison Williams
All together now
A forest through the trees
A light in the dark
An event for artists, by artists
Anne Dufresne
Armand Szainer: never forget
Art group picks artist of the year
Art In The Park
Art in the Park sees attendance dip
Arts In Education Conference
Art like Crayons for grown-ups
Art you can sit on (if you own it)
Better Living Through Artistry
Capturing history with a panaramic view
Ceramic Biennial
Currier Kicks Off 2005 With NHSS Show
Die fotografieren
Doug Mendoza: Body Artist
Enjoying the Open Doors Trolley Tour
East Colony Fine Art has gone jazz
Equal Arts Opportunities
Exploring purgatory and paradise
Expressions coming from within
Fighting cancer with creativity
Free food, free music and plenty of art
Harry Umen: New Work

Head of the class
Heating up the canvas
Inside the artist’s studio
It’s art, and it’s even practical!
James Aponovich

James Chase
Jan De Bray
Local Artist, Global Message
Lollipops and Hand Grenades
MAA Adds New Dimension To Gallery
MAA Gallery Mixes It Up
Making Book With Children
Manchester Art In 2004
Morgan's "Danse" Comes To Manch
Morin Avoid Typecasting
NHIA chalks it up to May 14
Open Doors Manchester Returns
Open Doors Trolley Tour, The Winter Version
Looking for a crowd? Just add art
McGowan Fine Art Turns 25
Nita Leger Casey
Patti Matthis
Saint Anselm Favorite Returns
Searching for the extraordinary
Small Town Art Hits The Big City
Spirit Of The Holidays Exhibit
Step into the Art Pad at Langer Place
Stride and ride
Tagging goes to wall, gets legit
The art and craft of Glendi
The art of signs to art and stuff
The Art Of The Qashquai

The Return Of The Art Trolley Tour
The Ubiquitous Ann Domingue
Two-continent painting exhibit opens
Using nature as a canvas
Women's Art Group Marks 10th Year
Wyeth Works Return To The Currier