Awards for the state’s artists
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• Gubernatorial honors: Fittingly, the Governor’s Arts Awards are commissioned artworks by New Hampshire artists. The “Eagle Award” references the Statehouse dome’s crowning eagle. Sculptor Emilie Birch of Canaan, potter Kit Cornell of Exeter, illustrator and printmaker Beth Krommes of Peterborough, illustrator and engraver Randy Miller of East Alstead, visual artist Suzanne Pretty of Farmington and potter Gerry Williams of Dunbarton created the awards, which will be presented during a ceremony Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m., at the Colonial Theatre, 95 Main St. in Keene. The winners aren’t a surprise, though. Ken Burns of Walpole receives the Creative Enterprise Award, Drika Overton of Portsmouth takes the Distinguished Arts Leadership Award, The Bloomfield Family of Bow receives the Individual Arts Patron Award, Phoebe Ann Neiswenter of Pembroke wins the Arts Education Award, Harvey Tolman of Nelson wins the New Hampshire Folk Heritage Award and Marilyn Ziffrin of Bradford receives the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award. The night includes poetry, music and dance performances. Ticket costs range from $18 to $75. Call 357-1233. To celebrate, Keene arts venues are holding open houses around town from 4 to 6 p.m., including MoCo Arts, Monadnock Fine Art Gallery, Thorne Sagendorph Art Gallery and the Keene Art Association.
• Amherst awards: Ed Sharron, photographer for Moss Glen Nature Photography was one of the artists whose work was honored at Peabody Mill Environmental Center’s 8th annual Art Show in Amherst March 29 and 30. His photograph of a wild fisher was deemed Best in Theme, which was “Wildly New Hampshire.” Sharron, originally from Amherst, also took first place in photography for “Wings in Motion” and honorable mention for “Regal Red Fox.” Local artists Dick Fischer and Steve Previte judged the show. Show proceeds support PMEC. Sharron is a naturalist and National Park Ranger in Woodstock, Vt. “Bouquet” by Jan Mercure Grossman won Best in Show, and Melissa Woods’ “Butterfly” took People’s Choice.
• Learning: Get advice on getting your work noticed from DeCordova Museum School faculty member Joan Nyman. She’ll talk about “What Artists Need to Know” at a New Hampshire Art Association Artists’ Forum Wednesday, April 23, at 7 p.m., at the Levy Gallery, 136 State St. in Portsmouth (431-4230, nhartassociation.org). It’s free and open to nonmembers. She will offer practical marketing tips to find a right niche for your work, and talk about taking risks, getting publicity and overcoming rejection. E-mail Jny1818@gmail.com.
• Flowers: Twenty-seven designers from area garden clubs interpret, through floral arrangements, artwork by East Colony Fine Art members. The grand opening reception for the annual Petels2Paint exhibit is Saturday, April 19, at noon. The show runs through 7 p.m., and is also open Sunday, April 20, from noon to 4 p.m. East Colony Fine Art is in Langer Place, 55 South Commercial St., Manchester, www.eastcolony.com, 621-7400.
• Exporting: Londonderry artist Elaine Farmer is looking to “rekindle the spirit of the White Mountains.” Many Hudson River School artists painted in New Hampshire in the summer, while keeping New York City studios. The practice continued between 1830 and 1860, when photography took hold and interest in White Mountains paintings dropped. Farmer is exhibiting her work at the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in Chelsea, N.Y., from May 2 to May 27.