It’s trolley tour time
By Heidi Masek email@example.com
• Hop on the trolley: The second Open Doors Art and Culture Trolley Tour of 2008 happens Thursday, June 26, at venues around downtown Manchester between 5 and 8 p.m. Free trolleys will loop between the sites. “Travel to...” is a group show focusing on favorite vacation spots around the world at Art 3 Gallery, 44 West Brook St. The Pastel Society of New Hampshire is holding its annual members’ exhibition at the Manchester Artists Association Gallery at 1528 Elm St. Peter Noonan’s editorial cartoons from the Manchester Express and the Hippo make up an exhibit called “City Hall Follies” on display in Manchester City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza. Various Langer Place studios at 55 South Commercial St. will be open including East Colony Fine Art, where Richard Bergstrom and Doreen Boissonneault paintings focus on the positive in “La Vie en Rose.” Darlene Robyn exhibits current work at the Hatfield Gallery, where Manchester artist Roger Croteau will also be present to sign prints depicting the intact Old Man of the Mountain. Photographer Ron Boucher will sign copies of his panorama taken at the first game played at the new Fisher Cats field also at Hatfield, which is in Langer Place. Rhea Cote Robbins’ exhibit, “Maman Disait,” is at the Franco-American Centre, 52 Concord St. Generally the Millyard Museum and SEE Science Center at 200 Bedford St. participate in Open Doors, as well as Manchester Community Access Media at 540 N. Commercial St. A map is at www.majestictheatre.net; you can also call 669-7469 for info.
The Currier Museum of Art formerly participated in the Open Doors tour, but is remaining open only one evening per month now that it has reopened after an expansion. “This allows us to grow into the new space, program-wise,” Karen Tebbonhoff, a Currier spokesperson, wrote in an e-mail. The Currier’s First Thursdays schedule doesn’t mesh with Open Doors, but Currier managers want to work with the trolley night again if the museum expands evening hours, according to Tebbenhoff.
• Bring your painting clothes: Apparently, Hatfield Gallery’s “Children’s Day” May 17 was such a success that they are doing it again. Professional artists offered advice to kids, Hatfield provided supplies, and resulting work was hung in the gallery for a few weeks. Artists Claudette Gammon and Darlene Robyn will lead another session Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian, and should bring their “painting clothes.” Call 627-7560.
• Philandering artists: It’s not on the Open Doors list, but if you go ahead and pay the Currier admission ($10 for adults, free for those under 18), you can join their provocatively named tour, “Looking for Love — Scandal in Works of Art in the Currier’s Collections,” Sunday, June 22, at 3 p.m. or Friday, June 27, at noon. There’s also an in-depth tour coming up of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed residence that the Currier administers. “Focus Tour of the Zimmerman House: Furnishing a Frank Lloyd Wright House in the 1950s,” happens Sunday, June 22, at 3 p.m. See www.currier.org or call 669-6144, ext. 108, to reserve space for Zimmerman tours. The Currier is at 150 Ash St. in Manchester.