Expert help on a craft project
Sample of wedding invite from Talk, Paper, Scissors.
By Heidi Masek email@example.com
• DIY: The wedding invitations I’ve received over the past few years are “keepers.” They don’t look traditional. They aren’t white and frilly. Instead, they show off the couples’ tastes and some were probably handmade. Making your own invites makes sense as a wedding cost-cutting measure but can be daunting for those who haven’t played with glue and scissors since their last babysitting gig. If you don’t have a scrapbooking-crazed relative to help you, Manchester craft studio Talk, Paper, Scissors is one solution. They will design a wedding (or other function) invite with you and offer two price quotes: One is for them to assemble the cards; the other is for you and your posse to put them together at Talk, Paper, Scissors, where you can use their paper crimpers and other implements. It’s at 575 South Willow St. Call 669-8009 or see www.talkpaperscissors.com.
• On the horizon: Manchester Artists Association’s ninth annual Art in the Park festival is scheduled for Veteran’s Memorial Park on Elm Street in Manchester on Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find originals in the more two-dimensional variety, like oil and acrylics, watercolor, pastels, photography and mixed media. Call 785-6437 or visit www.manchester-artists.org for more about this show. In Brookline, the 10th annual international sculpture symposium at Andres Institute of Art opens with a public ceremony Sunday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m. at Brookline Town Hall. There will be tours of the sculpture hill at 98 Route 13 offered at 10 a.m. Saturdays during the symposium, which closes Sept. 27. Other events to catch include fire dancers Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m., at the Andres Institute studio. Watch the visiting artists at work on the hill throughout the symposium. Normally, the sculpture park (for which admission is free) relies on donations plus income from bingo games at Big Bear Lodge at the base of the hill for funding. The slow economy has cut into their bingo profits, so they are offering membership gifts to try and increase contributions. For donations of more than $1,000, an artist will create a pen-and-ink drawing of the sculpture of your choice. To find out more about Andres Institute, call 673-8441 or visit www.andresinstitute.org.
• Closing soon: A good bet for London-lovers is an exhibit spanning the life’s work of printmaker Sidney Hurwitz that closes Aug. 29 at Piscataqua Fine Arts. The main focus of “Riverside Impressions: Etchings of the Working Thames” is a 1975 series he made of aquatint etchings of the working waterfront of the Thames River. Hurwitz was born in Worcester, Mass., and studied in Germany under a Fulbright Fellowship. Piscataqua Fine Arts is at 23 Ceres St. in Portsmouth. Details are at www.dongorvettgallery.com, or call 431-4110.
• Learn something: Find out about the subject of still life or the museum’s large-scale work during upcoming “Focus Tours” offered at the Currier Museum of Art. Docent Liz Richter leads “Still Lifes Run Deep — Exploring the Concept and Form of Still Life Painting from Traditional through Contemporary,” Friday, Aug. 22, at noon and Sunday, Aug. 24, at 3 p.m. Docent Pauline Bogaert leads “Large-Scale Works of Art at the Currier” on Friday, Aug. 29, at noon and Sunday, Aug. 31, at 3 p.m. The tours are free with admission, which costs $10 for adults and is free for those under 18. The Currier is at 150 Ash St. in Manchester. Call www.currier.org or call 669-6144 ext. 108.