Receptions and open studios everywhere
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• Visit an artist: Hang out with Rosemary Conroy at her second open studio. The wildlife painter is known for co-hosting “Something Wild,” a natural history spot that airs on New Hampshire Public Radio and has been profiled on WMUR’s New Hampshire Chronicle. She’s donating 10 percent from sales of her work during the event to the Piscataquog Land Conservancy. Note cards and T-shirts with her animal portraits will also be available. The open studio is on Poor Farm Road in Weare on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.studiobuteo.com, call 315-9060 or e-mail email@example.com for details.
• Catch an opening: The Nashua Area Artists’ Association is collaborating with the Nashua Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for the third year of “The Ripple Effect.” Visual artists were invited to create work in response to student poems for the project. Work will be shown at Gallery One, the N.A.A.A.’s space at 5 Pine St. Extension in Nashua, from Oct. 18 through Nov. 8. Visit the opening reception and awards Saturday, Oct. 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. Prize-winning art will be displayed at the Symphony’s related concert March 14, 2009. Visit www.nashuasymphony.org or www.naaasite.org or call 883-0603.
Ceramic artist Maureen Mills, chair of the New Hampshire Institute of Art’s Ceramics Department, exhibits her new work at the college’s Amherst Street Gallery, 77 Amherst St. in Manchester, through Nov. 10. See her pieces at a reception Friday, Oct. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. Mills recently completed a book, Surface Design for Ceramics, and is a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.
At the Derryfield School, there’s a closing reception for the exhibit “Generations: John M. Weidman and Jenny Page, Father & Daughter.” See Weidman’s sculpture and Page’s charcoal drawings Friday, Oct. 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at 2108 River Road in Manchester (669-4524), before they leave.
Over at Saint Anselm College, the school is honoring Sylvia Nicolas, whose work is seen throughout the campus. There’s a reception Thursday, Oct. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Chapel Art Center, and gallery lecture about her sculptures, paintings and stained glass Thursday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. The school is at 100 Saint Anselm Drive in Manchester. Call 641-7000 or see www.anselm.edu/chapelart. Nearby at Saint Anselm’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics, listen to a panel discussion called “An Image in the Making,” Monday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. It’s part of programming for the special exhibit “Andy Warhol: Pop Politics” at the Currier Museum of Art. Curator Sharon Matt Atkins will talk about images Warhol created to support campaigns, and NHIOP political director Jennifer Donahue will moderate a faculty panel about how candidates have used images to help shape their political personas in 2008. It’s free. Visit www.anselm.edu/nhiop or call 669-6144. NHIOP is at the corner of Saint Anselm Drive and Rockland Road.
• The Kimball-Jenkins roundup: After a year or so, the Kimball-Jenkins Estate matter seems to have come to an end.
Carolyn Jenkins died of cancer in 1981 and left her family’s late-1800s mansion for charitable purposes. Last year, a probate judge called in the trustees at a time when a former employee faced fraud allegations, and estate users were protesting a proposal to let the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen use it for their headquarters.
The Kimball-Jenkins School of Art and art classes from NHTI are current main occupants. The estate also rents space for functions.
When the trustees were finally due back in probate court Oct. 2 regarding objections from the Charitable Trust office, it was announced that an agreement had been reached: the trustees will leave by Dec. 31 and a whole new board will be appointed; and nobody talks. Their proposed joint statement reads, “the Director of Charitable Trust is now satisfied that the present Trustees have served in good faith.” Kimball-Jenkins School of Art coincidently held a wine and beer fundraiser that night, where 175 people attended, better than the 100 director Ryan Linehan said he had hoped for. The agreement allows the school to move forward, he said.
Soon after, Nicole Clock Hanlon of Manchester pleaded guilty Oct. 6 in United States District Court to bank fraud and credit card fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s release. She allegedly stole about $71,400 by forging trustee signatures on estate checks, and opened a Home Depot credit card in the Estate’s name, incurring $11,000, according to the release. (The estate’s endowment was already in poor shape after Carolyn Jenkin’s father’s family challenged her will.) Hanlon also pleaded guilty to an additional count of credit card fraud committed in 2006 when she worked for the Martell Realty Group in Manchester. She faces a maximum of 30 years in prison for bank fraud, 10 for credit card fraud, and up to $1 million in fines. She is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 6.