Conserving New Hampshire art with a moose
By Heidi Masek email@example.com
• Live Free or Die: New Hampshire license plates clearly boast the best motto. Those dressed up with a moose image cost more, but the extra income funds the Conservation License Plate or “Moose Plates” grant programs. The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is now in a new round of “Moose Plate” grants, along with New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources and the New Hampshire State Library. Do you have an idea that will help conserve or preserve some part of New Hampshire’s culture? Get your project proposal together for the March 27, 2009, deadline. Visit www.nh.gov/nhculture/grants.htm for specifics. If you have one already, you can give gift certificates for the plates, which cost about $30 annually. Artist Jim Collins of Plaistow designed the moose.
• Exports: Photographer Art Ferrier is heading off to Hamburg, Germany, to show abstracts from Quebec, Montreal and elsewhere at the Marziart Gallery in February. “I’ve been showing my work in galleries around New England for more than 25 years, so a chance to see how a European audience responds to it means a lot to me,” Ferrier wrote in an e-mail. Marziart owner Marion Zimmerman exhibits work from six foreign artists each month, offering an opportunity to reach the German public (www.marziart.com). His latest local exhibit was “Tools of the Trade” at Chimera Gallery in Nashua. Ferrier is offering a 20- percent discount on prints through December to help underwrite his trip to the Marziart opening. Visit www.artferrierphotography.com or call 888-2661. Many of his images, including urban and abstract ones, would make good gifts for friends who need some color in their lives.
• Import idea: Find wooden toys and nested dolls, icons, painted wooden bowls, Russian greeting cards and contemporary art among other items at the Russian Christmas Bazaar in Rochester. The day includes culture lessons through storytelling and craft histories Saturday, Dec. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at New England Language Center’s International Art Gallery, 16 Hillside Drive (332-2255).
• Showing here: Hudson photographer Dan Brown aimed his camera at local and Costa Rican hummingbirds for a show hanging at Canal Street Art Framing and Collectibles, 1 Water St. in Nashua, 886-1459, in December. Get an idea of his work at www.danbrownphotography.com. Cliff Gleason, a member of the Artisans Gallery in Tilton who began painting about 26 years ago, is showing watercolors in December at the New Hampshire Technical Institute library lobby at 31 College Drive in Concord. “It seems to be the perfect medium for highlighting the beautiful landscapes and flowers that God has designed,” Gleason said in a release. He’s the pastor of the Seventh-Day Adventist Churches in Concord and Laconia. Call 271-7186 or visit www.nhti.edu/library/.