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Arts in 2008
It was a year on the move for theater and art
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

While there were many notable performances and exhibitions in 2008 that showed more diversification, and use of more unique or contemporary work, many changes actually had to do with arts facilities.

A major change was that after $21.4 million and a year and nine months of being closed, the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester reopened 33,000 square feet bigger March 30. The new wing’s contemporary exterior’s contrast with the 1929 Italianate-inspired building and 1982 gallery wings put off a few people, as did the new acquisition “Origins,” by American sculptor Mark di Suvero, which stands about 35 feet tall outside the entrance.

The Museum, which includes some respectable names in its collection of American and European art, can now show about 50 percent more of the 5 to 7 percent of their 11,000-object collection that they had been able to show. It also branched out with a focus on Pop art, in its “Andy Warhol: Pop Politics” special exhibit (closing Jan. 4), and filled a new gallery with a contemporary site-specific installation by New Hampshire artist Kirsten Reynolds (closes in February).

Two New Hampshire natives hit Broadway. Hannah Cabell of Tamworth performed with Frank Langella in A Man for All Seasons. Nashua’s Alexandra Socha took over the lead in Spring Awakening. Spring Awakening and other popular Broadway shows, including Spamalot and Gypsy, close their runs early in January because of economic woes.

The Acting Loft in Manchester provided the production offices and a few filming locations for Mystery Team, a movie that premieres at Sundance in January, directed by Manchester native Dan Eckman. It’s a project of the Derrick Comedy troupe of New York. Producer and Manchester native Meggie McFadden is also a member.

Sarah and Laura Silverman performed at the Palace Theatre in Manchester to help raise money for the summer park performances produced by the company their mother Beth Ann O’Hara founded, New Thalian Players.

A conclusion finally came for the Kimball-Jenkins Estate mess, albeit a mysterious one. The drama began about a year before the Oct. 2 probate court appearance where it was announced that an agreement had been reached: the estate trustees are to leave by Dec. 31 and a whole new board be appointed; and nobody talks. 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 main occupants.

In more positive news, the Palace Theatre expanded to offer a community repertory series during the summer, a time when their professional season doesn’t run.

Mary Selvoski finally got an affordable home in Manchester for the thousands of costumes she makes and rents to theater companies after Mary’s Closet spent time in temporary basement space for a year.

The Monastery Artists Collective disbanded from their space in 21 West Auburn St. in Manchester, but some former members helped open the Underground M.A.P. (music, art, poetry) Project, in a storefront across from Red Arrow Diner on Lowell Street.

The Acting Loft also acquired, through support from William L. Ritchie Jr., the former church building where they were leasing basement space and have plans to turn it into a performing arts center.

The Concord Community Players had to put off a performance of The Full Monty when snow collapsed the roof of their studio.

In Nashua, the professional Yellow Taxi Productions found a home finally, opening up a black box stage inside 5 Pine St. Extension between Gallery One and the Nashua Community Music School. Previously, they spent a lot of time lining up temporary rehearsal and performance space.

Nashua held its first International Sculpture Symposium with much urging from arts patron Meri Goyette and support from the city, local artists and other patrons. It was modeled after symposia at, and received assistance from, the Andres Institute of Art in Brookline. Four of five sculptures are now installed outdoors in downtown.

While the Nashua Art Walk open studio series dropped from a quarterly to an annual event, people in Concord and Manchester tried their luck with markets. Katy Brown previewed the outdoor Concord Arts Market during the fall with the intention of running it in the warmer months of 2009. The Franco-American Centre has been trying a monthly arts and local food and products indoor market in Manchester.

All Access Productions in Nashua turned into Phoenix Academy over the summer, when the young theater group held concerts in Second Life to raise money to keep the place going.



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12/11/2008 What is it?
12/4/2008 New show openings and holiday fine craft offerings
11/27/2008 New shows and new lecutures
11/20/2008 Find out about 100 artists at Salmon Falls open house11/13/2008 A Warhol film, and Dean Spiilotes at the center
11/6/2008 A wealth of gallery openings
10/30/2008 Squeaky wheel
10/23/2008 Be surrounded by art making10/16/2008 Receptions and open studios everywhere
10/9/2008 Copyright blues
10/2/2008 Andres Institute at 10 years
9/25/2008 Andy Warhol's world leaders
9/18/2008Local color
9/11/2008Local color
9/4/2008 A weekend of fests
8/28/2008 Currier ventures into pop art
8/21/2008 Expert help on a craft project
8/14/2008 Great outdoors
8/7/2008 Local color
7/31/2008 Continuing tradition and exchaning culture
7/24/2008 Drinking for animals; masters of woodcraft
7/17/2008 What's an arts market
7/10/2008 Curtain calls
7/03/2008 The Lambovich Brothers
6/26/2008 HAS: How Art†Sells
6/19/2008 It's trolley tour time
6/12/2008 Helping hand
6/5/2008 Sumi-e and photography
5/29/2008 Digital to paint
5/22/2008 New Kimball-Jenkins board members
5/15/2008 Making it in New York ... or New Hampshire
5/8/2008 Public eye
5/1/2008 Art for Mother's Day
4/24/2008 New art walk planned for Manchester
4/17/2008 Awards for the state's artists
4/10/2008 New directions
4/3/2008 New exhibits: no April Art Walk
3/27/2008 Monastary Gibbons "Visions of Monadnock"
3/20/2008 Currier opens March 30 with week of free admission
3/13/2008 Looking back at baseball
3/6/2008 Painting, calligraphy and classic cars
2/28/2008 More snow delays; Dartmouth receives arts endowment
2/21/2008 Prints and animals in Concord
2/14/2008 From the Andes to New Hampshire
2/7/2008 What does your butt say
1/31/2008 Local color
1/24/2008 Local color
1/17/2008 Conversation starter
1/10/2008 Nominate your favorite arts-loving business
1/3/2008 The inner personalities of rubber finger puppets
12/27/2007 Changes in the arts in 2007
12/20/2007 Local Color
12/13/2007 Portsmouth markets Christmas spirit
12/6/2007 One more cause
11/29/2007 Three days of merriment
11/22/2007 Advocating for arts; Zimmerman season ends soon
11/15/2007 Images, past and present
11/8/2007 Back in time at a Concord mansion
11/1/2007 Governor honors artists with art
10/25/2007 Spatial Matters
10/18/2007 Perfecting a craft
10/11/2007 Handmade furniture
10/04/2007 Capturing nature on canvas and by camera
9/27/2007 Local color
9/20/2007 Nashua, in the abstract
9/13/2007 Local Color
9/6/2007 Looking at the world
8/30/2007 Art in the fresh air
8/23/2007 Berlin pride
8/16/2007 Finding money
8/9/2007 Park of arts
8/2/2007 New Hampshire treasure honored again
7/26/2007 Taking care of wood
7/19/2007 Local Color
7/12/2007 Local Color
7/5/2007 Local Color
6/28/2007 Local Color
6/21/2007 The great outdoors
6/14/2007 Play per day
6/7/2007 Goodbye, gallery
5/31/2007 Impressions
5/24/2007 Local color
5/17/2007 Stieglitz in Manchester
5/10/2007 They're artists and they vote
5/3/2007 Lowell is the canvas for a summer of art
4/26/2007 Local color
4/19/2007 Local color
4/12/2007 Local color
4/5/2007 A Saint paul student returns to show recent work
3/29/2007 Local color
3/22/2007 Compassionate cause
3/15/2007 Local color
3/8/2007 Making money
3/1/2007 Local Color
2/22/2007 Local Color
2/15/2007 Local Color
2/8/2007 Local Color
2/1/2007 DreamFarm Cafe's big show
1/25/2007 Built world
1/18/2007 Expressions of character
1/11/2007 Best practices
1/4/2007 Nominate your favorite for Governor's Arts Awards
12/28/2006 Art in 2006 in southern New Hampshire
12/21/2006 Time to learn
12/14/2006 Frisella's new studio; sell art for animals; girls only time
12/07/2006 Stained glass, found objects and ornaments
11/30/2006 No shortage of art sales
11/23/2006 A Granite†State greeting
11/16/2006 Santa Claus hangs with artists
11/9/2006 Visual art meets poetry
11/2/2006 Local Color
10/26/2006 Local Color
10/19/2006 Local Color
10/12/2006 Almost 80 artists in Hollis ...
10/05/2006 Fine art in a field
09/28/2006 Local Color
09/21/2006 Local Color
09/14/2006 Local†color
09/07/2006 Bel†Espirit, a happening of chance
08/31/2006 An artistic endeavor
08/24/2006 The almost-all architecture edition
08/17/2006 Half century of creativity
08/10/2006 Obsession with the Isles of Shoals
08/03/2006 See the precise craft of carving with a chainsaw
07/20/2006 For museums or your living room
07/13/2006 Making their mark
07/06/2006 Sense of place
06/29/2006 New ground
06/22/2006 MAA honors scholars an artists of the year
06/15/2006 Galleries open doors
06/08/2006 It's sticky up here
06/01/2006 Mural for MCAM
05/25/2006 Scenes from the air
05/18/2006 Vanguardians sit down
05/11/2006 Public masterpiece
05/04/2006 Art helps kids at MAA show
04/27/2006 In-house artists on display
04/20/2006 No Pinocchio here
04/13/2006 School's out art's in
04/06/2006 Meet Michael Toomey
03/30/2006 Art builds community ...
03/23/2006 From Celtic design to Ayn†Rand
03/16/2006 Got Cow?
03/09/2006 A creative view of China
03/02/2006 Monastery Arts open new show
02/23/2006 Love and art in one location
02/16/2006 Job loss leads to artistic success
02/09/2006 Art in the key of Adam and Eve
02/02/2006 Art to make you think
01/26/2006 New York†artists to show at Derryfiled School
01/19/2006 A new age of artwork
01/12/2006 Photography buffs unite
01/05/2006 Jeweler teaches her trade
Alison Williams
All together now
A forest through the trees
A light in the dark
An event for artists, by artists
Anne Dufresne
Armand Szainer: never forget
Art group picks artist of the year
Art In The Park
Art in the Park sees attendance dip
Arts In Education Conference
Art like Crayons for grown-ups
Art you can sit on (if you own it)
Better Living Through Artistry
Capturing history with a panaramic view
Ceramic Biennial
Currier Kicks Off 2005 With NHSS Show
Die fotografieren
Doug Mendoza: Body Artist
Enjoying the Open Doors Trolley Tour
East Colony Fine Art has gone jazz
Equal Arts Opportunities
Exploring purgatory and paradise
Expressions coming from within
Fighting cancer with creativity
Free food, free music and plenty of art
Harry Umen: New Work

Head of the class
Heating up the canvas
Inside the artistís studio
Itís art, and itís even practical!
James Aponovich

James Chase
Jan De Bray
Local Artist, Global Message
Lollipops and Hand Grenades
MAA Adds New Dimension To Gallery
MAA Gallery Mixes It Up
Making Book With Children
Manchester Art In 2004
Morgan's "Danse" Comes To Manch
Morin Avoid Typecasting
NHIA chalks it up to May 14
Open Doors Manchester Returns
Open Doors Trolley Tour, The Winter Version
Looking for a crowd? Just add art
McGowan Fine Art Turns 25
Nita Leger Casey
Patti Matthis
Saint Anselm Favorite Returns
Searching for the extraordinary
Small Town Art Hits The Big City
Spirit Of The Holidays Exhibit
Step into the Art Pad at Langer Place
Stride and ride
Tagging goes to wall, gets legit
The art and craft of Glendi
The art of signs to art and stuff
The Art Of The Qashquai

The Return Of The Art Trolley Tour
The Ubiquitous Ann Domingue
Two-continent painting exhibit opens
Using nature as a canvas
Waxwork
Women's Art Group Marks 10th Year
Wyeth Works Return To The Currier