Arts on the airwaves in Nashua
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• On the radio: WSMN 1590 AM radio in Nashua is broadcasting a half hour on the arts with Robin Ann Peters Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. The segment is part of the Morning Lift Off show, hosted by George Russell. So far, Peters has interviewed John Weidman, sculptor and director of Andres Institute of Art, and Robin Clarke, an instructor at Daniel Webster College who is working on a study on public art, Peters said.
The WSMN segment is meant to “help this community learn about arts, further education about arts, open minds and hearts up to art,” Peters said. She also wants people to be able to learn what’s going on each week.
Peters is an artist, and wrote Nashua Then and Now. She remarked that she’s excited to see the recent momentum for arts in Nashua.
Peters plans the show with arts patron Meri Goyette, who instigated Nashua’s first International Sculpture Symposium this year. “I think this is a turning point for us,” Goyette said of the broadcast.
The Morning Lift Off show, which runs Monday through Friday, from 6 to 10 a.m., is only about six months old.
• With wine: Don Booth displays photographs in an exhibit called “Plethora” at The Wine Studio, 53 Hooksett Road in Manchester (622-9463) in January. A reception is Thursday, Jan. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., when MS Walker also conducts a wine tasting.
• Good business: MicroCredit-NH gave photographer Jay Reiter of Newmarket the 2008 Artist Innovation Award at MicroCredit’s sixth annual Artist Exchange event at the Currier Museum of Art recently. Reiter uses innovation to enhance and market his photography, and works closely with his MicroCredit-NH business group, Artefacto, “to raise awareness of the art world and to promote member artwork,” according to a press release. He organizes the Artefacto Traveling Road Shows art talks in the Seacoast region and volunteers to photograph member artwork for slide shows for those talks.
Reiter was a newspaper photographer for 30 years in New England, New York, Minnesota and Oregon. His work includes portraits, weddings and nature photography.
“My ideas can be a bit off the wall, but being recognized as an innovative business owner and artist validates my whole process,” Reiter said. See his work at www.jayreiter.com.
MicroCredit-NH seeks to help artists develop their business skills through ArtWorks-NH and artist exchange events. Call 800-769-3482 or visit www.microcreditnh.org.
• Kids at the Currier: The monthly “Family Saturday” at the Currier Museum of Art is Jan. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and this month’s theme is “Celebrating Winter.” There are art activities and a guided family gallery walk at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free from 10 a.m. to noon for everyone. Kids 18 and under always enter free. The January theme for the weekly Family Studio on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. is “Art in Three Dimensions.” Bring babies and strollers to the “New Parent Gallery Talk: Sculpture and Installation Art.” The monthly program for parents who need to get out of the house and talk to adults is Thursday, Jan. 15, from 11 a.m. to noon. The Currier is at 150 Ash St. in Manchester (669-6144, www.currier.org) and adult admission costs $10. —Heidi Masek