Get ready for free admission at the Currier
By Heidi Masek email@example.com
• Bargain-hunting: Find artwork for $44.95 or less at the annual “Minumental” exhibit at New Hampshire Institute of Art. The catch is that the other limit is size — work is no larger than 2 inches by 2 inches by 2 inches. The 245 pieces from faculty, staff, alumni and students are of a wide variety of media, and are available for purchase after a reception and awards presentation Thursday, Feb. 12, at noon. Minumental is in NHIA’s Amherst Street Gallery at 77 Amherst St. in Manchester (836-2573, nhia.edu) and closes March 6.
• Adult time: Bring your baby and stroller to the Currier Museum of Art Thursday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. for “New Parent Gallery Talk: Portraits of Children.” The monthly talks are meant to offer new parents a chance to get out of the house and converse with adults. The Currier is at 150 Ash St. in Manchester.
• Free museum admission: Speaking of the Currier, you might want to add to your list of ways to entertain kids during February vacation. Citizens Bank Foundation is sponsoring free admission for school vacation weeks, Monday, Feb. 23, through Friday, Feb. 27, and April 27 through May 1. Keep in mind the museum is closed Tuesdays. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. other weekdays, and story times, tours, arts activities and performances are planned during vacation. Find the schedule at currier.org or in the Hippo gallery listings. Youth under age 18 are always admitted free, but this deal saves parents $10 each. Other adults, don’t be afraid to take advantage and stop in during lunch hour (there’s a café inside). The Currier is also free to all between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturdays.
Vacation art camp is scheduled at the Currier Art Center — tuition costs range from $140 to $250, and care is available through 4:40 p.m. Call 669-6144 x122.
• Mill life cycle: “Mill Town Memories: Views of the New England Landscape” closes Feb. 15. The 56 drawings and watercolors by Marian Cannon capture views in 28 towns during the decline of mills and the textile industry in the 1970s and 1980s. It’s at the Museum of New Hampshire History, 6 Eagle Square in Concord (nhhistory.org, 228-6688). Admission costs range from $3 to $5.50, children under age 6 enter for free, and families are charged a maximum of $17.