Colleges show off around the state
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• Concord to Portsmouth: Sarah Chaffee expects to have one busy summer. She’s the gallery director at McGowan Fine Art, a fixture in Concord. The gallery was recently chosen to head exhibitions at the Wentworth Coolidge Mansion in Portsmouth, the historic home of the state’s first royal governor, Benning Wentworth. Now a state park, it has an art center in a contemporary building. McGowan was chosen to replace retired gallery director Dody Kolb, Chaffee said.
“Their season is only four months long,” Chaffee said. The last month will show artwork by the Coolidges. McGowan will run three group shows pulling from artists they represent. The group shows follow Kolb’s path, but McGowan will bring change through style. Although Kolb represented more traditional artists, McGowan’s are more contemporary and abstract. “Dody said you need to do what you do best,” Chaffee said. McGowan is responsible for everything from marketing, to patching the walls, to staffing.
Chaffee would love for folks to come say hello while they are in the area, and made a point that New Hampshire residents are admitted to the mansion free. “So come learn about your New Hampshire history in this stunning spot overlooking Little Harbor,” she said. See www.nhstateparks.com/coolidge.html or call 436-6607.
• Coffee house: Students at Chester College of New England have a new place to exhibit thanks to Kevin and Gladys Yorke, owners of The Coffee Factory at 55 Crystal Ave. in Derry (432-6006). The arrangement happened after a Chester student started attending poetry open mikes there, according to a Chester release. The first Witherill Gallery at The Coffee Factory exhibit, “Prints, Painting, & Photography,” opens with a reception Thursday, April 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. that includes a student poetry reading. It closes May 5.
• Art Walk dates: The Nashua Art Walk, previously a quarterly event on Saturdays, dropped to an annual weekend one last year. Art Walk 2009 follows that format Saturday, Oct. 3, from noon to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 4, from noon to 4 p.m. To get involved, contact Jay Minkarah at email@example.com. Details will be posted at www.cityartsnashua.org.
• College credit: Work by Peter Dibble of Hudson, Lauren Duffy of Nashua and Karla Nagele of Manchester is included in “Emerging Art,” the annual student work show at Keene State College (April 18 to May 9). Head to their Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery on Wyman Way in Keene for an opening Friday, April 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. While there, check out the Graphic Design Senior Portfolio Review between 5 and 8 p.m. at the nearby Media Arts Center (358-2720, www.keene.edu/tsag). On the east side of the state, the UNH Museum of Art opens M.F.A. thesis exhibits and a senior B.A. And B.F.A. student shows April 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., at 30 Academic Way in Durham (www.unh.edu/moa, 862-3712). A reception for the NHTI art student exhibit is at Kimball-Jenkins School of Art (where NHTI art classes are held) Thursday, April 16, from 5 to 7 p.m., at 266 North Main St. in Concord (225-3932, www.kimballjenkins.com).
• Allstate: Ten professional artists from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont will work with 60 high school juniors chosen for the 11th annual Allstate Art Festival at Currier Museum of Art on Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18. See the results Saturday between 2 and 3 p.m., at 150 Ash St. in Manchester. It’s organized by the Currier and New Hampshire Art Educators’ Association.
• Through the lens: Nashua photographer Dave Marden’s work is featured in April at Canal Art & Framing (formerly Canal St. Collectibles), 1 Water St. in Nashua (886-1459). Marden (www.davemardenphotography.com) is a member of the Nashua Camera Club and Photographers’ Forum and is a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association, according to a release.
• Art options: Hatfield Gallery holds two days of “Not Only Paintings,” where artists also show jewelry, baskets, masks and antiques among other things Friday, April 17, from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cameron Bennett offers one-hour portrait sketches for customers Saturday. Kathy Brodsky signs children’s books between 4:30 and 7 p.m. both days. Hatfield is in Langer Place, 55 S. Commercial St., Manchester (627-7560). — Heidi Masek