Visit the Currier for free during school vacation
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• Free Currier: Adults can visit the Currier Museum of Art for free during Manchester’s April school vacation, from Monday, April 27, through Friday, May 1, (note that the Currier is closed Tuesdays) courtesy of the Citizens Bank Foundation, which is underwriting the week. Youth under age 18 are always admitted free to the museum.
Special programming for the week includes “Storytime in the Gallery,” Monday, April 27, at 11:30 a.m., with Manchester City Library children’s librarian Karyn Isleb. Hear What it Feels Like to be a Building by Forrest Wilson, and check out the “Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay” exhibition. Isleb reads Rome Antics, by David Macaulay, at 1 p.m. Short gallery talks follow the stories, which are recommended for ages 3 to 5.
The museum is closed Tuesday and returns Wednesday, April 29, with “Family Studio – Building Books,” art-related activities from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
“Family Drawing in the Galleries” is Thursday, April 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. Bring pencils and papers to do some sketching or use the Currier’s.
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Mike Morris gives a family performance Friday, May 1, at 1 p.m. Guided tours of “Building Books” are available at 12:30 p.m. during these free days.
“The Currier recognizes that in this challenging economy many families may chose to stay closer to home and will look for local family-friendly activities,” Currier director Susan Strickler said in a press release. Their February vacation free week brought 2,300 visitors.
Museum admission is also free to everyone Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The Currier is at 150 Ash St. in Manchester (www.currier.org, 669-6144).
• Tuna and pictures: SOPHA (Studio of Photographic Arts) is holding a members’ exhibit and reception Thursday, April 30, from 7 to 10 p.m., at 941 Elm St. in Manchester. SOPHA has studio, equipment, classroom and gallery space, which people pay to become members and use, or pay to rent (www.thesopha.com, 584-1492).
Part of the proceeds from sales of artwork benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank. Admission is free, but SOPHA asks that you bring canned tuna to donate (April is canned tuna month at the Food Bank).
• College: Anthony DeCarolis of Londonderry, Rob DeVita of Pelham and Stephen Southerland of Hooksett are some of the art and design students showing work at Rivier College Art Gallery’s “Senior Student Art Exhibition,” at 435 South Main St. in Nashua (897-8276). It opens with a reception Sunday, April 26, from 3 to 5 p.m., and continues through May 8.