SOPHA members show off to help Food Bank
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• Art working: Artists will be demonstrating as well as showing and selling their work during “Art in Action,” Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, presented by the Londonderry Arts Council. Venues include the Grange Hall No. 44 at 260 Mammoth Road, Higgins Barn at 87 Pillsbury Road and White Birch Fine Art at 8 Mohawk Dr. in Londonderry. Nutfield Sessions musicians perform at the Grange Hall both days from 1 to 3 p.m. The artists are from Londonderry, Derry, Windham, Pelham and Salem. Visit www.LondonderryCulture.org or call 432-2447.
• Helping out: The first SOPHA Members’ Photography Show is Thursday, April 30, from 7 to 10 p.m. Local businesses are donating samples for the event. Some are also sending canned tuna — which SOPHA is collecting from visitors that evening for the New Hampshire Food Bank (it’s their canned tuna month). Part of the proceeds from photo sales will also go to the Food Bank. The Studio of Photographic Arts is at 941 Elm St. in Manchester (584-1492, www.thesopha.com).
• Latest at East Colony: Artwork by Dale Begley, Susanna Ries and Sally Gordon Shea, including stained glass and landscapes, is featured in “Interpretations 3” through May 23 at East Colony Fine Art, 55 South Commercial St., Manchester (624-8833, www.eastcolony.com). Meet them at a reception Saturday, May 2, from 2 to 5 p.m.
• Demo: See Monique Sakellarios demonstrate her unique oil painting technique Wednesday, May 6, at 7 p.m., at Gallery One, 5 Pine St. Extension in Nashua (883-0603, www.naaasite.org). She’s a signature member of Oil Painters of America and of the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society. Her gallery, Maison de l’Art, is at 57 East Pearl St., in Nashua, and she’s represented at 15 others.
• Student work: E.W. Poore holds its annual students’ exhibit between May 5 and May 23, with a reception Thursday, May 7, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The E.W. Poore Art Studio is at 531 Front St. in Manchester (622-3802, www.ewpoore.com).
• Beer at the museum: Learn “The Way Beer Works” with an expert from New Hampshire’s Smuttynose Brewing Co. after a tour of the exhibit “The Way Things Work: The Art of David Macaulay.” The Currier Museum of Art is open late one evening per month, with themed “First Thursday” events. “The Way Beer Works” is May 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and yes, there’s beer tasting. Tickets cost $12 for Currier members, $22 for non-members, and are available to those 21 and older. Reservations are required; visit www.currier.org or call 669-6144 ext. 108. The Currier is at 150 Ash St. in Manchester.
By the way, you can still make use of free admission for spring school vacation at the Currier April 30 and May 1 (underwritten by the Citizens Bank Foundation). This helps out adults — youth under 18 always enter for free. There’s a special family performance from musician Mike Morris on Friday, May 1, at 1 p.m.
There’s more – visit Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. (admission is no longer free, though) for a public lecture, “ARTalk - The Way Painting Works,” from Currier Art Center director Bruce McColl and associate curator Kurt Sundstrom. The May theme is “The Art of Architecture” for the “Family Studio” art activities Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Currier.
Hear live music at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House and tour the home, and enjoy wine and cheese at the Currier on Thursday, May 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. “The Four Seasons” event costs $17 for members, $27 for nonmembers, and reservations are needed.
Finally, check out the Currier if you are searching for Mother’s Day ideas. They have tours, family activities and a concert from the Manchester Choral Society going on. Check their Web site or call for details.
Also, the Currier Art Center at 180 Pearl St. is offering a session between May 11 and June 15 of art courses for children and adults.
• Teach art: The New Hampshire Institute of Art has been approved by the New Hampshire State Board of Education to offer a five-year program to prepare art teachers, according to a release from the school. Students in the program will pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts along with a teaching certification. “What makes us unique is that we offer an art education certification to supplement their Bachelor’s degree in any offered concentration. This gives them the confidence to enter the classroom with a strong foundation in studio practice along with the traditional theory of education,” NHIA Art Education chair Suzanne Canali stated in the release. The students will also have to take classes in the other concentrations or to ensure they are versatile. Call 866-241-4918.