Indoor and outdoor Mother’s Day ideas
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• Fulbright in Japan: Colby-Sawyer College professor Jon Keenan has been selected as a Fulbright scholar at Kyoto Seika University. Keenan, of Elkins, represents the U.S. there this summer as an artist, scholar and teacher. Keenan has an MFA in art history and ceramics from Kyoto University of Fine Arts Graduate School and is “an expert in ceramic history, studio ceramics, East Asian art history, and Japanese art, language and culture,” according to a Colby-Sawyer release. Colby-Sawyer is in New London.
• Mother’s Day weekend ideas: Take mom to Dunbarton for West African drumming (11:30 a.m.) and a cookout (noon) on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, at the Dunbarton Arts and Gardens Festival. You can buy flowering and organically raised vegetable plants, and more than 30 juried artists and artisans will be showing and selling work at Dunbarton Arts and Gardens. It’s a seasonal home business of Patricia Dooly Murphy on Route 13. The festival runs Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.dunbartonarts.com to learn more or call 774-8455.
The Currier Museum of Art, at 150 Ash St. in Manchester, has three days of mom-centered plans. Younger children can bring mom to “Family Saturday,” May 9, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., to make paper flowers for mom, take a guided family gallery walk at 11:30 a.m., or enjoy other family fun during “Mother’s Day Flowers.” Family Saturday is monthly, and the Currier offers free admission from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. It’s always free for those under age 18. Adults pay $10.
Bring mom to a special Mother’s Day brunch in the museum’s café (mimosas are available and moms get a free coffee) Sunday, May 10. The Manchester Choral Society performs songs from Michael Tippett’s “A Child of Our Time” at 2 p.m. ($10 for members, $20 for nonmembers). Take a Focus Tour at 3 p.m. called “Celebrating Mother’s Day: Women in Art at the Currier.” That tour, which is included with admission, also runs Friday, May 8, at noon. Visit www.currier.org or call 669-6144 ext. 108 for details or concert reservations.
Take mom to the Full Moon Celebration at the Harmonic Center of the Universe in Harmony Park in Lowell, Mass., Saturday, May 9, between 6 and 10 p.m. (The rain date is May 16.) The free program includes interactive sculptures, world music and dance (and fire performers) and light-themed activities with teen artists.
“The Harmonic Center of the Universe” sculpture is a “luminous orb” that “hovers on a 16-foot-tall bamboo tripod,” by Chris Harvey, Olivia Robinson and Jesse Stiles. You can sit beneath it to activate animated lights and music (starting at 8 p.m.). Visit www.revolvingmuseum.org or call 978-937-2787.
• Year #2: A second International Sculpture Symposium for Nashua, called “Future,” opens with a public reception at Gallery One, 5 Pine St. Extension in Nashua, Sunday, May 17, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Five outdoor sculptures were created at last year’s inaugural “Footprints” to be installed in public places around Nashua. This year, three sculptors from Bulgaria, Italy and Israel sculpt at Ultima NIMCO, along with John Weidman, director for Brookline’s Andres Institute of Art and Future. Andres has held such a symposium annually for about 10 years. See www.cityartsnashua.org to find out when you can watch the sculptors work. The City of Nashua, arts patron Meri Goyette (882-1613), Andres Institute, Nashua Area Artists Association and City Arts Nashua present this symposium.
• Awarding business: International chamber music performers Apple Hill String Quartet are part of the entertainment for the Business in the Arts Awards Gala along with storyteller and author Rebecca Rule and youth theater company Peacock Players. WZID host Mike Morin emcees Monday, May 11, at 6 p.m. at the Center of New Hampshire-Radisson Hotel in Manchester. The gala honors 26 businesses nominated for “sponsorships, employee volunteerism, and donations of products and services in support of the arts.” Four winners will be announced, and gala guests can compete in cultural trivia for prizes from New Hampshire artists and cultural organizations. Tickets aren’t cheap, though, at $75, with some discounts available. Call 224-8300 or e-mail email@example.com. Also see www.nhbca.com.
• In Hollis: Hollis Arts Society hosts a program for artists and patrons with Carol Bonow of Creative Genius at Home Tours Wednesday, May 13, at 7 p.m., at the Lawrence Barn, Depot Road in Hollis. Call 882-1503 for details.
Also in Hollis, stop by painter Stephen Previte’s spring open studio at 112 Silver Lake Road on Saturday, May 9, or Sunday, May 10, between noon and 5 p.m. He’s showing his oils and limited-edition prints — call 465-2647.