Not a drop to drink
By Heidi Masek email@example.com
• The need for water: Christine Destrempes seeks to raise awareness about the number of people who die daily from “preventable, water-related diseases because they do not have access to clean water,” according to a release from the Sharon Arts Center. That number is 13,699. Destrempes’ installation “13,699” uses clear plastic water bottle caps (collected from the Keene Transfer Station) strung on monofilament to represent each death.
“13,699” is part of “Water: Mystery & Plight,” an exhibit that reopens the Sharon Arts Downtown Exhibit Gallery with a reception Friday, July 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., at 30 Grove St. in Peterborough (924-2787, sharonarts.org).
Susan Callihan and Destrempes curated the exhibit, which also features photography by Mary Lang. “Her photographs of water reflections confuse surface and depth, creating color field drawings of captured light, evoking mystery and uncertainty,” according to Sharon Arts. Lang’s work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and others.
Related events are planned, including a gallery talk by the artists Thursday, July 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. A reception and discussion at the gallery follow a screening of The Water Front at the Peterborough Movie Theater on Tuesday, July 14, at 5:30 p.m., co-sponsored by the Harris Center for Conservation Education. Robert Wood of the Lake Sunapee Protective Association gives a slide presentation “Water for People: Focus on Guatemala,” Saturday, July 25, at 4 p.m.
(A winner will be drawn for an Atlas Pyrovision Productions “turnkey” fireworks show during the opening reception. The raffle tickets cost $100 and benefit the Sharon Arts Center. Buy tickets at the gallery or at Atlas shops in Rindge or Amherst, or call 924-7256.)
• New museum: Portsmouth Museum of Fine Art is now open at One Harbour Place, Bow Street in Portsmouth. “I believe that the arts represent the most significant underutilized forum for building community and increasing civic engagement,” Ruthie Tredwell, museum founder and curator, stated in a release. The residence of her grandfather Seabury Tredwell, a successful New York City merchant, was opened as the Merchant’s House Museum in 1936.
The Portsmouth Museum of Fine Art’s current exhibit is expected to feature work by artists Greg Mort, Joyce Tenneson, Bo Bartlett, Bruno Civitico, Nigel Van Wieck, Lincoln Perry, Colin Berry, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, James Rosenquist and Robert Indiana. Visit www.portsmouthmfa.org or call 436-0332.
• Stolen artwork: Will Kimball-Jenkins School of Art ever catch a break? Folks at the Concord school were excited about opening a show of original photographs from the book Portraits from the Belly of the Whale by San Francisco artist Michael Garlington on June 25. “This is a big-time show for the area,” Scott Bulger said. “We very rarely get something like this in New Hampshire, let alone in Concord.”
The school’s director of education and operations, Ryan Linehan, asked Garlington to exhibit at Kimball about a year and a half ago. “It took some convincing, but he found the gallery pretty unique ... I explained to him it’s a teaching gallery,” Linehan said. Linehan said he wanted to show students there’s “still cool stuff being done on film” and in the darkroom, and expose them to the content. Students “are just blown away by it,” Linehan said last week. The images are somewhat intense — Linehan said the work shows a “different part of society.”
However, there were news reports June 26 that 14 of the 20 images exhibited had been stolen from Kimball-Jenkins. The community art school has already had to cope with various kinds of drama in the past few years including embezzlement by a former employee.
• Opening in Manch: Studio of Photographic Arts (SOPHA) holds its second exhibit and sale of members’ work “America,” July 2 through Aug. 1 at 941 Elm St., Manchester (www.thesopha.com, 582-1492), opening with a reception Thursday, July 2, from 7 to 10 p.m. Donations to the NH World War II Veterans’ Memorial Fund will be accepted during the show.
• Congrats: Winners were expected to be announced June 25 for the fourth annual artwork competition for Manchester City employees and their families in the National Arts Program® according to a release from Crystal Nadeau, advisor, photographer and Manchester Arts Commissioner. See the work through Aug. 27 at “Art on the Wall at City Hall Gallery,” 1 City Hall Plaza in Manchester (624-6500).
Winners get cash prizes and continuing art educational grants through the National Arts Program Foundation, the City of Manchester, area business and supporters. Doreen Boissonneault’s “On Stark Street” won the Mayor’s Choice Award. “Best In Show” went to Meagan Monteville for her photograph “Untitled,” as did the first place in the intermediate artist category. Jennifer Ryder’s “Massabesic Mist” won first for amateur art and Claudia Michael’s “Open Door, Morocco” won first for professional. Katrina Compagna won first in teens for “Unintended” and Cole Shea won first for “The Harvest” out of the under-12-year-old category.