Currier offers free admission and wood-turning demos
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• Watch wood turn for free: The Currier Museum of Art staff has been trying to find ways to “demystify” turned wood as art, and make it more approachable for patrons, because they just opened an exhibit that’s “all about turned wood,” said Karen Tebbenhoff, director of marketing and public relations. “Turning Wood Into Art: The Jane and Arthur Mason Collection,” is at the Currier through Sept. 27.
To that end, the museum is bringing in professionals to demonstrate wood-turning as an extension of its monthly Family Saturday program. “From Bark to Bowls: Celebrating a Day of Turned Wood” is July 11, and starts with family art-making activities from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — make a mini-sculpture with turned-wood components. A “Turning Wood into Art” tour is at 11:30 a.m.
New Hampshire Furniture Master Jon Siegel and turner Scott Ruesswick demonstrate during an exhibit reception from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. An exhibit tour with Chief Curator Andrew Spahr and light refreshments are also planned for the reception. “Turning Wood into Art” features 65 objects of contemporary lathe-turned wood by international artists, courtesy of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, N.C.
Normally, admission is free from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, but the Currier didn’t want cost to impede people from seeing the demonstrations, so admission is free all day July 11.
Also coming up at the Currier (150 Ash St. in Manchester, 669-6144, www.currier.org) are “Focus Tours” on “The Art of Sight and Sound: Connections Between Music and Art in the Currier’s Collection,” Friday, July 10, at noon, and Sunday, July 12, at 3 p.m. A “New Parent Gallery Talk” (bring the baby, but talk with adults) on “Symbolism, Pigment, and Beyond,” is Thursday, July 16, at 11 a.m.
• Opening: Fifteen artists and crafters who are members of Native American tribes of the Northeast or have ties to Native Americans are showing work at the Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, 236 Hopkinton Road in Concord (226-2046, www.themillbrookgallery.com). The contemporary and traditional work is influenced by family histories in “First People of the Northeast,” according to Mill Brook. The show runs through Sept. 20 and there’s a reception Sunday, July 12,?from 1 to 4 p.m.
“Luminous Pastels - Love and Light,” an exhibit by Quebec artist José Anne Bernier, opens with a reception Friday, July 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. The display is in the Beliveau Gallery in the Franco-American Centre, 52 Concord St. in Manchester (669-4045, www.francoamericancentrenh.com) through Aug. 31.
• Hot air: Artists and artisans from throughout New England exhibit at the 5th Annual Art in the Park Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at Butler Park on Main Street in Hillsborough (464-4640). The art show coincides with the Hillsborough Balloon Festival and Fair at Grimes Field. Hillsborough Pride is expected to offer a free shuttle between the locations so you can check out the hot air balloons and carnival, too (www.balloonfestival.org).
• Sharing: Artists and performers present at an Artspider arts networking project meeting Saturday, July 11, at 2 p.m., at Manchester Community Access Media, 540 Commercial St. in Manchester. The event is expected to be shown on MCAM public access channel 23 later, according to Artspider organizers. Visit artspider.info for more details, or e-mail email@example.com.