Make your mark in Goffstown
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• Coming up: More than 20 artists are featured at the new Uncommon Art on the Common in downtown Goffstown, Saturday, Aug. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the “Smear Art” booth, visitors can add their finger-smears to help create a picture of Goffstown. Real Fallu and Friends perform at 1 p.m. This Goffstown Main Street Program event also offers a “wet paint” sale starting at 1 p.m. to buy work created by members of the New Hampshire Plein Air Association who will be painting downtown. Art Cocoon sponsors that. Visit www.goffstownmainstreet.org or call 497-9933 for more information.
• At the Currier: The Groove Cats are scheduled to perform jazz, swing and rock on the lawn of the Currier Museum of Art for the museum’s monthly “First Thursday” evening. August’s First Thursday, “A Celebration of Summer, Music, and Art,” is Aug. 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs. There’s a cash bar and a “summer cookout menu” planned. Associate curator Kurt Sundstrom will talk about “the relationship between jazz and art” at 6 p.m., and the Groove Cats play at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for Currier members, $15 for non-members. Reservations are required; visit www.currier.org or call 669-6144 ext. 108. First Thursday will be held indoors in case of rain.
The Currier, which is at 150 Ash St. in Manchester, hosts its monthly “Family Saturday,” Aug. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with a “Beach Day” theme. Find hands-on art activities, take the guided family gallery walk at 11:30 a.m., or try other family programs. Museum admission is free for everyone from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, and always free to those under 18. Adults normally pay $10.
• Art about art: “There was no suggested theme for ‘This, That and Then Some,’ just an open call for art. The variety and quality of what we received is astonishing and exciting,” according to Michael Simchik, owner of the Gallery at 100 Market, in a press release. The exhibit opens with an artists’ reception July 31, from 5 to 7 p.m., at 100 Market St. in Portsmouth. Jasmin Hunter and Sofia Piel both photograph for theater and film — Hunter frequently at the Players Ring in Portsmouth, and Piel often at the New Hampshire Theatre Project in Portsmouth and other regional companies. Painter Elizabeth Steward’s work is also featured with the photographers, along with a group show of work by about 18 artists. The exhibit closes Oct. 25.