Pumpkins, pets and architects
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• Art and pumpkins: An art show at Goffstown Town Hall and “Art Happens” on Main Street in Goffstown are part of the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off and Regatta Saturday, Oct.17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet the artists at Town Hall at 1 p.m. Saturday. Visit www.goffstownmainstreet.org for details.
• Art and pets: The weekly Concord Arts Market celebrates furry friends with Pet Day, Saturday, Oct. 17. The Concord SPCA will be there to answer questions and will bring animals that need adopting, according to an Arts Market release. Live and Let Live Farm and Greyhound Pets of America will also bring animals. Pet-related vendors are joining the artists and artisans, with live music. There’s also a pet food drive to benefit Concord SPCA’s Making Ends Meet program. Leashed pets are welcome. The Concord Arts Markets continues to run Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Eagle Square near North Main Street, through Oct. 31 (www.concordartsmarket.com, 229-2157).
• Fall touring: The Deerfield Arts Tour is a self-guided tour of studios of more than 15 artists and artisans working in ceramics, pottery, watercolors, custom shoemaking, pastels, oils, monotypes, basketry, jewelry and more Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (463-5626). Visit www.deerfieldartstour.com, the library or a local business for a map.
• Young pottery entrepreneurs: Shana Brautigam and Ethan Hamby of Rooted in Clay in Rindge use the hand-building technique of pinching to create pottery that reflects themselves and love of nature, according to Exeter Fine Crafts. The gallery is featuring work by Brautigam and Hamby in October. They’ve recently been experimenting with making clay instruments and are teaching their “Clay Instruments Program” to children through the NH Arts and Education Residency Program. Brautigam and Hamby, born 1983 and 1985, were juried into the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen in 2004 and opened their studio in 2003 (www.rootedinclay.com). Brautigam will be demonstrating hand-building Saturday, Oct. 17, between noon and 3 p.m., at Exeter Fine Crafts, 61 Water St., Exeter (778-8282).
• Winning design: The America Institute of Architects (AIA) seems to like the Currier Museum of Art’s new expansion. So does the Boston Society of Architects and Associated General Contractors of New Hampshire. The Manchester museum’s expansion has racked up five awards in 2009. The latest came this month, an AIA New England Design Award, for which the project will be featured at Build Boston in November. The project also garnered a Boston Society of Architects Honor Award Citation for an addition to an historic building, an AIA New Hampshire Excellence in Architecture Award, an AIA New Hampshire People’s Choice Award for Commercial Designation, and a Build New Hampshire Award from the Associated General Contractors of New Hampshire.
Boston-based Ann Beha Architects designed the 73,000-square-foot expansion, and the museum reopened in March 2008 after closing for construction for more than a year. At Ann Beha Architects, staff involved were Pamela W. Hawkes FAIA, Principal-in-Charge, Project Manager Scott Aquilina, Project Architect Robert Genova AIA, Andrew Wang AIA, Andrew Grote, Nicole Groleau, Robert Mercer, James Gauthier AIA and Ben Wan. Harvey Construction Corporation of New Hampshire was the contractor.