A bull and ‘Dia de los Muertos’
By Heidi Masek email@example.com
• Dedicated art: Trustees of the Alex Shapiro Charitable Trust donated an abstract bronze bull sculpture by Essex, Mass., artist Chris Williams “to commemorate Manchester’s entrepreneurial tradition as exemplified by the founders and employees of Granite State Packing Company and Jac Pac Foods.” It was installed on the east side of the Hands Across the Merrimack footbridge at the former Manchester Jac Pac site May 6.
Two former employees who had worked at Jac Pac for more than 40 years each were present for the sculpture dedication Oct. 14. At the dedication, Mayor Frank Guinta spoke about the city’s coming into its own culturally and artistically, said Lee Forgosh, of Art 3 Gallery. Her cousin Irwin Muskat was the last president of family business Jac Pac Foods. The public dedication was held in part to make the community aware of the sculpture, and also to honor those for whom the sculpture stands, Forgosh said.
Forgosh pointed out Manchester’s other distinctive downtown sculptures — the “Millyard Girl”; the Clowes sculpture “Vivace” in front of the Verizon Wireless Arena, and another public piece slated for Granite Street.
• Artist speaks: Visit the opening reception for “Jerome Witkin – Drawings,” Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at New Hampshire Institute of Art’s Amherst Street Gallery (77 Amherst St., Manchester, 836-2573, nhia.edu) following a talk by Witkin about his process between 5:30 and 7 p.m. at the French Building, 148 Concord St. Preparatory sketches by the figurative artist are on view through Nov. 6.
• New Deal: NHIA professor of art history Martin Fox discusses photographs taken during the Great Depression by Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and others for a New Deal program, the Farm Security Administration, in “Introducing America to Americans: Documentary Photographs of the 1930s.” The free presentation is Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., at the Amherst Library, 14 Main St. (www.amherst.lib.nh.us). Call 673-2288 to register or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Your art: Get involved with preparations for the Concord Arts Market “Day of the Dead” at free community art work sessions. Help make decorations of paper flowers, masks and skeletons Wednesdays, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Madeleines at 124 North Main St.; Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Concord Arts Market in Eagle Square; and during Concord’s Halloween Howl, Friday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Bicentennial Square.
The Concord Arts Market “Dia De Los Muertos” Halloween party is Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Eagle Square. Learn more about the party at www.concordartsmarket.com or call 229-2157.
• Visit the artist: Stephen Previte holds a fall open studio Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., from Oct. 24 through Nov. 1 at 112 Silver Lake Road in Hollis (465-2647). He’s showing and selling original oil paintings and limited-edition Giclees, and will be accepting new oil painting students.