By Heidi Masek email@example.com
• Photo slam: Once a month, the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester stays open past 5 p.m., featuring a themed event. Frequently these “First Thursdays” have cost extra to attend, but not this one.
In conjunction with the visiting photography exhibit, “Brett Weston: Out of the Shadow,” the Currier is holding a contest for photographers to have their work shown in the Manchester museum.
Gary Samson, chair of photography at the nearby New Hampshire Institute of Art, chose 12 finalists out of almost 100 entries to present their digital images at the First Thursday “Photo Slam” Nov. 5. Socializing starts at 5:30 p.m., and there’s a quick gallery talk about the Brett Weston exhibit. Watch the (short) Photo Slam presentations at 6:30 p.m. and vote for your favorite — the visitors’ choice winner will be announced at 7:45 p.m.
Preview the finalists’ work at www.currier.org/photoslam.aspx — and see what else was, and who else, submitted at www.flickr.com/photos/curriermuseumofart/.
Finalists are Norman Desfosses of Durham; Jonathan Dunitz of South Portland, Maine; Nina Earley, Tanya Lacourse and Travis Commeau, and Charlie Lemay of Manchester; Sarah Flause of New Castle; Chahalis Hegner of Lowell, Mass.; Stuart Krentcil of Tewksbury, Mass.; Holly McCarthy of Plaistow; Charlie Minicucci, 13, of Bedford; Douglas Prince of Portsmouth, and Rick Strawbridge of Exeter, NHIA trustees chair.
“I’m really excited about it. I think it’s a great idea,” Earley said.
The First Thursdays Photo Slam is free with admission (which is free for museum members and youth under 18), $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $8 for college students, at 150 Ash St. in Manchester. Reserve at www.currier.org or call 669-6144.
P.S. The Currier is one of the museums that Bank of America customers can currently visit for free one weekend per month. The next opportunity is Nov. 7 and Nov. 8. Visit museums.bankofamerica.com for details. Know of other such deals? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Opening, near: The beginning of the month brings new gallery show openings. Among those nearby is a new exhibit of oil paintings by Cheryl Vratsenes called “Captured in Color,” at the Wine Studio, 27 Buttrick Road in Londonderry (432-9463, www.thewinestudionh.com). The artist’s reception (and weekly wine tasting) is Friday, Nov. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Vratsenes also belongs to the member-run East Colony Fine Art Gallery inside Langer Place, 55 South Commercial St., Manchester (621-7400, www.eastcolony.com). East Colony features mixed media and oils by two of their members in the theme of wine and poetry this month. A reception for the Dee Lessard and Adele Sanborn exhibit, “Well Read Wine,” is Nov. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Massabesic Audubon Center is exhibiting its Wild NH photo contest submissions and holding an artists’ reception and award ceremony Saturday, Nov. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m., at 26 Audubon Way, Auburn (668-2045, www.newhampshireaudubon.org). More than half will be available to bid on in a silent auction that ends Saturday, Dec. 12, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m.
• Opening, far: Various Portsmouth galleries hold show openings on the first Friday of each month during the “Art ’Round Town” gallery walks. The next is Friday, Nov. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. Spaces include the New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery at 136 State St. Visit artroundtown.org for a map.
• Lesson: NHAA’s fall educational programs include a second installment from UNH Manchester art history professor Dr. Andrew Stangel. “How to Look at and Understand the Old Art Masters, Part II,” is Thursday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m., at the Manchester Library, 405 Pine St. (431-4230, www.nhartassociation.org).