Saint Anselm College brings art, poetry and music together
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• The body: “A Figural Presence” is an interdisciplinary exhibit about three years in the making, for which the Chapel Art Center gallery at Saint Anselm College in Manchester worked with several departments on campus and received a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
It brings together visual artwork that expresses the human form, from various collectors, but is also unique in that art from other disciplines was commissioned in conjunction, including a sonata and a poem. Hear Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee’s work for the exhibit, “Sonata No. 5,” in its premiere performance Thursday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. Rahbee is a first-generation Armenian-American whose music is rooted in her Armenian background, according to Saint Anselm College. Pianist George Lopez performs piano sonatas from classical through modern styles in this presentation, “Centuries of Sonata,” finishing with Rahbee’s new piece. Lopez performs internationally but is frequently heard in New Hampshire — he has a studio at Phillips-Exeter Academy.
A series of four panel discussions finishes with “A Conferral of Ideas,” Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m., at New Hampshire Institute of Politics (Rockland Avenue and Saint Anselm Drive). Fifteen panelists, including faculty, staff and friends of the gallery, will partially summarize the previous three sessions and expand on the topic of “Poetic Regard,” said Jessica Pappathan, assistant curator. You won’t need to have attended the other lectures, she said. Father Iain MacLellan, O.S.B., director of the Alva deMars Megan Chapel Art Center, and curator of “A Figural Presence,” moderates. John O’Hern guest-curated.
Poet F.D. Reeve reads his new work, “A Girl and Two Doves,” commissioned in conjunction with “A Figural Presence,” at the gallery, Thursday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m.
“There’s been a high level of interest,” not just on campus, Pappathan said. Classes from other colleges have visited and were invited to an education week there recently.
All the events are free. “A Figural Presence” closes Nov. 25, and gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, open until 8 p.m. Thursdays, on the campus at 100 Saint Anselm Drive in Manchester (641-7470, www.anselm.edu/chapelart/).
• Little pictures: See what’s new in small work. The Women’s Caucus for the Arts/New Hampshire Chapter’s ninth annual “6x6” Signature Show” kicks off a Nov. 13–Jan. 8 exhibit at The Paper Tree, 865 Second St. in Manchester (www.thepapertree.com, 472-8875), with a reception Friday, Nov. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. The 41 members show four 6-by-6-inch pieces each, priced at $66.
• Holiday shopping: Singer and guitarist Kim Riley performs, as does the Steve Hays Duo, at the Hollis Arts Society’s Holiday Arts Gala Saturday, Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Road in Hollis. Jewelry, pottery, wood, fiber arts, fine art and photography are some of the media available. Call 882-1503 for details. A percentage of proceeds benefits the HAS “Arts4Vets” project.
• Other academics: The New Hampshire Institute of Art opens two new exhibits with receptions Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m., in Manchester. Work from NHIA photography chair Gary Samson makes up “Cape Breton: A Visual Diary,” at the school’s French Building Gallery at 148 Concord St. The black and white images come from a sabbatical he took in 2008 to finish his upcoming book, In the Blood: Cape Breton Conversations on Culture, co-authored with Burt Feinituch. NHIA’s juried exhibit of work by New England artists, “Biennial 2009,” is in the Amherst Street Gallery at 77 Amherst St. (836-2573, nhia.edu).