Last chance to see Weston photos and prints from the Stahls
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• Offer your opinion: City Arts Nashua is running an online survey gathering opinion on public art in Nashua, including whether people would like to see functional public art like decorated benches and manhole covers. Visit www.cityartsnashua.org to take the survey.
• Last chance: The Currier Museum of Art closes two special exhibits Jan. 3. “Brett Weston: Out of the Shadow” features more than 100 black and white prints made by the photographer between the 1920s and 1980s. Weston (1911-1993) took his first photo at age 13 on a boat from California while traveling to live with his father, photographer Edward Weston, in Mexico. “He is doing better work at 14 than I did at 30. To have someone close to me, working so excellently, with an assured future, is happiness hardly expected,” Edward Weston wrote, according to the Currier. “Brett Weston: Out of the Shadow” is organized by The Phillips Collection and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Drs. David and Barbara Stahl of New Hampshire started collecting prints in the 1950s. About 100 from the private collection they built over 50 years is exhibited at the Currier in “Evolution of a Shared Vision: The David and Barbara Stahl Collection.” The Stahls sought advice from the Currier Museum of Art’s then director, Charles Buckley, in the 1950s and ’60s. They also found collecting advice from experts at the Boston Public Library’s Wiggin Collection, Museum of Fine Arts and Harvard University’s Fogg Museum, Stahl wrote in the Currier’s catalogue for this special exhibit. The show includes American 20th-century prints and drawings and some work from old master print-makers and German Expressionist artists.
Also Jan. 3, the Currier-administered tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House stop for the season, resuming in April.
Next, the Currier opens an exhibit of watercolors from its collection in March. Some have not been displayed in 20 years because of the fragility of watercolors, according to the Currier.
The Currier is closed Tuesdays, as well as Christmas and New Year’s Day. It closes at 3 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Admission costs $10 for adults and is free for those under 18. Admission is free for everyone from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. The Currier is at 150 Ash St., Manchester (www.currier.org, 669-6144).
Storytime in the Gallery, which is recommended for ages 3 to 5, is Monday, Dec. 28, at 11:30 a.m., at the Currier. Manchester City Library children’s librarian Karyn Isleb reads The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats, followed by a viewing of “Sharon’s Sleigh Ride Party,” by Paul Starrett Sample.
• New trustees: Four people who were appointed as trustees for the Kimball-Jenkins Estate in Concord about a year ago were officially made trustees in November. They are William Chapman of Orr & Reno; Peggy Senter of the Concord Community Music School; Garry Shirk, an independent management consultant; and Sherilyn Burnett Young of Rath Young and Pignatelli. The Estate currently hosts community visual art classes for all ages of the Kimball-Jenkins School of Art. It also hosts NHTI art classes although NHTI plans to relocate the program in the fall because they’ve outgrown Kimball-Jenkins’ available space.
In 2007, a probate judge called previous Estate trustees William Saturley, Eric Palson, and Robert and Jill Wilson in at a time when a former employee faced fraud allegations, and estate users were protesting a proposal to let the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen use it for their headquarters. When those trustees were due back in court in October 2008 regarding objections from the Charitable Trust office, it was announced that an agreement had been reached in which those trustees would leave by Dec. 31 and a new board would be appointed.