By Adam Coughlin firstname.lastname@example.org
• Festivals galore: The 5th Annual Hollis Fine Art Festival, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 16, and Sunday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Nichols Field (Depot Road) in Hollis, is accepting applications from artists. Unfortunately, spots for the photography category are already full, but there is still room for artists in oils, water colors, acrylics and other media. “At this show we bring in different art than most are used to seeing in the local area,” said festival founder Steve Previte, an artist himself. “We feature a lot of local talent but also bring in artists from around New England.” Specific requirements can be found on the application, which is available upon request. Call Steve at 465-2647 or e-mail email@example.com. Applications are also being sought for the 30th annual Beaver Brook Fall Festival and Art Show, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Beaver Brook Association Maple Hill Farm, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis. The theme is “Forever Nature” and the featured artist is Charles Mooradian. Applications are available at www.beaverbrook.org. Deadline is Monday, Sept. 27.
• Kaiser online: On June 24, Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, spoke at the Capitol Center for the Arts about what arts organizations around the state need to do to remain vital. His talk is now available online at http://vimeo.com/13583339.
• A little help from friends: Darci Creative and Piscataqua Savings Bank joined together with a few other sponsors to support local artist Bill Paarlberg with his show “Illustrating Portsmouth.” “It is kind of unusual,” said Darci Knowles, owner of Darci Creative. “We reached out to Piscataqua because Bill did a redesign of their logo a few years ago.” The bank also supports Portsmouth history, according to Knowles, and the exhibit showcases images and scenes from the city's past. Knowles has been friends with Paarlberg for many years and said she tries to support certain things that grab her, like Arts In Reach, a local organization that brings art to girls. The show runs through Sept. 10 at the Discover Portsmouth Center, 8 Islington St., Portsmouth. Call 436-8433.
• Talent in Manchester: The 5th Annual National Arts Program Employee & Family Art Show hosted at City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza, Manchester, will be on display through Friday, Aug. 27. The show is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the first year the Mayor’s office has run the show, according to Vicki Ferraro, constituent services representative. This was done because of the large scope of the show, which included 165 pieces of art by 105 participants from various departments throughout the city, retirees and the Manchester School District. While all of the art is great, some received special awards. JoAnn Ferruolo's “Manchester Transporter” took home the Mayor's Choice award, while Marisa Moorhouse's “The Best of N.H.” got the nod from Governor John Lynch. “Screaming Guitar” by Haily Moore won the People's Choice. Call 624-6500.
— Adam Coughlin