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By Adam Coughlin firstname.lastname@example.org
• Text and textiles in Manchester: Artists Gail Smuda and Laura Morrison will exhibit their artwork in a show called “Text and Textiles” in the Lyceum Gallery at The Derryfield School, 2108 River Road, Manchester, through Oct. 15. Smuda and Morrison met through the Women’s Caucus for Art, and women’s issues and feminism are a major part of their work, according to Andy Moerlein, gallery director. “Then, Now and Always: Feminist Reflections on The Great Gatsby” is a collaboration that reflects on the roles of the women in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. Moerlein said the two women understood the value of having their work displayed in an academic setting and said this exhibit helps issues like feminism be discussed. Moerlein said they are two uniquely individual artists who happen to work well together. Call 669-4524.
• Students, teachers and lawyers: A new exhibit at the Robert M. Larsen Gallery, 29 School St., Concord, explores the relationship between students and faculty and the way the two influence each other. “Crosscurrents: Works by the Faculty and Selected Alumni of Chester College” will have an opening on Thursday, Oct. 7, 5-7 p.m. The concept for the exhibit came from Jay Surdukowski, a lawyer at Sulloway & Hollis, which is where the gallery is housed. This is the second show Surdukowski has organized but the gallery has been around for 19 years. In fact, Surdukowski, who is a native of Concord, had his artwork displayed in the gallery when he was in eighth grade. “One of the benefits of our gallery is that it is not the usual crowd coming out for an opening,” Surdukowski said. For the exhibit, participating Chester College faculty members each chose a former student to showcase work alongside the teacher. “It is quite an honor for these alumni,” Surdukowski said. Artists include Jay Bordage, Jesse Cloutier, Megan McNaught, Maggie Alerding, Anna Swass and Edward Stapel, among others. Call 224-2341.
• Plans in the making in Portsmouth: Chris Greiner has been taking the pulse of the Portsmouth art scene for the past 10 years and found that something was missing. Portsmouth, which is considered by many to be New Hampshire’s art haven, was in need of a multidisciplinary contemporary arts venue. The venue would consist of three spaces: a 300-capacity flexible live performance venue, a large non-commercial art gallery, and a farm-to-table restaurant. Greiner said each space would look to play off the others. It is a plan Greiner has been concocting for five years, but it has gone into motion in the last 18 months. In December, he formed a non-profit group called 3S Artspace. The board members spent time looking for a space to house their project. Greiner said they found one in the currently vacant and soon to be renovated historic Frank Jones Brewery buildings, about a half mile from downtown. Now the group has hired a consulting firm that is conducting a feasibility study. “We don’t want the art scene to just survive,” Greiner said. “We want it to take off.” Greiner said the project should pick up steam over the next six months and he hopes to open in late 2011. Visit www.3sarts.org. —Adam Coughlin