By Adam Coughlin firstname.lastname@example.org
• Hair meets art: When Mogi Zagdsuren immigrated from Mongolia, she arrived in New Hampshire with very few English skills, according to Jillian Locke, a friend of Zagdsuren. One thing that caught her attention was cosmetology, so she attended the Paul Mitchell School in Bedford. On a visit to her sister in New York City, one bold action changed Zagdsuren’s life. “She stopped at a salon and randomly asked if they had any positions open,” Locke said. “They did and she was hired.” Zagdsuren had great success in New York as a stylist and even had Hollywood clients like Paris Hilton. But she missed her children who were back in New Hampshire. So she returned to Nashua and opened Mogi’z Hair Salon. Success wasn’t the only thing she took from New York City.
Zagdsuren also brought back her boyfriend, artist Julio Aguilera. Mogi’z Hair Salon became Mogi’z Hair Salon & Art Gallery, 383 East Dunstable Road, Nashua. “Everything inside works together,” Locke said. “The way the art is hung is very cohesive. They are both artists who work with color.” Aguilera has big plans for the space. He hopes to have exhibitions every six months that will include local artists and his friends from New York. Locke said a man recently came into the salon, which has prices comparable to those at any local salon, for a haircut and ended up buying one of Aguilera’s paintings. “The man said he knows what he likes,” Locke said. Locke also said it has been interesting to watch Aguilera adjust to the slower pace of New Hampshire life but she said both artists are pleased with their decision and love what they are doing.
• Swapping ideas in Worcester, Mass.: For the ninth year, the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) will host Idea Swap, an event for New England-based non-profit presenting organizations in the fields of music, theater, dance, etc. to come together and share project ideas, according to Adrienne Petrillo, program manager. The event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass. Fifteen to 20 pre-selected organizations will make presentations about future projects. Organizations that have projects or hope to attract performers can qualify for funding from NEFA, which likes to encourage traveling shows around New England. “The intent is for small organizations to learn about projects they might not otherwise have access to,” Petrillo said. “This networking opportunity will allow organizations to take a risk, whether it is a programming risk or a financial risk.” Last year, the conference was held in Atkinson. Registration costs $50 and can be done by visiting www.events.org/cpage.aspx?e=28732.