By Adam Coughlin email@example.com
• SOPHA on the move: With his lease running out and the building being sold, Bud Thorpe of SOPHA (The Studio of Photographic Arts) decided it was time to move. “We are making the move because we have seen great growth these past two years,” Thorpe said. “We need more space and improved facilities for our growing membership. We started with eight members when we moved into our current space in October of 2008, and our membership has grown to more than 80 active members.” The new facility is located at 15 Merrill St., Manchester, which used to be home to a bread company. SOPHA will be located on the second floor, which has been completely renovated. Thorpe said the main studio is seven times as large as the one in the old facility and has 16 built-in sets that can be used by photographers, which is four times as many as before. Thorpe said he was also happy because there was more classroom space, which will allow SOPHA to hold new classes like “Advanced Photoshop” and “The Business of Photography.” “We’re excited by simple things like having multiple bathrooms,” Thorpe said. A grand opening celebration was held on Thursday, Oct. 28. The new number for SOPHA is 584-1492.
• America in art: Martin Fox, professor of Art History at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, will make a presentation called “Picturing America: Art and the American Identity” on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m., at the Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St., Amherst. The lecture is the final program of the American Connection adult evening series and will ask such questions as “What does American art tell us about the United States — who we are and how has our nation developed?” Fox has an M.A. from Stanford University and is an independent scholar and editor. This event is free and open to the public. Call 673-2288.
• Deadlines approaching: For artists involved in the health care community, two important deadlines at the State Council on the Arts are approaching. Artists who want their names added to the Arts in Health Care Artist Directory must submit their applications by Friday, Nov. 19. Applications and instructions are available at www.nh.gov/nharts/grants/artists/AIHroster.htm. Any artists or organizations with specific projects in mind to be done between Feb. 1 and Sept. 30, 2011, should submit proposals for grants by the same Nov. 19 deadline. More information on grants can be found at www.nh.gov/nharts/grants/partners/artsinhealthcare.htm. “Arts in Health Care is a relatively new concept,” said Catherine O’Brian, coordinator. “We are one of the few states that has a state art council that focuses on it.” O’Brian said projects can take place in a variety of settings including an assisted living home, a youth rehab center or the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital. One theater group, called Senior Moments, is composed of actors 55 years or older who perform witty skits that educate seniors on topics like preventing falling and taking the right medication.