Arts: Step into the Art Pad at Langer Place
New gallery showcases master artist and pupils
When you walk into The Art Pad, Langer Place’s newest gallery, the mix
of elegance and comfort immediately puts you at ease.
This is the kind of place an art lover could spend a whole afternoon,
nestled into one of the comfy couches, reading an art book, and studying
the paintings hanging on the gilded walls.
This is the exact ambience owner Adrienne Silversmith was going for.
wanted to call it SoHo, because that’s the vibe I was trying to create
here,” she said. “I’m from New York originally, and I wanted to bring a
piece of that here.”
Silversmith is an accomplished painter and member of the Manchester
Artists Association. She’s also a member artist at the East Colony Fine
Arts gallery — located just downstairs from the Art Pad.
“It’s not a conflict, because it’s a different type of gallery,” she
said. “It’s not a competition at all. I’m still a member of East Colony.
We help each other: if someone comes in here, I send them downstairs,
and vice versa.”
fact, several of Silversmith’s friends and East Colony co-members are
featured in the current exhibit, “Monhegan Island: The Legacy
Continues.” The show is a group exhibit featuring the works of
Silversmith and several other area artists who make the retreat every
year to Monhegan Island, Maine, to be instructed in plein air painting
by master painter Stan Moeller.
Moeller’s work will serve as the centerpiece of the exhibit, but
paintings by students such as Randy Knowles and Jeanne LaChance will
also be showcased.
don’t try to teach the students how to paint just like me,” Moeller
said. “I want them to find their own voice, but to use certain
techniques to open their minds and their eyes to a new way of looking at
things. I show them how to break down scenes using shapes and light and
The show will run through Oct. 29. Silversmith plans on showcasing a new
featured artist or a group of artists each month.
“That’s what is great about having your own place to work and show art,”
she said. “I get to choose what is shown.”
The Art Pad is located on the second floor of Langer Place, 55 South
Commercial St. in Manchester. Hours of operation are 2-6 p.m. Friday and
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 759-3618.