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October 27, 2005

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Arts: Step into the Art Pad at Langer Place

New gallery showcases master artist and pupils

By Michelle Saturley   msaturely@hippopress.com 

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.

“I 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.”

In 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.

“I 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 contrast.”

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.