Art — Open Doors

New exhibits hit gallery walls for Open Doors

By Michelle Saturley []

The Trolleys are coming! Open Doors Manchester returns to downtown on Thursday, Sept. 23, 5-8 p.m.

Does the event cut into your precious dining time? Have no fear: many of the participating venues will be serving munchies and drinks to famished trolley passengers. Feed your mind and your body at the following places.

• City Hall (One City Hall Plaza): The Open Doors event will kick off at 5 p.m. with a special opening ceremony at City Hall. The Manchester Arts Commission will host a reception, “Art…And All That Jazz,” featuring photographer Ron Boucher, as well as jazz musicians and refreshments.

• NH Institute of Art at Fuller Hall (156 Hanover Street):  The teachers have their day in the sun with the Faculty 2004 Exhibit. See works by the Institute’s highly-regarded instructors, who also happen to be working artists. The exhibit is on display at both locations.

• Langer Place (55 South Commercial Street): This former mill building now holds four floors of art galleries, studios and more. Artists throughout the building will have finger foods and refreshments available, and the following doors will be open: East Colony Fine Arts, Dachowski Photography; Sage Photography; Deja Vu Arts; Full Spectrum Wellness; Gallery at Langer Place, Ed Reinisch, Cabinetmaker; Interiors by Design; Millyard South Studios, Murphy’s Kickboxing Studio and Dovetailed Kitchens. 

• Art 3 Gallery (44 West Brook Street): “Through the Window” is the newest exhibition at the Art 3 Gallery, which boasts three floors of unique, diverse artwork. See how artists interpret this theme differently, and grab some light refreshments at the artist’s reception.

•MAA/McIninch Family Gallery (Carol M. Rines Center, 1528 Elm Street): The Manchester Artists Association hosts a reception for a brand-spanking new exhibition of work by its members. Come see one of the city’s newest art spaces, featuring works by some of Manchester’s best artists. Munchies and drinks will be on hand.

The trolley takes on riders (again, for free) at any of the stops (see the map at left, courtesy Open Doors organizers). So take a whirl around the city first—to get the lay of the land—and then take your time getting off on the stops with shows that interest you.

For more information, go to the city’s website at or go to

—Michelle Saturley

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