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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Art you can hug
in Manchester

MANCHESTER – From 5:50-7 p.m. Friday, an opening reception will be held for “Huggable Imaginary Friends” at Studio 550 Art Center, 550 Elm St.

Through Aug. 26, the gallery will be transformed into a child's playground full of “Huggable Imaginary Friends” made out of fabric in bright colors with built-in bells and squeakers.

Mindy Sue Wittock is a local fiber artist who creates interactive “Imaginary Friends” out of fabric, recycled toddler clothing, polka dots and more.

The exhibit is open to all ages – and, unlike most gallery exhibits, kids are welcome and all guests are encouraged to touch and hug the work!

There will also be live music and a hands-on component to the reception. The artist will provide craft felt, googley eyes, and other materials for guests to create their own imaginary friends to take home. There will also be a guitarist playing kid-friendly, fairytale type music. The event is completely free.

For moreinformation, call 232-5597 or visit www.

'Uncommon Art' festival Saturday

GOFFSTOWN – From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, area artists Mary-Ellen Dubeau, Claudia Jasolavich, Marie Fortin and Allison Lemay will be some of the artists participating in Goffstown Main Street Program's 8th annual Uncommon Art on the Common festival.

The parks and lawns of Goffstown's historic Main Street will be filled with the works of more than 30 artists and artisans for this one-day event. Attendees will be able to purchase oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings; pen and ink and pastel works; jewelry; prints; photographs; fiber arts; hand-turned wooden items; pottery; stained glass and more. Many of the participating artists will be demonstrating their technique.

Admission is free, and parking is free in municipal lots. For more information, contact Goffstown Main Street, 497-9933, find Uncommon Art on The Common on Facebook, or visit www.goffstownmain

Hunt Community
art show

NASHUA – From noon-4 p.m. Saturday, an exhibit of Cynthia Day's artwork will be on display at Hunt Community, 10 Allds St. Day is a nurse at the Hunt Community and responsible for the creation of the Cynthia Day Family Center at Keystone Hall in Nashua. The center is a home for pregnant, postpartum and parenting women in recovery. Women and their children live onsite as the women overcome their addiction. All proceeds from sales of Day's work in the Hunt Community's What Not Shop will be donated to the center. At the same time, prints and cards based on her work will be on sale. Please come and support this local charity, view the artwork and discover what prompted the artist to create the charity. Light refreshments served.

'Currents' juried quilt show

LOWELL, Mass. – From 2-4 p.m. Sunday, an opening reception will be held for “Currents” at The Brush Art Gallery & Studios, 256 Market St.

“Currents” is a water- themed, juried exhibition of art quilts created by members of the SAQA Massachusetts/Rhode Island region.

A special preview is planned from 5-8 p.m. during Downtown Lowell First Thursdays before the opening reception Sunday.

SAQA is a worldwide resource for information on the art quilt and the artists who create them. More information at

For more information, call 1-978-459-7819 or visit

'Size Matters' at Lowell art gallery

LOWELL, Mass. – From 5-7 p.m. Saturday, an opening reception will be held for “Size Matters: Small Works by Loading Dock Artists” at Loading Dock Gallery, 122 Western Ave.

Size matters, in some things more than others! When it comes to making art, working small can be as challenging and exciting as working big. This month, artists of the Loading Dock Gallery will have a chance to strut their small stuff! All work in the show, two- and three-dimensional, will be no larger than 12″ in any direction. Artists working in photography, collage, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, fiber art, acrylic, watercolor and oil painting will all be included. The work will be priced according to its size.

The exhibit runs through Aug. 28. For more information, call 1-978-656-1687 or visit

Saturday deadline: Call for artists

LITCHFIELD – Local Litchfield and other area artists – beginners and accomplished alike – are invited to submit their names and interest in exhibiting and selling their work at an upcoming art show.

From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 13, the Litchfield Historical Society will host an art show at the Griffin Memorial School, 229 Charles Bancroft Highway. The one-day show will exhibit inside the school gym and on the grounds, weather permitting.

Society members will have a very special unveiling of a recently donated painting by Louisa McElwain, a nationally renowned artist who grew up in Litchfield.

The deadline for submissions is Saturday, Aug. 6. Submit your interest by calling 880-6604, 424-5559 or 429-3083, leaving your name and number.

'The Alchemy of Mixed Media Art'

HOLLIS – At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, the Hollis Arts Society will host mixed media artist Sue Landsman at the Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Road.

Landsman will demonstrate basic multimedia techniques, making backgrounds using gelli printing and a few other techniques, plus favorite materials. She advocates putting things together and seeing what happens. “There's nothing better than the alchemy that happens when pieces of paper and other ephemera of our lives come together in an interesting way, whether it's intentional or not,” Landsman said.

The public is invited to attend; admission is free. More information at

Greeley Park
Art Show

NASHUA – The Nashua Area Artists' Association's annual Greeley Park Art Show will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 20-21 at Greeley Park, 100 Concord St. Information:


'You Quit Your Job For This?'

LOWELL, Mass. – Through Sunday, the first solo show of six-year resident artist, welder and fantasy illustrator John Corey Luebbers, will be on exhibit at UnchARTed Gallery, 103 Market St.

Luebbers' exhibit features 75 intricately crafted metal creatures and a slew of massive pen, oil marker and ink drawings that pull inspiration from classic video games, cartoons, comics and his 12 years of experience working in the construction welding industry.

Gallery hours are 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. (yes, you read that right) Tuesdays-Saturdays. More information, 1-978-323-9040, email or visit

Tallman exhibit at Framers Market

MANCHESTER – Through Aug. 31, The Framers Market, 1301 Elm St., will host an exhibit by Bedford artist Jean Tallman.

Before a permanent move to Florida, this will be the last exhibition of Tallman's work in the area, which will include oils on canvas and rice paper, and hand-colored black and white prints.

Jean Tallman studied at the Boston Museum School and The School of Design on Newberry Street in Boston, before beginning her career as a freelance artist doing illustration and display art in the Boston area. Tallman is well-known locally for her hand-colored prints of the Amoskeag Millyard as well as Manchester, Bedford and Concord landmarks. She designed the Bedford Bicentennial Coin, the Bedford Town Seal, the Bedford Historical Society maps, and illustrated the Bedford Town History. At a vibrant 97, Jean is still an active artist with her work shown in Manchester as well as Newport, RI, and Naples, Florida.

Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday. More information, 668-6989, or

'Summer Heat' exhibit downtown

NASHUA – Through Sept. 12, a new exhibit of paintings, photographs and jewelry with the theme “Easy Living, Summer Heat” is now open at the Gallery on West Pearl, located in the Community Council Building, 100 West Pearl St. The exhibit runs through Sept. 12 at the gallery, which is maintained by the Hollis Arts Society. For exact weekday hours, call the reception desk, 889-6147, ext. 3203. For more information about the Hollis Arts Society, visit

Content provided by Encore, The Telegraph’s arts and entertainment, food and wine section. Editor Kathleen Palmer can be reached at 594-6403 or Also, follow her on Twitter (@Telegraph_KathP or @NHFoodandFun).
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