Seacoast Sculpture Exhibition Lecture Series!

Doors open at 5pm prior to each lecture with galleries open during the evening. All lectures are at 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH
$10 Members, $20 Non-Members. For information, call 603-436-8433
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Special Free Family Workshops for Kids

Free workshops for kids at: Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth NH.

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Closed July 4th!

Discover Portsmouth and the John Paul Jones House will be closed on Tues., July 4th, so our staff can enjoy the holiday with their families. Happy 4th of July to all!

Normal hours are:
Discover Portsmouth
Operated by Portsmouth Historical Society.
Galleries, Museum Shop, Welcome Center, Walking Tours Daily & Event Rentals
Open Daily 9:30am ~ 5pm
10 Middle Street, Portsmouth NH
603-436-8433

John Paul Jones House
Museum & Garden

Open Daily 11am ~ 5pm
43 Middle Street, Portsmouth NH
603-436-8420

Don’t Miss!

Seacoast Sculpture

Seacoast Sculpture from Material to Masterwork

Featuring the work of Sumner Winebaum, Jane Kaufmann and Michael Stasiuk

With Sublime Mud! New Hampshire Potters Guild Biennial Show

Friday, July 7 – Sunday, October 1, 2017

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Members Opening Gala

Seacoast Sculpture

Seacoast Sculpture from Material to Masterwork

Thursday, July 6, 2017 5-7:30pm; Admission: $20.

Music, refreshments, & cocktail/business attire at
Discover Portsmouth

Join us as we explore the artistic sculpture of Sumner Winebaum, Jane Kaufmann, and Michael Stasiuk, with works in ceramic by the New Hampshire Potters Guild, and raise funds for the Portsmouth Historical Society.

Buy Gala Tickets Here

Seacoast Sculpture from Material to Masterwork

Friday, July 7 – Sunday, October 1, 2017

Featuring the work of Sumner Winebaum, Jane Kaufmann and Michael Stasiuk

With Sublime Mud! New Hampshire Potters Guild Biennial Show

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Become a Member

For more information, call (603) 436-8433

John Paul Jones 270th Birthday Party

John Paul Jones House Portsmouth NH

Sunday, July 9, 2017 1-4pm

John Paul Jones House Museum & Garden
National Historic Landmark

43 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Free admission, house tours, music with Great Bay Sailor, family fun, refreshments

Father of US Navy: “I have not yet begun to fight!”

Portsmouth, New Hampshire… Always wondered what that beautiful yellow mansion was on the corner of Middle and State Streets in downtown Portsmouth? Always wanted to come into the gardens, peek inside the house but haven’t put that on your calendar yet? Now’s your chance. On Sunday July 9 at 1pm, the Portsmouth Historical Society, which runs Discover Portsmouth and which saved the John Paul Jones House in 1917, is hosting a free 270th birthday party (born July 6, 1747) for the father of the US Navy, who spoke the immortal words, “I have not yet begun to fight!” [Read more…]

Four Centuries of Furniture in Portsmouth

—with the NH Furniture Masters

Friday, April 7 – Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Discover Portsmouth.

Members Opening Gala: Thursday April 6, 2017, 5-7:30pm (More Info Here)
Exhibition Catalogue

An accompanying exhibition catalogue has been generously underwritten by Craig & Alison Jewett, and the Jewett Family. For more information, please call 603-436-8433; or purchase online.

Organized by Gerald W.R. Ward and Lainey McCartney, with the NH Furniture Masters

Portsmouth Historical Society is preparing dual exhibitions for the spring of 2017 to celebrate and document the important history of furniture in Portsmouth during the past four centuries, and to present outstanding work by some of today’s premier woodworkers. [Read more…]

Free Lecture: Sixty Years of Antiquing in the Piscataqua Area

2017 Furniture Exhibition

High chest of drawers. Joseph Davis (w. 1726–62). Portsmouth, 1735–45. Black walnut, walnut veneer, birch, eastern white pine. Photo, Ralph Morang

Thursday June 15, 2017, 5:30-6:30pm
Ron Bourgeault, the legendary figure and principal of Northeast Auctions in Portsmouth, will offer a look at the collecting and connoisseurship of Seacoast-area furniture and other works of art, based on his unique perspective and unparalleled experience in the New England and national marketplace.

Thanks to our Lecture Series Sponsors

Many thanks to William W. Upton and The Charles S. Parsons Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Visit the Exhibition!

Four Centuries of Portsmouth Furniture Exhibition, April 7 to June 18, 2017, at Discover Portsmouth (READ MORE)

Free Lecture: Master and Apprentice: The Mystery of Who Trained Portsmouth Cabinetmaker Langley Boardman

Card table. Portsmouth, 1790–1810. Mahogany, mahogany veneer, possibly birch inlay, pine. H. 28½ in., W. 35¼ in.,D. closed 17¾ in. Private collection. Photo by Ralph Morang

Sunday June 4, 2017, 2pm

Johanna McBrien, founding Editor-in-Chief, Antiques & Fine Art Magazine.
Johanna McBrien has served as a contributing author on several books, and an authority on American decorative arts for major auction houses, antiques dealers, and The Antiques Roadshow. She is a regular lecturer at major museums across the country, and her discoveries about Portsmouth’s cabinetmakers have changed our understanding about the transfer of style and skill from one craftsman to another.

Portsmouth Historical Society presents this FREE lecture series open to the public. All lectures take place at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For information, call 603-436-8433.

Thanks to our Lecture Series Sponsors

Many thanks to William W. Upton and The Charles S. Parsons Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

NEXT LECTURE:

Sixty Years of Antiquing in the Piscataqua Area

Thursday June 15, 2017, 5:30-6:30pm
Ron Bourgeault, the legendary figure and principal of Northeast Auctions in Portsmouth, will offer a look at the collecting and connoisseurship of Seacoast-area furniture and other works of art, based on his unique perspective and unparalleled experience in the New England and national marketplace. Complete Lecture Series Listing…

Free Lecture: Collecting Portsmouth Furniture within a Changing Marketplace

Harrold Armchair

Armchair. Attributed to Robert Harrold (w. 1765–92). Portsmouth, 1765–75. Mahogany. H. 37½ in., W. 28 in., D. 18½ in. Private collection. Photo by Ralph Morang

Thursday May 18, 2017, 5:30 to 6:30pm

with Brock Jobe, Professor of American Decorative Arts Emeritus, Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, Winterthur, Delaware

Since the Bush recession of 2008 and even before, the market value of much antique furniture has plummeted. What happened? Why did it happen? What does the future hold? Brock Jobe will bring his unparalleled knowledge of the field to bear on a review of the antiques scene of the past two decades and offer hope to those of us who collect or are simply interested in early American furniture, especially from the Portsmouth area.
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Katherine (“Kitty”) S. Clark Tribute Exhibition

Kitty Clark exhibition

Upstairs at Discover Portsmouth
Through Saturday July 22, 2017

Tucked upstairs in an intimate new gallery at Discover Portsmouth is a wonderful tribute to artist Kitty Clark (1940-2017). An engaged, enthusiastic member of the Seacoast, Katherine Clark was born in Providence, R.I and earned a BA from Wilson College outside Philadelphia. Continuing her family’s tradition of women artists, Kitty earned a certificate in painting from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2014 and exhibited often at the New Hampshire Art Association. In 2005 Kitty was a founding member of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire, acting as secretary for the first two years, participating in its annual national juried exhibit “It’s Pastel” at Discover Portsmouth – Portsmouth Historical Society since 2008, and serving as their Chairman of Exhibitions in 2014 and 2015. A Proprietor of the Portsmouth Athenaeum since 2007, Kitty served on the Board of the Athenaeum from 2009 to 2012, chaired the Exhibits Committee, and exhibited regularly in its Proprietor’s show, Kitty also documented a 2014 Athenaeum retrospective exhibition of artist Norma Bernstein Smith for American Art Review. Visit the Kitty Clark Tribute Exhibition upstairs at Discover Portsmouth, adjacent to “200 Years of Portsmouth Athenaeum: Collect, Preserve, Share.”

“My work makes use of old family photographs: parents, siblings, both as children and adults. The faces are, in many instances, intentionally out of focus – the blur between experience and memory. Using oil and pastel, I often paint with speed, as trying to grasp onto the ‘something’ that is both real, yet fleeting, unwilling to be fixed in time and space. My palette is emotive, referencing time and passing. My practice is investing in honoring the past. My paintings are memories made visible.” – Kitty Clark, 2014