Gertrude Fiske: American Master – Closing Sunday!


With Companion Exhibitions
Seacoast Masters Today
Sisters of the Brush and Palette

Discover Portsmouth 2018
Friday, April 6 – Sunday, September 30, 2018
Curated by Lainey McCartney

Gertrude Fiske (1879-1961), a Weston, Massachusetts, native who painted in Portsmouth, is an American Master. She was a favored student and then the peer of several American Impressionists, including Edmund C. Tarbell, Frank Benson, Philip Hale, and Charles Woodbury. Critics and peers alike identified her genius as residing in how she ‘sees,’ and this gift of ‘seeing’ made her more independent than many. This independence set her apart.

Select Friday Lunchtime Guided Gallery Tours

For ten select Fridays in 2018, visitors to Discover Portsmouth are invited to a special gallery tour. Join our exhibition curator or curator trained guides for an in-depth look at the remarkable art of Gertrude Fiske. (click here for dates)

Private tours are also available upon request for a fee. Please call (603) 436-8433 for more information.
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Symposium II – A Strong Legacy Continued: The Women’s Movement from Gertrude Fiske to Today

Poster image courtesy of Jodi EdwardsOn September 22, 2018, Portsmouth Historical Society hosts the 2nd Gertrude Fiske Symposium. This Symposium is designed to build upon some of the social themes explored in our 2018 exhibition, Gertrude Fiske: American Master, and create a community conversation, reflecting on the Women’s Movement from First Wave to the present. In this symposium we have gathered a group of phenomenal women who have fought for their own rights and subsequently the rights of women everywhere. It is our goal to learn from them, engage with them, and ultimately be inspired by them to contribute to the advancement of the freedom and rights of all people.

The symposium will run from 9:00 – 3:00 with coffee and refreshments provided.
Tickets are $40 (Members) and $50 (Non-members).
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Lainey McCartney will welcome everyone, thank our speakers, and provide some brief context to the significance of this symposium.

The Portsmouth Historical Society is proud to present exhibitions of national importance and local relevance such as Gertrude Fiske: American Master. We hope to engage and inspire our visitors with beautiful and thought provoking artwork but we also hope to go beyond mere display and become a gathering place of ideas. Gertrude Fiske was a phenomenal artist who surpassed many of her better known male contemporaries in accolades, awards, and professional and popular recognition, and yet, her story and her work have been essentially forgotten by history. Fiske was devoted to her artwork, her independence, and the rights of all women. The themes and passions of Gertrude Fiske’s life are as relevant today as they were in the early 20th century. The rights of women have improved greatly over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries but there is still much more work to be done.

9:00 – 9:10 Coffee & Refreshments
9:10 – 9:20 Lainey McCartney – Introduction
9:20 – 10:00 Martha Fuller Clark – Keynote
10:00 – 10:30 Mara Witzling – Name Five Women Artists – Moving Beyond the Challenge
10:30 – 10:40 Break
10:40 – 11:10 Nicole Carrier and Annette Lee of Throwback Brewery – The Culture and Inclusiveness of the Craft Beer Industry
11:10 – 11:40 Dudley Dudley – Aristotle Onassis and career in politics
11:40 – 12:00 Jodi Edwards – The 2017 Women’s March and art as social activism
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 Susan Strickler – A Life Made in Art: Maud Briggs Knowlton, Artist, Educator and Museum Director
1:30 – 2:00 Kabria Baumgartner – Lois M. Jones and Gertrude Fiske: Women in the Boston Artistic Community
2:00 – 2:30 Seacoast Masters Today: Sydney Bella Sparrow, Pamela duLong Williams, and Amy Brnger – Women in the Arts
2:30 – 3:00 Group Panel – Questions and Answers
Crystal Paradis – Panel Moderator

With thanks to our generous event sponsor

FREE Family Program: Paint and Print with Nature

Family Program

Sunday, Sept. 23 9:30am-12pm
Discover Portsmouth.

Use natural objects to create your very own painting. Pine cones, leaves and other objects found in nature can create beautiful patterns and prints. Each child will take home their own masterpiece. This is best for ages 3.5 and older. Every child must be accompanied by an adult. Stop by anytime between 9:30am-12:pm

For more information, call Discover Portsmouth at: (603) 436-8433.

5th Annual John Paul Jones Jubilee & Silent Auction

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Discover Portsmouth
10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH.

$30 for Members / $40 for Non-Members

Buy Your Tickets by August 31st for an Early Bird Discount!

$25 for Members / $35 for Non-Members

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Portsmouth Historical Society Young Writers Contest

Calling all young writers eager to put words to paper!

Portsmouth Historical Society invites young writers Grades 3 to 12 to participate in our first ever Young Writers Contest. To participate, young writers come to Discover Portsmouth to view the art of Gertrude Fiske, an early twentieth-century painter and etcher who was admired for excellence at her craft.

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Here’s how it works:

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Sisters of the Brush and Palette Lecture

with Prof. Richard Candee

Thursday August 23, 2018 5:30–6:30 pm

at Discover Portsmouth
10 Middle St., Portsmouth NH.

Doors open at 5pm prior to each lecture with galleries open until 7pm in the evening.
All programs are open to the public
$10 Members / $20 Non-Members

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John Paul Jones Birthday Celebration 2018

Sunday, July 8, 2018 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, refreshments and family fun including two book signings!

John Paul Jones House Portsmouth NH
Always wondered how you could hang out on the lawn of that gorgeous yellow mansion on the corner of Middle and State Streets in downtown Portsmouth? Always wanted to peek inside the house but haven’t put that on your calendar yet? Now’s your chance. On Sunday July 8 at 1pm, the Portsmouth Historical Society, which runs Discover Portsmouth and which saved the John Paul Jones House in 1917, is hosting its free annual birthday party for the father of the US Navy, who spoke the immortal words, “I have not yet begun to fight!” (John Paul Jones was born 271 years ago, on July 6, 1747) [Read more…]

Closed July 4th!

Discover Portsmouth and the John Paul Jones House will be closed on Wed., July 4th, 2018, 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

John Paul Jones House
Museum & Garden

Open Daily 11am ~ 5pm
43 Middle Street, Portsmouth NH

Don’t Miss!

Overlooked and Undervalued: Three Hundred Years of Women’s Art from the Seacoast

at the John Paul Jones House
Monday, May 28 – Monday, October 8, 2018
& Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018
Daily 11-5



Gertrude Fiske: American Master

With Companion Exhibitions
Seacoast Masters Today
Sisters of the Brush and Palette

Discover Portsmouth 2018
Friday, April 6 – Sunday, September 30, 2018
Curated by Lainey McCartney

Gertrude Fiske Lecture: Discovery and Conservation of a Forgotten Fiske Masterpiece

A lecture by Jeremy Fogg and Jared Tuveson

Thursday, July 12, 5:30-6:30 pm
Discover Portsmouth

Gertrude Fiske painting

Jeremy G. Fogg, painting conservator, and Jared Tuveson, frame conservator, will present a lecture detailing the process of finding a forgotten Fiske masterpiece and bringing it back to its original splendor for the exhibition, “Gertrude Fiske: American Master.” The Brethren, 1923, was award winning when first exhibited and praised by critics as a masterpiece. Now join us as we endeavor to learn more about the conservation process that has allowed the public to enjoy this masterpiece once again. [Read more…]

Gertrude Fiske: American Master Symposium I

Study for Study-Fiske

Gertrude Fiske, 1930. Photo, Paul Juley 1880-1975).

Please join us for a symposium organized by the Portsmouth Historical Society.

Gertrude Fiske: Her Art and Her World.

Saturday, June 16, 9am-3pm, coffee, refreshments, and lunch provided.

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