Discover Portsmouth Exhibits, Programs & Events

26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest

2016 Gingerbread House ContestDecember 2-23, 2016
Discover Portsmouth
10 Middle Street
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Discover Portsmouth celebrates Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth with the kickoff party Friday December 2, 2016 5-8pm when visitors will have the first look at the popular 26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest exhibit running until Friday December 23 in the first floor gallery. Created by local businesses, artists, families and kids, the gingerbread houses will be nestled into a winter wonderland in the first floor gallery surrounded by large format photographs: David J. Murray’s images of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth and photographs of trains in New Hampshire winters by Andy Dolph. The exhibition can be seen every day through December 23 from 10am – 5pm with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 8pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public at Discover Portsmouth, located at 10 Middle Street. We’ll announce our jurors selections at the Kickoff Party; the public can continue to vote throughout the month. On Friday December 16 the People’s Choice Award will be announced. Come see these magical creations and find holiday gifts in the Museum Shop!

Wendy Turner ~ Island Light Lecture Series

Wendy Turner Island Light

Lecture Series

First Lecture: June 23 – Last Lecture: September 28, 2016

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Wendy Turner ~ Island Light Exhibition

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Friday June 17 – Friday September 30, 2016.

Portsmouth Historical Society presents the Wendy Turner Retrospective Reflects “Island Light” Exhibition.

“Wendy Turner’s work establishes her as one of New England’s finest interpreters of the coast”
– Carl Little, former associate editor, Art in America [Read more…]

Iconic Legend Dick Gregory Keynote Speaker, 10th Annual Black New England Conference

October 21-22, 2016,
Politically Incorrect: Humor, Satire and Black Consciousness,
10th Annual Black New England Conference

Huddleston Hall Ballroom, University of New Hampshire, Durham

Dick Gregory, Keynote speaker, 10th Annual Black New England Heritage ConferenceBoundary-breaking comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory will deliver the Keynote Address and will receive the PBHT (Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail) Citizen Award on Friday, October 21, 2016, at the 10th Annual Black New England Conference.

2016 Conference Schedule

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John Paul Jones House Exhibition: The Odd & The Elegant

John Paul Jones House Odd and Elegant

Open until October 10, 2016

John Paul Jones House 2016

Photograph by Ralph Morang

John Paul Jones House, a National Historic Landmark, will open for the 2016 season on Friday, May 27. Open seven days a week from 11 am-5 pm, the landmark remains open until Columbus Day, October 10, with special one-day opening on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016, when admission is free. New this year are renovations to the historic home, Lead Guide Jessica Kliskey, and a special exhibition entitled, The Odd & the Elegant, curated by Gerry Ward and Lainey McCartney. [Read more…]

2016 Walking Tours of Historic Portsmouth, NH

Walking tour Sandy WalentMemorial Day Weekend through Columbus Day

“Portsmouth and its pleasures are smaller scale.
They’re also best approached on foot.”
New York Times.

Portsmouth is the hub of the New Hampshire Seacoast. Its downtown streets are reminiscent of a small English market village. Portsmouth’s unique, historical character can be fully captured on foot. If you’re visiting Portsmouth for a meal, an afternoon or a weekend consider taking a Discover Portsmouth walking tour!

Portsmouth Historical Society presents 2016 Tour Offerings. Reservations strongly encouraged. Walk-ins welcome. Member discounts apply. [Read more…]

Wendy Turner’s New Book Available

Wendy Turner Island Light

Wendy Turner – Island Light,

Carl Little, with contributions by Catherine Armsden and Mekeel McBride
Portsmouth Marine Society Publication 36
Hardcover with jacket, 112 pages, 10 x 12, full color throughout
$40.00 ISBN: 978-0-915819-44-7
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Wendy Turner’s paintings of the Maine and New Hampshire coast, from the Schoodic Point to the Isles of Shoals, done over a period of thirty-five years, demonstrate the range and talent of this artist who lives and works in Kittery Point, Maine.  While often based on the plants, water, rocks, sky, and sea life of the Seacoast in terms of their subject matter, her watercolor and oil paintings have an ineffable quality that elevates them from depictions of nature to transcendent and sublime works of art. This book follows her work through various transitions in her career, starting with her delicate watercolor images of tide pools.  Over time, her focus moved from images taken along the beach, to beautiful garden studies, and then moving on to her large tour-de-force rock and wave paintings. [Read more…]

What Artists Look Like – 2016

Jay GoldsmithExhibition opens at Discover Portsmouth

Portraits of local artists & their work,
Friday November 4- Friday December 23, 2016
Opening Night – Art ‘Round Town Friday November 4 5-8pm

Portsmouth, New Hampshire…Jay Goldsmith’s latest exhibition, “This is What Artists Look Like,” is an homage to the days of crisp black and white. In an age of instant digital photography and high-speed inkjet printers, he missed his old darkroom. Goldsmith’s latest exhibition, “This is What Artists Look Like,” is an homage to the days of crisp black and white images and hand-made prints. The free exhibition features unique portraits of Seacoast artists, and runs from Friday November 4 to Friday December 23 at Discover Portsmouth. [Read more…]

New Book Explores the Life, Art and Process of Edmund C. Tarbell

Illuminating Tarbell is a unique two-part book devoted to the life and legacy of Edmund C. Tarbell, one of the major American Impressionist painters and the leader of the Boston School. Although often most closely associated with Boston, Tarbell maintained a home and studio in New Castle, New Hampshire, for more than thirty years and had an especially close relationship with this beautiful area.

Illuminating Tarbell: Life and Art on the Piscataqua and Legacy in ActionThis book, published to accompany an exhibition at the Portsmouth Historical Society, illustrates and discusses many of his principal works, some never published before and several recently conserved. Based on new research into the holdings of the Tarbell Charitable Trust and other sources, Jeremy G. Fogg and Christopher Volpe examine Tarbell’s career, emphasizing the importance of family and place to his artistic vision. Read more…

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26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest

Gingerbread House Contest at Discover PortsmouthDecember 2-23, 2016
Discover Portsmouth
10 Middle Street
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Discover Portsmouth celebrates Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth with the kickoff party Friday December 2, 2016 5-8pm when visitors will have the first look at the popular 26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest exhibit running until Friday December 23 in the first floor gallery. Created by local businesses, artists, families and kids, the gingerbread houses will be nestled into a winter wonderland in the first floor gallery surrounded by large format photographs: David J. Murray’s images of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth and photographs of trains in New Hampshire winters by Andy Dolph. The exhibition can be seen every day through December 23 from 10am – 5pm with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 8pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public at Discover Portsmouth, located at 10 Middle Street. We’ll announce our jurors selections at the Kickoff Party; the public can continue to vote throughout the month. On Friday December 16 the People’s Choice Award will be announced. Come see these magical creations and find holiday gifts in the Museum Shop!