Discover Portsmouth Exhibits, Programs & Events

The Quilted Canvas

Quilts at Discover Portsmouth 2017

Art Quilts from the Collection of the New England Quilt Museum
Exhibition opens at Discover Portsmouth
Tuesday November 21 – Saturday December 23, 2017

In the 1960s and ‘70s formally trained textile artists around the country began painting with cloth. They explored the medium, manipulating fabric and enhancing their designs with the bas relief effect of the surface stitching that holds the three layers together. The work shown in this small exhibition is constructed of fabric that was cut, sewn together again, and then quilted. The New England Quilt Museum holds early work of some of these early pioneer textile artists. All of these artists continue to work today in the medium of fabric, expanding the public perception of quilted artwork.

The New England Quilt Museum is located in Lowell, MA, and is the only venue in the Northeast that features only exhibits of quilt history and art. More than thirty years ago a group of pioneering women gathered to form and accomplish their dream—a museum devoted to the craft and art of quilting.

Portsmouth Historical Society and the New England Quilt Museum have partnered to present a collection of rarely seen works of art. Portsmouth Historical Society seeks to collaborate with other regional museums to exhibit important and unexpected works of art for our visitors.

Discover December 2017 at Discover Portsmouth

Shop at Discover Portsmouth

Artists, gifts, quilts, books, photos, gingerbread -and much more.

Discover Portsmouth wants to thank tens of thousands of visitors for making the centennial year of Portsmouth Historical Society, well — historic. And we’re still celebrating daily through December 23 with a Santa’s bag full of events, exhibitions & museum shop treasures. In the spirit of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth, we’re making your next holiday stop at Discover Portsmouth a must for the whole family — and it’s free. [Read more…]

What Artists Look Like – 2017

Jay Goldsmith

Photographer Jay Goldsmith

Exhibition opens at Discover Portsmouth

Portraits of local artists & their work,
Friday November 3 – Saturday December 23, 2017
Opening Night – Art ‘Round Town Friday November 3 5-8pm
Sketching in the Gallery, discussions with artists – Free All Ages Programming [Read more…]

Sketching in the Gallery – Free for All Ages

Sketching at Discover Portsmouth 2017
For three Saturday mornings during the Goldsmith What Artists Look Like exhibition, artists young and old are welcome to grab a pencil and paper and sketch in our beautiful upstairs gallery at Discover Portsmouth. Use the inspiration of local artists to create your own masterpiece. Meet artist, Jane Copp on Saturday, November 11 and Kim Massaro on Saturday December 2nd!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sketching in the gallery and discussion with local artist Jane Copp

Saturday, November 25

Sketching in the gallery

Saturday, December 2

Sketching in the Gallery
Discussion with local artist Kim Massaro

Visit What Artists Look Like Exhibition

Portraits of local artists & their work,
Friday November 3 – Saturday December 23, 2017
Opening Night – Art ‘Round Town Friday November 3 5-8pm
Free All Ages Programming — discussions with artists, sketching in the gallery
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2017 Annual Appeal

Portsmouth Historical Society, Sculpture Exhibition 2017

YOU can bring History, Arts and Culture to life!

Please make a gift to our annual appeal so that you can help us bring History, Arts, and Culture to Portsmouth and the greater Seacoast region! Individual contributions are critical to our success and make up more than 50% of our operating expenses. Did you know that your contribution also keeps our exhibitions FREE to the public so we can teach others to become stewards of our national culture and history? [Read more…]

“It’s Pastel” 9th Annual Juried Show

October 21-November 25, 2017, 9:30-5pm 7 days a week.

Opening reception, awards ceremony and gallery talk: Saturday Oct. 21, 2017, 5 to 7 pm. Free admission.

Carmel Dunes at Sunset by Jacob Aguiar, last year's  Best in Show

Carmel Dunes at Sunset by Jacob Aguiar, last year’s Best in Show

The Pastel Society of New Hampshire presents its 9th Annual Juried Exhibition “It’s Pastel” at the Portsmouth Historical Society’s Academy Gallery at Discover Portsmouth in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. More than 80 paintings from award-winning, critically acclaimed, artists across the country will be on view in the landmark Academy Gallery, in what has become an area favorite exhibit. [Read more…]

Art ‘Round Town

Art Round Town, Discover Portsmouth

First Fridays 5-8pm
April – December
@Discover Portsmouth

About Art ‘Round Town
The Art Galleries of Portsmouth, New Hampshire celebrate this “inspired, intimate urban community with big city style” by presenting Art ‘Round Town Gallery Walk the first Friday of every month from 5-8pm year round. [Read more…]

20 Years of Star Island Photography

Star Island from Smuttynose

A Retrospective Exhibition by the New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists

October 19 – November 21, 2017
at Discover Portsmouth

The New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists was founded twenty years ago, and has been holding yearly retreats at Star Island ever since. This exhibition, curated by NHSPA founder and celebrated photographer Peter Randall, brings together a collection of some of the finest work taken by NHSPA photographers at Star Island over those years, celebrating the beauty, history, mystery, and the magic of this special island located just a few miles off the coast off Portsmouth, NH. The exhibit will run from October 19 – November 21, 2017 at Discover Portsmouth.

Exhibit Opening Celebration, Oct. 20, 5-7pm

Join us on October 20 to kick off this special exhibit. Enjoy light-fare and great conversations about the Shoals, Star Island and those who capture the magic of our island communities. All are welcome! Free and open to the public – registration required.

Register Here

Discover Portsmouth
10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH
Open daily through Dec. 23, 2017, 9:30am-5pm


Portsmouth Historical Society and the City of Portsmouth, NH, are gearing up for Portsmouth’s Celebrating 400 Years on the New Hampshire Seacoast. Please see below a powerpoint presentation explaining Portsmouth400, a press release about our search for a staff Director, the job description for that position, and a brief survey about your suggestions.

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New Book Reveals Lost African Lives in Maine

Lives of Consequence Cover

Lives of Consequence: Blacks in Early Kittery and Berwick in the Massachusetts Province of Maine

By Patricia Q. Wall

Portsmouth Marine Society Press, 2017
**Public Book Signing: Friday August 4 5-8pm at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH**

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