Discover Portsmouth Exhibits, Programs & Events

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.

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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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“Trouble as a child” – Jane Kaufmann

Check out this short video on Jane Kaufmann, produced and exhibited as part of Seacoast Sculpture – Material to Masterwork.

For four decades Jane Kaufmann has delighted fans with her colorful ceramic sculptures, inspired by everything from garden flowers to newspaper stories, history, and politics. Her work, small and large, ranges from the humorous to the profound, inspired by whatever ideas and images sprang to her mind or shaped her fearless opinions.

“Whether you are an entrepreneur, an artist or professional, people want to know who you are, not just what you do. So, I try to reveal something authentic about a person’s character or personality that let’s us make an intuitive or emotional connection rather than an intellectual one.” – Steve Sanger

As a broadcast journalist, commercial director and brander, Steve Sanger has always searched for the best in people. He tells stories about everyday, extraordinary people whose talents, determination and creativity make this world a better place.

Visit the Exhibition: 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

Seacoast Sculpture from Material to Masterwork

Seacoast Sculpture

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

Organized by Allison Galliher, Lainey McCartney and Adam Brooks, with The New Hampshire Potters Guild

Members Opening Gala – Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 5-7:30 pm

Don’t miss the opening celebration of the Portsmouth Historical Society’s newest major exhibition, featuring a special tour of the sculpture show before it opens to the public. Enjoy a glass of wine, savor delicious refreshments, and mingle with artists and art-lovers. Admission: $20.
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Discover Portsmouth Highlights Three Master Sculptors

Metal, ceramics, wood — three renowned seacoast sculptors working in three materials are the focus of the latest groundbreaking exhibition at Discover Portsmouth. “Seacoast Sculpture from Material to Masterwork” (July 7- October 1) unites the career work of master artists Sumner Winebaum, Jane Kaufmann, and Michael Stasiuk in the historic Academy Gallery at 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth. A companion show in the Balcony Gallery—“Sublime Mud!”–features work by over two dozen members of the NH Potters Guild. A lecture series accompanies the dual exhibitions, plus special free Saturday morning sculptural workshops for kids and a bonus meet-the-artist Sunday event. [Read more…]

2017 Walking Tours of Historic Portsmouth, NH

Walking tour Sandy WalentMay Through October

“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 2017 Tour Offerings

Reservations strongly encouraged. Walk-ins welcome. Member discounts apply.

All tours leave from Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth NH [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)

New Portsmouth Marine Society Title 2017!

Four Centuries of Furniture in Portsmouth

Four Centuries of Furniture in Portsmouth, with the New Hampshire Furniture Masters

by Gerald W. R. Ward, with assistance from Hollis Brodrick and Lainey McCartney

Softcover, 88 pgs, full color, 8.5 x 9, ISBN: 978-0-915819-45-4. $24.95

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For many years, the early furniture of Portsmouth and the New Hampshire Seacoast has been of interest to collectors and connoisseurs. This catalogue, featuring about sixty works from many public and private collections, re-visits some of the classic pieces of Portsmouth furniture, including works by Robert Harrold and the firm of Judkins and Senter. READ MORE

Call for Art 2017

“What Artists Look Like 2017”

Submission Date Extended to June 15, 2017

For details call 603-436-8433 or email (see below for guidelines)
Online Submission Form

Portsmouth Historical Society is now accepting submissions for its third annual “What Artists Look Like” exhibition. Photographer Jay Goldsmith is once again teaming up with the Society to host this widely popular exhibition. The selected artists will be photographed by Goldsmith in their studios. The portraits will be on display at the Academy Gallery at Discover Portsmouth from November – December 2017. All chosen artists will have two works of art accompanying their portrait. 3-d art is encouraged. What is your art? [Read more…]

John Paul Jones House Now Open with The Odd & The Elegant Exhibition.

John Paul Jones House 2016     Portsmouth Historical Society     Portsmouth Historical Society

Open for the 2017 season

Monday, May 29 to Columbus Day, Monday, October 9, 2017
and Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, 2017
Daily 11-5

New this year are renovations to the historic home, and the return of a special exhibition entitled The Odd & the Elegant, curated by Gerry Ward and Lainey McCartney.

Gerry Ward, curator, said, “It is a great pleasure to open the doors of the John Paul Jones House for the summer season. Once again, our visitors will have access to this grand Georgian mansion, built in 1758 and filled with collections pertaining to four centuries of Portsmouth’s history. This year, in addition to the several galleries devoted to John Paul Jones, the Russo-Japanese Peace Treaty signed in Portsmouth in 1905, Portsmouth’s maritime history, and local paintings and decorative arts, we are again featuring a special exhibition of amazing objects ‘discovered’ in storage, treasures that rarely see the light of day.” [Read more…]

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…]

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