Gertrude Fiske’s Studio

 

To be in Gertrude Fiske’s studio is to sense her restless mind, to see her hands mixing colors on her palette and then confidently, with the brushes she knows so intimately, bringing light to the canvas before her. For those of us who are not artists, it is to be awed by the wonder of an artistic being. This video was produced by Steve Sanger of oneminutebrands in conjunction with “Gertrude Fiske: American Master,” a major exhibition at the Portsmouth Historical Society.

Gertrude Fiske Exhibition Catalogue Available

Gertrude Fiske, American Master

Gertrude Fiske: American Master
with Sisters of the Brush & Palette and Seacoast Masters Today

Softcover, 8¼ x 9, 108 pgs, color & bw, ISBN 978-0-915819-47-8. $35.00
An important contribution to the literature on American art of the early twentieth century. T​he first study of Fiske to appear in decades, this book re-evaluates an often-overlooked but extremely talented American Impressionist painter. Using many unpublished works and new research, Carol Walker Aten and Lainey McCartney give us a fresh look at the career of this strong, independent woman. A complementary essay by Richard M. Candee examines three of Fiske’s contemporaries — Susan Ricker Knox, Margaret J. Patterson, and Anne W. Carleton — and the book concludes with a look at four female artists — Amy Brnger, Donna Harkins, Sydney Bella Sparrow and Pamela duLong Williams— who pursue independent careers in the Seacoast today​.​ Read More and Order Online!

Read more about the Exhibition

This year, look for our Gertrude Fiske note cards, available in our museum shop opening April 1.
Exclusive boxed note cards, Gertrude Fiske: American Master.
Set of 20 cards, 5 each of 4 designs $18.95

Art ‘Round Town 2018

Amy Brnger, Chicken and Sushi Picnic

Amy Brnger, Chicken and Sushi Picnic

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

About Art ‘Round Town

Portsmouth art galleries 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. Portsmouth Historical Society participates in this wonderful event during its open months: from April – December. And as with many of the galleries in town, it uses the monthly event to launch new exhibitions and related programming. Art ‘Round Town fulfills our mission of helping people discover Portsmouth history, arts and culture. Coming up this year: [Read more…]

Museum Shop is Open

Discover PortsmouthGertrude Fiske Notecards
Discover Portsmouth Museum Shop

Shop Portsmouth – support our community!

Our Museum shop is stocked with the perfect gifts:

  • Books about Portsmouth history – Portsmouth’s best titles!
  • Super cool stuff for kids
  • Keepsakes for your visitors
  • Unique jewelry and apparel from local artists and craftsmen

And, because we carry gifts that relate to our changing exhibitions, you’ll always find something new. This year, look for our Gertrude Fiske note cards, available in the shop opening April 1.
Exclusive boxed note cards, Gertrude Fiske: American Master.
Set of 20 cards, 5 each of 4 designs $18.95

Note: Members receive 10% off!

Special Shop events

Art ‘Round Town – the first Friday of every month from 5-8pm.

While you’re in shopping, let our Welcome Center staff help you and your visitors discover Portsmouth history, arts and culture!

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

The Making of the Next Blockbuster Exhibition

Gertrude Fiske: American Master

By J. Dennis Robinson
Posted Feb 11, 2018, SeacoastOnline
Adam Brooks and Laney McCartney with Fiske painting
Photo: Adam Brooks, director of exhibitions at Portsmouth Historical Society, and curator Lainey McCartney, display one of 73 paintings in the upcoming Discover Portsmouth exhibition, “Gertrude Fiske: American Master.” This powerful work, “The Geranium” (c. 1924) has been recently conserved by Jeremy Fogg at Anthony Moore Painting Conservation in York, Maine, for the exhibition opening April 6 and running through Sept. 30. (Kathleen Soldati courtesy photo) [Read more…]

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**

Buy Online Now
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Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail joins statewide group

The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail (PBHT), previously merged with the Portsmouth Historical Society, has a new home. The carefully researched walking trail originally designed by historian Valerie Cunningham is now part of a newly-formed statewide nonprofit organization, the Black Heritage Trail of NH.

Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail joins statewide organization

(from left) Portsmouth Historical Society President Ed Mallon, Rev. Robert Thompson, President, Black Heritage Trail of NH, Portsmouth Historical Society Executive Director Kathleen Soldati

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