Portsmouth Historical Society Announces 2017 Exhibitions

at Discover Portsmouth and John Paul Jones House.

Back-to-back exhibitions feature Seacoast history, arts & culture

Portsmouth, New Hampshire…Following record-breaking attendance at last year’s acclaimed art exhibitions, Portsmouth Historical Society plans another blockbuster year at Discover Portsmouth and the John Paul Jones House.

four centuries of furniture“Four Centuries of Furniture in Portsmouth” kicks off the 2017 spring season (April 7-June 18) with 50 fascinating works from the colonial and federal periods. This classic exhibition will demonstrate why the fine craftsmanship of Portsmouth artisans is universally respected and sought after. Featured objects in the historic 1810-era Academy Gallery will be drawn from a wide range of private and public collections. Upstairs in the balcony, the exhibition includes unique contemporary works by members of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters. Participants include expert woodworkers Jon Brooks, Jeffrey Cooper, David Lamb, Richard Oedel, and many more. READ MORE…

“Seacoast Sculpture, from Material to Masterwork,” (July 7-October 1). The second major exhibition will focus on works by three renowned locals in three different media–ceramics by Jane Kaufmann, metal sculpture by Sumner Winebaum, and woodworks by Michael Stasiuk. The companion exhibition in the balcony will feature the works of two dozen ceramic sculptors, all members of the New Hampshire Potters Guild. [Read more…]

Four Centuries of Furniture in Portsmouth

—with the NH Furniture Masters

Friday, April 7 – Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Discover Portsmouth.

Opening Gala: Thursday April 6, 2017, 5-7:30pm

An accompanying exhibition catalogue has been generously underwritten by Craig & Alison Jewett, and the Jewett Family. For more information, please call 603-436-8433; online purchases will be available soon.

Organized by Gerald W.R. Ward and Lainey McCartney, with the NH Furniture Masters

Portsmouth Historical Society is preparing dual exhibitions for the spring of 2017 to celebrate and document the important history of furniture in Portsmouth during the past four centuries, and to present outstanding work by some of today’s premier woodworkers. [Read more…]

Discover Portsmouth Opens March 18th!

Discover Portsmouth, Portsmouth NHThe Welcome Center and Museum Shop will open Saturday, March 18; the exhibition – 400 Years of Portsmouth Furniture – will open Friday April 7.

The building is open now on selected dates for the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail 2017 Tea Talks in February and March.
2017 Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail Schedule [Read more…]

Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks and more in 2017

Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail

Happy New Year from Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail! And what a fantastic year it is going to be.

Dear Friends of The Trail:
Thank you all for journeying with us through 2016. We are so looking forward to 2017 … a year filled with promise …  as we celebrate and honor our African American history bursting with stories of resilience, innovation, courage and versatility that is indeed truly American.

Here is a list of what we have planned. Stay tuned for more!

With deep gratitude,

PS Thank you also for your gift of time and treasure. If you are still working on your charitable giving for 2016 we would welcome any addition gifts you would want to give. Thanks once again.
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2017 Events Outline

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Four Centuries of Portsmouth Furniture Lecture Series

Portsmouth Historical Society presents this FREE lecture series open to the public. All lectures take place at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For information, call 603-436-8433

From Joiner to Cabinetmaker: Early Furniture from the Seacoast

Gerald W.R. Ward and Hollis Brodrick
Thursday April 20, 2017, 5:30-6:30pm
Doors open at 5pm; galleries open during the evening
Gerald W.R. Ward, curator of the exhibition, and noted Portsmouth antiques dealer Hollis Brodrick will present an overview of the show in a brief lecture followed by an informal gallery tour. The evening offers an opportunity for close and in-depth study of several key pieces in the exhibition, particularly those from the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, from several perspectives.
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Regional Landscapes and Local Scenes

Regional Landscapes Portsmouth

From the collection of Robert Chase and Richard Candee.

Through Friday April 20, 2017, Upstairs in the Special Events Room at Discover Portsmouth

Regional Landscapes PortsmouthThis winter exhibition is a rare opportunity to see a unique exhibition of nearly three dozen works by regional artists of Seacoast scenes from the private collection of Robert Chase and Richard Candee. The exhibition includes watercolor and oil paintings, lithographic prints, and photographs; streets scenes by painters Harry M. S. Harlow, Russell Cheney, and contemporary printmaker Don Gorvett. Local artist Susan Ricker Knox is represented by a landscape from her York Harbor studio. Other works depict the hotels of ale tycoon Frank Jones, and scenes from Portsmouth, New Castle, Kittery, York, and Ogunquit.

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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