27th Annual Gingerbread House Contest Call for Entries

2016 Adult Winner, Gingerbread Contest

Entries must be registered no later than Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Portsmouth Historical Society is pleased to announce another year of a sweet local tradition. Homemade gingerbread creations will be on display daily for the public throughout December at Discover Portsmouth. Gather your family, friends and/or co-workers together and craft your own beautiful creation!

Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth Kickoff
Friday, December 1, 2017, 5-8pm

The exhibition will open Friday, Dec. 1, from 5-8 pm, and run through December 23, from 9:30-5 pm daily.
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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

Master Sculptors Winebaum, Stasiuk, Kaufmann

Master Sculptors (l to r): Sumner Winebaum, Michael Stasiuk, Jane Kaufmann. Raya Al-Hashmi photo.

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…]

“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.

With a broad range of styles, vibrant colors and masterful technique, the exhibit showcases the new- found excitement of a traditional medium. “A whole room full of pastel paintings really packs a punch,” said PSNH Juried show chair, Keith Demanche. “Portraits, landscapes, still life – pastel is a terrific medium for almost any kind of subject. Seeing what all these talented artists put on view is truly amazing.”

Nationally recognized juror, Kim Lordier (PSA, IAPS MC), will choose the paintings that were accepted from hundreds of artist submissions. Juror of Awards, Christine Ivers (PSA, IAPS MC) will be granting over $6000 in prizes at the opening reception and awards ceremony on Sat. Oct. 21, 2017 from 5 to 7 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Christine Ivers will also be giving a free gallery talk about the work on view and some background information why and how the choices were made for prize selection.

Discover Portsmouth is located at 10 Middle St., Portsmouth NH. Phone: 603-436-8433. Gallery hours are: 9:30am-5pm., 7 days a week. For more information about the show, Pastel Society of NH or about pastels as a medium, please visit www.pastelsocietynh.com.

The Pastel Society of New Hampshire is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation of soft pastels as a fine art medium. Founded in January 2006 by a group of pastel artists, the purpose of the society is to promote the arts in New Hampshire, and to foster connections among pastelists of all levels throughout New Hampshire, the New England region, and other states. All pastel artists and people interested in the pastel medium are welcome and encouraged to join.

H.M.S. Harlow’s Old Portsmouth

Harlow Old Portsmouth

Wednesday, September 6 – Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Organized by Dr. Gerry Ward, Adam Brooks, and Lainey McCartney

Discover Portsmouth presents an exhibition on the work of H.M​.S. Harlow, colonial revival artist of Portsmouth.

In the 1930s and 1940s, a retired commercial artist named H.M.S. Harlow (1881-1963) painted many views of Portsmouth’s colonial and early federal period architecture, including a series of small depictions of the “Doorways of Old Portsmouth.” His images of these houses and doorways are often architecturally correct but are also infused with a touch of the romantic colonial revival mode, as when he incorporates a charming figure in period dress standing before a door. Many of Harlow’s images were painted from life, using his traveling stool, easel, and umbrella on display in the gallery. For buildings which had been lost earlier, he was forced to rely on photographs, written descriptions, and other types of documentation. The Portsmouth Historical Society owns a large collection of works by Harlow, many of which are on view in the gallery, providing a glimpse into the past and present of Portsmouth’s outstanding early architecture.

Home is where the very hot hearth is.

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

Meet Josh and Lauren Dow of the Green Foundry who have cast the works of many artists, including Sumner Winebaum. [Read more…]

“Think about it!” — Sumner Winebaum

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

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“Mr. Potato Head” – Michael Stasiuk

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

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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.

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Call for Art 2017

“What Artists Look Like 2017”

Submission Date Extended to June 15, 2017

For details call 603-436-8433 or email callforart@portsmouthhistory.org (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…]