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…]

Seacoast Sculpture Exhibition Lecture Series!

Doors open at 5pm prior to each lecture with galleries open during the evening. All lectures are at 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH
$10 Members, $20 Non-Members. For information, call 603-436-8433
Register Online

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“Bits and Pieces of Ceramics: Reflections on Portsmouth Households, 1720-1920”
Thursday, July 20, 2017, 5:30-6:30pm

Archaeologist Martha Pinello presents a reflection on ceramics excavated at pre-European Contact and Historic period archaeological sites on the seacoast reflecting domestic, trade, and manufacture patterns. Ceramic bits and pieces found at local sites reflect global sources and consumer choices revealed in the archaeological record not in museum and private collections. These vessels conveyed culture and status for the owners, their families and guests, and those who prepared and served the meals.

Stasiuk photo by Raya Al Hashmi

Michael Stasiuk. Raya Al Hashmi photo

“Conversation with Artist and Curator”
Thursday, August 17, 2017, 5:30-6:30 pm

Mary Harding, curator of the George Marshall Store Gallery in York, ME, and seacoast sculptor Michael Stasiuk take us behind the scenes in a discussion of the artist’s unique material, process, and technique. Join us as they talk about their twenty-year partnership as curator and artist.

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“Sculptural Casting”
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 5:30-6:30pm

Christopher Gowell, director of Sanctuary Arts in Eliot, ME, has sculpted the human figure for over forty years. She will be joined by Josh and Lauren Dow of the Green Foundry who have cast the works of many artists, including Sumner Winebaum. Together they discuss the process of turning an artist’s work from clay into a rubber mold, to molten metal, and into bronze.

Doors open at 5pm prior to each lecture with galleries open during the evening. All lectures are at 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH
$10 Members, $20 Non-Members. For information, call 603-436-8433

Special Free Family Workshops for Kids

“Creating Sculptures with Found Objects”
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 10am-12pm

What can you make out of a paper towel roll, an egg carton, an old toy or a broken comb? A one-of-a-kind sculpture, that’s what. PHS Education Coordinator, Claire Spollen, leads children in a hands-on activity creating sculptures out of found objects. Each completed sculpture will be painted a solid color to create a piece that has depth, balance, and strength. This activity is inspired by the work of Louise Nevelson (1899-1988), a renowned sculptor whose monochromatic artworks are bold and delicate. Children ages 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Sponsored by Ricci Lumber.

“Wire Sculptures”
Saturday, August 12, 2017, 10am-12pm

Garden wire, beads, wood, and glue are the only materials needed for this crafty activity. PHS Education Coordinator, Claire Spollen, guides children in creating their very own wire-and-bead works of art. Wire sculptures introduce children to the art concept of line and space. Once completed, the sculpture will look beautiful in your home and it can be manipulated over and over. Younger visitors will work with pipe cleaners and beads to create their wire sculptures. This project is inspired by Ana Dziengel of BabbleDabbleDo.com. Children ages 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

“Three-Dimensional Sculptures”
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 10am-12pm

Fold it, cut it, bend it, arch it, twist it, crimp it, tear it, roll it, scrunch it, glue it. PHS Education Coordinator, Claire Spollen, guides children in creating colorful three-dimensional sculptures out of construction paper. This art activity will introduce children to abstract design and the works of one of America’s most influential modern artists, Alexander Calder (1898-1976). Children ages 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

“Family Hour with Local Sculptor Michael Stasiuk”
Sunday, September 10, 2017, 2:30-3:30pm

Michael Stasiuk, a local artist and teacher, presents his process of creating sculptures through simple joinery between found materials that are mostly wood, metal, or fiber. Stasiuk has worked with students of all ages for several years and in this interactive talk he will introduce them to his artwork. At the end of the talk, Stasiuk will take the group into the gallery for an up-close look at his artwork. This lecture is best for children ages 11 and older.

Season Sponsors

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Rotary Club of Portsmouth
Portsmouth Painting Co.

Exhibition Sponsors

New Hampshire Council on the Arts
One Minute Brands

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People’s United Bank
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Portsmouth Historical Society, founded in 1917, operates two facilities – John Paul Jones House Museum & Garden, and Discover Portsmouth, open daily from 9:30-5pm, Discover Portsmouth remains open until 8pm for Art ‘Round Town, the first Friday of each month. For further information on exhibitions, publications, gift shop, lectures, rentals, and tours, please call 603-436-8433.

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.

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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
READ MORE . . .

Special Free Family Workshops for Kids

Free workshops for kids at: Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth NH.

Kids Workshops

“Creating Sculptures with Found Objects”
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 10am-12pm

What can you make out of a paper towel roll, an egg carton, an old toy or a broken comb? A one-of-a-kind sculpture, that’s what. PHS Education Coordinator, Claire Spollen, leads children in a hands-on activity creating sculptures out of found objects. Each completed sculpture will be painted a solid color to create a piece that has depth, balance, and strength. This activity is inspired by the work of Louise Nevelson (1899-1988), a renowned sculptor whose monochromatic artworks are bold and delicate. Children ages 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

“Wire Sculptures”
Saturday, August 12, 2017, 10am-12pm

wire sculptureGarden wire, beads, wood, and glue are the only materials needed for this crafty activity. PHS Education Coordinator, Claire Spollen, guides children in creating their very own wire-and-bead works of art. Wire sculptures introduce children to the art concept of line and space. Once completed, the sculpture will look beautiful in your home and it can be manipulated over and over. Younger visitors will work with pipe cleaners and beads to create their wire sculptures. This project is inspired by Ana Dziengel of BabbleDabbleDo.com. Children ages 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. We would like to thank Ricci Lumber for donating materials for this project.



“Three-Dimensional Sculptures”
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 10am-12pm

Fold it, cut it, bend it, arch it, twist it, crimp it, tear it, roll it, scrunch it, glue it. PHS Education Coordinator, Claire Spollen, guides children in creating colorful three-dimensional sculptures out of construction paper. This art activity will introduce children to abstract design and the works of one of America’s most influential modern artists, Alexander Calder (1898-1976). Children ages 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

“Family Hour with Local Sculptor Michael Stasiuk”
Sunday, September 10, 2017, 2:30-3:30pm

Michael Stasiuk, a local artist and teacher, presents his process of creating sculptures through simple joinery between found materials that are mostly wood, metal, or fiber. Stasiuk has worked with students of all ages for several years and in this interactive talk he will introduce them to his artwork. At the end of the talk, Stasiuk will take the group into the gallery for an up-close look at his artwork. This lecture is best for children ages 11 and older.

For more information, call 603-436-8433

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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

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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…]

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

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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…]

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

Sankofa Guided Walking Tours 2017

presented by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, Inc. and the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail. The PBHT, now under the umbrella of the BHTNH, was founded in 1995 to preserve, celebrate and honor the history and culture of the African-American community in Portsmouth and the New Hampshire region. With distinctive bronze plaques that identify the community from its colonial-era African Burying Ground to the modern Civil Rights Movement, the Trail is proud to serve as a model across the country on what it means to raise public awareness and appreciation for a region not known for its Black history.

Get Sankofa Walking Tour Info Here [Read more…]

200 Years of Portsmouth Athenaeum: “Collect, Preserve, Share”

Opening reception Friday, May 5, 2017 5-8pm, Art ‘Round Town

on display daily at Discover Portsmouth from Friday, May 5 – through Friday, September 1, 2017

Portsmouth Athenaeum Bicentennial logo

Athena, goddess of wisdom, inspired the creation of the Portsmouth Athenaeum in 1817. An exhibit honoring and demystifying the group’s bicentennial is on display daily at Discover Portsmouth from Friday May 5 – through Friday September 1. (Courtesy photo)

Portsmouth, New Hampshire: For 200 years people in Portsmouth have been asking the same two-part question –What is an athenaeum and why do we need one? A free exhibition at Discover Portsmouth (May 5 – September 1) tackles these topics in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Portsmouth Athenaeum. The subtitle of the bicentennial display — “Collect, Preserve, Share”– tells much of the story. [Read more…]