John Paul Jones House 2018 Exhibition

Overlooked and Undervalued: Three Hundred Years of Women’s Art from the Seacoast

Throughout history, women’s art (and contributions by women in all fields) has often been “overlooked and undervalued,” regarded as inferior to art created by men or relegated to the world of decorative household crafts. Nevertheless, working within these confines, and often coping with the demands of child-bearing and child-rearing, women have created important works of art, broadly conceived, often notable for great technical skill and inventive approaches.

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This exhibition examines some of the myriad forms of female artistic production, both professional and amateur, in the Portsmouth area during the last few centuries. It also serves as a companion to “Gertrude Fiske: American Master” and its related exhibitions in the galleries at Discover Portsmouth. Those shows demonstrate the challenges and achievements of women in the traditional arena of academic painting from the early twentieth century to the present. “Seacoast Masters Today,” for example, reflects the current vibrancy of the art community in the area. Some of the precursors to that modern world are represented here, but we have expanded the boundaries to include many other types of art.

Thus, in addition to paintings, works on paper, and miniatures, this show also explores quilts, needlework, beadwork, clothing, painted china, and other objects created by women over three centuries for both aesthetic expression and commercial employment. The display provides a glimpse not only into the colorful “labors of love” fashioned by women of all ages for domestic purposes, but includes several works done by professional female artists competing in the marketplace and seeking to make a living through art while also teaching or engaged in other pursuits.

The full story of women’s art in Portsmouth has yet to be written. This small show provides an opportunity to recognize some of the changing forms and contours of women’s art from the eighteenth century to (in one instance) 2017.

Portsmouth Historical Society’s John Paul Jones House Museum & Garden, 1758 National Historic Landmark

Open Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 – Columbus Day, Monday, October 8, 2018
& Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018
Daily 11-5

There’s a fabulous treasure waiting to be found on the corner of Middle and State Streets in downtown Portsmouth. That beautiful yellow Georgian mansion is the John Paul Jones House Museum and Gardens and it is waiting for you to visit and discover all it has to offer. Portsmouth Historical Society announces that the John Paul Jones House Museum and Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, will open for the 2018 season on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. Open seven days a week from 11 am-5 pm, the landmark remains open until Columbus Day, Monday, October 8, with special one-day opening on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018, when admission is free.

2018 events

John Paul Jones Birthday Party

Sunday, July 8, 2018, 1-4pm

John Paul Jones Fall Jubilee & Silent Auction

Thursday, September 6, 2018 5:30-8:30pm

Hours and Admission Information

Our sponsors

LCHIP (Land and Community Heritage Investment Program)
Star Island Builders
Cornerstone Tree Care
Rosamond Thaxter Foundation

We’re grateful to our many volunteers who help keep the John Paul Jones House Museum and Gardens looking good – Liberty Mutual, Portsmouth Garden Club, and Portsmouth High School, and our Buildings and Grounds Committee.

The John Paul Jones House is located at 43 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801 and is open from 11 am-5 pm. Admission is $6; $5 for Portsmouth residents, AAA, Seniors and retired Military. Members of the Portsmouth Historical Society, children under 12 and active military personnel and their families are free. Group rates available; tours are self-guided; the last tour begins at 4:30 pm.

About the John Paul Jones House
About John Paul Jones