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
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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.

Previous Sculpture Lectures

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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.

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

“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.

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“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.

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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Bigelow & Company, CPA, PLLC
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Geoffrey Clark & Martha Fuller Clark
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Josephine Lamprey
People’s United Bank
Piscataqua Savings Bank
Mr. & Mrs. David Remington
Sumner & Helen Winebaum

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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.