Members Opening Gala: Rose Labrie, Primitive Artist

Family Skate by Rose Labrie

Family Skate, by Rose Labrie


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Rose Labrie, Primitive Artist

Family Skate by Rose Labrie

Family Skate, by Rose Labrie

Discover Portsmouth,
Friday, October 19 – Sunday, December 23.
Richard M. Candee, Curator

Rose Labrie (1916-1986) was a modern “primitive” painter who lived and worked in the Portsmouth area and achieved some notoriety for her nostalgic artwork and her outreach supporting children’s art in the seacoast. This exhibition, drawn from many private and public collections as well as from her descendants, is the first retrospective look at her career that was a significant part of popular culture in the mid twentieth century. [Read more…]

“It’s Pastel” 10th Annual Juried Show

October 20-November 24, 2018 • 9:30-5pm 7 days a week.

Awards Ceremony and Opening Night Reception Saturday, October 20th, 2018, 5-7pm. Free admission

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Gertrude Fiske: American Master – Closing Sunday!


With Companion Exhibitions
Seacoast Masters Today
Sisters of the Brush and Palette

Discover Portsmouth 2018
Friday, April 6 – Sunday, September 30, 2018
Curated by Lainey McCartney

Gertrude Fiske (1879-1961), a Weston, Massachusetts, native who painted in Portsmouth, is an American Master. She was a favored student and then the peer of several American Impressionists, including Edmund C. Tarbell, Frank Benson, Philip Hale, and Charles Woodbury. Critics and peers alike identified her genius as residing in how she ‘sees,’ and this gift of ‘seeing’ made her more independent than many. This independence set her apart.

Select Friday Lunchtime Guided Gallery Tours

For ten select Fridays in 2018, visitors to Discover Portsmouth are invited to a special gallery tour. Join our exhibition curator or curator trained guides for an in-depth look at the remarkable art of Gertrude Fiske. (click here for dates)

Private tours are also available upon request for a fee. Please call (603) 436-8433 for more information.
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Rose Labrie Story Time

Story Time

Wednesday Mornings From October 24 – December 19 2018
9:45am – 10:30am
Ages 2.5 – 5

Join us for stories, songs, movement and a simple craft on Wednesday mornings. This is inspired by the work of Rose Labrie who advocated childrens creativity through her support of the Prescott Park Arts Festival.

2018 Rose Labrie Story Time Dates:

Wednesday, October 24
Wednesday, October 31
Wednesday, November 7
Wednesday, November 14
Wednesday, November 21
Wednesday, November 28
Wednesday, December 5
Wednesday, December 12
Wednesday, December 19

Symposium II – A Strong Legacy Continued: The Women’s Movement from Gertrude Fiske to Today

Poster image courtesy of Jodi EdwardsOn September 22, 2018, Portsmouth Historical Society hosts the 2nd Gertrude Fiske Symposium. This Symposium is designed to build upon some of the social themes explored in our 2018 exhibition, Gertrude Fiske: American Master, and create a community conversation, reflecting on the Women’s Movement from First Wave to the present. In this symposium we have gathered a group of phenomenal women who have fought for their own rights and subsequently the rights of women everywhere. It is our goal to learn from them, engage with them, and ultimately be inspired by them to contribute to the advancement of the freedom and rights of all people. [Read more…]

FREE Family Program: Paint and Print with Nature

Family Program

Sunday, Sept. 23 9:30am-12pm
Discover Portsmouth.

Use natural objects to create your very own painting. Pine cones, leaves and other objects found in nature can create beautiful patterns and prints. Each child will take home their own masterpiece. This is best for ages 3.5 and older. Every child must be accompanied by an adult. Stop by anytime between 9:30am-12:pm

For more information, call Discover Portsmouth at: (603) 436-8433.

5th Annual John Paul Jones Jubilee & Silent Auction

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Discover Portsmouth
10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH.

$30 for Members / $40 for Non-Members

Buy Your Tickets by August 31st for an Early Bird Discount!

$25 for Members / $35 for Non-Members

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Portsmouth Historical Society Young Writers Contest

Calling all young writers eager to put words to paper!

Portsmouth Historical Society invites young writers Grades 3 to 12 to participate in our first ever Young Writers Contest. To participate, young writers come to Discover Portsmouth to view the art of Gertrude Fiske, an early twentieth-century painter and etcher who was admired for excellence at her craft.

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Here’s how it works:

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Sisters of the Brush and Palette Lecture

with Prof. Richard Candee

Thursday August 23, 2018 5:30–6:30 pm

at Discover Portsmouth
10 Middle St., Portsmouth NH.

Doors open at 5pm prior to each lecture with galleries open until 7pm in the evening.
All programs are open to the public
$10 Members / $20 Non-Members

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