Assembly of the community quilt is underway! We have a small committee of volunteers putting together all the squares we received. We plan to reveal our progress at our John Paul Jones Jubilee event (online!) on September 10th! More details and links for tickets to this event farther down.
We’ve been busy preparing the quilt exhibition, but now that the exhibition is open to the public, we will get back to posting submitted quilt squares through our social media accounts!
“Coverlets & Counterpanes of New Hampshire: Bedcovers for a New Nation”
Our next “Threads” Zoom lecture features MFA assistant curator Jennifer Swope, who will take a closer look at two objects in the Portsmouth Historical Society’s collection that are currently on display in “Threads,” and that may have had close encounters with early American celebrities—George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette! Ms. Swope will talk about separating truth from fiction, a challenge often encountered with objects supposedly used by famous historical figures.
Thursday, August 27 at 7:30 pm
FREE for members
$15 for non-members
(*Lecture zoom link will be provided by email after registration.)
7th Annual John Paul Jones (Online!) Jubilee & Auction
Virtual Gala • Online Auction • Wine Raffle
Arts, history, and culture define Portsmouth, and we realize that the artist community, so integral to the city’s unique character, has been hard hit by the pandemic. Portsmouth Historical Society has also seen financial challenges due to the stay-at-home order and social distancing requirements.
To that end, we have decided to use our annual fundraiser, which provides a significant portion of the Society’s income, as an opportunity to “pay it forward” in support of artists. Our online auction will feature original works of art, with 50% of the net proceeds from the sale of each item going to the artist.
Additionally, our Fund-A-Need campaign will be dedicated to raising funds to commission artwork which will be displayed at the Discover Portsmouth Welcome Center, thereby supporting a local artist and beautifying a city landmark.
This month-long online auction kicks off with an exclusive online virtual gala event on
September 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm
So join us for great art, delicious ‘Goodie Bag’ treats courtesy of Port City Pretzels, Wood Stove Kitchen (Sangria mix, baby!), and Naughty Good Bites. And don’t forget to purchase a raffle ticket or ten for then amazing wine raffle.
And thanks to our amazing sponsors for supporting this event, including Ashton & Company, P.A., Lynne Joyce/Tate & Foss Sotheby’s International Realty, Westerly Portsmouth, Southport Printing, & Seacoast Flash!
SAACC Photo Show Gets Rave Reviews
Reminder! Inside the Discover Portsmouth Welcome Center is the entrance to another FABULOUS gallery space.
The Seacoast African American Cultural Center is hosting a wonderful exhibition of photographs by Pete Souza, chief photographer at the White House during the Obama administration.
“Obama: An Intimate Portrait” exhibition tickets are available through SAACC’s website, www.saacc-nh.org.