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FOCUS ON: Portsmouth, NH

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ortsmouth, New Hampshire, consid-

ered the third oldest city in the

nation, is a colonial era treasure,

recently named a “Distinctive

Destination” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.” Anchoring a

Seacoast region that includes Hampton,

Exeter, and Rye, New Hampshire, as well as Kittery, Ogunquit, Kennebunk, and York,

Maine, Portsmouth has attracted and nurtured

a range of creative minds and prominent

artists since it was founded in 1623. Today, the city offers a number of world-class galleries,

attractions, and arts institutions.

One of New Hampshire’s most expansive

George Marshall Store Gallery

and impressive galleries is located just south

of Portsmouth in the beautiful, seaside town

of Rye. With two stories of serene, nature-

inspired works by renowned artist Soo Rye

Yoo, the Soo Rye Gallery is the perfect, first stop for any art enthusiast setting out to

explore the region. Oils, mixed media, drawings, and sketches dominate this dazzling

space, which features a newly revivified

“artshop,” offering a wide range of handmade

gifts. The artist and her colleague, David

Christopher, also teach classes tailored to the specific needs of their students in sculpture,

mixed media, and painting. On June 24, the

gallery will present its Realism and Abstraction

show, for which there will be an opening

reception on June 9, 5–8 p.m.

Next, just follow the cry of seagulls up the

coast into greater Portsmouth and make your

way toward bustling Hancock Street. Here

you’ll find the Strawbery Banke Museum,

A short walk north, by Washington Street’s

sprawling fields and overflowing gardens,

takes you to the charming Plainspoke

Gallery. One of Portsmouth’s most eclectic

and active cultural meeting places, the

Plainspoke gallery was established in 1997 by

Diane and Matt Ralph. On the gallery’s mez-

zanine level can be found the Parlor at

Plainspoke, an open space devoted to hosting exhibitions, publication release parties, and

other arts related events. On show in the

Parlor June 15–July 6 will be Lauren Gillette:

Wish/Regret, an ongoing series of the artist’s

mug shot-inspired portraits. Boasting a roster

of talented graphic designers, Plainspoke also

produces a number of catalogs and limited edition portfolios. As such, the gallery is

quickly becoming the top location in the

Portsmouth area for independently produced

art and photography books.

toric gardens, featured exhibits, and interpre-

north of Sheafe Street, you’ll come upon the

tive programs offered by this world-class

museum. Strawbery Banke’s ten-acre plot also

features period shops, as well as costumed

role players presenting the activities of citi-

April 21 - May 27, 2012

tion in eight separate historical buildings.

where the area’s first settlers are brought back

to vivid life through the restored homes, his-

Susan MacDougall - Notations

um’s exceptional costume and textile collec-

zens from Colonial times through World War

II. The exhibition, Thread: Stories of Fashion at

Strawbery Banke, 1740–2012, displays the muse-

TRANSFORMATIONS May 5–June 30, 2012 Mixed Media Photographs by Suzie Goodwin

Continuing on foot, just a few minutes

handsome Moffat-Ladd House and Garden.

First built in 1763, the house is one of the

country’s finest examples of Georgian archi-

tecture and has been welcoming the public as

a historic site since 1912. Today, the Moffatt-

Ladd House and Garden conducts tours of its

finely decorated period interior, complete with

French scenic wallpaper from the nineteenth

century, copperplate hunting prints, and a

wealth of original furniture, including seven

Chinese Chippendale pieces. Aside from these exceptional tours, which begin on June 3 and

run 1–5 p.m. on Sunday and 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Monday through Saturday, the museum also

offers garden and warehouse rentals for those

planning events that call for unsurpassed sur-

roundings.

Nearby, art lovers can visit one of the

Michael Stasiuk - On and Off the Wall June 2 - July 8, 2012

140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine 207-351-1083 www.georgemarshallstoregallery.com

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region’s most notable art impresarios, Don

Gorvett, the award winning woodcut artist

and proprietor of a number of top-notch art

galleries. Gorvett’s Piscataqua Fine Arts is

one of downtown Portsmouth’s true creative

Art New England: Focus On Portsmouth, NH and Seacoast  

Art New England: Focus On Portsmouth, NH and Seacoast

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