Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Project Updates

Two paintings have been approved and will be donated to Families in Transition for their residences.

The painting “Sunrise, a New Day” is by Linda Feinberg, our treasurer and chief blogger. It is 16” X 20” and inspired by a beautiful sunrise seen in Costa Rica while on vacation.  Linda has paintings, prints & cards on exhibit in September at the Derry Public Library in their display case.

Another painting that has been approved is by Aline Lotter (photo below). It is an 8” X 10” painting. Aline is a new member of Friends of Art Manchester and we will be posting more of her artwork soon.  Meanwhile, she posts weekly to her blog: http://paintingsbyaline.wordpress.com/ and has paintings on exhibit at the Hatfield Gallery and East Colony Fine Art Gallery, both at Langer Place, 55 S. Commercial St., Manchester, NH.

If you are considering joining us for this project, your initial sketch for approval is due this week.  Once it has been approved, you will be notified and you can pick up a canvas to paint.  There is one 8”X 10” canvas left and three 16” X 20” canvases. Proposals are due by the end of August. Paintings are due at the end of September and all information is available on this blog by clicking on the tabs at the top of this blog page.

A little marketing note from Linda: If you are selling cards, prints or originals, make sure you keep track of your customers and collectors.  The Jewish new year (Rosh Hashanah) is next week. I looked back through my past order of Rosh Hashanah card customers, sent out some e-mails with links to images of my current cards and received several new orders.  In business remember, it’s always easier to sell again to an existing customer, they are already happy with your work.

Monday, August 19, 2013

A moment in time by guest blogger Debbie Curtin

It is still a vivid moment in time. My poster won 1st prize in our 4th grade safety-themed contest. $5 was put in a savings account at our local bank and my teacher handed me a passbook with my name on it! My interest continued through high school leading to a career choice of Commercial Art in college. During that time there was a call for artists to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of our country. 4'x8' panels were set up in the North Shore Mall. I chose to replicate the 1776 version with the three minutemen  in a huge silkscreen print. It was quite a challenge to make the screen and print a giant image.

 My first real job as a layout artist for the Lawrence Eagle Tribune became the foundation of everything I do as an artist today. Balancing design, type, color, images and other elements to create a cohesive composition is in every piece of my artwork.

Fast forward to my day job where a safety-themed  contest saw me walk away with more than $5. And the murals today on panels throughout Manchester? Who knew I'd be setting myself up back then for more challenges with big ideas!

Copywriting to sell a product or idea has led me into more writing. From years spent crafting 'human interest' stories for a local newspaper to having a current online column, words have continued to play an important part of my creative endeavors. I am a member of the NH Writer's Project, and SCWRI. "Today is the Day", my first completed fiction novel is soon to be published. I am happy to say my children's wordless picture book, "Peril on the High Seas" won honorable mention at the 2013 New England Book Festival.
More good things are on the way!

Contact Information:
Deborah Curtin

[Debbie is a new member of Friends of Art Manchester and participated in the meter project. Her meter is pictured in the post of August 12, 2013. It is the yellow one across the street from Copy Express, in the 5th set of pictures in that post.  Welcome and thanks for your guest post.]

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Updates and New Project

The meters have collected $97 so far for New Horizons.  We have been receiving lots of positive feedback about our artwork.

The submission information for the next project is up now. Click the submissions tab at the top of this page to read the details.  We will be donating paintings to beautify the residences run by Families in Transition. For our initial project, there will be six 16" by 20" canvases available and two 8" X 10" canvases.  We expect that this will be an ongoing project as FIT has many buildings and they are happy to have art donated for them.

Contact information is on the form.  Hope to hear from you soon.  If you are not chosen on this first round of paintings, don't worry.  We'll keep your information and notify you when there is another opportunity. We hope you'll join us in our mission to get more art downtown and bring your ideas and talents to our group.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Meters and Public Art

The meters are in place now with stickers explaining that the money collected will go to New Horizons of NH.  The August 8th Hippo had a good article about public art. On page 18, there was a photo of some of our artists. On the top right of page 19, there was another photo. If you do not have a printed copy of the newspaper, you can read it online: Hippo of August 8 2013

Meters painted by our talented artists, Anthony, Carolina, Colleen, Debbie, Paul and Lance.  These are located on Elm Street between Merrimack Street and Lowell Street. All photos below by Linda Feinberg. You can click on the photos to view them in a larger size.


Friday, August 2, 2013

Artist Frank Moulin

Artist and teacher Frank Moulin came to fine art full time after a forty-three year career as a graphic designer and illustrator for the Portland (Maine) Press Herald and Sunday Telegram, the Bangor (Maine) Daily News and the Manchester (NH) Union Leader and Sunday News.

Primarily working in watercolor, Frank also has a background in acrylics, collage, and pen and ink.

Frank is a graduate of the New England School of Art in Boston. He is a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association, the Nashua Artists Association, the Londonderry Art Group and is a founding member of the Manchester Artists Association and Friends of Art Manchester.

Contact information: 
Frank Moulin
73 Sherwood Drive
Manchester, NH 03103
(603) 668-9926