Monday, November 25, 2013

Returning to Art - Deb Funk

Deb Funk has lived in Manchester with her family for 13 years. The proud mother of 4 and "Gramzi" to two grandsons, she is now enjoying more time to devote to her artwork.

Annual Christmas tree lot, corner of Salmon & Elm Streets, Manchester.

On Cape Cod, Acrylic

Hiking in Wisconsin, Watercolor

           Grandmother at Nauset Beach

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Murals in Downtown Manchester

Mural located on Mechanic Street near the YMCA by artist Anthony Williams. Photo by John Mitchell. (Just click on the photo to enlarge it, press Esc key to go back to the text.)

Anthony Williams supervised the artists who painted these murals in Cat Alley, Manchester, NH.  Pan photo by Lance Quenneville.

If you know of any other building owners in the downtown who would like to have a mural painted on their building, please contact FOA. We have artists!

We have a date for our reception for the first Families in Transition project (canvases painted for the women's residence).  If you would like to be on the evite list, please send an e-mail to treasurer, Linda Feinberg,  and ask to be added to the list.  The reception will be on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 from 4:00-5:00 pm.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Our weekend painters

Some of our members participated in the Art in Action event in Londonderry, NH over the weekend. This was held in two different buildings, Mack’s Apples and Shady Hill Nursery.

On the left:  Frank Moulin and some of his beautiful watercolors.

Debbie Curtin looked like she was having fun talking to everyone.

Anthony Williams (our vice president) and author Joe Smiga enjoyed their conversation too.  These photos were taken in the greenhouse by our treasurer, Linda Feinberg.

Some of Anthony's paintings.

And a reminder: Our second project with Families in Transition is going forward and we have six artists committed to paint.  We have one more canvas available.  This will be similar to our last project with FIT except that we will be painting the canvases for their men’s residence this time.  Contact treasurer Linda Feinberg if you would like more information.

Update: 11/12/13: the last canvas has been spoken for. Please contact Linda if you would like to be on the list for the next project.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Poetry is art too

Pearls   By John Mitchell

And what I sought,
you were,
a few times;
as green islands
are glimpsed
from a schooner.
Like seafaring friends
we greeted those moments--
grabbed at them--
joy in our eyes.
Trices of worth!
made of white sand;
lapped with
warm sea waves.
But, we were
finding rare pearls,
many empty dives
came between.

John Mitchell

John is one of the founding members of Friends of Art Manchester and is an excellent photographer. You can see some of his work on this site.

November again

the trail is blanketed with leaves
as I follow the dog around the pond
dull yellows and browns
no longer the brilliant reds
like the burning bush by our house

the acorns have finally finished dropping
on the wooden deck
startling me with their loud noise

the mums are withering
the garden bare
a few herbs hanging on
to grow again in spring

the first snow was early this year
and melted quickly
the nights are frosty
and we cuddle under a warm quilt

in the evening I take out
yarn and knitting needles
another pair of mittens
for a daughter far away
reminding me of mother
and her granny squares
my weekly phone calls
now with my children
as hers used to be with me

seasons change
each with its own beauty
the earth rests, then renews
November again

©Linda H. Feinberg   
I wrote this one many years ago. We no longer have a dog, but I still walk around the pond and still love the changing of the seasons. I have more poems on my personal blog. Select the category “poems” to filter it. I am one of the founding members of this group and its treasurer. I have been writing poems for over 30 years, but my books are currently out of print.