Thursday, April 24, 2014

Call to artists

Thanks to our President, Stephanie Bogalis, we have a new logo. Great job! We have also received our state charity registration and our listing.

Our exhibit at City Hall is going forward for the months of May and June.  We have seven artists confirmed and would like to have three more. The cost to our organization is $300 for the two months, so if we have 10 artists, the cost would be $30 each.

The deadline to confirm and pay is Monday, April  28th.  Please contact our treasurer, Linda Feinberg, or 603-645-6762 if you would like to be included. The space is in City Hall and Carolina Chauvette (who is a member and also on the city art commission) will be in charge of coordinating the exhibit.

If you are not a member yet, you will need to pay the $5.00 membership fee as well.  Also, the art or photography must be suitable for family viewing.

The theme for the mural at 720 Union Street will be "Nature in the City". We hope to have the power washing and priming of the wall done within the next month. Donations of cash or materials will be gratefully accepted for this project.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Photography by John Mitchell and some upcoming events

The photo of my granddaughter is to catch her unawares. To get a natural look.
The other photos are an attempt to frame the natural world and give it a concentration you don't get in everyday observation. The photos are opposite, in a way. I'm trying to show a human in nature and to emphasize the natural for the human viewer.

All photos were taken with a 35mm Canon AE-1 using a 70mm lens.

Upcoming Events of interest 

Thursday, April 24, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Petals2Paint
Opening Reception, East Colony Fine Art, 55 South Commercial Street, Manchester
Free admission and parking

Saturday, April 26, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, NHIA student annual “art attack”.
Student and alumni art sale at the Brady-Sullivan Plaza courtyard, 1000 Elm Street, Manchester
Acoustic performances during the day. Free admission.

Saturday, April 26, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Alton
Home, Recreation & Food Festival at Prospect Mountain High School, Alton, NH
Our members Linda Feinberg (artist) and Joe Smiga (author) will be at tables 16 & 17.
Free admission and parking

Photo of last year's NHIA student art sale used with permission:

Acrylic and watercolor classes with Anthony Williams at Hobby Lobby (S. Willow Street, Manchester) on Wednesdays (Watercolor) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and Fridays (Acrylics), 5:00 - 7:00 pm. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Using colored paper

Sometimes, we need to get back to basics, and what better way than using colored (medium tone) paper and black and white pencils?

From a simple still life to more complex colorful drawings, using colorful paper helps you think outside the box or may encourage you to try a range of colors you may tend to steer away from after you've begun your sketch with black and white.

Start with a simple sketch of a basic still life arrangement, then expand upon it with more complexity as you become more comfortable.  Experiment with colored pencils, pens, and pastels . . . use various blending tools (cotton swabs, cotton balls, rolled paper stumps, etc.) as the oils from your fingertips may affect the pencil/pastel you use.  Once you're comfortable with pencils/pastels/crayons, delve into paint and use the same principles for blending.

Remember to enhance your darkest shadows and highlight the brightest areas for good contrast, and then work in the mid tones to bring it all together. Enjoy!

Blog post by Stephanie Bogalis, President.

Still Life (with Pheasant) ©1993 Rod Holt

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Spring is coming and so are our projects. The primer and top coat have been purchased for the wall at 720 Union Street.  Our chief muralist AnthonyWilliams would like some help.  Please contact him if you are able to help. 

Anthony, Stephanie B. and Deb. F are on the committee to decide a theme for the wall.  If you have any ideas, please contact one of them.

Crocus photo by Linda H. Feinberg

Just a reminder that when you join Friends of Art Manchester you are entitled to a blog posting which is a few photos and a few paragraphs about yourself and your art/photography/writing.  The posts generally stay up one week or two.

No one sent in anything this week, so I’ve picked two of my old untitled spring poems from my poetry book, “red poppies and green clover”.

Dressed in lavender and pink
     spring arrives
like the long‑awaited bridesmaids
     slowly marching down the aisle
stately in demeanor
     anxiously awaiting
          the show to begin.
©Linda H. Feinberg

Seeds sliding into grooves
The feel of warm, soft earth
Sunlight bringing color and freckles
Children in shorts
     bare legs dusted with dirt
Baseball gloves, lacrosse sticks
Dogs running wild
     rolling over and over
     trampling violets
          digging for chipmunks
Crickets chirping at dusk
©Linda H. Feinberg