Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Utility Box Painting

More public art in downtown Manchester thanks to Carolina Chauvette Davidson.  The city funded three artists to paint the utility boxes in the downtown. We hope they continue this project next year. Carolina submitted a proposal and was accepted. Her box is located on Elm Street in front of the Radisson Hotel and across from Veterans Park.

Photos by John Mitchell.

Our next project -- Fundraiser

We will be painting these mini boxes as a fundraiser.  One of our members will be selling and exhibiting them in her shop for the Columbus Day weekend.  Six of our members have already confirmed that they would enjoy painting a box.  If you would like a box to paint, contact our Treasurer, Linda Feinberg.  If you would like to paint a box and keep it for yourself or give it as a gift, that is o.k. too.  The price will be $12.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Local events and more

Rollande Rousselle exhibited her paintings at the Greeley Park Art show in Nashua.

Families in Transition is having a fundraiser and fun day at Veterans Park on September 4th. They are looking for some volunteers for their "I am One" New Hampshire Day to end child homelessness.  The festivities will be from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  There will be a variety of performances including some music competition between bands.  One in every four homeless are children in New Hampshire.  For more information:

Bea Bearden painting in her studio. She started the portrait as a plein air painting in Gloucester.

New video by John Mitchell showing the mural on the boathouse. The mural was created by Anthony Williams and painted by many of our artists.

John also contributed a poem for this week:

A Good Night’s Sleep

I would like to know you sleep
Away in a slumber still and deep.
Of sun warmed gases, make the bed.
On a pillow of vapors, rest your head.
A night without storm or rain--
A night narcotic released of pain.
A night so quiet, so full of rest
You’d count this sleep as the best.

Good news (finally!) from the IRS.  Our organization has been approved with 501(c)3 status.
That means we are recognized as a charitable organization for tax purposes.
We received the state (NH) approval shortly after our initial filing, but the IRS took over 1 year to get around to approving us.

Photos on today’s blog post by Linda H. Feinberg

If you would like to add your event or class to our listings on the Local Exhibits/Classes tab above, please contact our blogger. These need to be related to the arts. You do not need to be a member of Friends of Art Manchester to have a listing, but all members and donations are appreciated.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Families in Transition-Men's Residence

Our paintings are finally up at the men's residence of Families in Transition.  While they were unable to host a reception for our artists, they gave me a tour and I took some photos.  Each painting has a beautiful label with the artist's name and the title of the painting.  The paintings on the left in the photo above are by Judy Gelinas. The one on the right is by Deb Funk.

The top painting is by Carolina Chauvette and the bottom one by Stephanie Bogalis Byrd.  I think their designer did a good job with arranging the paintings in the common areas.

Painting above is by Paul Davidson.

The designer put some paintings in the entry hallway. The one above is by Anthony Williams and the one below by Debbie Curtin.

All photos by Linda H. Feinberg.

If you missed it, the Hippo had a nice writeup about our laundromat mural at 720 Union Street in their August 7-13 edition on page 21 (The link on left will bring you to the digital edition. If you type Laundromat in the search box, it will give you a link to page 21. You can click on the article to enlarge it and read it.) Thank you, Kelly Sennott.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

More murals

Boat House mural at Piscataquog Park

Our artists like to work with other groups too.  This mural is going up at Piscataquog Park and is almost finished.  Video and photos by John Mitchell.

To get there: Take South Main Street to the Walgreens and turn onto Varney Street.  Go straight a bit and turn right onto Precourt Street. This becomes a dirt road into the park.  Left at the soccer field and go around it to the end. Lots of parking available. There are pleasant trails to walk along the river, but you might want to bring bug spray if going in the evening.

Artist Anthony Williams created the mural showing the life cycle of the salmon. Our FOA artists are assisting him to paint this scene.