Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Murals and Public Art

Mark Hayward of the Union Leader wrote an article about the murals at Top Shelf Tattoo, 657 Elm Street, Manchester.  Thank you, Mark, for writing about public art.

The students from New Hampshire Institute of Art have been working in a mural on the alley in back of the Palace Theater (downtown Manchester).  I’m not sure if it is finished yet.

Our president, Stephanie Byrd, has been traveling and taking photos of public art in airports.

Our Vice President, Anthony Williams, found this old bust many years ago and would like to know more about it. If you have any suggestions on someone who can tell him about this sculpture, please contact him:

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Holiday Greetings

A beautiful palette knife oil painting in progress from Rollande Rouselle.

Mixed media card from Linda Feinberg. More Chanukah cards are available on Linda's website.

This image and others may be easily customized with your holiday greetings. Linda Feinberg.

If you are a member and would like to submit an image to post to us, please send a JPG file with your permission to use on this blog to Linda.

Thank you.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Exhibits, Fairs and Next Meeting

Laurie Lafleur and members of the Hooksett Library Art Group will be exhibiting their work at the Robie's Country Store open house on Saturday, November 14, from 7 to 1.

Joe Smiga will be at  table 53B with his books for sale at the Memorial High School craft fair on Saturday, November 14th.

Our next meeting will be at Carolina Davidson's art studio on Monday, November 16, 7 p.m. We will be discussing spring art projects including murals for the Piscataquog/Riverwalk trail. The mayor and board of aldermen will need a rendering of what we propose to be painted. The cement underpass will be the most important since it is the largest and most impactful item.  Please bring your ideas, sketches, photos to the meeting. Thanks.

Contact for more information: Treasurer, Linda Feinberg,

Anthony Williams will be exhibiting at the Crafters Guild, Bedford, NH from November 27th to December 22nd. His work is also on exhibit at the Loudon, NH library with the LVA arts group through the 22nd of December.

Joe Smiga will be exhibiting at the Nashua High School North on November 21 and at the Guilford Middle School on December 5.  Joe Smiga and Linda Feinberg will have a table at the Holiday Market sponsored by Intown Manchester Management at 1000 Elm Street on Saturday, December 12th.  We encourage everyone to attend and see all the talented craftspeople and artists in the area.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

New Mural in Merrimack

Our members Anthony Williams and Deb Curtin painting a mural at Watson Park in Merrimack, NH. Photos by George May. The painting of the kiosk was done with a small grant from the Merrimack Conservation Commission.

For more information, there is an article on Patch.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Art for Cancer Center and Hospitals

Hello Fellow Artists

We are seeking paintings, collages, sculpture, clay work, photographs, prints, crafts done by people with cancer or those loved ones who are on the cancer journey with them.  
If this description fits you, please consider submitting  a piece of  original art for an upcoming annual event and celebration at Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon, NH: Telling our Stories through Word and Image.

The art will be on display in the exhibit space and/or display cases outside Aud. G on Level 4 of the Cancer Center from Oct. 22nd through Dec. 18th.  We are accepting one piece per person. A statement about how the art was created and what significance it made to one’s creative and healing process is appreciated. We will put each statement on labels next to one’s work.

Your submission must be ready to be hung (if it is 2D), along with an printed and emailed  artist statement and in our hands in Lebanon at the cancer center by Oct 19th (Monday).
If you live in the southern region and would like to submit please call our office (603) 651-7751 (Deb)or 650-6187 (Marianne)  and we will work on a drop off morning date in Manchester.
 For this show we have very limited wall space so size and earliest  responses will  be a factor in the selection process. We cannot accept all work due to space but will talk to each artist who submits.

Some of you may have participated in this event in the past. Please consider returning and joining us again if you participated in this event in the past. Some of you may have made a work of art you like with Rebecca Gottesman in her Art Play classes and we would also welcome that submission.

Please fill out and send the enclosed application form and send to Deb Steele at and
  And, please tell your friends and family to Save the Date: : Telling Our Stories, DH-Lebanon, Tuesday, October 27, 5:30-7:30pm (includes reception).


Richard Perry

Note: To receive application form, contact Richard Perry.

Also received today (more information on our call for artists tab above)

Some of our artists are in this exhibit.

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Shirley Perry finished this big panel mural for Webster House. Great Job!

Shirley will be moving south soon and we are sorry to see her go, but wish her well in her new ventures. Thanks, Shirley, for all your help with our art projects this year.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

More art competitions

Just click on the images to enlarge them. Also, the tab on the right at the top has more information about shows, fairs and classes.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Member updates and invites

Joe Smiga along with at least fourteen other photographers will be exhibiting their photos in the lower level at the Hooksett Library from September 1st to December 31st.  

Joe will also be doing a lone photo exhibit in the main level of the Hooksett library that will run the first quarter of 2016.  He plans to have 12 to 14 photos in that exhibit of pictures he took in the Canadian Rockies.

Joe took these two photos of stained glass in a friend’s home in Manchester. 

Several of our members will be exhibiting at the Manchester Artist Association annual Art in the Park show.  This year the show will be held in Merrimack on September 26th, 9:30 – 4:30. The event will be held at the Abbie Griffin Park, 6 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack. There is ample parking behind the town hall.

Rollande Rousselle is now part of a new artist’s group in Amherst (28-1 State Route 101A). The artists are painting on site, giving classes and have a lovely gallery called Creative Ventures.  The grand opening will be on Friday, September 11th from 3-6 PM. 

Some information from their website:
"In July of 2015, Creative Ventures Gallery was born. Creative Ventures exists to provide working space and to create visibility for talented local artists who gathered together with the common goal of getting more stable exposure to the public. The studio/gallery is open to the public and provides a relaxing environment, allowing the public to interact with artists. The artists work independently but come together for our united cause. On any given day several artists can be found working in their studio spaces.

Our location combines studio, gallery and classroom space all under one roof. At any one time the art represented may include oils, acrylic, watercolor, pastels or other works on paper. We also offer sculptural ceramics to the public. Our gallery space is part of each artist’s studio space. Some are paintings come right off the easel. Some artists offer art classes and workshops. There also are outside artists who teach in the classroom."

Good luck to the artists and their new venture.

Our next Friends of Art Manchester meeting is on Thursday, September 17th at 7:00 p.m. at Linda and Joe’s house, 511 Pickering Street.  We hope to have a guest who will talk to us about how we can help with the Riverwalk in Manchester and some of the downtown graffiti problems.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Summer Updates by our members

Our members have been busy this summer.

Rollande Rousselle exhibited at Greeley Park in Nashua, NH.

She is also involved with a new gallery in Amherst, NH. Creative Ventures

Anthony Williams painted a 2' X 4' acrylic painting commissions by a customer in Chicago. "The History of Communism from its Inception to the Present."

The owner of the building where we had painted this mural in the past, painted over the graffiti on the walls. Our mural has not been tagged and it looks even better now. (720 Union Street, Manchester, NH).

Friday, July 31, 2015

Movable Mural for Webster House by Shirley Perry

Hi Linda!

I'm finally sending you some photos of the work-in-progress mural for the Webster House. I've learned how to sand, prime and paint the plywood to get ready for my mural! It's been interesting :-) and I learned a lot. I'm also glad I didn't sand in my house!

I've attached some photos. I still have to finish my quotes around some of the "paintings" and in the general space will be a quote that's very positive.

I've been working from 7 a.m. until it has gotten too hot lately. In fact, today, the paint dried so fast I couldn't even paint a letter in a quote because it dried too fast and wouldn't flow nicely on it.

I'll keep you posted.

When this is all done, Anthony Williams said he'd help me seal it. Then I'll get it back somehow.

I've learned a lot about stenciling! It took quite a bit of time to sketch out a quote and then arrange it around my painting so it looks even. The size of each sport paintings are  21" wide and 15" tall. I used my computer to sketch out my idea and see what spacing to use to make sure everything is "even/lined up." I will have final touch ups when the all the quotes are on the mural. With my first cup of coffee, I'm out painting!!! What a way to start the days lately!!!

Hope you are enjoying your summer.

I hope to see you soon,


Guest post and photos by Shirley Perry. Thank you, Shirley. You're doing a great job and I think the Webster House people will be very happy with the mural.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Trolley Night

Stop by the old MAA gallery (1528 Elm Street), across from Pappy's Pizza and see some great art. Several of our artists are exhibiting originals, cards and prints. Enjoy a special evening in Manchester. (Click on the image to enlarge and read it more easily).

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Webster House - Project Completed

Thank you to all the artists who participated in this project for Webster House: Tina Gagnon, Deb Funk, Anthony Williams, Judy Gelinas, Stephanie Byrd, Linda Feinberg