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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 19, 2008
Contact: Kendra McGhee
Photos available on request
SHARON ARTS PRESENTS WORK BY N.H. VISUAL ARTS FELLOWS:
A Gathering of New Hampshire Visual Arts Fellows: 1999-2009
The first exhibition of State Arts Council Visual Arts Fellows in over 15 years
PETERBOROUGH, N.H.— Video installation artist Amy Jenkins filled the Peterborough Historical Society with virtual water. Francestown filmmaker and screenwriter Hilary Weisman Graham whipped up short films as a contestant on the Fox reality TV show “On the Lot.” Conceptual eco-artist Tim Gaudreau photographed everything he threw away over the course of a year. Painter Clifford Smith is known for his hyper-realistic renditions of water.
Those are just four of the 25 artists whose works will be featured in a group show that highlights the best New Hampshire has to offer in the way of visual and media arts. The exhibit, opening Oct. 3 at the Sharon Arts Center Exhibition Gallery, brings together for the first time work by visual artists who have received fellowships from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts during the last decade.
“A Gathering of New Hampshire Visual Arts Fellows: 1999-2009” will be showing in the Sharon Arts Center’s Exhibition Gallery in downtown Peterborough from Oct. 3 through Nov. 29. The artists work in a wide variety of mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, installation art and film.
Individual Artist Fellows have been selected annually by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts since 1981. They represent the range of artists living and working in New Hampshire who have a proven professional commitment and produce works of high artistic quality, as judged by a panel of their peers from anonymous applications. Fellowships are awarded in three categories, Visual and Media Arts, Performing Arts, and Literature, and are highly competitive; usually only two artists are chosen in each category each year from more than a hundred applicants. Fellowships provide recipients with funding and opportunities to further their artistic careers.
There has been only one other exhibition featuring the work of Visual Arts Fellows in the history of the program, more than 15 years ago. This is a unique opportunity for gallery visitors, from the local community as well as from out of state, to see the work of artists from across New Hampshire who have been honored for their talent.
Visual Arts Fellows who will be exhibiting their work:
Although the exhibition will focus on recipients of Visual Arts Fellowships, the gallery will also offer presentations by Artist Fellows in Performing Arts and Literature in specially scheduled events during the run of the exhibition. A schedule of events will be posted on the website (www.sharonarts.org). The media will also be notified as events are scheduled.
The Sharon Arts Center Exhibition Gallery is located at 40 Grove St. Exhibition Gallery hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, call (603) 924-7676, or visit the website at www.sharonarts.org.
The Opening Reception will be held Friday, Oct. 3 from 5-7 p.m. Public is welcome, admission is free. Refreshments will be provided, and there is ample parking in Depot Square. For more information on the exhibit and Opening Reception, call (603) 924-7676 or e-mail [email protected].
Hi-res images of the artwork are available – please contact Kendra.
SPECIAL PRESS RECEPTION: The Exhibition Gallery will be open to the press exclusively to view on Monday, Oct. 6 from 2-5 p.m. Some of the artists will be present for interviews.
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The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, was established in 1965. Its mission is to enrich and protect New Hampshire’s unique quality of life through the arts.
The mission of Sharon Arts Center, a non-profit organization, is to support and serve artists and craftspeople, to engage the community in the artistic process, and to foster the relationship between artists and the community through education, exhibitions, the promotion and sale of art and craft, as well as through special programs and events.
Sharon Arts offers a wide variety of art classes and programs in the school facility in Sharon, N.H., and has an Artists' Resource Center (selling art supplies), a Fine Craft Gallery, a Juried Artist Member Gallery, and an Exhibition Gallery in the Depot Square facility. For more information on Sharon Arts, and current exhibitions and events, please visit www.sharonarts.org.
Sharon Arts is sponsored in part by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Charitable Foundation.
September 19, 2008