Monday, February 25, 2013

NH Citizens for the Arts update


On Tuesday, February 19, the House Executive Departments and Administration Committee (ED&A) voted 17-0 that House Bill 561, which sought to abolish the Department of Cultural Resources, was Inexpedient To Legislate (ITL). This vote recommends to the full House of Representatives that the bill be killed. HB 561, marked ITL, will appear on the Consent Agenda at the next meeting of the full House, Wednesday, Feb. 27.

ED&A Committee member Rep. Carol McGuire (R-Epsom) stated that once the Secretary of State's office testified that the bill would not save any money, it was not worth pursuing. She additionally commented that the Department of Cultural Resources is well run.

Thanks to all who contacted their legislators, attended the committee hearing and testified eloquently and effectively in opposition to the bill!

We are optimistic that the recommendation of ED&A will be upheld by the House.

New Hampshire Citizens for the Arts, a statewide, nonpartisan organization, advocates for enlightened public policy and public funding in support of the arts, at the municipal, state and federal levels. NHCFA is an all-volunteer organization. Join us!

Learn more about the NH State Council on the Arts and what it does for NH:

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Call for Entry

Online entry opens June 1st
Entry deadline: 
December 6, 2013 

The Artist as Quiltmaker, the second-longest-running art-quilt exhibition in the world, was founded in 1984 by quilt historian Ricky Clark. Noting the success of Quilt National, the first and longest-running art-quilt exhibition, which takes place at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, Clark wanted to guarantee that an outstanding exhibition of art-quilts takes place in Ohio every year. Each show is biennial; Quilt National shows in odd-numbered years and AQM, held in Oberlinat The Firelands Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA), in even-numbered years.

FAVA deliberately chooses not to define 'quilt,' thereby encouraging both established and emerging artists to submit innovative artwork, pushing boundaries and challenging expectations, whether they use traditional or non-traditional techniques or materials.

The Juror: Tina Cassara is a conceptual fiber artist who has harnessed cutting-edge technology to make her powerful statements about the value of women’s labor in the textile industry. She forms delicate lace patterns from images of hands and the words chanted by English girls making lace in earlier centuries. Cassara has taught in the Department of Fiber & Material Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Art for over 25 years. After earning a BA in urban studies, Cassara studied in Peru with Francisca Mayer from Black Mountain College, and taught eco-dyeing with indigenous plants to local weavers. She received an MFA in fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art and has exhibited widely.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Elin Noble Opening Rescheduled


Due to a new snow storm
the opening reception will be

Sunday, February 24 from 2-5 pm

Elin Noble: Color Alchemy

February 14 - April 28, 2013

New Bedford Art Museum

The catalog is now available through the New Bedford Art Museum website.

Click here to order your copy

New Bedford Art Museum
608 Pleasant Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Wednesday - Sunday noon-5pm
AHA! Nights 5-9 pm

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Juried Art Show Opportunity

Hurricane Sandy may have set us back a couple of months, but Wide Open 4 will be opening May 11, 2013 - bigger and better than ever in our newly rebuilt gallery.  The show will be running for twice as long, with double the opportunity for attendance and sales. And once again we are fortunate to be joined by a very prestigious juror - Carrie Springer, Senior Curatorial Assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

Ours is a truly unique gallery – a massive Civil War-era warehouse on the Red Hook waterfront in Brooklyn, NY. Its enormous space affords us the opportunity to exhibit really huge work, and we welcome it. We will be using 8,000 square feet for this show, and look forward to exhibiting artists’ work from all around the country, work in all sizes, subjects, and media, except film (it’s almost completely wide open).

Call to Artists for Submissions

Deadline for submissions: Early Bird February 25 or Final Application Deadline March 11, 2013
Gallery Exhibition Dates: May 11 – June 16, 2013 weekends 1-6PM.
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 1-6 PM.

WIDE OPEN 4: The broad theme of “Wide Open 4” encompasses all the possibilities of knowledge and freedom and love - wide open spaces…arms wide open…eyes wide open - but as with all things, there is the inevitable opposite - wide open to attack…corruption…failure. What kind of fantasy is this? What does it really indicate? This juried show looks to explore this idea of “wide open” in all the hidden niches of our collective psyche.

ELIGIBILITY: This call for submission is open to all residents of the U.S. and its Territories 18 years of age or older. This is a juried exhibition for artists working in all traditional and non-traditional 2D and 3D media, including film/video when part of an installation. All artwork must be original in concept, design and execution. Note: Crafts, kit work or reproductions after original works in other media (such as giclee), unless used as part of a mixed media work, will not be considered.

SUBMISSIONS AND FEES: Only original works may be submitted. They must be in a .jpg file format, online or by mailed CD only. No slides, photographs or DVDs. CD’s will not be returned. Work may be submitted in one or multiple media.

For more information, click on the link below:

Monday, February 11, 2013

Vermont Studio Tour Information

Mark Your Calendars!
Open Studio Weekend is May 25 & 26, 2013.

Vermont Spring Open Studio Weekend is a statewide celebration of the visual arts and the creative process in which Vermont artists and craftspeople invite the public to visit them in their studios. The Vermont Crafts Council launched Open Studio Weekend in 1993 as a way to increase the visibility of artists and craftspeople in Vermont. The event's goal is to foster an appreciation for the creative process and the role that artists and craftspeople play in the vitality of Vermont's communities.

Visit the link here for the 2013 Application

The Vermont Crafts Council publishes a free map booklet with directions to participating sites. The Vermont Studio Tour Guide is available at Vermont Information Centers, from individual studios and galleries, or by emailing a request to

Additional information about Open Studio Weekend can be found online at by calling the Vermont Crafts Council at 802-223-3380.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Elin Noble : Color Alchemy

Elin Noble: Color Alchemy

February 14 - April 28, 2013

New Bedford Art Museum

Opening Reception: Sunday, February 17 from 2-5 pm

The exhibition features a selection of work spanning more than ten years.
Included are three major series of work, the quilt series, “Fugitive Pieces,” the room installation, “Vox Stellarum,” and the poetic wall hangings, “Lake at Night.” Also on view will be marbled fabric collages, “The Leipzig Suite,” created during her recent stay in Leipzig, Germany.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a 36 page catalog with an essay by the artist.
A special edition of fifty catalogs with a hand-dyed cloth insert, numbered and signed by the artist, will also be available. 

New Bedford Art Museum
608 Pleasant Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Wednesday - Sunday noon-5pm
AHA! Nights 5-9 pm

Saturday, February 2, 2013

NH Citizens for the Arts

The arts are important for the education of our children, the vitality of our towns and cities, the health of our economy, and the enjoyment of our citizens. NH Citizens for the Arts invites you to join us as an advocate for appropriate government investment in the arts: to create an atmosphere where the arts can flourish, and to strengthen opportunities for participation in the arts across our state.

HB 561: Bill to ABOLISH the Department of Cultural Resources
Public Hearing: Tuesday, February 5, 2:30 pm, Room 306 LOB

For the 3rd year in a row, Representative Steve Vaillancourt (R, Hillsborough 15) has put forward a bill that would eliminate the Department of Cultural Resources. Each year, we've successfully brought in 100+ citizens to speak to the ways in which the Department of Cultural Resources strengthens the Arts in New Hampshire.

We ask you to come out again. Please attend this Committee Hearing on Tuesday.

We've identified several members of the Business and Arts community to speak against this bill and to speak to the effects of the legislation if passed. We encourage others to attend and sign the "blue clipboard sheets" located in Room 306 in opposition to this bill so that the size and importance of our community's opposition to this Bill is clearly understood by Committee members.

WE ALSO HOPE YOU'LL WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVE ON THE Executive Departments & Administration Committee

Friday, February 1, 2013

Featured Artists Volume 4 Opportunity

The fourth volume of the art series “Featured Artists” is currently in editing process.

The book presents the latest trends of visual arts and shows the fascinating world of a colorful and evolving international art scene.

Established and emerging contemporary artists are invited to submit their work for selection, so as to be included in the book.  A juried committee of art curators and art critics review the submitted works on a daily basis and select the best of them that will be presented in the book.

“Featured Artists” is distributed internationally through large book wholesalers and online shops such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and more. Moreover, the book is distributed to over 1200 top galleries, museums, art curators and art consultants in the U.S and in Europe too.

When the editing process is over, the jurors’ committee will select two of the best artworks submitted in the book and they will be presented in the front and the back cover of the book without charge.

Artists who wish to be included in the Featured Artists book must send for selection:
  • 4-5 artworks (JPEG in high resolution)
  • Details of the artworks such as name, year, size, media.
  • An essay or a critique up to 100 words.
Any artist is free to submit his/her artwork for selection. Selected artists will have to pay an editorial fee. This fee covers a standard editorial cost for the creative layout, design per page and full editing, such as offset print, packing, shipping, distribution. The editorial fee can also be covered by corporations, galleries, museums, sponsors, etc.  Participating artists will receive a complementary copy of the book and will be able to purchase additional copies at a discount.

More information about the publication is available in the following link:

We look forward to receiving your work.

Best regards
Peter Doughty. Curator

Mediaplan publishing
US office 15 Albamont Rd. Winchester MA 01890
Europe office 16-18, St Anastasias 142 32, Athens Greece