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Summer Finale 

Where: Londonderry Town Commons, located at the corner of Pillsbury and Mammoth roads
When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date Sunday, Sept. 24) 
Cost: Free admission 
More info: londonderryartscouncil.org





Art in the commons
Londonderry Arts Council hosts Summer Finale art show

09/21/17



 For Susan Hanna, the Londonderry Arts Council’s Summer Finale, happening Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Londonderry Town Commons, is a chance to showcase her latest artistic endeavor: oil paintings done on metal canvases.  

“This will be the first opportunity for Summer Finale visitors to view this kind of art I’ve done,” said Hanna, a Londonderry resident and the event’s creator. “The first event was very well-attended, so I think it will be a successful day for the artists.” 
Hanna is primarily an oil painter. She currently has five galleries throughout New Hampshire and Maine and offers private oil and acrylic painting lessons out of her home studio in Londonderry. Her paintings consist of local and regional landscapes, coastal scenes and historic sites. For the past year, she’s been doing more paintings on copper and aluminum panels than traditional canvases. Hanna will have an assortment of her new metal-based paintings available for purchase at the Summer Finale. 
“They come out stunning,” she said. “They keep the color beautifully, and I allow a glimpse of metal to show through so that it’s luminous and makes the painting glow.” 
Other artwork featured at the Summer Finale will include traditional paintings, hand-painted ceramic tiles, fused glass, wood-burned art, jewelry, photography, digital media and more. Pieces will range in size and price, from small prints and cards costing a couple dollars to large original works for hundreds of dollars. 
Hanna said she expects to see many smaller pieces at this year’s event. Some of her own paintings are as small as 4 by 6 inches. 
“Since I changed to doing [paintings on] metal, I’ve gravitated toward smaller pieces,” she said. “People tend to be attracted to anything miniature, and small pieces are very well-received, especially in New England, where we tend to have smaller homes and not as much wall space, so you can always find small pieces at an event like this.” 
Additionally, there will be live music all day, food trucks and non-profit booths. Painted Rocks for New Hampshire will host a free painting activity to support its mission; people can paint their own rocks and place them throughout the state for others to find. Those who find the rocks can take pictures of them and post them to the Painted Rocks Facebook page. 
“It’s a phenomenon that’s been happening in other parts of the country, but it’s new to this area,” Hanna said. “It’s a cool interactive thing, like geocaching, but with rocks.” 
The Summer Finale is one of three art show events hosted by the Londonderry Arts Council each year. Hanna said the live music and activities, and the way the artists’ booths are laid out in village-like clusters rather than rows, give the event “a different vibe from your typical art fair.” 
“It encompasses so much more than two-dimensional arts,” she said. “It’s something that you can stroll through all day, or just sit and listen to the music.”





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