The Hippo


Jun 17, 2019








5 art exhibitions
to brighten the season

By Kelly Sennott

 Get out of the cold and into some galleries this winter and early spring — you’ll find celebrated artists, new and old, plus some hot shoes and Shakespeare’s First Folio.

Celebrating Gary Haven Smith: Southern New Hampshire University celebrates Gary Haven Smith of Northwood in a show, “Gary Haven Smith: A Celebration of Sculpture,” which is on view Jan. 14 through Feb. 20 at the McIninch Art Gallery, Robert Frost Hall, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester. The exhibition “captures the iconic work” of the New Hampshire sculptor and also marks the fifth anniversary of the SNHU Sculpture Park and the 15th anniversary of the gallery, which is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. There’s a reception with the artist on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.  Visit Call 629-4622 or email
Another college show: The New Hampshire Institute of Art hosts a show, “The Artist and the Land,” at the Sharon Arts Exhibition Gallery, 30 Grove St., Peterborough, from Jan. 15 through Feb. 20. The show is themed about landscape paintings, from photo-realism to complete abstraction, according to the school’s website, each piece providing the viewer with a sense of space and emotion. The show, which is free to the public, has an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. Visit 
Blooming again: McGowan Fine Art (10 Hills Ave., Concord, 225-2515, again presents flowers and greenery in winter with “Art & Bloom,” on view Jan. 21 through Jan. 23. Every year, the Concord Garden Club partners with the gallery to facilitate a show of floral designs inspired by artwork. There’s a reception on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (and the Concord Garden Club ladies really know how to throw a party, Marissa Rattee of McGowan said via email). In addition to its  annual “Love, Lust & Desire” exhibition, on view Feb. 1 through Feb. 12, the gallery also hosts recent New Hampshire Institute of Art graduate Catherine Graffam, a transgender artist whose portraits of LGBTQIA couples and individuals will decorate the walls from March 22 through April 22.
Oh my gosh, shoes: The Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St., Manchester, 669-6144, is spicing winter up with “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe,” which is on view Feb. 6 through May 15. According to the museum website, the show will present 300 years of footwear, including about 100 contemporary and 50 historical high heels, some by noted designers Prada, Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu, Christian Louboutin, Ferragamo, Manolo Blahnik, etc. The show is drawn from the collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, and it also includes six films created specifically for the show by artists. 
For Shakespeare fanatics: This is also at the Currier and is an equally big deal. From April 9 through May 1, the museum will host “First Folio: The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare,” which is the text that saved many of the bard’s greatest plays from being forever lost (including Macbeth, Julius Caeser, Twelfth Night, The Tempest and As You Like It). It’s one of the few remaining copies, as many of his works were written to be performed and were not published during his lifetime, comprising 36 plays. It came out in 1623, seven years after his death, and represents the first collected edition of his plays, compiled by two of his fellow actors. Currier librarian and archivist Meghan Petersen said a climate-controlled case will be sent with the folio. Saint Anselm College, the University of Massachusetts Lowell and UNH Durham and Manchester, worked together to secure the treasure’s visit to Manchester. 

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