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Last year’s Twilight at the Currier. Courtesy photo.




Twilight at the Currier 

Where: Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester
When: Saturday, July 21, 5 to 9 p.m. 
Cost: Free admission 
More info: ​Visit currier.org or call 669-6144




Art at twilight
Currier Museum of Art hosts summer block party

07/19/18



By Angie Sykeny 
asykeny@hippopress.com
 
The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester will be open to the public and full of art-related fun during Twilight at the Currier, the museum’s second annual summer block party, on Saturday, July 21. 
The evening event will feature indoor and outdoor activities, live entertainment, food and drink and access to the museum’s exhibitions. 
“We started it because we wanted to have an opportunity to invite folks from the community to come out and be involved in art-looking and art-making, and to show that we are a welcoming community venue,” said Lynn Thomson, manager of Community Education and Museum Engagement. 
Participate in fun art activities like chalk drawing, creating a storyboard and creating a mythical creature using stamping materials, or you can make yourself a work of art by getting a face painting or airbrush tattoo, getting a personal caricature done or snapping some photos in the photo booth. 
Many of the art activities correspond with the museum’s current special exhibition, “Beyond Words: Book Illustrations by David M. Carroll, Tomie dePaola, and Beth Krommes,” which features more than 130 original book illustrations by three of New Hampshire’s most esteemed illustrators. The exhibition is family-friendly and includes labels written for a general audience as well as labels written for children, placed lower on the wall to help children engage with the art. It also has a designated reading space with some of the books that feature the artists’ illustrations. Visitors attending Twilight at the Currier will have the rare opportunity to view “Beyond Words” free of charge. 
“A lot of the event is inspired by ‘Beyond Words.’ We pull from it quite a bit,” Thomson said. “We encourage people to go explore that exhibit and all of the other galleries on that night.” 
Check out live music and entertainment by DJ Laura Boyce of Rock 101 (5 to 7 p.m.); the Akwaaba Ensemble (5:30 to 6:30 p.m.), a West African drumming and dance group; the Hickory Horned Devils (7 to 8:30 p.m.), a local Americana six-piece string band; and fire performer Brigid Sinclair (8:30 to 9 p.m.), whose performance will also tie into the “Beyond Words” exhibition. 
Eight food trucks will be parked outside the museum selling barbecue, pizza, ethnic cuisine, ice cream, cupcakes and more. There will be additional food and drinks offered at the museum’s drink stand and Winter Garden Cafe, as well as local craft beer options at the museum’s Beer and Wine Garden. 
The first Twilight at the Currier, held last year, drew a crowd of around 2,000 people, far surpassing what the museum anticipated, Thomson said, and with more activities, entertainment and food options added this year, another large turnout is expected. 
“It’s great to see everyone, whether it’s folks who haven’t been to the museum in a long time or folks who have never been, all come together because of the arts, for a really fun night,” she said. 





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