The Hippo


Dec 15, 2019








Currier Museum of Art gifts. Angie Sykeny photo.

Tickets to a show  

Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, Next production is Rock of Ages opening Jan. 12. Tickets are $25 to $46. 
Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, Next theater rebroadcast is The Metropolitan Opera’s Hansel and Gretel on Dec. 30. Tickets are $15 to $26. 
Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord, 715-2315, Next production is Macbeth by Three Witches Productions opening Feb. 2. Tickets are $12 to $17. 
The Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford, 672-1002, Next production is Peter Pan opening Feb. 16. 
Theatre KAPOW,, Next production is Mr. Burns, a post-electric play opening March 2 at Pinkerton Academy, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry. Tickets are $15 to $20. 
The Majestic Theatre, 669-7469, Next production is Elvis has Left the Building opening Jan. 19 at Executive Court Banquet Facility, 1199 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester. Tickets start at $42. 
Peacock Players, 886-7000, Next production is The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged opening Feb. 9 at Janice B. Streeter Theatre, 14 Court St., Nashua. Tickets are $12 to $19. 
Actorsingers, 320-1870, Next production is Sister Act opening May 11 at Keefe Center for the Arts, 117 Elm St., Nashua. Tickets are $18 to $20. 
Community Players of Concord, 753-6653, Next production is Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike opening Feb. 16 at Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. Tickets are $16 to $18. 
Manchester Community Theatre Players, 327-6777, Next production is Amahl and the Night Visitors opening Jan. 5 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 180 Loudon Road, Concord. Tickets are $5 to $10. 
For more upcoming theater productions, see the “Theater” category on the Hippo Scout app.
Shop for art gifts 
Currier Museum of Art gift shop, 150 Ash St., Manchester,, 669-6144,
The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Fine Craft Galleries has locations in Concord (36 N. Main St. 228-8171), Hooksett (530 W. River Road, 210-5181) and Nashua (98 Main St. 595-8233),
Kelley Stelling Contemporary, 221 Hanover St., Manchester,, 345-1779. “Report from the Front” exhibition is open now through Dec. 10. “Small Kingdoms” exhibition is open Dec. 14 through Jan. 14. 
Jupiter Hall, 89 Hanover St., Manchester, 289-4661, “Aliens Invade Jupiter Hall” is open now through Dec. 15. 
• Twiggs Gallery, 254 King St., Boscawen, 975-0015, “Glow” holiday exhibit is open now through Dec. 16. 
The Craftworkers’ Guild’s Holiday Craft Shop is open now through Dec. 22, daily, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Oliver Kendall House (5 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford). Visit
Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center, 30 Ash St., Hollis, 465-WILD, A Holiday Art Show and Sale is open now through Dec. 23. 
Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, 236 Hopkinton Road, Concord, “Artful Gift Giving 2017” show and sale is open now through Dec. 24. 
Studio 550, 550 Elm St., Manchester, 232-5597, A Cup Show & Sale is open now through Jan. 6. 
• “Art: Salon-Style” art exhibition and sale is open at the New Hampshire Antique Co-op (323 Elm St., Milford) now through Jan. 30. Visit
Intown Manchester’s Downtown Holiday Market is open Thursdays, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Brady Sullivan Plaza (1000 Elm St., Manchester). Visit
Kimball Jenkins School of Art, 266 N. Main St., Concord, 225-3932, Student show is open Dec. 7 through Dec. 30. 
Made in New England Expo is open Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Radisson Hotel (700 Elm St., Manchester). Visit
For more upcoming art shows and fairs featuring handmade gifts by local artists and craftspeople, see the “Arts” category on the Hippo Scout app.

The gift of art
What to give an art lover or theater buff

By Angie Sykeny

 From alien artwork to fused glass theater playbills, New Hampshire has plenty of holiday gift options for art lovers, artists and theater enthusiasts. Check out these tips and ideas shared by people from the local arts scene to help you find the perfect artsy gift.  

For art-lovers 
For a gift that’s totally unique, try a work of art created by a local artist or craftsperson. There are a number of holiday arts markets and craft fairs going on this month where you can find handmade jewelry, woodwork, wearable arts, pottery, paintings, photography and more. You can also try a local gallery where the work exhibited is for sale. The Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Concord, for example, hosts an “Artful Gift Giving” show and sale now through Christmas Eve, featuring a unique selection of paintings, indoor and outdoor sculptures, pottery, handmade jewelry and more. Another is Jupiter Hall in Manchester, which has an exhibit, “Aliens Invade Jupiter Hall,” open now through Dec. 15, featuring digital artwork depicting alien creatures by local artist Ella Putney Carlson, with prints in a variety of sizes and formats as well as small gifts like stickers and paperweights for sale. 
“Going to a gallery is great because there are often different options to choose from and different ways of having the art displayed,” said Jupiter Hall founder and Manchester Arts Commission Chairman Daniel Berube.   
Choosing art for another person can be challenging, but you can start by considering the recipient’s personality. Berube recommends looking for art that features the person’s favorite colors, or their favorite things, like a certain animal or type of flower. Art depicting a place or landscape that is meaningful to the person also makes for a special gift. Another way to choose art for someone is to think about their home and look for art that would suit a particular room. Or, go with something that you would like yourself. 
“When you get someone art that you like, you’re sharing a part of yourself,” Berube said. “It’s a conversation piece. It’s a way of connecting with them and sharing something together.” 
If buying artwork feels too daunting, try an art-inspired novelty item. The Currier Museum of Art gift shop has quirky gifts for art-lovers, such as a Starry Night umbrella and Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired ties. 
“It’s a place to shop instead of the malls, because everything is unique,” said Hilary Murray, who works in the gift shop.
Hands-on gifts 
Give some inspiration to the artist in your life with a gift card for an art class or workshop. They’re offered at local art studios such as Studio 550 in Manchester, which has classes in pottery, stained glass and other crafts, and the NH League of Craftsmen Fine Craft Gallery in Nashua, which has workshops on things like nuno felt and alcohol ink. Other places offering art classes include Kimball Jenkins School of Art in Concord, Wild Salamander Arts Center in Hollis and Creative Ventures Gallery in Amherst, which also allows artists to bring their own supplies and use the space to do their work for $5 per visit. 
For amateur artists, Berube suggests a gift card for a local paint and sip bar like Muse Paintbar in Manchester, Graffiti Paintbar in Nashua or The Canvas Roadshow in Bedford, where the recipient can enjoy an evening of wine and step-by-step instruction to complete their own painting.
“It’s a great way to encourage an art lover or budding artist who doesn’t just want to appreciate art, but wants to create their own, to get out and learn and create art in a public setting,” he said. 
Another idea is a gift card for a custom frame shop like Creative Framing Solutions in Manchester, where an artist can find the perfect frame to display their most prized work. 
“It’s a great gift, because a lot of artists don’t think about that final touch,” Berube said. 
For the gift that keeps on giving, check out Smile Create Repeat (, a subscription service founded by New Hampshire artist Tony Luongo and his wife Kim Luongo that will deliver a monthly box of art supplies to your artist’s doorstep. It also offers a Holiday Sketch Box Gift Pack ranging from $55 to $85. 
For theater buffs 
Theatre KAPOW Artistic Director Matthew Cahoon recommends a membership to a local theater. The Hatbox Theatre in Concord, for example, offers yearly memberships starting at $40 with benefits including free tickets for select shows, one free ticket granted on the member’s birthday that can be used for any show throughout the year, and reduced pricing on tickets (members pay $14 per show while adult nonmembers pay $17; senior members pay $12). Another is the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, which offers six levels of membership starting at $50, with perks like access to the best seats in the house and members-only presales. 
“A membership or package is a great idea for a theater lover who wants to see lots of theater in 2018,” Cahoon said. 
If you’re looking for a cheaper option and you know what kinds of shows the person enjoys, get them tickets to an upcoming show. Cahoon suggested some must-see local shows happening in 2018 (see box). 
Another inexpensive gift is tickets to a rebroadcast of a performance by National Theatre Live or The Metropolitan Opera; the Capitol Center for the Arts shows them regularly, with tickets starting at $12. 
“It’s a really cool opportunity to see that kind of high level theater in our own backyard,” Cahoon said. 
For a more tangible gift, Berube recommends browsing a theater gift shop for souvenirs and memorabilia related to the theater and its shows. The Palace Theatre gift shop features items made by local artists, such as fused glass playbills and a watercolor print of the outside of the theater by Jean Tallman. 
“[The items] are unique and pay tribute to what takes place at the theater,” Berube said.  

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