The Art Center presents: Shadow & Light
DOVER – The award-winning art center in Dover, Nh, is hosting an exhibit during the months of January and February titled Shadow & Light, featuring the work of Barrington artist Diane St. Jean.
Diane is an engraver who explores collagraphy and typography. His collagraphic impressions are intimate and mysterious. Despite the care and patience required by the process, there is also the element of surprise. It is impossible to know exactly what a print will look like until the inked plate has been passed through the etching press under heavy pressure on damp paper. Diane describes this unpredictability as “magical”. About her process, she says: “For my collagraphy plates, I use recycled or found objects combined with a glossy acrylic varnish or a matte medium. I often use food wrapping material, like milk cartons, for the plates, and add pieces of paper, foil, or mica.
Diane’s typographic work focuses on issues of social justice. She enjoys collecting antique wooden type and says, “I still believe in the power of the printed word, and the physical process of creating a message with wooden type on a vintage press is very satisfying.
The Art Center’s online gallery of works by Diane St. Jean can be viewed at https://www.theartcenteronlinegallery.com/diane-st-jean.
Shadow & Light will be on display through February with a reception on Saturday, February 11 from 6-9 p.m. in conjunction with the artists’ reception for the Art Center’s World Print Exhibition. The public is invited to attend.
Please visit the Art Center located at 1 Washington St., Dover, NH, Suite 1177. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit www.theartcenterdover.com or call 603-978-6702 for more information.
Soggy Po’ Boys and Say Darling perform at 3S Artspace
PORTSMOUTH – The Soggy Po’ Boys of The Seacoast will join Boston-based blues-rock band Say Darling on Saturday, February 11 at 8 p.m. at 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth, NH This evening of varied roots music is open to all ages and will appeal to fans of New Orleans jazz, vintage rock and everything in between.
Blending distinctive original songs with classic tunes that pay homage to a shared musical heritage, Say Darling evokes the funky vibrancy of Little Feat, the soulful vocals of Bonnie Raitt and the instrumental prowess of the band Tedeschi-Trucks. Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Celia Woodsmith – of acclaimed bluegrass band Della Mae – and critically acclaimed guitarist Chris Hersch, formerly of alt. Country rock band Girls Guns & Glory lead this “deadly combination of star musicians” (Manchester Ink) from the New England roots rock scene. keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
The Soggy Po’ Boys serve up their messy jazz, mixing brass-fueled mayhem with spirituals, old-school Meters-style funk and the Caribbean side of New Orleans tradition. Now in their 10th year as one of New England’s most unique and requested bands, you will no doubt hear the strong influence of the New Orleans sound through the band and in the stories told. by their original tunes. Despite the breadth of its sound, the band is only seven people strong and thrives on the interaction and group dynamics that bring this music to life.
This is an event for all ages and is partially seated. Tickets can be purchased for $20 at www.eventbrite.com.
Pontine Theater presents guest artist, Tannis Kowalchuk
PORTSMOUTH – Pontine Theater presents guest artist, Tannis Kowalchuk, from February 3 to February 5, performing an original solo show, Decompositions, at Pontine’s 1845 Plains Schoolhouse Theatre, located at No. 1 Plains Avenue in Portsmouth, NH Tickets can be purchased online at www.pontine.org. Performances are scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Free parking is available on site.
In the original song-filled multimedia production, Decompositions, Tannis Kowalchuk performs monologues and stories exploring the process of composting as a metaphor for life. The solo show opens with a compost heap placed center stage, as Tannis invokes an entrance into the action with excerpts from Gertrude Stein’s essay, Composition as Explanation. The play features personal stories, each describing a stage in the decomposition process…germination, decay, phosphorescence…Decompositions explores the questions that arise in the middle of life.
A theater artist, horticulturist and co-owner of Willow Wisp Organic Farm, Tannis has directed and starred in over 30 original productions across the United States and Canada. Current projects include the annual Dream on the Farm, Stone Soup Cooking Class, Shakespeare on the Farm and Decompositions. Prior to founding Farm Arts Collective, she was founding co-artistic director of NACL Theater with whom she created The Weather Project and Courage.
Sole City Dance presents ‘Dance Northeast’
ROCHESTER – Sole City Dance is thrilled to bring back Dance Northeast, our annual community dance showcase. Revel in the joy and art of dance when Sole City Dance and the Rochester Opera House team up to showcase talented dancers from area companies and dance education centers. The celebration features an afternoon performance with junior companies and up-and-coming student choreographers. The show is filled with colorful and energetic performances of innovative and diverse choreography by some of the best young dancers in the region. The evening show features senior and pre-professional companies.
Join us at Sole City Dance Studios on Sunday March 12 for a day of Master Classes for beginner to intermediate dancers. Visit the Dance Northeast page on our website https://www.solecitydance.org/dance-northeast-2023 for more details and to register. You don’t want to miss this annual dance celebration!.
Tickets for the Saturday, March 11 show at Rochester Opera House can be purchased by calling the box office at 603-335-1992 or visiting https://1908.na.ticketsearch.com/sales/salesevent/14508. The cost is $10. The cost of the 2 p.m. show is $10 and the 7 p.m. show is $16 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.
Sole City Dance presents ‘Treasure Island’
ROCHESTER – What could pirates and ballet have in common? Answer: a great story. See for yourself how Sole City Dance’s adaptation of ‘Treasure Island’, full of intrigue and romance, mermaids and treasure, and a cast of memorable characters, brings beauty and artistry to the fairy tale. Stevenson’s beloved adventure. With Sole City’s signature attention to detail and theme, the story becomes more than a treasure hunt. The ballet features characters who learn to “cherish” the most important things in life.
The shows will take place on Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m. and April 15 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. All tickets $15. Tickets for the show at Rochester Opera House can be purchased by calling the box office at 603-335-1992 or by visiting https://1908.na.ticketsearch.com/sales/salesevent/12495.