Arts & Entertainment

Life Drawing at WREN

Every Third Saturday of the Month, this Saturday March 15 from 12-3 p.m., at 921 Main Street, WREN in Berlin. Bring charcoal, pencils, or paints and a newsprint pad; enjoy long and short poses and gestures in figurative drawing workshops in the company of serious and polite artists at all levels of skill development. Beginners are welcome. Please set up your station prior to start time of 12 p.m. Andre Belanger, owner of StudioWorks Fine Arts and Graphics Studio, hosts. Percentage of attendance fee goes to the model. Students must register in advance at wrenworks.org, as minimum attendance must be met.

WREN inspires possibilities, creates opportunities and builds connections through community. For twenty years our work connects people with one another, provides access to resources many couldn't afford on their own, offers learning opportunities including entrepreneurial business training and technical assistance, creates and supports markets for entrepreneurs, actively engages in local revitalization, and serves a national model for rural economic and community development.

Clarinet Quartet to perform March 20

 GORHAM - Clarinets for Conservation is proud to present the C4C quartet members Ian Tyson, Mark Fugina, Debbie Larsen, and Michele Von Haugg in concert recital on Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be held at Gorham Congregational Church, 143 Main Street, sponsored by Music in the Great North Woods. Admission is free, but donations for the ensemble's mission of conservation will be graciously accepted.
The performance will feature classical and contemporary works for clarinet quartet by Jean Francaix, Alfred Uhl, and Brett Wery. In addition, members of the quartet will share stories of their work with the students of Korongoni Secondary School in Moshi, Tanzania.
Founded in 2010 by Michele Von Haugg, who is a former member of the Air Force Clarinet Quartet which is now defunct, but which has played 3 impressive concerts in this area, the new Clarinets for Conservation provides an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability through music education. The clarinet is derived from Tanzania's national tree, the Mpingo, also known as African Blackwood, Grenadilla, and Ebony. The tree is of great value to artists, furniture makers, and hardwood carvers all over the world, but the high demand has threatened the tree's future sustainability. Students of the program serve a vital role in educating their families and community members about the importance of protecting natural resources.
The program is made possible through the generous support of Music GNW, our sponsors and private donors. For more information: 603-326-3242, www.musicgnw.org, www.clarinetsforconservation.org or follow both on Facebook.

Boucher's photography at Winterland Marketplace

BERLIN - Cathy Boucher will be displaying her photography at Winterland Marketplace on Main Street IN Berlin for the month of March. Boucher was born and raised in Berlin and is  married with two beautiful girls. She has had a camera in her hands since she was 13 years old. Her photography took off when she was introduced to the digital world and upgraded her equipment and learned a little Photoshop to enhance her photos. Boucher's children, family and friends probably are sick of her sticking a camera in their faces but she has learned by taking pictures of them. Boucher's favorite subject is flowers and she uses a 60mm macro lens to get in very close and capture nature's beauty. Photography is truly her passion. Check out her work at Winterland Marketplace in the hallway between Tea Birds Restaurant and Scene Street.

Design & Wine- Mixed Media Modern Doll Workshop at WREN

 So you think dolls are just for little girls and old ladies? Think again... Bring a friend and a bottle of your favorite adult beverage and join the fun as you create your very own original, one of a kind, art doll with Carol Walker, Doll Artist on Friday, March 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 921 Main Street WREN in Berlin.
A doll artist and collector for over thirty years, Walker will share her skills and knowledge in a fun exploration of doll making with mixed media objects and materials. Learn the anatomy of a doll, basic construction techniques and build a simple stump doll with porcelain head and hands. Then the real fun begins as you creatively dress and accessorize her with your own personal flair. Is she traditional or modern, Victorian or Steam Punk, angel or tramp? No sewing skills are required. Bring a hot glue gun and scissors if you have them. Basic doll materials are included. You will also have access to Walker's fabric and trim scrap bins and an assortment of odds and ends. Must register in advance at wrenworks.org, as limited space is available. WREN Member $35 Non

Youth arts project grants deadline April 18

The N.H. State Council on the Arts is now accepting applications for Youth Arts Project Grants for Extended Learning. These grants fund high-quality arts and cultural education activities that take place outside of regular school hours and that encourage creativity and positive forms of expression as well as youth development and academic success in grades K-12.

Activities funded by Youth Arts Project Grants help young people develop creative problem solving skills and become more engaged in their communities. These activities may take place after regular school hours, in the summer, on weekends, on or outside of school property. Music, dance, theater, visual arts, crafts, photography and creative writing are some of the arts activities that may be eligible for funding through this grant program.

Grants ranging from $1,000 to $4,500 are available. In order to qualify for a Youth Arts Project Grant, programs must be matched on at least a one-to-one basis with contributions from a source other than the State Arts Council or the National Endowment for the Arts.
Schools, school districts, SAUs, and not-for-profit organizations with incorporation in New Hampshire may apply. Partnerships between schools, arts organizations and community organizations that provide high-quality arts learning experiences for youth in underserved communities around the state are encouraged to participate in the program. Projects must take place in facilities accessible to people with disabilities.

This grant round will fund youth arts projects taking place between August 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015.

For more information about applying for a Youth Arts Project Grant, contact Catherine O'Brian, N.H. State Council on the Arts, at 271-0795, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications must be postmarked on or before April 18 or delivered to the N.H. State Council on the Arts, 19 Pillsbury St., Concord, by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18.

To learn more about these and other N.H. State Council on the Arts’ programs, visit www.nh.gov/nharts.

The N.H. State Council on the Arts is a publicly funded agency within the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources. It began in 1965 with legislation designed “to insure that the role of the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the education and welfare of our citizens.” Funding comes from state appropriations, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Conservation License Plate fund. Learn more about the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at www.nh.gov/nharts.