Arresting, Alluring #Art #FarmingtonNH

Earlier this month Farmington High School held their annual Student Spring Art Show for the year. Students were at the Farmington Recreation Center with their artwork for two afternoons. Some were working on pieces while everyone was taking everything in and others were there to answer questions. Every time we go to the show we are so inspired by the talent and creativity of the students. The event is one not to miss each year. Enjoy the photos!

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#FarmingtonNH Historical Society #Antiques Appraisal Event Recap

The Antiques Appraisal Event earlier this season was a successful as we hoped it would be!

We had over forty people come to the event to get their items looked at by Caroline French, of Caroline French antiques. Items ranged from books to glassware, ceramics, small collectables and musical instruments, all the way to fine art. One of the most interesting items was a small Dutch oil painting a local couple brought in. I was able to talk with several people about the museum collection and we were able to secure a few new members. Continue reading “#FarmingtonNH Historical Society #Antiques Appraisal Event Recap”

#ThrowbackThursday #Sculpture Showcases #Local #Community #Art

Hard to believe it has been seven years since this installation! One of the most fulfilling public projects I’ve ever been a part of.  If you didn’t get to see when it was up, take a look at all the photos on the original post!

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Savoring Sumptuous #Spring #Garden #Flowers

Spring has sprung! The garden is not exactly in hyper drive right now and I’m behind I yard work and I’m trying to keep up. Not much in the way of rain this year, so the plants and the flowers are smaller and are not lasting as long as they normally do this time of year. Not as much of an early show. Continue reading “Savoring Sumptuous #Spring #Garden #Flowers”

#Museum of #Farmington #NH #History #Antiques Appraisal Afternoon Sunday April 29th, 2-4pm

What’s it worth? 

Antiques Appraisal Afternoon

Rusty, musty, or dusty?  Bring it to the event, and see what it’s worth!

Caroline French, of Caroline L. French Antiques, will appraise your items.

Sunday, April 29th,  2:00 – 4:00 PM

Farmington Town Hall / Recreation Center
351 Main Street Farmington, NH

$5 per item, 3 items for $10. 

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Flaming Fire Red Rose #Garden #Paintings

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This is a set that is best viewed in person. Photos just don’t do them justice. It was inspired by footage of the wildfires in California this year, specifically a garden with roses on fire. Not something I’d want to happen to anyone, but it was a great inspiration for these paintings. I began with a textured surface and then a metallic base background in silver. Then I used acrylic and ink, in red, yellow, and orange layers, to build the roses and flames.

New Date #Poetry Night Features #KyleLeach & Jen Decker– February 1st 2018 Rochester Public #Library

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The Rochester Public Library has graciously offered to host the February Writers Night. We will meet in the Community Room at 6PM on February 1st.  We’ll have a double-feature that evening, myself and the very talented Jen Decker. Each will have 30 minutes of the night. There will be an open mic to follow, but we need to put the room back in order and vacate no later than 8:15PM.
I’m so excited to be featuring again in a few weeks at Pat O’Brien’s Writers Night. Some of the pieces I plan to include are: “Blood,” “Stories,” “44-47,” “11 Minutes,” “Forbidden Words,” “Book Burning,” “Frozen,” “Our Orange Ozymandias,” “Change,” “Dissent is Patriotic,” “Lump,” “0-9,” “10-19,” “20-29,”and “30-43.” I’ll have others ready if we have time.

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#Dazzling #Digital #Art #Archiving

Being in the digital realm is now standard for any institution, big or small. Sharing online and adding to the collective is part of life. It has drawbacks, like anything, but has many more positive aspects. It can bring us closer, can allow us to transcend location, and physical limitations and minimizes some financial hurdles. Digital collections allow us to learn from anywhere about anything that has been added. Most museums, libraries, and historical societies are bringing there digital collections to the forefront and many have started to make things they digitize freely available for anyone to peruse, read, download, and sometimes reuse those resources. Below I’ve added some of  the great digital collections I’ve come across.
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#KyleLeach – #PatO’Brien #Poetry Night #Feature Canceled January 4th 2018

Update 1/1/2018-PLEASE NOTE: ROCHESTER WRITERS NIGHT IS CANCELLED FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY. OUR NEXT EVENING IS SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 1ST. Mel’s will not be open January 4th. Pat O’Brien will be in touch via email, and I will post again, as needed, to remind everyone about my feature night.

 

I’m so excited to be featuring again in a few weeks at Pat O’Brien’s Writers Night. Some of the pieces I plan to include are: “Blood,” “Stories,” “44-47,” “11 Minutes,” “Forbidden Words,” “Book Burning,” “Frozen,” “Our Orange Ozymandias,” “Change,” “Dissent is Patriotic,” “Lump,” “0-9,” “10-19,” “20-29,”and “30-43.” I’ll have couple others ready if we have time.

Below you can see Pat’s intro for me and information about the event:

Hi everyone,
January’s Rochester Writers Night takes place Thursday, January 4th, at Mel Flanagan”s Irish Pub and Cafe at 50 North Main St. in Rochester NH.  Writers are invited to perform their original poetry, prose or music.  Sign-ups begin on site at 6 PM.  Our feature begins at 6:15, and then we take a short break, followed by the open mic portion of our program.  There is a five minute limit per participant, with extra rounds if time allows.  Mel provides a sound system, and complimentary cookies and coffee/tea for participants.  She also offers a full menu for those who would like heartier fare.  The evening is usually over by 8 PM, but a music session has been known to break out!
January’s feature poet is Kyle Leach.  Kyle has previously featured for Rochester Writers Night, and has also featured at the Rochester Public Library poetry event.  His work is thoughtful, provocative, and dramatic.  Drawing from personal experience and his social and political commitments, Kyle presents with fearless and sometimes raw emotion. He will pull you in, and challenge any apathy you may harbor.  His poetry ranges from tender to angry, from sweet to scathing, and always promises to be one of the best features of the year. 
This feature poet is not to be missed!  Please join us for a wonderful evening of writing.

Holly Jolly #Winter #Holidays #House #Photos

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Getting the house ready for the winter holidays brings much excitement for me each year. Though much of the house stays the same in the way I decorate it, it is never exactly the same. Down below you will find several things that are different from previous years. I’ve included a photo of the two of us the first time we decorated the house together and a photo of the new hall radiator cover that Stan made for me. You will also see some new antique furniture additions. We are retiring some of my old furniture, from before we were a couple, to be used for storage in the basement and that has allowed us to find new pieces for the house. We’ve also finished some more of the small projects we are doing so you might see changes in the house in that way as well. Happy holidays everyone!

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