Local Artists to Host Third Annual Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour (2003 archive)

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October 1, 2013 | Posted in Press | By

Popular “Open House-Open Studio” Event Features 16 Artists at 6 Locations Over 3 Days

PORTSMOUTH, N.H., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ — Over 500 art lovers from across New England are expected to visit the New Hampshire Seacoast this weekend to attend the Third Annual Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour.  The popular three-day event will feature 16 artists and craftspeople displaying their wares at 6 locations in Portsmouth.

The free, self-guided tour begins Friday, November 21 (4-8pm), continues through Saturday (10am-5pm), and closes on Sunday (10am-5pm).  The tour features work in a wide variety of media, including pottery, photography, painting, jewelry, collage, woodworking, and textiles.  Visitors can meet the artists, discuss their work, see their tools and techniques, and handpick pieces for sale.  In addition, attendees who visit all six studios can enter a raffle to win an artwork donated by the artists.

Exhibiting artists are Maureen Mills & Steven Zoldak, hand-thrown stoneware; Victoria Elbroch, etchings and monotypes; Karen Orsillo, colored porcelain pots and jewelry; Betty Wholey, jewelry; Bill Woods, wooden toys; Shawn Pelech, painting and printmaking; Neil Troost, photography and Giclee prints; Mike Norberg, nautical oil paintings  & pen-and-ink drawings; Tess Feltes, nature drawing and painting; Lisa Grey & Peter Happny, textile and paper collage & blacksmithing; John May, lathe-turned wood; Hope Murphy, fused-glass earrings; Patti Mitchem, handwoven items; Katherine Baucke, multimedia paintings.

About The Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour

Founded in 2000 by Neil Troost, Maureen Mills and Steven Zoldak, the Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour is an annual event that brings art-lovers into artists’ homes and studios.  The tour is self-supported by the artists with help from local business sponsors.  Ocean National Bank, which has won national recognition for its support of the arts, is the lead corporate sponsor.  Sponsoring businesses also include The Sheraton Harborside, “Accent on Home & Garden” magazine, The Flower Kiosk, The Genip Tree, D. Scott Campbell & Associates Public Relations, Piscataqua Savings Bank, The Portsmouth Brewery, Ceres Bakery, Moe’s Italian Sandwiches, Lollipop Tree, and Kennedy Studios Gallery & Framing.  For more information about the tour and the artists involved in the event, please visit: www.portsmouthartstour.com.

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Seven Studios and Eleven Local Artists Present the 12th Annual Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour, November 16-18 (2012 archive)

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October 1, 2013 | Posted in Press | By

published 11/2/12

It’s been a creative year for our local artists – join them for the 12th year of the Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour and find out what they’ve been up to.

Eleven artists welcome the public into their art studios on the weekend before Thanksgiving for socializing and holiday shopping. This is the original arts tour of the seacoast, and it remains a free tour – no entrance fee or tickets to punch! Follow the self-guided tour along a three-mile loop in town and stop to see what’s new. Artists at each studio will feature their new work along with the designs they’ve become known for. Work is for sale, and many studios will have ongoing demonstrations throughout the weekend.

Artists reveal their new work during the Opening Night celebration with refreshments on  Friday, November 16 from 5-8pm. The Tour continues during the day on Saturday, November 17 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, November 18 from 10am-5pm. Tour maps can be downloaded from the website at www.portsmouthartstour.com. Signs marking each studio with numbers and balloons will be posted to help navigate the driving loop.

Studio 1: 911 Greenland Road

Artists:

Maureen Mills, recipient of a 2012 Fellowship award from the NH State Council on the Arts to work on large scale ceramic forms that include text and graphics. Her new work is also influenced by her travels to Tokyo, Japan for a Ceramics Symposium.

Steven Zoldak is working on a new line of traditional redware pottery.

Karen Orsillo‘s colored Porcelain pots and jewelry are based on a Japanese technique called neriage or nerikomi. This year she traveled to Japan to visit the source of her inspiration.

Studio 2: 78 Peverly Hill Road

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Dyanna Smith‘s glass beads, jewelry and sculpture is influenced this year by natural themes as she explores filmmaking and local farms as part of her dissertation research in environmental studies.

Studio 3: 782 Middle Road

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Neil Troost‘s Fine Art Photography has expanded his product line over the past year and is now printing and stretching his own canvas gallery wraps which look spectacular in a wide variety of sizes. He is putting the finishing touches on a new website featuring over 400 images aimed towards a national online audience.

Studio 4: 31 Boss Avenue

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Bruce Iverson shows his traditional and contemporary Asian brush painting.

Studio 5: 178 Highland Street

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Tess Feltes is showing oil landscape paintings and will be demonstrating a bird painting in the studio, in addition to her wildlife art.

Studio 6: 220 South Street

Artists:

Kristina Logan was the Master Presenter and Master Teacher for the International Society of Glass Beadmaker’s Conference in Seattle WA this year. She is currently in exhibition at the RAM (Racine Art Museum) in Racine WI showcasing glass used in jewelry. Last year, the Corning Museum of Glass acquisitioned one of Kristina’s Constellation Necklaces for their permanent collection.

Reg Logan will show her ceramic and insect jewelry.

Studio 7: 66 Rock Street

Artists:

Peter Happny recently demonstrated for a blacksmithing group in Bergen, Norway. He will be displaying a group of new fun, small sculptures and doing short demos for kids and the general public during tour hours.

Lisa Grey is working on a series of new scarves and photographs drawing inspiration from her travels to Thailand, Nepal and Tibet. In addition she will exhibit new fabrics and papers naturally dyed with leaves and flowers.

Visit www.portsmouthartstour.com for details, studio locations and tour map. For more information please call 603-436-3818, or any of the participating artists.

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Eight Artists’ Studios Open this Weekend for Eleventh annual Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour (2011 archive)

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October 1, 2013 | Posted in Press | By

published 11/14/11

Spend a delightful hour or two this weekend discovering eight different artists’ studios along a 3 mile loop in Portsmouth. Fourteen local artists will be featuring their finest work for sale during this free, self guided tour. Artists will be present in person to greet visitors and discuss their craft – some will even demo their work during the weekend.

Studios are open Friday, November 18 from 5-8pm, Saturday, November 19 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, November 20 from 10am-5pm. Watch for tour signs with numbers and balloons as you follow the map to each home studio.

Participating artists are:

Studio 1: Maureen Mills and Steven Zoldak, showing handthrown stoneware and porcelain; Victoria Elbroch, etchings and monotypes; Karen Orsillo, colored porcelain pots and jewelry.

Studio 2: Dyanna Smith, fused and lampworked glass jewelry and sculpture.

Studio 3: Neil Troost Fine Art Photography; Julie Schmidt, metal jewelry.

Studio 4: Bruce Iverson, traditional and contemporary Chinese brush painting.

Studio 5: Tess Feltes, wildlife artist.

Studio 6: Tim Gaudreau, photography and eco-art.

Studio 7: Kristina Logan, lampwork, glass beads and jewelry; Reg Logan, ceramics and insect jewelry.

Studio 8: Peter Happny, blacksmithing; and Lisa Grey, textile collage and printmaking.

Visit www.portsmouthartstour.com for details, studio locations and tour map. For more information please call 603-436-3818, or any of the participating artists.

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Portsmouth Wildlife Artist Announces Singing Crickets book as part of Holiday Arts Tour this weekend (2009 archive)

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published 11/16/09

Visit with natural science and children’s book illustrator Tess Feltes during the Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour this weekend, where she will have signed copies of her latest book, “Singing Crickets” (2009, Millbrook Press) featured in her open studio.

A simple, fact-filled picture book, Singing Crickets follows the life cycle of crickets, as a mama cricket lays her eggs in the late fall, the babies hatch in the spring, and they grow throughout the summer to sing during the warm summer nights.

Having many botanical and entomology books and journals to her credit, Feltes was delighted to have the opportunity to combine accuracy with a more colorful and whimsical approach. She will be joined by fourteen other artists at eight locations along a self-guided studio trail this weekend during the Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour. Along with featuring her original drawings, paintings and prints, Feltes will be on hand to explain the creative process of taking sketches and scribbles to finished illustrations.

Watch for tour signs with numbers and balloons to guide you as you follow the map to each home studio. All of the artists will be available to discuss their work and answer any questions you may have. The tour is free and open to the public. Work will be for sale and custom orders are welcomed.

Studios are open Friday, November 20 from 5-8pm, Saturday, November 21 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, November 22 from 10am-5pm.

Visit www.portsmouthartstour.com to download a brochure and tour map.

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Internationally Recognized Portsmouth Artist Introduces the Release of Contemporary Glass Bead Making DVD (2009 archive)

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published 11/16/09

Kristina Logan is known for her dots. Looking at one of her exquisite glass beads, it’s hard to imagine how she gets them so precisely placed each time. Logan makes it look effortless and fun as you watch her work, which is what you can do this weekend if you visit her studio during the Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour, or if you check out her new DVD.

The newly released DVD is part seven in a series produced by the Corning Museum of Glass, and captures a complete portrait of Logan as an artist. Explaining where she finds her ideas and inspiration, Logan demonstrates working at the torch – precisely layering and dotting glass to make her intricately beautiful beads. She talks about how she got started making beads and working with glass and about precision and dot placement in her work. Logan then shares how she works in her studio to combine her finished beads with silver to make beautiful works of art.

“I’m honored and thrilled to be a part of the Corning Museum of Glass Master Series,” says Logan. “It was an exciting process making the DVD during 3 days of filming at the Studio at Corning. This is my first DVD so adding dots to a complex bead while being filmed did add a little bit of pressure! I’m happy to say that the filmmakers really did capture what I do on a daily basis and what I think about when I work. My process of going from a bead to a piece of jewelry is also shown.”

To meet the artist and see her work, visit Logan’s studio during the Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour November 20-22, when she will be joined by fourteen other artists at eight locations along a self-guided route winding through Portsmouth.

Watch for tour signs with numbers and balloons as you follow the map to each home studio. All of the artists will be available to discuss their work and answer any questions you may have. The tour is free and open to the public. Work will be for sale and custom orders are welcomed.

Studios are open Friday, November 20 from 5-8pm, Saturday, November 21 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, November 22 from 10am-5pm.

Visit www.portsmouthartstour.com to download a brochure and tour map.

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Photography for Peace and Justice supports Kibera Youth during Portsmouth Arts Tour (2009 archives)

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published 11/16/09

This year, the Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour is proud to help photographer Nora Simone Happny share her message of hope for the children of Kibera, the largest slum in sub-Saharan Africa. Happny captures the vastness of Kibera, its heartache and hope, through her candid images of community life captured during her recent visit in May.

Happny spent her visit participating in an inspired soccer league that has grown to serve 5000 youth as a program of the larger organization, Carolina For Kibera. Carolina For Kibera’s (CFK) mission is to fight abject poverty and help prevent violence through community-based development in Kibera and other parts of Africa. In the Youth Sports Associaiton, the rules of the league require each player to pick up trash in the neighborhood before each game, and teams are made up of multiple ethnic groups in hopes of relieving ethnic tension in the region.

Motivated by the good she saw coming from CFK and the positive effects on Kibera youth, Happny has created a photo diary of her visit which she is presenting this weekend.

Happny’s photographs can be seen throughout the Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour November 20-22, when fifteen area artists open their private studios at eight locations along a self-guided route winding through Portsmouth. Proceeds from the sale of these photographs will support the CFK.

Watch for tour signs with numbers and balloons as you follow the map to each home studio. All of the artists will be available to discuss their work and answer any questions you may have. The tour is free and open to the public. Work will be for sale and custom orders are welcomed.

Studios are open Friday, November 20 from 5-8pm, Saturday, November 21 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, November 22 from 10am-5pm.

Visit www.portsmouthartstour.com to download a brochure and tour map.

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Two Portsmouth artists interpret an environmental message during Holiday Arts Tour (2009 archive)

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October 1, 2013 | Posted in Press | By

published 11/16/09

Through photographs, glass and community participation, two different Portsmouth artists are using their artistic mediums to present environmental themes in new ways. Tim Gaudreau has a history of creating thought provoking eco-art in photographic images and interactive installations, and Dyanna Smith is just beginning to translate her work in conservation into sculptural works of glass. And both artists are opening the doors to their studios during the Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour this weekend.

Gaudreau’s creations reveal the human relationship with the environment through varied media, including photographic and sculptural installations that shift an observer’s perspective on their daily lives.

“The purpose of eco-art is healing,” Gaudreau explains, “bridging the rift between resources and how we use them.” His Self Portrait as Revealed by Trash proves the point with collaged collections of photographs, each highlighting a separate object. Installations cover walls and entire rooms with images. “For a year I photographed every single thing that I threw out.” Most recently, Gaudreau is working on a year-long documentation of his own carbon footprint.

Smith is a glass artist who completed her first sculptural piece this year in response to her larger work in the environmental field.

“I was inspired to create Three Ice Cores in Glass after investigating the science behind global climate change concerns,” says Smith. “Even as a scientist, I find the information hard to grasp, and it can leave me feeling helpless about the future. Then I came across a graph showing the build up of massive amounts of lead in the atmosphere that peaked in the 70’s and then dramatically decreased after the switch to unleaded gas. As a nation, we took wide-spread action then, and we fixed that incredible problem! I wanted to visually explain how we can make a positive change – how we did it before, and we can do it again.”

To see their work and meet the artists, visit their studios during the Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour November 20-22, when Smith and Gaudreau will be joined by thirteen other artists at eight locations along a self-guided route winding through Portsmouth.

Watch for tour signs with numbers and balloons as you follow the map to each home studio. All of the artists will be available to discuss their work and answer any questions you may have. The tour is free and open to the public. Work will be for sale and custom orders are welcomed.

Studios are open Friday, November 20 from 5-8pm, Saturday, November 21 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, November 22 from 10am-5pm.

Visit www.portsmouthartstour.com to download a brochure and tour map.

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2009 Arts Tour Press

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October 1, 2013 | Posted in Press | By

Local Artists Demonstrate Their Crafts During Holiday Studio Tour

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The weekend before Thanksgiving, let the Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour enrich your mind and rejuvenate your spirit! From November 20-22, artists will open their private studios at eight locations along a holiday arts trail winding through Portsmouth. Travel along the trail and enjoy each stop as it reveals the many expressions of creativity and beauty from the vision of fifteen seacoast artists.

The unique, personal atmosphere created by the tour offers you a special look into the life of the artists. You will have the opportunity to learn about the techniques used by each artist and craftsman to transform such diverse materials as clay, metal, fabric, stone, paint, glass, and paper into wonderfully handcrafted works of art. Artists will be performing demonstrations throughout the weekend, giving visitors the chance to see how they create their art. Come and spend the day, the entire weekend, or just a few hours.

New to the tour this year is eco-artist Tim Gaudreau. Artists returning to the tour include Maureen Mills and Steven Zoldak, showing handthrown stoneware and porcelain; Dyanna Smith, fused and lampworked glass and jewelry; Victoria Elbroch, etchings and monotypes; Lawrence Elbroch, photography; Karen Orsillo, colored porcelain pots and jewelry; Neil Troost Fine Art Photography; Bruce Iverson, traditional and contemporary Chinese brush painting; Tess Feltes, wildlife artist; Kristina Logan, lampwork, glass beads and jewelry; Reg Logan, ceramics and insect jewelry; Wendolyn Hammer, metalsmithing and design; Peter Happny, blacksmithing; and Lisa Grey, textile collage and printmaking.

This year, the tour is sponsoring new photographic work by Nora Happny, featuring images from Carolina for Kibera (CFK), an nonprofit organization in Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya, where Nora spent a month volunteering. Proceeds from the sale of these photographs will support the CFK.

Watch for tour signs with numbers and balloons as you follow the map to each home studio. All of the artists will be available to discuss their work and answer any questions you may have. The tour is free and open to the public. Work will be for sale and custom orders are welcomed.

Studios are open Friday, November 20 from 5-8pm, Saturday, November 21 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, November 22 from 10am-5pm. For more information please call 603-436-3818, or any of the participating artists.

Visit www.portsmouthartstour.com to download a brochure and tour map.

The Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour is generously sponsored by The Lollipop Tree, Piscataqua Savings Bank, Portsmouth Brewery, and Ceres Bakery.

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